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Hermes rejects LVMH foray, luxury battle in offing

Hermes rejected on Wednesday “an attack” on its capital by luxury goods giant LVMH, sounding the start of what could become a bitter battle for control of one of France’s most iconic brands. The head of LVMH, Bernard Arnault announced he had bought 17 percent of his rival Hermes, insisting that this does not herald [...]

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LVMH Takes Minority Stake in Hermès

Luxury conglomerate LVMH said Saturday it had taken a 14.2 percent stake in Hermes but denied it wanted to take over the French luxury goods firm. The company controlled by French businessman Bernard Arnault said it wanted to boost the stake to 17.1 percent at a total cost of 1.45 billion euros (two billion dollars) [...]

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Burberry reaches two million fans on Facebook

Burberry crossed a social media threshold this week: earning two million fans on Facebook. The British company has invested heavily in its online platforms and digital marketing strategy and has quickly risen to become luxury’s digital darling. Burberry regularly posts product announcements, photos, and even acoustic performances on the social networking site.

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Ranked: Most digitally intelligent luxury brands

New York-based Luxury Lab has released its second annual Digital IQ Index of Luxury Brands. The study quantifies the digital competence of 72 global luxury brands by accessing brand websites, digital marketing strategies, social media initiatives and mobile applications. The Luxury Brands that ranked at the top of this year’s Index were Coach, Ralph Lauren, [...]

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Two more luxury labels launch e-boutiques

Polo Ralph Lauren has announced that it will further extend its e-commerce reach with the launch of Ralphlauren.com in the UK. After the success of Ralph Lauren’s US e-boutique, launched in 2000, the company has decided to roll out a British version on October 14. The site will offer a full assortment of clothing and [...]

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Champagne corks popping again in luxury business

Champagne corks are popping again in the luxury business as “It” bags and expensive watches this year sell like hotcakes from Beijing to New York, signalling the turning of a page after the global financial crisis. As the owner of Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent, French luxury goods giant PPR, on Friday joined a string [...]

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