Luxury brand hotels, Zara’s speedy secret, Uniqlo ambition, Ideeli investment, Game time

Bulgari Hotel London | Source: Prevue

Hautel Check-In: Luxury Labels Extend Brands to Hotels (Brand Channel)
“The U.S. economy is sputtering, and the European continent isn’t looking very bullish at the moment. But none of this seems to be terribly concerning to the luxury hotel market. There has been a spate of recent openings — hotel extensions of luxury brands — to prove it.”

Polka Dots Are In? Polka Dots It Is! (Slate)
“If you’ve ever shopped at Zara, the ubiquitous clothing chain, you may have noticed its trendy offerings are not just up-to-the-minute but up-to-the-instant… How does Zara do it? Operations. Supply chain management is the key to Zara’s corporate strategy.”

How Uniqlo Plans To Take Over Casual Fashion (Fast Company)
Uniqlo is gaining on Zara, H&M, and Gap as the world’s king of casual clothing. But can Tadashi Yanai ride toasty, dry underwear to $50 billion in revenue by 2020?”

Ideeli latest fashion e-tailer to gain investor backing (FT)
“Ideeli, the web retailer that specialises in online ‘flash’ sales of high-end luxury brands, announced on Thursday that is has raised $30m from several high-profile investors, including investment bank Credit Suisse.”

Fashion to Embrace ‘Social Gaming’ (WWD)
“Interactive gaming is shaping up to be fashion’s next frontier in the digital space after companies broadened their Web sites with editorial content, then mobile commerce and social commerce… ‘Gamification in fashion presents an enormous opportunity to communicate with and deeply engage loyal consumers.’”