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  1. How Warby Parker’s Customer Service Videos Have Created Life-Long Fans
    Businesses have been getting creative with the way they provide customer service, and for Warby Parker that means personalized YouTube videos and comical emails.
  2. The Cambridge Satchel Co. Receives Cash Infusion
    The British accessories label The Cambridge Satchel Co. has raised $21 million in funding from the venture capital firm Index Ventures.
  3. Burberry Aims for Brand Cohesion with Beauty Video
    British apparel brand Burberry is presenting the full look of its ongoing spring/summer 2014 collection campaign with a social video that marries the marketer’s fashions, runway show and cosmetics to create a well-rounded image.
  4. The 38 Essential Online Shops, Winter 2014
    We’ve broken the list into four categories: multi-brand retailers, online-only favorites, discount go-tos,  and new arrivals, where we give a special shout-out to e-commerce sites that have arrived within the past six months or so.


  1. Birchbox Collaborates with US Weekly for Red Carpet Inspired Beauty Box
    Birchbox, the emerging leader in e-commerce beauty products, and top celebrity gossip source Us weekly, announced a partnership to curate a special edition Birchbox just in time for awards season.
  2. Why Pebble’s New Watch is Dressy on the Inside and Out
    Presented at CES 2014 this week, Pebble, known for ‘putting apps and notifications on your wrist’ and breaking Kickstarter records, have unveiled a completely new design…
  3. Chinese Internet Giants Alibaba and Sina Weibo Partner Up to Launch Weibo Payment
    Sina Weibo, the microblogging platform often called “China’s Twitter,” has partnered up with Alipay to launch a new payment platform called Weibo Payment.
  4. Tech Fit for the Showroom, But the Runway Might Have to Wait
    The Navigate Jacket from Wearable Experiments uses GPS navigation and a mapping app on the wearer’s smartphone to signal directions. It’s part of a new trend of wearable tech that some speculate will be a billion-dollar industry.

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  1. Berlin’s “Poor but Sexy” Appeal is Turning the City into European Silicon Valley
    Startups, venture capitalists and foreign workers descend on city with cheap rent and big investments from Google and Microsoft.
  2. Shopify Revamps its iOS App
    Shopify has introduced a redesigned version of its iOS mobile app, with a new core concept that focuses on helping merchants do more to manage and run their stores from their devices.
  3. Digital Enhances Beauty Product Experience Remotely and In-Store
    Luxury marketers who focus on beauty product lines have taken notice of how affluent consumers prefer to shop via mobile by continuing to incorporate digital touch points into campaigns and through in-store interactions.
  4. Wearable Tech at CES 2014
    With the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether some company, any company, can release an uncompromised, mainstream consumer hit in 2014.


  1. The Hunt Releases an iOS App
    Catering to a smartphone-happy user base that skews young and female, the fashion site The Hunt has released its first iPhone app.
  2. Beauty E-Commerce Company Julep Joins the Pop-Up Trend and Returns to its Brick-and-Mortar Roots
    It wasn’t long ago that we were were all heralding the death of the brick-and-mortar store. With e-commerce startups and Amazon and free shipping, how could physical locations compete?
  3. Guerlain Fetes World’s Largest Beauty Store via Google Hangouts
    France’s Guerlain is inviting consumers to virtually step inside its newly renovated Parisian flagship boutique with a guided tour on Google+ Hangout on Air Nov. 22.
  4. Sydney Fashion Week Adds E-Commerce
    IMG unveiled plans to add a new two-day consumer-focused showcase to supplement the trade event, as well as an e-commerce initiative that will offer consumers spring 2014 merchandise straight off the runway.


  1. Ecomm Newcomer Greats is Building a Brand on Sweet, Affordable Sneakers
    The latest addition to the genus Ecommerce Lowoverheadus is Greats, a men’s footwear brand that launched in August.
  2. Wearable Tech Won’t Take Off Until the Price Comes Down
    Google Glass, smart watches and fitness trackers appealing to plenty of Brits and Americans, but current costs are a barrier.
  3. Bloomingdale’s Balances Selfies with Beauty Tips in Instagram Contest
    Department store chain Bloomingdale’s is letting fans determine the best selfie shot from its #BloomieSelfie Instagram contest to increase participation and spread awareness of the campaign.
  4. Google Glass Accessory Store Comes Online
    Google has launched an accessory store for Google Glass which is available to existing Glass owners.


  1. JustFab Sews up $40M to Become Global Fast Fashion Empire
    The fashion startup announced today that it has closed $40 million in its third round of funding to accelerate its already-fast international growth and enter new product categories.
  2. Google+ Hangouts Match Fashion Designers with Potential Customers
    Google is teaming up with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create a new social shopping experience.
  3. Into the Gloss, an Editorial Beauty Site Raises $2M to Build its Team
    The editorial beauty website Into The Gloss has raised $2 million in venture capital funding led by Forerunner and Lerer Ventures, along with several angel investors.
  4. The Socially Responsible Fashion and Lifestyle Brand; Master & Muse
    Founder Amber Valletta curates fashion forward clothing and accessories focused on sustainability.


  1. Is Beauty Subscription E-Commerce Asia’s Next Hot Trend?
    In Asia, female web users are making, in every country, more than 60 percent of their online purchases on fashion.
  2. Cafe Mom Takes on Pinterest, Wanelo, with its Own Social Shopping Site, The Prowl
    CafeMom, a longtime social networking sites for mothers and mothers-to-be, and home to other brands like Mamá and celeb gossip outlet The Stir, is today making its move into social shopping with the launch of The Prowl.
  3. E-Retailer Only Sells a Single Daily Dress to Eliminate Web Clutter
    One Dress A Day site offers one style per day, eliminating the paradox of choice that customers face daily online.
  4. ShopUNIQUES Connects Boutiques, Emerging Designers and Stylists with Fashion Enthusiasts
    Armed with digital marketing and e-commerce know-how for some of the world’s largest retailers, founder Ladan Mehrabi struck out on her own to create a unique shopping experience and a platform to promote independent talent.


  1. Amazon Experiments with its Own Take on Pinterest Called “Amazon Collections”
    Amazon has quietly launched its own direct challenger to Pinterest with the debut of a feature called “Amazon Collections.”
  2. WhoWhatWear Publishers Launch New Beauty Site
    Byrdie is the latest in a new generation of online beauty publications.
  3. Armani Extends Eyewear Campaign with Video App Initiative
    Italian fashion house Giorgio Armani is extending its “Frames of Life” eyewear campaign by encouraging fans to create short videos on mobile video-sharing application VideofyMe using its own branded filter.
  4. Electrode-Free Undershirt Monitors Heart Rate Discreetly
    Japanese telecom giant NTT has developed an undershirt without any obtrusive wires.


  1. Lingerie Sales Site, Adore Me, Raises $8.5M as it Aims to Disrupt Victoria’s Secret Market Sales
    The lingerie site has suddenly exploded with popularity after it raised $8.5 million in Series B funding.
  2. Trymbl Wants to be the Warby Parker of Beauty Products
    The beauty startup will be launching in August and users who are invited will be able to try their organic products for free.
  3. Calgary Entrepreneurs Connecting Technology and Fashion with BeauCoo
    BeauCoo is a social online platform that encourages positive body image. It is described by its founder, Christian MacLean as Instagram meets ModCloth.)
  4. Jewelry Reuses Trash as Precious Materials
    Rubbish-Jewelry, created by designer Hollie Paxton, used candy wrappers to create unique pieces of jewelry.


  1. Pub Shows How Bitcoin Will Work for Retail
    The Penbury Tavern in London is the first bar to accept bitcoins as currency.
  2. Wanelo: The Online Shopping Site Built by a Woman for Women
    Wanelo’s founder hopes to inject the shopping experience with more interactivity.
  3. Canadian Startup BRIKA Attempts to Bridge the Gap Between Makers and Consumers
    BRIKA helps artisans, designers and makers speak to their target audience.
  4. High-Tech Ways to Look Good
    Newly high-tech devices from the beauty industry promise salon results at home.