Posted by Dale Buss on November 15, 2013 07:58 AM
Sony puts US fans in a lather with PlayStation 4 launch at critical time for company.
Volkswagen recalls 2.6 million vehicles worldwide and says UAW vote at its plant wouldn't affect US expansion plans.
Adidas goes with NBA "BIG logo" and short-sleeved jerseys for Christmas Day promotion.
A.G. Lafley shuffles P&G executives as one moves to Google.
Alexander McQueen collaborates with Damien Hirst.
Berkshire Hathaway takes big stake in ExxonMobil.
Cisco earnings miss portends broader changes in industry.
Compuware gets shareholder pressure to put itself up for sale.
Comcast plans to start selling films.
Dolce & Gabbana appeal tax evasian conviction.
Eminem taps brand partners to promote new album.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 30, 2013 02:47 PM
Gobal luxury brand conglomerates such as Kering, previously known as PPR, the parent company to brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, and a slew of other high profile brands, are a double edged sword: They can gain profits from a diverse brand portfolio, yet they can see sales sink when the luxury market is sluggish in a particular region of the world.
At the moment, the region in question is Asia, and more specifically China. While China is still consuming luxury goods, it seems that "Chinese shoppers are cutting back on designer duds, leather handbags, and pricey watches" according to the Associated Press. In fact, sales of luxury goods in China are expected to limp along and grow just 2.5 percent this year—a far cry from the double digit growth of a few years ago.
Chinese publication Jing Daily confirms that, "Chinese consumer tastes continue to quickly shift toward logo-free products and niche brands. ...The rise of popularity of niche designer labels in contrast to major logo-focused brands was exhibited this fall in the openings of three major department stores in mainland China..." Also a likely contributor is China's national austerity drive, which has put a negative connotation on luxury goods and experiences of all kinds.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 22, 2013 04:19 PM
PPR, the multinational holding company that is home to brands including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Brioni and Sergio Rossi, is rebranding as Kering, indicative of a transformation from French conglomerate to internationally focused sportswear (encompassing its brands including Puma, Tretorn and Volcom) and luxury-goods group.
The new name, accompanied by an owl logo and tagline, "Empowering Imagination," is pronounced "caring." CEO Francois-Henri Pinault explains, "We are there to care for the brand and take care of the brand," the Wall Street Journal reports.
Pinault carries on his father’s legacy as founder with the new name, which a press release explains was inspired by family roots in France's Brittany region as "Ker" meaning home in Breton, with the action-associated "ing" implying "doing" and "going."
Manfredi Ricca, the managing director at Interbrand in Milan, commented to the International Herald Tribune that the new identity reflects an awareness that companies need “a strong angle on what they stand for,” both for consumers and for employees, to demonstrate their “overarching vision” and values.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 4, 2013 12:12 PM
Selfridges has revealed its first batch of unbranded products as part of its month-long "No Noise" quiet shopping promotion.
Ahead of Monday's official launch of the event, the British retailer's Oxford Street flagship in London has unveiled its first collection of de-logofied products in partnership with brands in its food hall a trio of bare labels created by Heinz for its iconic ketchup bottle, baked beans tin and Marmite jar. (Warning: It's a "very limited" collection by Heinz, tweeted Selfridges food and restaurants manager David Jarvis.)
Selfridges grocery section of its food hall is now offering on-the-spot juicing by Juice Club UK, healthy snacks (and a food prescription consultation) from WinNaturally and other "food for thought" as part of the promotion inspired by the store's namesake founder — whose story is coming to British TV on Sunday night, with Jeremy Piven starring as "Mr. Selfridge" in ITV's new period drama series.
Other "No Noise" elements shoppers can check out include free meditation sessions and motion sensor window displays from Headspace, cellphone- and shoe-free shopping, art and (quiet) music performances and other moves to turn down the visual and auditory volume as a minimalist kick-off to the new year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 3, 2012 08:47 AM
AIG unveils new corporate logo as part of rebranding.
Sprint left behind as T-Mobile talks about merging with MetroPCS.
Boeing lowers global forecast as GE calls for inspections of certain Boeing models with its engines.
Air Canada debuts plans for low-cost carrier.
Airtime startup by Napster founders stumbles.
Alexander McQueen show sets Paris abuzz.
American Airlines finds seat problems on six aircraft.
Better Place CEO resigns from EV-charging-station startup.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 12, 2012 08:48 PM
In addition to featuring a Who's Who — including The Who — of British music (Annie Lennox, Ray Davies, the Spice Girls, George Michael, Madness, Blur), the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games paid tribute to British fashion brands.
The models hitting the Union Jack-shaped stage: Kate Moss (above) and Naomi Campbell in Alexander McQueen, Lily Donaldson wearing Vivienne Westwood, Stella Tennant in Christopher Kane, model/singer Karen Elson in Burberry, Lily Cole sporting Erdem, Georgia May Jagger (the offspring of fashion/music royalty Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall) wearing Victoria Beckham (a double brandcameo for the Spice Girl turned designer), Jourdan Dunn (Jonathan Saunders with headwear by milliner Stephen Jones) and David Gandy wearing Paul Smith.
The soundtrack: David Bowie's Fashion, of course. Bowie couldn't be included in the musical portion from the ceremony as he hasn't performed live since 2006.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 4, 2012 11:29 AM
As the UK stops all the clocks to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee — yes, the Queen of England has been wielding her Royal Tea Cozy for 60 years now — don’t think the Brits don’t know how to celebrate. There was a 1,000 boat river pageant on Sunday, and a star-studded concert on Monday.
From a McQueen fit for a future Queen to jubilant Marmite to Cadbury's Dairy Milk to much, much more, there's one subtle branded tribute that actually comes from an American brand. The city of London now boasts a new lighting system across its Tower Bridge that went live in time for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The lights burn a particular "diamond" color to help pay respects to Her Royal Highness.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2012 08:50 AM
Alexander McQueen brand expands to bespoke tailor on London's Savile Row.
American Airlines parent AMR reportedly eyeing bankruptcy court to void union contracts.
Angry Birds Space lands.
Apple antitrust suit would impact Amazon book monopoly.
Associated Press picks CEO successor.
AT&T reinvents the steering wheel.
Benihaha becomes target of takeover bids.
China factory activity shrinks in March.
Datsun revival seen as Nissan strategy not to devalue Infiniti.Continue reading...