How direct-to-consumer brands and retail concepts are reshaping the industry, online and off.

Fashion and beauty start-up valuations appear to have stabilised after plunging last year, though it may be months or even years before many return to their old highs — if they ever do. But there are ways for emerging and established players to ride out the downturn.

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Warby Parker reported another quarter of growing sales and profit. The eyewear maker’s revenue grew 11 percent to $166 million in the second quarter of the year, and it generated $14 million in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation, up from $6 million a year earlier.

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