Week in Review | Valuing vintage, Dynamo Natalie Joos, Project PopUp competition, The need for speed

Week in Review June 25-29

The Art and Science of Valuing Vintage (Insight & Analysis)
Falling under the spell of a beautiful dress, a gorgeous pair of shoes or a well-crafted handbag is no strange feeling for followers of fashion. Falling in love with a piece that was first worn 30 years ago and has been waiting, it seems, just for you to discover it, is all the more rare.

The Creative Class | Natalie Joos (The Creative Class)
“Casting agents are typically a behind-the-scenes bunch whose hand in selecting the right faces for runway shows, editorial pages and advertising campaigns is largely invisible to the untrained eye. But get-up-and-go Natalie Joos is anything but typical.”

NYC and Mayor Bloomberg Launch Project PopUp, A Fashion Tech Start-up Competition (BoF Exclusive)
“Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in collaboration with Manhattan-based concept store STORY, founded by Rachel Shechtman, is set to launch Project PopUp NYC, a competition that offers the city’s most promising fashion retailers and technology start-ups the opportunity to win prizes including a temporary pop-up shop, PR and marketing support and valuable business mentoring to coincide with New York Fashion Week in September.”

Finding Your M.O. | Part 2: The Need For Speed (Opinion)
“When founding a company, one of the most important decisions you will make is how and when your company grows. Growing a young company is not an involuntary, linear process, like how a baby grows. Growth tends to happen in sizeable, step-up increments, like a set of stairs, based upon deliberate decisions you and your team make. The key is to balance careful planning with speed of execution.”

Pierre Bergé: “Yves died at the right time” (The Talks)
“I didn’t know very much about fashion at that time. I was a very close friend of Christian’s and of some other haute couture masters like Balenciaga, but for me fashion was not an art. In my eyes, it was just something to make money.”

Jil Sander Gets Her Groove Back (On the Runway)
“‘Don’t ask me why,’’ Jil Sander said with a laugh on Tuesday, when asked why she had decided, at age 68, to leave a comfortable retirement and return to the fashion fray.”

Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso: Fashion’s New Phenom (Forbes)
“In four years her spunky retail fashion site has streaked across the Web, pushing new ways to sell trendy but inexpensive clothing. The company is on its way to quadrupling sales this year to $128 million, racking up gross margins of more than 60%, up there with retail’s most profitable ventures.”