Ron Johnson

Lo, the Ron Johnson changes at JCP continue apace! Apple’s ex-retail guru has been notoriously overhauling the US high street megalith, to not exactly stunning sales results, but as his latest, and truly out-of-the-box move shows, he’s not backing off his radical revamp plans any time soon. This time round he’s decided JCP needs to join the high/low collaboration queue – you know, the H&M and Maison Martin Margiela, Target and Prabal Gurung, and so forth trend – and for his brand’s first foray, he has chosen to hook up with…wait for it…Duro Olowu. Who? 

The assertion that exclusivity is no longer a criteria for luxury came from PPR chief Francois-Henri Pinault when he opened our luxury conference last Thursday, and I have to say, it made me sit up in my seat. Not that that was the only striking insight to come out at the end of last week. Here, in no particular order of importance, are the top five items that stayed with me the most 

The amount of attention paid to the appointment of Dixon’s ceo, John Browett, as Apple’s new head of retail has been interesting. After all, how many times does the announcement of the guy running stores at even the biggest companies merit this many column inches? Put another way: I’ll give you a hundred bucks if you can tell me who runs retail for Louis Vuitton? Ferrari? Gucci? Nike? Tiffany? Actually, that was a joke, but you get the point.