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Amazon finally opens up Prime Wardrobe to more customers

Amazon’s Prime Wardrobe appears to be getting ready to launch. The retailer’s “try before you buy” shopping service, first announced in June 2017, aims to challenge incumbents in the market like Stitch Fix, Trunk Club, Wantable, and others. The service has quietly remained in an invite-only beta since last year, and Amazon claims that’s still the case. However, a recent flurry of tweets, including – ahem, those from an Amazon account and people who worked on the project – beg to differ. Unfortunately, the Amazon staffer’s tweet was deleted after we asked Amazon about it. It had read: “Amazon Prime Wardrobe is officially launched! Hooray! It’s been a fun project to work on.” Before we could screengrab the tweet, it was gone. But here it is in Chrome’s history, if you’re curious: Amazon init...

CoEdition raises $4 million from NEA and others for its plus-sized shopping site for women

The average American woman is plus-sized, but only 18 percent of clothing sold in 2016 was size 14 or higher. This disconnect in the world of fashion looked like an opportunity to a team of four former Gilt execs, who are today launching a new e-commerce site, CoEdition. The site will cater to women sizes 10 through 26, offering a curated selection of contemporary clothing from top brands, including Stuart Weitzman, Tahari, Rachel Roy, and others. The company is backed by Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan, former Gilt technology head Kent Helbig, Gilt’s fashion director and head of brand acquisition Brooke Cundiff, and former Gilt Chief Merchandising Officer, Keith George, now CoEdition CEO. “Brooke was doing some consulting for a brand in this space, and realized there were a lot of new bran...

The X-ONE H1 is a new hybrid smartwatch for the fancy traveler

Since the dawn of smartwatches the fancier watch lovers among us have wanted a mechanical watch with all the features of a smart watch. A few comers have attempted this nearly impossible feat and now the X-ONE H1 is now giving it a try. The X-ONE H1 has an internal mechanical movement that powers the hour, minute, and seconds hand, just like a regular automatic watch. Further, there is a small, replaceable package of electronics that powers the rest of the features including GMT time, perpetual calendar, and decidedly unique linear display that can tell you your Dad is calling in Morse code. The watch starts at $750 in steel and goes up to about $1,000. It runs a Sellita Caliber SW200 movement, a bog standard automatic movement that became popular after Swatch stopped selling as many of th...

Fashion subscription service Le Tote ventures into China’s competitive luxury retail market

China has already been one of the fastest-growing luxury retail markets in the world for years. As their spending power increases, consumers are becoming pickier, demanding premium brands at better prices, with better service. Now Le Tote, the fashion rental service backed by Andreessen Horowitz, GV and other investors, is preparing to enter the fray. The San Francisco-based company says this makes it the first U.S. subscription service to enter China. Le Tote China will run a beta program on WeChat, the ubiquitous messaging and e-commerce platform, before launching to the public in spring. Almost all foreign tech companies eyeing Chinese expansion need a local partner to help them navigate cultural differences and regulations, which vary from province to province, and Le Tote found one in...

Goxip raises $5M led by Meitu to build an influencer marketing platform for fashion in Asia

Goxip, a Hong Kong-based social shopping service, has raised $5 million to branch out into influencer marketing. The investment was led by Meitu, the $6 billion Hong Kong-listed company that develops selfie apps and selfie-optimized phones, with participation from Hong Kong conglomerate Nan Fung Group via its inaugural Mills Fabrica Fund. Others who took part include a trio of young female investors from major monied families. Chryseis Tan, an existing investor who is the daughter of Malaysian billionaire Vincent Tan; Sabrina Ho, the daughter of a Macau-based casino magnate Stanley Ho; and Iman Allana, from Indian multi-billion dollar food giant Allana Group. Goxip’s core app is akin to a ‘shoppable Instagram,’ as we wrote back in 2016. Users can post photos of their outfit, wish list or o...

Highsnobiety secures $8.5M from Felix Capital to woo millennial males

Highsnobiety has come a long way. What began as a sneaker passion blog in 2005 now attracts upwards of 9 million visitors monthly to its site containing news and analysis of high fashion, streetwear and culture. The site has attracted a highly influential audience of young, educated and affluent, mainly millennial male, readers. These are the hard-to-reach people even for social media, at this point. So it’s not a huge surprise that it’s attracted new investment. It’s now secured $8.5 million in funding led by the UK-based VC Felix Capital. The new investment will go into investing in new technology and digital media in niche verticals, from sneakers to music, and the capturing of more extensive data and analytics. Plus, it’s following other publishers into the world of curated editorial a...

Euveka’s shape-shifting robotic mannequin could streamline the fashion and wearable industries

Some ideas you hear and they immediately make sense. Some take a minute, but the more you think about them, the better they seem. Euveka, a mannequin for clothing designers that can change shape and size in seconds, is the latter — and I think it may eventually be a standard item in any fashion studio and a fair few other industries. It’s not something I ever really thought about, but designers don’t just create one version of a shirt or jacket and then scale it up and down (well, good ones don’t). They need to design and refit it for different body types, allowing for the many shapes humans take and the ways that shape changes with time or activity. That means lots and lots of mannequins. Big, small, short, tall, pregnant, broad-shouldered, narrow-hipped and everything else. It would be n...

FASHION: 8 Trends that will dominate 2018

You don’t need to have spent too much time in the new year to know what fashion trends are going to dominate 2018. The writing is on the wall: Designers, influencers, and all the stylish people you see on the street seem to be on the same page about a handful of trends-a certain type of tops, a particular kind of sleeve. Before you know it, those trends will be at your neighborhood purveyor of fast-fashion; and from there… You won’t be able to go anywhere without noticing them. So, before they reach that level of pervasiveness, brush up on the 8 fashion trends we’re betting on big for 2018. 1. Ballon sleevesWe’ve already seen sleeves get super-sized in 2017. This year we will see more adventurous versions – voluminous blouses that feel a little bit 19th century. Trend ...

Spider silk startup Bolt Threads closes on $123 million in Series D funding

Bolt Threads, the startup making spider silk from microbugs, has raised a giant $123 million Series D round of funding. As we reported in November, an SEC filing showed the company had raised $106 million from Foundation Capital and Formation 8. Bolt now tells TechCrunch it has added to that amount, bringing up its total to $147 million raised so far. The funding was led by Baillie Gifford, with additional participation from the aforementioned Foundation Capital and Formation 8 as well as Founders Fund, Fidelity Management, Research Company and Temasek. Allen & Company LLC both advised on the transaction and participated in the round. Bolt Threads has made great strides since it launched in 2009 with an ambitious endeavor to make spider silk, a material stronger than teflon but softer ...

There’s A Company In Italy Called “Steve Jobs” And Apple Isn’t Too Pleased About It

In 2012, Italian brothers, Vincenzo and Giacomo Barbato, seized a golden opportunity to name their company “Steve Jobs” when they realized Apple never got around to trademarking his name. They pair had spent years designing products for other companies, so when it came time to start their own, they new the name would be perfect for their brand. As could be expected, Apple immediately sought legal action against them. They filed a motion with the European Union Intellectual Property Office against the brothers, but now it seems the tech empire has lost to them. Source 1 Apple’s downfall came in choosing to specifically go after the small company’s logo of a letter “J” with something resembling a bite taken out of it and a leaf adorning the top of it rather than its name. While the logo does...

Lily raises $2M from NEA and others for a personal stylist service that considers feelings, not just fit

One of the reasons recently IPO’d Stitch Fix became so popular among female shoppers is because of how it pairs the convenience of home try-on for clothing and accessories with a personal styling service that adapts to your tastes over time. But often, personal stylists bring their own subjective takes on fashion to their customers. A new startup called Lily aims to offer a more personalized service that takes into account not just what’s on trend or what looks good, but also how women feel about their bodies and how the right clothing can impact those perceptions. The company has now closed on $2 million in seed funding from NEA and other investors to further develop its technology, which today involves an iOS application, web app and API platform that retailers can integrate with their o...

Japanese Retailer Uniqlo Has Opened Airport Vending Machines With Apparel

Uniqlo’s identity as an international clothing brand is about to get a whole lot bigger. The Japanese retailer recently began installing vending machines stocked full of some of their best products in airports across the United States, so now if you forget something while you’re traveling, you can easily snag it at your own convenience. The first machine opened up in August at Oakland International Airport, and nine other units made their way into other locations later that month. Uniqlo also plans to begin inserting these machines in shopping malls, allowing them to spread their brand to new audiences who may not have an actual store nearby. Inside these kiosks will be a variety of necessities, including options for both men and women. Products will feature easily forgotten merchandise li...

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