Business of fashion

Linda Fargo’s concept store



Linda Fargo concept store Bergdorf Goodman

Retail needs more concept stores. More fun! More surprises! That’s the gospel according to Linda Fargo anyway, Bergdorf Goodman’s Fashion Director, who has just opened her own shop-in-shop, kitschly called ‘Linda’s’.

“Shopping has become too homogenous,” Fargo told Vogue. “I want something where there is discovery and I’m finding unexpected things that I haven’t seen in other stores. I’m hoping to impart the real shopping—before we were all overexposed and oversaturated—when we were more like shopping virgins.” (more…)



A Cartier Net-a-Porter pop-up shop is coming



Cartier Net-a-Porter Panthere pop-up

Net-a-Porter’s quest to become a destination for luxury watches is getting a boost next week thanks to an exclusive online pop-up with Cartier. The newly relaunched Cartier Panthère watch (from £3,200) will go on sale at Net-a-Porter on May 2nd, (UPDATE: it’s arrived!) with twelve models as well as two limited edition styles including the very statementy rose gold and black lacquer version. (more…)



Ask Alison: Is Farfetch’s augmented retail a customer service coup or just an excuse to mine our data?



Farfetch Store of the Future launch event

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON, on how Farfetch and its new ‘Store of the Future’ technology aims to enhance physical and digital retail.

There are benefits for customers in getting over the online shopping ‘privacy bump’ as it’s known in retail circles. Giving away your personal data for rewards is looking a whole lot more interesting, with the prospect of having over 400 global luxury boutiques (and their inventories) at your beck and call, whenever, wherever and whether you prefer to shop on or offline. (more…)



Positive fashion: Fashion Revolution and London Craft Week



London Craft Week and Fashion Revolution

On Monday I’m going to Gloucester for one of my favourite blogging activities; I’m off to watch my very own bespoke shirts being made. I now have quite a stash of How It’s Made features in the vault (see them here), from field trips to the Dr Martens factory, the Chanel embroidery workshops, the Smythson bookbinding workshops and – one of my most visited posts – the Hermes handbag workshop just outside Paris. It’s always an amazing treat as I love getting insider access to these places and geeking out at all the processes. (more…)