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
Business

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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The Rack: a short term boost at the expense of long term brand equity? | Suzi Pratt (Getty Images for Nordstrom Inc.)
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Nordstrom’s off-price strategy is becoming a problem.

Is the department store prioritizing short term gains over long term stability and brand equity? (274 words)

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Reformation's new SF showroom is a mix between Tesla and Bonobos | Reformation
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Regina Connell: “The solution for big retail lies in thinking small.”

Consumer behaviors are shifting, and e-commerce has brought on much anxiety. But a great deal of the damage has been self-inflicted. (1,077 words)

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Community and commerce | The Commons
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For the future of the American mall, look to Bangkok.

The American shopping mall is dying, but one development in Thailand is showing them the future. (409 words)

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