In-Store Tech, Sales Driver or Hype?

Blank displays atop mannequins at H&M in Times Square | Photo: Rachel Arthur for fashionandmash.com

Fashion retailers are increasingly integrating slick interactive technology into their physical flagships. But is all this in-store technology actually making the tills ring or merely providing opportunities for short-term PR?

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Retailers’ Christmas Cheer Tempered by Fragility of Recovery

Regent Street, London | Source: Shutterstock

PARIS, France — Retailers in Europe are predicting their best Christmas since the financial crisis, though optimism is laced with caution in the face of rising e-commerce and early discounting in a fragile economic recovery.

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Questioning fashion copyrighting, Chinese forays, Lanvin for H&M, Esprit’s decline, Revamping John Lewis

Canal Street AF1, created to drive counterfeit awareness | Source: Kicks on fire

Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains? (NY Times) “Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous.  The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry gets richer – and creates new designs more frequently. So why on earth would anyone want to change that?” Luxury brands wrest back China market, eye smaller cities (Reuters) “Many piled into China over the last decade, pairing with re-sellers and joint

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Next for Hermès, John Lewis bounces back, The Balmain template, YSL’s tomorrow, Remembering Gianni

What’s Next: Luxury Products (WSJ) “Pierre-Alexis Dumas embraces innovation. But as the sixth-generation member of his family to lead, in his case, the creative end of the French luxury house Hermès, he must uphold tradition, as well.” John Lewis Adds to Evidence Of February Sales Bounce (NY Times) “Bellwether retailer John Lewis posted another double-digit percentage rise in weekly sales as wet weather

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Benetton’s middle age, Shifting luxe behaviour, Valuing brands, John Lewis thrives online, Crowdsourcing fashion

Benetton’s Faded Colors (Time) “Benetton, which had sales last year of about $3 billion, hasn’t gone away. The ads for its United Colors of Benetton stores are tamer and its growth less stellar, but even in middle age — the brand turned 43 this year — Benetton is proving itself to be a case study in business management.” Luxe Market Faces Wealth of Challenges (Adweek) “With economic conditions

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J. Crew expands, February brightens, Simon Fuller launches style site, YSL’s shoulder, John Lewis profits fall

J.Crew A/W 09, courtesy of J Crew

Despite Fourth-Quarter Loss, J. Crew Sees Room to Grow (WWD) “Tightfisted consumers and rising costs may have pushed J. Crew Group Inc. to a $13.5 million loss in the fourth quarter, but the retailer still has cautious expansion.” (Subscription required) Has spring sprung for US retailers? (Just-Style) Though February sales have improved, this is an unlikely sign of a total recovery. Simon Fuller to launch fashion

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