vrijdag 6 december 2013
Chanel acquires tannery provider to secure luxury bag supplies; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts by Bonno van der Putten
Chanel acquires tannery provider to secure luxury bag supplies; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts Chanel has acquired its long-time lamb hide provider, the French tannery Bodin-Joyeux, in the latest purchase by a luxury brand of a partner that supplies top quality materials. Chanel, which belongs to the Wertheimer family, is the 2nd biggest luxury brand in the world, behind Louis Vuitton and ahead of Ralph Lauren, with nearly € 6 billion in estimated annual sales. Like rival Hermes, Chanel has been buying up partners to guarantee long-term supplies and control quality, from plant growers for its Chanel No.5 perfume to embroiderers such as Lesage for its couture collections. The trend toward vertical integration - control from the raw material to the shop shelf - gives luxury brands a competitive advantage, raises barriers to entry and helps them defend the high-quality image they want associated with their products. Bodin-Joyeux is the first tannery Chanel acquired, employing 100 people in central France. It is one of Chanel main suppliers of supple lamb leather, known for its silky feel and used to make the brand's popular 1,500-euro quilt leather bags. Chanel still relies on about 15 different tanneries and noted that the average price of high quality lamb leather was rising as people were eating less meat and demand kept growingand production is not growing. Prices of lamb skin had risen by about 25-30 percent in the past 3 to 5 years, about the same order as for calf leather. Chanel, which started buying up partners in the late 1980s, today owns several niche fashion suppliers including Lesage, the feather specialist Lemarie, the hat maker Maison Michel and the glove-maker Causse. Last year, it acquired the Scottish cashmere company Barrie Knitwear. Gucci-owner Kering, Hermes and LVMH have also been buying up tanneries in an effort better to control their supply chain. Recently, Hermes and LVMH even bought crocodile farms. Learn more: Bonno van der Putten Monarch Capital Partners
dinsdag 3 december 2013
International lingerie chain Victoria's Secret keeps expanding: new store Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland
International lingerie chain Victoria's Secret keeps expanding: new store Dublin Airport in the Republic of Ireland The new Victoria’s Secret store has opened at Dublin Airport Terminal 2 – and more stores might follow in the city centre. The store will be retailing some of the brand's most sought-after beauty and cosmetic products. Products are also directed towards the jet-setting clientele, with accessories such as a branded passport holder. The interior of the shop is a design similar to the US stores, with black-cherry wall fixtures, as well as videos broadcasting images of the brand's beautiful Angels. Expanding with new retail stores and improving current business is good for Victoria’s Secret. The company never really stops tinkering with its shops and operations, whether that’s adding more square meters to stores or getting products rolled out faster. When the chain is able to pull several of those elements together – a process they call “market intensification” – the results have been impressive. With only 3 years of learning and testing, Victoria’s Secret wants to bring the package of improvements to more markets around the US. This “ market intensification” test began in 2009 with around 30 stores in the US. More space and product was added, new staff was hired and trained, and merchandise flow was improved. The results were impressive; the business was boosted by nearly 70% in stores. Thinking about that in particular markets over a three- or four-year period, it is clear there’s a lot of sales growth opportunity through selling more effectively. The intensification program is a step beyond general store expansions. Victoria’s Secret has added additional square metrage to 219 stores between 2007 and 2012 and with extra space going toward ventures like the Pink brand and, more recently, tangential categories like sport and loungewear. Victoria’s Secret currently has about 1,050 stores around the world.
zondag 1 december 2013
Galeries Lafayette may soon open an outlet in Russia to tap into the country's € 5.0 billion luxury goods market.
Famous French top-end department store chain Galeries Lafayette may soon open an outlet in Russia to tap into the country's € 5.0 billion luxury goods market. Rumors of Lafayette's impending arrival were confirmed by several Russian retail expert firms like Monarch Capital Partners, who said the chain has been searching the city for retail locations. In 1995, Lafayette — which amassed 2012 sales volume of € 2.3 billion in some 250 stores across the globe — made an unsuccessful attempt to gain a foothold on the Russian market with a handbags store in Red Square's upmarket GUM shopping centre. Established in Paris in 1894, Lafayette attracts over 1 million customers to its outlets every day. In the running to become Lafayette's local partner may be Luxury goods retailer Mercury Group, which owns the lavish TsUM department store and Tretyakovsky Proyezd in central Moscow, according to Bonno van der Putten from Monarch Capital Partners, which specializes in bringing major foreign retailers to Russia. Lafayette will have to overcome a number of obstacles on to the Moscow market — where the country's demand for Luxury goods is clustered — such as the high cost of leasing commercial space and stiff competition. Big-brand fashions in Russia still cost about 50% more than they do in Paris or London The total Russian fashion retail market expanded 11% last year to about €45 billion, of which Moscow accounted for €6 billion, says Bonno van der Putten. Future growth and expansion will come from the regions with cities like St. Petersburg, Sochi, Yekaterinburg, and Samara. Van der Putten estimates that the fashion market in Sochi, home to the Winter Olympics in February, is set to grow as much as 10% a year, more than twice the pace of Moscow
maandag 18 november 2013
zondag 10 november 2013
Puma Cuts Forecast FY Earnings; Adidas Up Puma, Europe’s 2nd-largest sporting-goods maker, lowered its full-year profit forecast, saying it will book one-time charges of about €130 million this quarter. The costs relate to the closing of a product development center in Vietnam and the transfer of international product teams to Herzogenaurach, Germany where the company is based, from London, Puma said in a statement Earnings for the year will be positive but significantly below those of 2012, said Puma, Previously, rival Adidas forecasted rising profits. Puma, which is closing stores, eliminating jobs and cutting product ranges to combat declining footwear sales, also reported Q3 earnings that missed estimates. Puma is still in a difficult transformation process. The shares are being supported by speculation that controlling shareholder Kering may seek a full takeover Q3 earnings before interest, tax and special items fell to € 80 million from €99 million a year earlier, trailing estimates of about € 81.5 million. A 1.4% decline in currency adjusted sales is in line with full-year guidance Currently Kering owns about 84% of Puma. The French company has been buying Puma shares bit by bit when they were available on the market Adidas reported a bigger gain in Q3 profitability than analysts had estimated and said the build-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil will start boosting revenue this quarter. Read more: and http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-11-08/puma-cuts-full-year-earnings-forecast-on-impairment-charges-1-.html
maandag 4 november 2013
Investment Bank Rothschild to advise on Poundland’s flotation Retailer Poundland has lined up Rothschild to advise on its upcoming public offering, which is expected to value the firm at more than £700m. The investment bank, which declined to comment on the issue, is expected to bring in other advisers to work on the flotation in the next few weeks. The group is looking to double its British stores to more than 1,000 and expand in Europe, giving it a growth story to sell ahead of a stock market listing. The group opened 69 new stores in Britain and Ireland in 2012-13 and plans 50 new stores in 2013-14, having already opened 30. Stronger equity markets have helped revive new listings in Europe this year. Investors have clamoured to tap into the discount chain sector in recent times, as recession-stricken shoppers gravitate towards bargain purchases. Poundland, which was bought by private equity firm Warburg Pincus for £200m in 2010, posted record sales last year of £880m. Poundland and Warburg Pincus both declined to comment on their strategy yesterday. Poundland was founded as a single store in Staffordshire in 1990. See more at Learn more: http://youtu.be/1Lz_DYDyQIc and http://www.cityam.com/article/1383542635/rothschild-advise-poundland-s-flotation #marketing #fanpower #privateequity #venturecapital #Funding #IPO #Tech #Newmedia #youngandminted #CEO #Startups #EDM #DJ #Seedcapital #entertainment #ADE13
woensdag 30 oktober 2013
The fund, which was raised from undisclosed high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, invests €200,000 to €300,000 in syndicated seed rounds in tech, music, newmedia, consumer and ecommerce sectors, while holding additional funds for follow-on funding. The firm’s first seed-stage fund of just under €8 million was raised almost two years ago and boasts six exits so far. The Monarch Tech Venture Fund will be used to scale the next wave of startups ushering in the future of mobile, music, newmedia and online TV. The Monarch Tech Fund began investing in 2012 in, what was then, seen by many as a relatively niche focus of only newmedia and mobile companies. Since then it has done more early stage newmedia deals than any other fund of its size. “Our knowledge and unparalleled network in tech, newmedia, consumer and the mobile ecosystem is what sets our Tech Fund apart, and we are excited to continue to fuel amazing entrepreneurs who leverage new technology to change the way we live,” says Monarch founding general partner Bonno van der Putten. “Our international presence in both London and Barcelona allows us to find the best up-and-coming startups for us to help scale into the next hot tech and mobile trends.” The Monarch Tech fund is the first independent seed stage venture firm investing exclusively in tech, newmedia and mobile technologies. The Fund was founded on the belief that the greatest technological catalyst of our time is the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices providing constant connectivity to the majority of the world population
Richemont's Lancel: a luxury brand business struggling – Private Equity expected to come in Potential buyers of Lancel see reviving the loss-making leather goods maker as a high-risk gamble that could take at least 6-8 years to pay off, sources said. Facing a struggle to offload the business, it is believed that Swiss parent Richemont would be ready to pay for two years of losses - up to an estimated € 20 million- to entice bidders. So far private equity firms Change Capital and Lion Capital have expressed interest while Asian group Swire is looking to team up with a private equity firm to make a bid, sources said. People close to the talks say the bidding process for Lancel, which had already been going on for months, could last several more weeks. Lancel's difficulties come as the luxury sector as a whole remains resilient despite a slowdown in China, continuing to grow, although at a slower pace than in previous years. PRIVATE EQUITY The relationship between private equity and fashion brands can be difficult because the typical 3 to 5-year investment horizon may be too short to turn a label around. Private equity deals are usually financed by debt, which puts pressure on the fashion brand when it needs to invest in marketing and new shops. Lanvin, acquired by Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang from L'Oreal in 2001, took more than seven years to become profitable. TPG struggled for nine years to restructure the leather goods brand Bally before selling it in 2008. Industry executives say Lancel was making margins higher than Louis Vuitton - today's market leader - when Richemont bought it in 1997. Lancel has not expanded internationally or creatively as its rivals did and makes more than 80% of its sales in France. It is estimated that in the year to end June, it had an operating loss of €10 million on revenues of € 135 million, sources close to the matter said. Analysts say Lancel needs to enter the accessible segment of the luxury market, alongside Coach, Michael Kors and Longchamp with handbags costing 200-800 euros. Lancel lost credibility at the high end of the luxury market by offering excessive discounts and putting out staid, old-fashioned designs, such as the Brigitte Bardot bag in 2010 - a 1970s style version of the bucket bag - and the document holder Isabelle Adjani bag in 2008. Lancel clearly thinks it can make it as a luxury brand. A few months ago, it introduced an ostrich leather "L" bag costing 4,500 euros, emulating Gucci and Louis Vuitton's recent efforts to move upmarket. To rebuild its name in the crowded accessories market, experts say Lancel should do some ready-to-wear, as Longchamp did, to stimulate traffic in shops and rejuvenate itself. http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/28/richemont-lancel-idUSL5N0IF2HF20131028
zaterdag 26 oktober 2013
Instagram Introduces sample 'Sponsored' ads - Djamila Celina Melcherts DCM Ventures Bonno van der Putten Monarch Capital #Tech #Newmedia #DJ #Bookings
Social photo sharing site Instagram plans to introduce advertising in photo streams and releases a sample version Instagram has released images of sample advertising as a part of the company plans to introduce advertising to its website. The adverts will be integrated into a user's photostream, but it will have a label saying "Sponsored" where the time stamp would normally be. The release will come out on the app in the US the upcoming days to give users "a sense for the look and feel of the ads one will see According to market research, advertisers will spend $9.52 billion on social network ads worldwide this year – about 8.1% of their overall digital ad budgets. These include revenues to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks. It estimates spending on mobile ads will increase 89% globally this year to reach $8.8 billion, up from $4.02 billion last year. Advertising on Instagram should help Facebook increase its lead in the mobile display advertising category, according to the research. It estimates Facebook will account for a 33.3% market share of US mobile display ad revenues this year, up from a 21.1% share last year Facebook, that rapidly acquired Instagram for $700 million last year after noticing the rapid growth of its competitor, is seeking new ways to drive revenue from mobile devices as users increasingly access digital services from wireless devices. While mobile made up 41% of ad revenue in Q2, up from 30% in the previous period, Facebook remains a at distant number 2 position in a market led by Google according to reports. Users will be able to hide promotions they don’t like, Instagram said. They can also give feedback about what doesn’t “feel right” about the ads. Instagram, the world’s most popular and fastest growing social network ever has more than 150 million users, up from more than 130 million in June. Instagram unveiled tools in July that let members embed photos and videos on outside websites, including blogs and news providers. Videos were added to the photo-sharing app in June Learn More: http://youtu.be/1Lz_DYDyQIc and http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/social-media/10404485/Instagram-launches-sample-Sponsored-ad.html Instagram Introduces sample 'Sponsored' ads - Djamila Celina Melcherts DCM Ventures Bonno van der Putten Monarch Capital #Tech #Newmedia #DJ #Bookings
vrijdag 18 oktober 2013
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woensdag 16 oktober 2013
General Catalyst Partners Said to Seek $600 Million for New Tech Fund General Catalyst Partners, the venture-capital firm, is said to be targeting $600 million for its next fund that will invest in technology companies General Catalyst Group VII LP is seeking more capital than the firm’s prior vehicle, which raised $500 million in December 2011. The new fund apparently will stick to the same kind of deals, investing in consumer Internet, social media and other technology businesses. The firm will be entering a competitive fundraising market as private-equity investors reduce the number of managers they use in an effort to improve returns. General Catalyst, which makes both early-stage and growth investments, is said to be looking to a December close for the fund. Since its founding in 1999, the firm has raised six funds with a total of $2.2 billion in committed capital. It has invested in companies including ProfitLogic (sold to Oracle), GroupMe (sold to by Skype) and Jumptap, which is being purchased by Millennial Media in a deal announced in August. General Catalyst Partners backed travel website operator Kayak Software, which raised more than it sought in its July 2012 initial public offering and was acquired earlier this year by Priceline.com for about $1.8 billion. Last year, the firm saw some of its companies go public, including Brightcove, a provider of cloud-based video hosting and publishing services, and Demandware, which offers an e-commerce platform.
zaterdag 12 oktober 2013
dinsdag 8 oktober 2013
Video startups consolidating; music streaming services expanding; Photography: TV Presenter Djamila Celina Melcherts
Video startups consolidating; music streaming services expanding; Photography: TV Presenter Djamila Celina Melcherts In the US, Break Media and Alloy Digital — two long-time producers of video content outside of the YouTube bubble — are expected to announce a merger. The move is the latest in a long line of video companies in a fragmented market that have decided to consolidate in order to gain more traction from a mass audience. Earlier this year Maker Studios purchased well-known video site Blip, and last year Alloy acquired DBG. And those that aren’t consolidating are raising massive amounts of funding from Private Equity companies and tech funds to build a business that plays nice with YouTube, but ultimately wants to strike out as its own video network — thus cutting out YouTube’s cut of the revenue made on its content. As for the merger, both Break and Alloy produce short video clips that are targeted at a younger audience, which make them a good match for each other. The two companies will be rebranded as Defy Media, with Break and Alloy each holding a 50 percent stake in the new venture. The newly formed Defy Media will now have a combine reach of 30 million YouTube subscribers and about 50 million monthly visitors to both websites . With solid Private Equity funding the message could be further extended beyond the digital space through established media platforms that connect with consumers as they move throughout their day. The brand message reaches the right audience in the right place, at the right time. In Europe companies like Zoomin.TV, 5minutenTV (http://5minuten.tv/), SweetnezzTV (http://www.sweetnezztv.nl/) offers viewers the possibility to watch specific content and news whenever and wherever they want to watch it. These companies with integrated content, distribution, and superb technology offering has proven to be a winning combination for media agencies, advertisers, content providers and distribution partners in the European on-line video industry. Zoomin.TV Together, these companies with Zoomin.TV leading the pack, are the largest producers of online video news in Europe. All of the them are expanding operations in Europe and beyond. Long-awaited music streaming service are next; Beats in the US for example will launch its long-awaited music streaming service, Beats Music, within the next few months in the United States. 5minutenTV and SweetnezzTV are launching the same service in Europe. Bonno van der Putten, Managing Director of Monarch’s Tech fund of Private Equity powerhouse Monarch Capital Partners, says music streaming services for 5minutenTV and SweetnezzTV, will be accessible on the Web, as well as from an iOS or Android device. Support for Windows 8, presumably through a dedicated app, will arrive at a later date. Music streaming is a highly competitive space at the moment, with established brands such as Spotify, Rdio and Deezer fighting for new subscribers. Microsoft and Google are trying to muscle in with similar offerings, while Apple opts for a Pandora-style approach with its recently launched iTunes Radio Monarch ‘s Tech fund team consists of former record label executives with extensive business experience and strategic thinking capacity about the licensing, business models and deals that are necessary for a successful music streaming service, says van der Putten.
maandag 7 oktober 2013
Secret Sales launches industry-first loyalty programme; supported by Private Equity and Family Offices
Secret Sales, the designer fashion flash sale site, has launched its first ever customer loyalty scheme. The scheme, which Secret Sales claims is the first of its type in the flash sale sector, gives customers the opportunity to redeem points against purchases made on the site. Customers will be offered five points for every pound spent and for every 500 points earned, they will be given a £5 voucher which can be redeemed during their next Secret Sales’ purchase. Tech and Newmedia focused seed-stage investor DCM Ventures, backed by Private Equity and Venture Capital firm Monarch Capital Partners completed its second fund of €15 million. The fund, which was raised from undisclosed high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, invests €200,000 to €300,000 in syndicated seed rounds in tech, music, newmedia, consumer and ecommerce sectors, while holding additional funds for follow-on funding. The firm’s first seed-stage fund of just under €8 million was raised almost two years ago and boasts six exits so far. The DCM Venture Fund will be used to scale the next wave of startups ushering in the future of mobile, music, newmedia and online TV. ‘Since we partnered with Monarch at our seed round, they have been invaluable to our growth and evolution as a company. They’ve been extremely hands on and helpful across a wide variety of areas and their network and expertise is unparalleled.” says Djamila Celina Melcherts, cofounder of DCM Ventures. DCM Ventures began investing in 2012 in, what was then, seen by many as a relatively niche focus of only newmedia and mobile companies. Since then it has done more early stage newmedia deals than any other fund of its size. “Our knowledge and unparalleled network in tech, newmedia, consumer and the mobile ecosystem is what sets DCM Ventures apart, and we are excited to continue to fuel amazing entrepreneurs who leverage new technology to change the way we live,” says Monarch founding general partner Bonno van der Putten. “Our international presence in both London and Barcelona allows DCM to find the best up-and-coming startups for us to help scale into the next hot tech and mobile trends.” DCM Ventures is the first independent seed stage venture firm investing exclusively in tech, newmedia and mobile technologies. DCM Ventures was founded on the belief that the greatest technological catalyst of our time is the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices providing constant connectivity to the majority of the world population. learn more at http://paper.li/thinkspeed/1314829873
zondag 6 oktober 2013
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donderdag 3 oktober 2013
Marc Jacobs boosting LVMH upon exit; photography Djamila Celina Melcherts. Paris - New York designer Marc Jacobs’s departure from LVMH to focus on an initial public offering of his own Marc Jacobs brand is set to provide a double boost for the top luxury goods company LVMH. The move will enable Jacobs to concentrate solely on the growth of his own label.
Marc Jacobs boosting LVMH upon exit; photography Djamila Celina Melcherts Louis Vuitton’s catwalk show, staged in Paris this week, was a tribute to Marc Jacobs, who is leaving LVMH after 16 years of service. The designer, who is credited with turning Louis Vuitton into one of the world’s most successful luxury brands, is planning to taking his own Marc Jacobs brand public. LVMH, the luxury group that owns Louis Vuitton and has had a majority stake in the Marc Jacobs label since 1997, said it has come to an agreement with the designer and his business partners. As this point in time it is unclear whether or not LVMH would retain a stake in Marc Jacobs until it floats, or if the designer will secure private equity backing to buy LVMH out. That would come with a considerable price tag, says Bonno van der Putten, retail expert for Private Equity powerhouse Monarch Capital . “When LVMH and Marc Jacobs started together, Marc Jacobs was a relative tiny business of around €15m of revenue/year. Today the total sales of the fashion label accounts for annual sales of nearly € 7 billion for LVMH and and more than its operating profits. This of course has been a tremendous and successful growth path. LVMH and Kering (formerly known as PPR, and before that Gucci Group), the two major luxury conglomerates, have acquired virtually every historic fashion brand in Europe, as well as some in the United States. Both LVMH and Kering and some other luxury sector focused Private Equity players are once again making investments in young designer labels at a rapid pace, with J. W. Anderson and the shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood joining LVMH, and Joseph Altuzarra and Christopher Kane now linked with Kering Van der Putten says it is believed that LVMH will continue to invest in expanding Marc Jacobs’ network of stores. Of course, as a own brand, Marc Jacobs will also need to demonstrate its value as a standalone business if it wants to win over would-be shareholders, according to van der Putten who is a serial PE investor in retail and luxury fashion brands. Marc Jacobs, the designer, and his management team will be key in developing the business, but the company needs to avoid becoming overly reliant on a single figure, he added. Few of the fashion brands that have gone public are associated with a single, living designer. The most famous, Donna Karan, offers a cautionary approach as investors fell out of love with the brand as it expanded too fast, and a year later the brand was acquired by LVMH, around the same time LVMH bought into Marc Jacobs. LVMH’s strategy has been one of purchasing other blockbuster brands that would allow the company to reduce its reliance on smaller labels such as Fendi and Celine, while buying it time to burnish Louis Vuitton and develop its other fashion lines. Michael Kors has had more success as a public company . Michael Kors has that buzz factor. The company, which went public in December 2011, is likely double its revenue by next spring to reach $2.9 billion. Michael Kors Q1 sales grew 54%. Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer’s health, rose 27%. In North America, that sales growth figure was 25%; in Europe, 56%. After its IPO, the stock traded around $25. After its latest earnings call, shares traded at about $70. Private Equity backers (among others John Idol, investors Silas Chou & Lawrence Stroll ( through their Hong Kong-based PE vehicle Sportswear Holdings), Lance LePere, Brightpoint and Monarch Capital) encouraged Kors to start a lower-priced line, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Collection. And while Kors continues to produce runway collections and offer ultra-luxe items, it’s the other line of accessories and clothes—and accessories in particular—that’s really selling. Small leather goods and handbags are most important to Kors. Shares of Michael Kors have tripled since December 2011, making it one of the most successful offerings in recent years. Mr. Kors made hundreds of millions of dollars taking his company public, and his private equity backers have made billions. Van der Putten says that said that the success of Michael Kors’s IPO and other successful PE fashion I.P.O. stories driving much of the interest in high-fashion stock, reason for a flurry of I.P.O activity nowadays in the fashion industry By pursuing an IPO, Marc Jacobs could follow that Michael Kors path Focusing on his own line will give Jacobs an opportunity to make it more exciting, according to van der Putten.
woensdag 2 oktober 2013
LVMH and Longchamp Stick to Strategy and Value-for-Money Luxury; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts - Louis Vuitton
LVMH and Longchamp Stick to Strategy and Value-for-Money Luxury; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts - Louis Vuitton Longchamp and LVMH are two companies in their own matter benefiting from slowing growth in luxury demand. While Louis Vuitton seek to combat slowing growth by curbing retail expansion and increasing prices, closely held Longchamp is adding stores and sticking to its smart marketing and more affordable prices. The result: revenue growth that is faster than many of its rivals. Longchamp, which opened its biggest European boutique in London in September, announced sales up 16% to € 454 million in 2012. That compares with sales growth of 14% at LVMH’s fashion and leather-goods division and a 10% overall growth for the luxury industry. LVMH’s strategy has been one of purchasing other blockbuster brands that would allow the company to reduce its reliance on smaller labels such as Fendi and Celine, while buying it time to burnish Louis Vuitton and develop its other fashion lines. After raising prices and including more leather in its handbag collections to increase their appeal, LVMH is focusing on improving existing Louis Vuitton stores and limiting new openings as it seeks to control the label’s growth Bonno van der Putten, retail expert for Private Equity powerhouse Monarch Capital estimates Longchamp’s revenue growth to slow around 10% this year as economic instability hits consumer spending. That’s still double the rate of the estimates for the luxury sector. Sticking to the strategy while others are changing theirs is creating opportunities, not least in finding decent new store locations and refurbishing existing ones Longchamp’s just opened boutique on London’s Regent Street gives the Paris brand more visibility to customers in the big city, where it so far had only 2 smaller shops, and allows it to display in one place the full range of goods, including women’s clothing and shoes. More new boutiques will follow still this year in Rome, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi and Sao Paulo, whereas Munich and Barcelona are planned for 2014 where Longchamp has spent “years” looking for decent retail locations without finding them, said Bonno van der Putten. More and larger stores, particularly in Europe’s most visited and frequented cities, will help support top line growth as the region attracts travelers from Asia and the Americas, van der Putten said. Luxury business can build their business on two legs, the locals and the tourists, van der Putten said. As we most likely all know, sales to non-Europeans are rising faster than sales to Europeans, who account for a larger share of the total. At the same time, the move by some luxury brands to target the wealthiest clientele with more expensive products is leaving room at a more affordable price point for players like Longchamp. Longchamp’s leather bags, sold through its Le Pliage Cuir bags brand, range from about € 250- € 800, while Louis Vuitton bags can range from about € 1,000 to € 3,000. Luggage and shoes are areas where Longchamp and LVMH aim to grow. Commercial ambitions are more muted in ready-to-wear, which mainly serves as marketing communication tools and a trigger to come and visit the stores.
zondag 29 september 2013
Tech and Newmedia investor DCM Ventures announces second seed-stage fund;photo Djamila Celina Melcherts
Tech and Newmedia focused seed-stage investor DCM Ventures, backed by Private Equity and Venture Capital firm Monarch Capital Partners completed its second fund of €15 million. The fund, which was raised from undisclosed high-net-worth individuals and entrepreneurs, invests €200,000 to €300,000 in syndicated seed rounds in tech, music, newmedia, consumer and ecommerce sectors, while holding additional funds for follow-on funding. The firm’s first seed-stage fund of just under €8 million was raised almost two years ago and boasts six exits so far. The DCM Venture Fund will be used to scale the next wave of startups ushering in the future of mobile, music, newmedia and online TV. ‘Since we partnered with Monarch at our seed round, they have been invaluable to our growth and evolution as a company. They’ve been extremely hands on and helpful across a wide variety of areas and their network and expertise is unparalleled.” says Djamila Celina Melcherts, cofounder of DCM Ventures. DCM Ventures began investing in 2012 in, what was then, seen by many as a relatively niche focus of only newmedia and mobile companies. Since then it has done more early stage newmedia deals than any other fund of its size. “Our knowledge and unparalleled network in tech, newmedia, consumer and the mobile ecosystem is what sets DCM Ventures apart, and we are excited to continue to fuel amazing entrepreneurs who leverage new technology to change the way we live,” says Monarch founding general partner Bonno van der Putten. “Our international presence in both London and Barcelona allows DCM to find the best up-and-coming startups for us to help scale into the next hot tech and mobile trends.” DCM Ventures is the first independent seed stage venture firm investing exclusively in tech, newmedia and mobile technologies. DCM Ventures was founded on the belief that the greatest technological catalyst of our time is the proliferation of Internet-enabled devices providing constant connectivity to the majority of the world population.
zaterdag 28 september 2013
Private Equity to make minority investment in Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics and help expand the brand globally; photo: Djamila Celina Melcherts for Beats
Private Equity to make minority investment in Dr. Dre’s Beats Electronics and help expand the brand globally; photo: Djamila Celina Melcherts for Beats The Carlyle Group announced a minority investment in Beats Electronics, the audio brand co-founded by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. Terms of the investment were not disclosed. Carlyle will work with the Beats management team to continue expanding the brand and building the business both domestically and internationally. Additional terms of the transaction, which is expected to close in Q4 of 2013, were not disclosed. Beats also announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to reacquire the minority stake in Beats held by HTC Corp. As a result, HTC will no longer have any ownership stake in Beats. Private Equity firm Carlyle expects that Beats will continue to drive innovation and growth in the premium audio accessory market, particularly as the proliferation of smart phones and tablets stimulate increased consumption of digital media. Private Equity players have a strong history of helping great brands expand globally In 2006, Lovine and Dre set out to solve the problem of poor sound quality caused by the digital revolution combined with the proliferation of cheap earbuds bundled with MP3 players, laptops, mobile phones and other portable devices. Their solution was Beats Electronics. Formally established in 2008, Beats comprises the Beats by Dr. Dre family of premium consumer headphones, earphones, and speakers as well as patented Beats Audio software technology. Through these offerings, Beats has effectively brought the energy, emotion and excitement of playback in the recording studio to the listening experience. This has introduced an entirely new generation to the possibilities of premium sound entertainment. Beats is estimated to have a 64%+ percent market share of the $100+ premium headphone category in the US and also reaches consumers through product partnerships that include Chrysler Group automobiles, Hewlett Packard computers and monitors, and HTC smartphones. Equity for Carlyle’s investment will come from affiliates of Carlyle Partners $13.7 billion U.S. Buyout fund.
vrijdag 27 september 2013
The subscription economy, where goods are delivered to your door, is the business model du jour; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts.
JustFab is one example of a high-end fashion delivery business that sends out shoes, bags and denim to three million subscribers across the UK. Fashionistas choose their preferences online: heels or flats; dark colours or light, and the service cherry picks styles each month. Just Fab, as several other high end fashion e-tailing startups backed up by Private Equity Investors like Monarch Capital Partners - the firm that also backs TV Host and DJ Djamila Celina Melcherts - gives their members the latest trends priced at £35 at the quality of items that normally retail for £80 or more. Serendipity is part of the appeal of JustFab but if subscribers don’t like their new wares, they can return them for nothing. The JustFab business model runs circles around the bricks-and-mortar retail industry. Unlike traditional retailers, Just Fab offer their members a personalised shopping experience, showing members how they can wear each item by using style boards with different looks and outfits, videos that show the members how to wear the season’s hottest trends and work with well-known celebrity stylists who help guide our team on which styles are most appropriate for our members’ varying style personalities.” There are a lot of benefits to the subscription mode. It drives more engagement and loyalty with consumers since members are making a commitment to come back to our site every month to check their boutiques – which means they’re shopping more frequently. JustFab has a team of fashion consultants on hand to deal with queries and subscriber issues. And rather than use the standard “contact us” form provided by many e-tailers, JustFab encourages its members to phone up and speak to stylists to talk through the kind of products they want to receive. However, providing this level of service does not come cheap and analysts warn that it takes time to turn a profit, as the business needs scale to succeed and to make the margins work. With a fashion company, you need the right product with the right quality with the right price because in the end, the shopper is going to come back because they liked the product.
zondag 22 september 2013
Luxury fashion house LVMH has acquired a majority stake in British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood. Photo Djamila Celina Melcherts
Luxury fashion house LVMH has acquired a majority stake in British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood.Photo Djamila Celina Melcherts Kirkwood, whose designs have graced the feet of singer Beyoncé, Hollywood actresses Jessica Parker and Jessica Alba and fashion supermodels like Djamila Celina Melcherts, will remain with the business following the sale, and will be given free rein to “further explore the boundaries of his creativity”, according to LVMH. Mr. Kirkwood founded the eponymous brand with business partner Christopher Suarez in 2004 after studying shoemaking at the Cordwainers College. His collections are currently distributed in 150 stores around the world and the brand boasts three flagship stores in London, New York and Las Vegas. He has twice been named Accessories Designer of the year at the British Fashion awards and this year became the first accessories designer to be awarded the British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund. Mr Kirkwood said of the deal: “LVMH is home to the most celebrated and revered brands and talents in our industry, and has an implicit understanding of luxury. “We have the same values of design, creativity, and craftsmanship. I look forward to us working together to achieve our long term vision for the brand.” LVMH is also in advanced talks to acquire a stake in fashion designer J.W. Anderson, according to people familiar with the situation. Jonathan William Anderson set up the label bearing his name in 2008, three years after graduating from London College of Fashion. He has collaborated with Gianni Versace SpA and Topshop. Kirkwood, who trained at Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers College, founded his brand in 2004, and has twice been named accessories designer of the year at the British Fashion Awards. LVMH, which in July bought cashmere clothier Loro Piana SpA for € 2 billion euros said today its purchase of Kirkwood affirmed its commitment to nurture talent and creativity. Acquiring a stake in Anderson would underscore the growing appeal of emerging designers to large luxury groups as they seek to keep shoppers interested. LVMH acquired French fashion label Maxime Simoens in February, while Gucci-owner Kering bought stakes in designers Christopher Kane in January and Joseph Altuzarra this month.
donderdag 19 september 2013
SweetnezzTV- TV Host Djamila Celina Melcherts at the Lifestyle Business Club Rotterdam - Watch the New Episode
Djamila Celina Melcherts is the face you probably recognize from the catwalk representing haute couture and famous fashion labels, FMCG - and consumer lifestyle brands, makeup advertisements, TV commercials and online ads. Djamila Celina Melcherts, one of the most recognized faces in the modeling world, has taken her phenomenal global success in fashion and beauty and translated it into a career that spans the worlds of fashion, music television and business. Djamila has an impressive number of editorial and advertising campaigns to boast on her CV. She has appeared on the cover of beauty and fashion magazines worldwide and in prestigious campaigns including L’ Oreal, Unilever, T-mobile, Otazu and others Djamila Celina has also appeared in feature films and music, working with acclaimed directors and several artists. Television programs and late night talk shows, to the business world’s ‘Smart Business Network’, ’ Bruist’ and ’ Citybooks ’ have profiled Djamila in her varied roles as model, actress and businesswoman. Her sense of dedication, humor and style has brought Djamila a large following of fans. Her success in modeling, acting, music and numerous beauty and business ventures have established her as a diverse personality of our time. Her continuous pursuit of new challenges has earned her evolving success in all these arenas. Her entrepreneurial ventures include her own lines of fashion, lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear, a workout video, and her own website. Djamila is truly engaged in representing a company and rev up their business. Part model, part public relations expert, she is committed to help to market a company and grow brands and brand reputation. Djamila Celina Melcherts is also involved in giving professional presentations for multinational companies, smart business networks & corporate events worldwide even as representing businesses on shorter or longer term commitment as a spokes - or marketing role model DCM is a privately held international event and entertainment company for FMCG - and consumer lifestyle brands and companies to provide representation services, PR, marketing concepts, corporate event management and other related businesses.
dinsdag 17 september 2013
London Fashion Week Trend Spotted; Graphic Sweatshirt Dressing Goes Upscale; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts
More and more graphic tops spotted in the new spring 2014 collections of designers as we saw in New York and London. High Street retailers like Topshop, the luxury fashion brand Youngandminted , Wulterkens next to designers like Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang and Christopher Kane have ushered in an attractive lot of not-so-standard-issue crew-neck sweatshirts, emblazoned with bold, eye-catching graphics, in their new collections. These statement pieces have been paired with unexpected separates, like patterned skirts at Christopher Kane and Marc Jacobs and voluminous graphic shorts at Alexander Wang, for looks that are cozy yet chic. The London Fashion Week counts with 58 designers showcasing their wares over the course of five days. The fashion industry in the UK is now worth £21bn to the economy and supports 816,000 jobs. Over the last decade, sales of UK designer clothing have risen 20pc a year thanks to the success of companies such as Burberry and growing demand from emerging middles class populations in Asia.
zaterdag 14 september 2013
DCM Media Productions is a full-service, independent multimedia production company; Television & web-based video productions, online news and entertainment content
DCM Media Productions, a subsidiary of DCM Ventures , is a full-service, independent multimedia production company based in Amsterdam, Holland that focuses on a broad spectrum-from television and web-based video productions, online news and entertainment content (or modifies third party content) and distributes this content via platform or distribution partners. The content is then made available to a large audience. Content is also monetized by selling ad positions to spot advertisers and media agencies. Advertising revenues are shared with distribution partners and content providers (only in case third party content is used) - check this out http://youtu.be/1Lz_DYDyQIc and http://youtu.be/caYdSWljo1g Monarch Capital Parters is one of Europe’s fastest growing investment management companies, focusing on tech, new media, brand management and entertainment
woensdag 11 september 2013
London City rumours; Luxury brand Versace eyeing sale of 15-20% stake; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts
zaterdag 7 september 2013
DCM Media; Photo Djamila Celina Melcherts #youngandminted #supermodel #DJ Monarch Tech Ventures Fund
DCM Media; Photo Djamila Celina Melcherts #youngandminted #supermodel #DJ Monarch Tech Ventures Fund Founded in 2006, Monarch Capital partners is one of Europe’s fastest growing investment management companies for emerging consumer lifestyle brands, e-commerce, and newmedia . The Ventures team at Monarch are straight talking human investors that back talented people rather than specific sectors. We focus on identifying fast growth businesses which can scale explosively to create, transform or dominate an industry. We can invest from € 250,000 to €50 million and prefer to partner teams based in Europe. The work of our Ventures team is supported by access to the Monarch Equity and Monarch Venture Partners, a network of approximately 100 outstanding business leaders, entrepreneurs and private investors providing an invaluable wealth of expertise and resource for our portfolio companies, as well as investing on a deal-by-deal basis alongside Monarch venture funds. This blend of knowledge and skill has allowed us to help many great companies across several sectors thrive in recent years. Monarch’s Tech Venture fund is an active investor and award-winning fund manager, focused on technology-enabled sectors where the UK is a world leader – particularly financial and business services, business software, digital media and e-commerce. With over £100 million under management, Monarch was rated as one of the most active investors in 2012. Monarch specialises in fast-growth early-stage businesses, partnering with talented people, entrepreneurs and impressive management teams to achieve substantial scale and profitability.
dinsdag 3 september 2013
donderdag 29 augustus 2013
Venture Capital Hack #1 - Photo: Supermodel Djamila Celina Melcherts, the New Face of the YoungandMinted Brand, rockin' the place
VC Hack #1 The difference between an investable entrepreneur and a priceless one is that one has a solid product that is proven and valuable, the other has the ability to replicate this time and time again http://youngandminted.com/ #youngandminted Photo:
maandag 26 augustus 2013
Pro Model, Djamila Celina Melcherts Has Become Face Of The YoungAndMinted.com Brand Djamila Celina Melcherts has become the face of the popular website ‘YoungAndMinted.com’. With an incredible track record, she is set to be a fantastic ambassador for the rapidly growing brand and a great role model for young hopefuls. Djamila Celina Melcherts to become new face of Young And Minted I am very excited; I have the Young and Minted brand on my mind a lot and I am so glad to finally become part of this exciting business. I appreciate all that has been done to help me become part of the team. YoungAndMinted.com have announced that they have taken on pro model Djamila Celina Melcherts to become the new face of the brand. Djamila Celina Melcherts has an impressive track record in the modelling world. She is a very recognisable face from the catwalk having represented haute couture and famous fashion labels, FMCG, consumer lifestyle brands, make up advertisements, TV commercials and online ads. Besides being one of the most recognised in the modelling world, she has an inspirational and successful business track record. Something that the team at YoungAndMinted.com believe is a great asset to their rapidly expanding brand. Her success in fashion and beauty has enabled her to achieve success in other areas such as music television and business which she plans to push further forward. She has worked with some of the world's best known luxury brands such as Jean-Paul Gautier, Prada, Dior, Hermés, Mercedes Benz and many more. But it doesn’t end there, her sense of dedication, humour and style has bought Djamila Celina a large following of fans. YoungAndMinted.com started as a luxury photo sharing website for successful youngsters, but is quickly becoming a big name in the luxury lifestyle space with successful individuals ‘tagging’ their photos with the hash tag #YoungAndMinted on Instagram to appear on their popular website. YoungAndMinted.com are about to launch into many other areas with the help of Djamila Celina Melcherts which they are very excited about. “We are sure it’s going to be a fantastic partnership, not only is Djamila Celina a beautiful lady, but she is one very 'switched on cookie'. We look forward to working with her,” says YoungAndMinted founder, Ben Hulme. "I am very excited; I have the Young And Minted brand on my mind a lot and I am so glad to finally become part of this exciting business. I appreciate all that has been done to help me become part of the team and it's certainly a business that will become a big name in the luxury and lifestyle space," says Djamila Celina Melcherts. Bonno van der Putten, managing director from Monarch Capital Partners, the Private Equity firm backing and representing Djamila Celina Melcherts’ business ventures said, “As growing into a leading pan-European business, YoungandMinted’s logical next step is to take its successful business model into new and emerging markets in the global arena, with Djamila Celina Melcherts as the new face and as a iconic and multi-talented Brand Ambassador I am confident it will thrive.” To find out more from YoungAndMinted you can visit their website: http://www.YoungAndMinted.com
vrijdag 23 augustus 2013
To Russia From America, With Love and Lace; Photo Djamila Celina Melcherts Female Russians should be delighted. Retailing giant L
RTL, controlled by Bertelsmann, is seeking new revenue sources as the €-zone economy continues to stagnate.
RTL, controlled by Bertelsmann, is seeking new revenue sources as the €-zone economy continues to stagnate. RTL is investing in digital operations and pay-TV, buying majority stakes in Broadband TV, YouTube Inc.’s fifth-largest multi-channel network, and Dutch video-on-demand businesses recently. With these acquisitions, RTL will give a boost to her presence and expertise in the digital distribution space, pushing online video views, a growing market to more than 15 billion this year. H1 sales fell 1.3% as Europe’s TV ad market continues to lag. Most countries saw declines, except for Germany, which was kind of flat. Net income soared 53% to €418 million on higher operating profit; revenue was €2.78 billion, down from € 2.82 billion a year earlier
dinsdag 20 augustus 2013
Miss Beauty of the World 2012, Djamila Celina Melcherts maakt DJ debuut - 31 augustus 2013, 20.00 uur Outdoor festival, Amsterdam
31 augustus 2013, 20.00 uur Outdoor festival The Boulevard in Rhone Amsterdam Miss Beauty of the World 2012 maakt DJ debuut Op 31 augustus zal Miss Beauty of the World 2012 NL, Djamila Celina Melcherts, haar debuut maken als DJ. . Zij is op 31 augustus te horen en te zien op het outdoor festival The Boulevard, wat plaatsvindt in Rhone te Amsterdam. Over Djamila Celina Melcherts Djamila Celina Melcherts is een Nederlands fotomodel, actrice en TV presentatrice met internationale bekendheid. Djamila Celina zat op jonge leeftijd al snel in de internationale modellentop. Djamila Celina liep modeshows voor vele Fashion - en Lifestyle merken en werkte als gezicht zowel voor cosmetica merken als voor bedrijven zoals L’ Oreal, Unilever, T-mobile, Otazu en anderen. Ook is Djamila Celina een bekend gezicht op de tweejaarlijkse fashionweeks in Amsterdam, Londen en Parijs. Recentelijk nog nam Djamila Celina deel aan de Amsterdam International Fashion week voor Vibrant Pakistan waar ze een prominente rol vervulde in het succes hiervan. Daarnaast heeft Djamila presentatie werk gedaan voor verschillende TV zenders zoals SBS 6, RTL5, Net5, Tros/Banana Split, BNN, Slam FM, Veronica TV , Towel TV en natuurlijk SweetnezzTV. Djamila Celina Melcherts heeft haar succes als model zakelijk een vervolg gegeven met oa. haar eigen kledinglijn en haar eigen bedrijf DCM Media. Djamila gebruikt haar ervaring in het bedrijfsleven bij een dagvoorzitterschap en/of presentaties voor bedrijven bij evenementen en beurzen.
maandag 19 augustus 2013
Beats by Dr Dre wants to buy out HTC as it seeks to expand its business; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts by Bonno van der Putten
Beats by Dr Dre wants to buy out HTC as it seeks to expand its business; photo Djamila Celina Melcherts The founders of Beats Electronics are music mogul Jimmy Iovine and American hip-hop producer and artist Andre Young, better known as Dr. Dre, are looking to expand the business into speakers, audio systems in cars, consumer electronics and online streaming music services. Beats Electronics is now in talks with an investor that could help finance its plans and maybe take a minority ownership stake in the coming weeks. Beats has notched explosive growth lately; Dr. Dre controls about 75% of the company. Beats' revenue shot up to roughly $1 billion last year from less than $200 million in 2010. Beats sold its first pair of headphones in 2008 for $350 apiece and benefited from the growth of smartphones and tablets and popularized premium headphones partly of this by making them a fashion statement and partly by touting their sound quality as superior to that of the tiny white "earbuds", earbuds have long been a hallmark of Apple iPod and iPhone lines Beats is estimated to have captured 59% of the U.S. market for premium headphones. That market, which includes all headphones and earphones costing at least $99, increased by 18% last year. However, that growth will slow, and a big challenge for Beats will be establishing itself as an audio brand beyond headphones. Earlier this year, Beats unsuccessfully tried to raise $700 million from the credit markets to refinance debt and buy out HTC's stake. The big Q for investors of course was if Beats' success in the headphone market was merely trendy or something that could be sustained or replicated in other areas. HTC incorporated audio software from Beats into a line of phones, and other phones were bundled with Beats headphones. HTC last year also provided Beats with a one-year, $225 million loan that was secured by all of Beats' assets That loan was recently replaced with an interim loan that is due in July 2014. HTC's fortunes faded amid tougher competition in the smartphone market from companies like Samsung. HTC's shares have lost nearly 90% of their value since April 2011, when HTC was second only to Apple in U.S. smartphone sales. While HTC originally saw Beats as a way to court the youth market, the collaboration ended up souring with differences in opinion on strategy
zondag 18 augustus 2013
zaterdag 17 augustus 2013
L’Oreal to Buy Magic Holdings International for $843million. Photo: Djamila Celina Melcherts The acquisition gives L’Oreal the top-selling facial mask brand in China, where beauty and personal-care product sales will expand 8% to $34 billion this year. Magic sells MG-branded beauty products such as facial masks with snail essence. MG is the facial-mask industry leader in China with a 26.4% share as of 2012. This should allow L’Oreal to accelerate the growth of its own brands in China through a greater distribution reach. L’Oreal is paying 20 x Magic’s 2012 EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization). Bu Bonno van der Putten Monarch Capital Partners
donderdag 15 augustus 2013
Djamila Celina Melcherts; next supermodel to watch out for - Personality, presence and instant name recognition. This girl has done it all.
Djamila Celina Melcherts; next supermodel to watch out for - Personality, presence and instant name recognition. This girl has done it all. We've already singled her out for her personal style and business ventures so that's another tick in her box, but now's the time to elaborate. Djamila Celina Melcherts is one of the few models currently working who are considered legitimate high fashion models yet are also known for their distinct personalities. Her flawless runway experience and quirky personality means this girl has got smarts beyond being a mere clotheshorse and TV Host. While already successful, give her some time, and we're predicting that she's got the taste level to oversee her own brand
dinsdag 13 augustus 2013
New Look online sales surge; a touch from New Look's summer advertising campaign; sales increase sharply
An online makeover appears to be paying off for New Look as the budget fashion retailer reported a dramatic surge in internet sales. New Look, which reported that it had returned to profit after a £55m loss the previous year, said it had made a strong start to trading from July. New Look has overhauled its website and developed apps for mobile phones and tablets. Efforts to generate social media buzz have helped it notch up more than 2m likes on Facebook and 121,000 Twitter followers Below an image from New Look's summer advertising campaign. The period saw the brand's sales increase sharply. Photograph: Djamila Celina Melcherts, Brand Ambassador. Bonno van der Putten for DCM Media Productions & Mark Meijering.
Holidays are no longer a fashion-free zone, with designers supplying summer with the most luxurious beach kit Holidays are no hiding place from fashion. Given that designers are fast claiming every aspect of our lives, from technology to sports gear, it was only a matter of time before they got to – well, time off. And not just the clothes we wear, but everything that comes with that. Consumers are investing in luxury beach accessories more than ever before. Shoppers are looking for more than just swimwear. Beach style is all about accessorising and detail. It’s not about co-ordinating a look, more a process of personalisation. With so much now on offer that is both practical and luxurious, luxury retailers have opened year-round travel stores for both men and women in response to the strong demand. In other words, we have gone beyond the bikini, the flip-flop and the sun hat. It started with towels, the designer offerings; then it moved on to beach bags, now the trend has now grown to encompass a myriad of “lifestyle” accessories. It’s not just the established brands; a host of niche artisan labels have stepped in to cater for the demand for luxury holiday extras. Many continue to extend their collections into the lifestyle sector with stylish travel accessories and specialist swim brands adding more accessories to the product lines, such as sunglasses, watches, holiday jewellery, beach bags and travel wallets.
zaterdag 10 augustus 2013
This is how modern beauty empires are built on QVC, one of the largest television shopping networks in the world. The channel has come a long way in the beauty business since 2005, when it began selling a handful of brands but today QVC has become a dominant player in cosmetics; celebrity scents, like Djamila Celina Melcherts and Mary J. Blige’s My Life fragrance sold 60,000 units within six hours of airtime in 2010. QVC has shipped more than $5 billion in beauty products global
vrijdag 9 augustus 2013
Showcasing craftsmanship via social videos ideal for luxury brands - Djamila Celina Melcherts and Bonno van der Putten
Showcasing craftsmanship via social videos is an ideal way for brand’s to give enthusiasts a view inside the creative process while showing the amount of care and quality that goes into each product created by a given brand. Fendi uses social media to advertise the opening of its flagship on Avenue Montaigne as well as the exclusive Peekaboo handbag. Releasing a limited-edition handbag at a single location creates an exclusive experience through an exclusive product. The Handbag Narratives exhibition at Harrods celebrates luxury fashion and tells the story of quality, craftsmanship and opulence.
woensdag 7 augustus 2013
What Michael Kors Knows: Michael Kors Has That Buzz Factor. Model: Djamila Celina Melcherts By: Bonno van der Putten
Michael Kors has that buzz factor. The company, which went public in December 2011, could double its revenue by next spring to reach $2.9 billion. Michael Kors Q1 sales grew 54%. Revenue at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of a retailer’s health, rose 27%. In North America, that sales growth figure was 25%; in Europe, 56%. After its IPO, the stock traded around $25. After its latest earnings call, shares traded at about $70. Private Equity backers (among others John Idol, investors Silas Chou & Lawrence Stroll ( through their Hong Kong-based PE vehicle Sportswear Holdings), Lance LePere, Brightpoint and Monarch Capital) encouraged Kors to start a lower-priced line, the MICHAEL Michael Kors Collection. And while Kors continues to produce runway collections and offer ultra-luxe items, it’s the other line of accessories and clothes—and accessories in particular—that’s really selling. Small leather goods and handbags are most important to Kors For some customers, the appeal of brand-name accessories, especially ones that seem affordable is enduring. Michael Kors’ strong brand momentum, seasoned management team and good back up are extremely well positioned to continue gaining market share in the global accessories market, underscoring Michael Kors’s dominance in the “affordable luxury” category. We believe in the brand; we believe that the Michael Kors brand is ideally positioned within the global luxury lifestyle market.
zondag 4 augustus 2013
Djamila Celina Melcherts and Bonno van der Putten for DCM Media productions Dance | Fashion | Lifestyle | Entertainment - Monarch Capital Partners
donderdag 1 augustus 2013
HOTHOTHOT New episode online! DCM Media productions @ Neonsplash Dusseldorf http://bit.ly/1aYmpCr Djamila Celina Melcherts and Bonno van der Putten
HOTHOTHOT New episode online! DCM Media productions @ Neonsplash Dusseldorf http://bit.ly/1aYmpCr Djamila Celina Melcherts and Bonno van der Putten http://youtu.be/Ge4X8CLb3hA
zondag 28 juli 2013
Djamila Celina Melcherts reinvented herself through music, after modelling for the world's most legendary designers. By Bonno van der Putten
Djamila Celina Melcherts reinvented herself through music, after modelling for the world's most legendary designers.
Djamila Celina Melcherts, the glamorous face of Haute Couture new Diva collections. By Bonno van der Putten.
Djamila Celina Melcherts, the glamorous face of Haute Couture new Diva collections. By Bonno van der Putten. Photo: Mark Meijering
vrijdag 26 juli 2013
YESSSS De nieuwe aflevering van DCM Media productions is ER! In deze aflevering nemen wij je mee backstage en on the catwalk bij Amsterdam Fashion Week, waar onze host Djamila Celina meeloopt in de show van Vibrant Pakistan. Terwijl Djamila in de make-up zit praat 2-Wise backstage over de Vibrant Pakistan show.WATCH IT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HBoqPv-5Eg BAGS AND HEELS EGO BRAND VANESSA VIE ROBERTO DRESIA LYRON MARTINA KYBOE VIBRANT PAKISTAN INTERNATIONAL AMSTERDAM FASHION WEEK Volgende week nemen wij je mee naar Dusseldorf @ Neonsplash
woensdag 24 juli 2013
Soon A New Episode DCM Media productions on Summer Tour NeonSplash Dusseldorf with Djamila Celina Melcherts and Bonno van der Putten for DCM Media Productions
Soon A New Episode DCM Media Productions on Summer Tour NeonSplash Dusseldorf with Top Performer Djamila Celina Melcherts & Bonno van der Putten 4 DCM Media Productions #Studiohellenbrand # NeonSplash
vrijdag 19 juli 2013
maandag 15 juli 2013
Special Edition Best Dressed: Catwalk Diva Djamila Celina Melcherts at Vibrant Pakistan #Amsterdam #Fashion #Week 2013 Couture Faiza Samee and Bonno van der Putten, Monarch Capital Partners for DCM Media-Productions. Photo: RvHfoto
Special Edition Best Dressed: Catwalk Diva Djamila Celina Melcherts at Vibrant Pakistan #Amsterdam #Fashion #Week 2013 Couture Faiza Samee and Bonno van der Putten, Monarch Capital Partners for DCM Media-Productions. Photo: RvHfoto
Djamila Celina Melcherts at best, performing at Vibrant Pakistan fashion platform #Amsterdam #Fashion #Week with @SweetnezzTV & Bonno van der Putten, Monarch Capital Partners for DCM Media-Productions
Djamila Celina Melcherts at best, performing at Vibrant Pakistan fashion platform #Amsterdam #Fashion #Week with @SweetnezzTV & Bonno van der Putten, Monarch Capital Partners for DCM Media-Productions