The tapestry of America wants to take Europe in luxury fashion stakes

  • The tapestry of America wants to take Europe in luxury fashion stakes
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    The new 700,000 – square-foot headquarters trainer is a state-of-the-art campus in one of the new new York skyscrapers. Salons along with the 15-story atrium to watch the tourists walking on the high line, an elevated Railway-turned-Park and terrace on the 23rd floor of was extort from a meal in a cafe that serves sushi and sandwiches. There is even a special chicken wing bar for employees who don’t want a regular lunch.

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The new 700,000 – square-foot headquarters trainer is a state-of-the-art campus in one of the new new York skyscrapers. Salons along with the 15-story atrium to watch the tourists walking on the high line, an elevated Railway-turned-Park and terrace on the 23rd floor of was extort from a meal in a cafe that serves sushi and sandwiches. There is even a special chicken wing bar for employees who don’t want a regular lunch.

Much work remains to be done, however. The building is located in the Southeast corner of the new urban complex, the Hudson $20bln yards, and cranes loomed around 52-storey glass tower, as the brand moved two years ago. Even now, the roar of jackhammers and welders to welcome 1,200 employees coach each morning as they enter into their pristine new office.

Inside, as well as a radical restructuring is in full swing. The sales trainer is only beginning to recover after a disastrous three years from 2012 to 2015, when mark shed $928m (€798bn), or more than 18pc of their annual income. During this time stocks fell by more than 62pc, with an all-time high of $77.28 to $28.93.

To restore a fading fashion house, the plan is to turn it in response of America to the European luxury conglomerates such as Kering and lvmh, which are wide portfolios of brands.

Company lvmh, the world’s largest luxury company at nearly $ 50 billion in annual revenue, owns all clothes by Louis Vuitton and Veuve Clicquot champagne, Guerlain perfume, tag Heuer watch, and a Sephora cosmetics.

The man steering the strategy, was sitting in a corner office high above the Hudson river, takes pages from the textbook of his former boss. Victor Luis, 52-year-old Executive, ran two divisions at lvmh before the arrival of the coach: the fashion label Givenchy in Japan and baccarat crystal in the United States. An immigrant from San Miguel, a little Portuguese island in the Atlantic, he has a master’s degree in international Economics and, apparently, the candidate for swagger.

Since its promotion to the top job in January 2014, Lewis announced two acquisitions: the deal $574m for women shoemaker Stuart Weitzman and, in July of last year to $2.4 billion for Kate Spade, one of the brand of the beast. He announced the dismissal, taken about a third of its domestic store fleet, was hired to replace several high-level executives, including former chiefs brand Craig Leavitt, Wendy and Cana. He eliminated Jack spade men’s business. It also significantly reduce promotional activity such as sales and discounted goods, purposely hurting sales in the hope that it will discourage customers with low fare.

Perhaps the most controversial statement, at least, millions of customers who buy coach bags and wallets, occurred in the fall of last year, when Luis gave 77-year-old fashion house new brand name: the tapestry of ink. The move signals that Luis looks at the position of the company as an American company lvmh, which went beyond “basic fashion”.

Performance this year was much better, with a margin of about 18pc this year to $52.03 through the close of trading on Tuesday. Coach, a great tapestry of business in more than 4 billion$, there is a strong 12-month term, with sales, a key indicator for the retail industry, turning positive during the holidays last year. “The biggest question mark for us – and for me – how much time it will take?” Says Louis. “Emotion? Short-term concern? Absolutely.”

It was not always so. The coach was known as the Creator of the so-called “affordable luxury”. The company began in 1941 as a leather goods workshop in new York that sells only products for men: handbags, wallets, flasks, holders. He did not sell the handbags, while Lillian and miles Cahn bought the factory 20 years later. Some of the oldest parts of the label still kept in her archive, deep in the maze of its headquarters. They are relics that now designers use to refresh their creativity.

Many of these bags were designed by Bonnie Cashin who had been hired in 1962 and is a pioneer of women’s sportswear. In her 12 years, she transformed it into the coach leather store, the fashion house. Her purse with interchangeable straps, bucket bags and clutches which were the basis, and her signature brass turn-lock that was inspired by the toggles on the roof of his convertible, still used in many modern styles of the brand.

In 1985, the Cahns sold the company to Sara Lee Corporation, now defunct consumer goods conglomerate, and coach to expand rapidly. It hit $ 100 million in sales in 1989 and was made long Lew Frankfort its President. Appointed CEO in 1995, he spent the next 19 years worked as a trainer in a multibillion-dollar global luxury center. The company’s chief designer Reed Krakoff has become fashionable, thanks to runway-worthy leather goods that can also be sold to the masses at much lower prices than European peers could offer. When Sara Lee spun off its leather goods business in 2000, coach just surpassed half a billion in annual revenue.

Krakoff’s most significant contribution came in 2001 when the Label launched a line of handbags covered with crossed letters “C” design, which coincided with the beginning fashion logo mania: Abercrombie & Fitch was their logo tees, the gap was a logo sweatshirt, and a coach had their logo bags. The seal has been applied to the premium leather satchels and his cheap nylon bags. In just over a decade, coach will grow to one of the world’s largest handbag labels, amounting to about 5.1 billion.

Frankfurt, Krakoff left coach in 2014. The company said that the departure of the General Director became part of the long-term succession plan, and that it didn’t require acting head for the transition.

Frankfurt has accepted the role as Executive-in-residence at the private-equity company sycamore partners. Krakoff, too, left before the coach found a replacement. (He is now the creative head of the American jeweler Tiffany & Co.)

Louis spent eight years under their leadership and watched the Empire they built is crumbling, literally.

Old industrial building coach, in St. 516 West 34th street has since been demolished. One Executive was holding a brick as a souvenir.

Six months after Louis became CEO, heads held investor day to disclose their plans of the revolution. It will get worse before it gets better, they said. Company-wide 2014 reminder please do not panic, even if sales will be more than 20pcs per quarter. “It’s not a big number,” says Louis. “Even if you know what’s gonna happen, it never feels good.”

On the lower floor of the new headquarters of tapestry, tailors and tanners are sitting at the sewing machine, churning out a sample of clutches and bags-hobo among coils bonded leather & rubber fleece. Upstairs, the unit designers sketch on a large table, surrounded by sheets of fabric. Pin-up Board line floor merchandising, extensive menu styles for the brand, which sell thousands of different products.

On the 19th floor is glossy C-Suite. Senior management have experienced a nearly complete turnover in the reign of Louis, and new faces are now to run the global supply chain, Finance, and international business development and technology. All three markers tapestry new top managers, everyone involved in the company. Kate spade led by veteran fashion Anna Bakst, who came from Michael Kors at the end of March. In April, Stuart Weitzman announced that her new boss was Heraldo Poletto, former head of Italian fashion house Salvatore Ferragamo.

CEO Joshua Schulman, the coach, switched from “Neiman Marcus” of the group in June last year, the longest-tenured major brand of the company. Former President of the posh Department store Bergdorf Goodman is talking about the conceptual coach brand “DNA” (the label’s most recognizable attributes), the influence of the “omnichannel Commerce” (selling smoothly both online and in stores), and where each new handbag line fits in with his theoretical “pyramid” (high-margin goods from the market small in the upper part, the lower with a large market at the bottom).

The coach started to diversify its offer beyond the bag.

He began to sell ready-made clothes, and it plans to expand into new product categories and increase its selection of menswear, which accounts for about 20pc of the business. Its product now includes outerwear, jewelry, watches, scarves, and fragrances. Shulman opened for the extension of home decor and other segments when the time comes.

“Lift” is the word that heads the coach to use on a regular basis, whether it be increased product, increased costs, or increased brand. The average price for the coach handbag once were under $300. Now, according to Shulman, the sweet spot for prices is from $300 to $500. The rogue, at $795, this is the most expensive line of coach handbags. Made of glove tanned pebble leather, it has removable shoulder straps and suede lining, and can also come in bold patterns and decorations. It was designed with die-cut snake tea rose and prices increased to $1,500 last season.

In February, the brand welcomes celebrities and influencers to the show for the coach 1941, the upscale offshoot of its main brand, designed by creative Director Stuart Vevers. “He took the brand in directions that never was,” says Shulman. The podium was more abstract art than a showcase of clothes presented in a spooky forest full of video monitors had gone haywire. As the show closed, the lights go out and strobe lights pulse models are rushed through the set. You can’t see the clothes at all – but it didn’t matter. It was about artistic authenticity.

“Maybe the buyer who buys “Christian Dior” or “Dior” can come in and buy a coach or trainer clothes, shoes, because now there is a sense of a luxurious view,” says Erinn Murphy, an analyst with Piper Jeffrey. “The customer would never have bought the logo-oriented coach bag of seven or eight years ago.” Other brands tapestry remain in recovery from various diseases. Business Stuart Weitzman is largely dependent on two styles: above the knee, super-high download called ‘5050’ and minimalist sandals ‘nudist’ with a thin ankle strap.

But if the consumers did not achieve a convincing versions of these franchises for one season, it could spell disaster. Earlier this year, shoemaker has faced production delays with new styles, and the company was forced to admit that the problem will persist until next winter. In addition, the tapestry of the ousted creative Director of Stuart Weitzman Giovanni Morelli, in may, citing problems with his “behavior”.

With 1.4 billion. annual income, when it was purchased, Kate Spade was a different problem, in the first place, that it was torpedoed by the constant sales online flash. As a younger, less serious brand, it sells sneakers rose gold plated Shine jacquard dress in multi-colored daisies, and a giant, heart-shaped Hoop earrings. But capricious brand products were often too strange for luxury buyers unwilling to shell out $300 on bags that looked like the head of a giant cat. Weak traffic in its branded shops forced to offer deeper discounts. Even worse, a few seasons missteps inventory hampered the shops could not stock enough product that people actually wanted.

Sales Kate spade fell 3pc in the last period – the sixth-right minus a quarter – but it’s qualified as good news, as it still exceeded analysts ‘ expectations, sending shares as much as 11pc.

In June, fashion designer Kate Valentine, better known as Kate Spade and co-founder of the label, has died in an apparent suicide in her Manhattan apartment. Grieving fans had a “sincere and immediate reaction” to the news, the executives said, and buyers have bought products that bears her name.

First, the tapestry in the estimates, he will see from $30 to $35 million in savings from the integration of the Kate Spade. Next year he expects the impact from $100 to 115 million$. Analysts see growth potential Kate spade as an attractive possibility, if her new owner is willing to shrink the first and keep enduring months of bad results, as it reduces sales of the flash. “If they have the discipline to see it through, in reality, they will come out better in the end of the tunnel,” says Simeon Siegel, an analyst at Instinet a Nomura. “It is important to understand that a healthy sales against what was an extra dollar that the management wants to capture”.

But if the company will perform the oath to become an American luxury conglomerate, tapestry will eventually have to spend additional billions on the acquisition of additional brands. Luis insists that the company must first fix Kate spade before resuming the hunt. When the time came, however, the company will look for the shortcuts in the accessories, footwear, apparel, and outerwear to add to your suggestions.

And he doesn’t plan to stop things that you wear. “We are very focused on our planning horizon, which is usually three to five years, but this does not mean that there is no possibility for a tapestry, as a house of brands to grow beyond the major categories of fashion,” he says. “The possibilities are endless”.

To analysts and media last year, numerous brand names were mentioned as potential acquisition targets: Burberry, the largest luxury British Label like Barbour, Mulberry and Longchamp, the French accessories brand. Italy has its share of attractive targets, such as furla handbags and Canali tailoring. PVC, the owner of Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein, it is the closest to the existing American fashion multi-brand house, and maybe as a buyer. But PVC is more online clothing store seller than ostentatious luxury group.

American tapestry competition will not be so easily left behind. In November last year, Michael Kors bought a Shoe Label Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion, its first foray beyond its heritage of the brand.

Known for its sex and stilettos in the City’, Sarah Jessica Parker loved the pumps can cost $600 to $1200 or more, that the company “Choo” of a higher class than his new master. The addition gives the course a strong position in the Shoe bag war extends to shoes and clothes. At the time, Michael Kors CEO John idol said the acquisition marked the beginning of a new strategy: to create an international group of luxury brands. (Bloomberg)

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