Thursday, 11 May 2017
The designer on why he will not dress Ivanka and Melania Trump—and what fashion designers need to do to survive today.
— Zac Posen on fashion, fame, and why he won’t design clothes for Ivanka and Melania Trump
"A lot of the shopping for clothes that takes place today in wealthy countries, such as the US, isn’t about the clothing. Rather, it’s the act of purchasing—the temporary buzz of acquiring, and the symbolic value we project onto the item—that is often the point.".
— Fast fashion’s sad cycle of compulsive shopping, guilt, and regret has spread to Asia
"Jimmy Choo seeking buyer, like Kate Spade found Coach. Both JC/KS brands are heavy on marketing, low on authenticity".
— Kate Spade and Jimmy Choo: What's a luxury brand worth that 'ain't got no soul'?
Thursday, 24 Nov 2016
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"Stitch Fix provides a glimpse of how some businesses are already making use of AI-based machine learning to partner with employees for more-effective solutions. A five-year-old online clothing retailer, its success in this area reveals how AI and people can work together, with each side focused on its unique strengths".
— How one clothing company blends AI and human expertise
"Snapchat’s Spectacles have been making the rounds. The company’s latest offering, which hit the streets just over a week ago, is a hit among marketers, with brands and agencies like Sour Patch Kids, Mountain Dew, VaynerMedia and Space150 already trying them out".
— Marketers like what they see in Snapchat Spectacles
Is online luxury rental a logical next step in a sharing economy or is it going to cannibalise sales?
— Valentino and Vera Wang for 400 RMB: China’s fashionistas flock to online luxury rental
Behind the scenes and inside the mind of Fawaz Gruosi, founder and owner of the luxury jewellery and watch maker, de Grisogono.
— At de Grisogono, it’s all gems and glamour
Tuesday, 13 Sep 2016
"Simons' move to Calvin Klein, is largely considered as an opportunity to restore Calvin Klein to its position as an agenda-setting fashion brand and add creative credibility to New York's fashion scene, which is widely derided as overly commercial."
— Can Raf Simons save New York?
Monday, 4 Jul 2016
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"Malls are in trouble, but this doom and gloom forecast hasn’t stopped Nyx Cosmetics, the affordable and highly pigmented makeup brand that launched in 1999, from opening its first ever brick and mortar stores in a series of malls on the east and west coasts, as well as abroad".
— How Nyx is trying to conquer your local mall
"While 3-D printing is helping the fashion industry take steps to curb overproduction and increasing localized sales, industry sources also said that the fashion industry can’t on its own solve industrial sustainability problems".
— Fashion’s fraught relationship with 3-D printing
"As the global luxury market drifts, Luca Solca identifies four investment strategies for the sector".
— LVMH, Kering, Richemont? Where to place your bets.
Monday, 13 Jun 2016
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"Amid one of the country’s most severe recessions, how can consumer-goods companies and retailers succeed in Brazil?".
— Meet the new Brazilian consumer
“As handbags become more easily traceable, and values continue to increase, more collectors are seeing their handbags as assets”.
— Who would pay $300,000 for a handbag?
"The concept of the concept store is nearly 40 years old. What currency does the genre have in a digital age and how are these highly individual emporiums staying ahead of the game? ".
— Evolution of the concept store
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
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"After a series of record sales in 2015, expectations are high for this year’s vintage watch auctions".
— The vintage watch boom
"All is not well on Britain's high street.Bellwether Next lowered its sales forecasts for the second time this year last week, and warned that this might not just be down to recent cold weather -- there could be a broader consumer slowdown going on too".
— How Rolex and Lidl go great together
"The way we think about brands need to change. In the past, they were objects or concepts. You had a relationship with a brand. But in this social age, brands are the relationships. By defining a brand’s particular kind of relationship, companies can create greater engagement, differentiation, and loyalty".
— Build your brand as a relationship
Monday, 9 May 2016
"Gucci has followed Michael Kors in departing the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition - the non-profit organisation that aims to combat the production of copies in the fashion industry".
— Gucci departs anti-counterfeiting coalition
"In the future, “customer service” won’t be something consumers dread having to call, it will be something that builds powerful relationships with consumers. The best marketing is great customer service, and chatbots are a great step forward".
— Bots, Messenger and the future of customer service
"Systems will shrink so small that they can be embedded into an electronic contact lens. Talk about a vision for the future!".
— Why a smart contact lens is the ultimate wearable
Friday, 6 May 2016
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Friday, 29 Apr 2016
"Government is an accomplice in the BHS whodunit".
— Britain’s retail assassins
"Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has signed on to sponsor 17 of the WME/IMG fashion events around the world, including fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Berlin".
— Fashion gets its first official airline
"Tiffany & Co. has enlisted Grace Coddington as its first outside creative partner. The former Vogue creative director has styled and wrangled celebrity talent for the American jeweler’s fall campaign, presently in production in New York".
— Tiffany & Co. hires Grace Coddington as creative partner
Thursday, 28 Apr 2016
Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016
"Coach has told analysts it was considering pulling goods out of certain department-store locations. It didn't mention names but said it would no longer participate in certain store-wide sales and promotions at the strained chains".
— Coach's warning to department stores
"Once, the Topshop supremo could do no wrong. But with the collapse of BHS, the lavish lifestyle of this brash outsider who parties with Kate Moss, owns three yachts and commutes by jet from Monaco is now under scrutiny".
— How Philip Green, the £3.2bn king of the high street, lost his shine
"The British Fashion Council is transforming its annual fashion awards into a global event, positioned as ‘a mix of the Academy Awards and the Met Ball'."
— BFC unveils Global Fashion Awards
Friday, 22 Apr 2016
"Some of the world's most popular clothing brands, including Forever 21 and Michael Kors, have been slammed by a new report for not being upfront with customers about their supply chains".
— Prada, Chanel, and more big-name fashion brands called out for secret supply chains
"Luxury consignment site The RealReal, which focuses on authenticated, high-end resale items for women, men, and the home, announced it has raised an additional $40 million in Series E financing".
— The RealReal grabs another $40 million to expand its luxury consignment business
"Chinese global shoppers are to remain a lucrative market for international retailers, despite the recent turbulence witnessed".
— China remains #1 global shopper market
Thursday, 21 Apr 2016
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Brands could do well to look at what they consider their arch nemesis to learn about the future of e-commerce. Because Alibaba, and the retailers it enables, have a lot to teach brands about selling online.
— Why are luxury brands cowards online?
Fashion’s luxury megabrands have long struck a delicate — and highly lucrative — balance between exclusivity and accessibility. But as digital media, globalisation and off-price retailing reshape the industry, are they in danger of losing the balance that made them so successful?
— The luxury brand balancing act
The target is the 'post-digital generation' but AdWeek finds this approach obvious and tired.
— Diesel awkwardly stuffs every online obsession into a new global ad campaign
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"Weakness in the global economy, a strong U.S. dollar and ongoing geopolitical issues are contributing to a slowdown among consumers who live overseas". Let's hope that as Japan is climbing out of recession and retail sales are rising, this will help reverse any negative trends.
— The biggest threat to luxury brands' rapid growth
More changes for the troubled retailer...
— Rebekka Bay exits Gap
Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015
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Russia did a last minute cancellation due to the financial crisis. How painful will this crisis be for luxury companies?
— Russia, guest of honour, cancels on Pitti Uomo
“Luxury brands lose half of their top customers every year. The biggest reason why a consumer won't come back isn't the product – it's a rude or inattentive salesperson.” Great read about really knowing who your customer is.
— The customer comes first
Selfridges' Bright Old Things focuses on 14 mature talents who have swapped successful careers for something new. Our beloved Nick Wooster is included in this list, don't miss it if you are in London!
— New talent blooms in the university of life
Friday, 2 Jan 2015
Wednesday, 24 Dec 2014
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Friday, 19 Dec 2014
While there are a few success stories of boutiques that successfully transitioned into global e-tailers (like Luisa Via Roma and Matches Fashion), it's certainly not an easy task and it has involved hiring people in every department.
— From local boutiques to global e-tailers
Almost half of individuals who use wearable technology feel more intelligent, while 61 per cent felt more informed, according to a research by Samsung. Of course, there's a distance between feeling intelligent to actually being.
— Is wearable tech making us smarter?
Angel Chen, J Moon, Kim Stevenson and Minju Kim are on Fashion Scout's list of emerging designers, who will show their collections during London Fashion Week.
— Fashion Scout: ones to watch
Thursday, 18 Dec 2014
Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014
Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014
We've said it before and will say it again. If wearables aren't desirable for their design, their tech features won't matter so much to the fashion-conscious consumers.
— Wearable technology gets a fashion makeover
Prada has lost over a third of their value this year and the company might have to re-evaluate its positioning.
— Is Prada going out of style?
Can a single piece of plastic be transformed into a dress actual people could wear? It looks like it with the Kinematic dress, which can be wearable straight out of the printing machine.
— Inside the 3D-printed dress that may be the future of fashion
Gucci probably needs to decide first if it wants to take the Hermès route or to continue playing the 'sexy' card, but in a more contemporary way. Riccardo Tisci seems like the hottest contender, if he can break free from his LVMH contract. Katie Grand, who's also mentioned, would be a big surprise.
— Who is set to succeed Frida Giannini at Gucci?
Monday, 15 Dec 2014
"The high-profile celebrity front row has definitely become much more of a focus now than it used to be," claims Amanda Wakeley in her interview, while brands have to deal with so many ephemeral celebrities.
— Wakeley: the power of the FROW
Discover platforms for fashion based on visual search engines have the potential to solve a lot of problems for shoppers, with ASAP54, Slyce and Snap Fashion leading the way.
— Snap Fashion extends its visual search engine app into men’s clothes
And that gap is Muslim customers, according to some studies done by Euromonitor. With limited offerings, there isn't a single brand that can serve this market segment on a global scale. It's probably complicated for a Western brand to design clothes taking certain technicalities into account?
— This fashion sector has a huge market gap
Gap wants to reduce dependence on North America and plans to use Zalando's European network for this. Plus, it is aiming to open 40 stores in India.
— Fashion chain Gap in deal with online retailer Zalando
Friday, 12 Dec 2014
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Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014
A new era for Abercrombie & Fitch? CEO Mike Jeffries is retiring, and the company's approach to retail is changing. No more 'club aesthetic' at the stores, less visible logos on items for the North American market.
— Abercrombie CEO Is Out
Russ Somers of Invodo argues that mobile first is not the right approach to take when designing for visual commerce.
— Does mobile-first leave the customer behind?
It's never too late to jump the wearables bandwagon, especially if you are Tag Heuer. How will traditional luxury brands respond to Apple's threat?
— Tag Heuer working on a smartwatch
Alexis Martial helped Iceberg get its groove back; let's see what he can do for Carven if the rumours are true.
— Could Iceberg's Main Man Be Carven Bound?
Monday, 8 Dec 2014