Glam meets tech | Farfetch
Business

Farfetch’s Store of the Future: A strategic hedge against the e-commerce plateau.

Farfetch’s Store of the Future concept set off a bevy of mentions, analyses, and reactions. We’ve poured through the Business of Fashion, Quartz, and the New York Times to put the idea into context. (1,156 words)

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Blazers, arriving hot, fresh (and personalized) every 90 minutes | Ministry of Supply
Business

Ministry of Supply is now printing custom blazers in 90 minutes.

Ministry of Supply has installed a new 3D printer in its Boston showroom. Shoppers will now be able to get a custom blazer knitted that same day, but at a price of $200K for the machine, is the investment worthwhile? (611 words)

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"We need air traffic control for the home," says Marcela | US Department of Labor
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Marcela Sapone: “How to leapfrog the smart home trend, and make something consumers actually want.”

Alfred’s CEO argues that the home of the future isn’t some bleeding edge futurist vision. Rather, it’s simply a home — full stop — humming with (silent) new efficiency. And it should be as frictionless as calling an Uber. (838 words)

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Sleek, connected, modern | Raden
Business

Case in point: The $44B opportunity for today’s emerging luggage upstarts.

Raden. Away. Horizn Studios. Arlo Skye. The luggage market is a $44B opportunity––and all four of these new players are hoping to grab a sizable chunk of it. (555 words)

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The Pres, Alison Loehnis | Evening Standard
Business

Key fact: 9 percent of Londoners shop on Net-a-Porter.

The key highlights in the Evening Standard’s behind the scenes sit down with NAP president Alison Loehnis. Inside: efficiency, peak shopping times, and how feedback from its best customers have helped it settle on two new services launching later this year.

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Bright lights of Basel | Hodinkee
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The real problems with the Swiss watch industry, as explained by the Economist.

On the back of the Baselworld watch expo late last month, here’s a quick rundown of the problems plaguing the watch sector — and what it’s doing to fix things — just to make the narrative a little more clearer for you. (400 words)

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Harry's co-founder Andy Katz-Mayfield, left, is resolute; Jeff Raider; right. | Inc.
Business

Razor fight: The metrics that explain why Gillette tried (unsuccessfully) to take down Harry’s and Bevel.

Gillette is bleeding market share, and Harry’s, Bevel, and Dollar Shave Club have only made things worse. The shaving giant’s engaged in two campaigns against Bevel and Harry’s — but both attempts have backfired. (759 words)

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M.O.’s (very swanky) London showroom | Fast Company
Business

Moda Operandi: $130 million in total VC funding (but still not profitable).

BoF dropped (yet) another 1,800 word opus last week on a certified BoF darling, Moda Operandi. We’ve distilled it down to the best bits to get you the quick and tidy update on the brand that you’re looking for. (596 words.)

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Bezos: A big reason why Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s are on the downswing. | David Ryder / Getty Images
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Inverse relationship: As Amazon Fashion trends up, department stores trend down.

Breaking down Racked’s lengthy report on Amazon’s bold luxury ambitions, whose upward trajectory worryingly coincides with Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s big slump. (1,100 words)

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All smiles for a solid launch week | Burrow
Business

Burrow, the Y Combinator-backed ‘Casper of Couches’ is now officially up and running.

Designer sofas, delivered to you in a box within one week. A 100 day return policy. As CEO Stephen Kuhl explained it, “If you live in a walk-up in New York, you need us.” Sound familiar? (899 words)

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