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Chanel & Farfetch roll out store of the future, ASOS’s plastic pledge, Nike’s blockchain patent

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past week, including Nike’s blockchain patent look to the future of shoes.

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

Top Stories
  • Chanel and Farfetch unveil ‘Boutique of Tomorrow’ (WWD)
  • ASOS trialing reusable mail bag for customers as it signs landmark plastic pledge (Retail Gazette)
  • Nike’s blockchain patent looks to the future of shoes (WWD)
  • The age of Instagram face (New Yorker)
  • Estée Lauder launches virtual try-on tool to support omnichannel business (Glossy)
  • This t-shirt uses your body heat to generate electricity (Fast Company)
  • Levi’s new retail store focuses on tech and customization (Adweek)
  • Google’s new depth feature makes its AR experiences more realistic (Engadget)
  • The 5G hype: what’s the signal in the noise? (BoF)
  • How robots are transforming Amazon warehouse jobs (Vox)
  • The future of fit technology is proactive (WWD)
  • The AI transparency paradox (Harvard Business Review)
  • Pandora begins testing interactive voice ad functionality (Adweek)
  • Will 2020 be the year of voice? (WARC)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • EU sets out plans for climate neutrality by 2050 (CNBC)
  • Earth Mother: how Stella McCartney became fashion’s conscience (Vogue)
  • Designers are repurposing leftover fabric into new collections (Fashionista)
  • Applied DNA to authenticate Wrangler supplier’s recycled polyester (Sourcing Journal)
  • VF Corp ramps up science-based sustainability (Fashion Network)
  • What the rise of ‘ecolabelling’ means for retailers (Vogue Business)
  • Slow beauty is the next big sustainable movement (Glamour UK)
  • Deadly factory fire ‘symptom’ of fashion’s safety failings (BoF)
  • Timberland pledges to plant 26,000 trees in Ghana (Retail Gazette)
  • PVH teams with Canopy to transform its packaging and viscose supply chains (WWD)
  • CFDA creates supply chain collective as new member courtesy (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Samsung’s fresh approach to experiential retail (WWD)
  • H&M to deliver orders by bike in the Netherlands (Fashion United)
  • Chanel unveils ski lodge to entice New Yorkers (Campaign)
  • UK’s first gender fluid fashion store opens in London (The Industry)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Tiktok’s biggest hits of the year and its predictions for 2020 (NYT)
  • Gen Z has made ‘social currency’ a must-have for brands (Jing Daily)
  • Pinterest opens up its trove of consumer trends data (Vogue Business)
  • TikTok, Instagram and Youtube are ‘the future of ecommerce’ (Charged Retail)
  • Secret opens Instagram directory, shoppable videos bolstering women-run business (Mobile Marketer)
  • Murad launches skin-care campaign targeting men (Glossy)
  • Nike debuts a groundbreaking new modesty swimsuit (Fast Company)
  • Fendi debuts scented Baguette bag (Fashion United)
  • Louis Vuitton collaborated with League of Legends on new collection (Business Insider)
  • Rihanna drops limited edition capsule collection with ASAI (i-D)
  • Unknwn x Thom Browne launch capsule collection (WWD)
  • Moncler launches a bio-based and carbon neutral down jacket (Fashion United)
  • Lululemon chief operating officer Stuart Haselden departs (WWD)
  • The battle over New York Fashion Week continues (Fashion Law)
  • Topshop CEO Paul Price resigns (Retail Gazette)
  • Prada, L’Oreal sign beauty license (WWD)
  • Bonobos founder Andy Dunn to leave Walmart (Retail Dive)
  • Amazon accounted for more than 30% of all UK sales in 2019 (Charged Retail)
  • Why brands hire executives with no fashion experience (Vogue Business)
  • LeBron James partners with Calm to improve your mental fitness (Fast Company)
  • How the handbag became gender neutral (i-D)
  • Can Kim Kardashian convince men to buy shapewear? (British GQ)
  • A new class of potential influencers have their game faces on (WWD)
  • More than 60% of counterfeit fashion purchases were knowingly made by consumers (Fashion Law)

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By Hannah Reed

Hannah Reed is Junior Researcher at the Current Global, where she contributes to both the editorial site and consultancy projects for clients including Google, Farfetch and Shiseido. Her research background is focused specifically on how artificial intelligence and data can transform the high street, while her interests lie in how new technologies and broader innovation can impact the global retail landscape.