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TRP Travel Retail Style Index: October 2020



Cartier Maillon de Cartier watch 2020

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.

WHAT’S THE FUTURE FOR DUTY FREE SHOPPING? A major story this month, the entire travel retail industry is reeling from the latest government news that duty free is set to be abolished in the UK for everything bar alcohol and cigarettes from 1 Jan 2020. (more…)



LVMH just bought Tiffany for $16 billion – so what now?



LVMH bought Tiffany for 16 billion dollars

Tiffany, a brand stuck in the 60s. Even has the colour scheme of that era. Truly perplexing why any company would pay this for a sinking ship.”

Ouch! LVMH is hoping to disrupt the above kind of thinking, a reaction to the recent news of its $16 billion Tiffany takeover deal. Hard luxury (watches and jewellery) is an interesting category and one that’s ripe for reinvention. Louis Vuitton has been amping up its high jewellery of late with the 2018 appointment of Francesca Amfitheatrof as its artistic director of watches and jewellery (coincidentally previously the design director at Tiffany) and a new line in fine jewellery. (more…)



Transitional neutrals: camel and red



Mat de Chanel Clair Obscur les 4 ombres
We may have experienced 23-degree temperatures and cloudless blue skies this weekend but the leaves have turned claret and the forecast is cooler. Time to shift into my autumn default mode of camel and red. Chanel is on board to ease the transition with its Le Mat de Chanel collection, including Clair Obscur, an all-matte quad of browns, complete with matte-black casing. (Is it me or is everything matte at the moment?)

Anyway, this fudge-y quad is a no-brainer if you’re going for classic grown up grooming (more…)



Buy it now: Farfetch X Uniform Wares



Farfetch Uniform Wares Disneyrollergirl by Joe Harper

Funny isn’t it, how despite our tech-invaded world, so many of us still prefer an old-school analogue watch over yet another screen clamped to our wrist. Or maybe not so funny. I’ve noticed that my younger digital native friends are getting fatigued by screen time and craving the simplicity of cash, books and classic timepieces.

Of course, most of us want both. That’s definitely the case for my generation, who grew up with analogue, but for the past ten years has had a foot in both camps. I love my tech devices but I’m equally cynical about them and appreciate that time passes more leisurely when I’m not reacting to endless notifications.

So this collaboration between Farfetch and watchmaker Uniform Wares is, er, timely. (more…)