Retail concepts

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…)



Quote of the day: Mindy Meissen



Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton collaboration

“Eventually, even the least with-it, most out of touch, willfully uncool parent is going to get a whiff of how culturally irrelevant these collabs have become. Even the most thunderstricken hypebeasts are going to look up from their rigorous collecting and say, “honestly, this is a bit much.””
Mindy Meissen, Fashion Redef

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGE: Louis Vuitton X Jeff Koons
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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, JUDITH LEIBER, KING & TUCKFIELD, ANDIE, COMME DES GARCONS



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

1. BUT IS IT ART?
Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton collaboration
Louis Vuitton has done it again, riling the purists with its Jeff Koons collab that launched last week. A collection of accessories that reproduces old masters paintings onto tote bags with the artist’s name picked out in graphic typography, its aim according to Koons is to bring high art to the street. (more…)