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ORDRE Weekly

This week's digest: style is an algorithm, the dawn of micromerch, how to future-proof the physical store, unveiling Saudi Arabia's power brokers and more...

  • Style is an Algorithm. Credit: Racked
  • The Daw Of Micromerch. Credit: The New York Times
  • Unveiling Saudi Arabia's Power Brokers. Credit: Business Of Fashion
  • Luxury Streetwear Goes Mainstream in Label-Thirsty China. Credit: Jing Daily
  • How Bitcoin Went Luxury. Credit: Vogue
  • Natalie Massenet Confirms New Venture Fund. Credit: WWD
  • How to Future-proof the Physical Store. Credit: LS:N Global

WHY INDEPENDENTS NEED EXCLUSIVES IN THEIR BRAND MIX

Drapers

"Going off the beaten track to find new brands is a tactic that helps independent retailers to thrive."

STYLE IS AN ALGORITHM

Racked

"We have entered the realm of the not-quite-human, the not-quite-genuine. Did we make an independent decision or do the machines know us better than we know ourselves?"

THE DAWN OF MICROMERCH

The New York Times

"Niche stars and not-quite celebrities are churning out namesake products — T-shirts, coloring books, tissue boxes — made for a dedicated few."

UNVEILING SAUDI ARABIA’S POWER BROKERS

Business Of Fashion

"Last week’s Arab Fashion Week Riyadh focused the world’s attention on Saudi Arabian design and the country’s push for women’s rights, but who are the real power brokers in this fashion market worth $15 billion?"

LUXURY STREETWEAR GOES MAINSTREAM IN LABEL-THIRSTY CHINA

Jing Daily

"Collaborations between luxury and streetwear brands have created a real kerfuffle among China’s young luxury consumers. More and more luxury brands are stretching the limits of their old world heritage with ultra-hip but potentially far more ephemeral labels."

HOW BITCOIN WENT LUXURY

Vogue

"As the value of Bitcoin has soared, now-wealthy early adopters are looking for ways to spend their digital money – and the luxury market is the place to do it. Olivia Marks explores the world of cryptocurrencies and the super rich"

NATALIE MASSENET CONFIRMS NEW VENTURE FUND, IMAGINARY VENTURES

WWD

"Dubbed Imaginary Ventures, the fund will focus on investing in “early stage, direct-to-consumer brands at the intersection of retail and technology.” The firm has closed its first fund of $75 million which includes investments across the beauty, wellness, food and beverage, lifestyle and fashion sectors."

HOW TO FUTURE-PROOF THE PHYSICAL STORE

LS:N Global

"Natalie Berg, retail analyst and founder of NBK Retail, on why stores should be seen as assets rather than liabilities."