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As social media continues to serve as an extension and reflection of the lives of consumers, it’s providing important insights into the evolution of fashion and beauty trends. Facebook IQ, the research arm of the social network, released its first annual trend report today, which highlights the most talked about subjects in fashion and beauty across Facebook and Instagram in 2017.
Hoping to imitate the success of Stitch Fix and reach new consumers, retailers including ThredUp and Gap are trying their hand at subscription box services. For e-commerce second-hand retailer ThredUp, the intention is to provide a new, thrift-focused service within the “try-before-you-buy” subscription box market.
The Limited is back, and this time it’s giving plus sizes another shot — learning its lesson after shuttering its in-house plus-size brand Eloquii in 2013. Though Eloquii and its disgruntled fans ultimately prevailed, raising $21 million dollars and forming its own independent company led by CEO Mariah Chase, The Limited didn’t fare so well.
Ankush Sehgal, CEO of the financial service Try, wants to create an online shopping experience that emulates brick-and-mortar, including the ability to try on clothing without a fee. “If you walk into a store, and you pick five or six items from the shelf, and you walk into a fitting room, you’re not thinking, ‘Oh, can I afford these six items right now?’” he said.
Sales are already underway for several brands looking to get a leg up on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as retailers continue the trend of elongated discounting. “Our merchants start to experience an increase in [sales from discounts] throughout the entire week leading up to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and we see sales start to level off a couple of days after Cyber Monday ...
When Melanie Mohr created the mobile shopping platform Yeay, she saw an opportunity to capitalize by merging two growing factors: the spending power of Gen Z and the proliferation of video. Similar to Musical.ly, which features user-generated lip-syncing videos, Yeay (pronounced “yay”) allows users to post short video clips shared through an app interface.
In order to avoid the demise of some of its fellow mall brands, American Eagle Outfitters is testing experiential retail with a temporary concept store set to launch in Manhattan’s Union Square. The shop, titled AE Studio, opens to the public on Nov. 10 with a focus on spotlighting the brand’s denim line.
While attempting to outsmart Instagram’s elusive algorithm is no easy feat, companies including Authentic Brands Group are employing tactics to get around tricky infrastructure designed to obscure promoted posts. Though Instagram does not share specifics about how the algorithm operates, fashion and beauty marketers have a general understanding that post placement within a us ...
Earlier this month, Instagram rolled out an interactive sticker within Stories that provides users with the opportunity to poll their audience. Though fashion and beauty brands have been slow to adopt the new feature, influencers have been quick to experiment with it to better engage with their audiences.
Though image-enabled search technology is gaining traction within the retail industry, it remains murky whether or not consumers will actually adopt it as a common practice in identifying products and making purchases. Visual search is becoming increasingly attractive for brands eager to experiment with new technologies in an effort to drive sales.
Grand restructuring plans captured by optimistic tag lines have become commonplace for luxury brands that have struggled to swiftly adapt to a changing consumer and retail landscape. In this series, we’ll break down the promises and analyze the progress of the different brands’ master plans to get back on track.
Though the average age of an Architectural Digest magazine reader is 53, the Condé Nast–owned publication is setting its sights on a wider demographic. On Monday, it launched a new website called Clever, dedicated to the age 18-34 cohort. The site echoes the aspirational tone of Architectural Digest, but with a more accessible approach and a focus on topics including small-sp ...
After working as a professional model for several years, Olya Ishchukova was starting to feel worn out by the financial insecurity. She moved from Russia to San Francisco in 2010, when she began taking marketing and public relations projects at tech companies to pay the bills. It was then she discovered she could supplement her salary with a lucrative side hustle: promotional event modeling.
Though content studios are becoming increasingly commonplace for media companies, Condé Nast is attempting to position its newly expanded 23 Stories as a standalone agency. The branded content arm of the company debuted in January 2015 as a one-stop shop to develop campaigns and distribute them throughout Condé Nast publications.
Since launching the beta mode of its new luxury platform in July, resale company ThredUp’s Luxe program is already on track to rake in $10 million dollars in sales by the end of the year. As it prepares to open to the public on Thursday, the challenge now is finding a way to scale. While fellow luxury retailers The RealReal and Vestiaire Collection were founded with the infra ...
The inspiration for Jason Wu’s first foray into lifestyle products was indubitably his love for Sharpies. While on a recent trip to Hong Kong, the designer spotted a display of Sharpie pens, chock-full of unique colors and packaging developed in collaboration with artists. It was then that he had the idea to expand Jason Wu into the lifestyle realm, with an upcoming collectio ...
A LinkedIn for creative people in industries including fashion and film is hoping New York Fashion Week will give it a shot in the arm. SohoMuse — created jointly by president and co-founder Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin and Leighton Webb, head of business development — is a members-only professional networking site designed to connect creatives across 11 verticals, including fa ...
Marchesa is using insights from Rent the Runway to inform its strategy for a brand-new apparel category: tops. Marchesa, best known for its ornate ballgowns and elaborate formalwear, is launching its first-ever collection of tops, available exclusively through the rental platform. According to Sarah Tam, svp of merchandising at Rent the Runway, the five-piece capsule collecti ...
As consumers increasingly turn to social platforms like Facebook and Instagram to shop, they expect to have customer service issues handled there, as well. Though developing methods to better manage shopper queries on social media platforms has been a significant focus area for retailers, they’re struggling to improve services and win over consumers.
The latest It bag is a bigger draw for millennials in the luxury shopping space than clothing. In the first half of 2017, full price sales of luxury handbags increased 22 percent, while scarf and hat sales rose as well, at 20 percent and 83 percent respectively, according to a report by retail analytics firm Edited that examined 30 major U.S. retailers that sell more than 5,000 brands.