Luxury goods Stories September 1, 2015

Former Beats 1 head Ian Rogers joining the French luxury group behind Louis Vuitton and Bvlgari

It was a surprise to learn last week that Apple Music exec and Beats 1 head Ian Rogers was leaving Apple just two months after the launch of the company’s streaming music service. What’s equally surprising is where he’s going: Re/code reports that he is joining French luxury giant LVMH.

Rogers will leave California and move to Paris, where he will be chief digital officer at LVMH, the holding company behind iconic luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Bvlgari.

This confirms earlier reports that he was joining a European company in an unrelated industry.

The fit is far from obvious. The former Beats Music CEO has spent his entire career in the music business, and while some had speculated that the move from CEO to senior exec might have been a difficult one, there’s as yet no suggestion that Rogers will be resuming a CEO role within LVMH.

The get is a bit of revenge for LMVH which has seen a number of execs leave for Apple ahead of the Apple Watch introduction.

Photo: FastCo

Update: 

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Luxury goods Stories February 19, 2015

According to multiple reports out of France, Apple is constructing a dedicated display for the upcoming Apple Watch in some upscale Paris-based retail outlets. The reports say that the size of the display is close to the length of a few small balconies and that Apple Retail Senior Vice President Angela Ahrendts has been directing the construction of the booth at retailer Galeries Lafayette on Champs Elysees. While these claims for France are still unconfirmed, sources have told us that Apple is considering constructing dedicated Apple Watch retail stores in the future if demand deems such outlets necessary…

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Luxury goods Stories January 29, 2015

Apple is on rather a roll at the moment. A new world record for quarterly profitsBest-selling smartphone maker in China. Joint leader of the global smartphone market. Record-breaking app store earnings. Now Reuters reports that it’s picked up a new accolade, leading the luxury goods market in China.

Apple Inc has taken the number one luxury gifting spot in China from designer goods maker Hermès International SCA, according to a Hurun luxury report on Thursday, reflecting the iPhone maker’s recent hot streak in the country.

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