1. Virgil Abloh’s new Nike store is a peek at the future of retail: Abloh and Nike–like Apple and Starbucks before them–imagine the store as a public space. “The footprint of this place is probably 20% retail on one of the most expensive retail streets in the country,” says Abloh. “The concept is valuable to me and the brand, but it’s not about the exchange of dollars.” – Read More on Fast Co.
2. Will Fashion's Next Big Thing Come from Finland? Fashion giants like LVMH are looking to Helsinki’s Aalto University for new talent. “We have alumni in practically every house in Paris,” says Tuomas Laitinen, senior lecturer at Helsinki’s Aalto University. – Read More on Hypebeast
3. Cashing in on the luxury watch bonanza: Demand for luxury watches is soaring and supply is not keeping up, causing a gold rush in the industry. In fact, the market has taken off to such a degree that used watches sold online in 2018 regularly fetched higher prices than new ones. – Read More on Axios
4. RETRO READ: Birkin Bags Make for Better Investment than Gold or Stocks, Per Report. Comparing three different types of investments — the S&P 500, gold and Birkin bags — the research found that while the stock market and the value of gold can swing up and down, that's not the case with Birkins. In fact, the bags continue to increase in value. – Read More on TFL