Kovert jewellery to the rescue of the over-connected and tech-tired

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2015 might be the year I stage my own digital detox intervention. I seriously don’t think I can take one iota more of online over-stimulation. To help us all, there’s Kovert, a line of fine jewellery designed to assist us in managing our tech-obsessed lives. Launched by tech-consultant-turned-entrepreneur, Kate Unsworth, it’s the ‘wearable’ for people who want less, not more connectedness.

“I decided to create a range of connected jewellery that tries to offer a shield from today’s always-on, hyper-connected world of emails and social media updates,” said Unsworth at the press launch two weeks ago. “It’s about having time out for reflection, some ‘me-time’, but still being available to key people in your life if it’s an emergency or there’s something important going on.”

Her solution is a capsule line of ‘smart’ jewellery (rings, necklaces, bracelets) whose standout feature is a removable ceramic stone that’s actually a programmable micro tech pack. Key words or names are coded to produce discreet vibrations when the wearer receives a relevant message, meaning that you can leave your phone behind, but wear this for absolute emergencies.

Think it has potential? There’s certainly been a lot of buzz and you can decide for yourself when it launches exclusively at Net-a-Porter.com in January.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES: Kovert

On trial: Google Glass for Yves Saint Laurent Beauté make-up lesson

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Last week, I donned my beauty editor hat to try out the new Google Glass makeup lesson service at YSL Beauté in Selfridges. The service launched earlier this year in the US and has worked its way to London, exclusively at Selfridges.

HOW IT WORKS
You book an appointment which costs £30 (redeemable against purchase). I had my appointment with the charming Fred Letailleur, YSL’s head of make up for northern Europe, who is not only an expert make-up artist, but is now a master Google Glass user. Which is a considerable combination that needs extreme focus. Not only does the make-up artist have to concentrate on what they’re doing to your face, but they’re also operating a tiny camera (embedded inside the ‘glasses’) with discreet movements, and engaging with the customer – answering questions, making you feel at ease etc. Continue reading

VIDEO: On YSL, Google Glass and the future of beauty retail

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You’ve got to hand it to Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, it has come up with a really smart way of using Google Glass. Back in September it introduced its hi-tech take-home tutorials to Bloomingdales (below), in which its make-up artist wielded his magic paints and brushes on customers, while simultaneously filming the one-to-one consultation using Google Glass. Continue reading

WIRED Retail 2014: My top 5 takeaways

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This year’s WIRED Retail (supported by digital marketing agency Valtech) was a winning combination of all my favourite elements – fashion, retail, social and curation. We’ve been talking about these subjects a hell of a lot lately but certain messages are being crystalised. Among last Monday’s speakers were the founders of Lyst, Farfetch and RewardStyle, as well as Google UK’s Peter Fitzgerald, Etsy’s VP of business development Nicole Vanderbilt, Instagram’s Tracy Yaverbaun and Depop’s CEO, Runar Reistrup. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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

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

What to expect from WIRED RETAIL 2015

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Luxury conferences and tech conferences are all the rage so it’s no surprise whatsoever to see Conde Nast stepping up its conference game. Continue reading

The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS

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The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP

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Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…) Continue reading

Le Monde D’Hermes and a house of scarves

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Who needs expensive glossies when you can pick up this standard of editorial excellence free from an Hermes store? The autumn-winter 2014 issues of Hermes’ magazine has a feel of The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man, both in the handsome casting and styling of its womenswear shoots (this one’s shot by Julia Hetta and styled by Camille Biddault-Waddington) and in the quiet and precise mood of its men’s accessory shoot… Continue reading

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