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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Teen Vogue runs first Condé Nast native cover ad

Teen Vogue is the first fashion publication and Condé Nast title to run a native cover ad following the recently revamped American Society of Magazine Editors guidelines. The May issue of the magazine featuring 17-year-old Kylie Jenner will be eclipsed by a copy-cat cover ad featuring hair-care brand Tresemmé. The festival hair themed sponsorship falls in with the magazine’s music ...
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Story mfg. Spring/Summer 2015 Lookbook -

British small batch denim brand Story mfg. step into S/S 15 with its first ever lookbook, Island Journey. Story mfg. has made quite an impact in the denim industry over the past year since its launch at the beginning of 2014. Their focus on slow manufacturing and season-less product drops as well as their stunning array of hand-loomed denim goods have ...
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Amazon swings to cost-hit loss but sales flourish

Amazon’s sales may be rising but it swung to a costs-hit loss for Q1, albeit one that was better than analysts had expected. Its revenues jumped and the online retail giant revealed first-time news of a revenue gain from its secretive cloud services division. Amazon shares jumped over 7% in after-hours trading. Amazon reported a Q1 net loss of $57m/$0.12 per ...
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Why Matthew Williamson’s new in-season e-commerce-only business plan makes sense

Matthew Williamson is to close its flagship store in London and refocus on a direct-to-consumer e-commerce business based on instantly-shoppable collection releases. The announcement from the 18-year-old British company, might mean a big shift in strategy (presumably resulting in job losses alongside), but it’s a restructuring that makes sense. The new business model will see six collections presented a year ...
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MILAN: Marni Mercado de Paloquemao

During Milan Design Week, Marni created a colourful installation inspired by the vibrant markets of Bogota, Colombia.
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Milan Design Week 2015: Fabrica and Daikin explore the essence of air at FUHA

Milan Design Week this year was a feast of experience design: from swings at Caesarstone to scent in Brera, the week was filled with things to do, games to play, and rain to taste (at Lexus, in the form of popping candy). Fabrica's collaboration with Japanese air conditioning brand Daikin was at the quieter end of the scale.
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eBay still boosted by soon-to-be-spun-off-PayPal in Q1, so what is the future for eBay itself?

The big question around online retail and auction giant eBay’s Q1 results is – what will it do after its PayPal unit is spun off? PayPal has been boosting eBay overall for some time and certainly did so this quarter. But with the two soon to be separate companies, how will eBay itself fare? The results announcement gave a few ...
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The Plastic Age: A Documentary feat. Pharrell Williams (Full Film)

Earlier this month we previewed the forthcoming film, The Plastic Age from i-D magazine regarding the growing problem of plastic in our oceans. The film directed by Jake Sumner tells an honest story of the issue and how companies like Parley along with G-star's Raw for the Oceans collaboration with Pharrell Williams Bionic Yarn is helping to combat the issue. ...
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Social media-proofing our wardrobes is a real thing

Are selfies now impacting our spending habits? Perhaps that goes without saying on the basis of wanting to look good, but new research from TK Maxx in the UK, also shows the population is buying more in a bid to not appear online in the same clothes twice. In a move that sounds more Kim Kardashian than Kate Middleton, the ...
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Amsterdam Denim Day 2015

Last week Amsterdam celebrated everything blue with its second edition of Denim Days. WGSN's denim team was there for it all to soak up all the news and events. Sunday saw Amsterdam Denim Days close its doors to yet another hugely successful 6 days of indigo inspiration for the now must-see annual show. The Dutch capital became the centre ...
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Diesel kids launch Jogg Jean Junior -

S/S15 sees Diesel Kids launch their new hero product, jog jeans junior. With the appearance of denim on the outside but the comfort, touch and feel of a jersey sweat pant, the JJJ campaign illustrates the dynamic nature of youth and the freedom of movement that kids demand. Using the same weaving method used to make denim, but with patented technology ...
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