Etsy Opens To Manufacturing Taking another step away from being a marketplace known only for “handcrafted” goods to instead focus more broadly on enabling smaller sellers to scale their businesses, online marketplace Etsy announced today it’s launching a new program called Etsy Manufacturing. The service will connect sellers with Etsy-approved manufacturers to help them source production assistance as needed. The move comes two years after Etsy revised its policies to allow sellers to work with manufacturers, provided they were transparent about the process with customers, and continued to maintain their authorship over their own products and designs. At the time of that initial decision, the company explained that its prior policies had been confusing to sellers, some of whom thought any outside help would see them kicked off the site. If approved, the sellers had to list the information about their manufacturer on their shop’s About page, the company said.
How Will The Global Economy Do In 2015? Here's What You Should Know The world can be a scary place, George Osborne seems to like suggesting, with every other economy in choppy waters as Britain's economy enjoys increasingly smooth sailing. Speaking in October, the Chancellor said: "Britain is part of a global economy, but that doesn’t mean Britain is just going to be buffeted by the storms....The eurozone risks slipping back into crisis. Britain cannot be immune from that." As 2015 nears, HuffPostUK asked various City experts to assess where the risks will lie for the global economy. Europe in the doldrums The economic drama looks set to continue on our own doorstep as Mario Draghi and European leaders try to pull the Eurozone back from the brink. The European Central Bank boss infamously pledged to do "whatever it takes" to hold the Eurozone together last time a breakup loomed in 2012, and economists suggest that Italy and Greece's ailing economies will pile on the pressure. America Unbound Chinese Whispers How will oil affect everything else?
Prada Profit Falls Less Than Expected as Cost Cuts Balance Asia | News & Analysis PARIS, France — Prada SpA reported first-half profit that beat analysts’ estimates as efforts to contain costs helped mitigate declining sales in Asia. Net income fell 23 percent to 188.6 million euros ($213 million) in the six months through July, Milan-based Prada said Tuesday in a statement. Analysts predicted 175.4 million euros, according to the median of six estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Too many new stores and not enough new products have hurt Prada as demand for luxury goods slows in greater China following a clampdown on extravagance. “The global economic environment is still volatile and recent instability in Asia has not helped ease the situation,” Prada said. Prada contrasts with Hermes International SCA and LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, which reported higher first-half profit despite some difficulties in Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China. Prada shares rose 1.8 percent to HK$30.90 in Hong Kong Tuesday.
Apple Has Teamed up With Hermès for Apple Watch Collab — The Fashion Law After poaching a number of fashion industry insiders, Apple is teaming up with one of the most iconic brands of all: Hermès. Today at its "Hey Siri" event in San Francisco, the tech giant announced a partnership with the Paris-based brand, known for its $10k+ Birkin bags, to create a special Apple Watch collection called Apple Watch Hermès. Per Mac Rumors, “the new collection will feature three brand new bands and watch faces. The three leather bands come in three different styles: a leather double loop that wraps around the wrist twice, a buckle and a simple and more classic-looking watch band. 'Super Voice' 4G service from Three offers better signal - BBC News Image copyright Thinkstock Mobile phone provider Three has launched a UK service it says will improve reception inside buildings and in rural black spots. Its 4G Super Voice enables customers to make calls and send texts using a lower frequency spectrum. Other networks are looking into introducing the technology, known as Voice Over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE). It currently works on only the Samsung Galaxy S5, but recent iPhone handsets will be added in the coming months. It is being rolled out in: LondonEdinburghExeterBirminghamCardiffManchesterLiverpoolBristol Three said up to 5.5 million customers would have access to the service by 2017. Chief technology officer Bryn Jones said: "By the end of the year, one million of our customers will have access to better indoor coverage and be able to use their phones in more places than ever before."
British Political News, Opinion, Analysis - HuffPost Politics UK Reinventing Gucci | #BoF500 MILAN, Italy — In December 2014, Marco Bizzarri was settling into a new role as head of the Luxury Couture & Leather Goods division of Kering, overseeing a group of prestigious brands including Bottega Veneta, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Brioni. A rising star in the luxury group’s executive ranks, the 53-year-old had already proved his mettle in driving business growth — particularly at Bottega Veneta, where annual revenues soared from €400 million to more than €1 billion under his watch. Prior to that he worked closely with Stella McCartney, whose business he brought to profitability. His new role was seen as recognition of these successes, and an opportunity to guide the development of several of Kering ’s brands, as opposed to operating one business directly. It was the second time in a decade that Gucci found itself in the rare situation of losing both a CEO and creative director simultaneously. It was time for change. MB: None at all.
Fashion Innovations in 3D Printing Iris van Herpen & Daniel Widrig's 2010 collaboration with .MGX by Materialise TICKETS SOLD OUT!View the event on Livestream. As part of the Computational Fashion program series, Eyebeam presents an exciting event featuring designers and producers using cutting edge 3D printing techniques to push the boundaries of fashion. From the runway to the DIY hackerspace, 3D printing and rapid prototyping have become an increasingly popular and accessible way to produce objects that are both highly complex and easily replicable. Join us as our featured presenters discuss and demo their work, highlighting unique collaborations taking place in NYC between fashion designers, technologists, and manufacturers. PresentersJoris Debo, Creative Director (.MGX by Materialise)Duann Scott, Designer Evangelist (Shapeways)Bradley Rothenberg, architect and Gabi Asfour, designer (threeASFOUR)Alexandra Samuel, Dan Selden, and Ross Leonardy (Crowd Control) Presentations followed by reception
Intelligent Machines: The jobs robots will steal first - BBC News Image copyright Thinkstock If you are sitting at a desk, driving a taxi or carrying a hod, stop for a moment and ask: could a robot or machine do this job better? The answer, unfortunately for you, is probably - yes. The debate about whether machines will eliminate the need for human employment is no longer just academic. Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2025, up to a quarter of jobs will be replaced by either smart software or robots, while a study from Oxford University has suggested that 35% of existing UK jobs are at risk of automation in the next 20 years. Office workers who do repetitive jobs such as writing reports or drawing up spreadsheets are easily replaced with software but what other jobs are under threat? To find out more about whether your job is at risk of automation in the next two decades, check out the BBC's interactive graphic. Image copyright Transport Systems Catapult For the moment though "the other dude in the car" is in defiant mood. Life's a beach?
vivienne-westwood-drives-tank-to-david-camerons-house-in-antifracking-protest-10496728 Vivienne Westwood certainly knows how to make a point. The fashion designer and activist surprised residents in the sleepy town of Witney, in Oxfordshire, by driving an infantry carrier towards David Cameron’s house. A strident anti hydraulic fracking campaigner, Westwood has condemned the practice as a “crime against humanity” in the past and regularly appears at anti-fracking protests. She also held her own Mad Max themed demonstration against attempts by drilling companies to recover shale gas in April this year, complete with a bloodied doll (a “fracked baby of the future”) which appeared in photos with Harry Styles and other famous figures. Vivienne Westwood rides on top of an armored personnel carrier (APC) The 74-year-old took a break from preparing for New York Fashion Week to give the Prime Minister a piece of her mind over fracking licenses being issued across 1,000 square miles of Northern England. Dame Vivienne Westwood in pictures “It’s time for regime change in Britain."
Luxury brands must redefine the way they do business | Media Network There were times when China was the holy grail for global retailers. Logo-obsessed Chinese buyers seeking opulence were armed with cash fresh from the economic boom. Luxury retail brands flocked to the new market, with the result of 35% of sales for brands such as Omega, Harry Winston and Balmain coming from Greater China, according to estimates by Exane BNP Paribas. The region is responsible for a whooping 25% of sales at Burberry and 20% of sales at Prada. The strategy of growth by opening stores in emerging and existing markets is neither new nor unique to luxury retail. The logic of this is that if consumers aren’t buying your stuff, create more stuff. From 2008 to 2011, there was a 42% spike in the number of luxury retail stores in Asia, compared with a 28% rise in Europe and 5% rise in North America, according to Lux Redux report by Boston Consulting Group. Overexposure is a bad strategy. Exactly how dangerous, luxury retailers are only about to find out.
Burberry turns to Snapchat before runway to debut London Fashion Week show The first look at Burberry’s latest collection won’t be seen on the runway. Instead, the fashions will be previewed on Snapchat in what the designer is calling “the first ever" Snapchat fashion show. The luxury brand famous for its trench coats will give fans an inside look at its newest styles on its Snapchat account Saturday. The next day, Snapchat plans to feature clips from Burberry’s London Fashion Week runway show in the app’s “Stories” section. It’s a big play for Burberry to get the young adults and teenagers who dominate Snapchat to interact more with the brand. Snapchat has had a big digital presence during this week’s New York Fashion Week. The National Football League, Univision and Live Nation have also struck agreements with Snapchat to help promote their events. Burberry’s announcement included a rare statement from Snapchat Chief Executive Evan Spiegel, whose style preference is usually fashionable kicks, black jeans and a V-neck shirt.
Prosthetic Hand Lets Paralysed Man 'Feel' A prosthetic hand wired directly to the brain has allowed a paralysed man to "feel". It is the first time a person has been able to feel physical sensations through a prosthetic device. The technology is so advanced the 28-year-old man could even identify which mechanical finger was being gently touched. The system was designed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which is part of the US Department of Defense. Programme manager Justin Sanchez said: "We've completed the circuit. Video: Aug: 3D-Printing Prosthetics "Prosthetic limbs that can be controlled by thoughts are showing great promise, but without feedback from signals travelling back to the brain it can be difficult to achieve the level of control needed to perform precise movements. "By wiring a sense of touch from a mechanical hand directly into the brain, this work shows the potential for seamless bio-technological restoration of near-natural function." Video: Swipe: Robots And Prosthetics