Former Madewell and J.Crew Designer Partners With Alex Drexler to Relaunch Alex Mill

Somsack Sikhounmuong is back.Photo: Courtesy of Alex MillThe names people most often associate with J.Crew (and its signature aesthetic) may be Jenna Lyons and Mickey Drexler, but there was another critically-acclaimed talent toiling away largely behind the scenes at the company for 16 years: Somsack Sikhounmuong. After heading up various design roles at both Madewell and […]

Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri Cares About Diversity, but Does He Really Get It?

Bizzarri opened up about Gucci’s blackface controversy during a talk in New York this week, but wasn’t able to completely assuage concerns.Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele with brand CEO and President Marco Bizzarri. Photo: Frazer Harrison/Getty ImagesWhen Gucci President and CEO Marco Bizzarri first agreed to sit down with Tim Blanks for Parsons‘s annual Marvin […]

Millennials Bought a Lot of Gucci in 2018

And with the house’s plans to push into cosmetics this year, they’ll probably buy a lot more.The Gucci Spring 2019 ad campaign. Photo: Glen Luchford, courtesy of GucciIt’s only Tuesday, but it’s already been a very long week for execs at Gucci. In the midst of dealing with a scandal with the potential to alienate […]

Rebag Raises $25 Million, With Plans to Rapidly Expand to 30 Stores

It also wants to become the Kelley Blue Book of luxury resale.Outside Rebag in Beverly Hills. Photo: Courtesy of RebagWe dubbed 2018 the year that resale went mainstream, and clearly that’s only continuing into 2019. Rebag and its investors are certainly betting on it. The Kyle Richards-beloved luxury resale destination known for handbags and for paying […]

At Stitch Fix, the Key to Improving the Plus-Size Market Is in the Data

The e-commerce player is freely sharing its valuable data with its brands to help them improve their extended sizing.Photo: Courtesy of Stitch FixThere’s no question that if there’s one area ripe with potential on the retail market, it’s in expanded sizing. But reaching plus-size customers isn’t as easy as continuing to scale up existing patterns […]

Thinking Like a Tech Company Spurred Fine Jewelry Brand Mejuri’s Remarkable Growth

And attracted the investor that backs Goop and Farfetch.Photo: Courtesy of MejuriMejuri founder Noura Sakkijha has big aspirations, but she’s not afraid to fail. In fact, she welcomes failure — and even sees it as a crucial learning tool in doing business.“We nurture a culture of experimentation and we expect failure in a lot of our […]

How Fashion Brands Can Create a More Sustainable End-to-End Retail Economy

To survive in the current fashion industry, companies must provide transparency beyond the surface level.With the realization that today’s shoppers quite literally wear their values on their sleeves, the fashion industry spent 2018 getting more serious about sustainability. From real fur becoming a fashion faux pas to the rise of the luxury rental and resale […]

Hey, Quick Question: Why Is the Auto Industry So Obsessed with Fashion?

Simply put, aligning your product — whether it’s a car or a handbag — with a glamorous lifestyle is just good marketing.A look from the Fall 2019 Versace Men’s runway show. Photo: ImaxtreeWhen Michael Kors purchased Versace to become Capri Holdings back in September, there was a reasonable assumption that Versace would nod to its new American […]

A New Crop of Retailers All Want to Become ‘the Sephora of CBD’

Three just-launched online marketplaces are seeking to cure the ails of modern life via the trendy, cannabis-derived ingredient.Photo: Courtesy of Fleur MarchéOn the one hand, CBD is nothing new. One of two cannabinoids in the cannabis plant that has been the subject of any recent substantial research (the other, THC, is the one that gets […]

LVMH Had Another Record-Breaking Year for Sales in 2018

Fashion and leather goods — by the likes of Louis Vuitton and Dior, specifically — are still bringing in big bucks for the luxury conglomerate.A leather handbag from the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring 2019 runway show in Paris. Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty ImagesAfter posting a record-breaking year of sales in 2017, LVMH has outdone itself […]