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Fash-Tech

Retailers Aim to Stay Competitive in Tech

Retailers from Nordstrom Inc. to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have opened up “labs” in hopes that a geeky start-up vibe will attract the right talent to generate the next big thing in digital commerce or some proprietary add-on.

By: Valerie Demicheva. Source: Fashion Snoops via WWD

Fash-tech

The 20 fash-tech companies that will change the way you shop

It was once novel to talk about the intersection of fashion and technology, but today it’s surprising we ever thought it might be otherwise. After all, technology is changing everything we do – from driving to genotyping. Why shouldn’t it change fashion, retail and shopping, too?

Technology and Fashion

Technology and Fashion: Storming the maisons

Can technology disrupt luxury the way it has retailing or journalism, for example? The assumption among most of the attendees was yes, and there seemed to be plenty of evidence to prove it.

By: B.U. Source: The Economist

Bark & Co.

Doggie-Focused Bark & Co. (BarkBox) Raises $15 Million Series B

Bark & Co., the doggie-themed technology company best known for its dog treat-delivering subscription business BarkBox, and more recently, its vet care-on-demand service BarkCare, has just closed on 15 million in Series B funding.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Birchbox

Why Birchbox Is Going Brick-and-Mortar

The try-and-buy online beauty company is up and running in SoHo. Here’s what went into Birchbox’s expansion into the offline business.

By: Graham Winfrey. Source: Inc.

Loverly

Loverly Gets Editorial With Launch Of New Content Hub

Loverly, the one-stop online shop for brides planning a wedding, has made an investment in its editorial content with the launch of a brand new content hub on the website and mobile app.

By: Jordan Crook. Source: TechCrunch

Twice Local

Online Clothing Resale Store Twice Rolls Out Same-Day Pickup With Twice Local

Online fashion marketplace Twice, which buys gently worn, quality women’s clothing from consumers then resells it via its own website, mobile and tablet applications, is today expanding into the offline world with the launch of a new service called Twice Local.

By: Sarah Perez. Source: TechCrunch

Wantering

Wantering Acquires StyledOn and Launches WIN

Today Friesan and his team at Wantering are announcing the launch of the Wantering Insider Network, an invite-only community of style bloggers, which seamlessly integrates the company’s product data technology and social algorithm with digital publishers.

By: Lolita A. Alford. Source: FashInvest

Herschel Supply Co

Vancouver brothers bag a booming business

The very first time Jamie Cormack and his younger brother Lyndon brought Herschel Supply to a trade show in 2010, they showed up in New York with 25 samples and a total line of just under 50 items.

By: Jenny Lee. Source: Vancouver Sun

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