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They lust for Leiber and buy Coach


leiber.jpgWhen it comes to luxury handbags , wealthy American women view Leiber bags as the most prestigious,  but most often buy Coach, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

The survey, conducted by a research firm called The Luxury Institute, found Leiber scored highest on its “Luxury Brand Status Index”, which includes measurements for quality, exclusivity, social status and self-enhancement (meaning the brand can make the buyer feel special).

Tied for second out of thirty luxury brands included in the survey were Hermes and Tod’s, followed by Jimmy Choo, Bottega Veneta and Valentino.

While those brands scored the highest in terms of perception, here are the brands that survey respondents said they purchased most frequently in the past 12 months.

Signet shines up listing for US investors


diamond-ring.jpgSoon, Signet will move its primary stock exchange listing to the New York Stock Exchange and may attract more investors to an already strong base. Signet who, you ask? They are known best as the operators of the Kay Jewelers chain and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry stores in the United States.

For Signet, sales trends in the United States are a bit different from those in the United Kingdom, according to the company. Predictably, U.S. sales peak around the year-end holidays, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, though British shoppers are not keen jewelry buyers for the latter two holidays . Also, U.S. consumers are more into buying anniversary jewelry and upgrading engagement rings throughout the year. In the UK? Not so much.

Check Out Line: Even Neiman Marcus feels the pinch


bergdorf.jpgCheck Out lower quarterly results at Neiman Marcus — the latest in a string of results proving that high-end stores are running into the same trouble as their lower-tier peers.  

The company, known for its namesake and Bergdorf Goodman stores, said on Wednesday that quarterly sales fell almost 1 percent to $1.06 billion, while net profit fell nearly 7 percent to $55.4 million.

Thank you… come again


tiffany1.jpgNo, really. That is what Tiffany executives must think, looking at the sea of tourists at its fabled flagship store on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

Eclipsing a 4-percent drop in same-store sales in its other stores, the New York store posted a 16-percent rise.

Barneys CEO: ‘Single digits’ the new black


The U.S. economy’s funk is felt even in the luxury temples of fashion, the CEO of Barneys New York says.

 ”The economic downturn, unfortunately, is going to affect everybody,” Chief Executive Howard Socol told Reuters at the cocktail party launch of Donatella Versace’s menswear line at the Barneys New York store at 61st and Madison.