The Jaime (L) and Lyndon Cormack (R) staredown. Your store is next on their list | Photo credit: Fast Company
Business

Is Herschel Supply Co. building the first modern luxury empire (right under our noses)?

Herschel Supply Co. is printing money. It also has a minority stake in contemporary retailer Need Supply Co., and now owns conceptual fashion store Totokaelo outright. Don’t look now, but the Cormack brothers are brewing something in Vancouver.

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People

Patrick Bek: How Uniform Wares has raised the quartz watch sector to their level.

We talk business, bold ideas, and creating a new perception for quartz watches with Uniform Wares co-founder, Patrick Bek.

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People

After success at Moda Operandi, Aslaug Magnúsdóttir’s next venture, Tinker Tailor, bombed. Here’s why.

A lack of clarity, a bad fundraising strategy, and a poorly-selected advisory board can set up any entrepreneur for failure. Even a seasoned one.

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Affairs

Moral fiber: A wrinkle in the ethical market.

A recent study reveals the truth behind a longstanding suspicion of ours: People don’t care about ethical luxury practices as much as they claim to.

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Affairs

Ignored by LVMH, Richemont, and Kering, modern luxury upstarts gain traction with Silicon Valley.

Global luxury’s ‘Big Three’ have turned a deaf ear to modern luxury players. As emerging brands mature, though, these conglomerates may come to regret not getting in on the ground early.

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Subscriber Comment

Chasing the ‘disruptor’ label leads to sameness.

Being a founder is hard enough, says subscriber Matt Scanlan of Naadam Cashmere. But following the ‘disruption’ blueprint, in hopes of landing the right press, can trick modern luxury brands into looking and acting exactly alike.

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Subscriber Comment

Prediction: There will be no more billion dollar brands.

Lawrence Lenihan, CEO of Resonance, an early-stage fashion investment firm, lays out out his bold prediction for the future of the modern luxury marketplace.

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Mizzen+Main co-founders (from left to right) Web Smith and Kevin Lavelle, and former creative director Steven DeWitt | Photo credit: D Magazine
Commentary

Retailers like J.Crew are obsessed with data. (And it’s killing your shopping experience.)

Web Smith, co-founder of performance menswear upstart, Mizzen+Main, identifies a common shopping frustration, and offers ideas for how to fix it.

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Business

Monsieur de Chanel: Who knew a large fashion house could act so small?

Chanel, one of most traditional incumbents on the planet, has developed a contemporary watch of serious modern luxury stature. It’s done so without the celebrity push, and enabled it to stand on its own–with or without the Chanel tag

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Commentary

The wearable devolution.

Wearable tech’s fixation on gadgets represents a backwards step. Here, a set of improvements and a list of smart companies that offer a more thoughtful approach.

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