Amazon is touting its biggest holiday season to date, with the Echo Dot voice assistant coming in as its single best-selling product. The e-tailer did not release detailed sales data, as is its usual practice, but instead hinted at the number of specific items sold through “fun facts” like enough shoes were sold during the holiday season to “stretch from Alaska to Miami” if lined up end-to-end, which is about 4,900 miles, or 26 million feet. It also offered that “tens of millions” of its voice controlled, or Alexa, devices were sold worldwide.Last year, Amazon described the 2016 holiday season as its best, leaving sales to be surpassed this year of $4.74 billion, according to an estimate by online retail researcher internetretailer.com. In its most recent fourth-quarter projections, Amazon expected sales for the period covering most of November, December and January to top out at $60.5 billion. "Since Day One, we have obsessed over what we believe our customers care about — incredible deals and low prices, fast and free shipping, and a wide selection of top products — and we continue to provide all three, all the time,” Jeff Wilke, Amazon’s worldwide consumer chief executive officer, boasted.As for other fashion items, Amazon said Asics’ Venture 5 running shoe was a bestseller, along with Alex and Ani’s adjustable wire bracelet, Levi’s men’s 505 regular fit jeans and Uggs’ classic short shearling boot for women.Amazon noted that it sold enough Calvin Klein products “to give five items to every attendee at Coachella 2017.” This year Coachella hosted 250,000 people over two consecutive weekends, meaning about 1.25 million Calvin Klein items sold during the holiday shopping season.Emanuel Chirico, chief executive officer of Calvin Klein’s parent company PVH Corp., said at the end of November that a recent tie-up with Amazon Fashion had been good for the brand, despite being mainly focused on its underwear business. “It’s really created a lot of momentum around the brand and more excitement,” Chirico said of the partnership.But beauty also found its way into Amazon’s top-selling products — even though many prestige brands remain reluctant to sell on the platform. The company said Mario Badescu’s aloe and rosewater facial spray was its top luxury beauty item, followed by Stila’s waterproof liquid eyeliner and Bioderma’s Micellar water.Outside of sales, Amazon said the season saw users of its voice-assistant devices interacting with them much more than last year. People had Alexa play three times more music, asked for “tens of millions” of jokes and even wished Alexa itself "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays" and "Happy Hanukkah" three-and-a-half times more this year.And, as seems to be one of Amazon’s main goals, its Prime membership numbers rose considerably, with four million people either signing up for a trial or paid version of the membership in one week alone. According to online stats aggregator Statsia, Amazon had 90 million Prime members as of September, and that’s likely to have exceeded 100 million by now.The holidays weren’t all rosy, however. The season saw Amazon warehouse workers in Europe and New Jersey protest over working conditions and wages, France’s Minister of the Economy sue the company over allegations that its contracts with independent sellers were unfair, and an agreement to pay 100 million euros to Italy to end a tax probe.Amazon is also facing allegations by the European Commission that it owes more than 250 million euros in back taxes related to the shifting of European profits to a holding company in Luxembourg, where it was given more favorable tax rates. For More, See:Robust Super Saturday, Positive Holiday SeasonDirect Traffic Rules Global E-commerce — Especially in FashionWhich Fashion, Beauty and Retail Players Saw Sales Grow the Most?
Supermodel @helenachristensen teamed up with longtime friend and designer @camillastaerk on a joint @paredeyewear collaboration. The lineup features three styles and 11 offerings, all of which embody a vintage feel. Get all the details on how they celebrated the collab on WWD.com. #wwdaccessories #wwdeye (📷: @slovekinpics)
“It’s a hard industry to keep motivated, as well, so finding different subjects and people is what makes it worth it – when you’re like, oh, I’ve met great people, I feel like I’ve done something good, and I feel proud of having done this,” said French actress Stacy Martin on being grateful for the variety of roles she’s take on. Read @ktauer’s full interview with Martin on her her latest film “Godard Mon Amour.” #wwdeye (📷: @danieldorsa)
After showing in front of the Eiffel Tower for his last two women’s ready-to-wear collection, it looks like @anthonyvaccarello may be heading to the Big Apple. Sources say the designer will stage his next @ysl show in NYC on June 6. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
EXCLUSIVE: Two and half months after John Targon, cofounder and codesigner of Baja East, was hired as creative director of the contemporary division at Marc Jacobs, he has left the company, WWD has learned. Marc Jacobs International, which is owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, confirmed Targon’s departure in a statement: “John Targon is a talented designer and we appreciate the work he has done here. Ultimately working together did not make sense for the brand and we wish him the best.” Read the story by @jessiredale, link in bio. #wwdnews
@theluxurycollection is officially launching a collection, tapping Sofia Sanchez de Betak for the capsule. Over 30 styles will be featured in the Chufy x The Luxury Collection, debuting next month at Bergdorf Goodman, The Webster, FiveStory and more. De Betak, known as “@chufy,” drew inspiration for the collection from her trips to Japan in the past year #wwdfashion
@lhd, founder and CEO of @thewebster, has teamed up with @lebonmarcherivegauche for the European launch of her ready-to-wear line, LHD. The launch will come with an exclusive pop-up opening today that’s set to run through May 20. Located on the second floor, it carries her debut Miami-themed resort collection, launched in November as see-now-buy-now. #wwdfashion