Fashion Blog


Beauty in the Age of “Perfect” AI Models

On one hand, consumers want to see the “real” in fashion sans Photoshopping. On the other, a new generation of AI models – used by the likes of Balmain, among others – introduces a sense of perfect that no human being can hope to match. How can these two elements fit together in today’s world? […]

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How Fashion Consumers Buy Today

In 1968, three researchers came up with a model that became the industry standard for marketers trying to understand how consumers buy. And for decades, it was fairly accurate. In today’s world it’s not. In this interview, Brandon Roe and Michael Solomon, authors of the bestselling Why Fashion Brands Die, talk about the new model […]

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Meet Fashion Santa

Fashion Santa wasn’t a guaranteed success. But the world took notice in 2014, after Paul Mason, aka “Fashion Santa”, showed up in a Toronto area mall. Massive international press ensured a great start for the brand, which five years later takes Paul across North America every Christmas season. Highlights: How veteran fashion model Paul Mason […]

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Sustainability Trends in the Fashion Industry

Fashion Designer turned Trends Forecaster Melanie Plank has developed a keen insight on what’s about to be “hot” in the coming seasons. She currently specializes in the complicated area that is fashion industry sustainability. Highlights: The positive and negative trends in fashion industry sustainability. The negative – and rarely discussed – side of the “circular […]

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Using “Magic” to Understand Consumer Behavior

The word “magic” doesn’t naturally seem to fit with fashion consumer insights. But in today’s interview, Matt Tompkins, a laboratory researcher currently at Oxford University, shows how the world of illusion can help us better understand the consumer’s mind. Highlights: How to use “choice blindness” to create artificial consumer demand for a product they very […]

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Heels that let you dance the night away (pain-free)

Most women know the pain that comes from dancing all night on a set of heels. It was one such experience that prompted the Leung twins to address the problem using space age materials, designing a shoe that allows the wearer to be on her feet longer with less discomfort. For more than 10 years, […]

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When Meghan Markle Wears Your Brand

When Meghan Markle wears a brand, sales tend to take off. That’s what happened for James Bartle, founder of Outland Denim. It’s an Australian firm that creates opportunities for at-risk women to learn a useful trade; something that then makes them self-sufficient. Highlights: What happens when a global celebrity like the Duchess of Sussex wears […]

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Nike: From $30 to $500 Million

Nike, Under Armour and Ralph Lauren have all benefited from Uncle Drew’s experience and insights over the years. As the first African American to hold various higher-ranking positions within the fashion world, he has a lot of wisdom to share when it comes to diversity, authenticity and effective storytelling. Highlights: How Drew helped grow Nike […]

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The Rise of “Virtue-Based Buying”

Hermes understands that natural dyes work just as well as synthetic ones, without damaging the environment. However, a lot of industry folk are skeptical about this belief, including Keith Recker when he was first approached about it during his time at Saks Fifth Avenue. But eventually, he saw the benefits… and it set him on […]

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The Psychology of the Luxury Consumer

YouGov is one of the largest consumer research groups in the world. In this very special episode, we interview Cara David, Managing Partner responsible for the Affluent Perspective Global Study – YouGov’s comprehensive annual report into the affluent population and how they buy luxury items (among other things). Specifically, we’ll focus on data they pulled […]

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