All smiles for a solid launch week | Burrow
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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
Business

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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Bucket of laughs: Cheryl Kaplan, left, and Maria Gangemi, CMO | M.Gemi
Business

M.Gemi is in constant motion: releasing new heels every week, and rotating old ones out.

We spoke to President Cheryl Kaplan on the back of the DTC shoe brand’s two year anniversary. (849 words)

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A big name in the MLC space gets the NYT treatment | Recode
People

TLDR: The toplines from Kirsten Green’s stellar NYT profile.

With the Jet.com and Dollar Shave Club exits, Forerunner Ventures is on a tear. Partner Kirsten Green gets profiled by the NYT and we break it down. (529 words)

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The Ronnie Fieg "grayscale" versions | Ronnie Fieg
From The Editor

$170 for New Balance classics – Is ‘Made in USA’ worth the premium?

If you’re essentially getting a standard product — a New Balance classic shoe — for a made in America premium, is that price hike really worth it? (476 words)

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LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault, eyeing a couple of modern luxury brands | Guillaume Souvant/AFP/Getty Images
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Since modern luxury companies are killing LVMH’s cash cow, they’ve set up a fund to invest in them.

MLCs are chipping away at mass market luxury. Given the stakes, it would be utterly foolish for LVMH to continue to ignore them. (686 words)

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Is there any 'there' there for sustainable luxury initiatives? | Naadam Cashmere
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Ben Hedlund: “Greenwashing rightly leaves a bitter taste in many people’s mouths.”

A running sentiment is that many companies treat sustainability as a marketing gimmick, or a superficial box to check.

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