An Optimistic Future in the Business of Couture

-Bruno Pavlovsky, President of Fashion at Chanel, reported an increase "between 20 and 30 percent"

-Sidney Toledano, President and Chief Executive Officer at Christian Dior, said "The number of clients has increased"

-At Givenchy, C.E.O., Fabrizio Malverdi is forecasting an increase of 10 to 20 percent in couture this year"

-Executives said Europe and America remain the chief markets for couture, with growth coming from Russia, the Middle East, and Asia.

Now that you've got your economics in for the day . . . . these couture clients that account for the increase, prefer an intimate and private presentation, and oftentimes the house visits them. According to Gaultier, fittings with clients may take place "on a yacht, in the Greek islands or in the Caribbean" or a palace in the Persian Gulf.

Data from WWD