HERMES APPLE WATCH

apple-hermesLast Wednesday Apple announced a partnership with French luxury leather goods manufacturer Hermès and launches a Hermès leather strap for the Apple Watch.

“Apple and Hermès make very different products, but they reflect the deep appreciation of quality design,” said Jonathan Ive, Apple’s chief design officer in a press release. “Both companies are motivated by a sincere pursuit of excellence and the desire to create something that is not compromised. Apple Watch Hermès is a true testament to that belief.” It is to you to decide if you agree with it.

Hermès’ creative director Pierre-Alexis Dumas stated: “I see it as the establishment of an alliance in excellence; like horse and carriage, a perfect team.”

Hermès will feature three types of bracelets for the Apple Watch: the double-wrap model with steel buckle, in a range of four colours Continue reading

HERMES REAL LUXURY

Hermes3French luxury goods maker Hermès posted a 20 percent rise in first-half operating income in line with expectations, helped by strong tourist demand in Japan, the United States and Europe.

The brand known for its silk scarves and Birkin bags costing several thousand euros reiterated on Friday that its operating margin for the full year would be lower than in 2014 due to currency fluctuations.

As expected, Hermès kept its medium-term goal of increasing annual sales at constant exchange rates by 8 percent.

Half-year results from other luxury companies such as LVMH and Gucci owner Kering published last month have been stronger than expected, driven in part by Asian shoppers in big European Continue reading

LITTLE LAMB McCARTNEY

stellamccartneyPeople for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) publihed a four-minute video which filmed sheep being mistreated by its workers in the Ovis 21 farm network.

Ovis 21 is an Argentinian wool farm, internationally known for providing merino wool used in Patagoni’s base lawyers and insulation.

Following the release, the British designer Stella McCartney, who used to source wool from this company, announced that her brand will cease to use the fiber from this supplier and wrote: “I am very saddened to report that we have had to cease sourcing some of our sustainable wool from Ovis 21 in Patagonia”. Continue reading

CHINA & LUXURY THE END OF A LOVE STORY

LUXECHINOISChinese tourists have been spending record amounts on luxury goods this year, VAT-refund company Global Blue said in a report published in April. For European destinations, the weak euro has been a big draw.

More than 100 million Chinese travel abroad every year, buying more luxury goods than any other nation. Shopping for the perfumes and designer clothes that can cost them twice as much at home is a major travel incentive.

However China has just devalued its currency by 2 percent after a run of poor economic data – a move some economists think Continue reading

STRUGGLE FOR LIFE IN GERMANY

KARLNews from the luxury sector in Germany haven’t been very glamorous lately. To the joy of international companies such as Hermès and LVMH, the rich and famous are usually not discouraged by economic downturns, so why are some German companies having such a hard time?
Next to internal disputes and challenges, German designer brands seem to be having major difficulties keeping up with the fast-evolving nature of their industry.

Womenswear group Escada has had, for example, a good run after it welcomed new investor Megha Mittal, but the company has faced severe issues on an executive level. Its latest CEO Glenn McMahon stepped down in July after seven months of tenure, following the resignation of Continue reading

NINE ELEVEN PARIS

Mini3For its first women and men fashion collection, Disneyland Paris has chosen the brand “Eleven Paris”.

The amusement park will launch its capsule collection which has revisited the clothes of Disney characters ranging from sleeping beauty, Minnie’s headband to the 101 Dalmatiens.

The collection will be exclusively sold at prices starting at €39.99 in the boutiques of Disneyland hotel and Disney Fashion in Disney Village from 1st September.

ALBEMARLE STREET

wang2Alexander Wang has opened his first European flagship – and largest flagship store worldwide so far – in London.

The designer, who just announced his departure from fashion house Balenciaga, told Vogue UK: “I always knew that London would be the first city that I would want to open a flagship in in Europe. It’s our largest European market and it’s one of my favourite cities in the world. I think that London has the best shopping in the world. There’s just so many options, so many great stores – I mean, Harrods is a mecca – you can buy anything there for anyone!”

The new flagship is located on Albemarle Street in the city’s upmarket yet fashionable Mayfair area, close to iconic Savile Row and Dover Street, where Dover Street Market, Acne and Victoria Beckham are located. It was designed together with architect Vincent Van Duysen and measures 625 sqm. Continue reading

CLAUDIA GOULD BRITISH MODELS

wild-prod-claudia-2According to us Claudia Gould represents the new model’s generation. Free, open minded, ready to take risks and passionate, she is the Influencer of this first week of August !

We met her in Paris, in a nice little bar close to Science Po, and here is a condensate of her vision :

Favourite female word: I like planetary words, ‘venus’ perhaps or ‘moon’, because they rule all female energy. Maybe the word ‘Aphrodite’, the goddess of love.

Singing in the shower: ‘say a little prayer’ by aretha franklin fits in with the routine thing, but sometimes its made up songs i sing to myself.

Ice cream: mint choc chip Continue reading

DEPP IMPACT

deepThis season, Karl Lagerfeld has not been hesitating to make a media stunt at Chanel campaigns for “Eyeswear”. Lily Rose Depp (daughter of Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp) will be his muse. So far very little publicized, the 16 year old enters into the world of fashion.

Fashion loves more than any other society to celebrate a certain aristocracy of success and beauty. It is therefore not uncommon for the “little sisters” and “daughters” to become the egeries of brands or magazines which expect to exploit their famous name to increase their visibility. Continue reading

BALENCIAGA ADVERTISING CAMPAIGN’S

balenciaga2The new Balenciaga Fall/Winter 2015 menswear campaign features talented vocalist Sam Smith, shot by Josh Olins. Music by Andy Stott.

The ads are dark and seductive with black and white imagery. Sam Smith has never looked better and is barely recognizable in a tailored black blazer and peacoat. It looks like he is trapped inside a Balenciaga world and can’t get out. I can see a priest. By the way Balenciaga is a Religious brand fot the afficionados indeed.

ONLY FOR THE RICHES

Collierchane2lAfter the Haute Couture fashion week in Paris, the French luxury brand has unveiled its latest collection of Haute Jewelry. Chanel propose, ‘Les Talismans’. These gorgeous creations are available this month in Chanel stores.

The house of Chanel is known for creating symbolic pieces, such as lucky charms and talismans, that were dear to Gabrielle Chanel, and this year, magnificent creations inspired by the idea of the mythical and magical protective powers of the talisman have been crafted in the Chanel workshops. Continue reading