Rapha, soon to be sold to the highest bidder | Google
Money

The Rapha race: At least two bids have been tabled, valuing the brand at $261M.

Louis Vuitton may have backed out of the running, but the race to buy Rapha is still very much on.

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From left to right: Brûlé, Fehnert, Harris, McNally, and Haouache debate. | Lean Luxe
Retail

‘The Future of Retail’: Highlights from the best panel at last month’s Monocle conference in Berlin.

In Berlin, Storefront’s Mohamed Haouache, Perfumer H’s Lyn Harris, and Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson brought the house down in a cracking, back-and-forth debate on what the future holds for high-end retail.

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Vello's integrated lighting system | Vello
Business

On our radar: Vello folding bikes, found at last month’s Monocle conference in Berlin.

Several compelling brands and businesses were put on our radar at the Monocle conference in Berlin last month, but it was Austrian cycle enterprise, Vello, that stayed top of mind for us.

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Mark Cho | Mark Cho
Business

The Armoury CEO Mark Cho on modernity, brand building, and acquiring Drake’s of London.

Armoury founder Mark Cho’s projects are characterized by a ravenous, curious, and detail minded approach, fueled by constant travel between New York, London, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

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Wilson at his newest venture, Ride Cycle Club | Business Vancouver
Business

Former CEO JJ Wilson gets candid about the internal disfunction at Kit and Ace.

Wilson has been forthcoming on Kit and Ace’s missteps in a PR push aimed to both raise his profile and build momentum for the debut of his new clothing brand arriving this fall.

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Goop, for one, has flourished by thinking customer-first | Goop 
Subscriber Comment

Ana Andjelic: Legacy retailers define strategy in competitive terms. Retail upstarts define it in terms of their customer.

To successfully compete in today’s customer-first context, retailers have to start thinking beyond incremental innovation. They must become comfortable with new models that cannibalize their business as it is right now.

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Delivery woes continue to stack up for Combatant Gent | GQ
Business

Fulfillment troubles fester at Combatant Gent.

Grooms and wedding guests have been left in the lurch. Customers, burned by the brand, have started raising pitchforks on Reddit. One disgruntled man is even threatening a class-action lawsuit.

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Argent co-founder Eleanor Turner | WeWork
Business

Liz Segran delivers the verdict on six women’s officewear brands.

As we tend to emphasize frequently, she’s always on the mark, and fewer reporters, save for Forbes’ Vivienne Decker, do it better when covering the modern luxury sector than Ms. Segran.

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Getting Artsy fartsy on your phone | Artsy
Money

In the midst of turmoil for peers Paddle8 and Auctionata, online art auction house Artsy just raised a $50M Series D.

None of the recent turmoil that’s affected fellow online art auction houses Paddle8 and Auctionata has seemed to dim Artsy’s outlook, and investors seem to be anything but nervous about its prospects.

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Rashida Jones, Stockholm, and Tumblr pink | Away
Launches

Scoop: Away’s new brand extension: A quarterly travel magazine called Here.

Like Airbnb before them, Away has decided to put out a quarterly print magazine, also about travel, in a bid to give the brand more lifestyle credibility.

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