Spring and summer looks by (left to right) Marni, Christian Dior, Valentino and Victoria Beckham at the Brown Thomas fashion show. Photograph: Alan Betson

“Overt femininity” was the buzz phrase at Brown Thomas yesterday, used to describe the vibe of the spring collections at an early morning preview sta(...)

Cara Delevingne sports a 1970s looks at Saint Laurent’s Paris Fashion Week show. Photograph: Pascal le Segretain/Getty

  1 Painterly notions. Paint is making an impression on the catwalk and the street. At Burberry, it took the form of macs daubed with broa(...)

François-Henri Pinault, who took over the Kering business from his father in 2006. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Since September, at least nine senior executives have left businesses controlled by French billionaire François Pinault. The latest came this month, w(...)

Patrizio di Marco, chief executive officer of Gucci, the luxury goods maker owned by Kering. Photo: Bloomberg

Gucci’s top two executives will step down from the luxury label as owner Kering seeks to revive growth at its faltering flagship luxury brand. Gucci(...)

Smythson, a very British brand whose famous past fans include Katharine Hepburn, Sigmund Freud and Hardy Amies, has an Irish design director with s(...)

Weekend in . . . Athens
  • Travel
  • November 3, 2014, 01:00

After years of dreadful press that defined Athens as a broken-down capital prone to fiery riots, the city’s self-confidence and creativity are stirrin(...)

Alasdhair Willis, the storm force gusting through British wellington brand Hunter remembers the first time he wore a pair of the boots growing up i(...)

Mulberry, like rivals Louis Vuitton and Gucci, is struggling to compete against more accessible, trendy fashion brands such as Michael Kors

British luxury handbag maker Mulberry said full-year pretax profit would be significantly below expectations after a slump in first-half trading added(...)

 A view of Florence from the hills. Photograph: Alexandra Garcia
Weekend in . . . Florence
  • Travel
  • October 13, 2014, 01:00

Florence was thrust into the spotlight in February when its mayor, the dynamic 39-year-old Matteo Renzi, became Italy’s youngest prime minister. Bu(...)

Jimmy Choo, which was acquired by private-equity investors three times before being bought by JAB in 2011, sells women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and accessories in more than 100 stores around the world. Its eponymous founder left the design house in 2001.

Jimmy Choo, the luxury shoemaker owned by JAB Holdings, may begin its initial public offering in London as soon as this month amid rising demand for e(...)