Byredo: The opposite of mass market. | Photo credit: Garance Dore
Book Smarts

Recommended Reading: Deluxe by Dana Thomas.

At a time when luxury appears to be returning to its roots, Deluxe does well in showing why this shift is long overdue, and why luxury, at least in its mass-marketed form, has lost its luster.

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Ministry's new women's line: Perfect for the office (and for the bike). | Photo credit: Ministry
Business

Ministry’s new officewear for women underlines a broader menswear development.

On the back on Ministry’s announcement, we look at how smart men’s brands are bringing innovation to the women’s side.

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Away's founders, Jen Rubio and Stephanie Korey, have reason to smile. | Photo credit: Nate Poekert
Business

Travel abroad: Making sense of Away’s new $8.5M Series A (and its big, global ambitions)

Does the quick rush to expand globally by suitcase brand Away (after less than a year in business) point to a larger trend among modern luxury brands?

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Ressence: One watchmaker not concerned with Apple's Watch. | Photo credit: Hodinkee
Affairs

Tinkering with time.

As Apple’s retreat from the luxury watch market suggests, grafting digital bells and whistles onto a tool that’s already served us well for centuries is not necessarily an improvement.

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Ledbury founders, Paul Watson and Paul Trible celebrate winning at e-commerce. | Photo credit: Ledbury
Commentary

Flash and burn: A TechCrunch writer gets it wrong by blaming VCs for the fall of flash sales sites.

It’s one thing to talk about failure and point fingers, but when social politics is thrown into the mix, all bets are off.

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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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Uniform Wares' Patrick Bek and Oliver Fowles | Photo credit: WatchPro
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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Aslaug Magnusdottir | Photo credit: The New Black
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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Ecoalf, a Lean Luxe approved ethical brand | Photo credit: Ecoalf
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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Photo credit: Everlane
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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