Business of fashion

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Céline, Pallas, Commodity, Balenciaga, Troy London



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

1. CÉLINE SELLS ONLINE AT 24 SÈVRES
Céline Big Bag available at 24 Sèvres

This week saw LVMH-owned Céline arrive at 24 Sèvres, the only multi-brand e-com store to sell Céline. 24 Sèvres (also owned by LVMH) will sell everything from RTW, to eyewear, and bags, shipping to over 80 countries. (more…)



Net-a-Porter goes hard



Net-a-Porter fine jewellery hub

It’s been a while coming but Net-a-Porter is about to unveil its fine jewellery and watches hub at the end of the month. With more interest from women buying high-end jewellery for themselves (who need husbands!), plus the rise of the online luxury customer, there’s no better time to sell hard luxury online.

To date, Net-a-Porter has dabbled with a handful of legacy jewellery brands, including online pop-ups for Cartier and Chanel and collaborations with Tiffany, Piaget and Pomellato. (more…)



130 years of Smythson



Smythson Bond Collection Red Maxi Tote

Even thought we know Smythson for its superb diaries and notebooks (mine always get admiring looks and comments), its leather goods now account for almost 80% of the business. This month sees a new collection to mark its 130th anniversary (which was actually last year). The Smythson Bond collection takes its cues from Frank Smythson’s 1902 catalogue and revisits his travel bags, small leather goods and home accessories in beautiful graphic block colours. (more…)



Quote of the day: Francesca Bellettini



Francesca Bellettini, CEO of Saint Laurent by Marco Cella for New York Times“It was pissing me off a little bit. Why is Anthony’s ready-to-wear always pictured in the magazines with our bags and shoes? Bloody hell!”
Saint Laurent CEO, Francesca Bellettini on Anthony Vaccarello, New York Times

Loving this piece profiling Frencesca Bellettini, who has been at Saint Laurent since 2013 and has been credited with steering the company to its billion euro status. I wasn’t keen on Vaccarello or his YSL vision at first (more…)