Sports, Fashion and Society: A sociological approach Sport is as old as humanity. Cave paintings have been found in the Lascaux caves in France that have been suggested to depict sprinting and wrestling in the Upper Paleolithic around 15,300 years ago. Later on, it was predictably in Greece that sports were first instituted formally, with the first Olympic Games recorded in 776 BCE in … More Sports and Fashion in the ironman era
The Bird´s Cage Strategy is over. Millennials are running away from Department Stores. A day in the life of a Millennial visiting a Department Store Last week, I had (and say HAD/must) to visit a department store in Barcelona because I needed to change a Xmast gift. Department store´s business model is explained in many business … More Why is there a lack of excitement when Millennials visit Department Stores?
ANALYTICS IS KILLING CREATIVITY The Fashion Industry is evolving as retail landscape is also in reconstruction. Big data, machine learning and technology 4.0 are leadind the change and users are accelerating it thru e-commerce and the online arena. All the steps and participants along the fashion value chain are impacted and evolution is a need … More Is Data killing creativity in Fashion?
When people hear about fashion, they expect a guru or a designer wearing funny clothing. This is part of it, but some would argue that the main competitive advantage of international retailers, such as Zara, is Operations. In fact, Zara doesn´t have a best-in-class designer like Gucci has Alessandro Michele. Inditex best-in-class business model is … More A few words with a Master in Fashion Operations
Patagonia´s famous ad in 2011. Don´t buy it if you don´t need it. Millennials are driving companies to sustainable practices even their business model is based on volume. An example is The Social and Labour Converge Project signed by leading fashion companies such as H&M, Gap, Nike, Adidas, Levi Strauss, amongst others. Also Primark joined … More Sustainable Fashion
Last October, I spent a few days in NYC exploring the retail environment: Mostly new concept stores. I did a very interesting retail safari while visiting Warby Parker, Bonobos, Kith, Supreme, Lululemon lab, Amazon books, Rent the runway, Eataly, Dover St Market, The Row, All birds, Opening Ceremony and so on. A customer Journey in … More The Customer Journey of a Millennial
M&A is one of the main strategic options for companies that want to ensure their success in a very competitive and globalized market. Even more, in a hyper-connected society and customer centric economy. The retail industry is not any more about increasing the number of macrostores in order to have more efficient economies of scale, … More Strategic Acquisitions: Amazon vs Walmart
Who says retail is dead? It´s the retail apocalypse for many department stores or fashion retailers in USA that couldn´t manage their different channels and pricing…but Supreme is the example of retail excellence in the Millenials era. An era where niche players have the power as I wrote in the Fashion retail long tail. According … More Niche fashion is the new black for investors
A day in the life of Carlota, Kids Accessories Manager at Mango. Carlota Casals. Mango Kids Accessories Manager. 30 years old. Married and mother of a boy. Fashion fan. Enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants and visiting fashion stores. The Fashion Retailer: Could you define what is Mango? Carlota Casals: Punto Fa S.L., trading as MANGO, … More A few words with a Kids Accessories Manager at Mango
Uniqlo, the fashtech (fashion technology) japanese retailer opens its first store in Barcelona, next Zara and H&M flagship stores. “For all major companies, starting point has to be Barcelona. We want to grow with this city of art”, has secured this Tuesday, founder of Uniqlo Tadashi Yanai (source: Turkey Telegraph). Therefore, the japanese retailer is positioned … More Uniqlo, the fashtech retailer, opens in Barcelona
From Capsule Wardrobe to Capsule Collection What is a Capsule Collection? According to Wikipedia, Capsule wardrobe is a term coined by Susie Faux, the owner of a London boutique called “Wardrobe” in the 1970s. According to Faux, a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of … More Capsule Collection in Fashion
Everybody is expecting to see pure players going offline with experimental point of sales or pop-up stores. This was the recent case of Everlane going offline. Amazon opening stores inside Kohl´s is a surprise: the biggest long tailer and market place is getting into department stores! This is a great alternative to regular expansion based … More Amazon opens shop-in-shop inside Kohl´s deparment stores
STANDARD FASHION HOUSE A fashion guru or best-in-class designer (e.g. Anne Wintour, Alessandro Michele) creates the collection. The artistic insights are key, and Operations accross the value chain try to optimize each process according to last season sales/forecast. The customer will receive what the Brand is producing. Customers are the last participants on the value … More The Fashion Retail Value Chain Revolution
Kristina Buivydaite is strategy consultant at Accenture. Previously worked at Foot Locker European headquarters as a Merchandiser. Lithuanian, 28 years old, bachelor´s in Economics and master in Business and Economics. Travel fan, has lived in different countries such as the Netherlands, Mexico, South Africa and Spain. The Fashion Retailer: What Foot Locker is? Kristina Buivydaite: … More A few words with a Merchandiser at Foot Locker
Chatbot Retail: Adidas is COOL In US retail apocalypse, creativity and innovation is on top. New fashion retail business models, new channels and ways to contact with customers like pop-up stores, truck stores or chatbot. Alexander Wang & Adidas cycling collection VOGUE – by Steff Yotka Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang Season 2 Arrives Tomorrow … More Adidas Originals x Alexander Wang