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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…)



Postive fashion: Unmade customised knitwear



Unmade customised knitwear
The dreaded Christmas jumper season is incoming and if there’s one thing I loathe, it’s novelty sweaters. If you want a standout sweater, why not design one yourself? It’s easier, and more affordable than you might think.

Just before London Fashion Week, I got the chance to explore the studios of Unmade, a pioneering London company doing radical things with knitwear. (more…)



Future Beauty trend report: Top 5 takeaways



Future beauty trends 3INA beauty concept

It’s ages since I’ve been to one of The Future Laboratory’s trend presentations and its Beauty Futures forum is always jam packed with insights, stats and mini Q&As. I recently attended the briefing for the next big things in beauty and wellness, so read on for my five top takeaways. (more…)



The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is a nifty GIF-making phone



Samsung Galaxy Note 7 gif phone

Smartphones, Sch-martpones! Do we still care? Or would we rather ditch all the notification angst and revert to the pre-iPhone age of clunky Nokias and Blackberry Bolds (who knew Kim K was still using one?)? (more…)