Friday, 22 January 2010

Luxury News In Brief – 22/1/10

Prada confirmed to WWD that Francois Kress will be the new CEO of Prada USA. Click here for our earlier report on Kress.

Richemont is rumoured to be sizing up Rodenstock, a Munich-based eyeglass-frames maker, to purchase a majority stake. Both companies have declined to comment, and analysts are quashing this rumour as Rodenstock is “a totally different business” and has “nothing to do with luxury goods”. See Reuters for further speculation and debate.

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