Amazon’s luxury play, L’Oréal’s bespoke beauty, the race to connected fashion

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

Top Stories
  • A new luxury platform from Amazon? (Jing Daily)
  • L’Oréal introduces Perso, a smart device that makes beauty personal (Fashion Network)
  • The race to connected fashion continues with Eon Group (WWD)
Technology
  • Technology at NRF: the future is now (WWD)
  • Will 3D printing tech change the footwear industry? (Retail Wire)
  • Neutrogena’s Skin360 app ditches hardware with new AI features (Retail Dive)
  • Google boosts Assistant with device scheduling and text reading tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Ballie the rolling robot is Samsung’s near-future vision of personal care (Dezeen)
  • CES 2020: Mindful tech (JWT Intelligence)
  • Beauty’s embrace of AI technology (WWD)
  • Is digitization the savior of the fashion industry? (Forbes)
  • Elon Musk reveals Tesla cars will soon talk to pedestrians (Hypebeast)
  • Samsung hints at AR ambitions, shows off prototype glasses (TechCrunch)
  • AR and VR will drive omnichannel 2.0 (Mobile Marketer)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Dedicated sustainability event announced for Milan Fashion Week (The Industry)
  • Australia’s Wilfdires serve as a rallying cry for fashion (BoF)
  • The brands working to make footwear more sustainable (Vogue Business)
  • ‘They must scale up:’ Greenpeace ranks China’s tech giants on renewable energy (Fortune)
  • Net-a-porter adds beauty category to its sustainable platform Net Sustain (Fashion United)
  • The future of upcycling: from rags to riches (BoF)
Retail & Commerce
  • Selfridges partners with Highsnobiety on new retail concept (The Industry)
  • Clarins wants to appeal to our sense with pop-up (Campaign)
  • Kenzo Takada unveils lifestyle brand (WWD)
  • Slowear unveils new experiential store in Milan (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Gen Z is reinventing social media marketing (Vogue Business)
  • Puma lifts ad recall 180% with new Spotify podcast ad tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Brazil beauty company Natura wants to give Avon a makeover (Fortune)
Product
  • Secondhand beauty products set to boom in 2020 (Vogue Business)
  • Fashion’s rise of ‘urban protection’ (WWD)
  • Target launches private label activewear line (Retail Dive)
  • Why are sneakers cooler than luxury shoes to Millennials? (Jing Daily)
  • Cashmere country: the perils of making the world’s finest fabrics (The Guardian)
Business
  • Lululemon names Nike veteran first ever chief brand officer (Retail Dive)
  • PVH Corp. to sell Speedo North American business to Pentland Group (WWD)
  • Does luxury fashion still need wholesale showrooms? (Vogue Business)
  • Sally beauty relaunches to compete with Walmart and Ulta (Glossy)
  • P&G snaps up women’s shaving disruptor Billie (Retail Dive)
  • Berlin Fashion Week relaunches with New Venue, South African talents (WWD)
  • Lego builds its brand in China with experiences (WARC)
  • Nordstrom CEO on the Store of the Future (BoF)
  • More brands are leaving Amazon, but the strategy could backfire (CNBC)
  • 40% of Americans shopped DTC in the past year (Retail Dive)
  • Patek Philippe commands the future (NYT)
  • A.P.C’s Jean Touitou is the original master of collaborations (Highsnobiety)
  • This beauty company doesn’t do business in China (Fortune)
  • The products, brands & creative directors that defined the last decade (Highsnobiety)
  • Rising sales in the $16 billion-plus lab-grown Diamond market are at the center of new law suits (Fashion Law)
Culture
  • Alibaba praised for ad recognizing same-sex couples (BoF)
  • How Jaclyn Johnson ‘reverse-engineered a media company’ (WWD)
  • The Black Panther effect is changing the face of Hollywood (Wired)
  • When a bag becomes a community (The Cut)

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