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Uptown/Downtown: NYC’s Changing Luxury Retail Landscape

What’s behind all the empty storefronts in New York City? Faith Hope Consolo, head of retail leasing for Douglas Elliman Real Estate, told the New York Times, “When you walk the streets, you see vacancies on every block in all five boroughs, rich or poor areas – even on Madison Avenue, where you used to […]

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British Luxury Brands Have All Eyes on US Market with Brexit Looming

“The British are coming!” That was the shout heard round New York City recently as a delegation of 18 British luxury brands converged in America’s luxury capital to talk luxury, British-style. The meetings were organized by Walpole, a non-profit group representing the “voice of British luxury,” and the government-funded GREAT Britain campaign. With Brexit looming, […]

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Can Michael Kors’ Capri Become the American LVMH?

When the news broke that Michael Kors Holdings paid $2.12 billion for Italian fashion brand Gianni Versace S.p.A., people were surprised at the price. Calling the offer “a rich one,” the Wall Street Journal reported the brand had generated only $17.5 million in profits last year. Investment analyst Oliver Chen with Cowen and Company was more bullish about the […]

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Ex-CEO of Calvin Klein Talks About Tapestry, Michael Kors and American Luxury

The latest financial releases from American luxury stalwarts Tapestry (Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman) and Michael Kors (MK and Jimmy Choo) showed strong performances this year. With retail up 5.5% year-over-year through July, prospects look good for the rest of the year. Both companies reported outstanding gains on the topline: Tapestry up 31% in both 4Q18 and […]

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Luxury Brands

Should a Luxury Brand Take Political Sides? Why It Matters

In the current U.S. culture sharply divided right or left, conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat, most luxury brands generally don’t think much about the political leanings of their customers. They tend to be inclusive in order not to alienate affluent customers with either a conservative or liberal viewpoint. But that may have to change. […]

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