Looking Back at SXSW Interactive

AUSTIN, United States — Sometimes described as ‘spring break for geeks,’ the annual SXSW Interactive conference is a 5-day whirlwind of panels, presentations, parties, product launches, ‘hackathons’ and happy hours. This year’s conference was said to have attracted more than 25,000 attendees, ranging from tech entrepreneurs to agency executives, to this progressive Texan city with a budding start-up culture of its own, for what, at

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E-Commerce Week | The Rise of New Business Models

Modcloth screenshot | Source: Modcloth

In Part I, we examined the innovations and infrastructural advances that have improved the historically poor economics of e-commerce and set the stage for a renaissance in online retail. Today, we explore some of new and exciting business models taking shape, the companies exploiting them and the challenges they face. SAN FRANCISCO, United States — For years, e-commerce suffered from capital inefficiencies and complexities that

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Farhi sells majority stake, Missing on mobile, Nike pays out, Virtual dressing room, Self-service

Nike Make It Count 2012 | Source: Sneaker Trust

Farhi Sold (Vogue) “Nicole Farhi is on the cusp of a new wave of business expansion after private equity group Kelso Place Asset Management acquired a majority stake in the company. Kelso Place, which sold British luxury leather goods company Smythson in 2009, bought the stake from OpenGate Capital, which only acquired Farhi in 2010 for £5 million.” High-End Brands Are Missing the Boat on Mobile, Study Finds (Mashable)

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Mobile allure, LVMH grows Hermès stake, Nike’s brand power, Eye for design, Sophie Theallet

Rue La La Screen Shot | Source: Rue La La

Online retailing: The mobile allure (FT) “The transparency and convenience of ‘mobile commerce’ have given Americans the upper hand over retailers, according to Mr Thompson, who echoes the connect-and-inspire ideology of Silicon Valley when he says: ‘The consumer ultimately holds all the power.’ Indeed, for many traditional retailers, rising competition from the internet has capped sales growth,

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Fast Retailing targets USA, Nike in China, Hyperluxury, Liz Claiborne reinvention, Jean Paul Gaultier on big screen

Uniqlo New York | Source: Covenants

Fast Retailing sets sights on US expansion (FT) “Fast Retailing is poised to expand aggressively in the US, where it is opening its largest Uniqlo store on Friday, as part of its plan to globalise operations rapidly and reduce dependence on its home market… Fast Retailing, which made its name selling high quality, affordable, casual clothes, is accelerating its overseas build-up, with plans to open 200 to 300 stores

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Prada’s sweetness, Worldwide demand for Nike, Milan’s first concept store, D&G to close, Kanye’s clothes

Prada Spring/Summer 2012 | Source: NY Times

The Roman Spring of Ms. Prada (On the Runway) “Miuccia Prada spent her summer vacation in northern Argentina. Karl Lagerfeld was at home in St.-Tropez, ducking camera-snapping tourists. Somehow, though, their spring collections brought us all to Italy, or at least our idea of an Italian holiday. Neither show was a movie-still occasion, but the cottony, upswept hair and glitter-coated eyelids at Fendi might make you think of a

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E-commerce on the rise in China, Ferragamo up, Sports and music buzz, Introducing Snapette, Fairy Godmother

Taobao | Source: Jing Daily

Online shopping is growing rapidly in China (BBC News) “Across China, online companies large and small are learning how to be effective e-commerce players – or fail like US goliath eBay, which was trounced by upstart Taobao back in 2006. In 2010, China’s online shopping industry had a turnover of $80bn, and grew 87% year-on-year. China’s 420 million internet users spend around a billion hours each day online

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Top 10 Fashion Films of the Season

LONDON, United Kingdom — According to network technology and services company Cisco, the number of people who watch web videos will surpass 1 billion by the end of 2010. By 2014, web video alone will account for 57 percent of all consumer internet traffic. Already, more than 2 billion videos are played each day on YouTube alone. With staggering statistics like these, it’s no surprise that fashion brands, both large and small, are investing in online video content, while agencies that represent commercial artists are urging their fashion photographers to reposition themselves as image-makers who can direct short films. But what makes a good fashion film? And are these the same primary concerns that go into a good fashion photograph?…

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What Fashion Brands Can Learn from Nike

NEW YORK, United States — Fashion brands are finally getting serious about digital media. But so far, their strategies have mostly focused on marketing and communications initiatives like interactive advertising campaigns, fashion films and live-streamed runway shows. Integrating digital technology into the core product offering remains a largely unexploited area of opportunity. Here, fashion companies can learn a lot from one of the world’s most digitally innovative brands: global sportswear giant Nike. Last month, to coincide with the start of the FIFA World Cup, Nike launched a three-minute film called “Write the Future”, featuring football superstars like Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba. According to web video analytics company Visible Measures “Write the Future” clocked a record 7.8 million online views…

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