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Luxury Datapoint of the Day

Back in 2005, the luxury segment was booming, but Prada didn’t really know what to do with its loss-making Jil Sander franchise. So it took advantage of the overheated market and sold it, for €50 million, to private-equity shop Change … Continue reading

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Hot Ladies and Bald Dudes, Erin Callan Edition

I can’t remember a profile of a banker which ever quoted his tailor. But Susanne Craig is perfectly happy ending her profile of Lehman’s Erin Callan with a quote from her personal shopper: Tina Sussman, her personal shopper at New … Continue reading

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When US Brands go Global

The Breaking Views column in today’s WSJ comes up with a startling figure: Tommy Hilfiger (the brand, not the person) is now worth $2.5 billion – even as the value of its US franchise continues to steadily decline. UK private-equity … Continue reading

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Why Louis Vuitton Needs Richard Prince

Lauren Goldstein Crowe is unimpressed with my defense of Richard Prince’s new handbag line for Louis Vuitton, claiming that "Vuitton is going too far from its roots" and wondering whether this handbag line might not be financially disastrous for the … Continue reading

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Prada’s Underperformance

Is Prada really going public this time? Bloomberg seems to think so. But is it taking advantage of a booming luxury-goods market, or is it having to accept a large discount to the kind of valuation it could have achieved … Continue reading

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The Clothes of Thomas Barrack

A fondness for tasseled loafers.
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