HMV trials new retail concept in Asia: Digital and experiential

The entertainment retailer went through a major overhaul and is set to relaunch its concept store in Hong Kong in September, repositioning the space as a get-together place for the music and movie community. The 12,500 sq ft shop, called HMVideal, features an area for live performance which could fit up to 300 people, DJ booths, a recording studio and a ...
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Does a Lo-fi Approach to Omnichannel Work?

At the top of each year, WGSN attends the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, a conference that brings together retail executives and innovative brands. The show also includes a tech floor, which is full of screens and devices that are meant to engage customers and provide an omnichannel shopping experience. Inevitably there's going to be some timelag between what's on display ...
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Haymes Paint 2015 Colour Forecast

Australian paint company Haymes has released its 2015 Colour Forecast, made up of five themes that each explore the idea of "reconnecting with our roots". New Skin takes inspiration from comfort and familiarity. This theme explores denim colours and the natural erosion that happens from overuse - like a well-worn pair of jeans. Raw explores the idea of detoxing and de-cluttering. The ...
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Haymes Colour Forecast. Styled by Ruth Welsby, Photography by Martina Gemmola.

Gap raises forecast on Q2 earnings rise, Old Navy strength, to open 40 stores in India

Apparel retail giant Gap raised its full-year profit forecast late-Thursday, boosted by strong Old Navy brand sales, and said it will open 40 franchised stores in India next spring. Gap is partnering with Arvind Lifestyle Brands, the retail unit of textile manufacturer Arvind, to open in India with the first stores located in Mumbai and Delhi and starting with Gap's ...
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How out-of-home advertising is innovating through the use of data integration

There’s some interesting work going on in the out-of-home advertising space that’s seeing data being increasingly integrated in billboards to provide real-time creative solutions for passersby. Net-a-Porter recently introduced a campaign in London that showcased purchases being made on the luxury e-commerce site live as they took place around the world. Hosted on an Ocean Outdoors screen in Canary Wharf, the initiative ...
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Street Style to Watch: Soft Shape

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Target slashes outlook again on tough Q2, sees improving comp sales

Target Corp slashed its annual profit forecast for the second time in two months Wednesday as the value retail giant’s Q2 earnings fell sharply on discounting on sluggish domestic sales, an overzealous Canadian expansion and that massive customer-data breach late last year. Target said Wednesday Q2 earnings dropped 61.7% to $234m/37 cents per share from $611m/95 cents a year earlier. ...
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A Look Inside Kapital’s Fall/Winter 2014 “Peace Pilgrim” Lookbook -

Always one for a nomadic adventure, Japanese craftsman Kapital head out to the uncharted landscapes of Mongolia for their latest catalogue "Peace Pilgrim". The archive of Kapital's stunning catalogues has seen tag-team duo Kiro Hirata and Eric Kvatek take to the most diverse range of locations throughout the world. From exotic beaches in Hawaii, to ancient ruins of Peru, and vast ...
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Why Heathrow is Ramping Up its Personal Shopping Service

London’s Heathrow airport debuted a number of retail firsts when its revamped Terminal 2 opened in early July, with both UK department store John Lewis and chef Heston Blumenthal unveiling travel retail concepts. The latest addition to the Terminal comes from Heathrow itself with the arrival of a personal shopping lounge available to any traveller regardless of class of ticket. The free ...
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Penske Media buys Condé Nast’s business arm including WWD

Penske Media Corp is to buy the US-based business publishing arm of Fairchild Fashion Media (FFM) from Condé Nast. The deal includes Women’s Wear Daily, Beauty Inc, Footwear News and M magazine. Although the fee was undisclosed, the sale price was about $100m, according to a source involved in the deal, which is expected to close in September. In 1999, Condé Nast ...
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INSPIRATION | Chalk & Wild Magazine

We've been tracking the online presence of Chalk & Wild for some time but last month saw the release of their first printed magazine aimed at the pre-teens, teens and their mothers. With beautiful photo shoots at its heart, this is the brainchild of Nicole Frobusch, the founder of Nixie Clothing. Check out their Tumblr to feel inspired.
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Bieber and Swift fragrances weakness cited for Elizabeth Arden woes as losses grow, Rhône Capital buys 7.6% share

Weakening demand for celebrity fragrances from stars such as Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift was partly blamed for Elizabeth Arden’s widening losses in Q2. The beauty giant saw its shares plummet 24% to $14.95 in early Tuesday afternoon trading to reach a new four-year low. Its stock has dropped 58% so far this year. The company reported a loss of ...
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Italian Style: Wallpaper by Inkiostro Bianco

Italian interiors brand Inkiostro Bianco is deeply rooted in Italian culture and creativity, working with designers and artists to make each of its wall and floor coverings a small work of art. EQ Dekor, realised by Inkiostro Bianco in collaboration with Mapei, is a wallpaper for both protection and decoration, with dual application for walls or floors. A glass fiber reinforcement, applied ...
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Chantecaille Autumn Make-Up Collection

Chantecaille marks their 15 year anniversary with the launch of a collector’s limited edition Eye Shade Trio palette. Each shade symbolises one of three mammals: the African elephant (aubergine), monarch butterfly (pearlescent vanilla) and the sea turtle (copper with light-reflecting rose gold pearl). The compact lid is decorated with founder Sylvie Chantecaille’s signature and proceeds from each purchase will be donated ...
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Carhartt WIP x Neighbourhood Spring/Summer 2014

Carhartt Work In Progress collaborates with Japanese avant-americana label Neighborhood on a capsule collection of leopard-print workwear. This fall two acclaimed streetwear imprints, NEIGHBORHOOD and CarharttWIP, team up once again for a capsule collection of clean-cut heritage style. A testimony to both brands’ workwear aesthetic, the collection is crafted from each imprints signature iconic branding and fabrics; NEIGHBORHOOD’s leopard print on traditional Carhartt Dearborn canvas. The collection is filled with standout items ...
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