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1. LVMH flirts with Ralph Lauren merger: Luxury giant LVMH has held exploratory discussions with Ralph Lauren over the past couple of years about a possible acquisition of the U.S. fashion brand, according to several sources familiar with the situation. – Read More on Axios

2. After expanding in 2021, fast fashion may be squeezed again: High-end labels are relatively immune to economic turmoil. People who can afford their frocks may take a knock in a recession but seldom end up shirtless. The same cannot be said of less luxurious fashion houses, but they, too, have had a good run of late. – Read More on the Economist

3. Macy’s earnings top estimates, retailer says it won’t spin off e-commerce from stores: Digital sales rose 12% year over year and increased 36% on a two-year basis. E-commerce represented 39% of net sales. The company cited strong performance in categories including home, fragrances, jewelry, watches and sleepwear. – Read More on CNBC

4. Louis Vuitton Blends Products and Politics at Workshop Opening: A throng of 70 visitors toured the two facilities, where Louis Vuitton will be making a variety of bags and eventually create 400 jobs. – Read More on Bloomberg

5. Chinese beauty brands woo Southeast Asian customers on TikTok and Shopee as saturated home market stagnates: Over the last two years, Chinese cosmetics companies that sell online have been eyeing neighboring markets like Japan and Southeast Asia for expansion before trying their luck in more competitive Western markets. – Read More on SCMP