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from Breakingviews:

Adidas can’t afford to be sentimental about Reebok

By Olaf Storbeck

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

Unwinding the ill-fated acquisition of Reebok could offer a much-needed new start for German sportswear maker Adidas.

Purchased in 2006 for an overpriced $3.8 billion, Reebok has never lived up to expectations. Now a group of investors including Jynwel Capital and funds affiliated with the Abu Dhabi government is mulling a 1.7 billion euros ($2.2 billion) bid for the unit, according to the Wall Street Journal.

It is easy to see why Reebok might now be attracting interest. Adidas initially suffered disappointing synergies and falling sales from the business. But the deal has slowly started to pay off thanks to Reebok repositioning from a general sportswear maker to a personal fitness brand, focusing on yoga, dancing and cross fit (fusing weightlifting, gymnastics and endurance activities). Reebok sales have grown five quarters in a row and profitability is improving.

from Breakingviews:

UK retail fails to weather the patently obvious

By Robert Cole

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Talking about the weather is a British national pastime. It cannot have escaped the notice of anyone living on an island in Europe’s north west fringe that it has been unseasonably warm in the last few weeks.

from Blogs Dashboard:

Fashion Lookout: NYFW Spring 2015 Coverage, Social Media

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from jharonnemartis:

DESIGNERS KORS AND KATE COMPETING FOR FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

New York Fashion Week featured a new runway star – glamorous, trendy and not affiliated with any one designer. Social media arrived as a marketing tool, with the potential to boost the bottom line of design firms that get it right. We look at two players to see who might pull ahead in the race for online dominance.

In New York, Facebook, Twitter and e-commerce tools instantly brought the latest styles to fans around the world, even giving customers the chance to buy them immediately.

from Blogs Dashboard:

DESIGNERS KORS AND KATE COMPETING FOR FANS ON SOCIAL MEDIA

New York Fashion Week featured a new runway star – glamorous, trendy and not affiliated with any one designer. Social media arrived as a marketing tool, with the potential to boost the bottom line of design firms that get it right. We look at two players to see who might pull ahead in the race for online dominance.

In New York, Facebook, Twitter and e-commerce tools instantly brought the latest styles to fans around the world, even giving customers the chance to buy them immediately.

from Breakingviews:

Reality yet to cut into ASOS valuation

By Quentin Webb

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Reality has yet to cut into ASOS’s valuation. A profit warning on June 5 sent shares in the British online fashion retailer down nearly a third. But the company continues to totter on an uncomfortably high earnings multiple. That deserves to come down too.

from Photographers' Blog:

Bissau: fashion, flair and hip-hop

Bissau, Guinea-Bissau

By Joe Penney

If you drive through the Mistra neighborhood of Bissau - the charming, ramshackle capital of Guinea-Bissau - signs of peoples’ love for American hip-hop are everywhere.

The local football pitch is named “California” after Tupac’s song “California Love.” Clothes reading “50 Cent” or “Thug Life” are commonplace, and Rihanna’s latest hits blare out from rusty radios beneath the mango trees.

from India Insight:

Colour is India’s over-hyped commodity, fashion designer Rahul Mishra says

(Any opinions expressed here are not those of Thomson Reuters)

Rahul Mishra is the man of the moment in fashion. He just brought home the international Woolmark Prize, the most coveted prize in the fashion world, and one that has gone to some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Karl Lagerfeld.

Mishra, who made his debut at the Lakme Fashion Week in 2006, has created a new kind of fibre from Merino wool that can be worn in the summer. Mishra’s fashions will be on sale at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York, Harvey Nichols in London, 10 Corso Como in Milan, Colette in Paris and elsewhere.

from India Insight:

Room for experimentation at Delhi fashion week

(Any opinions expressed here are not those of Thomson Reuters)

The collection that designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil displayed at the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi last week had all the right elements: it was beautiful, it had lehengas and gowns, it looked regal, it looked vintage. It was an instant hit and a big “sold out” note adorned the door of their stall the very next day. Still, a guest remarked, “it didn’t do it for me.”

That’s the way it goes at fashion shows. Most established designers take the safer path, creating garments in their signature styles and adhering to what the world wants now. Few designers experiment or create avant-garde clothing or try something different than what the market knows it wants and would pay to get.

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