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Retail companies and brands continue to rack in record sales from this year’s Black Friday through Cyber Monday shopping weekend. But Hanro is giving back — just in time for Giving Tuesday.
The luxury lingerie and loungewear brand is the latest retailer to team with The Little Market, donating 100 percent of proceeds to the nonprofit when shoppers purchase The Little Market x Hanro lingerie bag.
“It was a natural fit,” Hannah Skvarla, cofounder of The Little Market, said of the partnership with Hanro. “We are like-minded companies that prioritize quality and value conscious consumers.”
The travel-size canvas bag, which retails for $ 15, is available while supplies last in Hanro’s Los Angeles and New York City stores, as well as at shop.hanrousa.com.
Proceeds from the lingerie bag will go to support The Little Market.
Skvarla, who cofounded The Little Market with reality star and entrepreneur Lauren Conrad as a way to support female artisans, said she’s thrilled with the Hanro collaboration.
“Not only is the piece timeless, adorable and practical, but proceeds from every bag sold will provide economic opportunity to women around the globe,” she said.
The Little Market, a 501(c)(3) e-commerce site, was started in 2013. The company opened its first retail location in the
Getting tired of your usual watch? Now you can trade it in for a brand-new Breitling. The esteemed Swiss watchmaker has partnered with Crown & Caliber, the online retailer which lets you buy and sell pre-owned luxury watches, to launch an online platform where you can trade in your luxury watch and receive credit towards the purchase of a Breitling timepiece. That makes Breitling the first major Swiss watchmaker to accept pre-owned watches for a new model. The platform is now live, and you can access it on the Breitling website.
“In the industry there was a lot of talk about the secondary market,” Thierry Prissert, Breitling USA President, told Men’s Journal. “We needed to embrace it in a way that satisfies our customers.”
With the launch of the platform, Breitling has entered into the booming pre-owned watch market—by some estimates, a $ 17-$ 20 billion industry—in a big way, although Crown & Caliber handles the process of appraising the timepieces. The companies first crossed paths at Baselworld, the watch and jewelry trade show, a few years ago, but began to work on the new platform in earnest starting last year.
For Prissert, working with an established partner like Crown & Caliber was the best way for Breitling to get into the secondary market. C&C already handles sales of many pre-owned Breitling watches and has a reputation for selling high-quality timepieces. But the company’s knowledge of watch sales was a big draw, too. Since its launch in 2013, C&C has processed over 40,000 transactions and built a massive database in the process, including not only how much certain watches sell for, but also how long they’re on the market.
“Virtually any watch that we see,” Hamilton Powell, CEO and Founder of Crown & Caliber, told Men’s Journal, “we will have historical sales pricing on.”
“That was the convincing factor,” Prissert said, adding that the partnership saved Breitling from having to figure out the pre-owned watch market from scratch. As any watch aficionado will tell you, it can be a difficult arena to navigate—shady sellers and fake watches abound. That makes established, legitimate retailers like C&C all the more valuable.
The new launch comes at an exciting time for Breitling. The company revamped its website last year and only recently began selling some of its watches online. The goal with these new initiatives is to give watch buyers more options in how they find and purchase a timepiece, Prissert said.
With trade-ins specifically, both Powell and Prissert view the new platform as a way to catch up with other industries that have long accepted trades to knock down the price of a new product. If you want to buy a new Mercedes, for example, you trade in your current ride and get a better deal. Now you can do the same with the watch sitting in your drawer.
“We wanted to be able to offer customers the same optionality that’s existed in other industries,” Powell says.
With trade-ins, Prissert also sees an opportunity to make Breitling more accessible for people who are looking to put something new on their wrist, but might balk at a several-thousand-dollar price tag.
“It’s also to open the brand to new people that would be very much helped by a good gift certificate credit amount,” he said.
Of course, you already have to be sitting on a pretty nice watch in order to really bring the price down. But if do you have a quality model, a trade-in is a good way to try out something new, and doing it through Breitling ensures a relatively seamless transaction.
How It Works
For someone ready to upgrade, the process is simple enough. Head to Breitling’s trade-in page and choose your watch’s brand from a dropdown menu (the company currently accepts over 30 different brands). Then, fill out a form, upload some images of your timepiece, and submit it. The information goes to Crown & Caliber, where experts review the form and assess the value of your watch using the company’s database. Based on the condition of your ticker and how others like it have sold, the company generates a quote and replies to your submission in one business day.
If you accept it, you’ll get a shipping label to mail your watch to C&C’s processing facility in Atlanta, and once it’s received, you’ll get confirmation of the offer. From there, you can either have the company cut you a check for the value of the watch, or you can get a voucher towards the purchase of a new Breitling model.
Take note: There’s also a sweetener if you choose the voucher. According to Powell and Prissert, Breitling will add a premium on top of your watch’s quoted value if you opt for store credit. Although they wouldn’t provide specifics, Powell said it’s “a meaningful percentage,” of the quote. Try making that happen with your local Mercedes dealer.
New Watches to Look Out for Right Now
With several new watches debuting this fall, now’s a great time to get your hands on a Breitling. Here are the details on our favorites.
Unveiled at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, the Superocean Automatic 44 Outerknown is a collaboration between the watchmaker and Slater’s apparel company, Outerknown. It’s an update of Breitling’s classic Superocean dive watch, which was first released in 1957. It comes with a 44-millimeter stainless-steel case and a ratcheted unidirectional bezel—a key feature that allows divers to time their dives accurately. It has a green dial and the hands, numerals, and indexes have a luminescent coating for easy reading in low-light conditions. The launch also included a new Econyl strap made from recycled nylon that will work with any Breitling timepeice, and the strap comes in a range of colors for a rugged look that can match any outfit.
[$ 3,950; breitling.com]
The new Avenger collection launched in September, and these watches are built to the highest standards of reliability and durability and come with some serious performance chops built-in. We like the Super Avenger Chronograph 48 Night Mission, which features a tough, shock-resistant 48-millimeter titanium case that’s designed for use even while wearing gloves. The blue dial’s large numerals are inspired by the stenciled numbers on aircraft carriers, and they’re coated with a luminescent film to make them easy to read no matter where you are. A blue leather strap secures this bold military-inspired watch to your wrist.
[$ 5,835; breitling.com]
This watch is packed with aviation history. We’ll start with the name: It’s a reference to the de Havilland Mosquito, a legendary WWII-era British warplane made almost entirely from wood. Design-wise, the Aviator 8 is also a nod to the on-board clocks that Breitling designed for planes back in the 1930s and 1940s and the company’s famed Co-Pilot watch, which was beloved by aviators for its large, easy-to-read numerals. The watch is powered by a Caliber 01 movement made in-house at Breitling, and it comes with a brushed stainless-steel bezel over a handsome black dial with silver chronograph counters. The red and orange accents on the hands add a pop of color, and there’s some history behind them, too: The colors are inspired by the military roundels painted on Mosquitos during the war.
[$ 7,710; breitling.com]
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LONDON — Louis Vuitton was one of the highlights of the men’s spring 2020 season, with Virgil Abloh transforming the secluded Place Dauphine into a tourist destination with an ice cream truck, balloon artists and Eiffel Tower keychains. He also debuted the 508 High-Top LV Trainer — an Air Jordan-like model with cream lilac and blue suede finishing and red nylon laces. There was a new, unnamed running sneaker style on offer, too, and both were accessorized with plastic luggage tags, serving as a reminder of Vuitton’s heritage in travel.
Vuitton has been offering sneakers for a long time, but it was only after Abloh came on the scene that they became as desirable as a Keepall Bandoulière — at least to the streetwear community. Vuitton certainly needed to catch up, considering that Kering’s Balenciaga, Gucci and Alexander McQueen brands have been serving up hot sneakers constantly in recent seasons.
More sneakers than ever were spotted on the men’s spring runways — as well as on the street — even though many designers said the general trend is towards a more “dressed up” style, and away from streetwear. Sneaker designs ranged from collaborations such as Undercover x Nike; Ambush x Converse; Asics
While there can be a fair amount of sticker shock when perusing for a new timepiece, consider it an investment you can pass down to future generations. Today’s pilot, diving, and chronograph watches are crafted to last a lifetime.
Here are five of our favorites, all new for spring 2019.
Panerai Submersible Luna Rossa-47mm Custom Gray Dial
This automatic mechanical diving watch is made from the same near-bulletproof material comprising the hull of Luna Rossa’s AC75 (Panerai is their official sponsor for the 36th America’s Cup). At night, the hour markers and dots glow a luminous green.
[$ 21,600; panerai.com]
Tudor Black Bay
Another handsome diving watch, Tudor’s Black Bay timepiece is waterproof up to 660ft. We especially love the burgundy fabric strap and polished satin finish of its case.
[$ 3,400; tudorwatch.com]
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronograph 44 Outerknown
Stand out in Breathing’s steel and sapphire blue dive watch. It’s the perfect representation of the brand’s partnership with Outerknown—the sustainable apparel manufacturer—which just so happens to be co-founded by surfing juggernaut Kelly Slater. The strap is made from a special yarn crafted from nylon waste.
[$ 7,100; breitling.com]
Omega Speedmaster CK2998
This sporty and timeless chronograph is a classic for Omega. The first iteration was released in 1959. The black, perforated leather strap; scratch-resistant crystal housing an anti-reflective finish; and pop of red on seconds hand make this one bold timepiece.
[$ 6,500; omegawatches.com]
Zenith Pilot Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback
Another 60s throwback, this chronograph pilot watch is a stunner what with its brown nubuck leather strap and bronze-grained dial.
[$ 7,700; zenithwatches.com]
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CLAD IN A white lab coat and sitting at a large wood workbench in the corner of a workshop with views of the woods out back, Charles Emslie grabs a magnifying loupe and casts his gaze on a 1989 Rolex Submariner 16610. The stainless steel watch with a black bezel probably sold for around $ 1,500 when it was released, but today it is prized by collectors and can fetch as much as $ 8,000—if it’s in mind condition.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case with this Rolex. “The watch is old enough that the oils have degraded and gotten dirty and dried out,” Emslie says. “It needs a complete overhaul.”
With that, Emslie, 32, who’s been repairing fine watches for a decade, prepares to go inside the Submariner and take it apart piece by piece. This is no simple task. The mechanical watch, which is powered by the movement of the wearer’s arm, comprises hundreds of pieces—some “only a little thicker than a human hair,” Emslie says. To inspect the Rolex, Emslie will use an array of specialized tools, everything from millimeter-size screwdrivers to wooden tweezers—you don’t have to worry about scratches quite as much with the wood ones, he explains. From there, certain key parts of the watch, including its automatic movement, will be placed in a cleaning machine called the Greiner Vibrograf ACS900 in a nearby room. The case, meanwhile, will be washed separately in something called an Elma Ultrasonic Tank. Then Emslie will put it all back together, testing and retesting the rehabbed timepiece to ensure precision accuracy.
EMSLIE IS AMONG a team of watchmakers, technicians, and refinishers here at the headquarters of Crown & Caliber, a watch retailer based in Atlanta that buys and sells pre-owned luxury timepieces online. Since it launched in 2013, the company says, it has had more than 40,000 transactions.
Crown & Caliber was founded by Hamilton Powell, an Atlanta native with a background in finance. He got the idea after a friend described what he went through when he tried to sell a rare Rolex Day Date. After posting the watch on eBay, the friend was besieged by scammers. With estimates of the timepiece’s value all over the map, he was unsure of an asking price, until he finally sold it for $ 5,500 to a mom-and-pop jewelry shop—which flipped it for more than twice that amount.
Sensing an opportunity, Powell did some research. He learned, to his surprise, that the U.S. market for high-end mechanical watches is some $ 5 billion a year. “Some estimate that the pre-owned industry is more than double that,” Powell says. But that pre-owned market was like the Wild West. “Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist,” Powell says. “I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’”
So he set out to do just that, launching Crown & Caliber with a small team and a single watchmaker. “I remember a couple of nights at 1:00, looking for a lost watch part in the carpet of our office with a flashlight,” Powell says. Today, the company has about 60 full-time employees, including watchmakers, refinishers, and customer-service staff.
Pre-owned watches are traded in back alleys, and pawnshops, and on forums or on eBay and Craigslist. I thought, ‘We can make it easier and more trusted, a better way to buy a watch.’
Crown & Caliber takes the guesswork and uncertainty out of the process. Sellers know they’re getting a fair price, and buyers can be assured that what they’re getting is authentic and in tip-top shape. Would-be sellers fill out an online form, answering a series of questions. The company sends back a quote, based on a proprietary database that analyzes how much similar watches have sold in the past. “We’re not using our gut; we’re not using just a hunch,” Powell says. “We’re using real data to determine what we’re going to pay.”
Once Crown & Caliber gets hold of the watch and confirms its authenticity, the real work begins. First, the team tests the watch in a Witschi analyzing machine to determine accuracy. If they find that it’s not keeping time the way it’s supposed to—like the Submariner being worked on by Emslie—it goes to the workshop, where repairs are made. From there, the watch is refinished, polished up, and photographed, before being posted as for sale on the site. Watch experts are on hand to guide buyers through the process, patiently answering questions about what makes a particular timepiece special or why two watches that look identical can vary widely in price.
Those prices are nothing to sniff at. At the lower end of the scale, a Baume & Mercier Clifton Club watch can go for about $ 1,250. At the upper end, hardcore collectors will spend from $ 40,000 to $ 50,000 for an automatic 2010 Patek Philippe Nautilus or 2015 IWC Portuguese Minute Repeater Limited Edition— roughly what you’d pay for a Mercedes-Benz SLC Roadster.
BACK IN THE Crown & Caliber workshop, Emslie turns his attention from the Rolex to a Patek Philippe Complications Annual Calendar, an automatic watch with a solid white-gold case that can fetch as much as $ 50,000. The Patek is “less than two years old, in my estimation,” Emslie says. His main job with this Patek isn’t to disassemble it—he just needs to make sure it’s not a fake and then get back to the seller with an offer. (It is, in fact, real.)
Next comes something slightly more affordable than the Patek: a Breitling Chronomat A13050 that Emslie says costs around a couple of grand. It’s a good way to end a Tuesday—Breitlings happen to be among Emslie’s favorites. “Stainless steel, white dial, very pretty movement,” he says, somewhat wistfully. “It’s reliable, it’s accurate, it’s a beast.”
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If you’ve ever dreamed of owning brands like Breitling and Montblanc but figured they were out of reach, this is the opportunity of a lifetime. Jomashop is having a huge sale on a remarkable selection of watches and accessories through April 19 only, with markdowns up to 77 percent off.
From classic task watches to luxury timepieces, get over to Jomashop right now and take advantage of these amazing deals. You can also finance your purchase with Affirm and get a monthly payment that’s totally manageable. And for a timepiece that you’ll be proud to show off for the rest of your life, maybe even pass on to your kids? It might be a bargain you can’t afford to resist.
All Jomashop watches come with a warranty. And Jomashop understands this is a high-end purchase that you’re going to want to appreciate immediately. So the company offers free next-day air delivery on orders over $ 1,000. Just use the code FREENDA. (For orders under $ 1K, you can get the same next-day treatment for $ 25 with the same code.)
Jomashop has been in the retail and wholesale trade of luxury goods such as watches, fine writing instruments, accessories, crystal, and gift items for well over 25 years. It’s an established company that you can trust. To Jomashop this means providing a combination of competitive pricing, honest and reliable customer service 24/7/365, and a state-of-the-art, New York City-based fulfillment center capable of delivering products all around the world.
Get It: Check out all the great deals at the Jomashop Easter Sale today
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From fashion to fintech, American fashion designer Alvin Valley partners with HauteLook cofounder Carlota Espinosa and Oracle-acquired InstantService.com founder Damion Hankejh to integrate OnApproval — the “first luxury payment service system” with Uphold in early January.
Having launched in 2015, Uphold serves more than 184 countries to deliver 30-plus currency types including traditional forms and cryptocurrency. Since its launch, it has powered more than $ 4 billion in U.S. transactions while offering “frictionless foreign exchange for merchants and members around the world.”
The partnership anticipates the formal launch of OnApproval, and it allows its members to “pull goods before paying — providing an in-store shopping experience at home” — by partnering as the alpha merchant with Uphold, the “Internet bank of money,” to onboard 1 million OnApproval members.
According to Hankejh, e-commerce is “ripe for remodeling.” In a separate interview with WWD, Espinosa offered that OnApproval “drives loyalty by reducing payment friction and eliminating the “shopping cart” paradigm, triggering in-store behavior in the home wrapped in personalized customer experience.”
Sometimes noted as the “king of pants” for his extensive design reign in the product category, Valley is in good company with his fellow cofounders of OnApproval. Espinosa is cofounder and vice president of the Nordstrom-acquired HauteLook and Hankejh is a chief
“I can remember the exact moment I decided to start the company.” Hamilton Powell is talking about the brand he founded, Crown & Caliber, a site built for luxury watch enthusiasts looking for a timepiece that gets inspected, maintained, and resold by a team of experts based in Atlanta.
“One day I had lunch with a friend of mine named Jay who decided to sell his watch to a local jewelry store after unsuccessfully trying to sell it online,” he tells Men’s Journal. “And then two weeks later he went there to buy something for his wife and saw it for sale for almost double what he was offered.
“And at that exact moment that’s when I realized that there should be a better way for individuals to transact in this secondary watch market.”
Go behind the scenes of Crown & Caliber’s operation, from seeing the watches get disassembled by the expert team of watchmakers to the pros who know exactly how a specific band needs polished—all before it’s completely ready to go online and shipped to your doorstep.
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PARIS — Rihanna is getting ready for her next act in fashion, and with the world’s largest luxury group as her partner, WWD has learned.
According to multiple sources, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton and the music sensation have been in secret discussions to launch a luxury house under her name. That would make it the first fashion brand industry titan Bernard Arnault has launched from scratch since Christian Lacroix in 1987.
LVMH has already handpicked a clutch of employees from within, including some from Louis Vuitton and Celine, to work on the project in tandem with Rihanna and some of her key associates, sources said.
Details about the launch and its timing could not immediately be learned. LVMH officials declined comment Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the Internet lit up with speculation about the origins of the bold, gold shades Rihanna wore while stepping out in Manhattan — her Fenty brand name spelled out across the temples. Sources said the music star was simply test-driving a prototype, while dropping a colossal tease about her next major foray beyond music.
Rihanna has demonstrated a serious interest in, and influence on, fashion — along with formidable design chops and acute instincts — with her recent tenure as the
Ermenegildo Zegna is expanding its reach in China.
The luxury Italian men’s wear brand has opened a digital “flagship” on Tmall Luxury Pavilion in a move that marks Zegna’s first online offering in the market outside of its own e-commerce site.
Zegna was one of the first luxury-goods brands to enter China with the opening of its first store in Beijing in 1991. The country now represents about half of its overall business. At the WWD CEO Summit in October, chief executive officer Ermenegildo Zegna, said: “We used to test new things in this market [the U.S.], but now we test them in China, and if it works, then we bring them around the world. [The Chinese customer] is so alive and he wants continuous innovation — probably because he’s younger and he has more time to shop.”
As part of its launch on Tmall, Zegna has created an exclusive collection with the Chinese Football Association. The limited-edition CFA Capsule Collection, which was developed for the China market, offers navy and white activewear, polo shirts, jackets, trainers and leather accessories inspired by the national soccer team’s off-field formal and casual attire, which Zegna has designed since 2016. A fuller assortment will be available by
HIGH-END FASHION OPTIONS: One-year-old size-inclusive shopping site 11 Honoré hosted a breakfast at Sadelle’s in New York Thursday to toast the launch of their editorial content platform, Page 11, focused on fashion, beauty, personal style and wellness.
And toast may be an understatement. The breakfast consisted of house salmon tower, grapefruit cocktail, blueberry pancakes, cheese blintzes, scrambled eggs, sausage and avocado. And plenty of bagels — giving journalists and influencers enough sustenance to power through the first day of fashion week.
Founded last year by Patrick Herning, 11 Honoré is the first retailer of its kind to offer a selection of luxury and designer ready-to-wear from sizes 10 to 24. By partnering with designers, the site offers resources they need, such as fit technology, graders and fit models to produce in extended sizing. Many of the brands have never offered their clothing in plus sizes before, and their patternmakers might not be comfortable with it, nor have the resources. The styles are the same as in straight sizes.
The site launched in August 2017 with 15 brands, and for fall will feature 70, including Brandon Maxwell, Adam Lippes, Altuzarra, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Derek Lam, Marc Jacobs, Jason Wu, Jonathan Simkhai, Christian Siriano, Theory and
Behold the $ 300 straw.
Seizing on the plastic straw ban, which have been widely declared an environmental nuisance, fashion firms are stepping up to offer fancy versions of metal straws — some painted with colorful stripes, others dipped in gold. Already two jewelry companies are leveraging their expertise in precious metals to create straws that enable them to “join the conversation.”
Tiffany & Co. introduced one in the fall as part of its Everyday Objects collection of home items designed by Reed Krakoff. Curlicue like a piglet’s tail, it comes in yellow and rose gold vermeil as well as pure sterling silver, priced between $ 250 and $ 350.
“As plastic waste continues to pose a serious threat to our oceans, we’re proud to offer these enduring and finely crafted precious metal straws as an ocean-friendly alternative for sipping in style,” Tiffany’s chief sustainability officer Anisa Kamadoli Costa told WWD.
Tiffany & Co.’s $ 250 gold vermeil straw.
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Some Reddit commenters wondered if the Tiffany design signaled a larger cultural shift. “Should the term change to ‘born with a silver straw in his mouth’?” pondered Grafter8.
This week, men’s jewelry brand Miansai joined the movement. The company launched artisanal straws, fabricated of brass or copper that sell for
Svakom will be showcasing its collection of high-end vibrators and other pleasure toys at Sex Expo New York 2018, to be held the weekend of Sept. 22-23 at the Brooklyn Expo Center.
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Interest in luxury items is at an all-time high and has been for years. Manufacturers and retailers alike have successfully capitalized on this trend since its inception, and we at SexToyDistributing.com have noticed a shift in what typically defines something as “high end.”
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You may know Andersonâs, the Italian leather goods company with an English name, for their stellar handmade belts (thereâs an great selection at End.) The company, located in Parma, Italy, has been in business for more than 50 years and was started by Carlo Valenti, who learned the ins and outs of belt making from master craftsmen at a Parma leather factory before striking out on his own in 1966.
LOS ANGELES — Alexandre Arnault is aiming to recharge and perhaps redefine what it means to operate a luxury brand at retail these days.
Arnault, whose father is LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive Bernard Arnault, rose to cochief executive of Rimowa last year after it was announced the upscale German luggage maker had sold a majority stake to the French conglomerate. The deal made Rimowa the first German maison to enter the LVMH portfolio and ushered in a new direction of sorts with Arnault now helming the business — which counts 150 stores, 13 of which are in the U.S. — and evolving a brand founded in 1898 for the digital age.
Arnault, in town for the opening of the company’s first pop-up concept shop, said the store aims to be a new take on retail. The space is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills just steps away from its existing store sandwiched between Dior’s men’s and women’s boutiques.
“Indeed it is the first time that we’ve actually done a pop-up and the thinking behind it was really to do something fun, new and exciting compared to what we have in our retail network, which is sometimes a
Millennials hate commitment — to a degree.
Edited, a retail analysis organization reviewed Millennial consumer behavior within the luxury sector. The research uncovered that despite the falling of overall full-price sell-outs in the segment, accessories, particularly bags benefited a rise in sales.
“With its low prices and swiftly developing trends, fast fashion has facilitated this demographic’s endless switching-up of garments. But that’s not to say the Millennial shopper isn’t attuned to the finer things in life, which is where luxury accessories play a key role,” said Katie Smith, senior retail analyst at Edited.
The research reviewed data collected from 30 U.S. luxury women’s wear retailers that included over 5,000 brands in the first half of 2016 compared to the first half of this year. On the upside, the study found that luxury retail discounts decreased five percent year-over-year, suggesting that retailers are turning to updated alternatives for improved revenue gains.
According to the analysis, the top-performing brands in this year, in descending order, were Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Valentino and Dolce & Gabbana. The handbag category posted the highest boost. The research found that full-price sell-outs of the item were up 22 percent with an average price of $ 1,465.07.
Gucci was the big winner
OPEN CALL: Walpole has opened nominations for the 16th edition of its 2017 British Luxury Awards, to be held at London’s Dorchester hotel on Nov. 20. The industry event showcases British luxury brands’ craftsmanship, design and innovation with nominations open until Sept. 8.
Categories will include cultural experience, British luxury brand of the year, maker of the year, luxury with a heart, commitment to British manufacturing, excellence in exporting British luxury, digital, innovation and creativity, brands of tomorrow award for emerging talent, leader in luxury, international luxury brand of the year and lifetime achievement.
The judging panel is comprised of names including Michael Ward, Helen Brocklebank, Gillian de Bono, Hannah Rothschild and Stefan Sielaff.
Last year Ralph & Russo won for outstanding achievement, while Charlotte Tilbury scooped up brand of the year. Anya Hindmarch was awarded for digital innovation while Burberry was named champion of luxury sustainability.
Walpole is a not-for-profit organization that aims to protect and promote British luxury brands at home and abroad with members including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Harrods and Jimmy Choo.
It’s a gray day in Tbilisi, Georgia, where I am outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts with photographer Tamuna Karumidze and musician Natalie “Tusia” Beridze. Though the air is thick with fog and we are still waking up, there is a shared flicker of excitement to the proceedings: We’re going to Lilo Plaza, a bazaar located on the outskirts of the city. The outdoor shopping center is the ultimate destination for all-things-knockoff, as well as a still-standing symbol of the pursuit of logo-ed luxury goods that saturated the post–Soviet Union in the early ’90s, when the free market filtered in and the ex-USSR was flooded with imported counterfeit designer garb from countries like Turkey and China. It’s the same intoxicated vision of throwback consumerism that runs rampant through today’s red-hot collections from the likes of Gosha Rubchinskiy and Demna Gvasalia of Vetements (and now Balenciaga), who are from Russia and Georgia, respectively, and who are prone to riffing on the ubiquitous logos or the ill-fitting awkwardness of bin-plucked pieces from the era. And just outside of Tbilisi, the bazaar’s little frigid shanties are still stocked with the same fake merchandise and inexpensively crafted paraphernalia of the early ’90s that, in a chic and shinier form, are now dotting runways. It’s the mecca of cheap and tongue in cheek—and we’re ready to make the pilgrimage. We hail a cab, and 20 minutes later we’re there.
Upon approach, it’s clear that Lilo Plaza’s massive marketplace is actually a mass of sheet-metal lean-tos, intersected by weaving dirt paths filled with furry-browed Azeri men in puffer jackets who chew on wet cigarettes, the piled-up sacks of recent shipments, and elderly women who tug along heavy carts of coffee and call out “khachapuri,” the name of the cheesy baked bread that’s a local delicacy. We enter the first section of stalls, where Enya is playing from a booth filled with only radios, to find a mix of household supplies and women’s accessories: Belts and lamps hang near bedsheets, shower nozzles, briefcases, a box of red slippers that say “sport,” and pocket knives. The three of us are giddy in this near-claustrophobic mass barrage of stuff: There’s a wave of BOGO impulse, and I suddenly want to snap up a sink spout and light switch, just because they’re there and they’re so cheap. But off we go: We peer into a hutch selling only wallets slathered in rhinestones or in shiny, printed snakeskin that is already shedding; around the corner is a booth that contains only corded house phones and digital clocks, where the only indicator that we are in 2015 is a LED sign that reads “Internet.” Further down, we reach an area filled with bloated stuffed animals dyed in saccharine shades of baby pink and lilac. Tusia looks at the toys and mentions she may want to buy a pair of tights for her 2-year-old daughter. We’re off to the clothing section.
The apparel area is the cheerful pinnacle of bad taste: A strung-out logomania haven where children-size dolls are dressed in sequined mini “Chanel” tracksuits and hung by their hair from the ceiling and headless mannequins adorn the entrance nearby in sweatshirts by “Tommy Hilfiger” and “Nike.” The quality of the pieces is about what you’d expect for the price range, which means they feel like they might fall apart if exposed to the elements, and their design seems to be inspired less by any actual high fashion or runway references and more a rough approximation of luxury, where everything expensive is shiny, sparkly, or covered in (faux) fur. In the name of investigative reporting, I buy a pure white mock-neck sweater emblazoned with a black “Chanel” logo in the middle of the chest for 40 lari, or a little more than 16 American dollars. Against my better judgment, and likely to the chagrin of the Chanel legal department, I’m slightly elated with this painfully fake purchase: I don’t feel bad about the counterfeit couture, because it seems so entirely obvious that no one would think for even half a second that this was real. It feels a little like an in-joke, but I’m not entirely sure at whose expense. The storekeeper tells me in Russian that it “fits super” and tries to sell me a shirt that is plastered with an illustration of a model in a leopard-print dress and the phrase “Miss Vog’ue.” I catch up with Tamuna, who is photographing Tusia in a boxy top emblazoned in the “Moschino” logo that’s not that far off from some of Jeremy Scott’s recent runway hits.
We stop for a cup of sugar-drizzled Turkish coffee and make our way over to the footwear section, where we poke and prod the floral-print platform boots whose rubber soles reek of chemicals and find some sneakers that have “Adidas” misspelled on their tongues. I strike a pose next to a rack of rubber children’s “Gucci” boots in my new “Chanel” shirt, one of many Westernized bullies who have made fun of the easy-access fakes here today. And then Tusia spots a pair of woven gray and black sneakers on the wall. “Oh, my God—Yeezys!” she screams in Georgian at the pair of imitation Yeezy Boost 350s. “I was looking online; they are like 600 dollars!” There are no more knockoff jokes. We head to an ATM and return with a stack of 80 laris, around 30 American dollars. Tusia slips the bootleg Yeezys onto her feet and smiles, and for a moment, they almost look real.
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MILAN – The Expo 2015 hosted by Italy’s fashion capital Milan is not the only attraction appealing to international tourists and visitors.
A press conference here Thursday titled, “Luxury Tourism during Expo,” organized by Global Blue in collaboration with Prima Classe Italia, explored the dynamics of top spending nationalities during Expo.
Since April, Global Blue, which specializes in services and tax-free shopping for foreign visitors, measured the visitor flow and purchasing dynamics in its Italian lounge, located in the heart of the fashion district, in via della Spiga.
“We note that one of the main levers to capture the attention of international tourists when they visit a country is the focus of high-level hospitality able to intercept most of their needs,” said Antonella Bertossi, marketing sales manager of Global Blue Italia.
According to Bertossi, Milan has worked hard in that direction in recent months and has attracted mainly Asian tourists (39 percent), led by the Chinese, who showed interest in the services of the Italian lounge, followed by Russian customers (22 percent) and American visitors (11 percent).
South Americans accounted for 4 percent of the total, but a peak of arrivals from the region is expected in August, according to the organizers of the Expo, which confirmed 300,000 sold
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Luxury is a word that gets thrown around a lot these days. It’s used to describe anything from rustic wilderness retreats to cars. It’s used by working moms when speaking of Saturday morning breakfasts with family, by authors who are able to make time to finally begin their next novel. It’s used by branders and marketers to sell products, by designers to sell an image or an idea. The capricious nature of our society results in the definition of luxury undergoing constant flux, leaving much room for interpretation. Such interpretation depends as much on one’s current circumstance as it does on society’s current fascinations.
What’s sumptuous for some is comfortable for others — a delicacy as opposed to a necessity.
When thinking of luxury in the broad sense, we conjure images of the unattainable: a private jet, a suite at the Ritz, or something as brazen as a Bentley, all of which serve as standard symbols of luxury and it’s inherent opulence. It typically evokes a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous type of sensibility that’s superior and unpublicized. It’s likened to a hidden gem or a secret society of wealth and power that commands unparalleled levels of service and living standards in every facet of life. An every day, run of the mill existence will never be included in the thought or implementation of luxury. To do so, in fact, is it’s antithesis.
As a society, we’re looking for ways to experience our own, perhaps unconventional, versions of luxury. We’re taking the very idea of something out of the ordinary, the opposite of mundane or routine or widely accessible, and burnishing it with our own one-of-a-kind stamp. Centuries past saw more clear divisions of wealth and class, but today’s world of modern technology has made even the most special items readily available with the click of a mouse (and an Amex, of course). Women who had no idea what an Hermes Birkin was in years past can now troll eBay, put in a bid, and negotiate free shipping to their doorstep. This melding of convenience with rarity has broken the barrier between the us versus them idea once behind luxurious living. Websites like Net-a-Porter or Scott Dunn Travel exemplify the luxury-to-the-masses credo. In keeping prices for goods or services rendered at the level of luxury and wrapping them in a widely accessible presentation such as a website, we’re lead to believe such enrichments are accessible to everyone. Of course, this can be interpreted as the materialistic motivator that has driven our society into massive credit card debt and widespread unhappiness, which could explain why re-defining luxury has become a pressing focus.
Of course luxury is most often portrayed as tangible objects. But that is also changing. More and more we hear and feel that time is a luxury, and that is, of course, the irony. We work longer and harder to be able to give ourselves and our loved ones (and, in my case, my dog) our own versions of a luxurious lifestyle through things such as private school, designer clothes, or days at the spa. We’re always in battle with time, trying to control or manage down to the last minute in order to get or make more of it. We wouldn’t go to those extents if it weren’t valuable. Most would say it’s entirely elusive of a price tag, yet what’s the saying? Time is money. So where does that leave those seeking the luxury of a Saturday morning breakfast with family?
This harder, faster, stronger mentality leaves little room for relaxation, arguably the biggest luxury of all.
To be free of stress and worry escapes us, even when given the chance to let everything go and breath deeply, we succumb to our mobile devices and continue to let in the noise. So is luxury being able to answer an important email at any time of day? Or is it being able to turn off electronics and forget you know what email is, even for a short, hour-long yoga class?
Luxury will always have a champagne and caviar connotation, steeped in the roots of kings and empires and their unmatched existence. However, despite our yearly income, we have the ability to make smaller things a luxury in our own right. A cashmere blanket and a cup of tea can fill a craving for luxury when a Caribbean vacation is out of reach. We can order personalized stationary, or carve out time to cook pancakes with our friends or family whenever we wish. It boils down to the desire to feel as though our lives are worth something, that we are special and rare, and deserve to live in luxury if only for a seemingly transitory moment. But a luxurious life is always within our grasp; it comes from what we make of it.
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