1. The woman helping to transform JD.com from online appliance seller to luxury fashion e-commerce giant: Xia Ding, president of international fashion for China’s No. 2 e-commerce player, is looking to sign up more high-end brands. – Read More on SCMP
2. Beauty M&A Is Hot. Which Brands Could L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, And Coty Acquire Next? From Unilever’s acquisition of Sundial Brands last year to P&G’s acquisition of First Aid Beauty this past July, brands are getting snapped up by beauty corporates left and right. – Read More on CB Insights
3. The Challenges of Fashion in a Museum: In recent years, several museums have presented major fashion displays. Fashion in the museum offers great challenges for the art critic. There is a specialist literature; the late Anne Hollander wrote brilliantly about fashion and visual art. But so far as I can see, most art criticism has barely touched upon these issues. – Read More on Hyperallergic
4. This VC-funded anti-brand already has a 100K-person wait list: Italic, which launches this week with $13 million in funding, is trying to upend fashion by selling directly from the same factories as high-end brands. – Read More on Fast Co.
5. RETRO READ: The New Fake Trade? Chinese Suppliers to Armani, McQueen, Burberry Selling Unbranded Copies. They are working directly with the manufacturers for high fashion brands to produce garments and accessories that in some cases look a whole lot like the real thing but that lack the design brand name, whether it be Mansur Gavriel bucket bags, dead-ringers for Celine Trapeze totes, or Saint Laurent envelope bags. – Read More on TFL