Couture SS17: Cool, quirky and yes… even commercial

Some time ago I worked with a catwalks editor (yes, such things do exist) who hated covering the pre-collections. She had to be weaned (for ‘weaned’ read ‘prised’) off covering the far-less-relevant/commercial couture shows. After all, the couture shows were an anachronism, a flickering remnant of a long-dead past, a patently unfair indulgence of interest…

Jimmy Choo

Go Jimmy Choo! Shoe god has strong year

What did Jimmy Choo do right last year? Just about everything it seems. The luxury firm said this morning that it had a record year and was on a roll as far as shoes, men’s product, accessories (especially its Lockett bag) and licensed products like perfumes and eyewear went. OK, it wasn’t a perfect year…

Gucci

Global luxury: Time for a rethink

Luxury stores need to put the brakes on their expansion plans and get used to the new reality. That’s the conclusion of a new report from Boston Consulting Group (BCG). Now, the natural response to that might be “tell me something I don’t know”. But it’s interesting. The fact is, department stores, big chains and…