Gap boss Murphy to retire in February, Peck steps up, September sales disappoint, shares dip

Gap CEO Glenn Murphy is to retire next February after seven years, to be replaced by its current digital leader Art Peck. News of the management shakeup came as the apparel retail giant also reported poor same-store sales in September and said weak sales in its signature brand were expected to hurt margins in Q3. The combined news sent its ...
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Florian Schmid Wins Lancôme Design Award

Lancôme and Elle Decor Italia have selected the winner of the first edition of the Lancôme Design Award, for which ten young designers aged under 35 were invited to interpret the power of the gaze, in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Lancôme's Hypnôse mascara. The winner is Lou, a brass table mirror designed by German designer Florian Schmid. Lou's base interprets ...
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Lou by Florian Schmid

Christopher & Banks cuts Q3 sales outlook on weak mall traffic

Womenswear retailer Christopher & Banks has lowered its Q3 sales guidance on continued mall traffic weakness and merchandising supply issues. Its share price plummeted almost 30% to $6.41 in afternoon trade after dropping as low as $6.18 earlier in the day. Net sales are now expected to range $114m-$118m for the quarter, down from $122m-$124m, while margins are also expected ...
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Melvita’s New Gentle Organic Haircare Line

Organic skincare company Melvita has launched a new line of haircare products formulated with a “gentle organic” formulation that includes plant oils and floral waters. The sulphate-and-silicone-free products comprise of two shampoos and a conditioner. The Gentle Nourishing Shampoo is made from hydrating extracts of orange blossom floral water and wild flower honey to treat dry hair. For hair in ...
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Hong Kong protests expose unhealthy retail mix

The continuing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong is taking a toll on the city’s retail sales, and puts the city’s deeper issue of an unhealthy retail mix into light. The number of visiting mainland tour groups is expected to be down by nearly a third during one of the busiest shopping seasons of the year, the China National Day holidays known ...
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Global luxury goods sales to hit $405bn by 2019

Global luxury sales are expected to grow 19% to $405bn by 2019, according to market research company Euromonitor International. The report said US remains the largest global luxury market valued at $78bn in 2014, with luxury spending more than double Japan in second place. China, meanwhile, has dropped from third to fourth place in the global rankings following China’s slowing economic growth ...
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Eurozone retail sales much stronger in August but PMI September figures disappoint

Eurozone retail sales rose much more than expected in August, pointing to stronger demand from households that could help economic growth in Q3. The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said retail sales in the 18 countries sharing the euro rose 1.2% month-on-month in August and up 1.9% year-on-year. Analysts had expected a 0.1% monthly rise and a 0.5% annual uptick ...
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Made in France

 Very French Gangsters Eyewear has been growing in size since they debuted in 2011.  Their new editorials feature a fun tongue-in-check way to promote their newest styles with fun names and quirky styling  Our favourite's include 'The Boss, Swag and Pan Pan.  These little glasses add tons of style and personality to any outfit making them the mini version of ...
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Very Boss round glasses

Lingerie Photography by Henrik Adamsen: Simplicity is Sexy - ,

Demark-based photographer Henrik Adamsen creates beautiful, naturally sexy images of women for beauty and womenswear campaigns. His talent for shooting the female body has led to some exciting work with lingerie brands such as Underprotection, Forrest & Bob, Change and Loveable. Henrik, please tell us why do you like to photograph lingerie and how do you create such stunning images of ...
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1 Week Salad by Nendo for Toshiba

Japanese design studio Nendo has collaborated with Toshiba to convert a former electronics factory into a 'clean room' farm capable of growing fresh salads and vegetables and then harvesting and packaging them.
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First Wallpaper Collection by Eley Kishimoto

Known for their vibrant graphics and dynamic pattern designs, London-based creative duo Eley Kishimoto have launched their first wallpaper collection, which consists of 12 unique designs that will become the absolute protagonists of any room they are displayed in. Motifs take inspiration from the brand's rich archives as well as their constant surface and aesthetic exploration, and add another colourful chapter to the
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Game changer from Nike x Undercover Gyakusou

NikeLab's latest Nike x Undercover Gyakusou collection is set to turn running apparel on it's head as designer and runner Jun Takahashi applies some revolutionary thinking to the modern runners uniform.   Among the key innovations as a one piece base layer, a composite jacket and  sweat mapping tops.   Full details for WGSN subscribers will follow on the site.
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Antigoon’s Never-Ending Illustration

The Dutch illustrator, Antigoon, invited some of his favourite illustrators to take part in a never-ending collaborative illustration project using the experimental Exquisite Corpse technique. Each illustrator is only allowed to see a glimpse of the previous section, and the illustrator then adds their composition to the sequence, resulting in a never-ending surreal illustration. This technique was kick-started by Surrealists in the early part ...
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Mini Me

This autumn/winter sees the mini me trend continue, filtering from the womenswear catwalks in the luxury market and directly from the men’s and women's collections on the high street. Many brands that feature on the catwalks including Chloé and Jean Paul Gaultier resize items into mini versions of themselves for their own Kidswear brands. Chloé winter warmers mirror the pre fall catwalks of ...
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Normann Copenhagen Launches New Lighting Range

Danish designer Simon Legald has created a collection of lighting pieces for Normann Copenhagen called Amp. The collection comprises a table lamp and 2 pendants, all made from glass and marble.
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