FUR POST-BREXIT

The British government should consider banning the sale and import of all fur following Brexit, a parliamentary committee examining regulation in the sector said in a report published Sunday.

The report, by parliament’s Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, marks the end of an inquiry that began in April where the committee heard from companies including Amazon, NotOnTheHighStreet, The Humane Society, Fur Europe, the British Fur Trade Association, International Fur Federation, and representatives from Defra, the government department for environment, food and rural affairs.

As reported, the committee launched the inquiry after a slew of U.K.-based retailers some of which had official no-fur policies in place were discovered to have been selling real rabbit, fox and chinchilla fur that had erroneously been labeled as fake. The retailers included TK Maxx, Boohoo, Amazon, Etsy, Tesco, FatFace, Boots and Kurt Geiger. Continue reading

VACHERON CONSTANTIN

Tucked away all the way up on Madison Avenue at 64th Street is the Vacheron Constantin boutique. Usually filled with the latest and greatest modern hits, this summer the brand’s New York City home is exhibiting and selling a selection of remarkable vintage pieces as part of their “Collectionneurs” line.

The boutique has nine fully serviced and authenticated vintage pieces on display (with two more arriving over the next week or so), ranging from a gorgeous platinum minute-repeating pocket watch from 1928 to the stunning reference 4178. All are on view and available now through the end of August. Here’s a selection of a few of them just because we love ’em. Continue reading

NOMINATION AT RICHEMONT

Sophie Guieysse, who joined Compagnie Financière Richemont SA last year as group human resources director, is to become an executive director .

Guieysse, who is already a member of the senior executive committee, is up for election at the group’s annual general meeting in September. If elected, she will report to Jerome Lambert, group chief operating officer and a senior executive committee member. He is also a director on the Richemont board.

Guieysse joined Richemont last October from Dior, where she advised on the future of luxury in a connected world. She also served on the board of directors of Maisons du Monde, the French furniture and home decor company, and was chairman of its nominations and compensation committee. Continue reading

BALMAIN’S SALES A COPY FLOP

Balmain is bolstering its digital reach with the launch of an online flagship serving customers in more than100 markets in partnership with Yoox Net-a-porter Group.

Till now, in terms of its own online store, “the situation was quite poor,” acknowledged Balmain chief executive officer Massimo Piombini in an interview at the brand’s headquarters. Everything was managed in-house “without any real technical expertise, and the possibilities to keep up with the upgrades of the digital business,” he said.

Harnessing the latest technologies in the online business and integrating Balmain’s e-commerce and institutional web sites, the new site, he said, will boost visibility and sales, as well as serve as a powerful communication tool. Features include a click-and-collect service, editorial content including videos, and dedicated capsules. Continue reading