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Ikea looks to launch sales platform that would include rival products
February 12, 2019 | Financial Times | Richard Milne in Almhult.

Ikea is exploring the launch of an online sales platform offering furniture not just from the famous flat-pack retailer but also from rivals as part of its big transformation...........

Torbjorn Loof, chief executive of Inter Ikea, added: “It is also about how you connect. If you take home furnishings, for instance — how you connect communities, how you connect knowledge, how you connect the home. It’s not only furniture, it’s paintings, it’s the do-it-yourself part. There are many different constellations that can and will evolve over the years to come.”
Alibaba  Amazon  brands  clothing  e-commerce  experimentation  fashion  furniture  home-assembly  Ikea  leasing  opportunities  platforms  retailers  third-party  Zalando  rivalries  digital_strategies  Torbjörn_Lööf  coopetition 
february 2019 by jerryking
Anti-Algorithm Fashion
Sept. 10, 2018 | The New York Times | By Vanessa Friedman.

Some fashion brands are displaying an increasingly confident adherence to their own ideas about what the world should look like now.

They make what they want, in the way they want. If that means getting rained on, so be it. If that means they lose audience members to shelter, well, O.K. It sounds like a small thing, but it’s getting harder and harder to find. The industry bends toward compromise. There’s a lot of pressure these days to design by algorithm. We know too much about buying habits and likes, and the result is an insidious bias toward giving people what they have already indicated they want. It may be safe, and easier to sell, but it’s antithetical to the whole point of fashion, which should be about giving people what they never knew they wanted — what they couldn’t imagine they wanted — until they saw it. There’s a clarity to such commitment that keeps people in their seats, a ruthlessness toward pandering to the prevailing winds (or rain) that is itself desirable.
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Excerpt from 'A whole new mind: why right-brainers will rule
the future' By Daniel H. Pink. "Indeed, one of design's most potent
economic effects is this very capacity to create new markets... The
forces of Abundance, Asia, and Automation turn goods and services into
commodities so quickly that the only way to survive is by constantly
developing new innovations, inventing new categories, and (in Paola
Antonelli's lovely phrase) giving the world something it didn't know it
was missing.
analog  fashion  messiness  inspiration  algorithms  apparel  brands  clothing_labels 
september 2018 by jerryking
Norway’s oil wealth swamps innovation
John Gapper OCTOBER 19, 2016

"omstilling", is the name for Norway’s nascent shift to living without the energy industry that has brought it wealth and welfare for 45 years.

Why hurry, some wonder. Its 5.2m citizens are among the world’s comfiest, with gross domestic product per head of $75,000. Its oil-funded sovereign wealth fund, set up in 1990 to help it avoid “Dutch disease” — the syndrome of resource wealth driving up national currencies and weakening other sectors — is worth $880bn. Its oil and gas reserves should last for another half-century.

The trouble is that Norway is too comfortable. It takes a crisis to get most people to change their ways radically or for an economy to adjust the way that it works. Whatever you think of Brexit, it is one of those crises. At the moment, Norway has more official think-tanks and innovation incubators than entrepreneurship and disruption.....The oil fund is exemplary in many ways: by taking the wealth largely out of the hands of the government and directing it into overseas investment, Norway has avoided the worst of Dutch disease. But it adds to the sense of the country having a cushion against change: the fund’s very existence extends its deadline to reshape the economy.

The citizens are also cushioned......Norway remains hesitant about change.....Norway is a consensus-driven society that feels comfortable only with reform that has been carefully discussed and agreed....Elisabeth Stray Pedersen, a 29-year-old fashion designer who last year bought a factory opened in 1953 by the designer Unn Soiland Dale. She wants to revive its Lillunn brand and sell more of its Norwegian wool blankets and coats abroad.
Norway  Norwegian  oil_industry  Brexit  United_Kingdom  innovation  natural_resources  resource_curse  sovereign_wealth_funds  complacency  fashion  apparel  start_ups 
april 2018 by jerryking
Imagining the Retail Store of the Future
APRIL 12, 2017 | The New York Times | By ELIZABETH PATON.

What will the store of the future look like? Gleaming robots using facial recognition technology to personalize sales pitches to mood or past spending preferences? Voice-activated personal assistants, downloading the availability, color and fit of any and every garment to your smartphone? 3-D printing stations? No checkout counters when you leave? Holographic product displays on the shop floor that change when a customer walks by? Virtual fitting rooms via virtual reality headsets? Drones dropping deliveries in the backyard or on the front steps?.......is this the sort of shopping experience that customers really want?
Scores of leading retailers and fashion brands increasingly say no.........Farfetch — the global online marketplace for independent luxury boutiques — held a daylong event at the Design Museum in London. There, in front of 200 fashion industry insiders and partners, José Neves, the founder of Farfetch, unveiled “The Store of the Future,” a suite of new technologies developed by his company to help brands and boutiques bridge the worlds of online and offline.......A report by Bain suggests that although 70 % of high-end purchases are influenced by online interactions, stores will continue to play a critical role, with 75 % of sales still occurring in a physical location by 2025.

What may change, however, is a store’s primary purpose. Forget e-commerce, or bricks and mortar, or even omnichannel sales; according to Mr. Neves, the new retail era is one anchored in “augmented retail,” a blend of the digital and physical allowing a shopper to shift seamlessly between the two realms.....Holition is an augmented-reality consultancy and software provider based in London that has worked with some well-known retail brands.......“The holy grail for retailers is creating digital empathy....No one knows what the future will look like....those using technology and data to create bespoke personalized shopping experiences...are more likely to come out on top.”.....boutiques and physical events remained vital “marketing opportunities,” with a more specialized inventory selection and the opportunity for customers to do more than buy merchandise......talks, film screenings and designer meet-and-greets, along with social media lessons, exercise classes and floristry sessions.......“Stores cannot just be row after row of product rail anymore,” he added. . “To survive, they have to tell stories — rooted in a sense of community and entertainment — and have points of view that makes the owner stand out.”.......“Ultimately the use of data to transform stores will separate those who make it to the next step and those who won’t.
reimagining  retailers  physical_place  shopping_malls  cashierless  e-commerce  reconceptualization  future  shopping_experience  brands  fashion  omnichannel  bricks-and-mortar  MatchesFashion  Holition  Yoox  facial-recognition 
february 2018 by jerryking
In the fashion industry, McShopping has gone global - The Globe and Mail
KONRAD YAKABUSKI
PUBLISHED AUGUST 7, 2017

invaded by the same global chains that have made the shopping streets of the world's great cities all start to look the same. In the main shopping districts of Paris, Madrid, London or Toronto, the invasion of the same global chains (e.g. Zara, H&M, Primark & Uniqlo) that have made the shopping streets of the world's great cities all start to look the same. It's destroying the visual identities of cities once visited for their unique charm.

The cheap-chic revolution has brought affordable fashion to the masses and, thanks to better monitoring of offshore factories, provided millions of decent jobs in developing countries. It also has its downsides. Massive amounts of "disposable" clothing end up in landfills each year. When clothes are this cheap, we don't think twice about chucking what we bought last month for something even trendier. Instead of four fashion seasons, we now have at least 12...... department stores are a dying breed. Those that survive will likely only do so by going global.
Konrad_Yakabuski  fast-fashion  fashion  apparel  retailers  department_stores  brands  globalization  concentration  identity  Uniqlo  H&M  HBC  Zara  Paris  Madrid  London  Toronto  disposability  Primark  uniqueness  J.Crew 
january 2018 by jerryking
The ace of spaces: fashion show producer Alexandre de Betak
SEPTEMBER 22, 2017 Nick Remsen

The producer’s work is now the subject of a new book Betak: Fashion Show Revolution, which chronicles his 30-year career in show-making.....De Betak has sensed the world changing. As the enterprise of fashion has shifted, so has the industry of executing a fashion show.

“It’s not the way it was, we know this,” says de Betak. “It has gone from inner circle-genic to TV-genic to web-genic to social media-genic. The audience for a fashion show is now global, but they are more blasé than ever. We need to think about more angles when we design a set, and not just for the photographers in the pit, because the influencers are taking pictures that are just as important, maybe more so, than theirs. Then, it’s becoming more about video. Stills photos are slightly dying, actually. And, things are getting smaller. All of the information is given on the phone — soon it will be a contact lens.
producers  fashion  creative_class  creative_economy  creative_types 
november 2017 by jerryking
The next Coco Chanel will be a coder
Aug. 26, 2017 | The Financial Times. p4. | by Federico Marchetti.

Eager to know what the next big thing in luxury will be? I am utterly convinced that digital talent will be as important to fashio...
brands  CEOs  coding  digital_influencers  digital_savvy  fashion  Instagram  luxury  Yoox 
november 2017 by jerryking
Kenneth Cole on keeping retail fashionable in a modern age
Nov. 2, 2017 | The Globe and Mail | SUSAN KRASHINSKY ROBERTSON.

About a year ago, your company announced the closing of all but two of your stores in the United States. Why?

The retail model needs to be re-imagined. We're looking to focus on the brand experience in the virtual universe, and then recreate a new physical experience.

How much of your sales in the future do you envision coming from the brick-and-mortar space?

Everyone is trying to figure it out. The shopping experience needs to be very different. It's happening really fast. It will be an interesting time. A lot of people will not survive it. At the end of the day, you'll have a stronger, more efficient marketplace.

More than three decades into the business, how has your view of advertising changed?

In the past, my goal was to sell my brand. Over the past five years, it seems everybody is their own brand – they wake up every day and curate it on their Facebook, their Twitter feed, their Instagram feed. My goal is to hopefully convince you to allow me to be part of your brand. All of that is changing.
Kenneth_Cole  brands  Susan_Krashinsky  retailers  fashion  bricks-and-mortar  cause_marketing  advertising  store_closings  shopping_experience  physical_experiences 
november 2017 by jerryking
The Fashion Outlaw Dapper Dan
JUNE 3, 2017 | The New York Times | By BARRY MICHAEL COOPER.

Twenty-five years after luxury labels sued his Harlem
boutique out of existence, Gucci looks to him for inspiration......Things have come full circle. Litigation by luxury brands ran Dapper Dan’s Boutique out of business in the ’90s, and now here comes a major fashion house trying to grab the attention of a generation steeped in hip-hop by finding inspiration in a onetime fashion outlaw...... last week after Gucci unveiled a jacket that looked very much like one he designed nearly three decades ago for the Olympic sprinter Diane Dixon.

The fur-lined piece with balloon sleeves created by Mr. Day in the 1980s made use of the Louis Vuitton logo without the brand’s permission. The new Gucci jacket, designed by Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michele, remakes the Dapper Dan jacket, but with the interlocking double-G Gucci logo in place of the Louis Vuitton markings......Gucci [now] acknowledges its debt to the designer......In addition to Gucci’s recent salutation, the Museum of Modern Art plans to include Mr. Day’s work in its fall show “Items.” In an email, MoMA’s senior curator of architecture and design, Paola Antonelli, called Mr. Day a “trailblazer” who “showed even the guardians of the original brands the power of creative appropriation, the new life that an authentically ‘illicit’ use could inject into a stale logo, as well as the commercial potential of a stodgy monogram’s walk on the hip-hop side.”.....“What Dap did was take what those major fashion labels were doing and made them better,” said the rapper Darold Ferguson, Jr., who goes by the stage name ASAP Ferg and whose father, Darold Sr., worked at the boutique in the ’80s. “He taught them how to use their designs in a much more effective way. Dap curated hip-hop culture.”

Steve Stoute, the chief executive of the marketing firm Translation, said: “I think what Dap did, he actually taught an entire generation how to engage with luxury brands. Luxury brands, at that point, were not for us. They didn’t even have sizing for black people. So every time I walk into Louis Vuitton to buy a pair of sneakers, or buy a pair of pants in my size, I know they’re only doing it because of Dapper Dan.”....experiences with poverty growing up [crummy shoes] gave him an understanding of how clothes reflect social status.... the need to dress to impress is part of a generational mind-set for many black men who grew up in Harlem......Clothes designing sounds fascinating, but it’s hard work. Folks don’t realize that there are limitations in the body form. We’re humans: We have arms, legs, chest. The exciting part of designing clothes is that you can be really creative within the context of those limitations.”.......Samira Nasr, the fashion director for Elle magazine, likened Mr. Day’s work to that of the innovative hip-hop D.J.s of the era, such as Jason Mizell, a client of Mr. Day’s. Mr. Mizell, who died in 2002, created beats for Run-DMC under the name Jam Master Jay. “Sampling was taking existing music and slicing it to recreate new sounds for original lyrics,” Ms. Nasr wrote in an email. “Dap was sampling in a way. He was taking existing fabrications and breathing new life and beauty into them.”
litigation  luxury  brands  clothing_labels  Gucci  Harlem  stylish  mens'_clothing  African-Americans  New_York_City  sampling  streetwise  '80s  '90s  inspiration  hip_hop  fashion  outlaws  design  retailers  knockoffs  copycats  creative_appropriation  underground_economy  crack_cocaine 
june 2017 by jerryking
J.Crew’s Mickey Drexler Confesses: I Underestimated How Tech Would Upend Retail
By Khadeeja Safdar
Updated May 24, 2017

For decades, fashion was essentially a hit or miss business. Merchants like Mr. Drexler would make bets on what people would be wearing a year in advance, since that’s how long it took to design and produce items. Hits guaranteed handsome returns until the next season.

Now, competitors with high-tech, data-driven supply chains can copy styles faster and move them into stores in a matter of weeks. Online marketplaces drive down prices, and design details such as nicer buttons and richer colors are less apparent on the internet. Social media adds fuel to the style churn—consumers want a new outfit for every Instagram post. “The rules of the game have changed,” said Janet Kloppenburg, president of JJK Research, a retail-focused research firm. “It’s not just about product anymore. It’s also about speed and pricing.”

Mr. Drexler’s plan is to emphasize lower prices, pivot toward more digital marketing and adopt a more accessible image........Mr. Drexler didn’t appreciate how the quality of garments could easily get lost in a sea of options online, where prices drive decisions, or how social media would give rise to disposable fashion. Online, price has more impact than the sensory qualities of clothing. “You go into a store—I love this, I love this, I love this,” he said. “You go online and you just don’t get the same sense and feel of the goods because you’re looking at a picture.”.....Amazon.com and other algorithm-based websites can change prices by the hour based on demand, and the variety of options makes it easy to mix and match brands.

“The days of people wearing head-to-toe J.Crew are over,”......Today, with nearly two billion people using Facebook every month, he feels differently: “You cannot be successful without being obsessed with the product, obsessed with social media, and obsessed with digital,” he said. “Retail is now about all that.”

Mr. Drexler said he hasn’t given up on quality. Instead, he is now lowering prices on about 300 items and creating an analytics team dedicated to optimizing prices for each garment......TPG co-founder David Bonderman recently acknowledged J.Crew and its peers are struggling with declining mall traffic and the shift to online shopping. “The internet has proven much more resilient and much more important than most of us thought a decade ago,” he said at a conference earlier this month.
retailers  e-commerce  Mickey_Drexler  J.Crew  fashion  apparel  LBOs  private_equity  hits  copycats  social_media  Instagram  data_driven  supply_chains  Clayton_Christensen  disruption  brands  Old_Navy  Banana_Republic  Madewell  digital_influencers  TPG  fast-fashion  disposability 
may 2017 by jerryking
Remembering David Livingstone: The man who knew outfits and interviews inside out - The Globe and Mail
BERNADETTE MORRA
Special to The Globe and Mail (includes correction)
Published Friday, Apr. 21, 2017

Many times we would be watching an outfit come down the runway and he would lean over and say something like, “those shoes remind me of that song …” and then he would quote the lyrics of a jazz tune sung by someone I’d never heard of. Long before there was an Internet or easy access to databases, Livingstone was salting his copy with obscure references from films and literature.

Photographers and publicists who sat in on his interviews with designers, actors and models all have stories of the depth and breadth of his knowledge, and how he applied it to the seemingly trite world of fashion.....“He was a massive fan of cinema – he would see one film by a Hungarian director then hunt down their entire library. He was always so well-prepared at interviews, he would form an instant, genuine connection. He put his heart and soul into everything he did.”

Livingstone’s dedication to editorial excellence was both staggering and maddening.....his prose was unbeatable. A diamond cuff bracelet was “as wide as a crosswalk.” The lighting in his overpriced European hotel was so bad, reading his laptop was “like trying to read the marks left by a stick in dirty water.”...“He asked questions no one else asked,” notes Dawn Bellini, senior director of marketing and public relations for Hugo Boss Canada. “Often it was about the button stance or why you had to have something on a lapel. Interviews went way over time. He took much longer than anyone else. But to him details and the back story mattered.”....“He didn’t want to talk about skirt lengths. The conversation was about books and movies. He always made us think. And afterward, we would reflect and grow from that.”....The lack of accuracy and context in today’s 140-character world irked my friend and colleague to no end. But that didn’t stop him from mentoring young talent when he saw potential.
books  cinema  detail_oriented  fashion  films  industry_expertise  inside_out  journalists  journalism  literature  mentoring  movies  obituaries  questions  smart_people  thinking  tributes 
april 2017 by jerryking
He Saves Fashion Models From Financial Chaos - The New York Times
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personal_finance  financial_advisors  fashion 
april 2017 by jerryking
Brandy Melville and the rise of the Instabrand
March 17, 2017 | FT via | Evernote Web | by Jo Ellison.

its place in the broader fashion landscape has remained deliberately low-profile. It has never placed an advertisement. It keeps its store numbers low — although it has a busy online business. And, unlike the showy founders of comparable youth-centric fashion brands, such as the now-defunct American Apparel, its executives rarely do press.
Instead, Brandy Melville is an entirely millennial phenomenon, propagated and fed by its mostly pubescent patrons, for whom it holds a cult-like appeal. Most discover it on Instagram, where its 3.9m followers can admire a seemingly never-ending feed (pictured below) of honey-blonde, tawny-limbed beauties skipping around piers, beachfronts, cafés and libraries in teeny-tiny shorts and cute slogan cropped tops.....The social media site launched in 2011 and has been tagging, sharing and enrolling followers ever since: many of its stars are professional models; others are just fangirls who have been picked up as brand ambassadors, picking up hundreds of thousands of their own acolytes in the process.....What’s interesting is how efficiently the brand has communicated its message. While labels have traditionally depended on print campaigns, bricks-and-mortar visibility and custom-built marketing, Brandy Melville’s success has been built on shares and likes alone.
And parents, like me, have been complicit in its success.....quite thrilling to have discovered a brand about which I knew nothing at all, and which never wanted my attention, either. Although it will happily use me as a conduit for cash. Instabrands like this are now popping up all over the retail landscape, and there’ll be more to come as the culture becomes ever more evolved. As a lesson in millennial shopping habits
fashion  brands  girls  retailers  California  millennials  Instagram  social_media  teenagers  bricks-and-mortar  shopping_habits 
march 2017 by jerryking
A Style Guide That’s Man’s Best Friend - WSJ
By NICK REMSEN
Sept. 7, 2016

From Amazon:
Men and Style reaches beyond standard “what to wear” advice: It is equal parts style guide and intriguing conversation about the masculine identity within the world of fashion. David Coggins explores the history of men’s style and learns from some of the most notable tastemakers in the industry and beyond. Its essays and interviews discuss the lessons men learned from their fathers, the mistakes they made as young men, and how they emerged to become better men. Some of the most dapper men in the world discuss bad mustaches, misguided cologne choices, and unfortunate prom tuxedos. All the men here have arrived at a place in the world and have a keen understanding about how they fit in it. Men and Style celebrates singular men who’ve lived well and can tell us about how they earned their worldview. They’re smart enough to absorb the wisdom that’s hidden in the world, and even smarter to wear that wisdom lightly.
stylish  books  mens'_clothing  taste-makers  masculinity  fashion  opinon_makers  worldviews 
september 2016 by jerryking
The Future of Fashion Journalism Education | Stephan Rabimov
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The Future of Fashion Journalism Education
Posted: 09/09/2015
future  fashion  journalism  digital_media  millennials 
october 2015 by jerryking
Retailer Edmond Creed helped put Toronto on fashion map - The Globe and Mail
JUDY STOFFMAN
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Sep. 02, 2015
fashion  Toronto  luxury  retailers  obituaries 
september 2015 by jerryking
Ari Emanuel's WME-IMG Merger: The Possible Financial Troubles
March 2015 | | Vanity Fair | BY WILLIAM D. COHAN.

“Take advantage of each day that's given to you, and do something to move the needle on your business, even if it's just an inch. You've heard it before, but life is not a dress rehearsal. Don't waste your time (or mine).”....In 2009, Emanuel decided to take another big risk. “Nobody fucks up like I do,” he once wrote, “but you'll never succeed unless you take big risks. Big ones.”......“There's nobody more important when it comes to television packaging than Ari and Rick Rosen [WME's television chief],” says entertainment mogul David Geffen. “There's nobody who does it better. For instance, Steven Spielberg was at CAA for decades, and they did nothing for him in television, and he goes with Ari, and he has had seven or eight shows on the air. That's about accomplishment, not about bullshit.”........Over the next decade Forstmann transformed IMG into an international production-and-packaging powerhouse. The expanding business cut profitable deals with more than 200 American college and university sports teams, as well as with Indian Premier League cricket, Wimbledon, the Australian and U.S. Open tennis tournaments, tennis tournaments in Spain and Malaysia, and Barclays Premier League soccer. It ran Fashion Week in New York, Milan, and London, and in China it formed an exclusive joint venture with the national television network to create sports programming—all this in addition to representing such sports stars as Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, and Venus Williams. It also signed up an array of fashion designers and models, including Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg, Gisele Bündchen, and Kate Moss.
Ari_Emanuel  mybestlife  talent_management  mergers_&_acquisitions  entertainment_industry  chutzpah  Hollywood  overachievers  Ted_Forstmann  talent_representation  dealmakers  packaging  Silver_Lake  affirmations  idea_generation  creating_valuable_content  hard_work  performance  strivers  sports  fashion  superstars  risk-taking  William_Cohan  James_Baldwin  personal_accomplishments 
march 2015 by jerryking
Look to Hong Kong data for a glimpse into global retail troubles - The Globe and Mail
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The feng shui from Hong Kong is distinctly bearish. Li & Fung Ltd. is a logistics and supply management firm, in simple terms a middle-man that bridges the gap between big fashion and apparel retailers, such as Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Marks & Spencer Group PLC and their largely Asian suppliers. Owning no sewing machines and employing no seamstresses, it nonetheless is at the cutting edge of global retailing, making $8.7-billion (U.S.) in revenues over six months. It is no more nor less than the back office for some very big brands, organizing the supply of raw materials, the manufacturing, the distribution and warehousing of the frocks you see in the shops.
Carl_Mortished  Hong_Kong  Li_&_Fung  fashion  Marks_&_Spencer  asset-light  logistics  supply_chains  data  apparel  Target  Wal-Mart  retailers  middlemen 
august 2014 by jerryking
Menswear Around the World - WSJ
Aug. 22, 2014 | WSJ | By TODD PLUMMER.

An authentic energy infuses the images he shoots for his four-year-old street-style blog, Men in This Town, which he has turned into a book of the same name, available Sept. 2, 2014.
mens'_clothing  fashion  stylish  Sydney  London  New_York_City  Milan  Tokyo  blogs 
august 2014 by jerryking
The Dress Shirt's Big Moment - WSJ.com
By
Ray A. Smith
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Updated March 12, 2014
mens'_clothing  fashion 
march 2014 by jerryking
Burberry's Rose Marie Bravo Designs Ways to Keep Brand Growing and Still Exclusive
September 9, 2004 | THE WALL STREET JOURNAL Page B1 | By SALLY BEATTY
Staff Reporter

FASHIONABLE TIPS

Lessons from Rose Marie Bravo on rebuilding and sustaining a hot brand:

• Lesson 1: Do...
Burberry  fashion  branding  brands  CEOs  reinvention  dissatisfaction  execution  teams  exclusivity 
february 2014 by jerryking
globeadvisor.com: Shoppers makes move into e-commerce
October 23, 2013 | G&M | MARINA STRAUSS.
Drugstore chain to offer Optimum points to customers of Montreal-based online fashion retailer Beyond The Rack

The country's largest drugstore chain is teaming with flash-sale fashion website Beyond the Rack to give Shoppers loyalty cardholders the chance to rack up more rewards. It's an important entry for Shoppers into the world of online shopping, as global rivals move quickly to gobble up market share.

"We see it as a first step to e-commerce," said Jim Noteboom, senior vice-president of business analytics and financial services at Shoppers, which is rolling out the new Optimum-Beyond the Rack site on Wednesday.

Shoppers has already dipped its toes in cybershopping waters, launching an e-commerce site tied to its small upscale Murale beauty chain last year. But it faces competition from powerhouse retailers Wal-Mart Canada Corp. and Amazon.com, which are expanding their online beauty and consumer product stores.

Shoppers is betting that its partnership with Montreal-based Beyond the Rack, one of the largest online retailers, will help speed up its embrace of e-commerce.
Marina_Strauss  Shoppers  retailers  e-commerce  Beyond_the_Rack  fashion  product_launches  flash_sales  loyalty_management  beauty  personal_grooming  personal_care_products  brands 
november 2013 by jerryking
The New Style Influencers Are Digital - WSJ.com
September 10, 2013 | WSJ | ByELIZABETH HOLMES.

Brands Court Stars With Active Audiences to Try Turning Followers Into Shoppers
brands  WoM  influence  Word-of-mouth  fashion  apparel  bloggers  digital_influencers  stylish 
september 2013 by jerryking
Fashion Industry Meets Big Data - WSJ.com
September 8, 2013 | WSJ | KATHY GORDON.

Fashion Industry Meets Big Data
High-Tech Forecasting Comes to a Business That Dreads Being Out of Style
apparel  clothing  data  fashion  forecasting  massive_data_sets 
september 2013 by jerryking
Underwear Maker Hanes Tries On Fashion - WSJ.com
July 13, 2011 | WSJ |By ELIZABETH HOLMES.

But with that comes risk. Hanes Ink, which the company will formally announce this week, exposes Hanes to the hits and misses of fashion, a tricky business even for veterans.

Hanes, which is known for its underwear and plain T-shirts, is branching out with a wide range of styles, with an emphasis on women's fashion.

"That's the challenge here," Jim Phelan, vice president of Hanes Ink, said of the difference between the core business and the new venture. "One's a replenishment, ongoing business. The other one is very much being on trend."
Hanes  intimate_apparel  fashion  mens'_clothing 
july 2012 by jerryking
Brim with confidence
June 15, 2012| FT | By Eric Musgrave
mens'_clothing  hats  fashion  stylish 
june 2012 by jerryking
The Future of Armani - WSJ.com
May 23, 2012 | WSJ | By ALESSANDRA GALLONI.

The Future of Armani
Giorgio Armani single-handedly built a billion-dollar brand his own way, but where does his empire go from here?
branding  fashion 
june 2012 by jerryking
Pulling Off the Bold Shirt - WSJ.com
May 30, 2012 | WSJ | By CHERYL LU-LIEN TAN.

Nicholas Wheeler, chairman and founder of the London-based shirt maker Charles Tyrwhitt.
fashion  mens'_clothing  Charles_Tyrwhitt  shirts  e-commerce 
may 2012 by jerryking
The Sapeurs of the Congo - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 | Wall Street Journal magazine| By TOM DOWNEY

The Beau Brummels of Brazzaville
The Sapeurs of Congo are the world's unlikeliest fashionistas, ordinary workingmen whose inspired style helps them survive in a country torn by civil war.
Africa  mens'_clothing  fashion  stylish  African  Congo  civil_war 
october 2011 by jerryking
Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts Balances Life and Work - WSJ. Magazine - WSJ
September 9, 2010| WSJ | By Nancy Hass. Earning Her Stripes
From small-town roots in Indiana to the big time as head of Burberry, a
$2 billion fashion empire and one of the most widely recognized brands
in the world, Angela Ahrendts takes it all in her stride, propelling the
company into the digital age without compromising the brand’s soul—or
her own


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Burberry  CEOs  work_life_balance  fashion  branding 
september 2011 by jerryking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity - NYTimes.com
April 4, 2011, 12:33 pm Investment Banking
Harvard M.B.A. Students Stroll the Catwalk for Charity
By KEVIN ROOSE
HBS  fashion  MBAs  business_schools  charities 
april 2011 by jerryking
Anna Wintour's Brand Anna - WSJ.com
MARCH 23, 2011 | WSJ | By JOSHUA LEVINE. The editor of Vogue
has always occupied the most powerful seat in the world of American
fashion. But Anna Wintour's web of influential friends and allies has
helped turn her into a global brand that transcends fashion. Photographs
by Mario Testino
fashion  profile  personal_branding  Vogue  branding  PPR  luxury  LVMH  apparel 
march 2011 by jerryking
Cinderella Dreams, Shoestring Budget? No Problem - WSJ.com
* FEBRUARY 16, 2011, By COLLEEN DEBAISE.

If consumers can rent a movie by mail, or wheels on a whim, why not a
couture gown should the occasion strike? That's the concept behind Rent
the Runway, a website launched in November 2009 that promises to give
"every woman the opportunity to be Cinderella for the night," says
co-founder Jennifer Hyman. Customers can choose from an array of
designer duds for one-time wear at a fraction of the frocks' retail
price tag. (A little black dress worth $1,250, for instance, rents for
$150, plus shipping and $5 insurance.) Returns are as simple as dropping
the Dolce & Gabbana or Diane von Furstenberg into a pre-paid
mailing envelope. To date, Rent the Runway appears to be leading a
charmed life of its own, signing up 800,000 members, growing February
sales at 10 times last year's rate, securing $17 million in venture
capital and becoming cash-flow positive in under a year.
10x  rentals  fashion  start_ups  women  entrepreneur  business_models  Netflix  second_hand  whims  haute_couture 
march 2011 by jerryking
Mad for hats
Written by Derek Dotto


It's good news, then, that modern-day milliners like Frenel Morris at
Still Life in New York and Stephen Temkin of the custom Leon Drexler
label in Toronto handcraft and block old-school trilbies, fedoras and
the like from quality fur felts - for men and women - lining them in
butter-soft silk. Have a look at Still Life's bestselling Langston with
its strong pinch and teardrop crease, and its band made from a swatch of
banker's suit fabric. It has a shallower crown than its hat
predecessors of the mid-20th century, which makes it fresh for 2011, the
kind of hat a hip-hop mogul and a Bay Streeter could bond over. Let us
raise our pinkies in a ring-a-ding salute.
mens'_clothing  fashion  accessories  hats 
march 2011 by jerryking
A Profile of Mr Porter, a New Online Shopping Site for Men - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 10, 2011 | | By RAY A. SMITH and PAUL SONNE. Mr
Porter to Test Men's Urge to Shop Online. The New Site, a Cousin to
Net-a-Porter, Aims to Lure Men With Uncluttered Layout and a Profile of a
Motorbike Designer.
mens'_clothing  e-commerce  Ray_Smith  fashion  branding 
february 2011 by jerryking
Start-Up Programs Find Niche - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 18, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By SARAH E.
NEEDLEMAN. Some business incubators—programs designed to support
early-stage companies—are going niche, specializing in industries like
fashion, food and design. These programs are focusing on entrepreneurs
in emerging fields or areas that require expensive resources to get
started.
Sarah_E._Needleman  start_ups  incubators  specialization  fashion  food  design  early-stage 
november 2010 by jerryking
Are Designer Sunglasses Worth the Price? - WSJ.com
JULY 14, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By BRETT ARENDS. Are
Designer Sunglasses Worth the Price? Maybe not, writes Brett Arends. For
starters, most shades are made by the same company. Here's what you
need to know before buying.

*
eyeglasses  fashion  accessories 
july 2010 by jerryking
Bonobos: Very Fit to Lead -Thinking Big
May 18, 2010 | TIME | By Carlye Adler. "Bonobos is now
launching a plan to bring "mobile fit pods", or portable, collapsible,
dressing rooms to airports, train stations, corporations, college
tailgates, beach parties, and farmer's markets — wherever the potential
customers are — to get guys measured by its experts (so-called style
ninjas), who will then direct them to the website. Bonobos's web site
and pop up fitting rooms have entirely eradicated the brand's need for
leases, sales staff, and distribution. "The concept has such validity in
today's world," says Maxine Martens, the CEO of fashion industry search
firm Martens & Heads, and an investor in the company. In 2009, a
retail environment that saw shrinking sales, reduced traffic, store
closures, and bankruptcies, Bonobos tripled its business, earning $4.9
million in gross sales. And even though the pants aren't cheap,
($88-$195 a pair), Dunn says there's enough appeal to double business
this year. "
apparel  e-commerce  fashion  mens'_clothing  inspiration  reinvention  Bonobos  pop-ups  retailers  thinking_big  inventory-free  product_launches 
may 2010 by jerryking
EBay Adds 'Flash' Fashion - WSJ.com
MARCH 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER
And RAY A. SMITH. EBay Adds 'Flash' Fashion
Business Model Takes a Page From Online Sample Sales. EBay Inc. will
launch "flash sales" of high-end fashion brands Monday in its latest bid
to revive its giant online marketplace. On a portion of its Web site
dubbed Fashion Vault, the company will offer discounts starting at 50%
off retail for a limited time, beginning with offerings from French
Connection Group PLC.
The business model, which follows a trial in the fall featuring Hugo
Boss, DKNY and Max Mara, takes a page from such Web sites as Gilt Groupe
Inc. and GSI Commerce Inc.'s Rue La La. Those sites have carved out a
fast-growing niche in e-commerce by offering the online equivalent of
one-off sample sales. The move is a departure for eBay, which has
generally billed itself as a neutral third-party marketplace that anyone
can join.
apparel  brands  EBay  e-commerce  fashion  flash_sales  high-end  high-growth  microsites  niches  one-of-a-kind  product_launches  Ray_Smith 
march 2010 by jerryking
Can Band of Outsiders and Scott Sternberg Cash In? - WSJ.com
MARCH 27, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by RAY A. SMITH.
fashion 
march 2010 by jerryking
Chinese Officials Attack Quality of Foreign Luxury Goods - WSJ.com
MARCH 17, 2010, | Wall Street Journal | by SKY CANAVES. An
attack by Chinese provincial officials on foreign luxury brands,
including Hermès, Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger underscored the
vulnerability of the luxury brands in one of their most important
markets....The targeting of foreign designer brands for defective
products is the latest wrinkle for foreign businesses in China. It comes
as Google Inc. is preparing to shutter its Chinese language search
business and as Hewlett-Packard Co. came under scrutiny from Beijing for
problems in some of its laptops sold in China... "consumer rights are
an important part of the national competition strategy." One of the
weakest aspects of China's economic development has been its failure to
build its own brands. With a few exceptions, such as Tsingtao beer and
Haier white goods, Chinese brands are virtually unknown in Western
markets.
Hermès  luxury  branding  China  fashion  clothing  product_quality  brands  high-quality 
march 2010 by jerryking
Sung Joo Kim and MCM's Eastern Makeover - WSJ.com
MARCH 13, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By ELVA RAMIREZ. MCM's Eastern Makeover
An ambitious South Korean businesswoman attempts to resurrect the faded luxury brand
fashion  South_Korean  entrepreneur  luxury  licensing  branding  turnarounds  retailers 
march 2010 by jerryking
Patrizio Bertelli and Miuccia Prada, Fashion's Most Successful Husband-and-Wife Pairing - WSJ. Magazine - WSJ
March 11, 2010 | Wall Street Journal Magazine | By Alessandra Galloni | Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe. Miuccia and Me
Prada  luxury  fashion  branding 
march 2010 by jerryking
Phoebe Philo Rebuilds Celine for LVMH - WSJ.com
MARCH 9, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by RACHEL DODES And
CHRISTINA PASSARIELLO. LVMH Wipes Céline Slate Clean, Opening Way for
'Phoebe Effect'. "... Céline also closed all but one store in the U.S.,
cut ties to less exclusive retailers, stopped producing bags in China
and restored the accent to its name, all part of a move to tightly
control and elevate the brand."
branding  brands  China  exclusivity  fashion  France  LVMH  retailers  store_closings  upscale 
march 2010 by jerryking
Optimism Grows Among Luxury-Goods Retailers - WSJ.com
FEBRUARY 9, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By ELIZABETH HOLMES
And RACHEL DODE. Stores Reach Into Bag of Tactics as Luxury-Goods Sales
Improve
luxury  fashion  accessories  Tiffany  retailers 
february 2010 by jerryking
The Art of Selling an Expensive Watch - WSJ.com
AUGUST 4, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | By CHRISTINA BINKLEY.
Mr. Brücker, a former Xerox salesman, is training IWC Schaffhausen’s
sales force to sell expensive watches in a recession. Mr. Brücker has
come far from his Xerox roots. As chief executive of Pôle Luxe, a
Paris-based luxury-sales consulting group, he lists numerous high-end
brands, including Cie. Financière Richemont, which owns IWC as well as
Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, among his clients. His business is
booming in the recession. He is opening new offices in New York, Hong
Kong and Shanghai. He drives a Ferrari and has 61 luxury watches of his
own, including four IWCs. I observed his training of IWC associates for
two days, watching as Mr. Brücker urged his students to say “value”
rather than “price” and to sell “romance” rather than “products.” ...
"That pesky number is sandwiched between the product’s more romantic
benefits. “We sell luxury—it’s an emotion,” Mr. Brücker instructed."
sales_training  luxury  watches  Christina_Binkley  Richemont  Cartier  fashion  value-conscious  pricing 
december 2009 by jerryking
The Burberry business model: creating an international luxury fashion brand
2004. | International Journal of Retail & Distribution
Management Vol. 32, Iss. 8/9; pg. 412 | Christopher M Moore, Grete
Birtwistle. The Burberry model identifies 5 ksfs:

(1) The importance of a clearly defined brand positioning which
communicates a definite set of attractive brand values and lifestyle
associations.

(2) The requirement to maintain a co-ordinated distribution strategy
whereby retail chains compliment and are complimented by wholesale
chains which assure maximum market coverage.

(3) The opportunities afforded by a strong brand identity to extend into
adjacent product areas either through internal capability or via
licensing agreements.

(4) The opportunities afforded by a flexible approach to the management
of important foreign markets - such as in the form of delegating
marketing activity through licensing agreements.

(5) The importance of media relations management to the creation and
maintenance of a credible luxury fashion brand reputation.
adjacencies  Burberry  luxury  branding  fashion  brand_identity 
december 2009 by jerryking
Glasses: what a spectacle
Sep. 26, 2009 | The Globe and Mail | Craig Saunders
eyeglasses  fashion  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2009 by jerryking
Remaking London’s Fashion Scene - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 | Wall Street Journal | by PAUL SONNE. Can
London Get Its Groove Back? Harold Tillman wants to revamp the city's
design scene. His first big test is upon him
turnarounds  moguls  fashion  retailers  London  United_Kingdom 
november 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / Entrepreneurship - The new fashion retailers
The new fashion retailers

By Vanessa Friedman, Fashion Editor

Published: September 9 2009 22:44 | Last updated: September 9 2009 22:44
retailers  fashion  entrepreneurship 
september 2009 by jerryking
FT.com / Business Life - Fashion retailer cuts a dash online
June 3 2008 19:34 | Last updated: June 3 2008 19:34| Financial Times| By Adrian Michaels in Milan
distribution
online_marketing  fashion  distribution_channels  entrepreneur  Yoox  distribution  e-commerce 
march 2009 by jerryking
TheStar.com | Insight | No ordinary Joe
Mar 22, 2009 04:30 AM | Toronto Star | Cathal Kelly
Article describes how Joseph Mimran of Joe Fresh fame reached pinnacle of Canadian fashion by going down-market
mens'_clothing  fashion  Mimran  serial_entrepreneur  Loblaws  Cathal_Kelly 
march 2009 by jerryking
Wearing Jeans with a French-Cuff Shirt - WSJ.com
MARCH 13, 2009, |The Wall Street Journal| by fashion reporter Teri Agins
mens'_clothing  questions  fashion  advice  Teri_Agins  blue_jeans 
march 2009 by jerryking
The New Confidence by Harry Rosen
Harry Rosen Inc.'s celebrated ad campaign features four
distinguished Canadian business leaders - innovators in their
respective fields who share the belief that maintaining their own
personal brand in uncertain times is integral to projecting confidence
and ensuring success as leaders.
mens'_clothing  fashion  Harry_Rosen  retailers  personal_branding  economic_downturn  suits  uncertainty  self-confidence 
march 2009 by jerryking
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