While having great products is a necessity in the retail world, Qurate Retail Group Inc. turns the focus of selling on its head. For Qurate, which operates the QVC, HSN and Zulily businesses, selling isn’t about pushing products to the consumer and hoping that they buy. Qurate’s president and chief executive officer Mike George, in a discussion with WWD editorial director James Fallon, said the company’s success is its ability to address the core need of viewers to be engaged. Viewers engage on multiple platforms and don’t necessarily have any intent to buy, but it’s the form and nature of the interaction that can ultimately inspire them to make a purchase, explained George.
WWD: Given the techtonic changes shaking retail, how is Qurate adapting to all of that change?
The Paris men’s calendar just gained another heavy hitter: Celine will stage a show in January, mere months after creative director Hedi Slimane launched its men’s wear division during a coed show on Sept. 28. 📸: @thekateowen
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Manolo Blahnik will receive the Luxury Legend award from Walpole, the sector body for U.K. luxury, during the black-tie British Luxury Awards on Monday, but the iconic shoe designer says he nowhere near the “legendary status” level. “A legend? I don’t think I’ll ever be a legend. That’s maybe in other people’s minds — but not in mine. I still have a future, a few more years — I hope,” he tells WWD.
Fendi marked the 10th anniversary of its Peekaboo bag by partnering with artists to reinterpret it for Design Miami. Sabine Marcelis, for one, froze the handbag within a resin block, allowing "translucent colors" to emphasize the shape of the bag. The designs will be on display at Design Miami, running Dec. 5–9.
Maapilim, the direct-to-consumer grooming start-up has raised a $4 million Series A round. The company, headquartered in Tel Aviv and founded by husband duo Jonathan and Doron Keren, focuses on high-end, natural, men's grooming products sourced from the Mediterranean coasts. The lineup includes shower, grooming, hair and skin products, and the rose gold-covered safety razor pictured here, reports @_a_collins . #wwdbeauty
The first retrospective of Dior in the U.S. has landed at the Denver Art Museum — and though the exhibition is a continuation of the 70th-anniversary display that bowed in Paris in 2017, “Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve,” the DAM show offers an entirely new look at the legacy of the house, and its relationship to the world, writes @leighen .
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