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ORDRE Weekly

This week's digest looks at the rise of robotics in retail, Stella Mccartney's collaboration with biotech company Bolt Threads, LVMH's partnership with Polimoda and more

  • CNMI Green Carpet Talent Competition finalists with Livia Firth
  • 'We're at the onset of an industrial revolution': The rise of robotics in retail
  • Ensure experiences drive a return
  • LVMH inks partnership with Polimoda for leather-goods training
  • Stella McCartney with Bolt Threads CEO Dan Widmaier
  • Why retailers are going all in on subscription services
  • Stitch Fix is letting algorithms help design new clothes
  • Where North Korea's elite go for banned luxury goods
  • Anna Wintour steps down from CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund judging panel
  • Sebastien Meyer and Arnaud Vaillant to exit Courreges


LIVIA FIRTH RAISES THE SUSTAINABLE BAR YET AGAIN

Vogue

"Livia Firth's relentless pursuit of sustainability in the fashion industry is well documented, from the world-famous Green Carpet Challenge to her groundbreaking documentary, The True Cost, but it is her latest project that is going to generate the most headlines of her career crusade to date." 

 

‘WE’RE AT THE ONSET OF AN INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION’: THE RISE OF ROBOTICS IN RETAIL

Digiday

"Robotics and automation in fashion can make production and labor costs cheaper, bring supply chains closer to home — a move that not only cuts costs and environmental impact, but also helps brands compete on speed — and improve efficiencies in inventory, customer service and e-commerce experience. Jobs, of course, are at stake: Cornerstone Capital Group predicts that over the course of the next 10 years, automation will take 6 to 7.5 million jobs from the retail industry, or 38 percent."

 

ENSURE EXPERIENCES DRIVE A RETURN

Drapers

"Experiential. It’s the word of the moment and something multichannel retailers are striving to provide, as highlighted by John Lewis’s announcement that it will introduce the new role of manager of brand experience at its Westgate Oxford store when it opens in October."

 

BIOTECH GETS THE LUXURY NOD WITH BOLT THREADS X STELLA MCCARTNEY TIE-UP

Forbes 

"British fashion designer Stella McCartney, long known for her focus on sustainability, is teaming up with San Francisco-based Bolt Threads, a biotechnology company dedicated to creating the next generation of advanced materials"

 

WHY RETAILERS ARE GOING ALL IN ON SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES

Retail Dive

"Stitch Fix, Amazon Prime Wardrobe, Trunk Club, Rent the Runway and a growing list of subscription services streamline shopping for busy customers, but not every brand has the right formula."

 

STITCH FIX IS LETTING ALGORITHMS HELP DESIGN NEW CLOTHES—AND THEY’RE ALLEGEDLY FLYING OFF THE DIGITAL RACKS

Quartz

"The in-house brand of subscription fashion startup Stitch Fix, Hybrid Designs employs a data science team that works with the company’s order data to predict which clothes customers will want to wear. The team identifies viable gaps in the company’s inventory—clothes that people would buy but a designer hasn’t made yet, says Stitch Fix chief algorithm officer Eric Colson."

 

WHERE NORTH KOREA'S ELITE GO FOR BANNED LUXURY GOODS

CNN

"You can buy anything your heart desires in this North Korean store: premium blended whisky, jewelry and perfume. Or you can pick up a brand new drum set or a saxophone that's carefully displayed in a glass case. But there's a catch. The department store is cash only. And the profits could go to an illegal nuclear weapons program."

 

ANNA WINTOUR STEPS DOWN FROM CFDA/VOGUE FASHION FUND JUDGING PANEL

Business Of Fashion

"The 2017 competition, however, brings with it a significant change in the judging panel. Condé Nast artistic director and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour is absent from the committee. The editor’s presence and sharp opinions are a hallmark of the initiative, especially after the competition became the subject of an unscripted television series, “The Fashion Fund,” during the 2013 competition."

 

LVMH INKS PARTNERSHIP WITH ITALY’S POLIMODA FOR LEATHER-GOODS TRAINING

WWD

"It’s the first time the luxury conglomerate’s Institut des Métiers d’Excellence has partnered with an Italian school for vocational training."

 

SÉBASTIEN MEYER AND ARNAUD VAILLANT TO EXIT COURRÈGES

Business Of Fashion 

"The designer duo’s Autumn/Winter 2017 collection was their last for the house. The future of the brand’s creative leadership is unknown."