The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup


Emily Weiss’ Glossier Raises $8.4 Million

Into the Gloss’ Emily Weiss has a sweeping vision for her new beauty line Glossier, the social brand born online that’s built on a two-way dialogue with consumers.


Pop-Ups Power and Delivery Delights

PSFK caught up with Soraya Darabi and Maxine Bedat, founders of Zady, to discuss some of the key ideas to look out for in the Future of Retail

By: PSFK Labs

Fashion Business

How Crowdfunding Is Changing the Fashion Business

Historically, an item of clothing was not produced until a customer ordered it. In an industry that has moved beyond bespoke toward mass offshore production of fast fashion, online retailers Gustin, The Petite Shop, and Before the Label are bringing decision-making back to the customer and production back to the United States for faster turnaround and lower minimums.

BirchBox Man

Nick Wooster Teams Up With Birchbox Man

The former men’s fashion director of Neiman Marcus is now collaborating with Birchbox Man to select his top grooming picks. In addition, Wooster has also created a capsule collection of bags and the requisite dopp kit that will be featured at Birchbox’s holiday pop-up shop

By: Jean E. Palmieri. Source: WWD

into the gloss


A little more than a month after launching its own range of beauty products,Into the Gloss has closed $8.4 million in venture capital financing from investors, adding to the $2 million it raised last fall.

By: Eliza Brooke. Source: Fashionista


Surf’s Up for Indie Brands

New wave surfwear labels such as Saturdays and Cuisse de Grenouille are rising from the rubble of the ‘big three’ surf brands.

By: Lauren Sherman. Source: Business of Fashion


Coca-Cola Plans to Help Startups Around the World

When a large, established corporation like Coca-Cola announced that they are going to be helping startups around the world succeed, the news caused a fuss, as might be expected.

By: Murray Newlands. Source: Inc.


How Gilt co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson will grow Glamsquad

Why would Gilt Groupe cofounder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson leave a $600 million-a-year company for Glamsquad, a small startup? Part of it is the challenge of helping to revolutionize the way women spend money on themselves yet again.

By: Teresa Novellino. Source: The Business Journal


Peach Is A Flash Sales App With An Auction-Based Twist

There are already a gabazillion flash sale sites and apps available, but the Berkeley, California-based founders of Peach App believe that there is still room for innovation in the world of online impulse buying.

By: Catherine Shu. Source: TechCrunch


VIDA Raises $1.3 Million For “Socially-Responsible” E-Commerce

An e-commerce company called VIDA, backed by Google Ventures, Universal Music Group and others, is today launching today its site that connects shoppers with “socially-responsible” apparel and accessories from artisans and designers around the world.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch


Loverly Adds Smarter Search And Picks Up $3.5 Million In Series A Funding

Wedding planning marketplace Loverly has now officially announced a raise of $3.5 million in Series A funding. We reported that talks were in the $2.5 million range last April. It has since added more investors, bumping it up another million.

By: Sarah Buhr. Source: TechCrunch

Walker and Company


A bold entrepreneur with a radical startup. An African-American. In tech, those two phrases usually don’t go together. Enter Tristan Walker.

By: J.J McCorvey. Source: Fast Company


How Fitbit Survived As A Hardware Startup

Fitbit, the pioneering maker of health and fitness tracking gear, today provided some insight into just how hard hardware is for a startup.

By: Robert Hof. Source: Forbes