Weekly Industry Brief: 9.6.2016

Check out the industry’s headlines from the week.  Sources are in the hyperlinked text. Ciao!

Brand/Retailer

  • TopShop the latest to join runway-to-retail move. Link
  • Target’s omni-channel target. Link
  • Intermix opens its first concept store. Link
  • First look at Abercrombie’s new branding. Link
  • Club Monaco joins NYFW schedule with shoppable presentation. Link
  • Crew to launch new line at Nordstrom. Link
  • Aritzia seeks to raise about $232M in initial offering. Link
  • Inside the reinvention of Saks Fifth Avenue. Link
  • Fabrics that pass heat but not light may keep people cool in the summer. Link
  • ASOS to pay 20M pounds to rival retailers. Link
  • Crew shows no signs of improving in first half of the year. Link
  • Consortium submits bid to save 229 Aeropostale stores. Link
  • American Girl Dolls coming to a Toys R Us near you. Link
  • Lululemon set to open smaller, hyper-local stores. Link
  • Starbucks is testing weekend brunch. Link

Marketing/Social

  • This fashion week, Google gets a new look. Link
  • Prada to focus on online, social to grow sales. Link
  • Snapchat will hit nearly $1B in ad revenue by the end of 2017. Link
  • Facebook created the digital equivalent of a coupon drawer. Link
  • Stadiums update location tracking to feed ad exchanges. Link
  • Ann Taylor joins Snapchat with a shopping strategy. Link

Startup/Emerging Tech

  • Smashbox goes behind the scenes of a photo shoot with its foray into VR. Link
  • Lowe’s launches retail robots. Link
  • Michael Kors brings really, really big design to Android Wear. Link
  • Yelp invites hackers to expose vulnerabilities through bug bounty program. Link
  • How Rebecca Minkoff keeps disrupting the fashion industry. Link

International

  • China’s luxury consumer moves online, brands follow. Link
  • Lululemon helps China’s affluent young professionals warm up to an active lifestyle. Link
  • German retail sales rise 1.7% in July. Link
  • Amazon expands Dash into the U.K., Germany and Austria. Link
  • Outlet malls booming in China as department stores feel the pinch. Link

 

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