Local businesses set to challenge Amazon,adding 4bn to High St sales

Local businesses set to challenge Amazon,adding 4bn to High St sales

Ahead of Small Business Saturday (3rd December , retail tech start-up NearSt, which makes finding items in local shops easier than buying on Amazon, has today expanded its offering to consumer electronics, DIY goods, health & beauty products, sportswear, stationery, toys and gift shop services. The astronomical growth in ‘near me’ searches (over 146% year-on-year1) means NearSt are now best placed to revitalise local shops on UK high streets, who can add over £4bn in sales2 by connecting the items they sell to the smartphones of people searching for them nearby.

NearSt’s technology, called NearLive, enables any shop to set-up and start selling real-time inventory to shoppers through its website/app and directly in Google Search in less than 10 minutes. Shoppers simply search for something they want, see where it's in stock nearby, and in a few taps order it for 1-hour delivery or instant collection.

Woolrich Inc. and Woolrich Europe Announce Merger

Woolrich Inc. and Woolrich Europe Announce Merger

Woolrich Inc., America’s oldest outdoor clothing company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of outdoor lifestyle apparel, and Woolrich Europe, licensee of the trademark for Europe and Asia, owned by W.P. Lavori in Corso, jointly-announced today the completion of an agreement to merge into Woolrich International, a new holding company responsible for leading and accelerating the future growth and development of the Woolrich brand, both in the North American market and worldwide.

The newly-formed company, Woolrich International will be headquartered in London and will coordinate the operating offices in New York City, Woolrich Pennsylvania, and Bologna and Milan, Italy. 

Woolrich International, at the end of the 4 years strategic plan, aims to be listed through an IPO in a prominent international stock market with the purpose to sustain the second growth phase on the emerging markets with superior potential. The execution of the IPO will be evaluated even considering possible strategic alliances which can accelerate the implementation of the 2017-2020 plan. 

Replay launches Touch jeans

Replay launches Touch jeans

Replay has launched a new model of jeans where the fabric gives the wearer a second skin effect. The jeans called ‘Touch’ provides performance through stretch-ability same as the Replay Hyperflex model, whilst taking it a step further and giving its wearer a one size slimmer effect. Due to the ‘Recall’ fabric technology by ISKO, no creases appear when wearing the jeans either. The latter have a feminine finish with buttons and rose gold finishings.

All four fits are skinny but give variety in a cropped, low-waist, high-waist and super high-waist styles. Colour palette comes in indigo blue, grey, black and white.

La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit event

La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit event

International luxury lifestyle and polo brand La Martina will is hosting its first ever brand and retail conference in Milan today and tomorrow. La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit is a two-day event for La Martina retailers, exploring the evolution of the retail industry by bringing together the world’s most renowned experts in retail business, digital transformation and beyond. 

With the ever changing landscape of the global economy, the retail world is constantly challenged to adapt to emerging markets and trends. The guest speaker line up for the inaugural event includes a raft of industry leaders who will take on these themes:

&middot          Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion

&middot          Giovanni Gagnoli, CEO of Bain Italy<>

&middot          Piers Fawkes, CEO & Founder of PSFK

&middot          Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group

&middot          Francesco Morace, sociologist and writer

&middot          Simone Moro, alpinist and adventurer

Lando Simonetti, Founder of La Martina, says of the global summit: “We have learned so much over the past few decades and we want the opportunity to share our experiences with the industry. At the end of the day we are all in the same business and the changing economy impacts us all; this Global Retail Summit offers a platform for new ideas and new ways of thinking."

GDS A/W 17-18 edition

GDS A/W 17-18 edition

Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories (GDS) will soon present its current Autumn/Winter 2017/18 collections, season highlights and inspirations in Düsseldorf from 7th to 9th February 2017.

The three well structured Lifestyle Worlds Highstreet, Studio, Pop international collections, the GDS Trend Programme and informative events will all be presented during the event.

The GDS Trend Spots are trend forums for shoes and accessories in the current ordering season. Seasonal themes will be visualised in exciting trend installations. While the Trend Spots provide ideas for visual merchandising at the POS, the GDS Trend Codes like topical shoe and accessory trends can be combined with the most important “fashion must-haves” of the season. Furthermore the Trend Info event organised by magazine TextilWirtschaft will provide an overview of the coming seasonal trends. At Modeurop Fashion Forecast trend expert Marga Indra-Heide will present the trends of the more distant future. The step* Trend View event by and with Karolina Landowski will show key insights into the most important fashion tendencies.

G-Star appoints its new CEO duo

G-Star appoints its new CEO duo

G-Star has appointed its new CEO duo. Patrick Kraaijeveld (former chief commercial officer) and Rob Schilder (former chief operations officer) will take on the roles of co-CEO’s. Both Kraaijeveld and Schilder are long-term employees at G-Star. The brand’s CEO for the past 27 years, Jos van Tilburg, will remain within the company as chairman on the board, focusing on strategic level operations.

Siwy denim collaborates with with lulu laboratorium

Siwy denim collaborates with with lulu laboratorium

Los Angeles based premium denim brand Siwy has announced its first ever collaboration with contemporary art/fashion curators, Lulu Laboratorium Miami and owner/founder Elie Akiba to take place during Miami Art Basel on December 1st till 4th, 2016.
With its electro-eclectic aesthetic, the gallery is well-known for its exhibit and display of creative youthful talents, Lulu Labortorium has recruited artists to design and paint custom artwork on the back of Siwy’s limited edition collector’s denim jacket. Rock and Roll with a modern twist, the denim jackets will be on display at Lulu Laboritorium as part of its Wynwood Stock series of events during Art Basel. The participating artists range from painters, to vinyl and graffiti artists, including Lola Blu , Skott Marsi , Domingo Zapata , Lobyn Hamilton , AP Collection , Jumping Bull , and more.
In conjunction with the partnership, Siwy’s limited edition collector’s denim jacket, created as the canvas for the artists, will be available for purchase at the gallery.


Alberto opens first retail storeAlberto opens first retail storeAlberto opens first retail store

Alberto opens first retail store

The trouser specialist from Mönchengladbach, Germany, has opened its first store in its hometown.

The brand adopted the theme ‘Buy your pants local’ and opened the retail space in October on 130m2.

The new store should help to test new sales models, which should then benefit Alberto’s retail partners. It almost creates a concept store experience, with cups and other small items being on sale, but with the pant in the spotlight.

The interior design is created around the term ‘flexibility’, modular furniture that can be changed from day to day, a big flat screen can create different moods through movies or greet individual clients, as well as wall space that can feature a different image and therefore change the store’s atmosphere.

Alberto especially focuses on high-quality sales engagement, the sales staff goes so far as to even cycle to the warehouse, should a size be out of stock and needed by a client. Alberto also implemented a loyalty system, which allows entry to exclusive events and opening hours as well as discounts and the chance to participate at a pre-shopping.

On top of this, Alberto wants to revive the historic center of Mönchengladbach and opening the store in its location is the first step in that direction. 

Mustang A/W 2017 collectionMustang A/W 2017 collection

Mustang A/W 2017 collection

Mustang is based on a fundamental denim philosophy, which places naturalness and originality at the forefront. The A/W 2017 collections are supplemented by a perfectly coordinated lifestyle offer, which completes the range of denim with shoes, leather, bodywear and accessories.

The women’s collection is defined by a new generation of stretch materials in the trousers area. The especially feminine fit allows the focus to go on high-waist shaping fabrics. Even in the colder months, the ankle can flash out from the cropped denim and establish itself as an important styling tool for this season.

Ethnic influences from South Africa as well as decorative elements such as embroidery, are mixed with sport-influences from the 90s

This season also has a special focus on the details: buttons, embroidery, zipper and labels have been reinterpreted and give each jeans a distinctive look. Another highlight of this season is Mustang’s "Soft & Perfect" program. For this, high-performance materials have been developed to shape and support the curves of the woman without restricting freedom of movement.

The key pieces for men’s F/W 2017 season are cropped denims made from firm stretch materials. The very authentic fabrics and the loose and shortened fit stand for a really relaxed look – especially nicely implemented with the brand new "Bonneville" fit. Denim jackets with hand-written prints on the back are the main features in the range of tops. Knitwear is all about heavy indigo dyed knits.

Mustang places emphasis on soft cotton qualities in structured optics as well as new fabrics which look like wool but can be worn like denim. The Mustang man combines authentic jeans in shortened silhouette with uni-colored tops and a vintage denim jacket this season He has edited individually. Authentic menswear colors make the palette for this season: navy, khaki, black, grey and some shades of brown and red.

Pitti announces its theme for A/W 2017

Pitti announces its theme for A/W 2017

For their A/W 2017 edition, taking place in Florence from January 10th till 13th 2017, Pitti Uomo will hold it around the theme ‘Dance Off’. ‘“Pitti Dance Off” says Agostino Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine, “is an invitation to express your body and your own style. The edition will look at the way that dance can present ultimate diversity and freedom, the same way fashion does. Pitti Dance Off will be interpreted with the usual ironic touch, the settings will invade the Fortezza da Basso with a street dance rhythm and in step with its contests, with a set design and layout curated by architect and designer Oliviero Baldini. Pitti Immagine has also launched a special #PittiSign, a small distinctive salute that symbolizes the initials of Pitti Immagine. A gesture destined to spread virally and to be shared on Pitti Immagine’s social networks, identifying the fairs for the winter season.

The theme is interpreted by the new Pitti Uomo 91 digital art project: Pitti Immagine’s collaboration with talented video makers also continues with the production of the digital art project that accompanies the advertising campaign for the fairs.