AYR co-founders Maggie Winter and Jac Cameron | Photo: AYR
Business

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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Rapha SS 2016 | Photo credit: Rapha
Business

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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The Kennedy weekender | Photo: Oliver Cabell
Business

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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Drake's CEO Michael Hill on the right | Photo: Permanent Style
Business

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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The Oliver Cabell Logan backpack | Credit: Oliver Cabell
Affairs

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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Co-founders Nick Nemechek and Tariq Dixon | Photo Credit: TRNK
Business

How TRNK is tackling the men’s living space market — one furniture piece at a time.

TRNK co-founder Tariq Dixon explains what it took to get TRNK off the ground, and how it instantly became a top resource for the male home (just by launching).

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CEO Seph Skerritt at center | Photo Credit: Proper Cloth
Business

After thriving on limitation since 2008, Proper Cloth spreads its wings with a new $1M Soho flagship.

Proper Cloth has exploded since launching as a bare-bones shirtmaker in late 2008. Its shiny, new Soho flagship is a milestone that speaks volumes about the brand’s progression.

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CEO Bayard Winthrop | Photo Credit: Zeitgeist Minds
Business

Denim Killer: American Giant just created the first real leggings designed to replace your jeans.

Countless activewear brands release yoga pants ‘just because’. American Giant has developed a pair of non-athletic leggings that have a clear reason to exist.

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Mr. Lavelle (R) with spokesman and NFL player JJ Watt | Photo: Mizzen+Main
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We don’t discount because American shoppers have an addiction to cheap junk we don’t need.

Men’s tailored performance brand Mizzen+Main is one of a growing number of modern luxury companies that don’t discount. CEO Kevin Lavelle explains why.

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Hodinkee founder Ben Clymer | NYT
Business

Capital injection: Watch publisher Hodinkee rakes in $453K in revenue in just two hours.

The watch publisher has put out two brilliant timepiece collaborations this quarter — and no one’s doing it better.

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