A model wears an asymmetric Haney dress, while another wears a Dima Ayad ruffled blouse from 11 Honoré, a new online retailer of size-inclusive fashion. A model wears an asymmetric Haney dress, while another wears a Dima Ayad ruffled blouse from 11 Honoré, a new online retailer of size-inclusive fashion. In a world of $400 white tees and runway looks that easily cost five figures, there is nothing shocking about a woman willing and able to drop a mortgage-sized chunk of cash -- or hand over her platinum card -- on a ready-to-wear dress. Sure, that might be the norm for those of a certain income bracket, but often, this level of luxury shopping has been exclusive to a woman of a certain dress size (in general, sizes 00 to 8). However, those closet doors opened in a major way this year with the launch of 11 Honoré, a high-end online marketplace for lusted-after brands and exclusively made clothes in a size range of 10 to 20.
Women's fashion retailer Coast has gone into administration, putting 300 jobs at risk, in a sign of continuing pain on the High Street. The collapse means the immediate closure of its 24 stores at locations including Oxford Street in London. Karen Millen has bought some parts of Coast, whose website and department store concessions will keep trading. About 600 staff will transfer to Karen Millen, but the remaining 300 workers now face an uncertain future. Coast was owned by Aurora Fashions, which also owns retailers Oasis and Warehouse.
Cue machine learning, allowing fashion retailers to immediately get a handle on the colors and styles that are selling when demand is peaking, and before it's too late to bring it into stores. During our onsite video conversation, Hannah Vogt, Knowledge Management for SAP Leonardo Machine Learning Foundation at SAP, showed me an example at the recent SAP TechEd Barcelona event.
A woman walks past a Lane Bryant store in San Jose, Calif. The so-called "plus-size" market (typically size 14 and up) has been an under-served opportunity for as long as I've been in retail. Historically there were some good reasons for this. Traditionally the main thing retailers optimized was physical space and inventory. Accordingly, the breadth and depth of the merchandise carried in a store would, more or less, follow a statistical distribution of sizes, adjusted by color ranges carried and constrained by inventory budgets and the literal store-by-store physical limitations of tables and racks.