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FRANCE: PPR names Wang to lead Balenciaga Petah Marian | 3 Dec 12

PPR has confirmed today (3 November) that Alexander Wang will become creative director of its Balenciaga brand.


UK: Asos invests in pre-owned luxury website Covetique Katie Smith | 26 Nov 12

Online clothing retailer Asos has invested in second hand designer clothing website Covetique for an undisclosed amount.


UZBEKISTAN: Cotton ban gains momentum with apparel firms Leonie Barrie | 9 Nov 12

More than 120 international apparel brands and retailers have now pledged to ban the use of cotton from Uzbekistan as part of efforts to stop the country using forced and child labor to harvest its cotton crop.


US: Tom Ford taps Jerome Cheung as Asia-Pacific CEO Katie Smith | 8 Nov 12

Luxury goods brand Tom Ford International has appointed former Bottega Veneta executive Jerome Cheung as chief executive officer of its Asia Pacific operations.


FRANCE: Ghesquiere to leave Balenciaga Katie Smith | 6 Nov 12

French retail group PPR has announced that Nicolas Ghesquière is to step down as creative director of its Balenciaga fashion house.


The Flanarant: Onshoring - a new dawn or a false hope? Mike Flanagan | 5 Nov 12

‘A New Dawn - Rebuilding UK Textile Manufacturing' was the title of a remarkable conference staged by Britain's textile industry on Friday (2 November). Remarkable for its positive inspiration - but also for the doubts it raised about the quality of thinking in the industry.


Luxury fibres and fabrics: High-end markets underpin profits Lee Adendorff | 1 Nov 12

Despite the financial storm clouds that have disrupted Europe's economy over the past few years, the continent's luxury apparel sector has proved remarkably resilient, with global demand for their products rising.


Luxury fibres and fabrics: Challenges and opportunities MJ Deschamps | 1 Nov 12

Clothing labels worldwide are usually a standard read, with fibre names such as 'cotton,' 'nylon' and 'polyester' remaining constant from season to season. But when it comes to luxury textiles, there seem to be more evolving trends in terms of fibres used - along with more dynamic changes in supply and demand.


FRANCE: Luxury drives PPR Q3 sales growth Katie Smith | 29 Oct 12

French retail group PPR has reported "satisfactory" third-quarter sales growth, helped by rising revenue at its luxury brands.


Global news roundup Katie Smith | 22 Oct 12

The following is a round-up of apparel and footwear news from the world's local media. just-style has not checked these stories so cannot guarantee their accuracy.


US: Under Armour names Fremar head of women's business Katie Smith | 2 Oct 12

Performance apparel and footwear maker Under Armour has appointed Leanne Fremar as senior vice president and executive creative director of its women's business as part of plans to expand the category.


just-style management briefing: International brands eye emerging markets Wang Fangqing | 1 Oct 12

While the focus on emerging markets for the big international clothing companies has traditionally been to view them as outsourcing opportunities, there are a lot of people with a lot of money in these countries. So go-ahead Western brands are seeking to gain a presence in emerging markets, hoping to reap dividends as their economies grow.


Top stories on just-style this week... Katie Smith | 28 Sep 12

Top stories on just-style this week include news that garment firms in Pakistan face cancelled export orders following safety concerns, activists from Uzbekistan call for an extension to an international boycott of cotton and the launch of Adidas' Stella McCartney DryDye T-shirt.


GERMANY: Adidas for Stella McCartney launches DryDye T-shirt Petah Marian | 24 Sep 12

Adidas for Stella McCartney is set to launch a DryDye T-shirt, which is dyed using pressurised CO2 instead of water.


UK: All Saints taps Burberry's William Kim as CEO Leonie Barrie | 17 Sep 12

Fashion retailer All Saints has tapped William Kim, the former senior vice president of retail and digital commerce at luxury goods firm Burberry, as its new CEO.


FRANCE: PPR appoints Daveu as sustainability head Petah Marian | 17 Sep 12

French apparel group PPR has named Marie-Claire Daveu as chief sustainability officer and head of international institutional affairs.


US: Louboutin wins red soles battle against YSL Petah Marian | 6 Sep 12

French footwear designer Christian Louboutin's distinctive red soles have been given trademark protection, a US appeals court ruled yesterday (6 September).


US: $360,000 worth of counterfeit products seized Katie Smith | 6 Aug 12

Some US$360,000 worth of counterfeit hats, handbags and accessories have been seized by police in Laguna Beach, California, according to reports.


FRANCE: PPR forms online joint venture with Yoox Katie Smith | 3 Aug 12

French retail group PPR has formed an online joint venture with online retailer Yoox to accelerate the e-commerce development of some of its luxury brands.


just-style management briefing: Latam consumers follow global brand trends Ivan Castano Freeman | 3 Aug 12

Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo are Latin America's leading luxury brands, according to industry observers who add the region's elite follow global trends when it comes to choosing their favourite labels.


just-style management briefing: Brazil and Mexico lead Latin America's luxury sales Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Aug 12

After more than doubling its growth rates between 2008 and 2012, Brazil is the darling of Latin America's luxury apparel and goods market. Last year, the market for designer clothing and footwear grew 7.3% to $2.6bn, while sales of luxury accessories increased 4.5% to 1.2bn.


just-style management briefing: Latin America luxury market could overtake China Ivan Castano Freeman | 1 Aug 12

It's no secret that China continues to steal the bulk of the world's luxury apparel and goods sales, accounting for some 50% of the total. But with China's growth rate forecast to slow in 2016, luxury houses could be forced to expand in other markets - with Latin America topping that list.


Sportswear brands pin hopes on Olympic performance Petah Marian | 18 Jul 12

As the London 2012 Olympics approaches, sportswear firms are battling to take centre stage, launching new innovations that are set to boost athletes' performance and drive maximum commercial value out of the event.


ITALY: Brendan Mullane named Brioni creative director Katie Smith | 10 Jul 12

French luxury goods group PPR has appointed former Givenchy designer Brendan Mullane as creative director for the Brioni men's wear brand, which it acquired at the beginning of this year.


FRANCE: Zara wins case against Christian Louboutin Katie Smith | 12 Jun 12

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has reportedly won its appeal against a trademark infringement claim brought by luxury footwear maker Christian Louboutin over its famous red-soled shoes.


SWEDEN: H&M teams up with Maison Martin Margiela Katie Smith | 12 Jun 12

Swedish fashion retailer H&M Hennes & Mauritz is teaming up with experimental French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela to launch its latest clothing collection.


FRANCE: Comptoir des Cotonniers names COO Katie Smith | 11 Jun 12

French fashion retailer Comptoir des Cotonniers, which is owned by Japan's Fast Retailing, has appointed Chrystel Abadie-Truchet to the newly-created role of COO.


UK: Adidas opens first Stella McCartney store Katie Smith | 29 May 12

Sporting goods giant Adidas has opened its first Stella McCartney flagship store in London, UK.


FRANCE: PPR signs MoU with Yoox for online venture Katie Smith | 28 May 12

French luxury goods group PPR is looking to set up an e-commerce venture with Italian online fashion retailer Yoox after signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) last week.


US: Gucci wins $4.6m judgement in Guess trademark case Petah Marian | 24 May 12

Gucci may recover US$4.66m in its lawsuit accusing Guess of copying its designs, a US judge has ruled - although this falls short of the $120m the luxury goods company had been seeking.

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