China vs. USA, Masculine sensuality, Thrill of discovery, E-commerce reinvented, ANDAM goes to Vaccarello

Gucci Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Gucci

China vs. America: Who Loves Shopping More? (Forbes)
“Americans are portrayed as the world’s ultimate consumers… But a new survey says that consumers in China were more than twice as likely as Americans to not only enjoy clothes shopping, but to love it… They’re consuming in a particularly conspicuous, showy fashion.”

In Paris, Sensuality Saves the Day (NY Times)
“Maybe it’s too many hours on Twitter that causes people to reduce fashion shows to a check-off list of essentials, but whatever it is, writers at the spring men’s collections here were ticking the appropriate boxes: globalism, gender games, the new sobriety.”

Offering Web Buyers a Thrill of Discovery (NY Times)
“Many consumers would say the Internet has improved shopping… But have we lost the thrill of discovery? Shauna Mei, an entrepreneur… introduced AHAlife, a Web site that offers niche products suggested by a variety of ‘trendsetters and tastemakers.'”

Online shopping bought for you in store by actual people (Independent)
“A new company’s employees go shopping for you to reduce delivery times, packaging, and shipping fees. Suddenlee.com guarantees ‘next-day delivery from over 300 retailers in a single box’…  Items from different stores including Zara, H&M and Macy’s can be added together… To the same virtual shopping basket.”

Anthony Vaccarello Wins ANDAM Prize (The Cut)
“31-year-old Paris-based designer Anthony Vaccarello will receive €200,000, € 10,000 worth of Swarovski crystals for his spring 2012 collection, and mentorship from former Chloé CEO Ralph Toledano…Recent ANDAM winners include Giles Deacon, Gareth Pugh, and Hakaan.”