Designer denim used to be the go-to strategy of luxury labels to lure in new customers, but now it seems as if trainers are the new jeans.
While brands like Dior, Hugo Boss, and LV have long been in the market of men’s designer trainers – with the latter’s collaboration with rapper Kanye West selling out in no time last year – women’s counterparts are just now gaining momentum.
Lanvin and Pierre Hardy launched successful ranges, Gucci inuagurated its Icon Temporary pop-up store in London last week to promote its new line of sneakers designed by hip music producer Mark Ronson. Continue reading →
All along what has for decades been Japan’s most fashionable and up-market shopping street, the luxury brands are moving out to be replaced by cheap chic.
As the country struggles to raise itself out of the global economic downturn, companies such as LV and Gucci are downsizing or leaving Ginza, their former properties quickly snapped up by the growing trend of “fast fashion” houses.
Now the throngs that still visit the district are shopping with a vengeance at places where their cash goes a little further; Uniqlo, Abercrombie & Fitch, H&M from Sweden and the Spanish chain Zara have all opened stores within the last year. Continue reading →
A marketing company called Stylophane has developed a new index that ranks brands by Facebook followers, with its list highlighting the popularity of sportswear brands in comparison to luxe brands including Burberry and Gucci.
The top five of Stylophane’s Facebook Fashion Index are dominated by sportswear brands Adidas, Nike, Puma, and Lacoste (in descending order), with Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M — in third place — being the only exception.
It is not until spot six that high-fashion labels are mentioned, with social media forerunner Burberry leading the pack, followed by Chanel (8) and Gucci (9). Continue reading →
Gucci has always been vigilant to crack down on counterfeiting and trademark infringement, but now they’re taking a new angle on brand protection.
On January 18, 2010, Gucci and Christieâ€™s will launch â€œGucci Collector: Presented by Christieâ€™sâ€â€” the very first Gucci-certified online destination for authenticating and appraising vintage Gucci products.
A dedicated section on www.christies.com will allow owners to upload photos of their vintage items and submit an appraisal request. Continue reading →
Wrapped in 18 carat gold, these gold cuff links at â‚¬1150 ($1640) blending tradition with the modern era are must-have male accessories for those who want to add a little more value to their clothing and be centre of attraction. Continue reading →
Gucci held the collection at Capella, a six-star luxury hotelthat opened last week despite Singapore being in recession and the economic crisis affecting tourism numbers across the region.
The $260-million hotel is set within more than 12 hectares of sprawling land and lush greenery. It boasts 111 rooms, including 32 private villas â€“ the first of its kind on Sentosa which come with their own pools.