Luxe Life


March 2009


François-Henri Pinault on Sustainable Luxury

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"Sustainability" and "luxury" are no longer mutually exclusive. Consumers not only seek enduring value; they want to know how the product is made. Were animals hurt in the process? Are the fabrics organic? Is this jewelry recycled? These are just some of the questions consumers are asking as they ...

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Williams-Sonoma: Profits Plunge 90 Percent

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With the housing slump and tight credit markets reducing demand for home furnishings, high-end retailer Williams-Sonoma Inc. said its fourth-quarter profit plunged 90 percent.

The San Francisco-based company, which operates retail chains Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and West Elm, reported fiscal ...

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shopping

Jaguar, Buick: Rated Most Dependable by J.D. Power

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With consumers increasingly tightening their purse strings and putting off big-ticket purchases, car owners are electing to keep their current vehicles instead of buying brand new. This means that a car's reliability and durability are more critical than ever.

J.D. Power and Associates' influential ...

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cars

Dockers Unveils Shakable iPhone Ad

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Everyone talks about the iPhone's ridiculously cool applications—iBlackjack, Merriam-Webster search, Tic-Tac-Toe Squirrels vs. Chipmunks!—but now there's a new marketing experience that's sure to be the latest iPhone craze. Using the phone's popular motion-detection feature, apparel maker Dockers ...

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advertising
smartphones

Neiman Marcus Posts Quarterly Loss

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Luxury retailer Neiman Marcus posted a net loss of $509.2 million for the 13 weeks that ended January 31—compared with a profit of $44.3 million in the same period last year—reflecting a holiday season when some of the wealthiest consumers reined in spending.

The results were hurt by a series of ...

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stocks
shopping

Travel + Leisure Golf Folds

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Travel + Leisure Golf has found itself in a sand trap. American Express Publishing has decided to shut down the print edition of the 11-year-old magazine, which features articles on golf destinations, celebrity profiles, and golf deals. The magazine's advertising pages were down 13.9 percent in ...

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media
journalism

Luxury Blog Roundup

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Here's what's happening in the world of luxury blogs:

Fiat Centro Stile and Mattel have joined forces to offer a new Fiat 500 model dedicated to Barbie, which celebrates the iconic fashion doll's 50th birthday. Beware of the shockingly bright pink color. [Luxuo]

Tennis great Lindsey Davenport is ...

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real estate
cars
blogs
art

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