The Vuitton, Versace, Gucci, and Dior bags will have to wait, or slip into a slipping revolver, we suspect, as Carlyle group finally admits it got tagged. Takes a lot for a private equity firm to admit to such things without lots of excuses about being on the left side of the "J curve." We're thinking short-luxury-goods just became an (even more) interesting trade.
"After several years of unprecedented growth, product innovation, geographic expansion, capital deployment and investment gains, our world changed dramatically," the Washington-based firm said in its annual report on its Web site today. "2008 was a humbling experience for us."