I should state from the outset that I'm a huge fan of Net-A-Porter and the people behind it. I've been a loyal customer since 2006 and the bulk of my fashion-related purchases are made on their site. Whether or not that makes me more inclined to like Porter magazine as a result, I couldn't say for sure. What I can say however is that to date, I'm fairly impressed by what the team behind Porter has managed to do in only five issues.
I had the opportunity to attend the World Retail Congress which took place in Paris last week. Over the course of three jam-packed days, some of the world's leading retailers and retail service providers converged on my fair city to present and discuss current and emerging retail challenges including the tremendous potential of new payment technologies, digital integration and the ever changing consumer behaviours that are forcing retailers to radically rethink the in-store experience. Not surprisingly, the terms "disruptor" and "disruption" were on virtually everyone's lips.
Like many, I greeted yesterday's news that John Galliano was headed to Maison Martin Margiela with a mixture of surprise and confusion. I read the news on my Twitter feed as I was headed back to Paris from Epernay after spending the better part of the day sampling vintage champagnes at Moët & Chandon so I had to read the WWD Tweet twice.
There has to be more to luxury's digital future than Google Glass and diamond-encrusted cell phones. That's why I'm excited to be attending the upcoming Hackers on the Runway conference which will take place in Paris tomorrow and Wednesday (July 1 & 2).
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