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Sad times for Barneys



Barneys by Jean-Philippe Delhomme

It’s a sad week for Barneys, which has just filed for bankruptcy. I still remember reading about this mythical store in the early 90s, and then visiting on my first trip to New York. It seemed impossibly chic and glamorous in a 90s minimalist way; I remember buying a Prada tie with my then boyfriend from the downtown NY store and feeling at the centre of the fashion universe! (more…)



Ask Alison: Is it time for indie beauty brands to get in on duty free shopping?



Niche beauty Duty Free airport beauty Dezeen

Earlier this week, independent beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury made its airport retail debut at World Duty Free in London Heathrow. The week before, the eponymous brand was one of four indie beauty companies (alongside Anastasia, Hourglass and POLA) to be showcased within the DFS downtown store T-Galleria at Galaxy, Macau.

It’s about time these types of self-made or direct-to-consumer beauty upstarts joined the action within the travel retail space. (more…)



Can Verishop solve the ecommerce discovery conundrum?



Can Verishop solve the ecommerce discovery conundrum

Anyone tried Verishop? The new anti-Amazon e-com platform (from former Snap Inc. exec, Imran Khan) is an online marketplace that aims to give a much more elevated experience than the soulless functionality of Amazon.

Pitched as ‘affordable luxury’ for young customers looking for contemporary brands, it’s banking on 24/7 customer service to entice customers, with free shipping and returns, making up the margins with lower marketing spend. (more…)



The DRG Style Index: Dior, Goodhood, Harrods, Comme des Garçons and more…



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

DIOR MEN SS20
Dior menswear SS20
One of my SS20 menswear highlights (again) was Dior, whose creative director, Kim Jones continues to play with ‘feminine’ tropes like organza and embroidery in its menswear shows. My favourite: this embroidered organza bomber covered in painstakingly hand-pleated swirls – immaculately replicated in the hair. (more…)