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FabFitFun Unveils Magical Unboxing Experience with Launch of New Augmented Reality App
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FabFitFun, a leading women’s lifestyle brand, announced the launch of its first mobile product, an augmented reality app that invites members to see the world through FabFitFun’s lenses. Link to article.
Appear Here takes in $12 mln Series B
Appear Here, a marketplace for short-term rental space, has secured $12 million in Series B funding. Octopus Ventures led the round with participation from Simon Venture Group and return backers Balderton, MMC, Meyer Bergman and Playfair Capital. Link to article.
MeUndies positions itself as the underpants of the revolution
In 2011, L.A.-based direct-to-consumer company MeUndies entered the market with a different approach to marketing underwear. As I reported in a story from last year, the brand doesn't emphasize sexiness in its marketing–which is traditionally how Victoria’s Secret and Calvin Klein have advertised products—but rather feeling comfortable in your own skin. Link to article.
Luka Sabbat Is Selling His Own Outfits on Grailed Right Now
The young and fashion-savvy Luka Sabbat has been exposed to the world of fashion since birth, as his extensive portfolio spans his years, which has been aided with a mother who worked as a stylist for John Galliano and a father who designed clothes in Paris. Link to article.
EY Announces Finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Greater Los Angeles Region
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EY today announced the finalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Awards in the Greater Los Angeles program. Link to article.
Hammerson branches out to pop-up retail with Appear Here tie-up
Independent retailers now have a chance to conduct business in some the UK’s biggest shopping centres thanks to a new tie-up between Hammerson and Appear Here. Link to article.
MeUndies’ PRIDE Campaign Wants You To “Celebrate Yourself” & Support The Los Angeles LGBT Center
Just ahead of the 2017 L.A. PRIDE Parade & Festival (as well as many other PRIDE celebrations across the globe) kicking off in June, MeUndies’ “Celebrate Yourself” campaign is encouraging everyone to do just that with a special collection of colorful polka dot underwear in partnership with the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Link to article.
UK startup wants to profit from New York’s retail vacancy epidemic
UPDATED, April 19, 4:30 p.m.: A British startup is looking to capitalize on Manhattan’s rising retail vacancy rate by offering landlords a chance to list their empty storefronts as short-term rentals online. Link to article.
Kanye West pop-up partner Appear Here expands from London to New York
London pop-up retail space provider Appear Here has expanded into the US with a New York City office, building on collaborations with global names including Kanye West and Nike. Link to article.
Appear Here Introduces Short-Term Retail Leasing Platform to NYC
Short-term retail leasing marketplace Appear Here, which has made waves in London and Paris via its technology platform directly linking landlords with a database of tens of thousands of retail tenants and brands, has arrived in New York City. Link to article.
An Airbnb for empty retail space launches in NYC: Appear Here, a three-year old British marketplace for pop-up stores, is expanding
The market for companies matching empty retail spaces with pop-up store candidates just got a little more crowded. Link to article.
TV Star and Restauranteur Eddie Huang’s New Gig: Underwear Model
Eddie Huang has a recommendation for your testicles. Considering the formidable following he’s amassed by translating his personal experiences into a wildly successful career as a restaurateur, best-selling author, television host, and the basis for a hit network TV comedy, it’s a proposal that is probably at least worth considering. Link to article.
MeUndies wants your underwear to be bold, just like its new brand ambassador
It’s been five years since MeUndies first decided to start selling unmentionables on the internet — and today the company is getting mentioned more than ever before. Proving that online shopping isn’t just for household appliances or shoes or cat food, MeUndies is taking ecommerce where it’s never been before — your derriere. Link to article.
Dirty Lemon’s Latest Drink Will Put You To Bed: A miracle beverage of sorts
I’m what you would call a terrible sleeper. Not only do I struggle to fall asleep most nights, but I also have trouble staying asleep—often waking up, tossing and turning, and finding out that I’ve accidentally elbowed my boyfriend in the face. Link to article.
GE 194: How FabFitFun Brought in $40M in Revenue and 200K Subscribers Last Year (podcast)
Hey everyone, in today’s episode, I share the mic with Michael Broukhim, the Co-CEO and Co-Founder of FabFitFun, which offers an incredible beauty box subscription service. Link to article.
ROBERT GELLER DEBUTS “IMMIGRANT” T-SHIRT ONLINE TO HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR ACLU
After his Fall/Winter 2017 show that was inspired by political unrest and protest gear, German-born menswear designer Robert Geller took a bow in a t-shirt that read “Immigrant,” hand-painted by his wife, Ana Beatriz Lerario Geller, the morning before the show. Link to article.
FabFitFun Launches FabFitFunTV, Giving Members Exclusive, On-Demand Access to Fitness Content from LA’s Hottest Studios and Trainers
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- FabFitFun, a leading women’s lifestyle brand, announced the launch of FabFitFunTV, a new on-demand video service that gives members access to exclusive fitness content from well-known studios and celebrity instructors. Link to article.
Can’t sleep? Text Dirty Lemon and see if its Sleep potion will help
Finally, a nightcap that won’t make you feel like you need to wear a ball cap the next morning to hide a hangover. No, we haven’t discovered a side effect-less alcoholic beverage, but we may have found a way to help you sleep better. Link to article.
Grailed, the Online Marketplace for Menswear Enthusiasts, to Expand into Womenswear
If the word “grail” isn’t in your fashion-related lexicon, let us break it down for you: It’s a term coined by internet-savvy menswear enthusiasts to describe a rare piece of clothing – whether it’s an archival Raf Simons parka or a T-shirt from a one-off Supreme collaboration – that you simply cannot live without owning. Link to article.
Appear Here – ‘the Airbnb for retail’– eyes big brand budgets with launch of Global Projects team
Appear Here has created a Global Special Projects team to be led by former Cushman & Wakefield director Eva Marie Santiago as it looks to help big brands, with big budgets, orchestrate global experiences through the network of retail spaces on its books. Link to article.
BeautyKind Cofounder Gina Kohler Joins FabFitFun
As head of product development, she will build the subscription box service’s in-house brands ISH and Summer & Rose, and possibly launch new lines. Link to article.
Dirty Lemon Looks to Expand Post-Fundraising Round
Dirty Lemon is looking to add some juice. A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reveals that the New York City-based company, which markets a line of all-natural functional wellness drinks made with fruit juices and botanicals, is attempting to raise $4.5 million. Link to article.
Menswear Nerds Are Flocking to This EBay Alternative
Sunny Lam was on the hunt. The thirty-something clothing designer and consultant in New York wanted—needed—rare pieces from the early 2000s by his cult favorites, Raf Simons and Helmut Lang. “I used to go on EBay, but it’s a bit of a migraine,” Lam says, explaining that the selection is disorganized, the photo quality stinks, and the best pieces sell almost instantly. Link to article.
Text-To-Buy: Wellness Beverage Company Dirty Lemon Pioneers A New Retail Model
Dirty Lemon is a direct-to-consumer beverage company that aims to challenge the retail landscape and disrupt the category by selling it’s line of products exclusively via text message, building a personalized relationship with each member of its rapidly-growing customer base. Link to article.
Highsnobiety Crowns The Best Store of 2016
The Highsnobiety Crowns are an annual awards series celebrating the very best in streetwear and street culture over the past 12 months. All shortlists are chosen by the in-house editorial staff at Highsnobiety, with the final result left up to you, the readers. Link to article.
20 Surprising Subscription Box Ideas
Fab Fit Fun Box, Best for: Anyone who could use some pampering. Great for a busy mom or on-the-go friend, this box features products from well-known brands and newcomers. Link to article.
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