Drone delivery is upticking for retailers, but Uber also has big plans for shoppers

Drones are back on the retail radar again, this time in Australia where e-commerce site The Iconic has announced its intentions to use them to deliver goods within the next two to five years. The company’s CEO, Patrick Schmidt, told the Australian Financial Review his customers would benefit from speedy drone delivery. “We are pioneers of fast and flexible delivery, ...
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Unleash Your Nature by Calik Denim

Earlier last month we premiered the new campaign from Calik shot by photographer Eric Kvatek. To expand the campaign the Turkish mill have now released a short movie entitled, Unleash Your Nature to coincide with the imagery. Read our full interview with Eric and Calik here. Unleash Your Nature by CALIK DENIM from Eric Kvatek on Vimeo.
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Roberto Cavalli “heading for different league” after Leopard King finally says “yes” to suitor Clessidra

It’s been a long time coming – a really long time – but Roberto Cavalli finally has a new owner and the high-end Italian company, known for its sexy style and love of animal print, has become yet another designer brand under private equity control. Step forward Italian private equity fund Clessidra, which has taken a hefty stake in the fashion ...
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Proposte 2015: Editor’s picks

Two things are most prominent at Italian textiles trade fair Proposte this year: velvet and innovative exhibition spaces. J.A. Raymakers stood out in both categories. The brand showcased a stunning range of plain, jacquard, brushed and printed velvets for curtains and upholstery.
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Bethnals Opens First Store in East London

After just one year since its initial launch British-based denim brand Bethnals opens its debut store in East London's Spitafields. Last year we reported on the launch of a new unisex denim brand Bethnals by designer and self confessed denim addict Melissa Clement. Initially kickstarted via crowd funding, Bethnals is now smooth sailing into its second season for S/S 15 and ...
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Strong dollar, bad weather and ports dispute make perfect storm that dents US growth, consumer spending slows

How happy are US retailers and their customers feeling at the moment? Not very, if the latest set of figures on the economy are anything to go by. The Commerce Department delivered a surprise set of numbers Wednesday with the weakest growth in a year and slowing consumer spending. So what was the reason? Well, the Commerce Department didn’t specify but ...
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TOKYO: Concept Retail Landscape in Coastal Kamakura

Kamakura, a historic former capital an hour’s train ride from Tokyo offers an unlikely but hugely popular combination of Kyoto-esque temples (it’s home to the famous Daibutsu “big buddha” as well as the serene bamboo garden of Hōkoku-ji) and Venice Beach-style surf culture, but has more recently become known for its innovative concept openings and elevated independent boutiques.
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Timeless Hermès leaves rivals standing as Japan, Americas give thumbs-up to its quiet luxe approach

The challenges facing the luxury sector at the moment made the results announcement from French group Hermès even more closely watched than usual on Wednesday. So what did we see through our financial magnifying glass? Some good news for a start. The €35bn company doesn’t seem to be facing quite such tough challenges as many of its sector peers and sales ...
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CEW (UK) Beauty Awards 2015: Product Winners

CEW has announced the winners of the most outstanding beauty products in its 10th CEW (UK) Beauty Awards. Voted by more than 700 CEW members, winning brands include Bourjois, Elemis, Liz Earle and Clarins. More than 300 beauty products, in 25 categories, were entered into this prestige award. Beauty insiders selected the products that they believed were the most exciting on ...
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Sun shines on Safilo in some markets but times are still tough as profits take a soaking

Italian luxury eyewear producer Safilo had it tough in Q1 as costs linked to product and commercial restructuring bit hard. On the sales front too, there was a mixed picture with sales in The Americas impressing, but offset by an almost double-digit dip in Asia-Pacific and more modest returns in Europe. So what went right and wrong in Q1? In the ...
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Abercrombie’s mistake has been about evolution, not just sex

Abercrombie & Fitch is looking to ditch its focus on “sexualised marketing”, moving away from the half-naked models it has used across its website, store windows and shopping bags for years. By July, both the Aberbrombie & Fitch and Hollister brands will also no longer hire their sales staff based on body type or attractiveness, nor refer to them as ...
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El Corte Inglés launches its own homeware and furnishings collection

Traditional Spanish department store El Corte Inglés has launched its first range of interiors products, comprising 2,500 items for the entire home, from furniture to textiles.
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Abercrombie ditches hunks and model types in favour of smart and friendly sales staff, also cuts sexy ads

Is the gentle breeze of conservatism blowing through the US teen apparel retail world? First there was American Apparel softening its ad stance earlier this month after years of controversial, overtly-sexualised campaigns. Now news comes that Abercrombie & Fitch is to cut "sexualised marketing", will no longer employ staff on their "body type or physical attractiveness" and will also soften ...
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LONDON: What is Luxury Exhibition Opens

This summer exhibition now open at the V&A aims to explore how luxury is created and understood in a physical, conceptual, and cultural capacity, with its exhibition What is Luxury? featuring over 100 objects.
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NEW YORK: The New Whitney

Open to the public May 1st is the much-anticipated new Whitney Museum of American Art. Having relocated from the Upper East Side’s Madison Avenue to Downtown’s Meatpacking District, the move marks one of the most significant cultural projects in Manhattan in the last decade.
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