Welcome to a new travel retail column for DRG by Alison Farrington aka The Retail Planner (TRP)
As global travel picks up again, we look at the business and shopping trends of the travel retail world. In particular, the beauty, fashion, accessories, and watches & jewellery categories, dipping into the product exclusives and digital strategies that often launch in Asia and give the rest of the world an idea of innovations coming soon.
DFS X WECHAT LIVESTREAM. If you’re getting ready for a Golden Week shopping trip at the end of this month in time for the Chinese autumn break, then DFS is a go-to retailer with downtown and airport locations in Hong Kong and Singapore among others. Whether you still shop in physical stores or not, if there’s one thing Covid has done for consumerism, it’s to accelerate the trend for live stream shopping and this has been especially prevalent across China via WeChat. Now DFS has joined the live stream party. (more…)
This new fast-meets-slow fashion collab from H&M* arrives in time for ‘back to school’ season.
Giuliva Heritage is an Italian tailoring brand specialising in timeless silhouettes and hand-finished details. Its capsule H&M collection featuring suiting, shirt dresses and layering knits made from eco conscious materials (including recycled wool and organic cotton) launches on 3rd September. (UPDATE: It’s launched! Shop the post below.)
While it’s doom and gloom in the world of retail (Selfridges is letting 450 staff go), I can’t help believing that there’s still life in the physical retail model. And now is the perfect time for some fresh thinking.
Nike has just built its new Paris flagship, a ‘House of Innovation’ (below) serving as a temple for its most loyal worshippers. As it moves away from the wholesale model to focus on selling directly to these loyalists from its own stores, its goal is to focus on full price products that die-hards don’t mind paying for. (more…)
I stumbled upon these snaps on Instagram. The preppy-street brand Noah just opened the Noah Noodle Shop in Osaka, Japan and isn’t it a beauty!
It’s a mighty tough time for physical retail in the world and Lord knows Japan has had its problems this year (don’t mention the Olympics), but this is a little slice of optimism in all the doom. (more…)