Wearable Tech

1. Smartwatches and Google Glass in wearable technology showcase

Computing to be worn goes on show but is still in early stages, admit tech exhibitors.

2.The African Version of Amazon Will Emerge From Nigeria

Africa’s tech space, which has been defined and accelerated by the mobile phone, is undoubtedly growing as investors scramble toward the continent.

3.Poshmark Partners With The USPS To Create A Custom, Flat Rate Shipping Label

Poshmark, the mobile marketplace that lets women swap and sell items out of their own closets, is announcing a big partnership with the United States Postal Service

4. Is J Crew’s Sale To Uniqlo Off?

J CREW may be heading for an IPO, sources revealed today, as the sale of the company to Uniqlo owner Fast Retailing is looking less likely.




  1. Facebook Follows Amazon and Google Into Drones With $60 Million Purchase
    Facebook is buying drone maker Titan Aerospace for $60 million.
  2. Gucci Focuses on Handbags with Sci-fi Social Video
    Italian atelier Gucci is putting the focus on its spring handbags with a new social video sporting a dark nightclub theme.
  3. China’s Luxury Boom Moves to the Web
    As the overall sector struggles amid a government crackdown on ostentatious spending and gift-giving, the urge to splurge online is growing strong.
  4. Basis Goes To Intel For Around $100M
    Intel has won the Basis auction, we’re hearing, at a price of around $100 million, according to one source. A second source pegs the deal at closer to $150 million.


  1. Target Experiments with a Pinterest-Powered Online Storefront
    Target is testing an e-commerce storefront powered entirely by Pinterest recommendations, with the beta launch of a site called “Target Awesome Shop.”
  2. How Amazon is Using its Brooklyn Studio to do Fashion Right
    Amazon is better known for its far-ranging, eclectic inventory and aggressive business tactics than its fashion efforts, but the retail giant is working hard to change that fact.
  3. The Guy Who Founded Joe Boxer Has Started a New Men’s Clothing Line
    Nick Graham, the founder of ubiquitous Joe Boxer underwear, has launched a new men’s fashion line named after himself, Nick Graham.
  4. Feel That Fabric… Through Your Phone
    What will happen when you can use your phone to actually feel fabrics?


  1. Amazon Testing Delivery by Drone
    According to Jeff Bezos, it would speed up delivery of online orders, but the technology is at least three or four years away.
  2. Black Friday Desktop  E-Commerce Spending Rose 15% to $1.2B 
    Black Friday online spending possibly reached record numbers over the weekend, and comScore released an actual amount that was spent on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
  3. Snap Fashion and Styloko: Search Using Images to Find the Perfect (and Cheapest) Wardrobe
    Thanks to the rise in fashion tech start-ups, finding the perfect party outfit just got a whole lot easier – search using images, not words.
  4. The Adaptive Storefront Prototype
    +RehabStudio brings The Future of Retail report to life with a creative vision for responsive shopping displays.


  1. Walmart Takes on Amazon in E-Commerce
    As difficult as it is to believe, Walmart is still learning e-commerce as they prepare to challenge the online retail king, Amazon.
  2. Topshop Reveals Kate Bosworth’s Second Collection
    There’s talk of Kate Moss returning to Topshop next year but this season another Kate is stealing the show.
  3. Pinterest Raises Massive $225 Million Series E, Valuing the Company at $3.8 Billion
    Pinterest has closed on a significant new round of financing: $225 million in new funding, with Fidelity Investments in the lead.
  4. Jil Sander Exit Raises Questions for Brand
    The revelation Thursday that the designer is stepping down from her brand for the third time left behind a trail of question marks.


  1. DFS Transforms JFK Retail Spaces to Further Brand Transition
    LVMH-owned luxury travel retailer DFS Group is transforming its airport retail stores across North America to more accurately reflect location sensibilities and refine the focus of each space.
  2. Amazon Launches a Luxury Beauty Store
    Amazon unveiled a new section within its giant catalog on Thursday, a Luxury Beauty Store.
  3. Instagram’s $720 Million Print Button
    If Instagram added a print button to its app, how much revenue could it generate?
  4. BaubleBar Branches Out into New Categories, Starting with Weddings
    After two years of delivering affordable, on-trend jewelry styles every week, BaubleBar has expanded its offerings with a new bridal vertical.


  1. Dunnhumby Launches Venture Fund for Retail Data, Marketing Startups
    Dunnhumby, the analytics and direct-marketing firm behind loyalty programs at Tesco and Kroger among others, is launching a venture fund to back startups in retail data, analytics and marketing technology.
  2. Click & Collect is eBay’s Answer to Amazon’s Lockers – with a Twist
    EBay announced a new “click and collect” service that will let its customers pick up purchased products from retailers rather than have them delivered to their homes.
  3. Facebook Partners with PayPal, Stripe, BrainTree to Autofill Billing Info in Mobile Commerce Apps
    Facebook wants to put an end to typing billing details on the small screen.
  4. Will Smart Watches Attract Fashion-Savvy Consumers?
    The quest by consumers for affordable fashion items with luxury labels has led to the popularity of designer-label watches.


  1. Amazon Opens its Associates Affiliates Program to Mobile App Developers
    Amazon announced it’s expanding its long-running Amazon Associates program to mobile app developers.
  2. Foodspotting Ethical Co-Founder Launches E-Shop for Ethical Fashion
    On Tuesday, Zady joined that movement with the launch of an ecommerce site featuring around 150 fashion and home products for women and men, all adhering to the company’s ethical manufacturing standards.
  3. Facebook Stops Selling Physical Goods
    Facebook will sell only gift cards through its Gifts program, not tangible goods.
  4. Women at Google Looking Past the Glass Ceiling
    Isabelle Olsson, the lead industrial designer for Google Glass and Diane von Furstenberg seem to be more concerned about the color of Google Glass rather than about how the models would look strutting along the runway wearing tiny screens and computers on their faces.


  1. Slice the Shopping Email Companion Powered by Inbox Email Data, Raises $23M from Rakuten and Others
    Slice, the technology startup whose mission is to organize all commerce data by tapping into the information buried in your inbox, has closed on $23 million in Series B funding led by e-commerce giant Rakuten, often referred to as the Amazon of Japan.
  2. Online Shopping Game Asks Players to Chose the Priciest Outfit
    The mobile fashion app, Mall Madness, lets women play against their friends to prove they have an eye for fashion.
  3. Introducing Makeup Express, the New Way to Enjoy the World of Beauty
    Maybelline has taken the world of beauty by storm, with the release of the brand’s first ever beauty app, Makeup Express.
  4. Julie Wainwright Will Dress you for Success for Less
    Julie Wainswright is the CEO and founder at TheRealReal, a company that will help users find luxury goods for less.


  1. JustFab Agrees to Acquire ShoeDazzle, Announcement Coming by Week’s End
    After months of rumors, we hear that negotiations between two of LA’s subscription fashion leaders are ending, and JustFab will soon be the proud owner of ShoeDazzle.
  2. Byco: Crowdfunding Fashion Next Big Designers
    Jesse Finkelstein has created an online “one-stop-shop” for designers that facilitates production, with a little help from investors large and small.
  3. Condé Nast Launches New Subscriber Service with Amazon
    Magazine publisher Conde Nast announced a major partnership with Inc on Tuesday in which the Internet retailer will handle print and digital subscriptions for glossy publications such as Vogue, Wired and Vanity Fair.
  4. Virtual Fitting Startup Virtusize Tries on Japan via Partnership with Online Fashion Retailer Magaseek
    Sweden’s Virtusize, one of a plethora of startups trying to solve the problem of how to “try on” clothes online, is rolling out in Japan via a partnership with Japanese online fashion retailer Magaseek.