Nike Fuelband for the luxury millenial

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Vanessa Friedman wrote about wearables in the FT yesterday, suggesting that tech companies need to get fashion people on board if they want their wearables to look halfway decent. I’d say Nike is ahead of the curve in this sense, it’s just released its Nike FuelBand SE in a very luxe-looking black version accented with rose gold.

While it’s previous Fuelbands were neon-hued and perfect for the American Apparel-clad youth market, this understated version is more suited to sophisticated millennials and their elders. That’s a lot of boxes ticked…

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Buy it now: Gucci’s all-year-round bag

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Christmas jumpers and knitted onesies? Please, I have no truck with that. I’m already in new-season mode, more specifically Resort – AKA the season that keeps on giving. The beauty of Resort is its non climate-dependant versatility. Slouchy parkas, leather trench coats, suede pencil skirts – they’re all relevant, all the time. 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.

 

Contrasts and contradictions at the London Edition hotel

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Does London really need another luxury hotel? Probably not, but the new London Edition in Berners Street hopes to offer something different. Berners Street is an odd one. At one end is the Sanderson Hotel and Alison Jacques Gallery while the other boasts the not-so-posh end of Oxford Street and the Topshop HQ. Continue reading

Retail remix – thoughts running through my head

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This is just me emptying my head of all the nuggets of retail biz info I’ve picked up lately. 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

T.M. Lewin X The Sartorial 7

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Top marks to UK tailors and shirtmakers T.M. Lewin and fashion collective The Sartorial 7 (who I’m afraid I had never heard of until now) for producing this very slick and handsome mini film. Seven young British guys suited up and going for pie and mash should look cheesy as hell but the cinematography by Jack Flynn is beautiful. Continue reading

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

First look at Joseph SS14

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2014 will be a big year for Joseph. Having just celebrated its 40th anniversary, next year will mark its returns to the LFW catwalk. I have extremely high hopes. Having just seen the SS14 look book and collection, I can promise a return to the fashioned-up basics and utilitarian tailoring that Joseph is loved for.

The styling here is great, and very reminiscent of Joseph’s 90s heyday. We’ve all seen this look imitated lately by Celine, Stella et al, but Joseph did it the first time around, along with Helmut and Jil. Right down to the too-short pants (Joseph always cut a mean trouser), pool slides (styled by Jane How) and grunge-luxe make-up (shoutout to my girl Shinobu). Judge for yourself…

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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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