What Retailers Can Learn From Spring, A New Mobile Shopping App

After a long, secretive lead up, Spring, a mobile shopping app, finally launched this week. The user experience slightly mimics Instagram. Users download the app to their iPhone (it isn’t iPad or Android friendly just yet) and can follow up to 450 brands that range from Steven Alan and Jenni Kayne to Oscar de la Renta and Alexander Wang. Considering ...
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Troye Sivan “TRYXE” Album Drop

Nineteen-year-old Australian Youtube star Troye Sivan's first EP dropped today, featuring his viral song The Fault In Our Stars and more recently, Happy Little Pill. The song's sensitive lyrics are backed by a soft electronic sound. This haunting track also has an equally haunting music video, which was released three days ago in anticipation of the EP (watch the video ...
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KR3W Presents Dark Americana – Autumn/Winter 2014 -

Recognised as one of the first skate brands to blend fashion with skateboarding culture, LA label KR3W sets about pushing the boundaries one step further for Autumn with their latest collection Dark Americana. Arguably one of the more progressive skate labels on the market, KR3W has caused quite a stir in the skate scene over the past few seasons with its unapologetically ...
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JC Penney rebound continues with strong Q2, losses slashed

JC Penney Co took another step towards the sunshine Thursday, reporting better Q2 sales, much improved margins and a vast cut in its losses. Its shares initially leapt 11% in after-hours trading but eventually settled up 3.2% at $10.05, having ended the regular session up 4%. Penney, which had lost more than $2.7bn since early 2012, reported a Q2 loss ...
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Northern design by Ferm Living

Danish interior design company Ferm Living has just launched its new Autumn/Winter 2014/15 collection, focused on simple everyday aesthetics and celebrating well-crafted objects. Different materials and finishes including rough ceramic, organic cotton, wood, wool and brass are combined together, to call upon our various senses. The smell of leather on details and handles or the touch cold of marble enhance the experience, ...
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Supersized Shopping: Gap Store, Miami

At 19,000sq ft, Gap's first Miami flagship store is an impressive debut for the Lincoln Road shopping district. Located on the corner of Lincoln Road and Michigan Avenue (a prime retail location) the two-story store features floor-to-ceiling glass windows mixed with a steel and locally sourced limestone facade. The curved, exterior windows provide ample natural light  blending the laid-back Miami beach ...
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Paper Make-Up from Mai Couture

Mai Couture offers a selection of practical make-up booklets containing powder-infused sheets of paper for make-up on-the-go. There are three booklets to choose from: Foundation Powder Papier, Blush Papier and Trio Papier, a booklet featuring 60 sheets of bronzer, highlighter and blush-infused papers. The Foundation and Blush Papier comes with 50 sheets, and are both available in three shades. The Foundation Powder ...
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Donwan Harrell for Lee Jeans – 125th Anniversary Special

In celebration of Lee jeans 125th anniversary, the iconic denim brand invites 4 of its favourite designers to help re-imagine Lee's most popular fit's and finishes. 2014 sees iconic denim brand and one of the big 3, Lee, celebrate its 125th anniversary. The year marks a grand landmark for the American brand and drives a series of special projects and exciting events, ...
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US July retail sales flat on cautious consumer although apparel sales rise

US retail sales were flat in July as consumer spending remained weak despite an improving jobs market, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. On the upside Americans spent more on apparel last month, but they also cut back on department store purchases. Excluding autos, retail sales ticked up 0.1% month-on-month in July, falling short of the 0.2% rise analysts had expected. ...
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Rooftop Garden by The Conran Shop

The Conran Shop in London has opened a rooftop garden in its Marylebone store, which will showcase the brand's collection according to the season. 
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(Fashion) Death by Dansko

In true Normcore form, Danskos emerge within menswear, utilizing the iconic comfort clog to make no fashion statement at all; just as intended. (Normcore: A subculture based on conscious, artificial adoption of things that are in widespread use, proven to be acceptable, or otherwise inoffensive. Ultra-conformists). Danskos serve as a seasonal evolution to summer comfort styles (ie. Adidas slides and ...
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Room with a View by The Cool Republic

The design team behind online concept store The Cool Republic has created a series of vinyl wall stickers, which open a window onto the outside world. Their round stickers are decorated with scenes of beautiful landscapes, from sea views to sunsets. Enhanced by hazy colour filters, these atmospheric photographs enable escapism and provide a sense of romance, as referenced in our A/W 14/15 ...
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New Look impresses in Q1 with on-trend offer, no nearer to IPO

Despite a "stellar" start to its new financial year with a "terrific" set of results, UK fashion chain New Look is no nearer to a stock-market flotation, its chief executive Anders Kristiansen said Tuesday. “A flotation is up to our investors and shareholders,” he said. “But I don't see it happening in the immediate future.” New Look's same-store sales jumped ...
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Dolce & Gabbana The Fall Runway Make-Up Collection

The Dolce & Gabbana fall 2014 make-up collection takes inspiration from the autumn/winter 2014/15 catwalk show. It emphasises a warm, natural look that mirrors the iridescent tones of the sun at dusk paired with an earthy palette of colours found in the garden. The make-up look “focuses on smoky eyes with radiant skin illuminating the entire look, finished with dark nails ...
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Osheaga festival – top band picks 2014

Earlier this month we ventured up to Montreal to check out some Canadian street style at Osheaga festival, and as always report back on our favourite musical acts. Here are our top picks from this year's line-up: ODESZA: electronic duo hailing from Seattle producing slick and melodic beats that share a place on a fun, summer playlist or an amped-up, melancholic ...
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