THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Shinola, Michael Kors, Fenwick

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. SHINOLA – ACTING SMALL, THINKING BIG

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Shinola’s been in the news a lot lately since it opened its rather lovely little London store on Newburgh Street. What’s most enlightening is the quietly savvy strategy behind it. For instance, who knew that the brains behind it all is Tom Kartsotis who also founded the mass market watch retailer, Fossil? His approach of creating a story around the manufacturing and people of Detroit has helped imbue the two-year-old watch-and-accessories brand with a romance that really resonates with customers. Having quality products (the watches have Swiss movements but are assembled in Detroit), excellent design and a Bruce Weber-lensed campaign help too, but it’s the ‘Made In Detroit’ provenance and storytelling elements that seem to be hitting the mark.

2. MICHAEL KORS LAUNCHES SHOPPABLE #INSTAKORS

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Michael Kors is always one of the first to try out any new social media initiative. So it’s no surprise to hear of #InstaKors, the shoppable Instagram enabler that lets its (highly engaged) followers shop from the app. As with Marc Jacobs, it’s a landing page on the Kors site that customers can register on, then when they ‘like’ a particular Kors Instagram featuring the #InstaKors hashtag, they get an email alert allowing them to shop. Not all brands’ Insta followers want to shop, but as the Kors feed is heavily product-centric, I can imagine a huge number of Kors fans will…

3. FENWICK AIMS FOR EXPANSION

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Fenwick is my secret little retail haven in the West End. Its relatively small size and spacious layout means it’s more manageable than the likes of Selfridges and it has a genteel, unhurried vibe to match. Plus the buy is brilliant at the moment with plenty of Sofie D’hoore (remember I discovered it in this very store?), Jil Sander Navy and Paul Smith to satisfy my inner gentlewoman. Latest news is that profits are (slightly) up and the store is looking at UK expansion, starting with the relocation of its Bentalls store in Bracknell to a new three-floor location in 2017. First though (one hopes), a fully transactional ecommerce site…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
SHINOLA IMAGE: Jamie McGregor Smith

What Asos did next – get ready for the ‘new in’ app

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There’s no denying that Asos has had a tough year this year, with younger, sexier, leaner upstarts snapping at its heels (hello Missguided and Boohoo). But it’s fighting back for SS15 with some excellent product and clever customer service initiatives. What does the Asos girl want? Newness. When does she want it? All the time. And so Asos is launching ‘New In’, a new Tinder-like app that let’s you swipe yay or nay to the Asos new-in feed, adding your choices to your profile. It cuts away all the clutter, leaving you with only the freshest product deliveries. (You’ll have to wait a little longer though, it doesn’t launch for a few weeks.)

Another thing I discovered at the Asos press day last week was its innovative approach to personal shopping. It has recruited its personal styling team via a combination of their own personal style, styling ability, social feed and dedication to customer service. It makes sense to the Asos customer, who will follow a particular ‘personal stylist’ because they love their aesthetic. Each stylist is set up with their own Asos-approved Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram profiles to engage their followers to the max. The direct and converstional contact of Instagram is a decidedly more engaging tool that traditional methods of enquiry like email, and feels suited to the instant-info expectations of today’s young online shopper. Plus, UK shoppers can choose their favourite stylist for one-to-one shopping advice via the online stylist’s chat feature.

For next season, the product is looking great too. Most impressive are the romantic structured dresses adorned with lace, embroidery and applique. There’s also a good dose of raw-edged denim (90s references will run and run) and jewellery is going strong with delicate single earrings proving to be the ear cuff of SS15…

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WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl; Instagram

Ask Alison: How beauty brands are getting up close and personal with digitised stores

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Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from retail expert and DRG contributor, ALISON BISHOP, looking at the emergence of interactive digital stores coming from the premium beauty sector

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It’s official; Covent Garden has become London’s Beauty Quarter when it comes to stores. Luxury brands Chanel, Dior and Burberry all opened mini beauty flagships here in the last couple of years while Marc Jacobs followed recently with its Tweet Shop pop-up. Now prestige beauty brands Clinique and Bobbi Brown (above) are experimenting with new, highly personal store concepts. Continue reading

Could Farfetch click & collect be an ecommerce game changer?

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Oooh here’s a clever move from Farfetch. It’s just rolled out a new Click & Collect service, whereby you can order from one of its international indie retailers but instead of having your order sent to your home or office, you can pick up from another of its retailers located more conveniently to you. With over 100 boutiques currently taking part globally, this could potentially be a real game changer. Continue reading

Who are you? Louis Vuitton’s celebration of monogram

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So here’s something I never knew: Karl Lagerfeld was once a boxer! Hence his monogrammed Louis Vuitton boxing gloves and punchbag as his contribution to the latest Louis Vuitton collaboration, Celebrating Monogram. It’s a pretty great project, not just because of the breadth of talent that was called upon to take part (Cindy Sherman! Rei Kawakubo! Frank Gehry!), but for the end results as well. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY, BALENCIAGA, DIOR, LEVI’s, SELFRIDGES, MATCHES FASHION

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. MARC JACOBS’ INSTAGRAM SHOP

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Oh the bane of not being able to shop from Instagram! Marc Jacobs Beauty couldn’t stand it any longer and has set up a tool just for Insta-shoppers. It’s a bit like LikeToKNOW.it, and thus, slightly clunky. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: AND OTHER STORIES, HARDY AMIES, MAISON ASSOULINE LONDON

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. AND OTHER STORIES LAUNCHES FRAGRANCE

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& Other Stories just gets everything right. It launched its first US store in New York last month to rave reviews and last week entered the fragrance market. There are four eau de toilettes (£26): Moroccan Tea, Punk Bouquet, Fig Fiction and Botanic Whisper. The packaging has a whiff of Maison Martin Margiela about it, with the apothecary bottles and utilitarian white labels. Continue reading

Retail report: Selfridges ramps up its luxury ready-to-wear with a nod to Dover Street Market

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It feels like Selfridges has been tweaking its third floor Designer Galleries for ever! Finally its finished and the verdict is quite the A-Z of modern luxury fashion. In short, the Selfridges buy has been Dover Street Market-ified. (And  that sentence right there gets the award for clunkiest sentence of the year. Soz.) I still remember the third floor as it was eons ago – contemporary labels like Anglomania alongside A.P.C, Whistles and Joseph. Pffft, this is so not that. Contemporary and denim have all been shunted up to the fourth floor, leaving gleaming aisles of expensive statement-wear. Of course, I can’t actually afford any of it.

It’s a textbook exercise in taste and wealth though. Continue reading

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: WOOD WOOD X DISNEY, A.P.C, LIBERTY, SHANG XIA, NIKE

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. WOOD WOOD WARPS DISNEY ICON

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Get ready for a very cool Disney collaboration with Danish brand Wood Wood coming to London. Wood Wood chose to stretch and distort classic 30s cartoons of Mickey Mouse, printing the designs on clothes and accessories for men and women. The prints are quite subversive so I’m surprised Disney gave it the go ahead – it’s known for being extremely protective of the brand’s imagery. Continue reading

Farfetch looks east with Restir

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Funny to think Farfetch.com has never had a Japanese store in its community of international retailers. Now it does, Tokyo based Restir is the winner of the Farfetch Superstore prize and its edit of upscale ‘indie’ brands has just gone on the site. Continue reading

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