Map of brands in luxury fashion, pt. 1

Fashion, News and commentaries

A recent chart depicting the seeming diversity of food brands actually belonging to a few companies made me think that the same could probably be said of fashion brands, especially in the luxury sector. I decided to map some of the biggest brands to serve as guide, which can be quite helpful when I write posts on the business side of fashion.

As most of you probably know, Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) is a giant conglomerate with subsidiaries that stretch all the way to China and diversified across several products from alcohol to watches. I realized as I was making the charts that it would be quite difficult to fit it all in one post so I decided to do a series instead and this is the first of that series.

I’m starting the series based on information that is the most readily available which means companies that are publicly traded. As I go through the series, I will also do my best to map brands held by private companies as well.

For this series, I’m starting with Kering, Richemont, and Prada. The brands are grouped according to the way the respective companies organize them as business units. For example, Kering has the Luxury and Sports & Lifestyle divisions. Out of the three, Kering offers the most transparent annual report, offering revenues by division, by region and in some cases, by brand. Kering also states its percentage ownership for each brand here, which I’m also pasting below. Richemont on the other hand offers revenue figures by business area: Jewellery Maisons, Specialist Watchmakers, etc. and by region. Prada, the smallest of the three, have 4 brands – sales from each brand are outlined in the company’s quarterly and annual reports.



Here is Kering Group’s percentage ownership of its brands:



Weekly roundup in tech and retail

News and commentaries

Here’s the most relevant news this week in tech and retail.

In Tech:

  1. A massive 2-year security flaw in OpenSSL, Heartbleed, was discovered April 7 and affected companies scramble to patch it up – from websites to routers
  2. Google news. Google Glass will be available to anyone in the US for 1 day only on April 15 at 6 AM ET, sign up here for the reminder; Google can now continuously scan apps for Android users to protect against malicious code
  3. Dropbox news. Dropbox announces: Project Harmony, which allows for collaboration for Microsoft Office files; Mailbox for Android; and Carousel, an app for photo/video archiving and sharing
  4. Amazon news. Amazon introduces Dash device for scanning and adding items to Amazon Fresh shopping list; Amazon acquires Comixology, a cloud-based digital comics platform
  5. Twitter acquires Cover, an Android lock screen app, which displays apps on an Android lock screen based on context and historical use

In Retail:

  1. LVMH  shares surge Thursday as company reports 9% rise in Q1 2014 like-for-like sales of its fashion and leather goods, Louis Vuitton – a good sign for Nicolas Ghesquire’s appointment as artistic director
  2. After closing its stores in February, Loehmann’s is set to come back online in May
  3. Calvin Klein owner PVH invests in Karl Lagerfeld – the minority investment will allow the company to have the “right of first offer to license the brand in North America
  4. Social shopping app, The Hunt, raises $10M in Series B funding led by Khosla Ventures
  5. Kering, owner of Gucci may acquire lifestyle and sports brands within 3 years as it assesses its Puma brand