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A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past fortnight.

TOP STORIES
  • Alibaba sets global pace for in-store tech innovations [Retail Dive]
  • Do robots dream of Prada? How artificial intelligence is reprogramming fashion [The Guardian]
  • Yes, CEOs, you do need to speak up on social issues [Forbes]
  • How Facebook AI may help to change the way we shop online in the future [Yahoo]
TECHNOLOGY
  • Brands are using blockchain to promote sustainable products [Digiday]
  • BMW launches a personal voice assistant for its cars [TechCrunch]
  • SoftBank wants to build the future. Here are some new bets it could make [NY Times]
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • Zara and H&M leading the discussions about sustainability, says Launchmetrics study [Fashion United]
  • London Fashion Week vows to be fur-free [The Guardian]
  • Forget leather, the future of leather is all about fish skin [Wired]
  • PVH receives award for corporate excellence [WWD]
  • Clothing firms urged to act on plastic pollution [Fashion United]
RETAIL & E-COMMERCE
  • Dirty Lemon’s store answer to conversational commerce [WWD]
  • The menswear market is going all in on experiential retail [Fashionista]
  • VC money is pouring into e-commerce – but are women getting a fair share? [Retail Dive]
  • Mulberry kicks off international expansion with show and pop-up in Seoul [Vogue UK]
  • Glossier CEO Emily Weiss on why the company won’t sell on Amazon [TechCrunch]
  • More consumers than ever want retailers to personalize service [Retail Dive]
  • Canada Goose to add cold rooms to its stores [Fashion United]
  • The Hermès pop-up is an ode to its silk scarves [CR Fashion Book]
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • What went down at Tommy Hilfiger’s Shanghai show [Dazed Digital]
  • H&M stages see-now-buy-now fashion show in Shanghai in time for Tmall Super Brand Day [WWD]
  • Banana Republic hosts Bumble event during NY Fashion Week [Mobile Marketer]
  • Instagram is building a standalone app for shopping [The Verge]
  • Nike’s online sales jumper 31% after company unveiled Kaepernick campaign [Market Watch]
PRODUCT
  • Forever 21 and Kodak launch collaborative capsule collection [Fashion United]
  • Rihanna wants to release her own furniture line [High Snobiety]
BUSINESS
  • Henri Bendel to close after 123 fashionable years in business [Guest of a Guest]
  • There’s more to Burberry’s global tour de monogram than meets the eye [Fashion Law]
  • John Lewis half year profit slumps 99% in “challenging market” [The Industry]
  • What happens to African designers when Beyonce and other stars wear your clothes [Quartz Africa]
CULTURE
  • Luxury brands need to catch up to the mass market when it comes to campaign diversity [Fashionista]
  • What it’s like to be a disabled model in the fashion industry [Teen Vogue]
  • Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Show was an incredibly stunning, inclusive celebration of womanhood [Harper’s Bazaar]
  • Thirty years at Vogue: how Anna Wintour changed the way the world gets dressed [The Guardian]
  • LeBron James wants to use his sneakers to change the world [GQ]
  • Serena Williams and the game that can’t be won (yet) [The Cut]

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