Scenes from the Tiffany-LVMH Marriage


Like several corporatized, cliquey trade run by individuals whose fundamental human wants are simply met, vogue likes to create drama the place there isn’t any—or solely just a bit. Generally, although, the drama is actual—not less than actual sufficient to offer you a bit of little bit of perception into what is definitely happening.

To me, the broadly identified however by no means publicly acknowledged rift between Tiffany vice chairman of product and communication, Alexandre Arnault, and former govt inventive director Ruba Abu-Nimah, says one thing attention-grabbing concerning the integration of Tiffany, certainly one of America’s solely true luxurious manufacturers, into LVMH, the largest luxurious conglomerate on this planet. 

At first, after all, the tensions have been the predictable results of absorbing a really giant enterprise—for which LVMH paid $16 billion—right into a vastly bigger one. LVMH, with a present market cap of $480 billion, has owned American corporations earlier than, with poor-to-mixed outcomes. It nonetheless runs Marc Jacobs, which has had its ups and downs and is on truthful footing, nevertheless it divested from each Michael Kors and Donna Karan, two different (albeit extra mid-market) icons of American design that it by no means managed to make work. Michael Kors took his firm public, and have become a billionaire, practically a decade after LVMH offered off its stake.


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