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Nike’s Innovation store, Burberry experiments with social retail, surviving the pandemic

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

TOP STORIES
  • Consumer outlook tempered by uncertainty, concern of lingering pandemic (WWD)
  • How to survive the future of retail (BoF)
  • Can fashion survive a second wave of Covid-19? (Vogue Business)
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • Outland Denim uses COVID-19 to increase sustainability focus (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • Primark launches new UK in-store recycling scheme (Fashion United)
  • Covid hasn’t dampened consumer appetite for sustainability (Sourcing Journal)
  • A close look at fashion supply chain is not pretty (NYT)
RETAIL & COMMERCE
  • Inside Burberry’s trailblazing “social retail” store (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • What luxury’s worst quarter ever reveals about the new normal (BoF)
  • Top customer service considerations for retailers in a post-COVID world (Retail Dive)
  • Five behavioral trends to take note of as high street re-opens (The Drum)
  • Will Chinese outlet malls for luxury in the post COVID-19 era? (Jing Daily)
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • DSW’s debut hashtag challenge on TikTok racks up 1.3b views (Retail Dive)
  • Achieving cultural credibility is a must for today’s young luxury consumers (WWD)
  • How virtual idols became real-life brand ambassadors in China (CCI)
PRODUCT
  • This Chinese luxury brand’s first sneaker uses 4D technology (High Snobiety)
  • Hari Mari: luxury flip-flops with a philanthropic purpose (WWD)
  • Air and Grace launches its first ever vegan collection (Fashion United)
BUSINESS
  • Moncler strengthens its digital strategy (Fashion United)
  • Former Lancome CEO launches fund for fashion and beauty start-ups (WWD)
  • Todd Snyder sees DTC as path to future growth (WWD)
  • Lowe’s innovation exec on why it was built for the COVID-era consumer (The Drum)
  • Inside Nike’s latest bet to understand its consumers (Vogue Business)
CULTURE
  • Meet the consumer class fueling China’s sneaker market (Jing Daily)
  • The internet doesn’t care for Fashion Week without influencers (HighSnobiety)
  • The Yards Covent Garden unveils art installation to welcome back consumers (TheIndustry.Fashion)
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Kering’s sustainability strategy, 7-eleven bets on voice, NYFW scaled down

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

TOP STORIES
  • The not-so-grand reopening on retail (Retail Dive)
  • Why now is the right time to invest in luxury (Jing Daily)
  • What’s next for retail and luxury? (BoF)
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
RETAIL & COMMERCE
  • Why shopping centre owners remain hopeful for retail rebound (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • Gen Z’s evolving retail priorities (BoF)
  • Why 7-Eleven is betting on voice commerce to keep customers loyal (PYMNTS)
  • Fit:Match bringing contactless apparel shopping experience to Brookfield Properties (WWD)
  • From same-day exchanges to style options: How retailers are bringing the in-store experience to homes (Glossy)
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Gucci launches AR Snapchat lens allowing users to virtually try on shoes (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • The clock is ticking for luxury brands post COVID-19 (Jing Daily)
  • The fashion, beauty and media brands pulling ads from Facebook (WWD)
  • How JW Anderson’s cardigan went viral on TikTok (Vogue Business)
PRODUCT
  • How will L’Oreal’s elimination of ‘whitening’ from products impact its China beauty market? (Jing Daily)
  • Neon Cowboys introduces light up face masks (WWD)
  • Gucci launches sustainable collection on Farfetch (TheIndustry.Fashion)
BUSINESS
  • Google, Gap, Inc. discuss navigating the ‘path forward’ (WWD)
  • LVMH expects pandemic to dampen sales for some time (Reuters)
  • New York Fashion Week is shortened to three days for Spring 2021 (Fashionista)
  • Diesel CEO seeks to revive 90s success with slimmed down brand (Bloomberg)
  • Why Microsoft is bailing on retail (Fortune)
CULTURE
  • ‘Discounting is not a luxury strategy’ – the voices behind an open letter to retail address fashion’s full price future (Vogue)
  • How haute couture comes together from quarantine (Fashionista)
  • “Brand Value” is still increasing in the luxury space despite COVID-19 (The Fashion Law)

 

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COVID-19: Gucci shakes up fashion calendar, Allbirds and Adidas collaborate, Luxury’s e-commerce challenge

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

TOP STORIES
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • 5 brands launched during the pandemic (WWD)
  • Is transparency in fashion a dead end? (Vogue Business)
  • The iconic launches 100% recycled packaging (Drapers)
  • Gucci, Givenchy, Dior & other big brands are name-checked in new report on the $20 billion-plus illegal wildlife trade (The Fashion Law)
RETAIL & COMMERCE
  • The shift to e-commerce poses a challenge for luxury brands (Vogue Business)
  • The store of the future is coming this summer. Here’s what it looks like. (Modern Retail)
  • Beauty brand leaders predict the future of omnichannel (Glossy)
  • What the pandemic reveals about e-commerce (RetailDive)
  • Experiential retail will get a digital facelift in the post-coronavirus world (Modern Retail)
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • The first Animal Crossing fashion show is here (Vogue)
  • Benefit cosmetics brings AR tool to Wechat (Mobile Marketer)
  • Tommy Hilfiger livestreams event to sell spring lines (WWD)
  • These brands are speaking out against racism on social media (AdWeek)
PRODUCT
  • With this antiviral fabric coating, your clothing could protect you from COVID-19 (Fast Company)
  • Can Venus Williams’ sunscreen launch bring more inclusivity to clean beauty? (Glossy)
  • Allbirds and Adidas embark on new collaboration to create shoe with ‘lowest ever carbon footprint’ (Fashionista)
  • CLOT x Rhude collaboration drops at the perfect time (Jing Daily)
BUSINESS
  • Gucci abandons ‘worn-out ritual’ of fashion seasons as the industry looks inward (CNN)
  • With Neiman Marcus filing for bankruptcy, what’s next for Bergdorf Goodman? (Vogue)
  • How Harrod’s is solving its excess inventory problem (BoF)
  • Despite the crisis, luxury continues to attract investments (WWD)
  • Alibaba attempts to replicate Taobao model overseas (Jing Daily)
  • Zalando makes sustainability mandatory for all brands (WWD)
CULTURE
  • The polarizing allure of sneaker culture (WWD)
  • Gen-Z consumers’ appetite for luxury goods is still intact despite COVID-19 (The Fashion Law)
  • Wellness is the new luxury after COVID-19 for China (Jing Daily)
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COVID-19: Brick and mortar overhaul, Sustainability challenges, the future of fashion shows

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

TOP STORIES
  • Will shopping ever be the same? (NYT)
  • Retail still needs brick-and-mortar stores in an e-commerce world (Fashion United)
  • Why fashion can’t just hit the restart button to reemerge from Covid-19  (Sourcing Journal)
  • The pandemic’s lasting effects on luxury fashion (Vogue Business)
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • Retail instability forces shift in strategy for small, sustainable brands (Vogue Business)
  • Will sustainability remain a corporate priority after Covid-19? (AdWeek)
  • Nicholas Kirkwood’s natural selection (WWD)
  • L’Oreal unveils new program supporting women and the environment (WWD)
RETAIL & COMMERCE
  • After Covid, is curbside pickup here to stay? (Retail Dive)
  • Could virtual beauty try-on be the answer to in-store product testing? (WWD)
  • Vogue and CFDA set up shop on Amazon (BoF)
  • H&M and Footlocker are overhauling how you stand in line (Fast Company)
  • How should retailers manage touch-but-not-buy? (RetailWire)
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • No space, just a place: Gucci’s physical and virtual exhibition (Fashion United)
  • Rewardstyle launches cloud-based brand portal (WWD)
  • The digital fashion show playbook (Vogue Business)
  • Luxury’s livestreaming gamble (BoF)
PRODUCT
  • UGG presents limited edition color-shifting trainers (TheIndustry.Fashion)
  • This designer turns Yeezys and Ikea bags into $5,000 masks (Fast Company)
  • Why luxury brands are raising prices in a pandemic (BoF)
  • Avon to launch fashionable masks across Europe (TheIndustry.Fashion)
BUSINESS
  • Designers and executives publish open letter calling for ‘Fundamental and Welcome Change’ to current fashion calendar (Fashionista)
  • Neiman Marcus creditor calls for deal with Saks Fifth Avenue (Reuters)
  • Jose Neves growing Farfetch through COVID-19 (WWD)
  • Industry seek clarity in stores reopening (Drapers)
  • What the bankruptcy onslaught means for the future of retail (BoF)
  • Covid-19 is a nightmare for independent fashion designers (Quartz)
CULTURE
  • The rise of “squad shopping”  (Vogue Business)
  • What will fashion creativity look like in the coronavirus aftermath? (WWD)
  • China’s “revenge spending” isn’t coming to America (Jing Daily)
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Raf Simons joins Prada, Wexner out at Victoria’s Secret, influencers introduce paywall

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

Top Stories
  • Miuccia and Raf: Fashion’s new power couple (WWD)
  • Wexner steps down as Victoria’s Secret goes private (NYT)
  • Influencers are putting up paywalls. What does that mean for brands? (Vogue Business)
  • Coronavirus could cause a €40 billion decline in luxury sales in 2020 (Vogue Business)
Technology
  • 5G could be the future of AR collaboration (VR Focus)
  • Facebook will now pay you for your voice recordings (The Verge)
  • Puma brings targeted hologram ads to car roofs for NBA All-star game (Marketing Drive)
  • Tech predictions for social media and marketing (Campaign)
  • Digital transformation projects don’t fail because of a shortage of tech (TNW)
  • PVH readying its value chain reinvention ‘blueprint’ (WWD)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Dior partners with Louvre to restore Tuileries Garden (WWD)
  • In London, young designers pave the way to sustainability (Vogue Business)
  • Is the EU ready to back the Green Deal? (Forbes)
  • Mulberry moves factory floor to London as it thinks green (WWD)
  • Could playing in installments make sustainable fashion more accessible? (Fashionista)
  • New Diesel ‘Upcycling For’ project embraces sustainability (Highsnobiety)
  • Richard Malone wins the International Woolmark prize (Vogue Business)
Retail & Commerce
  • Farfetch launches BEAT, the future of drops (Highsnobiety)
  • ThredUp to facilitate resale for consumers of Gap Inc. (WWD)
  • Should retailers scale hyper-localized store elements chainwide? (Retail Wire)
  • Macy’s shows off latest retail innovation ‘Market by Macy’s’ (WWD)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Facebook tests Pinterest-like app for saving and sharing photos (Mobile Marketer)
  • Olay will stop retouching advertisements by the end of 2020 (Adweek)
  • Karl Lagerfeld launches Pac-Man style game (Charged Retail)
  • YouCam features runway beauty trends via AI, AR tech (Mobile Marketer)
  • Nike and ASOS introduce wellness experience (Campaign)
  • How livestreaming is helping beauty brands in China (Jing Daily)
Product
  • Puma launches sustainable collection with First Mile (Fashion United)
  • Bottega Veneta just introduced a 100% biodegradable boot (Highsnobiety)
Business
  • Outdoor Voices CEO Tyler Haney steps down as losses mount (BoF)
  • Puma breaks five billion euros sales barrier (WWD)
  • Glossier presses pause on ‘play’, rethinks makeup strategy (BoF)
  • Manufacturers slam new immigration system (Drapers)
  • Ikea becomes the first retailer to let customers pay using time (Forbes)
  • The secret to Browns’ survival (NYT)
Culture
  • Zalando says it’s taking a stand against stereotypes in new campaign (Fashion Network)
  • Fendi’s future-facing show aims to entice the Instagram generation (Evening Standard)
  • Hate cancel culture? Blame the algorithms (Fashion Law)

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Bezos’ $10bn climate pledge, Condé Nast’s TV debut, Burberry’s carbon neutral runway

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

Top Stories
  • Amazon’s Jeff Bezos pledges $10bn to save Earth’s environment (The Guardian)
  • Conde Nast is launching its own TV & film studios (Highsnobiety)
  • Burberry introduces carbon insetting and carbon neutral LFW runway (The Industry)
Technology
  • China takes 9-1 lead over US in tech patents (Kikkei Asian Review)
  • Three unveils immersive 5G show at London Fashion Week (Campaign)
  • Augmented reality is getting real (Scientific American)
  • Democracy tech will be the next hot investment space (Wired)
  • Is fashion ahead of facial recognition? (Vogue)
  • Facebook buys AR start up for a reported $40m (VRScout)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Nike outlines environmental & social initiatives in Impact Report (Highsnobiety)
  • How China’s ban on importing waste has stalled global recycling (Yale E360)
  • Fur industry launches global sustainability strategy ‘natural fur’ (Sourcing Journal)
  • Can Fashion’s new activists make sustainability sexy? (BoF)
  • Alexander McQueen are donating old fabric to young designers (i-D)
  • Demand for ‘organic’ product is growing, but consumers no not understand the term (Fashion Law)
  • Top of the Crop: Adidas, Ikea, H&M Group rank in sustainable cotton (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Amazon has a secret luxury fashion site (BoF)
  • Stitch Fix officially launches ‘shop your looks’ (Retail Dive)
  • Showfields takes a bow, sets second unit in Miami (WWD)
  • Primark to open first wellness pop-up shop in Boxpark (Drapers)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram overtakes Facebook in audience of top 50 brands (Mobile Marketer)
  • WhatsApp now has 2 billion users (The Verge)
  • Walmart’s new social media strategy has boosted app downloads 50% (Digiday)
  • Chanel to host immersive botanical exhibit in Paris (WWD)
  • How Adidas is using Whatsapp as a direct marketing channel (Digiday)
  • Snapchat will now offer mental health tools in the app (MIT Technology Review)
  • The golden age of Instagram marketing is over (BoF)
Product
Business
  • Golden Goose acquired by Permira (BoF)
  • Forever 21 rescued by landlords for £62 million (Retail Gazette)
  • Walmart to end Jetblack shopping service (WSJ)
  • Simon snaps up Taubman malls for $3.6B (Retail Dive)
  • Acne-patch brand Starface picks up $2 million investment led by BBG (Vogue Business)
  • Gymshark named Britain’s fastest-growing fashion brand (Drapers)
Culture
  • Where are the designers who truly get modern women? (The Cut)
  • Rihanna’s lingerie line accused of deceptive marketing (NYT)
  • Inside China’s burgeoning sneaker market (Vogue Business)

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YouTube brings in $15bn, Amazon’s Instagram-powered fashion, Fraser Group’s new shareholder, PETA

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

Top Stories
  • Youtube’s ad revenue reached $15 billion in 2019 (Highsnobiety)
  • Amazon Fashion drops capsule collection based on Instagram community’s wish list (Fashion Network)
  • Peta buys stake in Frasers Group to challenge fur policy (Fashion United)
  • Vogue Italia dedicates cover to Protect Venice (Fashion Network)
Technology
  • Cyber-Luxury: AI is disrupting luxury (Jing Daily)
  • Verizon launches first international 5G production lab in London (Campaign)
  • Facial recognition: big brother or ultimate convenience (Drapers)
  • Where are wearables going in 2020? (TechCrunch)
  • 3D-printed vitamins: The future of customizable nutrition (Stylus)
  • Big tech is infiltrating fashion week (Vogue Business)
  • Smart speaker shopping falls short of projections (Retail Dive)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • The North Face to auction one-off upcycled vintage garments (Hypebeast)
  • Fashion brands turn to hackathons to crack sustainability strategies (Vogue Business)
  • Burberry opens centre for manufacturing excellence with support of UKFT (The Industry)
  • Selfridges to ban all plastic-based cosmetic glitter by 2021 (Retail Gazette)
  • Wrangler launches sustainable cotton programme in Europe (The Industry)
  • Will ‘swishing’ be 2020’s biggest fashion sustainability trend? (Refinery29)
  • This biodegradable bioplastic sucks carbon from the air (Fast Company)
  • How will China’s ban on single use plastics affect fashion? (Jing Daily)
  • Gucci joins the Lion’s Share fund (WWD)
  • Dollar General, Sephora, Lowe’s among 7 most improved retailers addressing toxic chemicals (GreenBiz)
  • Prada & UNESCO launch sustainability education program (Hypebeast)
Retail & Commerce
  • Sephora is defying the retail apocalypse with 100 new store openings in 2020 (Fast Company)
  • Vans’ new downtown LA store focuses on its community (Hypebeast)
  • Selfridges launches Hurr fashion rental pop-up (Charged Retail)
  • Tiffany adds pop-up flower shop (WWD)
  • Elite shoppers spend averages £29,700 in UK shops (Retail Gazette)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Chipotle’s Justin Bieber challenges reaches 95m on Tiktok (Mobile Marketer)
  • Macy’s revamps private label to reach millennials (Retail Dive)
  • Who is fashion stumping for in 2020? (BoF)
Product
  • Who What Wear launches apparel, footwear and accessories line in UK (WWD)
  • Apple is now outselling entire Swiss Watch industry (Hypebeast)
  • See Nike’s surprising new Olympic look (Fast Company)
Business
  • Sportswear retailer Frasers invest in Mulberry Group (BoF)
  • Coronavirus fears see $400 billion wiped off China’s stock market (Forbes)
  • Farfetch raises $250m in debt to further grow platform (Hypebeast)
  • Nike closes half its Chinese stores over coronavirus (Drapers)
  • Birchbox cuts 25% of global staff (Retail Dive)
  • Softbank-backed Brandless shuts its doors for good (TechCrunch)
  • New Look founder invests in rental platform (Drapers)
  • Allbirds appoints Old Navy’s chief creative officer to board of directors (Fashion United)
  • Matchesfashion.com taps Amazon exec as new CEO (WWD)
Culture
  • How Dolce & Gabbana clawed its way back from cancellation (BoF)
  • Creative industries outshine wider economy (Drapers)
  • How chain stores are rightsizing New York City retail? (Retail Dive)
  • What happened to New York Fashion week? (BoF)
  • Wire hangers are everywhere, and no one ever wants them (Vox)

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Brexit is here, Vogue.com’s return to e-commerce, fashion copes with Coronavirus

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

Top Stories
  • Brexit is here. What’s next for fashion? (Vogue Business)
  • Vogue.com to launch new shopping vertical (WWD)
  • How the fashion industry is coping with the Coronavirus crisis (Jing Daily)
Technology
  • AI-powered robot warehouse pickers are now ready to to work (MIT)
  • H&M and Magic Leap redefine the customer experience (Magic Leap)
  • Fashionphile is turning luxury authentication into a science (Fashionista)
  • ‘We can’t scale humans’: Why startups are raising millions to build AI avatars (Fast Company)
  • Smart tags seen as next marketing tools (WWD)
  • The Future of Fintech: AI & Blockchain (Business Insider)
  • Walgreens is expanding its digital cooler doors ad network (Digiday)
  • Birmingham’s Thomas Crown gallery to be city’s focal point for AR & street art (VR Focus)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • BRC announces new voluntary vegan guidelines for fashion (Drapers)
  • Guardian bans ads from fossil fuel companies (Campaign)
  • Copenhagen Fashion Week unveils ‘radical’ sustainability plan (Fashion United)
  • Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield achieves top score for climate action (Retail Gazette)
  • Pandora commits to carbon neutrality by 2025 (Fashion United)
  • The drive toward sustainability in packaging – beyond the quick wins (McKinsey&Company)
  • Adidas debuts sustainable football field made out of ocean waste (Highsnobiety)
  • H&M Conscious becomes first retail collection to feature Circulose® (The Industry)
  • Worn Again technologies opens R&D plant in England (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Estee Lauder, Sephora unveil shoppable AR makeup try-ons on Pinterest (Mobile Marketer)
  • H&M’S new boss says its 500+ ‘stores will change’ as it focuses on digitalization (Charged Retail)
  • Allbirds set to open its second UK store (The Industry)
  • E-commerce deliveries will overrun cities in 1 to 3 years (Retail Dive)
  • UK retail space could shrink by 20% (Retail Gazette)
Marketing & Social Media
  • How fashion brands like Off-White and Balenciaga are getting in on Super Bowl 2020 (WWD)
  • 42% of people believe ads can change the world, despite trust crisis (The Drum)
  • Danish fashion is withstanding Instagram’s test of time (Vogue Business)
  • As TikTok looms, Youtube plans to remain the ‘clear founding ground’ of British talent (The Drum)
  • Sephora and Chipotle want to go viral on TikTok. Their employees already are (Vox)
Product
  • Nike sells out of Kobe Bryant products (Hypebeast)
  • Nordstrom launches secondhand clothing sales (BoF)
  • This makeup primer is Revlon’s first clean-certified beauty product (Fast Company)
  • Will we buy mostly vintage clothes in the future? (WSJ)
  • Atolla receives patent for adjustable skin analysis system (WWD)
Business
  • LVMH revenues rise 15% in 2019 but uncertainty in Asia looms (Vogue Business)
  • J.C Penney gets NYSE warning on possible de-listing (WWD)
  • LVMH, Kering, Anta and Alibaba pledge donations to battle Coronavirus (WWD)
  • How fashion can navigate 2020’s political minefield (BoF)
  • New CEO and chairman for H&M Group (Drapers)
  • Levi Strauss boosts digital credentials with new board member appointment (Fashion United)
  • A new model for crowdsourcing innovation (HBR)
  • L’Oreal launches Employee Human Rights policy (WWD)
Culture
  • ‘Angels’ in hell: The culture of misogyny inside Victoria’s Secret (NYT)
  • Disney partners Secret Cinema to create global immersive experiences (Campaign)
  • Camille Walala decorates “kid’s dream house” with more than two million Lego pieces (Dezeen)
  • Atari is opening eight video game hotels across the US (Input)
  • Is the gaming world become more trans-inclusive? (i-D)

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Gaultier’s goodbye to fashion, the fine line with ‘woke’ merch, BAFTA’s sustainable dress code

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

Top Stories
  • Stars turn out for designer Jean-Paul Gaultier’s final show (BBC)
  • Woke brands walk a thin line with ‘moral merch’ (Vogue Business)
  • Celebrities have been asked to ‘dress sustainably’ at this year’s BAFTA awards (Harper’s Bazaar)
Technology
  • Davos 2020: WEF unveils digital currency governance consortium (Finextra Research)
  • EE creates 5G-powered dress (Campaign)
  • Apple’s ‘finger device’: wearable computing’s next big thing? (CB Insights)
  • UPS is betting big on drone delivery and autonomous trucks (Business Insider)
  • How artificial intelligence is making health care more human (MIT Technology Review)
  • Digital supply-chain transformation with a human face (McKinsey & Company)
  • Realistic 3D apparel models can be shared anywhere online now (WWD)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • Ikea builds eco-store with hanging gardens in Vienna (Retail Detail)
  • Aerie expands ‘real’ role model push with social contest, eight new ambassadors (Marketing Dive)
  • Gucci Changemakers Impact fund names first round of grant recipients (WWD)
  • Starbucks commits to a resource-positive future (Starbuck Stories)
  • The future of sustainable materials: milkweed floss (Fashionista)
  • Worn again technologies opens subpilot making step to industrialization (Fashion United)
  • Step inside an apartment from the climate change-ravaged future (Fast Company)
  • Bally reveals new mountain preservation efforts (WWD)
Retail & Commerce
  • Inside Prada’s pop-up private club (NYT)
  • Tiffany & Co. to open a blue box cafe in London (The Telegraph)
  • Inside the Williamsburg penthouse made for Instagram influencers (Glossy)
  • Neutrogena offers skincare advice in salon pop-up (Campaign)
  • Is existential retail the next wave in fashion? (WWD)
  • E-commerce could kill 30k stores and half a million jobs by 2025 (Retail Dive)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram deprecates IGTV button as mobile streaming bet fails to take off (Mobile Marketer)
  • Meet The Drum’s latest cover star: a virtual influencer named Floresta (The Drum)
  • Social Chain launches livestream shopping for Facebook videos (Campaign)
  • Foot Locker consolidates eight loyalty programs into one (Glossy)
  • Can fashion PR make cannabis a luxury good? (Vogue Business)
Product
  • Virgil Abloh channels brutalism for concrete efflorescence furniture series (Dezeen)
  • Nike to launch modest swimwear range Victory Swim (The Industry)
  • Thom Browne teases collaboration with Samsung (Fashion United)
  • Superfeet licenses New Balance brand for high-tech custom insoles (Sourcing Journal)
  • Redemption launches sustainable athleisure collection (WWD)
  • Happy99 creates futuristic clothing for a post-consumer world (i-D)
Business
  • Amazon becomes first to pass $200bn brand valuation (Campaign)
  • Gap’s Alegra O’Hare exits as brand ‘redefines CMO role’ (Campaign)
  • Fashion industry sets out post-brexit immigration priorities (The Industry)
  • Could Shopify be the new Amazon? (Fashion United)
  • Tailored brands to sell Joseph Abboud brand for $115m (Retail Dive)
  • Why DTC marketing is no longer about accessible price points (Modern Retail)
  • US to crack down on counterfeit goods (Fashion United)
  • Do US luxury designers have a future? (Vogue Business)
Culture
  • L’Oréal exec will lead initiative to end gender bias in ads (Adweek)
  • Louis Vuitton teams up with the NBA to influence luxury buyers (Quartz)
  • Banana Republic celebrates artistic visionaries in campaign for Black History month (Marketing Dive)

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Microsoft’s $1bn carbon reduction investment, ASOS’ AR tool, men’s makeup at John Lewis

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

Top Stories
  • Microsoft will invest $1 billion into carbon reduction and removal technologies (MIT Technology Review)
  • Asos trials augmented reality fit tool (Drapers)
  • War Paint and John Lewis launch first ever men’s makeup counter (Fashion Network)
Technology
  • The tech driving next-gen customer service (Vogue Business)
  • Revolve integrates Snap+Style technology for digital communication (Fashion United)
  • How luxury retail can become a tech accelerator (Jing Daily)
  • Google Cloud launches new solutions for retailers (TechCrunch)
  • How Starbucks uses AI to counter mobiles isolating effect (Mobile Marketer)
  • Walmart expands robots to 650 additional stores (Retail Dive)
  • Stein Mart introduces ‘smart button’ for BOPIS shoppers (Retail Dive)
  • Augmented reality contacts are real, and could be here sooner than you think (Mashable)
  • Robots are changing retail, but not where you can see them (Modern Retail)
  • Gaming dominates the $120bn spent on mobile apps in 2019 (Warc)
  • Amazon is reportedly developing a hand-scanning payment option (Adweek)
  • Walgreens is training staff in virtual reality (Charged Retail)
  • How digital garment printing answers the call for customization (Sourcing Journal)
Sustainability & Purpose
  • What’s your fashion footprint? ThredUp’s quiz will tell you (Adweek)
  • Stella McCartney introduces biodegradable stretch denim (Fashion United)
  • Walpole launches its British luxury sustainability manifesto (Retail Gazette)
  • Your e-commerce addiction means delivery emissions could increase 30% by 2030 (Fast Company)
  • H&M’s AI operation helps make its supply chain more sustainable (Supply Chain Dive)
  • Jacket Required dedicates third of show to sustainable brands (The Industry)
  • Dyehouses are cleaning up their act (Vogue Business)
  • Could fashion’s next major fabric brand be green? (BoF)
  • Fast Retailing signed the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action (Retail in Asia)
  • Quorn introduces carbon-footprint labelling (Stylus)
  • Lush’s Mark Constantine: the retail rebel fighting climate change before Great was born (Retail Week)
Retail & Commerce
  • Walmart opens cashierless store in Florida (Grocery Dive)
  • Shiseido opens ‘beauty innovation hub’ in Shanghai (Retail in Asia)
  • Bose is closing all of its retail stores (The Verge)
  • Dior, Rimowa take over Harrods (WWD)
  • Opening Ceremony to close all stores (Drapers)
Marketing & Social Media
  • Instagram begins hiding photoshopped images (Hypebeast)
  • Burberry launches online game to celebrate Lunar New Year (Fashion United)
  • Facebook rethinks plan to insert ads into WhatsApp (Campaign)
  • Segmentation is dead! (Retail Dive)
Product
  • Ugg launches monthly product drops (Drapers)
  • New Under Armour sneaker will offer connected coaching (Sourcing Journal)
  • Hermès launches beauty (Fashion United)
  • Nike’s Vaporfly marathon shoes face a potential ban from competition (Quartz)
  • Is 2020 the year men’s makeup will go mainstream? (Evening Standard)
Business
  • Louis Vuitton buys the second largest rough diamond in the world (Fashion United)
  • Old Navy will stay under Gap umbrella (Adweek)
  • Pitti Immagine CEO on the future of trade shows (BoF)
  • Casper files for IPO (Retail Dive)
  • Off-White operator acquires Opening Ceremony (Drapers)
  • Amazon ramps up counterfeit reporting (BoF)
  • Boohoo to surpass forecasts after 44% jump in quarterly revenues (Retail Gazette)
Culture
  • The idea of beauty is always shifting. Today, its more inclusive than ever (National Geographic)
  • How the gaming industry is changing across the world (Quartz)
  • Redefining plus size – dressing the ‘average’ woman in Europe (Fashion United)
  • Why this community of hypebeasts only buy fakes (Dazed)
  • Comme des Garçons accused of racism in AW20 menswear show (Fashion United)
  • A-COLD-WALL* isn’t making streetwear anymore (i-D)

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