Op-Ed | Alibaba’s Catch-22

A Gucci wallet of unverified origin listed on Taobao | Source: Taobao

Stuck in a ‘catch-22’ in its relationship with luxury brands, Chinese e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba should take a page from Google, maximising revenue in the short term, while buying critical time to build enduring relationships with Western brands, argue Brian Buchwald and Joshua Neckes.

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Op-Ed | Finding My Next Move: Lessons Learned and Why Customisation is the Future

A piece from Giambattista Valli that can be customised on Tinker Tailor | Source: Tinker Tailor

Just over a year after leaving Moda Operandi, entrepreneur Áslaug Magnúsdóttir reflects on lessons learned, her new venture Tinker Tailor and why customisation is the next wave in fashion e-commerce.

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Op-Ed | Unmasking Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela couture A/W 2015 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Last week’s unveiling of Matthieu Blazy as Maison Martin Margiela’s head designer may have seemed like another casualty of the age of Instagram. But our modern over-exposed world is actually not a threat but an opportunity — if luxury brands can manage anonymity the right way, argue Joe McShea and Lucian James.

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Op-Ed | Having a Mission is Good for the World and Good for Business

A child wearing glasses donated by Warby Parker | Source: Warby Parker

Today, as Warby Parker announces a new milestone — distributing one million pairs of glasses to people in need — co-founder Neil Blumenthal argues that having a social mission is not only good for the world, but critical to attracting the top talent required to build a successful business.

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Op-Ed | Photoshopped Fashion Ads Should Be Labelled

(L) An outtake from the Lady Gaga photoshoot for Versace S/S 2014, leaked on fansite GagaDaily, and (R) the final campaign | Source: GagaDaily, Versace

The Photoshopped images that appear in fashion and beauty advertising cause emotional and physical health issues in young women. It’s time these images are accompanied by clear disclosures, argue Camilla Olson and Samantha Jensen.

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