Hey, Quick Question: Has ‘Store’ Become a Dirty Word in Retail?

Pop-ups, experiences and showrooms are on the rise. Stores? Not so much.A Mejuri showroom in Toronto. Photo: Courtesy of MejuriWelcome to our column, “Hey, Quick Question,” where we investigate seemingly random happenings in the fashion and beauty industries. Enjoy!Physical retail isn’t dead, only evolving. While some retailers have filed bankruptcy proceedings and closed stores en […]

Factory Tour: Inside Catbird’s Hybrid Office and Jewelry Studio

The 15-year-old indie brand and retailer moved its headquarters from Williamsburg to growing business hub Brooklyn Navy Yard.Welcome to our series Factory Tour, where we take you inside the manufacturing facilities of some of our favorite brands to find out how the clothes we buy are actually made. Next up: Catbird, a Brooklyn-based indie brand […]

9 Subscription Rental Services That Will Disrupt Your Shopping Habits

Featuring some of your favorite brands and retailers.Nuuly campaign photo. Photo: Courtesy of NuulySince its launch in 2009, if anyone mentioned fashion rental services, Rent the Runway was the first thing to come to mind. Without any real competition, the company became the go-to for women looking to wear for a special occasion without the […]

Farfetch Acquires Off-White, Heron Preston Parent Company New Guards Group

Farfetch will use their capabilities to create the “brands of the future.”Off-White Men’s Spring 2020. Photo: ImaxtreeAlongside strong second-quarter earnings (revenue grew 43%), Farfetch announced a major acquisition on Thursday afternoon: It has purchased 100% of New Guards Group, the Milan-based parent company of Off-White, Heron Preston and Palm Angels in a deal valued at […]

A Physical Space for Instagram Brands: Is This the Future of Retail?

Could Re:store, a VC-backed “WeWork for brands” in San Francisco, be the next Barneys?Selene Cruz at Re:store. Photo: Courtesy of Re:storeBarneys New York may have bought itself more time after its recent bankruptcy filing, but that doesn’t change the fact that, over the years, the luxury retailer has lost some of its relevance as one […]

Why Sustainable Swimwear Is Everywhere Now

“It’s easy to imagine a world, particularly swimwear, where virgin qualities and virgin materials become obsolete.”To kick off Paraiso at Miami Swim Week, showgoers attended the inaugural Upcycle Challenge. Hosted by The Upcycle Project, a program that encourages upcycling by providing fashion schools with discarded textiles and garments, the competition paired specially selected fashion students […]

Why Womenswear Brands Are Getting Into Menswear — and Whether It’s a Good Thing

The demand is up, and the supply seems to be following suit — that’s all good news, right? It depends on how you look at it.Jacquemus’s Spring 2020 menswear runway. Photo: Arnold Jerocki/WireImageAs if men don’t have enough already, one of fashion’s biggest trends as of late involves a burgeoning market of womenswear designers entering […]

With a Range of ‘Clean’ Products That Cost $25 or Less, Apto Skincare Wants to Democratize Beauty

Next stop: Walmart.Photo: CourtesyMarta Cros is a beauty entrepreneur two times over. She first launched The Ritualist in 2015, around the time when at-home beauty services like GlamSquad were starting to take off. A year in, the company that brought facials to customers’ front steps started experimenting with creating its own line of products.ADVERTISEMENTThanks for […]

Meet Ffora, a Chic Accessory Line for Wheelchair Users

Created by Parsons graduate and Eileen Fisher alum Lucy Jones.Photo: Courtesy of FforaWhen you consider that the fashion industry cranks out about 100 billion pieces of clothing a year according to some estimates, it’s mind-boggling that the roughly 59 million Americans living with disabilities have so few options tailored to their needs. Yet this is a reality […]

Wake Up, Sheeple: Brands Are Losing Money Off of Fake Influencer Followers

Over $1 billion, to be exact.Photo: ImaxtreeAs influencer marketing becomes an increasingly important pillar for brands and their budgets — spending is forecasted to hit $10 billion by 2020, up from $8.5 billion in 2019 — there’s a chance that these businesses could be losing substantial money due to influencer fraud, according to a global economic […]