The subscription model is everything to Rapha, said Simon | FT
Business

Pedal Power: Toplines from Rapha CEO Simon Mottram’s latest interview this week.

He dove deeper into Rapha’s multi-pronged business approach, touching on hybrid retail, on being consumer-centric, and the power of brand’s subscription model. (692 words)

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Strong branding | GQ
Business

What J.Crew, Kit and Ace, and others can learn from Japan’s United Arrows.

Key takeaways on what makes United Arrows one of the best specialty retail destinations on the planet. (713 words)

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Ecoalf CEO Javier Goyeneche gets this | Ecoalf
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The smart ethical formula is clear: Focus on product first, sustainability second.

Ethical products check the boxes. They are nice, to be sure. But an ethical badge of honor is no substitute for a subpar and overpriced product. (396 words)

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Byron and Dexter outside the famous Habitat 67 residence in Montreal | Alexi Hobbs
Business

Retail talk: Dexter Peart on the new Want Apothecary retail concept at the NoMad Hotel.

Guaranteed NoMad foot traffic, and excellent access to a key segment of global travelers, insiders, and creatives who frequent the property. A smart move for Want. (811 words)

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Connected, yes – but better? Doubtful | Hodinkee
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Some free market research on why smartwatches are failing.

Montblanc released a new smartwatch in London last week, and the response from Hodinkee readers was not favorable. (751 words)

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Gentrified sunning in King's Cross | Jacintha Verdegaal
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Fair point: Why gentrified is…justified.

FT columnist Jana Ganesh recently stirred the pot. Gentrification, he argued, is, maybe, not as bad as some of us are making it out to be. (488 words)

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That DNVB smirk | Fast Company
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Still not sure what a DNVB is? This new white paper should help you out.

Since introducing the term in 2016, Andy Dunn’s DNVB acronym has caught on. A new white paper adds more depth to the conversation. (609 words)

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Kinfolk founder Nathan Williams, the king of twee minimalism | Racked
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A (not unfair) critique on the merits of minimalism.

If most MLCs are choosing minimalism, when does it start to be seen as a crutch (rather than a strength)? (515 words)

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New competition for Forerunner Venture's Kirsten Green (center left) | GigaOm
Business

Attention early-stage brands: There’s a new VC firm you need to know about.

Last week, Natalie Massenet’s long awaited (and long rumored) VC fund was all but officially confirmed. Here’s what you need to know. (473 words)

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The cherry on top for Monocle's relaunch: The Monocle Media Summit | Monocle
Business

The ingredients to doing a proper Monocle relaunch.

We’ve procured the recipe.

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