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Wired Retail 2017: 5 future trends for digital shopping



burberry augmented reality app illustrated by Danny Sangra

Here’s the latest ‘Ask Alison’ post from DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON, as she unpacks five key takeaways from this year’s Wired Retail conference, and how they will change your future digital shopping habits.

I’ll take the world of visual-culture and discovery-commerce over voice-activated replenishment shopping – thank you. The former feels like a fun Instagram Stories fuelled shopping spree, while the latter sounds like a boring, but necessary automated shopping list. Both have a place in the current online marketplace (more…)



At Sophie Hulme’s new pop-up, it’s personal



Sophie Hulme - Leather Letters Personalisation

I’ve witnessed some really bad examples of monogrammed fashion items lately; it’s actually quite a skill knowing how to add a name or initials to a garment or accessory. I like the way Sophie Hulme is doing it, with her new personalisation service. These appliqued leather letter placements (above) are part of her signature service that’s been unveiled at the equally new Burlington Arcade boutique. Made from stacked and compacted saddle leather, the raised letters sit on the surface of the bag making a visual statement. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Uniqlo U AW17



Uniqlo U autumn-winter 2017

The Uniqlo U AW17 collection has started to arrive in stores and online (the U.S has it already and the UK will get it at 8am on Thursday) and it’s always good to see how Christophe Lemaire marries classic ‘LifeWear’ with seasonal colours and silhouettes. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Glossier, Le Kilt, Colette and more…!



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands and industry stories currently buzzing on my radar…

1. GLOSSIER TO THE UK
Glossier UK launch
Am I the only person left who hasn’t tried Glossier? The 35 million dollar blogger beauty brand is finally extending its reach worldwide with a big buzz of coverage in the media last week. London is getting the first of the European push (exact date still tbc), which has come about thanks to Glossier’s phenomenally engaged social media fan base. (more…)