510 posts categorized "Shopping"

You Call Yourself A "Luxury" Brand?

Oct 28 2015


Better not drop that bag.

There is more to a luxury brand than merely a hefty price tag and a haughty attitude.

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A Fresh Take On Petit Bateau Classics Courtesy of JCdC.

Jun 10 2015

Petit Bateau:Jean Charles de Castelbajac

To my mind, the hallmark of a good collaboration is when the resulting products combine both brands' DNA into a graceful, cohesive whole. In other words, the product itself must be desirable on its own independent of the brands behind it. In this respect, the new Jean Charles de Castelbajac collaboration with Petit Bateau looks like a winner.

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Not Much Yves Left In This Saint Laurent.

Jun 08 2015

 Yves Saint Laurent ad:Elle UK mag

One of the first things Hedi Slimane did when he was named creative director of Yves Saint Laurent was to drop the "Yves" from the brand name. In hindsight, it was a very good decision, if not for the brand, then for the man who founded it.

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Random Musings On Fashion Diversity.

Apr 20 2015

Fashion:Diversity:Net A Porter

The sight of Liya Kebede in an advert for Louis Vuitton on the inside cover of this past weekend's How To Spend It has me mulling over the issue of racial diversity in fashion.

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Well If You Can't Beat Them ...

Apr 14 2015


The duel announcements that Chanel would be joining the e-commerce fray in 2016 and debuting a fine jewellery collection on Net-A-Porter starting this week may not seem like much at first blush but in luxury industry terms, it amounts to a minor earthquake.

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On The Evolution of The Term "Luxury".

Apr 07 2015


You'll be happy to know that according to Euromonitor International, a market research company, "luxury toilet paper" sales reached $1.4 billion USD last year outselling regular toilet paper for the first time in 10 years. It has been hailed as a sign of a strengthening economy.

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On The Marriage/Merger of Yoox & Net-A-Porter.

Apr 02 2015

Roy Lichtenstein's The Ring (Engagement) (1962)

Roy Lichtenstein's "The Ring (Engagement)" (1962).

It has been a rather frothy two weeks in the world of fashion what with all the talk of mergers and acquisitions relating to Net-A-Porter. As my regular readers will attest, I'm a huge fan and loyal customer of the pioneering luxury fashion site so I've been following these stories very closely.

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An Ode To Eres.

Mar 18 2015


It's been a long, hectic winter and I'm very much looking forward to a family vacation somewhere warm and sunny. I've therefore been looking for swimwear both online and off.

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Selfridges To Offer Gender-Neutral Shopping Experience.

Jan 29 2015


First, they took on ageism with their Bright Old Things initiative. And now, gender too.

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'23 Stories by Conde Nast' & Other Fairy Tales.

Jan 28 2015


I don't believe print is dead although sometimes, it seems to me that the people who work in the industry are doing their best to kill it.

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The Luxe Chronicles is a collection of interviews, profiles and musings on various aspects of the luxury industry and occasionally, a rant on our celebrity obsessed culture and the dumbing down of our collective sense of style and esthetic.

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