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What you missed: The sewbots are coming, retail automation, bots to buy Supreme

Sewbots - The rise of the "sewbot" marks a new industrial revolution in garment manufacturing
The rise of the “sewbot” marks a new industrial revolution in garment manufacturing

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


TOP STORIES
  • The sewbots are coming! [BoF]
  • Nearly half of all retail jobs could be lost to automation within 10 years [Fortune]
  • The botmakers who rule the obsessive world of streetwear [Wired]
  • The ugly problem of pretty packaging [Racked]

BUSINESS
  • New Ralph Lauren CEO has work cut out for him after dismal year [Retail Dive]
  • Is British fast fashion too fast? [Racked]
  • Why the rout in retail shouldn’t be a big worry for US economy [Bloomberg]
  • Zara and H&M back in-store recycling to tackle throwaway culture [The Guardian]

SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Publishers are using Facebook video to drive commerce revenue [Digiday]
  • Bringing retail to ‘the speed of feed’: Facebook’s quest to court luxury brands [Glossy]
  • Instagram launches selfie filters, copying the last big Snapchat feature [TechCrunch]
  • Sales of this L’Oreal product rose 51% after ‘everyday influencers’ promoted it heavily on Snapchat [AdWeek]

MARKETING
  • Why there’s no yoga in Lululemon’s first global campaign [AdAge]
  • Community is core to next-gen brands [BoF]
  • Bill Nighy asks ‘Why would anyone shop at TK Maxx?’ in retailer’s zany TVC [The Drum]
  • Selfridges leverages Positive Luxury’s Butterfly Mark to up transparency [Luxury Daily]

RETAIL & E-COMMERCE
  • Inside 24 Sèvres, LVMH’s new multi-brand e-commerce play [BoF]
  • J Crew on underestimating retail tech [WSJ]
  • ‘Ultra-fast’ fashion players gain on Zara, H&M [Retail Dive]

TECHNOLOGY
  • Fashion and technology will inevitably become one [Engadget]
  • Is the ‘RFID retail revolution’ finally here? a Macy’s case study [Forbes]
  • How brands are using AI to find influencer matches [AdAge]
  • Mobile tech, digital platforms, AI among key topics at Decoded Fashion London Summit [WWD]
  • Why Amazon’s delivery-drone team is obsessed with geese [Bloomberg]
  • Google touts Assistant’s new e-commerce features [Retail Dive]

START-UPS
  • Miroslava Duma launches fashion tech lab with $50 million to invest [BoF]
  • Why do so many big fashion and beauty brands want to support start-ups? [Fashionista]
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Editor's pick film

John Lewis and Kate Spade top Christmas film releases so far (plus others from Burberry, Mulberry, Mr Porter, Debenhams and TK Maxx)

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Festive films have hit from fashion and retail brands in droves this week, with highlight releases arriving from John Lewis and Kate Spade.

The former remains one of the most anticipated of the year, and accordingly has already knocked up just short of one million views since it was released this morning. Storytelling is once again at the heart of what the team at agency adam&eveDDB has achieved – this time telling the tale of a man on the moon as a metaphor for ensuring elderly people aren’t lonely this holiday.

Kate Spade meanwhile returns with actress Anna Kendrick in the fourth of her Miss Adventure series; on this occasion playing up during the party season alongside Girls’ star Zosia Mamet.

Burberry meanwhile celebrates 15 years of Billy Elliott with what starts out to feel like it’s likewise going to follow the narrative route, before turning to a more traditional series on model looks.

And gift giving has been the focus so far otherwise, with Debenhams, Mr Porter and Net-a-Porter, TK Maxx and Mulberry all following suit; the latter releasing a two-minute spot that compares a new Bayswater handbag with the nativity story. We’ll leave you to judge.

Take a look at them all below…







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Social media-proofing our wardrobes is a real thing

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Are selfies now impacting our spending habits? Perhaps that goes without saying on the basis of wanting to look good, but new research from TK Maxx in the UK, also shows the population is buying more in a bid to not appear online in the same clothes twice.

In a move that sounds more Kim Kardashian than Kate Middleton, the retailer asserts that while the ultimate fashion faux pas used to be turning up to a party in the same outfit as someone else, today it’s all about being tagged more than once in it on social media.

A reported 28% of Brits admitted they buy new clothes just to avoid being multi-tagged in the same outfit, while 18% of them said they wouldn’t wear a look again if they knew there was a chance of it appearing online.

Better yet – men appear the biggest culprits, spending an average of £61 to “safeguard against this modern day anxiety”, as opposed to women’s £53.50. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter were cited as relevant platforms.

The study from TK Maxx, which polled 2,000 men and women from ages 18 to over 60, follows the launch of its spring/summer 2015 campaign celebrating the style of 10 of its customers.

Association with such insights is of course a smart move for a retailer that bases its branding on offering more for less. As Deborah Dolce, group brand and marketing director at TK Maxx, encourages: “We encourage people of all ages, shapes and tastes to enjoy expressing their style from within the wide and ever changing selection of designer finds and unique gems in our stores. Since our savings are outstanding, we’d love people to have some fun creating their own looks. Shoppers can find great labels and quality and curate many outfits that they love for less to ensure that their wardrobe is socially media-proofed.”

This post first appeared on WGSN.com/blogs