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Canada Goose opens its first flagship store in London

Canada Goose has opened doors to it’s London flagship store at 244 Regent Street. The 5,000 sq. ft. location features Canadian design elements, including marble quarried in British Columbia. The company said, the new store offers the broadest assortment of seasonal collections and exclusive collaborations anywhere in Europe.

“Opening our first European flagship store is another milestone for Canada Goose in a year where we’re celebrating our 60th anniversary. London is a truly world-renowned shopping destination and I am proud to bring our Canadian heritage, Made-in-Canada craftsmanship and best-in-class product to the city’s historic streets,” said Dani Reiss, President & CEO, Canada Goose in a media statement.

Canada Goose opens its first flagship store in London

A selection of vintage pieces from the company’s 60-year archive will also be on display and rotate seasonally, to include the Peace Keeper Parka, which was created exclusively for Ontario Provincial Police officers who face extreme conditions in the line of duty.

Canada Goose opens its first flagship store in London

As testament to the brand’s role as a champion of Made in Canada, the store showcases Canadian artisans and craftsman, such as Jason Carter, an Aboriginal visual artist, whose soapstone-carved polar bears displayed throughout the store are an indication to Canada Goose’s long-time relationship with Polar Bears International.

Picture:Canada Goose store via Canoe

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

London - 11.11, others known as Singles' Day, is set to leave Black Friday, Cyber Monday and even Amazon's Prime Day eating its dust, as becomes the leading online shopping bonanza. Occurring annually on November 11, Alibaba's shopping holiday is estimated to generate a record 158 billion yuan, 24 billion US dollars of sales this year according to Citigroup Inc. In 2016, Alibaba made just under 18 billion US dollars in sales and is keen to break this record this year.

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

Since its first event back in 2009, 11.11 has grown into an 24 hour shopping and entertainment festival, making it 18 times larger than Amazon's Prime day and 2.5 times bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined. Kicking off at midnight, the 9th consecutive online shopping festival is set to offer 15 million products from more than 140,000 brands on discount on Tmall. 60,000 international brands will also be participating in the discounting frenzy, as other online platforms such as rival JD.com, will also be offering their own sales in a bid to attract shoppers. Everything from beauty, to fashion, furniture and more will be on sale, as 11.11 is set to reach over 600 million customers.

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

Singles' Day 2017 now 2.5 times bigger than Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined

In order to appeal to a wider segment of shoppers, Alibaba has penned a number of strategic partnerships with luxury brands, such as Opening Ceremony, Jason Wu and Robert Geller. In addition, Alibaba has also tapped a number of international singers, such as Pharrell Williams, Jessie J and tennis star Maria Sharapova, to attend its 3rd 11.11 countdown gala, which engages with viewers in real time via mobile. For example, last year viewers were able to win clothing won by stars or collect the traditional Chinese 'red packets' via their smartphones while they watched the gala. Last year's countdown gala was followed by 400 million viewers, which is three times more than those who followed the US Super bowl this year.

Former president of Fox news and Emmy-winning veteran television producer David Hill is set to direct the countdown gala for the second year in a row, believes the show is part of 11.11 ongoing success when it comes to consumer engagement. "If you analyze why we are doing the show, it’s to turn shopping into sport and to make shopping into entertainment, so the show has got to reflect that philosophy," said Hill to Alizila, Alibaba’s own news site. "And the way the show is constructed—with so many segments, so many stars and fun bits—it reflects the overreaching theme of what Single’s Day has become. It is truly remarkable. We can do things in China we can’t do virtually anywhere else in the world. In America, if you stream to any more than one or two million people you get a swirling circle of death, meaning it’s not connecting. In China, we can stream to over 35 million people. It boggles the mind.”

11.11 to bring in 24 billion dollars, leaving Black Friday in the dust

This year's 11.11 is also the one year anniversary of the 'New Retail' strategy launched by Alibaba. As the e-commerce giant continues to grow, it aims to blur the boundaries between online and offline while digitizing the offline retail world. It's leading supermarket concept Hema is a leading example of this, but the Chinese company is keen to generate more new retail formats, which is why it has partnered with 52 shopping malls in 12 cities to launch 60 pop-up 'iStores' for international brands such as Estée Lauder. These iStores offer technological features, such as facial recognition-powered payment solutions, scan-and-deliver 020 shopping features as well as AR beauty tutorials. Overall, 1,000 brands, including Gap, Vero Moda and C&A in 334 cities will convert their stores into to 100,000 iStore locations for 11.11.

But that is not all Alibaba has up its sleeve for 11.11. In order to help boost its popularity outside of China, Tmall is set to bring more than 100 domestic Chinese brands, such as Peacebird, Haier and Gree to international markets, targeting millions over Chinese shoppers living abroad.

Photos: Courtesy of Alibaba

Butikku opens on Maddox Street

Europe’s only specialist retailer of luxury Japanese designer clothes and lifestyle goods, Butikku has opened on Maddox Street, London.

Butikku opens on Maddox Street

The store, designed in collaboration with architects Soho+Co, provides a boutique space for clothing alongside a dedicated gallery space displaying Japanese fine art.

Butikku opens on Maddox Street

Butikku currently offers over 300 exclusive clothing and accessory items, each hand-picked from the latest collections of leading Japanese designers, with most brands not available anywhere else in the UK or Europe, including several designers that are alumni of internationally-renowned designers, including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto, Jean Paul Gaultier and Aquascutum.

Butikku opens on Maddox Street

Founded in 2013 by Kevin House, a former management consultant in the Energy sector, Butikku has previously sold its exclusive ranges through pop-up boutiques and its online store. By dealing directly with the designers, Butikku avoids ‘middle-man’ costs in order to keep prices lower for its customers.

The opening exhibition in the gallery space is a selection of works from the “Flower Ball Series” by renowned Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami.

Butikku opens on Maddox Street

Images: courtesy of Butikku

Town centres which were awarded a 1.2 million pounds grant in an effort to spur retail growth have actually shrunken over the past five years. A survey of 12 government-funded 'Portas pilot' towns found that close to 1,000 stores had disappeared over the past five years, according to research carried out by LCD and commissioned by the BBC.

This 17 percent loss is equal to one store closing every 22 days. Research also found that the choice of stores also decreased, as the number of stores selling bigger items, such as apparel and electrical goods in all but three of the towns in the pilot. Vacancy rates in 10 out of the 12 town centres have also decline, as other business left units or stopped using them.

In total, the towns suffered a net loss of 969 retail units, according to LDC. "This is very common up and down the country. Because there are more empty shops in town centres, businesses from the fringes of these towns are relocating into the heart of town centres," said Matthew Hopkinson, LDC director, to the BBC. "This leaves more redundant space on the edge of town centres."

Fashion for Good launches festive Pop-up shop

London - Fashion for Good, a global initiative aiming to improve the industry, is set to launch a series of holiday workshops at it first ever pop-up shop.

Located at Fashion for Good hub in the centre of Amsterdam, the Good Fashion Pop-up Shop is set to run from December 1 to 24 and will feature a series of Do-it-yourself-makers workshops, where members of the public can learn to make their own festive gifts.

The pop-up shop will offer limited edition t-shirts, designed by Amsterdam Fashion Institute (AMFI) students. The designs where selected by a panel of local fashion industry influencers and screen-printed onto the industry's first cradle to cradle t-shirts from C&A. The t-shirts are set to retail for 12.90 euros.

Fashion for Good launches festive Pop-up shop

In addition, DIY workshops are set to take place at the pop-up space where shoppers can come and create a personalised key chain out of recycled leather waste, hand-sew a card holder out of recycled leather or embroider personalised designs onto their cradle-to-cradle t-shirts. Prices for the workshops are set to vary from 20 euros to 45 euros, including all materials.

In order to mark the occasion, Fashion for Good is also inviting consumers to make a good fashion resolution under the hashtag #GoodFashionResolution and share it online via social media. Three participants will be selected at random to receive a 'Good Fashion Introduction Package' which includes a session with an eco-stylist and a 100 euro gift certificate to sustainable retailer Charlie + Mary.

Photos: Courtesy of Fashion for Good

E-tailer Boohoo is coming to Los Angeles in the form of a temporary pop-up. The brand will be displaying its holiday collections at StyleCon on November 18.

The pop-up will be at the event alongside fashion icons and influencers at the event. StyleCon takes place every year bringing together the fashion community with beauty influencers. As an e-tailer, Boohoo's temporary store joins digital influencers, brands, and fellow retailers at the event.

The Manchester-based brand is known for its affordable, fast-fashion. The brand offers both womenswear and menswear including apparel, accessories, footwear, and more. Bringing the brand's clothing to a physical pop-up allows for Boohoo customers to take advantage of in-person shopping. Off of Westwood Boulevard, the pop-up will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m at Style Con.

Mintel is forecasting that online spending in China will reach 45.7 percent of total per capita retail spend in 2017, as the country continues to undergo a “fundamental shift” in the way consumers shop.

New research reveals that China’s online retail market has reached a “critical mass,” according to Mintel, with business-to-consumer online retail is expected to reach 60 percent plus of total e-commerce sales in 2017, with mobile online retail expected to make up 80 percent plus of the business-to-consumer retail category.

Total business-to-consumer and consumer-to-consumer online retail sales in China are expected to reach RMB 6.4 trillion by year-end 2017, having grown at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 37.9 percent since 2012, growing nearly fivefold in value in five years.

Matthew Crabbe, research director, APAC, at Mintel said: “Mintel research reveals that online per capita spend in China is close to reaching a peak and there are a few reasons why this is happening. One issue is that consumers are increasingly buying experiences and services online, rather than products.

“The other issue is that consumers are already adapting to ‘new retail’; they are embracing greater integration between online and in-store shopping. This will mean much tougher competition between retailers. It will also likely mean more pressure for further consolidation in the market, resulting in more mergers, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.”

China’s ‘new retail’ experience has consumers purchasing different products from different channels, with research showing that 72 percent of in-home food shoppers prefer to shop in-store, compared with 60 percent of consumers who prefer to shop online for toys, games, clothing, and accessories.

Crabbe added: “The growth in mobile online shopping across all sectors this year illustrates how mobile is driving the convergence of online and offline shopping into 'new retail'. Meanwhile, online shopping penetration is high across most sectors.”

The main driver of online retail’s success the research reveals is that 65 percent of urban Chinese consumers say they find products cheaper online, while 63 percent say that online offers more choice, and more than half (52 percent) of consumers say they find what they were looking for faster when shopping online.

Sustainable clothing label Reformation just opened its third store in New York City. The stylish Los Angeles company dubbed this location as its first tech-savvy store.

In total, this store marks Reformation's eighth retail location. The store is "tech-enabled," as reported by WWD, meaning that it will feature touch screens that will let customers send apparel straight to their dressing rooms as well as digital fitting room attendees. The store will also have product fulfillment without leaving fitting room, phone plug-ins for charging, as well as custom lighting. The entire space boasts 3,500 square feet total.

As a tech-focused store, Reformation seems to be testing out this new concept. We’ve had stores there since 2010, but this is definitely something different, something new. I hope people will be into it," Yael Aflalo, founder of Reformation, told WWD.

Online giant Amazon is to open a pop-up store in London as part of its 10-day Black Friday event later this month.

Open from November 21 to Black Friday, November 24, the ‘Home of Black Friday’ pop-up experience in Soho Square in central London will act as a showroom for Amazons biggest deals.

The pop-up aims to celebrate the start of the Christmas shopping season for Amazon and will allow customers to try hand at a range of games to win prizes as well as take part in themed workshops, from food to crafts tutorials. Visitors to the ‘Home of Black Friday' can also sample new products and get advice from gifting and lifestyle experts.

"Customers tell us they love getting extra low prices so they can save on their Christmas shopping. This year we have hundreds of small businesses from our Marketplace offering great deals on their unique and creative products, making it even easier to find perfect gifts with our Black Friday sale,” said Doug Gurr, country manager, Amazon.co.uk. "We're making Black Friday more fun than ever by holding our first ever Home of Black Friday pop up in Central London and have just released our TV advert which features our iconic boxes having a sing-a-long to celebrate the festive season."

Amazon’s online Black Friday sale will run from November 17 until November 26, with discounts ranging from fashion, jewellery and beauty to electronics, toys, games and home items. Amazon will have new ‘Deals of the Day' every day throughout the period, and there will also be thousands of ‘Lightning Deals’, products available at a discount, in limited quantities, for a short period of time - introduced throughout the sale, with new deals becoming available as often as every five minutes.

Amazon Prime members, including customers enjoying a free Amazon Prime 30-day trial, will once again also have an exclusive 30-minute early access period to all Lightning Deals.

Chinese tourists visiting Paris are now able to pay for their purchases in two of the city's famous department stores with their smartphones, thanks the adoption of the payment app of the popular Chinese social media network, WeChat.

The Galeries Lafayette group said Wednesday that shoppers at its flagship Galeries Lafayette Haussmann and BHV Marais stores could now check out with WeChat Pay. The feature is integrated into Tencent-owned WeChat, which had more than 938 million active monthly users earlier this year, allowing payment via a linked bank card. The service, available to Chinese merchants since 2014, has been expanding internationally since 2016.

Paris is a major draw for Chinese tourists, where surveys show they are top spenders. The Galeries Lafayette group said its shops welcome 15 million foreign visitors per year and wanted to provide "its Chinese customers with a familiar, convenient and secure payment environment ... directly on their smartphone." Another Parisian department store, Printemps, has opted for the rival Chinese payment service Alipay. Well-heeled Chinese tourists have become targets for thieves, with Beijing urging France on Monday to "crack the case" of a Chinese tourist group which was tear-gassed and robbed in Paris last week. (AFP)