Big brands race to secure luxury supplies from reptiles to roses

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A woman walks past the LVMH's Louis Vuitton's jewellery store on Place Vendome during its opening day in ParisBy Astrid Wendlandt PARIS (Reuters) – From crocodile farms to rose fields, suppliers of luxury material have become top acquisition targets for names like LVMH and Gucci owner Kering as they race to lock in rare skills and ingredients vital to their brands' survival. Having invested heavily in recent years to open shops around the world, notably in emerging markets, luxury leaders are now competing to control the supply lines behind their sales. …