17 posts tagged "eBay"
Last week, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos went on 60 Minutes to announce that the online-shopping behemoth has an exciting new project in the works: delivery drones. According to Bezos, the mini drones, or “octocopters,” won’t be ready for action until 2017 or 2018. However, he claimed that once they’re cleared for takeoff, Amazon’s aircrafts will be able to send customers anything from electric razors to Prada shades in under thirty minutes. (Though we have to wonder: In most cases, wouldn’t it just be easier to pry yourself from the keypad and head to the store?). Bloomberg, however, reports that John Donahoe—the CEO of Amazon competitor eBay—thinks the whole plan is a little silly. “We’re not really focusing on long-term fantasies,” he told Bloomberg Television. “We’re working on things that will change consumers’ experiences today.” The verdict is still out on whether Donahoe has a better grasp on reality than Bezos, or if he’s just a little jealous that he didn’t come up with delivery drones first. Either way, Net-a-porter‘s got them both beat—last summer, the retailer teamed with The Standard to offer its Hamptons customers same-day delivery via swanky seaplanes.
Sophia Amoruso, the 29-year-old eBayer-turned-Internet entrepreneur behind Nasty Gal, is in New York this week celebrating a pair of milestones: the e-tailer’s eponymous new ready-to-wear collection and the launch of Shoe Cult, its debut footwear line. Alexandra Richards, Emily Weiss, and Mia Moretti joined her for dinner at Hudson Clearwater last night. “This is a first for us,” Amoruso told Style.com. “Until now we’ve kind of only thrown brutish parties, which is my comfort zone.” But there’s nothing brutish about her business savvy. Nasty Gal sold about $100 million in clothing and accessories in 2012. She sat down with Style.com at the Crosby Street Hotel Wednesday afternoon to discuss her 50,000-and-counting Instagram followers, her love affair with Nike, and how the new additions will add to Nasty Gal’s bottom line.
You did the show circuit in New York last season. Was that your first time?
I’d gone a few years before. Erin Wasson was a customer when she was doing her thing for RVCA. She had bought some vintage from me, and she invited me because she was inspired by [those pieces]. It was interesting to see the full cycle, you know, “Wow, I sold vintage, and something that was inspired by it walked down the runway.” There’s nothing more encouraging than that. That was 2009. And I’ve gone the last two seasons. But I’m not a blogger; I’m not an editor; I don’t buy many of these brands. For me, it’s nice to see it in person, but I’m not sure it’s totally necessary.
Would you like to be part of the official New York fashion week schedule in the future?
There’s no plan for it.
What is your impression of the New York fashion world, as an L.A. outsider?
I’m really glad that I can come participate and meet people who are making the fashion world happen. If I were personally in New York and running my business here, I could be pretty distracted by it. It’s glamorous. But in L.A., at the end of the day I go home and hang out with my boyfriend and my poodle.
Are there designers in New York that you like or admire?
I really like old Norma Kamali. I like to know what’s going on, but personally I still wear mostly vintage. And, like our customers, I’m not really bound to only wearing one designer, or a few designers. It’s kind of a mix and match. Although I love Céline’s shoes and accessories.
So you still spend time hunting through vintage stores?
I don’t go vintage shopping in L.A. anymore. I steal stuff from our vintage department.
How important is vintage to Nasty Gal?
Vintage is a significant part of our business. It’s something like 1 percent, but at the scale we’re operating at, it’s close to a $1 million business. For a lot of people that would be good enough. Continue Reading “Gal Power: Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso on Her $100 Million (and Counting) Adventures in E-tail” »
Despite last night’s spontaneous blizzard, designers and fashion fixtures headed to Finale NYC to fête the launch of eBay and the CFDA’s 2013 You Can’t Fake Fashion tote collection. Marking the pair’s third collaborative effort to fight counterfeits and support authentic design, the new range features 90 one-of-a-kind canvas tote bags that have been customized by designers like Prabal Gurung (above, center), Pamela Love, Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg (above, right), and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy (above, left). The designer-embellished bags are available for purchase via eBay auction through March 25 for a starting price of $100. The initiative is also offering a new standard tote for a “buy it now” price of $50. Proceeds will go toward combating fakes.
“As artists, we work so hard to create something, and then it gets knocked off,” said Rebecca Minkoff. “This is a great platform to ensure authenticity.” Carly Cushnie of Cushnie et Ochs concurs, and suggested that there’s security in knowing her and her design partner Michelle Ochs’ work is protected. “The CFDA has a voice that brings everyone together to preserve design integrity,” she said.
In addition to the likes of CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, Jeffrey Costello, Robert Tagliapietra, and Rebecca Taylor, Ruffian’s Brian Wolk and Claude Morais turned up to rally for the cause. And, according to Morais, they have a particularly special relationship with eBay. “We’re always using the site as a reference point. Right now it’s all about the 1920s and the hunt for the perfect embroidered dress.” We’re sensing a Jazz Age vibe for the team’s Spring ’14.
House of Style is coming back to MTV—naturally, this time around online and on social media. But for those of us old enough to remember the dearly departed original, nothing compares. Luckily, MTV thought of that, too: The channel has put a collection of the best moments from the original 1989-1999 series on a dedicated section of its site, so you can see Jean Paul Gaultier’s 1989 dance single, Winona Ryder discuss French style, and a young Graydon Carter sound off about Spy. Above, a photo from the show’s archives of Cindy Crawford interviewing Linda Evangelista in 1990. [MTV]
Supermodel TV stars of days gone by (that’s Cindy, Rebecca, and Molly of House of Style), meet the supermodel TV stars of today. Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, and Coco Rocha will be the judges of Oxygen Network’s forthcoming model-search reality show The Face. [Oh So Coco]
Stella McCartney’s “Little Miss Stella” character, who made her first appearance on the designer’s invitations for her Spring 2007 show, is back again, and this time she’s the star. McCartney has turned to the children’s character as inspiration for her new seven-piece kids capsule collection of T-shirts, jumpers, and more, available in Stella stores and online at the end of August. [Telegraph]
EBay is making moves in the fashion industry. The online marketplace has just been named the new multi-season sponsor of the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Forward initiative. The project was designed to aid emerging British designers in developing their businesses in London. [Vogue U.K.]