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ORDRE Weekly

This week's digest looks at the performance economy, experiential department stores, the next phase of inclusive fashion, the power of location analytics and more

  • The future of sustainable fashion might just be in San Jose, Costa Rica
  • An alternative to consumerism does exist: The performance economy
  • Billionaire Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd
  • Marina Square shopping mall in Singapore. Increasingly, malls are turning to concepts that sell an experience, rather than goods
  • The next phase of inclusive fashion: designing for the disabled
  • Industry demands support for ethical UK manufacturing
  • Is fashion ready for the AI revolution?
  • From store to door: The power of location analytics


THE FUTURE OF SUSTAINABLE FASHION MIGHT JUST BE IN SAN JOSÉ, COSTA RICA

Vogue

"Eco-conscious shoppers will be happy to know that sustainability is ingrained in Costa Rican design, mostly as a result of the tropical landscape—Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse regions in the world, and a quarter of its land is protected for parks and reserves."

 

AN ALTERNATIVE TO CONSUMERISM DOES EXIST: THE PERFORMANCE ECONOMY

Business Of Fashion

"By 2030 it is predicted that we will be using two Earths worth of resources and the demand for clothing is expected to have risen by 63 percent according to the Copenhagen Fashion Summit's recent Pulse of The Fashion Industry report written in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group. As we hurtle along this trajectory, can we afford to put all our bets on being able to make current rates of fashion consumption sustainable?"

 

ALIBABA'S STRUGGLE FOR E-COMMERCE LEGITIMACY IS UNDERMINED BY FAKE GUCCI AND REFUGEE BOATS

Forbes

"Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, who has long faced accusations of not doing enough to eradicate fake goodsfrom its shopping sites, has been stepping up efforts to tackle the problem by investing in better tracking technologies and making new partnerships with brands to go after sellers of illegal merchandise"

 

TROUBLE IN (SHOPPER’S) PARADISE: HOW SINGAPORE MALLS RETHOUGHT THE RETAIL EXPERIENCE

South China Morning Post

"As e-commerce giants put the squeeze on brick-and-mortar shops in the Lion City’s malls, savvy operators are rethinking the world of retail by offering food, drink and experiences"

 

THE NEXT PHASE OF INCLUSIVE FASHION: DESIGNING FOR THE DISABLED

Vogue

"Open Style Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to addressing issues surrounding clothing for the disabled. On Saturday, OSL hosted its fourth fashion showcase at Parsons School of Design, where four teams of designers, engineers, and occupational therapists showed a custom garment designed for a client in a wheelchair."

 

INDUSTRY DEMANDS SUPPORT FOR ETHICAL UK MANUFACTURING

Drapers

"The debate over how to eradicate poor employment practices in some UK factories flared up again this week, prompting retailers and manufacturers to call for more support from the government."

 

IS FASHION READY FOR THE AI REVOLUTION?

Business Of Fashion

"Artificial intelligence can help businesses align supply and demand, scale personal service and design better products."



FROM STORE TO DOOR: THE POWER OF LOCATION ANALYTICS

Retail Dive

"Almost all consumers today have access to a smartphone, a tablet device, or, at the very least, the Internet, and this gives them the capability to engage with the businesses they purchase from, on their own terms."