RETAILER INSIGHT: WHY ETAILERS SHOULD LAUNCH BRICKS-AND-MORTAR STORES
"Western Assembly co-founder Kiran Sumra explains why the emerging menswear business chose to go from etail to opening its first store amid the challenges of today’s tough high street."
CONDE NAST CLOSES STYLE.COM MONTHS AFTER ITS DEBUT
"Condé Nast, the publishing giant that owns magazine titles like Vogue, GQ and Vanity Fair, is closing its first major experiment in online fashion retail, a mere nine months after its high-profile introduction."
THE TRUTH ABOUT READY-TO-WEAR
Business Of Fashion
"Designer fashion was once a real business. Now, high exposure to ready-to-wear is a structural weakness for luxury players, argues Luca Solca."
"My message is 'buy less, choose well, make it last', she says. Her circus-themed collection featured recycled plastic bottles as shoes and aluminium cans pinned to tights, as a campaign against fashion waste."
CONSUMER SPEND SLOWS AS BREXIT INFLATION HITS
"Retail sales volumes fell by 1.2% last month as an increase in prices led consumer spending growth to fall to levels last recorded in 2013."
H&M, ZARA, M&S AND OTHERS FOUND BUYING FROM HIGHLY POLLUTING FACTORIES IN ASIA
"Toxic run-off from manufacture of viscose, a supposedly ethical material, has turned rivers black, contaminated drinking water and been linked to increased cancer risk"
FROM LOUIS VUITTON TO RAG & BONE, FASHION BRANDS ARE FINDING MORE ANALOGUE WAYS TO STAND OUT FROM THE DIGITAL CROWD
South China Morning Post
"Tactile and immersive exhibitions, innovative short films, hands-on workshops – in the search for more human ways to connect with customers amid the digital deluge, fashion houses are getting creative"
LUXURY FASHION BRANDS SHIFT BUDGETS TO DIGITAL
"Luxury fashion brands like Gucci and Louis Vuitton — traditionally big magazine advertisers — are starting to shift more and more ad dollars to digital channels, according to The Wall Street Journal."
VIRGIL ABLOH PROJECTS POLITICS INTO HIS FLORENCE FASHION SHOW
"This 21st-century Renaissance man will add political provocation to his list of exploits when, as a featured guest artist at the twice-yearly men’s wear fair Pitti Uomo, he will present a fashion installation created with the American artist Jenny Holzer and built around the international refugee crisis."
Business Of Fashion
"Sidney Toledano is optimistic the European economy will do better in the coming years, especially with French President Emmanuel Macron’s promises to reform labour market regulations"