Turmoil at The RealReal, Facebook’s rebrand, Prada’s sustainability loan


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

Top Stories
  • The RealReal’s shares plunge as poor training and tough quotas cast doubt on ‘no fakes’ pledge (CNBC)
  • Facebook changes product branding to FACEBOOK (BBC)
  • Prada is first in industry to sign sustainability-linked loan (Vogue)
Technology
  • Tommy Hilfiger switches to 100% digital design (Vogue Business)
  • Estee Lauder brings AI shade-matching tool to stores (WWD)
  • Panera cooks up mobile-only AR ads that aims to bring transparency to menu offerings (Mobile Marketer)
  • Forget about 5G, China has kicked off its development of 6G (Quartz)
  • Will Alibaba’s AR makeup technology change the Chinese beauty market? (Jing Daily)
  • Why design will make or break the 5G revolution (Quartz)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Schuh launches take-back scheme (Drapers)
  • Weird Fish launches grass paper bags (Retail Gazette)
  • Re:newcell creates new eco-friendly material (The Industry)
  • The Queen is going fur-free (Fashion United)
  • AIA denounces Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement (Dezeen)
Retail & Commerce
  • Birchbox to pop up in 500 Walgreens stores for the holidays (Retail Dive)
  • Kim Kardashian West joins livestreaming e-commerce craze (Radii)
  • Moncler unveils ‘House of Genius’ pop-ups (Fashion United)
  • Gucci rolls out new pop-up concept (BoF)
  • Pandora unveils new retail concept in the US (WWD)
  • Stadium Goods and Watches of Switzerland to open exhibit (WWD)
  • Lovehoney unveils first bricks-and-mortar pop-up (Retail Week)
  • Maison Margiela opens SoHo concept store (Fashion United)
Business
  • Alibaba Singles’ Day set to challenge $31billion record (BoF)
  • Adrian Cheng wants to build the Estee Lauder of Asia (Vogue Business)
  • John Lewis weekly fashion sales decline 16.6% (Fashion United)
  • Global K-beauty market to be worth $21.8bn by 2026 (Fashion Network)
  • Boots appeals to broader audience via partnership with Glamour (Campaign)
  • Canada Goose protest injunction rejected (Drapers)
  • Fitbit reports a 12% fall in revenue (Fashion Network)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Coperni presents new creations via interactive Instagram feature (Fashion Network)
  • Google ramps up ecommerce offering with shopping ads on Youtube (Campaign)
  • Hiding ‘likes’ is good for the influencer economy (BoF)
Product
  • East launches first homeware collection (Fashion United)
  • Kanye just unveiled a new foam sneaker made from algae (Fast Company)
  • Acne Studios and Mulberry launch collaboration (Drapers)
Culture
  • Streetwear took over the fashion industry? Now what? (BoF)
  • How ‘conscious consumerism’ is driving demand for Blockchain (WWD)
  • Calvin Klein launches ‘bra talk’ video series (Fashion United)

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