PARIS — Didier Gasté hadn't even incorporated Transaction Connect, his start-up that proposes a loyalty program using shoppers’ existing credit, before mid-September. By mid-December he had signed a deal with Europe’s largest commercial real estate group, Unibail Rodamco, to pilot the service at an upscale mall west of Paris.
Contracts signed, pilots launched, financing secured, and a whole lot of exposure: the past three months have seen doors, and checkbooks, open for the ten fashion and retail start-ups who participated in the inaugural class of Galeries Lafayette’s Plug and Play accelerator.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"