Tracksmith's new Boston brownstone | Tracksmith
Business

Tracksmith channels Rapha with new ‘Trackhouse’ running hub.

Tracksmith is opening up a new retail concept in one of Boston’s key shopping districts. The idea reminds us of Rapha’s Cycling Club (which is a good thing). (593 words)

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True Botanicals: Unilever’s newest beauty investment | The Coveteur
Business

If you’re an emerging beauty startup, good news: Unilever is on the prowl.

With their $3M seed round in new beauty upstart True Botanicals plus their billion dollar buyout of Dollar Shave Club, two makes a pattern. (382 words)

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Serious implications for EU nationals like Trunk Clothier's Mats Kling, left | Begg & Co.
Affairs

Come what May: With Brexit now triggered, UK’s modern luxury CEOs discuss the early impact.

For most, it’s actually been great for the bottom line. But there have been workforce and supply chain issues––not to mention serious personal implications for CEOs who are EU nationals. (1,057 words)

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CEO Michelle Lam in bra heaven | The New York Post
Business

Why the True & Co. acquisition makes perfect sense.

The DTC lingerie startup was just purchased by Phillips Van Heusen for a small sum: “tens of millions”. What seems like an odd match actually makes a lot of sense. (759 words)

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Bucket of laughs: Cheryl Kaplan, left, and Maria Gangemi, CMO | M.Gemi
Business

M.Gemi is in constant motion: releasing new heels every week, and rotating old ones out.

We spoke to President Cheryl Kaplan on the back of the DTC shoe brand’s two year anniversary. (849 words)

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A big name in the MLC space gets the NYT treatment | Recode
People

TLDR: The toplines from Kirsten Green’s stellar NYT profile.

With the Jet.com and Dollar Shave Club exits, Forerunner Ventures is on a tear. Partner Kirsten Green gets profiled by the NYT and we break it down. (529 words)

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The subscription model is everything to Rapha, said Simon | FT
Business

Pedal Power: Toplines from Rapha CEO Simon Mottram’s latest interview this week.

He dove deeper into Rapha’s multi-pronged business approach, touching on hybrid retail, on being consumer-centric, and the power of brand’s subscription model. (692 words)

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Strong branding | GQ
Business

What J.Crew, Kit and Ace, and others can learn from Japan’s United Arrows.

Key takeaways on what makes United Arrows one of the best specialty retail destinations on the planet. (713 words)

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Ecoalf CEO Javier Goyeneche gets this | Ecoalf
Affairs

The smart ethical formula is clear: Focus on product first, sustainability second.

Ethical products check the boxes. They are nice, to be sure. But an ethical badge of honor is no substitute for a subpar and overpriced product. (396 words)

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The Ronnie Fieg "grayscale" versions | Ronnie Fieg
From The Editor

$170 for New Balance classics – Is ‘Made in USA’ worth the premium?

If you’re essentially getting a standard product — a New Balance classic shoe — for a made in America premium, is that price hike really worth it? (476 words)

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