Solving a real marketplace failure or another ruse? | Juicero
Launches

Is Tovala the next Juicero?

You’ll excuse us for being reminded of Juicero — the I’ll-fated $400 juice presser — when we came across Tovala’s launch this week.

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Pastels and Gen Y branding | Glossier
Business

Glossier goes global: Canada, the UK, and France are all on the docket.

Glossier is still only three years old, and is expanding internationally at a time when most older MLCs (modern luxury companies) and DTC brands are still only shipping domestically.

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Co-founders Akash Shah and Craig Elbert now have twelve million reasons to smile | Care/of
Money

Care/of scoops up $12M in a new Series A, its second fundraise since November.

At this point, at least in terms of valuation and momentum, it’s easy to argue that Care/of is currently king of the hill in the new emerging premium supplements and vitamins space.

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Camp David's co-founders, Mazdack Rassi, left, and Erez Shternlicht | NYT
Column: The Perceptive Consumer

Camp David: Mazdack Rassi’s latest project, an anti-WeWork, signals a newer (more upscale) Brooklyn.

Our Perceptive Shopper columnist Kyle Chayka visits Brooklyn’s new co-working hub and discovers that it’s less about bohemian Brooklyn, and far more about creating a Mad Men-esque playground. (606 words)

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What you get when you visit Style.com today | Style.com
Business

Back in 2015, WWD unknowingly signaled the end of Style.com. Turns out they were spot on.

After much fanfare, waiting, and pomp and circumstance, Style.com was relaunched…and then promptly shut down this week. We’d be lying if we said this was a shocker. (885 words)

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The Matches Fashion team serves as a perfect case study here | Matchesfashion.com
Subscriber Comment

Ana Andjelic – Rethinking luxury’s technology gameplan.

Longstanding luxury brands tend to treat technology as a marketing play or a value-add that sits on top of their business models – rather than harnessing technology to actually transform their businesses. Ana Andjelic’s argument: It’s a terrible approach. (652 words)

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Swimwear, by way of St. Louis | Summersalt
Business

Bridging the gap between swim and adventure, Summersalt becomes an ambitious addition to a swimwear market in flux.

There’s a lot to like about Summersalt, a confident new swimwear specialist hoping to redefine the category. We spoke to co-founders Lori Coulter and Reshma Chamberlin about toning down the sex appeal, and becoming a category killer. (1,371 words)

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Sleepwear brand Lunya is a great example of a modern luxury company  | Lunya
Business

Modern luxury companies don’t win best-in-class face-offs. They offer better bundles.

An Everlane will never beat an Hermes in absolute product quality – and yet it doesn’t need to. Best-in-class quality only takes you so far, and modern luxury brands are offering something far more compelling: a better overall bundle for shoppers. (924 words)

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Patrick Johnson of Sydney-based P. Johnson Tailors on the right | Permanent Style
Emerging Markets

A closer look at Australian modern luxury brands. Spoiler alert: It’s not (just) about Aesop.

It’s easy when thinking about the brands coming out of Australia to believe Aesop is the only one that (really) matters. Butt there are others––like P. Johnson Tailors and Mon Purse––that are making noise on a global stage. (1,181 words)

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Triple stacked | Beija Flor London
Emerging Markets

Panty Raid: A rundown of the new lingerie players putting the pressure on Victoria’s Secret.

A primer on Lively, Beija Flor, Negative Underwear, and the rest of the modern luxury lingerie upstarts that are making life miserable for Victoria’s Secret and Agent Provocateur. (1,289 words)

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