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.
Companies like Toms have become popular because they assuage the guilt of many in the wealthy world who buy their products, while doing little to address the root causes of poverty, argues Grant van Sant.
There is a real opportunity to rebuild local manufacturing in a commercially viable and scalable way, argues Janice Wang.
In brick-and-mortar stores, consumers can quickly check where garments are made before making a purchase, simply by looking at the label. Why don’t fashion e-tailers provide the same information?
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.
Fashion magazines need to upgrade their e-commerce experiences and make shopping their content more user-friendly, argues Renata Certo-Ware.
To maintain incentives for the kind of innovation that keeps Europe at the heart of the global fragrance industry, scents should be protected by intellectual property law, argues Kimiya Shams.
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.
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.
A resurgence of apparel manufacturing in the United States is highly unlikely due to simple economic realities, argues Edward Hertzman.
With growth slowing in key markets like China, luxury brands should examine the numbers, overcome their fears about image and turn their attention to Africa, argues Johanna Collins-Wood.