Rebecca Minkoff cofounder and chief executive officer Uri Minkoff made a sweeping statement: He believes that Instagram was largely responsible for the brand’s 100 percent year-over-year footwear sales increase at retail, from spring 2011 to spring 2012.
A brand crediting Instagram as instrumental in company growth when it’s been up for debate whether social media delivers a return on investment is sure to raise some eyebrows. But Minkoff sees the social platform as useful from a business perspective for fashion and luxury brands, with very low overhead.
The brand’s Instagram account, a combined effort between Rebecca Minkoff herself and a social-media team, has 100,000 followers, a number that grows by 500 to 2,000 fans a day (the platform overall has more than 100 million users, 70 percent of which are female). RELATED STORY: Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2013 >>
“Instagram is revolutionizing the luxury community. It’s become the social-media platform for luxury goods,” Uri Minkoff said, citing the fact that the medium hits a number of “core human values” as the reason it’s seen such success.
It’s also a powerful way to engage with consumers, if a brand has a specific viewpoint.
When Rebecca Minkoff started to use Instagram a year ago, the team made it a case to focus activity around its footwear offerings. Minkoff calls this year’s Jan. 7 launch of “Shoetography” — a daily update featuring the shoes Rebecca was wearing that day — a “game changer.” Each post started to get thousands of “hearts,” and he realized that something as simple as posting a pair of shoes was a successful way to garner engagement in a short amount of time.
This led to a partnership with Bloomingdale’s that used Instagram posts to leverage more footwear sales — with likes and comments from followers heavily considered by the sales, design and merchandising teams. Minkoff said the company saw good sell-through rates, and the department store had to reorder the fall 2012 styles that Instagram focused on.
The brand launched its first ad campaign for the spring 2012 season in February with Instagram images, and the winner of an Instagram contest was flown out to attend the Rebecca Minkoff runway show earlier this month. Minkoff contends that the latter helped grow followers on the platform by almost 14,000 fans in one week — because it “allowed them to become part of New York Fashion Week.”
But Minkoff wants to take it a step further. He revealed that the brand launched a subscription-based weekly promotion several weeks ago, where a surprise offer is revealed on Instagram on a weekly basis. To access the offer, consumers must subscribe or log in, which also increases the e-mail subscriber base, in addition to sales and consumer engagement.
“The future of Instagram is [figuring out] how to align it more toward sales,” Minkoff said.
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews
“Stranger Things” is getting a new cast member for season 2. Meet @sadiesink_, the 15-year-old who will be joining the Netflix series for its new season. You may recognize her from “The Glass Castle” with Brie Larson and Woody Harrelson, but the Texas native’s next role goes in an entirely different direction. She describes her character, Max, as “a rough and tumble skater girl [who] becomes friends with the boys at school.” The second season debuts on October 27. (📷: @jgreenery) #wwdeye
Amid the Harvey Weinstein controversy, there’s another sector that’s being put under the spotlight for sexual abuse: the modeling industry. While rumors about abuse and sexual harassment of female and male models — and the photographers, agents and others who perpetrated it — have circulated within the fashion world for years, model @cameronrussell started posting stories from models on Instagram last week about abusive situations they’ve encountered — from sexual harassment and molestation to attempted rape. Over 75 have weighed in so far. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdnews
To celebrate its 16th anniversary, @dylanscandybar tapped designers and celebrities to create mosaics out of candy. The mosaics will be auctioned off to support the philanthropic cause of each participant’s choice. Pictured here is the mural created by @aliceandolivia's Stacey Bendet. For a first look at some of the other artwork being unveiled tonight, go to WWD.com. #wwdeye
The annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Pacific Palisades this weekend drew Kate Hudson, Tracee Ellis Ross, Laura Dern and more. See pictures of the star-studded event on WWD.com. (📷: @chelsealaurenla) #wwdeye
In his new book “Hollywood Royale,” Andy Warhol’s Protégé Matthew Rolston celebrates the Eighties revival of Hollywood glamour. Featuring more than 100 portraits taken by Rolston from 1977 to 1993, the book contains photos of icons like Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, and @drewbarrymore, pictured here in 1991. “Hollywood Royale,” out today, will be accompanied by an exhibition opening at Los Angeles’ Fahey/Klein Gallery on March 1. #wwdeye