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Brooklyn Tailors’ Daniel Lewis: “The luxury of being small is that you don’t have anyone to answer to.”

We sat down with Brooklyn Tailors’ CEO for a chat about endless growth and scale, remaining hands-on, and common sense business thinking.

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The big takeaway from the Goldman Sachs Retail Conference: ‘Omnichannel’ is the new buzzword.

Caraa CEO Aaron Luo discusses his takeaways from the Goldman Sachs Retail Conference in September.

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How Silicon Valley (and other global tech hubs) are helping luxury return to its roots.

The original principles of luxury were led astray by conglomerates’ mass market motives. Tech is helping new brands bring those standards back.

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How UNIS CEO Eunice Lee battles the ‘Everlane effect’.

Everlane’s ‘radical transparency’ story is misleading, argues Eunice Lee. Her antidote: long-term perseverance, gradual growth, and a focus on bricks-and-mortar.

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Tag Heuer’s new gateway drug is the smartwatch (and its dealer is chief Jean-Claude Biver).

How Tag Heuer is using its smartwatch line to convert shoppers into buying full mechanical watches later.

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Why the store of the future actually doesn’t want to sell you anything.

Warby Parker, Bonobos, and Kit and Ace have turned their stores into gathering places and social hubs. For them, stores are no longer strictly transactional.

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Everlane: Cult or commerce?

CEO Michael Preysman wants consumers to believe there’s a spiritual mission behind Everlane’s basic T-shirts. Lean Luxe readers are unlikely swallow that pill.

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As Paul Evans sidesteps the VC circuit, other fast-risers, like Tracksmith and Lively, embrace it.

The modern luxury economy is poised to explode over the next five years. For brands to enjoy the bounty, they’ll need to find strategic investors who can offer more than just a check.

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Unicorn delusions: Why Kit and Ace’s Chip Wilson has doused the brand’s billion dollar dream.

The activewear brand is shutting down many of its stores, has ousted co-founder JJ Wilson, and is laying off 56 employees. It’s a tacit affirmation that they’ve expanded too quickly.

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We’re fast becoming a ‘post-luxury’ society. So how should luxury brands be defined today?

With new ‘luxury’ brands arriving in droves each year, how do we separate the pretenders from the sincere?

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