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Arket’s curated archive wardrobe is a breath of fresh air in the toxic world of fast fashion



Arket women knitwear in the London Regent Street store

In an age where sustainability in fashion and provenance in food are starting to define how we choose to consume products, it’s refreshing to see a company building longevity and durability into a brand concept from the ground up. DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON reports.

Arket is a new retail brand from Swedish fashion giant H&M, but it is about as far away from ‘fast fashion’ as it’s possible to be. (more…)



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…)



Ask Alison: Do you speak Hermès?



Hermes launches Hermesistible microsite

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON BISHOP, on how Hermès is using playful storytelling to launch an accessories e-commerce microsite

Hermès has a playful answer to the emotive question of why we shop for luxury: irresistible whimsy.

Via its engaging and fun new website, Hermèsistible, the French luxury brand says ‘just give in to life’s temptations’ and, ‘go with your irrepressible desire’ to buy to that enamel silver bracelet or buckled leather cuff. (more…)



Ask Alison: What’s the deal with Insta-Fashion Week?



Misha Nonoo ss16 Insta Fashion show

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON BISHOP, on how the fashion industry is acclimatising itself to a Fashion Month season where insta-shows, influencer-clicks and on-demand eyeballs are the new goals.

LIVESTREAM OR BE DAMNED
Now that livestreaming has become commonplace and you may as well watch your favourite show at home out of the rain (in London), the focus has shifted to livestreaming with the added bonus of tracking followers. Since Periscope burst onto the scene in March this year, with Burberry, then Dunhill, Belstaff and Marc Jacobs all using the Twitter-owned platform to beam shows, backstage tidbits or Q&As to live global audiences, the industry is changing its mind about the question of exclusivity. (more…)