The Gatekeepers Who Hold the Keys to Japanese Fashion

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Today, BoF examines Japan’s ‘madoguchi,’ the bicultural point people who play the critical role of scout, market researcher, mediator, cultural ambassador, interpreter and deal broker for Western businesses seeking out the most exciting niche labels in Tokyo’s often impenetrable fashion landscape.

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The Long View | When Computers Know How You Feel

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The rise of emotionally-aware or ‘affective’ computing is set to change the way machines understand and interact with people. BoF speaks with Rana el Kaliouby, co-founder and chief technology officer of MIT-spinoff Affectiva, to understand what’s possible and the implications for the business of fashion.

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The Long View | Big Data Will Change All Aspects of the Fashion Industry

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier | Source: Courtesy Photo

Big data is set to fundamentally change the way we understand the world and make decisions. BoF speaks with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier, authors of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think to understand the forces at play and the implications for fashion.

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Market Pulse | China Slowdown Casts a Cloud

Savigny Luxury Index April 2013 | Source: Savigny Partners

LONDON, United Kingdom — The Savigny Luxury Index (“SLI”) lost 1.5 percent in April, underperforming the MSCI World Index (“MSCI”) by almost two percentage points. Luxury spending in Europe has been hit by a drop in tourist demand, as well as price increases by brands seeking wider margins. The unusually cold weather, particularly in March, also contributed to weak demand for Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collections.

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