“Don’t underestimate Walmart and other ‘corporate beasts’ like it.” | Dumbo Feather
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Tyler Brûlé’s retail projections: Bullish on Walmart, bearish on Farfetch.

On the back of Walmart’s aggressive e-commerce acquisition spree, and Farfetch’s newfangled Store of the Future concept, we spoke with the Monocle man about why US and European retail is failing, how it can be fixed, and why the Japanese still to get it right. (1,267 words)

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The Brits are coming (for US retail vacancies) | Bloomberg
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Airbnb of pop-ups: London’s Appear Here expands to the US, continues its big international push.

Pop-ups are far less of a novelty play today, and Appear Here is a big reason why. We spoke to CEO Ross Bailey who talked about the opportunity in the US market, the promise of LA and New York, and the mechanics of launching Appear Here in new cities. (1,392 words)

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Not Marc Lore | Bonobos
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The Bonobos-Walmart saga: Marc Lore is quickly proving to be Walmart’s man of 2017.

There’s been plenty of analysis on the pending deal since last week. Yet one thing is becoming abundantly clear in this narrative: In former Jet.com CEO Marc Lore, Walmart has a snarling e-commerce pitbull. (562 words)

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There are better options online, and legacies are nervous | McKinsey & Company
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Meet the new luxury shopper (according to McKinsey).

McKinsey’s key finding, summed up in a single idea: It’s a consumer centric market now, and with so much choice, shoppers are far less loyal than they used to be. (411 words)

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Blazers, arriving hot, fresh (and personalized) every 90 minutes | Ministry of Supply
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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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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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Tracksmith's new Boston brownstone | Tracksmith
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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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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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Content and commerce is a tough game, as JackThreads has foundout | JackThreads
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From the Slack: “There’s no such thing as a ‘middle’ in e-commerce anymore.”

Subscriber Hendrik Laubscher, based recently shared some strong insights in the context of the JackThreads flameout. (474 words)

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Suiting over sweats | Ledbury
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Ledbury’s Paul Trible: “We’re indifferent to this whole activewear thing.”

Menswear is trending towards sweatpants. Ledbury is doing the opposite. (281 words)

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