posts from North America

-While many traditional fashion brands struggle, athleisure is having a major moment, per BuzzFeed. -People are far more likely to watch video ads on mobile than on desktop, according to YouTube. -The Washington Post explores “lecture capture” tech—basically a DVR for college—and whether it will revolutionize or ruin the education system. -Business of Fashion contemplates […]

-“Now is the perfect time to be a female entrepreneur,” says TechCrunch. -Business of Fashion explores the oft-overlooked $17 billion plus-size fashion industry. -TechCrunch looks at why huge tech companies have been snatching up tiny, nimble startups. -In the not-too-distant future, thanks to wearables, companies will have access to the most intimate parts of our […]

Ji Lee, a former ad man and current Facebook communication designer, recently gave a talk at J. Walter Thompson New York on personal projects and bringing playfulness to work. Lee found his professional calling in subverting the industry he was working in—sticking speech bubbles onto ads for passersby to comment on. The Bubble Project became […]

Project Cobalt is Pepsi’s foray into fashion—a radical category pivot for the soda brand from its historic remit. The “culture platform” is a joint initiative between Pepsi, All Beuys Club, Fashion Business Accelerator 360 and other partners that pairs young talents with established designers to launch new creative projects. First up, a Project Cobalt clothing […]

-An Adweek infographic explores the media consumption habits of American women—a $5 trillion market. -For America’s teens, why get a car when you can get an Uber account? Via The New York Times. -The Atlantic details fashion’s “Menaissance.” -The success of wearable tech will rely on smart fashion partnerships, says Business of Fashion. -The Washington […]

After years of Millennial obsession, Gen Z is emerging as a welcome new focus for brands, researchers and marketers. “Finally,” is the resounding sentiment. “Something new to talk about!” i-D magazine has launched “how generation z will change the world,” a series of articles, photos and calls to arms. Meanwhile, Dazed & Confused’s new cover […]

James Wallman’s influential new book Stuffocation charts how as a society we’re increasingly moving away from “stuff” to experience as a priority. The book details how we can lead happier, more sustainable lives by ending our love affair with possessions, and contextualizes our changing relationship with commodities across the century. A British author and futurist […]

-“There is no more social media—just advertising,” declares Ad Age. -The Verge hails the return of the album. -Venture capitalists are flocking to India, hoping to find a successor to China’s retail giant Alibaba, reports The Wall Street Journal. -TechCrunch explores the potential in mobile for enterprise. -An Adweek infographic compares what Millennials and Gen […]

They came, they heard, they ate tacos…. This year’s SXSW Interactive was bigger than ever, with more than 33,000 attendees and hundreds of panels, workshops and brunches. Our latest report highlights key themes and insights from the festival, including brand examples and takeaways for the future. Artificial intelligence caused a huge buzz at this year’s […]

-As the live streaming battle heats up between tech darling Meerkat and Twitter-backed newbie Periscope, marketers weigh in on the pros and cons of each. -Vice considers the privacy implications of Periscope. -Forbes offers a robust list of business and marketing software trends for the year, from the growth of cybercrime to more companies harnessing […]


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  • Tindergram
    April 17, 2015 | 11:03 am

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    Swiping just got more interesting—with its latest update, Tinder lets users browse the Instagram feeds of their potential matches. The pairing (which, Adweek notes, seemed inevitable) offers “a sort of social diary, co-written by your friends and family” to help people better stalk their dates.

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  • Everlane’s Transparent City series
    April 8, 2015 | 2:33 pm

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    “We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in LA brought guests behind the scenes with local bloggers, designers and chefs to learn about their creative inspiration. And, perhaps the culmination of the week — Everlane invited a select few on a tour of their factory, sharing the garment construction process from start to finish. The tour had a 300-person waitlist.

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  • Crossing ‘the digital divide’
    March 19, 2015 | 4:24 pm

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    In a piece on an 82-year-old going online for the first time, The Washington Post called attention to a rising issue—the divide between those who use the Internet and those who don’t (13% in the U.S., and 41% among senior citizens).

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  • Incremental saving and giving
    March 11, 2015 | 1:51 pm

    Call it progress or just laziness—apps are popping up that harness our small change and put it to better use. Acorns, dubbed “the Tinder of investing,” links to a user’s debit or credit card and rounds up to the nearest dollar on every purchase. The app then takes that spare change and invests it in a portfolio of the user’s choice—portfolios range from low to high risk (and reward). Or users can opt to let Acorns choose for them based on their age, goals, income and other factors. Meanwhile, apps like Qapital and Digit facilitate regular small transfers from checking to savings, and banks themselves are getting on the incremental savings bandwagon. (See: Bank of America’s Keep the Change and Wells Fargo’s Way2Save.)

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  • Augmenting sleep
    March 9, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    Digital platforms are already integrated into our every waking minute—now they’re moving into our sleep. A spate of apps and devices aim to aid and facilitate better sleep, from ambient lamps to a lucid dreaming sleep mask to an app that wakes you up with a phone call from a stranger.

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  • The sharing economy grows up
    March 3, 2015 | 3:30 pm

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    Hotel giant Starwood has bought in to the sharing economy. The group, which owns W Hotels, St. Regis and Sheraton, has announced a partnership with car service Uber in which every dollar spent by a guest on an Uber car earns points toward free rooms and other perks.

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  • Digital immersive exercise
    February 25, 2015 | 4:04 pm

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    Equinox’s new revved-up cycle class speaks to a growing exercise trend—digital immersion. This month the gym brand unveiled Pursuit, an immersive cycling concept, to limited U.S. gyms. Equinox describes the program as “an immersive studio cycling experience that uses groundbreaking gaming and data visualization to drive competition and inspire peak performance.”

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  • Science fare
    February 20, 2015 | 2:07 pm

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    The worlds of science, gastronomy and art are continuing to cross-pollinate—from edible conceptual art to molecular gastronomy “lab cafés” to synesthetic dining events. Café ArtScience in Cambridge, Mass., is a recent example. Opened late last year by David Edwards, a Harvard engineering professor, the café serves whiskey “fogs” through a special carafe that turns the liquor into vapor (which means consumers don’t take in any of the calories and feel none of the intoxicating effects).

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  • Aman’s authentic-luxe travel
    February 11, 2015 | 1:06 pm

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    As travelers continue to seek out authentic and unique experiences, hospitality brands keep raising the bar on hyper-localized offerings and exceptional access. Aman, for instance, is introducing a phinisi-style sailing ship in Indonesia, marrying the brand’s ultra-luxe sensibility with regional tradition. With an outdoor lounge and bar, the option to travel by motor, and air-conditioned cabins, the ship brings every modern comfort to an age-old means of navigating the Indonesian archipelago. Another Aman property, meanwhile, offers a dip into paleontology: Guests at Amangiri in southern Utah can join an official dig at the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, working alongside fossil experts for a half-day. The cost of getting one’s hands dirty starts at $600. (Resulting Instagram images: priceless.) —Marian Berelowitz

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  • Adidas’ ‘virtual line’
    February 5, 2015 | 6:55 pm

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    Adidas’ new Confirmed app cleverly harnesses the fervor of collectors who normally line up for limited-edition shoes, moving fans onto a mobile platform. App users create an account, then get push notifications when hot new releases are on the way. Interested buyers in a given metro area—only New York City at launch—indicate their size and, if approved, receive details on where and when to pick up the shoes. An Adidas exec calls it a “virtual line.” In addition to collecting data on these super-fans, the app lets Adidas control which influencers get various styles, drives traffic to selected stores, builds additional buzz and cuts out secondary-market sellers armed with bots that secure advance orders. —Marian Berelowitz

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