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By invitation only: Amazon's new 'Luxury Stores' experience
By invitation only: Amazon's new 'Luxury Stores' experienceArticle

Amazon has unveiled a new premium shopping experience on its mobile app, called Luxury Stores, that will focus on both established and emerging luxury fashion and beauty brands...

16 Sep 2020

The altered eco-system of South African fashion
The altered eco-system of South African fashionArticle

For years now, South Africa's local fashion industry has been steadily trudging along. Many production and economic challenges face both local brands and designers, but the closest to their bottom line are inexpensive imports.

Samantha Chrysanthou 8 Sep 2020

How the Covid-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industry
How the Covid-19 crisis could remodel the luxury industryArticle

The Covid-19 crisis has hit the luxury and fashion industry hard. According to a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group, sales in these two sectors could drop by 25% to 30%...

Isabelle Chaboud 20 May 2020

Covid-19 disrupting fashion value chains
Covid-19 disrupting fashion value chainsArticle

African Fashion International (AFI) could never have imagined hosting the last day of Fashion Week to an eerily empty CTICC, livestreaming the entire schedule of evening shows. Little did we know, five years ago, the online streaming service that we had introduced would soon be the new normal...

Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe 13 May 2020

Upmarket US retailer Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcy
Upmarket US retailer Neiman Marcus files for bankruptcyArticle

US luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday.

7 May 2020

Prada shuts up shop in South Africa
Prada shuts up shop in South AfricaArticle

The first and only Prada store in South Africa, located along Sandton City Shopping Centre's Diamond Walk, has been closed for good, the luxury brand announced last week...

5 May 2020

Luxury brands' 3 best practices for coping with Covid-19
Luxury brands' 3 best practices for coping with Covid-19Article

The Covid-19 outbreak is taking a toll on the global luxury industry that is heavily dependent on the spending of Chinese shoppers at home and abroad...

Xiaofeng Wang 17 Mar 2020

Luxury brands gather in Ghana for inaugural Africa Luxury Dialogue
Luxury brands gather in Ghana for inaugural Africa Luxury DialogueArticle

The first Africa Luxury Dialogue event took place in Ghana recently, presented as a forum that explored the luxury landscape in West Africa...

5 Mar 2020

Battling the damaging effects of 'fast fashion'
Battling the damaging effects of 'fast fashion'Article

The numbers are astronomical: to make one pair of jeans, it takes close to 8,000 litres of water - the amount a person drinks over seven years. Even a simple cotton shirt requires close to 3,000 litres of water...

Pavithra Rao 5 Mar 2020

Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the way
Is the dress green or red? Planet-friendly couture won't be for everyone but it can lead the wayArticle

Jane Fonda hit the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony in a beaded red dress by Elie Saab - a gown she had previously worn at Cannes....

Mark Liu 14 Feb 2020

Kenzo Takada unveils new luxury home and lifestyle brand
Kenzo Takada unveils new luxury home and lifestyle brandArticle

Japanese designer and founder of French luxury fashion house Kenzo, Kenzo Takada, recently introduced the world to his new luxury home and lifestyle brand, K三...

23 Jan 2020

#BizTrends2020: Bright future for luxury brands in Africa
#BizTrends2020: Bright future for luxury brands in AfricaArticle

With strong economic growth, increased affluence and a growing population that is forecast to double by 2050, the continent holds strong potential for luxury brands...

Alain Dos Santos 10 Jan 2020

An African thunderstorm¹
An African thunderstorm¹Article

'Africa is changing fast' is a euphemism. The nature of the continent's change is not just fast, it has been deep, at times totally unforeseen and always multi-dimensional...

Issued by Kantar 8 Jan 2020

Checkout with caution this festive season, warns Spoor & Fisher
Checkout with caution this festive season, warns Spoor & FisherArticle

Spoor & Fisher has warned consumers about the risk of potentially purchasing counterfeit goods when shopping online...

18 Dec 2019

Lux Afrique Boutique avails luxury brands to shoppers in 54 African countries
Lux Afrique Boutique avails luxury brands to shoppers in 54 African countriesArticle

Lux Afrique Boutique offers high-net-worth consumers in Africa the opportunity to purchase luxury products online from the region and the rest of the world...

4 Dec 2019

Kering to go carbon-neutral across entire group
Kering to go carbon-neutral across entire groupArticle

Luxury fashion conglomerate Kering has pledged to become carbon-neutral across the entire group, within its own operations and across the entire supply chain...

25 Sep 2019

The Lalela Scarf: luxury fashion for a cause
The Lalela Scarf: luxury fashion for a causeArticle

Apparel with purpose; that's the rationale behind The Lalela Scarf, an international luxury fashion brand that exclusively supports Lalela, a non-profit arts education programme for at-risk youth in sub-Saharan Africa...

25 Sep 2019

SA designer Thebe Magugu first African to win LVMH Prize
SA designer Thebe Magugu first African to win LVMH PrizeArticle

South African talent Thebe Magugu, 26, is the winner of the 2019 LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers. Magugu is the first designer from Africa to scoop the coveted award...

5 Sep 2019

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Winning brands in SA's pre-owned luxury fashion segmentArticle

Luxity, a South African retailer of pre-owned luxury goods, has seen increased web traffic for items in the luxury second-hand market, hinting at growing public interest in the segment...

16 Aug 2019

Luxury fashion brands are making a splash in the art world
Luxury fashion brands are making a splash in the art worldArticle

Louis Vuitton reopened its refurbished flagship store in Florence in March 2019 to great fanfare from the fashion industry. The brand made great play of the fact that the store is replete with artworks...

Alessia Grassi 23 Jul 2019

Stella McCartney inks deal with LVMH
Stella McCartney inks deal with LVMHArticle

French luxury group LVMH - owner of Vuitton, Dior and Givenchy - has purchased a minority stake in Stella McCartney's fashion firm.

16 Jul 2019

'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised world
'Made in Van Phuc': How place identity can help artisans survive in a globalised worldArticle

The identity of luxury goods firms is often anchored in the creativity and skill of the artisans behind the objects. A case in point is Hermès, where workers spend years learning to work with precious materials such as leather and silk...

Hung M. Nguyen and Marcos Barros 15 Jul 2019

#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury business
#AfricaMonth: The rise of Afrocentrism and its impact on the luxury businessArticle

Africa has been a rich source of artistic inspiration for many parts of the world for centuries, but what's changing now is that Afrocentric culture is being spearheaded by the sons and daughters of the African continent...

Lauren Hartzenberg 29 May 2019

Prada pledges to go fur-free
Prada pledges to go fur-freeArticle

Luxury fashion house Prada will no longer use animal fur in its designs or new products, starting from its SS2020 Women's collections. The inventory will be sold until quantities will be exhausted...

27 May 2019

Mobile body-scanning startup wins LVMH Innovation Award
Mobile body-scanning startup wins LVMH Innovation AwardArticle

3DLook, a US-based startup specialising in mobile body-scanning technologies for apparel retail and other industries, is the winner of the LVMH Innovation Award...

24 May 2019

The most valuable global retail brands for 2019
The most valuable global retail brands for 2019Article

The results of the second annual BrandZ Top 75 Most Valuable Global Retail Brands have been revealed. The research shows that the world's most valuable retail brands are worth $339 billion more...

14 May 2019

LVMH launches new luxury fashion house with Rihanna
LVMH launches new luxury fashion house with RihannaArticle

LVMH, the world's largest luxury group, has announced the launch of a new Paris-based luxury fashion house, developed by Robyn Rihanna Fenty...

10 May 2019

The profane and the sacred: why luxury firms rushed to support Notre-Dame
The profane and the sacred: why luxury firms rushed to support Notre-DameArticle

The April 2019 fire at the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral came as an immense shock to the people of France, as well as throughout Europe...

Jean-Noël Kapferer 9 May 2019

#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darling
#CNILux: Creating Noonoouri - high fashion's virtual darlingArticle

Immaculately-dressed, globe-trotting and adorably doll-like, Noonoouri has made an enviable splash in the world of high fashion - but she only exists on the web...

Lauren Hartzenberg 29 Apr 2019

#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by Laduma
#CNILux: The creative cultural legacy of MaXhosa by LadumaArticle

The striking textile and knitwear designs conceived by South African golden boy Laduma Ngxokolo are not simply stylish collectables, they're vehicles of cultural preservation...

Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Models of colour are not a trend, we are here to stay - Naomi Campbell
#CNILux: Models of colour are not a trend, we are here to stay - Naomi CampbellArticle

Naomi Campbell wants to see better representation among designers and more African-based designers reaching the international fashion arena...

Liam Freeman 15 Apr 2019

#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to Africa
#CNILux: Global luxury industry shifts gaze to AfricaArticle

The fifth annual Condé Nast International Luxury Conference kicked off in Cape Town yesterday, bringing some of the biggest names in global luxury to African soil...

Lauren Hartzenberg 11 Apr 2019

Hermès to launch skincare and makeup categories in 2020
Hermès to launch skincare and makeup categories in 2020Article

French luxury house Hermès, best known for its high-fashion handbags, has plans to expand its business into skincare and cosmetics in 2020...

25 Mar 2019

Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving Neverland
Louis Vuitton pulls Michael Jackson-inspired clothing in the wake of Leaving NeverlandArticle

Louis Vuitton is pulling Michael Jackson-inspired items from its autumn/winter 2019 menswear collection, as controversy mounts following the release of the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland...

18 Mar 2019

What Karl Lagerfeld brought to the fashion of today and tomorrow
What Karl Lagerfeld brought to the fashion of today and tomorrowArticle

Through his solemn gestures, impenetrable gaze and distinctive and elegant dress code, Karl Lagerfeld left his mark on fashion as well as popular culture...

Jean-Noël Kapferer 6 Mar 2019

To sell luxury, should it still be called luxury?
To sell luxury, should it still be called luxury?Article

It is no coincidence that one of the favoured gathering spots of France's "gilets jaunes" protesters is the Champs-Élysées - after all, it's where the icons of globalised luxury are on display...

Jean-Noël Kapferer and Anne Michaut 27 Feb 2019

Virginie Viard to succeed Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel
Virginie Viard to succeed Karl Lagerfeld at ChanelArticle

Chanel has named Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's closest collaborator for more than 30 years, as the company's new creative director, after Lagerfeld passed away in Paris this week...

20 Feb 2019

Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld dies
Iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld diesArticle

Celebrated fashion designer and Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld has died at the age of 85...

Lauren Hartzenberg 19 Feb 2019

Prada shelves 'blackface' figurines decried as racist
Prada shelves 'blackface' figurines decried as racistArticle

Luxury fashion label Prada has been lambasted for selling monkey-like figurines with overly large red lips in a style reminiscent of racist caricatures of black people...

19 Dec 2018

Farfetch snaps up streetwear marketplace Stadium Goods
Farfetch snaps up streetwear marketplace Stadium GoodsArticle

Online luxury fashion marketplace Farfetch is acquiring Stadium Goods, a premier sneaker and streetwear marketplace, for $250 million...

14 Dec 2018

Chanel halts use of fur and exotic animal skins
Chanel halts use of fur and exotic animal skinsArticle

French luxury fashion brand Chanel has initiated a ban on the use of exotic animal skins in all future designs...

5 Dec 2018

#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashion
#ATFexpo2018: Buy less, spend more - the case for luxury fashionArticle

With a quick-throwaway culture defining the fast fashion era, investing in quality, handcrafted goods that are designed to last is one way consumers can shop more sustainably...

Lauren Hartzenberg 27 Nov 2018

Hugo Boss and Porsche sign multiyear Formula E deal
Hugo Boss and Porsche sign multiyear Formula E dealArticle

German fashion house Hugo Boss and German carmaker Porsche have entered into a multiyear cooperation that will see the apparel giant outfitting Porsche's Formula E racing team...

13 Nov 2018

Designer Jean Paul Gaultier bans fur from future collections
Designer Jean Paul Gaultier bans fur from future collectionsArticle

Parisian couturier Jean Paul Gaultier is the latest fashion designer to ditch the use of fur in all future collections...

13 Nov 2018

SA pre-owned luxury retailer extends service across southern Africa
SA pre-owned luxury retailer extends service across southern AfricaArticle

South African pre-owned luxury retailer, Luxity, will be extending its offering across the southern African region, into Namibia, Zambia, Angola and Botswana...

30 Oct 2018

Richemont and Alibaba team up for luxury e-commerce venture
Richemont and Alibaba team up for luxury e-commerce ventureArticle

Richemont, owned by SA billionaire Johann Rupert, has announced a global strategic partnership with Alibaba Group which will see the launch of a luxury goods platform for the Chinese market...

29 Oct 2018

Versace acquisition: Michael Kors needed to boost its credibility to make it in the luxury market
Versace acquisition: Michael Kors needed to boost its credibility to make it in the luxury marketArticle

By acquiring the prestigious Italian fashion house, Versace, American group Michael Kors enters the luxury world, despite a lack of experience in the sector...

Stéphane J. G. Girod 12 Oct 2018

Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar Brown
Chanel buys British swimwear brand Orlebar BrownArticle

French luxury house Chanel has acquired British tailored swimwear brand Orlebar Brown for an undisclosed sum...

Lauren Hartzenberg 1 Oct 2018

Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisition
Michael Kors grows luxury portfolio with $2bn Versace acquisitionArticle

One year after buying Jimmy Choo, US fashion company Michael Kors is acquiring Italian luxury goods house Versace for $2.1 billion...

Lauren Hartzenberg 25 Sep 2018

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