Luxury Market Weakening In Japan

Japan, one of the “last frontiers” of great luxury, has many designer brands worried, according to a report on WWD.com.  Between the weakened yen and the growing interest in other ways to spend discretionary income — like home decor and travel, for example — many luxury brands, like Chanel and Louis Vuitton, are worried about “contained” growth rather than anticipating…

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Stanley Marcus Saw the Future

Do you know the story of Neiman Marcus? Herbert and Carrie Marcus were brother and sister, and they sold ready-to-wear and made-to-order clothes at different shops in Dallas in the early 1900s.  They were both very good at what they did (21 year-old Carrie’s commissions were $100 a week when the average professional made about…

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The Most Popular Luxury Accessories

Do you have a “thing” for designer handbags, shoes or scarves?  You’re not alone.  In a recent survey, the ACNeilsen Company asked 23,000 female shoppers around the world which designer accessories (excluding jewelry) they were currently buying online.  From Manolos to Cartier key chains, the top nine categories appear below. Scan the list to see…

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Giorgio Armani Joins the Thin Model Ban

Tired of seeing wafer-thin models on runways?  So are some fashion designers.  In fact, after the organizers of the Rome Fashion Week announced earlier this month that all models participating in their January 2007 shows must provide a “certificate of health” before they can hit the runway, Italian designer Giorgio Armani joined the campaign by…

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Men’s Skin Care Sales Down

Women’s Wear Daily reported late last week that men’s luxury skin care sales have been in a steady decline since the first of the year.  The record growth they experienced in 2004 and 2005 has given way to a disappointing 2006, and retailers are hoping that the Christmas holiday season will give a big boost to the…

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