ORDRE Weekly

This week's digest looks at the impact of Trump's climate reversal on the fashion industry, the real cost of e-commerce logistics, the benefits of robot-produced clothing and more

  • Petra Collins wearing Gucci Cruise X GucciGhost '17 collaboration bag
  • Laurent Potdevin, chief executive officer of Lululemon Athletica Inc.
  • Gucci is one company that has worked hard to understand digital and use it to reach new audiences
  • Fanny Moizant co-founder of Vestiaire Collective
  • The meteoric rise of Chinese consumerism will reshape the world
  • How shoppers use their smartphones in stores
  • What Trump's climate change reversal means for the fashion industry
  • Debra Hepburn, founder of e-commerce platform Young British Designers
  • The case for letting robots make our clothes
  • The real cost of e-commerce logistics


HOW LUXURY CAME TO LOVE STREETWEAR SITES

Business Of Fashion

"To reach millennials, luxury brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton are partnering with influential streetwear sites Highsnobiety and Hypebeast."
 

LULULEMON CEO: THE FUTURE OF RETAIL IS BRIGHT

Fortune

"Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker has said that the U.S. retail landscape is "not in a steady state." Kevin Plank, CEO of Under Armour, has acknowledged it is "a difficult time for many retailers out there." But Laurent Potdevin, Lululemon Athletica's chief executive, isn't nearly as dour about the industry as brick-and-mortar players face continued pressure from e-commerce giants like Amazon.com."


HOW THE LUXURY RETAIL SECTOR IS USING TECHNOLOGY TO REMAIN RELEVANT

The Independent

"Digital technology can bring young designers and artisans out of obscurity and give them a marketplace"


HOW VINTAGE E-COMMERCE SITES LIKE VESTIARE COLLECTIVE ARE DISRUPTING THE LUXURY MARKET

South China Morning Post

"Vestiaire Collective co-founder Fanny Moizant explains how vintage adds to luxury, rather than diminishing it, and why the company is expanding to Asia"


THE METEORIC RISE OF CHINESE CONSUMERISM WILL RESHAPE THE WORLD, AND MAYBE EVEN DESTROY IT

Quartz Media

"When China was still largely rural, poor, and socialist, politicians exhorted the country’s people to patriotic activities such as increasing grain output for their economy’s sake. Now, to sustain China’s economic boom, the country needs good citizens to go shopping"


HOW SHOPPERS USE THEIR SMARTPHONES IN STORES

Retail Dive

"Nearly 60% of shoppers look up product information and prices while using their mobile phones in stores, making a mobile strategy critical for retailers."


WHAT TRUMP'S CLIMATE REVERSAL MEANS FOR THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Business Of Fashion

"While largely symbolic, the US president’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement still has dangerous global implications. But many industry leaders remain committed to their individual carbon emission reduction goals."


MY FASHION LIFE: DEBRA HEPBURN, FOUNDER OF YOUNG BRITISH DESIGNERS

Drapers

"Ecommerce platform Young British Designers focuses on showcasing the very best of the UK’s new design talent. The site’s founder, Debra Hepburn, spoke to Drapers about the hunt for new talent and the importance of gut instinct."


THE CASE FOR LETTING ROBOTS MAKE OUR CLOTHES

Motherboard

"Keeping costs low, of course, comes at a human expense: Many of the garment workers who make our clothes experience miserable wages, health care access, unsanitary conditions and forced overtime. But there's a possible solution to these human rights abuses: robots."
 

THE REAL COST OF E-COMMERCE LOGISTICS

Retail Dive

"Amazon has been a game changing company in more ways than one. Free two-day shipping is a prime example: Retailers are realizing they must get on board or get left behind, but covering these costs and storing products in close proximity to consumers means tweaking logistics."