Louis Vuitton, which last month raised prices by an average 12 percent in Japan, has imposed similar increases on non-leather handbags in most of its main markets since the start of the year, according to HSBC.
For decades, fashionistas have known that a Birkin bag is a safe style bet -- if you can get your hands on one. That demand makes its producer, Hermes International SCA, the surest bet in the luxury industry when it comes to sales growth.
Hermes International SCA , the French maker of Birkin handbags and silk scarves, reported first- quarter sales that beat analysts’ estimates as wealthy consumers purchased more luxury watches and fragrances.
Luxury-goods companies should brace for weaker growth in 2012 as Europe’s sovereign debt crisis leads to a slowdown in spending, according to Gianluca Brozzetti, chief executive officer for designer Roberto Cavalli.