Chef Francis Mallmann, part of the NYT Tastemasters series | Photo: Nicolas Colledani
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Nudge’s Ben Young: “Why luxury needs to get native.”

Luxury brands must take a more considered approach to advertising online. Banner ads and pop-ups don’t fit their model, but native advertising often does.

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Coach, Kors, and Kate Spade – Commodified, directionless, and slowly bleeding out.

We explore why these American luxury empires could soon crumble — and offer two superior modern luxury alternatives.

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Founders Footwear: Step inside the next Jack Erwin.

With Jack Erwin, Paul Evans, M.Gemi, and Sons of London already on the scene, where does Founders fit in an increasingly crowded men’s luxury footwear space?

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Amy Boone: “Luxury and charity are like oil and water – they don’t mix well.”

The ethical luxury trend isn’t all it’s presented itself to be, writes Amy Boone. But there are several companies that are taking the right approach.

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Colin Nagy: “In a world of automated precision, there’s beauty in imperfection, and warmth in human touch.”

No matter how tech-driven or data-dependent the world becomes, some constants, like the charm of human touch, will never lose appeal.

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AYR co-founders Maggie Winter and Jac Cameron | Photo: AYR
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How new luxury specialists like Cuyana, AYR, and Cienne are killing off designer diffusion brands.

Modern luxury upstarts have made designer diffusion lines utterly pointless. Here’s why the model, a carryover from the 1990s, is going the way of the dinosaur.

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Tracking the Rapha and LVMH deal – Here’s what we’ve gathered.

LVMH is in hot pursuit of London-based cycling brand Rapha. We’ve got details on the potential sale price — and what LVMH plans to do with them once acquired.

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Checking in: Tracking progress at Oliver Cabell (the Everlane of bags) six months after launch.

We explore how the direct-to-consumer bag makers have used strategic projects with AYR, Ledbury, Need Supply, and The Arrivals to gain serious traction.

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The British are coming: Drake’s of London dips a toe into the US (and signals a new set of ambitions).

In the six years since purchasing Drake’s in 2010 (alongside The Armoury’s Mark Cho), CEO Michael Hill has doubled the brand’s business. Here’s how he’s done it.

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We might look back on 2016 as the year Black Friday hit an inflection point.

The tone towards the annual sales event changed in a big way this year, and several modern luxury brands vocally opposed it. Will others soon follow their lead?

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