Brands

Year & Day: tableware for the Kinfolk generation



Year & Day tablewear

Lean Luxe alerted me to Year & Day, a new direct to consumer (DTC) tableware brand that’s doing things very discreetly. It has all the right hallmarks for success – a focused offer of just one category, the right millennial colour palette (love the semi-matte blue-black and blush pink mugs and I usually hate mugs), minimalist branding and Insta-friendly photography. (more…)



Buy it now: how successful will the Gosha X Burberry capsule collection be?



Gosha x Burberry capsule collection 2018 shot by Gosha Rubchinskiy

The Gosha X Burberry capsule collection goes on sale on Saturday. It’s weird because I feel like this is almost old news considering we first heard about the collab back in June (and yes, my inner slow fashion advocate hates myself for thinking this…).

In normal fashion timing it’s not old news, but in Burberry see-now-buy-now land, it feels like a lifetime. We saw it on the runway, then in photography shown at the Here We Are exhibition in September and most recently worn by celebrities on the red carpet and in fashion mag editorials. Here’s Daisy Ridley in V magazine… (more…)



An olfactory tribute to Colette



Lola James Harper Colette concept store candle and room scent

Colette may be no more, but I like this olfactory tribute to the OG Paris concept store. Fragrance and lifestyle brand, Lola James Harper has reproduced the classic figgy Colette candle, ‘L’Air de Colette‘ in a newly reconfigured candle and room spray (from £35). It’s the old scent with a new name, ‘213 Rue Saint-Honoré Air‘, so if you’re mourning the demise of one of the best retail destinations of our time, here’s the perfect olfactory memento.

I remember discovering Lola James Harper’s candles in Colette. (more…)



Wired Retail 2017: 5 future trends for digital shopping



burberry augmented reality app illustrated by Danny Sangra

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON, as she unpacks five key takeaways from this year’s Wired Retail conference, and how they will change your future digital shopping habits.

I’ll take the world of visual-culture and discovery-commerce over voice-activated replenishment shopping – thank you. The former feels like a fun Instagram Stories fuelled shopping spree, while the latter sounds like a boring, but necessary automated shopping list. Both have a place in the current online marketplace (more…)