PARIS — Consumers may be slamming their wallets shut during the economic crisis — but not their laptops.

Online selling remains one of the few bright spots in the fashion and luxury landscape, with many European luxury players plotting more expansion and predicting continued sales growth. “We are optimistic about the online platform as a vehicle to drive sales,” said Valerie Hermann, chief executive officer of Yves Saint Laurent, which launched e-commerce in the U.S. in October 2007 and plans to expand it to Europe in the near future. “In the current climate, the Internet serves not only as a limitless resource for information, but as a refuge from reality.”

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