LONDON, United Kingdom — After much speculation, pure play luxury fashion e-tailer Net-a-Porter is, finally, set to add beauty to its offering with the launch, on March 20, of a highly curated selection of makeup, hair, fragrance, nail polish and skin care products.
Net-a-Porter editor-in-chief Lucy Yeomans talks to BoF about her decision to leave Harper’s Bazaar, blending commerce and content, her vision for Net-a-Porter’s new editorial presence, separation of church and state, the global fashion consumer and building the fashion magazine of the future.
British Fashion Gets a Web Dynamo (IHT) “This month Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-Porter and Internet guru to the fashion world, will throw her might behind London Fashion Week. As the newly appointed chairman of the British Fashion Council, she will use her power to promote designers not in their traditional role as funky and cool, but as major players in a global arena.” Carlyle, KKR among Maje, Sandro
The iPad effect: How to unite physical and digital worlds (FT) “Sales staff are using iPads featuring a range of digital technologies to encourage customers to play with and try on jewellery and watches virtually. One technology company has almost doubled in size in the past year to accommodate demand from watch, jewellery and luxury clients.” At Dior, Garden of Earthly Delights (IHT) “Flowers budding, blossoming,
PPR buys 51 per cent stake in Christopher Kane (Telegraph) “Following on from rumours which surfaced in November , the luxury conglomerate PPR has today confirmed that it has bought a 51 per cent stake in the business of London Fashion Week label Christopher Kane.” Net-A-Porter sees sales increase by 55 per cent (Telegraph) “Net-A-Porter, the online luxury fashion destination, experienced a 55 per cent rise in
The Business of Blogging | Into The Gloss (Fashion 2.0) “It’s the natural curiosity behind this approach, alongside the site’s impeccably professional aesthetics, that have made Into The Gloss one of the most compelling new voices in the fashion and beauty blogosphere with the potential to grow into a full-fledged media business for the digital age.” Retail Recon | Table of Contents is a ‘Three-Dimensional
Net-a-Porter CEO: It’s no secret we’re launching a major fashion magazine (Wired) “Online fashion retailer Net-a-Porter is planning to launch a printed magazine within the next 12 months, according to CEO Mark Sebba, speaking at the Business Leaders Network’s Making it Mobile event.” PPR, U.S. private equity firm talk on Redcats: sources (Reuters) “The Redcats mail order unit of French retail and
Today, Lawrence Lenihan, founder and managing director of FirstMark Capital, examines the burgeoning interest in fashion-technology startups. NEW YORK, United States — Fashion is an incredible industry. It’s sexy, it’s glamorous, it’s exciting. But it’s also incredibly complicated and the amount of change the Internet and other technology innovations will bring to this industry in the next decade will be mindboggling. Indeed, our
Today BoF founder Imran Amed examines the fruitful interaction between London’s rising technology and fashion scenes for Wallpaper* magazine, where a version of this article first appeared. LONDON, United Kingdom — London is a gilt-edged global hub for art and commerce. An undisputed heavyweight champ. But it is now also a genuine tech contender, a rise up the ranks that has been rapid and more than a little unlikely. When David
Sarah Rutson-Pang (The Creative Class) “With her striking looks and impeccable taste, it’s no surprise that Sarah Rutson-Pang is a permanent fixture in the front rows of Paris and Milan… As the fashion director of the highly influential Hong Kong-based luxury department store Lane Crawford, Rutson-Pang has the important — and sometimes difficult — job of educating and enticing the world’s largest group of luxury
LONDON, United Kingdom — Over the course of the last decade, traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, from Neiman Marcus to Macy’s, have seized the digital opportunity and built impressive online businesses, with web sales of apparel and accessories currently growing faster than any other e-commerce product category and expected to reach $40.9 billion in 2012, up from $34.16 billion in 2011, in the US alone, according to eMarketer.
Bags to riches: Anya Hindmarch interview (Telegraph) “Anya Hindmarch, an attractive woman and designer of desirable handbags and accessories, but one imbued with a political conviction as profound as the determination that has made her head of an expanding international business, with 54 shops worldwide and an annual turnover well in excess of £20 million.” International shoppers boost UK retail industry (Retail Weekly)
Could small be the new big for the fashion industry? (Guardian) “Small companies have proven to be leaders in innovation, particularly when it comes to re-engineering products or processes, and when trying brand new approaches. The UK trend forecasters, Index B, identify six major UK trends in its The Ones to Watch report 2012.” Windows of opportunity open among sales rails (Marketing Week) “Brands are using