FOR READY-TO-WEAR BRANDS, PARIS COUTURE PROMISES NEW SPACE AND OPPORTUNITY
Business Of Fashion
"The unmatched prestige of showing during haute couture, combined with its potential business advantages, has compelled several ready-to-wear designers to join this week's calendar including Proenza Schouler and Rodarte. Will it work?"
3D PRINTERS START TO BUILD FACTORIES OF THE FUTURE
"Recent advances make 3D printing a powerful competitor to conventional mass production. Additive manufacturing, as it is known technically, is speeding up prototyping designs and is also being used to make customised and complex items for actual sale, so it is no longer foolish to believe that 3D printing will power the factories of the future."
SNAPCHAT FALLS FARTHER BEHIND INSTAGRAM WITH FASHION BRANDS
"Snapchat’s days in the fashion industry seem to be numbered. As Instagram continues to co-opt and improve its premiere features, many of the brands who were experimenting on the platform — including Everlane and Cole Haan — have either scaled back their usage or stopped it altogether."
BANGLADESH GARMENT FACTORY BLAST KILLS 10 AND INJURES DOZENS
Business Of Fashion
"The incident happened on Monday evening at a Dhaka factory owned by Multifabs Limited, which supplies knitted apparel to clients in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Russia, Spain, Netherlands and Britain."
GOOGLE FINED $2.7BN FOR EU ANTITRUST VIOLATIONS OVER SHOPPING SEARCHES
"The European Commission has fined Google a record-breaking €2.42 billion (~$2.73BN) for antitrust violations pertaining to its Google’s Shopping search comparison service — in what is widely considered the most significant antitrust ruling in Europe since the 2004 Microsoft decision."
RETAILERS RAIL AGAINST BUSINESS RATES REGIME
"Independent fashion retailers are staging a fightback against the “bitter pill” of business rates following the rating revaluations that took place earlier this year, with some independents have experienced rises of nearly 90% since April’s revaluation."
INDIA'S ANCIENT HANDICRAFTS INDUSTRY IS IN DIRE NEED OF SOME 21ST CENTURY ENTREPRENEURSHIP
"The Indian textile crafts industry hasn’t been able to reap the value of the inherent beauty of these intricate patterns, even as brands and designers outside the country, such as US-based Lisa Fine and John Robshaw, have done so with great success, charging a premium for their products."
U.S. GARMENT PRODUCTION WOULDN'T BE A THING WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS
"Immigrants represent a significant portion of the fashion industry's skilled workforce, and the current political administration’s anti-immigration stance runs counter to any hope of bringing garment manufacturing back to the U.S."
FOR BRANDS, FITTING ROOMS ARE THE KEY TO UNLOCKING VALUABLE CUSTOMER DATA
"In a brutal retail landscape cast in Amazon’s ever-expanding shadow, brands’ ability to gather, understand and react to customer-driven data has hit a do-or-die point of urgency. As a result, no part of the customer journey is safe from data collecting — not even the fitting room."