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Digital snippets: adidas, Louis Vuitton, Neiman Marcus, Bitcoin, American Apparel

20 Jan

Here’s a highlight of the best stories in the fashion and tech space over the past couple of weeks…

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  • adidas launches Stan Smith pop-up store, includes 3D-printing station (as pictured) [Dexigner]
  • Louis Vuitton debuts spring campaign on Instagram [Refinery29]
  • Neiman Marcus CEO apologises for data breach, offers free credit monitoring [The Verge]
  • Overstock CEO: Why we’re accepting Bitcoins [CNBC]
  • Five reasons why American Apparel is bullish on Twitter [AdWeek]
  • Aerie’s unretouched ads ‘challenge supermodel standards’ for young women [Huffington Post]
  • Warby Parker launches interactive 2013 annual report [Laughing Squid]
  • Wet Seal hires 16-year-old to build its following on Snapchat [AdAge]
  • François-Henri Pinault puts his money where his mobile is via Square, hints at future for luxury world buying into tech [FT Material World]
  • Show business: are fashion shows still relevant? [BoF]
  • Beacons: what they are, how they work, and why Apple’s iBeacon technology is ahead of the pack [Business Insider]
  • Personalisation is key for beauty omnichannel strategy: L’Oréal Luxe exec [Luxury Daily]
  • Try on virtual make-up and pay with your hand with retail tech at CES 2014 [BrandChannel]

Digital snippets: H&M, Instagram, Uniqlo, Ferragamo, Urban Outfitters, Nike

6 Jan

Happy new year all and welcome to 2014!

It’s straight to Vegas for me and headfirst into CES for what’s looking set to be a week heavy on the wearables front. More of that to follow, but for now, here’s a highlight of some of the fashion and tech stories you may have missed over the past couple of weeks…

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  • H&M and Beckham return to The Super Bowl with ground-breaking shoppable TV ad campaign [WGSN]
  • Instagram reveals ‘promising’ results of Levi’s and Ben & Jerry’s ad trial [Marketing Magazine]
  • Ferragamo weaves founder’s history into fairy tale film [Luxury Daily]
  • Nike, MTV are top global brands on Instagram in 2013 [BrandChannel]
  • How in-store analytics is changing the way you shop [Fashionista]
  • Beacons: What they are, how they work, and why Apple’s iBeacon technology is ahead of the pack [Business Insider]
  • What fashion adds to the tech world: Vanessa Friedman on wearables [FT]
  • Smart eyelashes and fingernails: the next wave of wearable tech [Mashable]
  • Can Apple’s Angela Agrendts spark a retail revolution? [Fast Company]

Saks unveils interactive holiday windows, offers Makerbot 3D-printed snowflakes

2 Dec

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Consumers are invited to flick personalised digital snowflakes onto the windows of Saks Fifth Avenue’s flagship store in New York this Holiday season.

The initiative, developed in partnership with creative digital agency, The Science Project, and sponsored by MasterCard, is part of the retailer’s wider focus on the legendary Yeti rumoured to reside on its roof making snow during the festive period, this year.

The Yeti Snow Workshop as this particular window is called, invites passersby to visit saks.com/snow on their mobiles where they can find out their own Yeti name, add it to a snowflake design and then flick it from their device to instantly see it gently falling down the window.

In-store those who spend over $150 or more with their MasterCard, can then receive a 3D-printed snowflake created by the MakerBot. Harry Cunningham, senior VP-store planning and visual at Saks, also told AdAge: “3D printing has been a big of late, so some of the figures in our window this year are actually 3D printed. As technology advances and as things move forward, we’re looking for opportunities to inject that into our process.”

Six of the other store windows depict different scenes of the Yeti’s life, from being “an under-appreciated snowmaker in Siberia to his starring role as a true snowflake artist in New York”. Each also features the hashtag #SaksYeti.

They were unveiled last week with a 3D light show mapped onto the façade of the store created by Iris Worldwide (as in the YouTube video below). It runs every seven minutes each night from 5-11pm over the Holiday season.

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Digital snippets: Holiday retail round-up special

27 Nov

Given it’s the day before Thanksgiving in the US – meaning retailers are about to go all out on heavy promotions – here’s a special round-up of all the ways they’re using social and digital to help lure the seasonal shopper and start converting those all-important Holiday sales…

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  • eBay debuts shoppable touchscreens and digital storefronts for Sony, Toms And Rebecca Minkoff in San Francisco (as pictured) [TechCrunch]
  • Target launches “most digitally enabled campaign” in its history, pins hopes on Pinterest this holiday season [Co.Create]
  • Topshop partners with Pinterest for online and offline Holiday campaign [Fashion&Mash]
  • JC Penney launches first Holiday campaign under new marketing head, includes crowdsourcing initiative inviting users to upload videos of themselves singing ‘Silent Night’ [AdAge]
  • ‘Reserve in Store’ service rolling out to all Banana Republic stores across the US, 200 Gap [CNBC]
  • Jingle all the way at Kmart with #showyourjoe Christmas ad [Fashion&Mash]
  • Kohl’s adds emotional brand spots to Holiday mix [AdAge]
  • Hollister teases Black Friday deals on YouTube [ClickZ]
  • All the interactive elements accompanying John Lewis’ #bearandhare Christmas ad [Fashion&Mash]
  • Cath Kidston, Bauble Bar driving traffic with Christmas treasure hunt campaigns [Fashion&Mash]
  • Michaels offers interactive Holiday help with live elf available through streaming video [Chain Store Age]
  • M&S teases Christmas #magicandsparkle campaign over social [Fashion&Mash]
  • Louis Vuitton highlights gift ideas on interactive goose game [Luxury Daily]
  • Tillys runs ugly Christmas sweater contest over Instagram [Tillys]
  • Neiman Marcus teams up with Shapeways to offer 3D printed holiday capsule collection [PSFK]

Digital snippets: Selfridges, Prada, Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Asos, Lancôme, Valentino

24 Nov

A highlight of the top stories surrounding all things fashion and digital of late: 

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  • Drive-through Dior? Coming right up at Selfridges London [CN Traveler
  • Wes Anderson debuts latest Prada feature [Fashionotes
  • Victoria’s Secret creates 3D-printed angel wings for fashion models [Huffington Post
  • Gap rolls out “reserve in store” service [CNBC
  • Valentino jumps in on China’s high-tech runway revolution [JingDaily
  • Under Armour looks to take a bite out of FuelBand success with MapMyFitness acquisition [BrandChannel
  • Pinterest opens API to retail partners [TechCrunch
  • Google’s Eric Schmidt invests in retail tech designed to help personalisation and data measurement [WWD
  • Here’s why ‘The Internet of Things’ will be huge, and drive tremendous value for people and businesses [Business Insider
  • Why companies desperately need to make wearables cool [Wired
  • How brands get shoppers to volunteer their personal data: transparency and better experiences [PSFK
  • Social media drives less than 1% of shopping sessions, study says [Fashionista
  • Fashion retailers are still failing to optimise email marketing for mobile [Econsultancy
  • What retailers can learn from mobile commerce in the UK [Shop.org
  • 15 stats that show why click-and-collect is so important for retailers [Econsultancy

Note: Look out for a separate holiday-specific digital round-up later this week, featuring all the top retail campaign stories as well as insights into the biggest innovations being pushed for the festive season. 

Digital snippets: Michael Kors, Banana Republic, Macy’s, Kate Spade, John Lewis, L’Oréal, Juicy Couture, Sephora

11 Nov

A short break here means there’s a stack of content to catch up on. Below are the top links for stories surrounding fashion and digital during my recent fortnight of travels. Hours of fun…

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  • Michael Kors’ widely hated Instagram ad was actually a massive success; received almost four times as many likes as the average post [Business Insider
  • John Lewis 2013 Christmas ad beats 2012 ad total YouTube views within days of release [The Drum]
  • Banana Republic, CNNMoney and CNBC among top Twitter accounts during TWTR IPO [TechCrunch]
  • Like what you see? Kate Spade video ad designed for instant shopping [Mashable]
  • L’Oréal Paris launches make-up vending machines in NYC subway [Fashionista
  • Juicy Couture to be first brand to advertise using Snapchat Stories [The Drum]
  • At Sephora, mobile-first means ‘connecting’ the customer’s experiences [eMarketer]
  • Neiman Marcus teams up with Shapeways to offer 3D printed holiday capsule collection [PSFK] 
  • Printemps sets e-commerce strategy [WWD
  • Cartier North America CEO stresses importance of carefully curated digital presence [Luxury Daily]
  • How can retailers make it easier to buy jeans online? [Econsultancy]
  • On the same theme: This app can find your true bra size by taking two selfies of your breasts [Business Insider
  • Vanessa Traina launches new curated e-commerce venture The Line [BoF]
  • Fashion bloggers see a missed opportunity to monetise Instagram posts – why aren’t links allowed? [AdWeek

Digital snippets: Nike, DVF, Michael Kors, Burt’s Bees, Free People, Chanel, Tory Burch

21 Oct

Here’s a rather hefty highlight of stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital of late:

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  • Nike’s new FuelBand and the age of social products [BoF]
  • Michael Kors runs #WatchHungerStop animated GIF campaign for World Food Day [Fashionista]
  • Burt’s Bees taps Vine in literary campaign to  promote its classic products [Brandchannel]
  • How Free People is using big data and social commerce for bigger sales [Forbes]
  • Chanel touts cosmetics line through insider beauty tip videos [Luxury Daily]
  • How Tory Burch builds passionate customers: insights on its digital journey [Shop.org]
  • Ralph Lauren showcases accessories in ‘The Dog Walk’ digital video [WWD]
  • Urban Outfitters preps for Holidays with mobile investments [AdAge]
  • P’trique of Sh*t Fashion Girls Say joins The Outnet in LinkedIn video campaign [Fashionologie]
  • Bobbi Brown uses interactive Blippar app to bring Katie Holmes to life [BeautyWorldNews]
  • How Coach uses Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ [Econsultancy]
  • The major retailers most threatened by mobile showrooming, and how they’re fighting it [Business Insider]

Digital snippets: Michael Kors, Agent Provocateur, Mulberry, Kate Spade, Lucky

16 Aug

Here’s a highlight of recent stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital:

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  • Michael Kors launches choose-your-own-adventure Facebook app for new beauty and fragrance lines [Mashable] 
  • See Penélope Cruz’s First Film for L’Agent Starring Irina Shayk [Fashion Gone Rogue]
  • Mulberry’s new responsive site shows luxury brands how to do UX [Econsultancy]
  • Kate Spade taps mobile photo-sharing to push new KSNY X Darcel line [Mobile Marketer]
  • Eva Chen, trending now at Lucky magazine [NY Times]
  • VFiles to stage ‘user-generated’ fashion show at New York Fashion Week [BoF]
  • Is ‘buy now, wear now’ really the future of fashion? [Fashionista]
  • How brands are using Instagram’s new video upload feature [Mashable]
  • Five ways online retailers are preparing for Holiday 2013 – mobile proves key [Shop.org]
  • Four online brands that are building their reputations offline, because it’s called street cred for a reason [TechCrunch]
  • Low-price retailer TJ Maxx plans to open an online store this year, as does rival Saks Inc’s Off Fifth outlets [Reuters]

Why Instagram video uploads are great for fashion

7 Aug

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Instagram introduced an update today that enables its 130m users to import video from their media library. Such a move instantly points to an opportunity for significantly higher quality posts, as pre-recorded, refined and even archive footage becomes feasible.

What could be more appealing than that for the fashion industry? The previous option only allowed users to record in-app, as remains the case with Vine, meaning the end results were often quite raw and less on par with what luxury brands particularly wish to put out.

Of course that’s not been the case with all posts, as I’ve previously commented with regards to Vine. Numerous brands have used the platforms incredibly well since their respective launches in February 2013 (Vine) and June 2013 (Instagram) by teaming up with specific artists, demonstrating how clever, experimental and creative it’s possible to be in spite of restricted functionality. Some of the stop motion work on Vine is especially astounding.

Yet let’s not forget that the reason Instagram became so suited to the fashion industry in the first place – and rapidly saw brands growing enormous followings as a result – is through the quality that could instantly be achieved with still images. Being able to add a filter on top of any candid behind-the-scenes photograph is an immediate way to give it a more luxurious spin.

When video launched therefore, the inability to be able to do the same thing from the phone’s gallery, having to record directly instead, meant most of the conversation that quickly followed was around how to hack that fact. Several achieved it, from a trailer for the new Ashton Kutcher film, Jobs, based on Steve Jobs’ life, to a post from adidas by Stella McCartney to promote its surf line.

Having the ability to now do that officially, changes the game. Importantly it’s a win for marketers in terms of better controlling the assets that are released, ensuring they are more on-brand, which remains the chief concern for luxe design houses.

Logistically it also makes the whole process much simpler. The downside of that of course might be that we lose the real-time access to the shows such short form video brought if it first has to go through an edit and sign-off process. It’ll be interesting to see how this is handled.

It’ll also be interesting to see how Vine is impacted off the back. I would suggest it might still remain a hub for creativity (I hope), not to mention great for those with a particularly strong Twitter following, but either way expect a lot more content to flow through Instagram from now on in this capacity, especially as the fashion week season looms…

Digital snippets: American Eagle, Rebecca Minkoff, Bonobos, L’Oréal, adidas

5 Aug Minkoff1

Here’s a highlight of other stories from around the web surrounding all things fashion and digital recently:

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  • American Eagle unveils denim runway across America with “Rock Your Walk” seamless video project [WSJ]
  • Rebecca Minkoff goes digital with fall campaign (as pictured) [WWD]
  • Andy Dunn of Bonobos on building the Armani of the e-commerce era [BoF]
  • Reverse showrooming: Pinterest is driving people into stores [Business Insider]
  • L’Oréal, Walgreen’s look to measure effectiveness of mobile coupons [AdAge]
  • New adidas campaign stars Leo Messi in LED suit [BrandChannel]
  • Hanes is asking women to overshare on social media by telling the world the colour of their undies [AdWeek]
  • How do 15 top US fashion retailers handle email sign ups? [Econsultancy]
  • With $5m  in funding, Olapic targets fashion retail market [Mashable]
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