The Latest News in Retail Innovation & Startup

Native

NATIVE SHOES RELEASES ISSEY MIYAKE COLLABORATION

Vancouver, Canada–based footwear brand Native Shoes has released its latest collaboration, a line of three women’s “Jericho” models created in tandem withPLEATS PLEASE Issey Miyake.

By: Christopher Blomquist. Source: Sportswear International

Flycleaners

Gentlemen, start your boxer shorts

“Clean underwear on demand”. That’s the pitch for FlyCleaners, a New York-based laundry and dry-cleaning start-up, currently prowling the streets of Brooklyn with more locations coming soon.

By: Jon Bird. Source: Inside Retail Asia

Zola

HOW AN E-COMMERCE STARTUP IS REINVENTING THE WEDDING REGISTRY

Gilt Groupe Alums are making Zola’s online registry a destination for couples tying the note in a mobile driven world. It means love in Zulu language, but Zola, the online wedding registry startup, isn’t just interested in couples’ romance.

By: Lydia Dishman. Source: Fast Company.

Crowdfunding

8 Crowdfunding Tips from the Expert who Launched Pono with Neil Young

What separates successful campaigns from failed ones? The myth: If your project is brilliant enough, visitors to sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo will find it and fund it. The reality: Successful crowdfunding results from a careful strategy that begins months before the campaign is announced.

By: Minda Zetlin. Source: Inc.

Bonobos

For Bonobos, a Good Fit in Stores as Well as Online

Bonobos, the e-commerce business best known for its well-fitted men’s pants, was never supposed to have brick-and-mortar shops. Then, all of a sudden, they opened a few and money came pouring in.

By: John Koblin. Source: New York Times

Jose Kopelman

First Round Capital Gathers $175M for Fifth Fund

First Round Capital has closed its fifth fund at $175 million and plans to deploy it exactly as it has its prior funds: seeding startups.

By: Lizette Chapman. Source: Wall Street Journal