Daily Archives: November 22, 2012

FOLD-ABLE BOXES: Save space and money

Foldable boxes are a great alternative to rigid boxes for retail and eCommerce outlets this holiday season. With online sales growing worldwide, the demand for eCommerce packaging has never been stronger. Not only do foldable boxes take up less space when shipping and for warehousing, but it is also useful when you have limited in store storage under a counter or in a closet.

YOKO ONO: launches menswear line with Opening Ceremony

BREAKING: YOKO ONO FOR OPENING CEREMONY

The ever-prolific artist/musician/ writer, Yoko Ono, can now add ‘menswear designer’ to her list of life skills today, because it’s just been announced that she’ll be collaborating with Opening Ceremony on a collection called ‘Fashions for Men: 1969-2012.’ The cultural icon team up with the New York label on a collection based around hand-drawn illustrations that Yoko gifted to her late husband John Lennon on their wedding day, 43 years ago. If you don’t find that touching, than you officially have no emotions.Opening Ceremony have been working with the gorgeous Yoko to breath life into a selection of her illustrations creating limited edition unisex clothing, footwear and accessories. Only 52 editions of the pieces will be made so it’s super exclusive! OC will also be selling tees, sweaters and posters covered in Yoko Ono’s artwork — perfect for the festive season.

“I was inspired to create ‘Fashions for Men’ amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod,” explained Ono of the original impetus for her designs 43 years ago, which are only now coming to fruition. “So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more.”

Ono’s eccentricity and penchant for quirks are evident in the playful collection, which includes suit pants adorned with a hand cutout sewn over the crotch and a jersey pullover with eyelets cut out over the nipple region. A separate “lightbulb bra,” which is embedded with battery-operated light bulbs, can be worn underneath the pullover.

Yoko Ono

Each design in the Opening Ceremony line is produced in a run of 52 pieces, a number the numerology-prone Ono believes to be felicitous.

Source: WWD and Pages Digital Website, Nov 21, 2012

FIFTH AVENUE: No longer most expensive retail street

NEW YORK – New York’s Fifth Avenue ended its 11-year run as the world’s most expensive retail area, dethroned by Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay, according to a survey by real estate services company Cushman & Wakefield.

The Causeway Bay area in Hong Kong

The average retail real estate rent in the Causeway Bay shopping area surged 34.9 percent from a year earlier to an annual $2,630 per square foot, Cushman & Wakefield said in its report released on Tuesday.

 

Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue came in second with average retail rent at $2,500 per square foot, up 11.1 percent, according to the review of 326 prime locations in 62 countries.

Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Elysees, where the average rent rose 30 percent to $1,129 per square foot (9,573 euros per square meter) jumped two places to third place, leaving Tokyo’s Ginza district in fourth place with average annual rent at $1,057 per square foot.

Luxury retailers are competing for the most coveted shopping destinations, pushing up rents, despite recent slower sales growth, Cushman & Wakefield said.

Five of the 10 most expensive global retail locations were in the Asia-Pacific region.

Within the Americas, the United States dominated the top 10 most expensive retail locations. Times Square made the survey for the first time, grabbing second place behind Fifth Avenue with rental growth of 55.6 percent. Madison Avenue and East 57th Street shared the third spot within the Americas.

In Brazil, rents surged 64.7 percent in the highly sought after area of Garcia D’avila (Ipanema) in Rio de Janeiro.

In Europe, Cushman & Wakefield said rents were strong in prime retail locations, even as secondary locations struggled with weak consumer sentiment.

Following Paris’s Avenue des Champs-Elysees, London’s New Bond Street was the second most expensive shopping area in Europe with rents up 3.1 percent to $936 per square foot. Switzerland’s Bahnhofstrasse was third with rents up 8.7 percent to $854 per square foot.

 

Source: FashionMag Nov 14, 2012

GALERIES LAFAYETTE: Another impressive Christmas in Haussmann

Depuis la semaine dernière, les Galeries Lafayette vivent à l’heure de Noël. L’enseigne de grands magasins a lancé son Noël du Siècle pour fêter les 100 ans de la Coupole de l’unité du boulevard Haussmann. Pour rendre l’événement inoubliable, les Galeries Lafayette ont fait appel à plusieurs univers avec comme partenaires Louis Vuitton, Disney et Swarovski.

Le sapin Swarovski, de 21 mètres de haut

Boulevard Haussmann tout d’abord, la griffe filiale du groupe LVMH habille douze vitrines animées avec panda, ours, flamands roses et marionnettes habillés par la maison. Le tout orchestrant un spectacle animé baptisé le bal du siècle.

Toujours concernant les vitrines, celles de la rue de la Chaussée d’Antin sont décorées aux couleurs des Princesses Disney. La porte Lafayette accueille dans le même registre, un carrosse citrouille avec, bien sûr, Cendrillon. Petits et grands pourront se faire photographier auprès de celle-ci…

Enfin, et c’est une forme d’apothéose, au centre du magasin, Swarovski a dévoilé son tout premier sapin parisien… Il s’agit d’une création unique de 21 mètres de haut, le plus grand jamais réalisé en Europe par le label, avec 120 ornements “taille brillant”, et surélevé par un lustre de 9 mètres de diamètre composé de plus de 5000 étoiles Swarovski en cristal facetté. Brillant juste sous la fameuse coupole elle-même, étincelante et traversant des étages conçus pour la fête suprême, religieuse et commerciale à la fois…

 

Source: Fashion Mag Website Nov 13, 2012

GUCCI: Special Edition bag for Michelle Obama

Michelle Bag è la nuova borsa firmata Gucci dedicata alla first lady più amata di tutti i tempi. Barack Obama è nuovamente il presidente degli Stati Uniti e si dice che dietro un grande uomo ci sia sempre una grande donna: è questo il caso di Michelle Obama. Amatissima in tutta America, e non solo, appare come una donna semplice che si dedica anima e corpo alla sua famiglia; oggi Michelle è anche un’icona di stile, con i suoi abiti semplici e classici ma sempre glamour. Per questo motivo Guccio Gucci, direttore creativo del marchio italiano To be G e ultimo discendente dell’omonima famiglia di pellettieri fiorentini, ha creato questo nuovo e magnifico accessorio.

La borsa è stata realizzata in nappa rossa, colore amato e indossato spesso da Michelle Obama, e in grigio liberty, simbolo della maison e chiaro riferimento all’economia americana e mondiale. Il modello sarà di punta per tutta lastagione 2013 e che unisce l’alta qualità dei materiali e la preziosa tradizione della pelletteria italiana.

Guccio Gucci, a tal proposito, ha dichiarato: “Ho pensato per la First Lady Michelle Obama ad una clutch in nappa rossa, un colore acceso come quelli da lei amati con ricamato un giglio liberty, simbolo della maison nonché sinonimo di rifioritura e di ripresa. Il liberty infatti è stato una filosofia ed uno stile artistico che ha interessato le varie arti di fine ’800, in un periodo di grande rivoluzione dell’artigianato e un momento di ripresa come quello che oggi chiedono gli Stati Uniti e, in generale, tutta l’economia mondiale”.

 

Source: Le Chic Website Nov 13, 2012

HOSS INTROPIA: Expansion in Mexico

La firma española Hoss Intropia prepara su lanzamiento en México ya que ha llegado a un acuerdo con el Department Store Palacio del Hierro para lanzar la marca en aquel país a partir de 2013. En febrero de 2013 Hoss Intropia contará con 10 puntos de venta monomarca en los centros que Palacio del Hierro tiene en Mexico DF( Santa Fé ,Durango, Interlomas, Perisur, Polanco, Coyoacan y Satelite),Cancún, Monterrey y Guadalajara .

Pero los planes de la firma española son más ambiciosos aún y planean la apertura para el verano de 2014 de una flagship localizada en el Centro Comercial Antara, el más importante y lujoso de México DF.

Con esta expansión la firma española va completando su conquista del mercado americano y latinoamericano. En USA su presencia se afianza a través de Bloomingdales con varios espacios en diferentes ciudades del país.

Hoss Intropia es una firma española dedicada al diseño, producción y comercialización de colecciones para mujer de moda y accesorios. Sus dos etiquetas son Hoss Intropia, y Hoss Intropia Miguel Palacio.

La compañía nació en 1994 y en la actualidad está presente en cuarenta y ocho países con más de 1.600 puntos de venta. En Europa destacan las diecinueve tiendas en España, tres en Londres, una en Roma y una en Lisboa. Su presencia en el resto del mundo también está creciendo y consolidándose con tiendas y puntos de venta monomarca en Estados Unidos (6), Méjico (10) Qatar, Kuwait (2), Arabia Saudí (2), Indonesia y Corea del Sur (3) y una selecta red de tiendas multimarca y grandes almacenes en países como Rusia, China, Japón, Australia, Turquía o Emiratos Árabes.

Source: Fashion United Nov 5, 2012

LOUIS VUITTON: Louis Vuitton’s Full Advertising Campaign Film For L’invitation Au Voyage Has Landed!,

Nope, Arizona Muse hasn’t bagged a part in a Hollywood blockbuster – this is Louis Vuitton’s first ever TV commercial. Admittedly, the film is just as luxurious and as cinematic as a big screen movie trailer but is in fact a 2-minute ad shot by photographer-slash-director duo Inez and Vinoodh.

Louis Vuitton's Full Film For L'invitation Au Voyage Has Landed!

LV has already tantalised us with a teaser, but today the full film arrives and it’s just as spectacular as we’d hoped. L’invitation Au Voyage, aka: The Art Of Travel, sees Ms Muse going on a journey with the French fashion house, travelling to the heart of possibly the world’s greatest museum, the Louvre. Oh, and there’s a hot man on her heels. ‘What is she looking for in this temple of culture infused with the shadows of the past?’ Louis Vuitton asks. Well, after passing the Mona Lisa armed with a key, she releases the secrets enclosed in an LV trunk before floating into the sunset via a stripey hot-air balloon. Curiouser and curiouser…

The gorgeous film accompanies a series of equally gorgeous images starring Arizona, who has now been crowned ‘the Louis Vuitton woman’. Watch her in action below!

Source: Grazia Website, Nov 11, 2012

LUXURY: The market for luxury goods is still booming

München (dpa) – Der weltweite Luxus-Markt boomt weiter. Ob kostspielige Lederschuhe, edles Parfüm oder sündhaft teure Uhren, vor allem die Reichen in Asien und den USA sind weiter in Kauflaune. Global werde der Umsatz der Branche 2012 um 10 Prozent auf 212 Milliarden Euro wachsen und damit das dritte Jahr in Folge nach der schweren Wirtschaftskrise zweistellig zulegen, schreibt die Beratungsfirma Bain & Company in einer am Donnerstag veröffentlichten Studie. In Europa werde sich das Wachstum im Vergleich zu 2011 auch wegen der tristen Wirtschaftslage in vielen Ländern auf 5 Prozent halbieren. Langfristig bleibe Luxus weltweit ein Wachstumsmarkt.
Source: FashionMag Nov 12,2012

TOUS: Tous opens shops in Hong Kong and Moscow

The Spanish jewellery and accessories brand opens PoS in Hong Kong’s Hysan Place mall and in the Mega Mall Belaya Dacha in Moscow.

 

The Tous teddy has made the Spanish ready-to-wear jewellery brand an icon around the world. With more than 400 sales points in 45 countries, both its own and under franchise, Tous is now stepping up its bid for the Asian market where it already has shops in Hong Kong, Korea and Japan. As well as boutiques in the Harbour City Ocean Centre, New Town Plaza and Elements Shopping Mall in Hong Kong, it now has a new space in the new Hysan Place shopping centre, in the exclusive district of CauseWay Bay.

In line with the new Tous shop concept, it offers a chic and feminine setting, created with stylish furnishings in petal pink and white, mixed with fuchsia detail.

From Hong Kong to Moscow, where the brand has just opened its sixth shop in Russia in the Mega Mall Belaya Dacha, this year has marked a big boost to the brand’s exemplary globalisation strategy, with Tous entering new markets such as Tel Aviv and Paraguay.

Founded in Barcelona in 1920, the Tous universe now includes jewellery, watches, bags, accessories, fragrances and cosmetics. In 2011, the family empire reached turnover of €326m and expects to attain sales worth one billion in 2015.

 

Source: Fashion from Spain Website Nov 8, 2012

TIFFANY & CO and PATEK PHILIPPE: Collaboration for anniversary

Tiffany & Co and Patek Philippe have introduced limited edition timepieces to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the Patek Philippe Boutique at Tiffany, New York.

The Patek Philippe Boutique, which is located in the Tiffany & Co flagship New York store, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with the introduction of a men’s wristwatch and a ladies’ wristwatch, jointly developed by Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co.

The timepieces are double-signed Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co and will be sold in a limited edition exclusively through Tiffany’s Patek Philippe Boutique and other authorised Tiffany & Co locations nationwide.

The Ladies Gondolo timepiece is inspired by the Art Deco period and features a curved, tonneau-shaped case in 18ct white gold accented with 164 round brilliant-cut diamonds (0.63 ct). Two dial options marked with Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co signatures are available. The first is a blue sunburst dial with white painted Roman numerals on a dark blue satin strap, the second option is a white mother-of-pearl dial with powdered gold Roman numerals featured on a vanilla satin strap. The limited edition comprises 50 pieces of the ladies’ model, 25 of each dial version.

The Men’s Annual Calendar watch was created especially for the boutique’s anniversary. In 18ct white gold, the timepiece features day, date, and month in apertures, moon phases and 24-hour indication on a black dial and a mat black alligator strap. The black dial is double-signed by Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co. The sapphire-crystal case back reveals the calibre 324 S QA LU 24H and features an exclusive engraving that states, Patek Philippe – A Shared Vision – 2008-2013 – Tiffany & Co. The limited edition comprises 100 pieces of the men’s model.

 

source: Retail Jeweller Website Nov 19, 2012