Meet Fabulous Brands: A growth capital firm addressing the “capitalization gap” for modern luxury upstarts.
Having just come out of stealth, and with investments in Naadam and True Botanicals, Fabulous Brands is a new $50M fund that’s aiming to provide the growth capital young brands need to get from $5M to $50M in eighteen months.
Rapha’s buyout by Walmart heirs marks the first M&A deal for an activewear brand in the modern luxury category.
Rapha’s $261M purchase by Walmart heirs Steuart and Tom Walton puts an end to an ‘on again, off again’ sale saga that stretched across nine long months.
With “Return Bars” and “Returnistas”, Happy Returns is eliminating the hassle of returning online orders by mail.
Happy Returns is a new upstart that’s addressing a new need in today’s e-commerce driven world: Rather than doing returns by mail, customers are able to drop off their online returns at a Happy Bar, and Happy Returns handles the rest.
The Nude Project: Heist to crowdsource a skin-tone color palette index, with free and open access to all companies.
Perhaps the most astonishing revelation about nude undergarments and apparel is that, compared to, say, the cosmetics industry – of which there’s an overabundance of nude options – in clothing, there are only a handful.
We’d heard rumors for several months that a new weekly by the publisher was in the works. In Berlin, editors Andrew Tuck and Tyler Brûlé revealed what they’ve been working on these last few months.
Lean Luxe has learned that landlords, while they search for long term tenants, are warming up to short term leases with smaller modern luxury brands who’ve been scrappy enough to pitch them on these spaces.
‘The Future of Retail’: Highlights from the best panel at last month’s Monocle conference in Berlin.
In Berlin, Storefront’s Mohamed Haouache, Perfumer H’s Lyn Harris, and Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson brought the house down in a cracking, back-and-forth debate on what the future holds for high-end retail.
Several compelling brands and businesses were put on our radar at the Monocle conference in Berlin last month, but it was Austrian cycle enterprise, Vello, that stayed top of mind for us.
Armoury founder Mark Cho’s projects are characterized by a ravenous, curious, and detail minded approach, fueled by constant travel between New York, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Ana Andjelic: Legacy retailers define strategy in competitive terms. Retail upstarts define it in terms of their customer.
To successfully compete in today’s customer-first context, retailers have to start thinking beyond incremental innovation. They must become comfortable with new models that cannibalize their business as it is right now.