Comment on: Canada's golden goose
Interesting article but shame about the timing. Canada Goose shares have fallen 20% in the last 4 days thanks to fears of Chinese customers boycotting the brand in revenge for Canada detaining Meng Wanzhou of Huawei. Not the first time the sensitive Chinese consumers have expressed their patriotism at the expense of a Western brand.
Great interview! I worked with Derek at Richards and we complimented each other too. Totally agree about Sir Terence Conran. He could be infuriating at times (eg refusal to use any "curves" in our womenswear shop design concept which I called "Habitat for Clothes") but I still use his "One Pair of Eyes" dictum in my Branding lectures. Happy Christmas to both if they read this - some of us "Oldies" are still going strong.
I joined Jaeger straight from University in 1970 as the company's first Head office graduate trainee. I had the privilege to work with Mme Soizic Gautier as Creative Director and David Watts as Head Designer - plus many more talented people. I was later promoted to Jaeger's first ever Marketing (as opposed to "advertising") role. Our advertising strap line was "Jaeger - Where Else?" and that was true - in our shops and stockists worldwide. We benefited from visionary leadership and investment from our textile industry owners - Coats-Patons (as it then was). We did lack real customer empathy, but we had such confidence and authority that we led, rather than followed, the market. All based on our heritage values of good design plus sumptuous and colourful natural fibres and fabric. With the benefit of that "early start" how did it all go so wrong? For me, it's like the death of a first love - truly heartbreaking.
Comment on: Surprise clothing sales growth expected at M&S
If the sales growth is "expected", how can it be a "surprise"?
Comment on: Lindex eyes London for UK debut
Lindex already opened 3 stores in the UK in the late 1980s. One was in Merry Hill, Dudley. I worked as a consultant to the UK General Manager, Ms Ulla Jerming and advised her to close them, as the business model (at the time) was clearly untenable. As I recall the International Development Director in Sweden was Mr Lars Malmerberg. This is one of several brands trying the UK again - anyone remember Marc Cain in Bond Street?