Farfetch has big ambitions for its Store of the Future project, a new service rolling out later this year that isn’t a store itself -- rather, it’s an API for in-store technology that luxury brands can use to modernize their physical boutiques. It’s hard to pin down exactly what a Farfetch-enabled “store of the future” will look and feel like. On this week’s podcast, which was recorded live at the first Glossy Summit in Miami, Farfetch North America president Jeff Fowler did his best to explain.
M. Gemi is hoping to get as close to on-demand retail as possible. The two-year-old brand, known for handmade Italian shoes, promises high quality without the middleman markups and launches new styles of women’s and men’s shoes (the latter of which it launched in 2016) every Monday. Thanks to a closely monitored production network of workshops in Italy, M.Gemi is nimble enough to act on customer response that same day, deciding which styles to invest in further and which to scale back. Cheryl Kaplan, M. Gemi's President, joined us for an episode of the Glossy Podcast to discuss on-demand retail at scale, how to respond to customer reactions in real time and moving into brick-and-mortar.
When former fashion editor Libby Callaway relocated from New York City to Nashville, the industry there was still centered around star-spangled suits and dressing the Grand Ole Opry. Lots has changed since then. In a recent study, the NFA estimated the Nashville fashion industry to be worth $5.6 billion, putting it third behind New York and Los Angeles, as far as American fashion capitals go. On a recent trip back to New York, Callaway stopped in for the Glossy Podcast, where she discussed the need for organized support around Nashville’s fashion industry and the attitude shift around the market.