Downtown’s Rebirth: A decade after the Sept. 11 attack, downtown Manhattan is resurgent. The residential population has doubled. Two skyscrapers — 1 and 4 World Trade Center — are rising at ground zero, due to open in 2013. The next year, the exuberant PATH transit hub is scheduled to come online. The national memorial is open; two streets have been built. A far more diverse array of businesses call downtown home today, including a large cluster of media companies, law firms and nonprofit organizations. And just last week, both the northbound and southbound platforms of the Cortlandt Street subway station were open. That is not what most people expected.
From The New York Times
By Charles V. Bagli

Sunday, September 11, 2011 · Categories: Architecture and Design

Fashion week, or month, really, often gets compared to camp. Friends and frenemies reunite after a lengthy spell apart, ready to embark once more upon a journey of intense bonding, if only out of sheer, unrelenting proximity. Air-kisses are exchanged, exclamations of “You’re so tan!” abound, and serious gossip sessions commence. And there’s a lot to talk about: from John Galliano’s verdict, and whether Marc Jacobs will get the coveted position at Dior to the “Kate Effect” and “Designer Musical Chairs”
From The Cut

Saturday, September 10, 2011 · Categories: FashionCelebrity Runway

Hoping to cash in on its online clout, Sina, best known for it’s popular Twitter-like Weibo microblog, has jumped into an increasingly crowded luxury e-commerce space with the launch of Sina Shepin last Friday. The new online store lets designers sell their collections directly to customers. It offers different categories such as handbags, apparel, watch and jewelry, covering over 50 brands. Big international brands such as LV, Balenciaga, Gucci, Dior, Burberry, and Paul Smith have already signed on. The site declares all products “100 percent guaranteed genuine” – perhaps a reference to counterfeit issues at some other e-commerce sites.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionRetail and E-tail

“I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s chief executive officer, I would be the first to let you know,” he wrote. “Unfortunately, that day has come.”
Steve Jobs last night put the company he founded 35 years ago under new management, submitting his resignation as chief executive of Apple and finally succumbing to the health problems which have dogged him for years.
Although he will keep the title of chairman, and stay involved as an adviser to the company, he handed day-to-day decision-making control to his deputy, Tim Cook.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceTechnology and Computers

Shell-shocked: Hannah Betts with an item from the new jewellery collection by Faberge, with prices starting from £62,875
Photo: Clara Molden

The name Fabergé conjures a decadent romanticism of lost empires, snowy wastes - and blingy Easter eggs. The first such coruscating ornament was commissioned from Imperial Goldsmith and Jeweller Carl Fabergé in 1885 by Tsar Alexander II for his Tsarina (Easter being the foremost Orthodox festival.) It was a tradition maintained by his son and grandson, so that the eggs became a Romanov in-joke, invariably containing a surprise in the manner of a priceless incarnation of today’s Kinder Eggs.

Sunday, August 14, 2011 · Categories: Art and PhotographyVisual Merchandising and Display Fashion

Is there a difference between European and American luxury? And if so, does it have to do with aesthetics, or markets? Following the acquisition of US brand Proenza Schouler by Andrew Rosen and John Howard, Financial Times’ editor, Vanessa Friedman asks the question on her blog, Material World.

Friday, August 05, 2011 · Categories:

Miu Miu, founded in 1993 by Prada designer Miuccia Prada, has struck a chord with China’s young luxury shoppers, who lavish in its frilly lace and its sparkling sequins and who—unlike consumers in some markets where Miu Miu has been less successful—don’t remember the era in which the brand was overshadowed by the Prada label.

“Chinese consumers know and research brands and they want designs that are unique,” Sebastian Suhl, Prada’s Chief Operating Officer, said in an interview.


Friday, July 29, 2011 · Categories: FashionRetail and E-tail Lifestyle

As Middle Eastern fashion consumers become increasingly adventurous, so young British-based designers are responding with an equally assertive approach to promoting themselves. Muslimah dress restrictions have paved the way for an accessories boom in the Middle East. For affluent young women here, however, designer accessories are not symbolic of money or aspiration but are simply the norm. So they increasingly seek out unfamiliar territory in the form of emerging designers.

Sunday, July 17, 2011 · Categories: Consumer IntelligenceFashionRetail and E-tail

Google has finally unveiled Google+, the company’s top secret social layer that turns all of the search engine into one giant social network.
Google+, is the culmination of a year-long project led by Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president of social. The project, which has been delayed several times, constitutes Google’s answer to Facebook. The search giant’s new social project will be omnipresent on its products, thanks to a complete redesign of the navigation bar. The familiar gray strip at the top of every Google page will turn black, and come with several new options for accessing your Google+ profile, viewing notifications and instantly sharing content. The notification system is similar to how Facebook handles notifications, complete with a red number that increases with each additional notice.

Sunday, July 10, 2011 · Categories: Social Media & Networking Technology and ComputersMarketing and AdvertisingLifestyle


By utilizing crowd sourcing and social media, a new company with deep VC backing, Krush, is working with trade show Agenda to connect brands with passionate consumers and predict what styles, colors, and SKU’s will hit in the seasons to come. Krush is rolling out its new web-based, action sports-targeted technology by partnering with Agenda to provide its exhibitors and attendees with predictive data about Spring 2012 product trends before orders are even written, giving brands and retailers the holiest of holies in an uncertain market. “This new technology is a game changer for the whole retail industry,” says Agenda President Aaron Levant.  “It will save brands time and money by allowing them to rapidly eliminate unpopular items and capture more sales from the most popular items. Historically, action sports and lifestyle brands have been the trend setters in the industry, so it made sense for us to be the first to introduce this technology to the brands who exhibit at Agenda…


Krush is rolling out its new web-based, action sports-targeted technology by partnering with Agenda to provide its exhibitors and attendees with predictive data about Spring 2012 product trends before orders are even written, giving brands and retailers the holiest of holies in an uncertain market.

Friday, July 08, 2011 · Categories: Sports and FitnessTrade ShowsTrend AnalysisFashionPackaging and Paper

It’s no secret the “currency” of couture has switched from dollars and euros to Saudi and Qatari riyals, Chinese yuans and Indian rupees. You only have to look at the volume of new names on the Paris Haute Couture schedule this season - Vietnamese émigrés Xuan-Thu Nguyen and To Long-Nam, for instance - to recognise the world of French couture is changing, and so are the customers. Arab designers have been embraced by the stuffy French governing body of couture, the Chambre Syndicale: Elie Saab (who dresses many Hollywood A-listers), Zuhair Murad, Georges Chakra, Rabih Kayrouz and Bouchra Jarrar have become regulars at couture. This season, entire front rows - particularly at shows by Stéphane Rolland, Zuhair Murad and Giorgio Armani - have comprised young Middle and Far Eastern women.


Wednesday, July 06, 2011 · Categories: FashionRunwayLifestyle

Singer launches new album with intimate London gig watched by Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor
Beyoncé followed her Glastonbury headline set with a comparatively intimate gig at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire on Monday night, in front of an audience that included Adele, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ewan McGregor. “You’ll have to forgive me because I’m still high from yesterday,” the 29-year old singer told the crowd after receiving generally glowing reviews for her performance at the festival.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 · Categories: Music and Entertainment

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