Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Gucci goes retro-futuristic for fall/winter 2017

Italian fashion house Gucci’s fall/winter 2017 collection has arrived from outer space.

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ThredUp Luxe now caters to luxury sellers

ThredUp is launching ThredUp Luxe, a new platform that caters to luxury sellers and customers. With Luxe, ThredUp’s expanding its reach beyond mass-market brands, and hoping to win over the pricier inventory of its existing sellers who might have otherwise sold their luxury goods to specialty marketplaces like The RealReal or Vestiaire Collective.

ThredUp, which launched in 2009 and has since raised more than $130 million in venture capital, carved out its presence in the crowded online reselling space by building an internal system that surveys and prices secondhand goods using machine learning and artificial intelligence. Sellers submit inventory by filling a ThredUp-branded duffel bag and shipping it back to one of the company’s warehouses. Machine algorithms then determine if the items are able to be sold; the company can assess up to 100,000 items per day. Depending on the condition, brand and other variables like trend and style, sellers will either be paid upfront by ThredUp or paid out once an item is sold. Items that don’t sell can be reclaimed by the original owner.

ThredUp’s original strategy was to cast a wide net and scale the business by processing massive volumes of clothing per day, something that doesn’t easily translate to the luxury process. Even the ThredUp duffels themselves weren’t designed to transport something like a $10,000 handbag from Hermès.

But there’s plenty of money to be missed by ignoring the luxury resale market: In a 2016 report, Goldman Sachs predicted that by 2025, the resale market would hit $25 billion in value, largely driven by big-ticket purchases. In 2016, a previously owned Hermès Birkin sold for a record-breaking $223,000.

To draw in that inventory, ThredUp overhauled its existing system. It redesigned the bags with a bullet-proof nylon material and tagged them with RFID technology to be able to track its location at all times. ThredUp also hired an authentication team to identify counterfeits — something its computer isn’t equipped to do yet. But ThredUp’s massive database of items that it’s already processed, which amounts to 20 million to date, still guides the judgment for luxury and high-end items.

Luxury sellers will also get high-touch customer service features, like a live video chat with the authenticator team that will let customers get estimates on pricing before sending products in. ThredUp’s pricing system will remain the same for luxury items: The team offers the seller a suggested price based on its internal data, and the seller can either accept that price or tweak it.

Chanel bag

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Tiffany scrawls handwritten “I love yous” on Instagram

U.S. jeweler Tiffany & Co. is posting love notes on Instagram to start an interactive conversation with its community of followers.

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The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong unveils new Entertainment Suite

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong has unveiled the hotel’s new Entertainment Suite. The 2,250-square foot suite designed by Joyce Wang is dedicated to extravagant entertaining with cutting edge technology installed, whether that be a wedding proposal, baby shower, sophisticated bachelor party, a memorable anniversary party or live streaming of key events.

In the living area, audiovisuals include: B&O BeoLab sound system, a concealed 160-inch (13ft x 11.5ft) TV screen with a 5000 lumens laser projector, a range of the latest virtual reality and Play Station gaming equipment, a reconditioned 1930’s vintage American jukebox for vinyl connoisseurs and an in-suite DJ booth will make parties unforgettable.

At the heart of the suite is a salon with a 4-metre long ‘Cabinet of Delights’ where guests can find boutique wines on tap, rare vintages selected by Amber restaurant’s expert sommelier, and a mixologist ‘booth’. Other treats include fine Cuban cigars, snacks, a popcorn machine, exotic teas and coffees, and a crystal vitrine filled with sweet and savoury delicacies created by the hotel’s Michelin-star chef.

Guests can engage hotel chefs to prepare private dining from a state-of-the-art kitchen to be served in a bright and airy dining room that can seat up to 10 diners.

The tranquil master bedroom encompasses its own sitting area and a separate dressing area with walk-in wardrobes. For the perfect night’s sleep, the master bedroom showcases the renowned FreshBed sleep system that uses patented climate-control technology for tailored temperatures and silent ventilation for purified, allergen-free air, combined with an ergonomic mattress.

Wang custom designed all hand-made furnishings, including a series of glass moulded chandeliers, wall finishes in limestone with metal inlay, and acrylic cabinet doors decorated with nature-inspired artwork.  The suite connects seamlessly with an adjacent guestroom, which is designed in a similar aesthetic, should an additional bedroom be required.

The Landmark Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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Six Senses to open new resort and Spa in Kitzbuhel, Austria

Set in the breathtakingly picturesque Austrian Alps, Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps showcases its stunning environment through all seasons: from winter’s snow covered terrain with high-end ski activities, to spectacular summers when the landscape is vibrant with nature’s verdant palette of colours.

Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps will feature 80 guest accommodations, include 50 residences, plus a small village of chalets available for private sale. It is being developed by Kitzbuheler Alps Projekt, with architects for the hotel/residences and chalets IAW – International Architecture Workshop, Turin, Dusseldorf, Moscow and hotel interior design consultants Martin Brudnizki Design Studio and Six Senses Spa Kitzbuhel Alps by Six Senses Creative. Project management and landscape design is being carried out by AECOM who also overseas sustainability aiming at LEED certification, with emphasis on the latest energy technology such as solar or heat exchange.

The overall design concept of Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps could best be described as a modern interpretation of traditional Austrian design. Warm natural finishes incorporate wood and stone with the introduction of rough-hewn exposed timber beams in public areas. Glorious swaths of natural light wed the seasons to the interiors and the restrained use of art and craft features subtly define the setting.

Dining at Six Senses Kitzbuhel Alps will focus on seasonality with a restaurant focusing on local dishes with ingredients supplied from nearby organic farms. An all-day venue features a delicatessen and international fare. This venue is also located near the resort’s meeting and special events facilities that offer a direct link to vehicular parking. The lobby bar will feature innovative beverage services and offer alfresco seating in the warmer seasons. The spa cafe will also offer outside dining plus an indoor dining room with fireplace.

Six Senses to open in Kitzbuhel, Austria

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Herno opens new store in New York’s Soho

Italian outerwear luxury brand Herno has debuted its first US store in New York, on SoHo’s Greene Street. The store which covers 1,728sq ft space mixes stone, wood, fabric and leather in the interior to create a classic space with a contemporary twist. Elements of a grand home are woven into the mix via the slate and flannel panel walls a minimalist fireplace and the bookcases full of art and architecture.

In addition to the natural feel of the fixtures, there is a vertical green wall and a fountain at the entrance to the boutique that brings the outside into the store. The menswear, womenswear and kidswear is hung from the label’s signature black steel hooks while a video screen tells an abstract history of the 70-year-old brand via montages of art, pictures of workers in the past and present and images of the forest and water.

Herno new store New York, Soho Herno new store New York, Soho

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Armani folds diffusion lines into 3 primary brands as sales decline

Italy’s Giorgio Armani saw sales decline by 5 percent in 2016, which has caused the group to reorganize its businesses to combat luxury’s current challenges.

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