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Fashion Week By The Numbers

Posted by iBlog on September 12, 2007

Even though a typical runway show only lasts about 600 seconds, fashion industry executives understand that they can still reap benefits months, even years, later. So while New York Fashion Week (BusinessWeek, 9/15/06) runway shows can rack up huge bills, fashion brands—no matter their size—can’t seem to help but indulge in hefty investments in an attempt to create a memorable presentation.

As it turns out, costs don’t have to be astronomical. Tracy Reese, a New York designer showing her women’s wear collection on Sept. 7, is celebrating her brand’s 10-year anniversary in low-key style. She’s chosen to display her wares inside Bryant Park’s midsize space, the Promenade, which can be rented for $36,000 (which includes lighting, a basic stage, access to the list of 3,500 registered press members, and the dozens of volunteers needed to help get everything done within the four hours allocated to each designer).

Read the full article in BusinessWeek.com

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Retailers Report Not So Bad

Posted by iBlog on August 22, 2007

There may be a slowdown coming but somebody forgot to tell the American consumer in the second-quarter.

Target kicked off the day on Tuesday morning by telling traders that its second-quarter earnings jumped 12.6%, landing inline with analyst expectations. The company also reaffirmed its full-year guidance.

Read the full article in Forbes.com

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Retail In The Week Ahead

Posted by iBlog on August 20, 2007

View this weeks video on Forbes.com

http://www.forbes.com/video/?video=fvn/twa/jhl_wa081707_jal

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Powersell on eBay

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

To get the most from your eBay business, make sure you’re using the “triangle of success”: eBay auctions, an eBay Store (read my previous column on eBay Stores) and a website. eBay Power-Seller and 47-year-old website owner Yaron Hankin (www.anytimesale.com) says, “People look at someone who not only sells on eBay, but also has his or her own website, as a more established seller.”

Read the full article in Entrepreneur.com

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The Key(Words) To eCommerce Success

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Once a cutting edge technology itself, e-commerce is poised to benefit from another emerging technology originally developed to aid marketers with their online strategies — paid search.

Read the full article in Fastcompany.com

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The Gucci Killers

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

It’s 10 till 10:00 on a dark night in a 1,300-year-old Confucian temple in Shanghai, and if the weather is any indication, Confucius is ticked. October is traditionally a dry month in this part of eastern China. Indeed, yesterday was sunny, and tomorrow is predicted to be glorious. But a steady rain has been falling since late afternoon and shows no signs of letting up. Journalists from three continents, local bigwigs, style-obsessed Chuppies, and even three athletes from China’s 2002 World Cup soccer team–certified national heroes–are huddled under umbrellas in the wings, drinking champagne, waiting for a fashion show to begin.

Read the full article on Fastcompany.com

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The Future of Design

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Truth be told, most folks would find the thing, for all its aerodynamic curvaceousness, to be a pretty punishing piece of furniture. But for the crowd that already has a Warhol, a Koons, and a pickled Damian Hirst shark, comfort is hardly the point: Acquiring a piece of furniture built by a modern-design master is simply the next logical step in the fine art of filling one’s fine home with fine things.

Read the full article on Fastcompany.com

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H & M’s Material Girls

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

June 10, 2007 – Even on a soggy spring morning, H&M is causing a commotion outside its newest store in suburban Chicago. Madonna and Beyoncé blast from giant speakers as workers hand out gift cards to dozens of shoppers lining up before the doors open to the Bolingbrook, Ill., store. These shivering shoppers are attracted by the two things H&M creates best: discount designer duds and get-it-now buzz. “It’s, like, the only store I go into at the mall,” says 23-year-old Sabrina Biziarek, while clutching her gift card and waiting for the doors to open.

Read the full article in MSNBC.com

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Product Packaging Makeovers

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Product packaging, though just one part of the process, is considered the most important by many. “Packaging is the number one medium to communicate the brand,” states Laurent Hainaut, founder of design agency, Raison Pure. “You need to pay attention to this area in your branding strategy because it is the first thing someone sees, touches, and essentially buys. Packaging is often more than a medium — it can be part of the product.”

Read the full article in Fastcompany.com

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Pricing Your Product

Posted by iBlog on August 9, 2007

Here are six simple, relatively low-cost steps at making that best guess.

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