LONDON — Feelunique.com is continuing its growth trajectory, reporting that annual revenues have exceeded 100 million pounds this financial year and the company is tracking 50 percent year-over-year growth.In the financial year ending March 31, the U.K.-based beauty e-tailer grew 27 percent year-over-year and reached 80 million pounds in sales. The months of November and December 2016 were the company's most profitable to date — it sold 1.4 million products, a 32 percent increase compared to corresponding months in the previous year. Average order values were also said to improve by 20 percent to 52 pounds.Feelunique, which now has dedicated web sites in the U.K., France, Germany, Norway, China and the U.S., said that the large variety of its product offer is one of the key factors driving its growth in online sales. It currently stocks over 28,000 products from brands such as Tom Ford, Charlotte Tilbury, Chanel, Dior and Dermalogica, among others.Expansion to new markets also accounts for the spike in sales. Following the launch of a dedicated Chinese web site, the region now makes up 1o percent of total revenues as compared with 2 percent last year. The retailer's expansion to France with a French language web site and the acquisition of French online beauty community The Beautyst contributed to growing its social following on Instagram from 525,000 followers to more than 1.2 million.Another major appeal Feelunique presents for beauty brands is access to Millennials, with up to 65 percent of its customers being under 35. As of September, it will offer brands the opportunity to have their own concessions on the web site and fulfill their own orders."The beauty market is experiencing a significant consumer shift to online purchasing. Through Feelunique's unrivaled product offering, coupled with our use of technology, we are changing the way consumers experience buying beauty online and this is being reflected in our annualized sales which now exceed 100 million pounds," said Joël Palix, chief executive officer of Feelunique. "Looking ahead, we will seek to further consolidate our leading position in Europe's key beauty markets as well as to grow our market share in Asia where we are working to enhance our operations to take advantage of the significant market opportunity."
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast