Daily Archives: November 4, 2011

Tonight is the beginning of what is being billed as the biggest Fashion’s Night Out ever, although it’s more like Fashion’s Afternoon Out: a noon-9pm (Saturday) shopping extravaganza in Japan launched by an evening pre-shopping gala, with some of the proceeds presumably going to benefit earthquake relief efforts. But that’s not the half of it.

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In the category of ingenious solutions to seemingly intractable problems, I nominate Raphael le Masne de Chermont, executive chairman of Shanghai Tang, who turned a piece of really bad luck – being kicked out of the building where Shanghai Tang was founded in 1994, and where its flagship was established, with less than six months notice – into a creative retail opportunity. Read more