London Underground produces some top fashion merch

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Andrew Bunney has done the seemingly impossible. That is, take a corporate, uncool brand, (albeit with a killer heritage) and turn out a highly desirable line of product. The result is Roundel, a collaboration with the London Underground, that presents T-shirts, jackets, shirts and even trainers as graphic product that will be as at home on the backs of tourists and cityproud Londoners as design-conscious youth. Bravo Mr Bunney! Continue reading

Feelgood fashion? Oh MyGoodness!

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Here’s something a little different for Cyber Monday. If you want to join in the excitement, boost the economy, and give back, then why not do your shopping at MyGoodness.com? It’s the latest in social enterprise and means you can scratch the shopping itch while giving something back.

How it works is that for everything you buy, either the brand or the MyGoodness team will donate a percentage of the price to a cause or charity that they currently support. ‘Philanthropic retail’ (think TOMS and Gandys Flipflops) is becoming more common, but it helps that what MyGoodness stocks on the site is an edit of really well chosen products (including fashion, beauty, home, tech and books).

To add another twist, MyGoodness also sells ‘Money can’t buy experiences’ which translates as things like meeting a favourite artist backstage or having dinner with a superstar chef.

On the site right now, you can buy this Clarisonic Plus, this 3.1 Phillip Lim ’31 Minute’ clutch and this Uniform Wares 200 Series Calendar watch (above), all with 10% of the price going to Chickenshed, the children’s threatre charity. Interested? Click here more feelgood fashion from MyGoodness.

 

Perfectly repurposed

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Is this the ultimate in upcycling? For the next eight days, you might get a shock if you amble into Hermes’ New Bond Street store for a silk tie or scarf. The entire ground floor has been hijacked by ‘Petit h’, the luxe, upcycling arm of Hermes, for a unique selling exhibition. Continue reading

Clique’s interactive print-to-mobile magazine launches – with exclusive Katie Eary product

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Has anyone quite nailed the ‘shop-from-the-printed-page’ experience that publishers are currently obsessed with? So far we’ve seen a few attempts, with Harper’s Bazaar US and Look magazine employing Blippar technology to bring existing magazine content to life – while hopefully generating extra revenue.

New to the space is Clique, a free print magazine mailed to its target audience, with every item shoppable, sharable and watchable by smartphone. Continue reading

Buy it now: French cult classics at Vestiaire Collective

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Curated online luxury resale is hitting its stride which comes as no surprise. Who has the time to trawl through pages of duff stuff before they get to the goodies? Vestiaire Collective cottoned onto this early, with its very French marketplace of heritage and high fashion accessories and collectable cult brands.

When I fancy indulging my habit for pre-worn Celine, Dinh Van and APC, I head to Vestiaire Collective first. Continue reading

Brompton Cross: the revival

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All of a sudden, Brompton Cross is back on my radar. The Conran Shop is flourishing again (seriously, you can do all your holiday shopping there in one mammoth swoop), Joseph is getting better and better and there’s an influx of international fashion arriving.

Acne and Jil Sander Navy appeared rather quietly not long ago, J Crew’s upper-end collections have recently arrived in Draycott Avenue (somewhat overshadowed by the pizzazz of Regent Street) and Carven opened the same week. Continue reading

Fornasetti’s fragranced windows

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Olfactory marketing is becoming more important as retailers try to appeal to all our senses. I love this idea from Fornasetti and Selfridges. If you pass their Christmas window – a hilly snowscape scene featuring a gigantic version of the Ortensia candle – you get a blast of Flora De Fornasetti emitted onto the street. Too fabulous!

Guest post: J Crew ups the ante in London with trio of flagship stores

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It’s finally here and DRG contributor Alison Bishop has given it a thorough going over. Here’s the verdict on J Crew, London-style…

It’s hard to find a brand that does classic preppy style with an insouciant mix of androgyny better than J Crew. And now it’s finally arrived in London with a trio of ‘flagship’ or ‘jewel box’ stores.

We first heard the news that J Crew had settled on Regent Street for its all-singing-all-dancing London debut about a year ago (what’s good enough for Burberry is good enough for J Crew, as the latter snapped up the former’s old home on London’s hottest tourist retail hotspot). Continue reading

Winser London: progress report

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Back in February, I ran a piece on the newly-launched Winser London. An online-to-offline fashion start-up founded by Kim Winser (former CEO of Pringle Of Scotland and Aquascutum), it specialises in luxed-up working wardrobe essentials at a friendlier price point than you’d expect. Supplementing the online offer are pop-up shops, so far in Gerrards Cross and Harvey Nichols. Nine months on, I caught up with Winser to find out how the first year of trading is going, what the challenges have been and what’s next for the brand… Continue reading

Beauty futures: What’s new and next in beauty?

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As you might have gathered, I love knowing what’s new and next when it comes to brands and retail and one of my favourite information resources is LS:N Global. The trends and insight network from The Future Laboratory covers global innovation from design, retail and lifestyle sectors and has a free blog called Seed *. Even better than the online content are the regular insight forums held at The Future Laboratory HQ in Shoreditch. Recently, I was invited to cover Beauty Futures, a jam-packed forum that focused on the beauty industry. Over six hours the LS:N Global team unpacked the emerging trends that will affect the way we shop for beauty over the coming years. Here’s my breakdown: Continue reading

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