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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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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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Subscriber Comment

Warby Parker’s only scratching the surface. Here’s what true disruption will look like.

David Barton, CEO of high-end eyewear brand, David Kind, discusses the ‘dark triangle’ holding back eyewear disruption.

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People

First movers: Lane Gerson and Ariel Nelson of Jack Erwin

We sat down with high-end, online dress shoe impresarios, Lane Gerson and Ariel Nelson of Jack Erwin, to talk early starts, solving problems, and booming business.

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Commentary

Fashion schools favor creative teaching over practical business education (and many entrepreneurial-minded students are fed up).

In each industry there are systemic flaws and pointless practices that it just can’t seem to shake. Given some recent reports, it seems the fashion world’s problem – empty, conceptual design – is drilled in rather early. (884 words)

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Phillips' timepiece maestro, Aurel Bacs | Photo Credit: Pucci Papaleo
Affairs

Auction house underdogs.

At 220 years old, you certainly wouldn’t describe Phillips auction house as a hot young upstart. But as Sotheby’s and Christie’s spin their wheels in the 2010s, it’s their inventive, smaller rival that’s left us highly impressed.

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