Every Friday, our team will compile the most exciting fashion news from around the world, and share it right here on the Tradesy blog. Catch up on the latest with this week’s Fashion Count:
9 – The percent increase in women’s activewear sales in 2013 ($11.5 billion!) in the United States compared to 2012. Many brands are hoping to cash in, including Tory Burch, Gap, Forever 21 and H&M, which debuted H&M Sport earlier this month. Maybe yoga pants really do have a place in fashion.
40 – The glamorous age of seemingly ageless Kate Moss, whose birthday was this Thursday. The supermodel was seen having lunch at London’s 34 Restaurant with Stella McCartney, John Galliano, and Vogue photographer Mario Testino. Check her out on the cover of Playboy’s December issue… she makes 40 look fabulous!
Kate Moss in the December 2013 issue of Playboy
97 – The years that famed London department store Harrod’s “Pet Kingdom” has been open. The department store announced Monday that they will be closing the pet shop in order to open a new womenswear department. They have a rich history of selling exotic animals like camels and tigers, and former president Ronald Reagan once received a baby elephant from the speciality shop. (via Vogue UK)
Gertie, Ronald Reagan’s baby Indian Elephant at Harrod’s in 1967
31,500-40,000 – The price range of the the new “hyper-luxe” handbag line Louis Vuitton will reportedly soon launch. Competition and counterfeiting in the luxury sector has reached new heights, so Louis Vuitton is seeking to create a new type of luxury handbag that is both expensive and minimalist (free of logos and icons) to separate themselves from other brands. (via The Independent)
1.5 Million – The salary of Kate Spade CEO, Deborah Lloyd, not including a 175% cash bonus, market shares, and long term incentive awards, totaling an additional $3,275,000. As we shared in last week’s fashion count, Kate Spade has big plans for the future, and clearly they think Lloyd is the way to get there! (story via Fashionista)
Getty via Fashionista
125 Million – The amount of money Anna Wintour has raised for The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, which will be renamed The Anna Wintour Costume Center in her honor when it reopens after renovations in May. The reigning queen of fashion lives up to her name yet again! (via Telegraph)
Anna Wintour at the annual Costume Institute Gala in 2012
5 Billion – The new valuation of mobile payment company, Square, up from a $3.25 billion valuation during the company’s last round of funding. This increase may be the result of a “meaningful” new investment by Groupe Artemis, a French holding company owned by luxury goods mogul, Franrançois-Henri Pinault. Pinault also owns Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. (via TechCrunch) Franrançois-Henri Pinault and his wife, Salma Hayek
Which of these numbers is most surprising to you? Let us know what you think.