Despite its economic outlook of an emerging power, India, as a manufacturing hub, attracts Western high-end fashion brands not as much with its low labor costs (even if those do play a role in the wider economy) as with its superb craftsmanship and raw supplies, over which India boasts a competitive advantage. However, international brands’ search for creative ingenuity in far-off states is not novel. India is country of artisans – with their numbers varying anywhere between 7 million to 200 million, according to philanthropy organization Dasra. International high-end labels, albeit keen on wielding Indian artisanal heft, might not be able to reverse that trend.
The employment of Indian aesthetics should not, however, equate exploitation – a common plight in yet developing markets. To follow the lead of its neighbor, nevertheless, India needs reforms – not only of its apparel manufacturing sector, but of its wider economy.
To stream up the trickle of foreign money into the country’s manufacturing sector, the government could consider an all-inclusive marketing strategy. When it comes to silhouettes and cuts, techniques and expertise, work conditions and economic gains, the cleave between the West and India, yawns large. High fashion has for decades observed values, traditions and heritage, largely insolent to the speedy modernization, globalization and digitalization of the wider industry. Meanwhile, Tommy Hilfiger, will open its fashion shows for the public, which will be able to immediately purchase looks.
While the runway-rack divide may now be infeasible, the men-women split, ironically, still makes quite of sense, even if some have advanced to efface it. More than sleek snaps of products, hashtag campaigns and videos streamed directly from the catwalk, social-media platforms like Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat host the potential of parlaying into profitable, instantaneous and spontaneous sale conduits. In a period when a slew of brands have shuttered boutiques due to slumping global sales, social media may be the balm to soothe wounds.
The five to six months that stretch between runways, showing the latest trends, and stores, actually carrying them, might be uneventful for customers. This is an assertion that reverberates with the trunk-show approach, elevated to the heights of luxury fashion by the likes of Moda Operandi.
Regardless of when and how this proposition will solidify into a paradigm, digital is to play an integral part in the process. How online retail would impact labels’ physical venues has, for years, comprised a query that is still sprouting a bevy of conflicting responses. With the ascend and proliferation of social media, however, this question has assumed new dimensions. Would the old-world values that have defined labels’ for generations crumble under millennials’ demand for a swift yet stuttered engagement?
Would fashion maisons unwittingly yet inevitably bury their identity under hundreds of Instagram snaps, parading their creations – once reserved for the select few – to the lay masses?
Corporate social responsibility and voluminous fur coats, round sparkly diamonds, coquettish crocodile leather purses and skincare elixirs from rare Amazon plants have not belonged to one another for a long time. Almost a decade later, the beauty label remains a leader in environmental and social responsibility – a consideration that a legion of high-end brands are slowly but steadily waking up to. Today, for an ever-growing band of high-end labels, including those under Kering and LVMH, corporate conscience is much more than a vague website section, mushed at the bottom and largely regarded as a sleek PR trick. Kiehl’s dedication to philanthropy and sustainability stems from its peculiar history. Currently, a range of skin and hair collections come in post-consumer reused vials, the simple, unassuming design of which aligns with Kiehl’s quiet yet assertive environmentalism. This minimalistic approach has propelled Kiehl’s to foster a green production that goes beyond the contents of its formulas.
Despite the brand’s far-reaching advancement of sustainability and responsibility, it does tread under fire.
Tales of rampant corruption, escalating conflicts, inhumane treatment of miners and unimaginable environmental degradation in the gemstone industry are as old and bleak as its mines.
Following a dip in China’s economy last year, are the country’s consumers splurging less on luxury?
Chinese overseas luxury spending, however, ballooned by 10% last year, to RMB 116.8 billion as the Shanghai-based luxury research consultancy Fortune Character reported. Mirroring the boom of the super wealthy, China’s upper-middle class is also advancing, binging on high-end soft leather accessories, cosmetics, watches, jewelry and garments, with Givenchy and Valentino being the most sought after labels last year, according to Bain. When the world grappled with the adverse economic consequences of the 2008-2009 financial crisis, China boomed. Shopping malls, the domiciles of high-end labels and the symbols of the country’s urbanity and prosperity, quieted down. A widely cited reason for the Chinese exodus from high-end stores is the government’s stringent anti-graft policy, which has greatly undermined the culture of gifting. More potent than the slap on gifting the exorbitant costs of luxury items in China are pushing shoppers out of foreign brands’ boutiques.
In pursuit of luxury insight, 78% of the close to 1,500 Chinese shoppers Bain surveyed last year, turned to web sources. Would all those strategies – from price reductions to social media engagement – encourage Chinese to shop at home? And that lust for novelty smothers the old praxis of daigou, or personal shoppers who purchase overseas on behalf of their mainland clients, is frizzling out.
With a shrinking domestic luxury market, Chinese wealthy customers turn the world into a store that best matches their fancy.
A tiny stream of that exhilarating growth trickles from luxury e-retail, which Euromonitor International currently places at a mere 1% of total sales in the country. Estimated to reach 2% by 2020, however, India’s luxury online shopping will spike at $80 million, according to the Euromonitor International Luxury Outlook for 2016 report.
Contributing to that rapid advance, the country’s luxury e-commerce holds a great potential for development and diversification. Rigorous authentication techniques draw the line between reputable e-retailers and their cheating counterparts. The most secure way to shun counterfeits, nevertheless, is to simply refrain from direct online luxury retail. Internet commerce thrives on discounts, lulling shoppers to seek lucrative sales while still demanding quality. E-retailers of new products, however, would rarely allow for sweeping sales that go beyond the occasional holiday and end-of-season promotions.
While clients seek the best value for their money, high-end online retailers clamber to offset the dearth of price reductions. Targeting about 100 million Indians whose monthly earning amount to INR 100,000, Luxepolis treats its clients to several pampering courtesies – from luxurious packaging to express delivery to home-shopping, where customers select items for private viewing. While many digital luxury retailers solely emphasize the ease and exclusivity of online shopping, Zokudo couples the distinct traits of e-commerce with the opulence of sight and touch offline stores foster. While e-commerce portals hustle to atone for what might be a half-hearted, on-the-click splurge on luxury, they do hold a number of unique advantages over physical stores.
Luxury e-retailers bypass the exorbitant real estate expenses that characterize India’s major hubs like New Delhi and Mumbai. To further that leverage, many e-commerce portals expediently seek to transform themselves into m-commerce applications.
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The musical chairs of global luxury brands in India continue as a host of international companies are switching partners in the country in a bid to find the elusive winning combination. A person familiar with Billionaire said the Italian company's deal with Infinite Luxury did not get through due to some issues that he declined to elaborate on.
Mohi-Din BinHendi, president of BinHendi Enterprises, told ET that another luxury brand is breaking away with its India partners and is moving to his firm. Italian luxury house Versace, which partners Infinite in the country, however, is teaming up with OSL Luxury for Versace Collection, sources said. Salesh Grover, business head of OSL Luxury that sells Italian chic label Corneliani in the country, declined to confirm partnership for Versace Collection. Saloni Nangia, president at retail consultancy firm Technopak Advisors, said luxury brands usually sign contracts with Indian partners for 3-5 years and want to evaluate whether the Indian partner is able to grow and expand the brand as required during the period. ST Dupont is reportedly unhappy with its Indian partner Jot Impex and is in talks with another retailer. French luxury goods group Kering said on Wednesday that it had reached an agreement to sell the Italian shoemaker Sergio Rossi to the private equity firm Investindustrial, concluding months of negotiations. Sergio Rossi, which is based in Milan and has grown to more than 80 directly operated or franchised stores worldwide since opening its first boutique in the 1980s, made a name for itself with its elegant stilettos, leather and metal work. Kering, which is in an acquisitions race with LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for smaller luxury brands, made it clear in February that it was looking for a buyer for Sergio Rossi, after continuing losses and the departure of Mr. The sale also points to a continuing resurgence of interest from private equity investors in takeovers of smaller Italian luxury groups that are taking stock of their long-term growth prospects. If you ask my husband what is shaving, pat will come the reply, “You apply the shaving cream and shave it off with a razor after a while. Sitting down at Allium at Four Seasons Hotel Chicago, I endeavored to dive into the two-century-old British brand as much as I could.
According to the Broughtons, men are increasingly becoming conscious about being well groomed. And therefore, the brand now offer facials, various treatments, pedicures-manicures and a selection of more services that are needed to groom a man. Being a luxury brand, successful for the past so many years, Truefitt takes special note of its processes. With such a wealth of knowledge, you would expect the brand to be dotting the world everywhere with its stores, much like Louis Vuitton or Bentley. Linda Mountford (another unpretentious and intelligent woman I had the chance to interact with) and master barber Rick Ricci manage the brand in North America and Canada. Considering the multiple markets they are in and catering to the several kind of consumers, Truefitt customizes its services and products for them all.
As the global clothing sector swells with the tides of globalization, the tally of international labels tapping into India’s crafts and artisanal expertise surges.
The brands' stories is where European brands have an advantage versus non-European brands. Venturing in India, a country of vast social contrasts, foreign brands ought to guarantee much more than the bare minimum of fair working conditions and livable pay in order to avoid the stereotypical trappings of third-world fashion manufacturers.
For instance, if you come to India, you should have 20 or 30 offices, which tell you what is available in India that you can pick up. Even if a slew of concerns still throb for sustainable solutions, the county is already slowly staking a spot on the global high-fashion radar. Luxury flaunts inherent exclusivity and refinement that only true connoisseurs could appreciate and afford.
With the boom of once cut-off markets like China, with the appetite for statement-making opulence gripping an ever-larger segment of the society, including millennials and the expanding middle class, haute couture is now adjusting to a novel, connected and dynamic reality. In an age when collections migrate from the catwalk to Instagram in seconds, but trek to retailers in half a year, digital-savvy, over-indulged customers get tired with the garments rather quickly. The move from physical to virtual, nevertheless, poses a daunting task for many fashion houses. An online platform, it allows clients to purchase looks straight off the catwalk, but only delivers them when collections land at stores. Digital has spelled the death of the boutique, has revived it through clever online-physical combinations and has turned it into a warehouse for items bought exclusively on the Net, time and again. It is too early to say, but Ms Ahluwalia reminds, “In the end no one is king except the consumer. With luxury fashion continuing to nudge into an uncharted terrain, with every move revealing both possibilities and obstructions, one thing is certain, Mr Morand says. More than a modus operandi for them, lavishness has often inadvertently amounted to a carte blanche to exploit, drain, dig and taint – from hazardous pesticides used to produce raw materials to animal cruelty and appalling working conditions to water-polluting fabric dyes to gemstones mined in oppressive states.
Nevertheless, as far back as 2007, a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) report on the 10 largest, publicly traded, high-end brands, including Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent and Louis Vuitton, proclaimed their environmental, social and governance policies inferior to those of their non-luxury counterparts.
In 2013, L’Oreal cinched its sustainable 2020 targets in its Sharing Beauty With All program.
The laudable contest is also run by what is often decried as one of the dirtiest luxury segments – automobile. For almost a century, American skincare company Kiehl’s offered its exquisite concoctions at its sole, old-world apothecary in East Village, New York. It launched its Hand Care for a Cure line, with all the proceedings directed to the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amFAR). The campaign follows past initiatives centered on children and young women, such as the label’s 2010 cooperation with the Koons Family Institute to fight child exploitation, its collaboration with New York artists to create safe spaces for the little as well as its initial support for the historic The Lower East Side Girls Club.
Extracting and trading colored stones dates back to centuries ago, observing long-entrenched practices that counter the sustainability mores of the last several decades. High-end mavericks such as Tiffany & Co and Cartier are now sparkling up their ornate creations solely with sustainably sourced diamonds and precious stones.
According to consultancy firm McKinsey & Company, more than 70% of them are under the age of 45, compared to just over a half in the US. Safe-styled mavens, fashion fanatics extensively engage on social media, banging out advice to others. Buoyed by the country’s head-spinning performance, in 2010, McKinsey projected an annual increase of 18% in Chinese luxury consumption by 2015, when it would have savored 20% of the global high-end market.
Last August, Dalian Wanda, China’s leading mall developer, shut down 40 of its 600 venues. According to Hurun Research Institute, the social custom, popular among China’s richest echelon and its political elite, slumped by 5% in 2014.
Due to substantial import taxes, labels retail at prices that are around 50% higher than in Europe and North America. As Chinese millennials and urban middle class discover their purchasing power, the Internet becomes their prime guide.
American luxury accessory label, Coach, for instance, lures more than 2.1 million followers on Weibo with interactive, hot-topic campaigns around its seasonal launches. For a second year in a row, an ever-surging number of them plans to travel and experience luxury in Japan, Europe and North America. Kearney, a leading global management consulting firm, cue to the tech-savviness and connectivity of the South Asian country.
While the US still boasts, by far, the largest luxury market and China sustains its high-end sector despite an overall slowing economy, India, the report states, experiences the most rapid growth in percentage terms.
Seeking to differentiate themselves, they all resort to disparate approaches to tackle the challenges inherent to luxury e-commerce. Luxepolis, a website that offers both new and pre-loved luxury goods, often turns to the brands themselves to assist in weeding out the fakes. RockNShop, one of the pioneers in the luxury e-commerce segment, however, proves the opposite. A potent consolation is the distinctiveness of online shopping, which even if not an exact match to the in-store indulgences, retains its own allure.
From the undivided attention of experienced sales associates to personalized fitting rooms to lavish lounges that rival chic cafes – shopping offline focuses on the ritual just as much as on the purchase.
RockNShop also features an array of personalized options, including the exclusive white glove service, which sends a personal stylist directly to the homes of its loyal customers – the majority of whom regularly spend around INR 50,000 on the website. From affordability to outreach, digital commerce appears to be attuned to the demographic and technological changes of the 21st century.
In those megalopolises, brick-and-mortar boutiques maintain venues that accrue lofty costs.


Here enter digital retailers, scraping premise and infrastructure considerations to cater to the evolving tastes of those 50 million Indians. Whether you’re spending this day full of love with someone who recently came into your life, or with your lifetime partner, it is essential to have that special touch of romance the holiday promises to deliver.
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The collection features 26 letters of the alphabet, recreated and shaped into bracelets, necklaces, and single stud earrings. New York City is welcoming visitors and locals to spend this magnificent holiday with the breath-taking skylines of New York City. With a combination of the installation’s 12 golden-mirrored hearts and the reflections of the high-paced atmosphere of Times Square, this brilliant presentation creates a luminous kaleidoscope effect.
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Italian label Billionaire, which was expected to sign an agreement with Infinite Luxury Brands, has instead decided to partner Dubai-based BinHendi Enterprises while German brand Hugo Boss is ending a 29-year partnership with BinHendi to tie up with Genesis Luxury. He said the firm is in talks with many global brands but has not finalised anything as yet. Sources said the French luxury brand has reportedly shut down its store in Delhi and another one in Palladium Mumbai.
He said Sergio Rossi had been the exception to the rule in Kering’s mostly positive track record of adding value to small luxury goods acquisitions.
The past 18 months have seen a wave of high-profile deals, including the acquisition of a 90 percent stake in Roberto Cavalli by Clessidra for an estimated 390 million euros, or about $424 million, in April. Charles Dickens, Winston Churchill, Alfred Hitchcock, Oscar Wilde, Frank Sinatra, have all walked across Truefitt’s corridors to have their grooming needs met. The elegant Mrs Broughton, with her daughter Katie Broughton, patiently answered all my persistent queries, as we sipped some Moonlight Jasmine Blooming tea. The stores, or barbershops, are reminiscent of the aristocratic British décor with plush chairs, gold gilded mirrors and barbers standing in immaculate clothing. A sign of freshness, there was a certain glamour when a woman, or a man, had a haunting fragrance wafting from them.
I do not see Alessandro Michele from Gucci making garments from Kanchipuram silk, or Raf Simons, wherever he works, making garments from cashmere embroidery, or making so many garments that it changes the fate of cashmere artisans. That story cannot be just replicated or picked from India and placed there, because it doesn't have a use.
Lured by India’s know-how, foreign brands are increasingly looking to the subcontinent as their potential manufacturing grounds. Although intensions to revamp have buzzed for years, only now major moves are commencing, with yet hazy repercussions. What is up-to-the-minute is how maisons like Tiffany and Christian Louboutin seem to have realized that to honor their past, they need to look into the future. Ultimately, though, if done right, it would bring them closer to their greatest asset: customers. And these practices wedge beyond the conspicuous, so deep that many Maisons today find it excruciatingly hard to reform. Fashion designer, Eileen Fisher, has followed a similar path with her Vision 2020, which spells a staunch commitment to phase out viscose, a semi-synthetic fiber manufactured with unsafe chemicals that, however, makes some of the label’s most sought-after garments. Largely ensconced in Africa, mining is often artisanal, fragmented and elicit, bent by local profiteers. A bevy of international organizations such as the Responsible Jewelry Council, the International Council for Metals and Mining, and the Alliance for Responsible Mining, to list but a few, have sprung up to nudge and guard an industry-wide corporate conscience. While this figure still surpasses the tepid expansion in the West, which hardly breaks the 2% mark, it is a considerable slam compared to the country’s double-digit records of previous years. The majority of China’s adults have never lived through an economic recession and bustle with optimism about the near future. In 2015, unable to entice mainland customers and balance their books at the same time, fashion houses pulled back – Gucci closed five stores, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna and Louis Vuitton sealed the doors of four stores, each. But as an ever increasing segment of the populace acquires a taste for travel and foreign luxury spoils, including private charters and spa splashes, the mainland fret may spiral into a cul-de-sac.
The island country is close, has a relaxed visa policy and a stable currency, delicious cuisine and picturesque sceneries. Some 306 million log on to the net on their mobile devices – a number, estimated to grow by a fourth by 2017.
It presents a chance to quickly reach India’s sophisticated, loyal, middle-class Indian customers as well as its high net worth individuals. LuxuryFacts talked to three of them to find out how they navigate the alluring yet treacherous terrain of online high-end shopping. Fake items lurking among otherwise genuine products might shrivel to a modest concern, compared to the myriad bogus websites – replete with faux luxury offerings and employing sophisticated digital marketing models. Although price slashes inherently cleave from haute couture, they might be hard to avoid in a market so accustomed to them, Mr Mehta says. Throughout the weekend the city will be offering an extensive list of one-of-a-kind activities invented to create special moments with your loved ones.
Some others, like French brands ST Dupont and Brioni, are on the lookout for new partners, industry insiders said. BinHendi is, however, losing Hugo Boss to Genesis Luxury with effect from January 31 next year. A minimalist wooden retail area exhibits their many shaving, hair care, skin care products and colognes. What has happened is [that] more brands are now sourcing these skills in India – that is all there is.
A vocal sustainability pioneer and activist, Eileen Fisher could be seen as the notched-up kindred of fast fashion house, H&M.
Burberry and Gucci, on the other hand, launched luxury outlets to cater to the increasingly discount oriented Chinese customers, compensating for their sluggish full-price record. But if there is anything certain about China and its consumers that has stuck in the past two years, it is that what seems rational today may reverse tomorrow. It is the next frontier couture e-retailers hasten to conquer alongside optimizing their online presence with more intuitive and interactive websites that load in a single blink across a slew of devices. They are, indeed, redefining couture shopping in a country, where an ever-expanding portion of the population pursues opulence. Their shaving accessories like the fine brushes and razors in the old style throw you back in time. All our products are completely made in England with local suppliers,” said Mrs Broughton.
The Swedish, high-street brand boasts an extensive H&M Conscious clothing line and campaign of recycling old fabric, using organic materials and securing animal and human welfare.
Not only has the carmaker cut greenhouse gas emissions across its production chain as well as in its models, it is also building a fleet of electric vehicles and is rapidly expanding its green car share service across the US. But what may be more worthy to marvel at, is its hefty communal engagement and investment that legitimize its business undertakings.
From wigs to clean shaven look to long beards with creative moustaches, men also have to sustain fashion in their mien. But be aware, technologically, all these products and accessories are high-tech and contemporary.
It was a delight to whiff those powerful notes again, which reminded me of scents which my grandmother used to gift us from London in a bygone era. If companies are able to that, the skill and the ability in India [are] unparalleled, perhaps, compared to anywhere else in the world. At each of its mining locations, Gemfields deploys teams of social workers who help local civic and public organizations to establish and manage farms, schools, medical centers and more. In India, six stores have been opened in Mumbai, with two each coming up in Delhi and Bangalore, and one each in Hyderabad and Pune. Any new barber who joins is going to be very privileged to be able to benefit from his experience.



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