Alibaba has invested in luxury online wholesale fashion tech firm Ordre as the three-year-old company positions itself for major growth. Ordre said Alibaba is now “a strategic investor,” but the terms weren’t disclosed.
Matchesfashion went from strength to strength in the year that it was bought out with revenues up 44% and profits up 34%. And importantly, as much as 82% of its business was generated outside its home market, the UK.
Tom Athron has been appointed as new chief operating officer, and Lea Cranfield will take up the role of commercial director. Kim Hartlev will become new chief technology officer at the luxury company.
The luxury accessories brand Montblanc has seen sales in smaller Indian towns grow through its joint venture with the Indian watch brand Titan and has named India as its fastest growing global market.
Burberry seems to be on track with its transformation plan with sales and profits not suffering as it enters a period of fast change. But tough comparisons and regional variations also had an impact on its latest year.
The Global Brand Counterfeiting Report 2018 was published on Monday, revealing a growing problem in the luxury industry, where online sales of fake goods accounted for 31% of total counterfeiting-related losses in 2017.