"We need air traffic control for the home," says Marcela | US Department of Labor
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Marcela Sapone: “How to leapfrog the smart home trend, and make something consumers actually want.”

Alfred’s CEO argues that the home of the future isn’t some bleeding edge futurist vision. Rather, it’s simply a home — full stop — humming with (silent) new efficiency. And it should be as frictionless as calling an Uber. (838 words)

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The Pres, Alison Loehnis | Evening Standard
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Key fact: 9 percent of Londoners shop on Net-a-Porter.

The key highlights in the Evening Standard’s behind the scenes sit down with NAP president Alison Loehnis. Inside: efficiency, peak shopping times, and how feedback from its best customers have helped it settle on two new services launching later this year.

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Bright lights of Basel | Hodinkee
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The real problems with the Swiss watch industry, as explained by the Economist.

On the back of the Baselworld watch expo late last month, here’s a quick rundown of the problems plaguing the watch sector — and what it’s doing to fix things — just to make the narrative a little more clearer for you. (400 words)

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M.O.’s (very swanky) London showroom | Fast Company
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Moda Operandi: $130 million in total VC funding (but still not profitable).

BoF dropped (yet) another 1,800 word opus last week on a certified BoF darling, Moda Operandi. We’ve distilled it down to the best bits to get you the quick and tidy update on the brand that you’re looking for. (596 words.)

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Bezos: A big reason why Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s are on the downswing. | David Ryder / Getty Images
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Inverse relationship: As Amazon Fashion trends up, department stores trend down.

Breaking down Racked’s lengthy report on Amazon’s bold luxury ambitions, whose upward trajectory worryingly coincides with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s big slump. (1,100 words)

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All smiles for a solid launch week | Burrow
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Burrow, the Y Combinator-backed ‘Casper of Couches’ is now officially up and running.

Designer sofas, delivered to you in a box within one week. A 100 day return policy. As CEO Stephen Kuhl explained it, “If you live in a walk-up in New York, you need us.” Sound familiar? (899 words)

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Burrow loveseat in red | Burrow
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From clothes to couches: How Burrow’s launch is proof of a rapidly maturing modern luxury market.

The natural market progression from startups creating products you can wear, to those that are trying their hand at more advanced “hard” consumer products. (526 words)

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The latest in a series of smart product drops from the watch site | Hodinkee
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Hodinkee just brought in another $450K (this time in just 30 minutes).

The watch site continues to release targeted watch collaborations by surprise, each raking in serious cash. The total haul since November: Over $2.5M. (349 words)

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Strong move for Kevin and the Mizzen team | Dallas Morning News
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Mizzen+Main just locked up at least $10M from LVMH’s investment firm, L Catterton.

Mizzen+Main’s just become the latest in a series of key modern luxury investment deals for private equity firm L Catterton. We spoke to CEO Kevin Lavelle to get the details that matter. (932 words)

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Tracksmith's new Boston brownstone | Tracksmith
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Tracksmith channels Rapha with new ‘Trackhouse’ running hub.

Tracksmith is opening up a new retail concept in one of Boston’s key shopping districts. The idea reminds us of Rapha’s Cycling Club (which is a good thing). (593 words)

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