TRAUB Weekly News Update // Week of February 4, 2019

Here's our roundup of this week's top retail news.


  • WeWork completes its first acquisition of 2019, snapping up Euclid, a visitor identity and behavior company Tech Crunch  
  • Showing the power of startup women's health brands, P&G buys This is L Tech Crunch 
  • Talent agency UTA acquires digital media / influencer firm DBA Variety
  • Foot Locker injects $100M into sneaker company GOAT Group Retail Dive
  • Meditation app Calm hits unicorn status with fresh $88 million funding Tech Crunch
  • Luxury handbag marketplace Rebag raises $25M to expand to 30 more stores Tech Crunch
  • By Humankind picks up $4M to rid your morning routine of single-use plastic Tech Crunch 



Why a Plus-Size Online Retailer is Kicking Off Fashion Weekplus size
Laverne Cox does not want to get political. The actress had just twirled down — and up again — the runway at 11 Honoré’s first New York Fashion Week show in a billowy Zac Posen gown, size 10, to a raving audience. She shared the stage with nearly 40 models, donning labels such as Reem Acra and Marchesa, all in extended sizes, who together walked in the finale amid a shower of confetti. The audience cheered even louder. Still, backstage, Cox expresses a frustration. “It blew my mind that no one has been designing for these women, taking them into consideration as beautiful as they are,” she says. “These brands are leaving money on the table by not acknowledging this market.” BoF


New York City Cracks Down on CBD Edibles, Saying the Cannabis Derivative Is Unsafe

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene confirmed on Tuesday that it was ordering restaurants under its jurisdiction not to sell food products containing CBD. In a statement, the health department said that New York City eateries were not “permitted to add anything to food or drink that is not approved as safe to eat.” That included CBD, which had not been “deemed safe as a food additive,” the department said. NY Times


China’s Best-Selling Brands You’ve Never Heard Of

Nanjiren, Bosideng, Bauo and Chando might not ring any bells, but they’re big money in China. Last week, Alibaba-owned e-commerce platform Tmall released figures following its Chinese New Year shopping festival that ended January 28. The above brands were top sellers in their respective fashion and beauty categories, beating out pricier foreign players. BoF


QVC launches mobile app with shoppable video, unveils new logo

QVC introduced Q Anytime, a new shopping app with an "ever-changing" shoppable video content feed, and unveiled a new visual identity and logo, according to a company press release. Q Anytime, currently available as an iPhone app, is intended to complement the company's flagship app with a feed of shoppable videos, presented on demand in five to eight-minute segments. Customers can tap on a video to buy a product or get more details. Customers can also customize their feed by category or build a playlist by liking videos. Eventually, the company plans to offer original content, episodic series and other extras designed for a mobile audience through the Q Anytime app. Retail Dive 


Louis Vuitton’s Profitability Comes Into Focus After Blockbuster Results

The pundits have been predicting strong results from the top performers in luxury fashion and Louis Vuitton did not disappoint, breezing past the 10 billion mark for annual sales and topping expectations for growth into the end of last year — a tumultuous time for many companies. As analysts emerge from a flurry of number crunching, evidence points to new levels of productivity and profitability from the star label of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, reinforcing its dominant position. A higher concentration of sales in store spaces is proving key. WWD



Sofía Vergara: Denim for All in Dealsofia

The “Modern Family” actress and today revealed the launch of a nearly 100-piece collection, priced under $40, named Sofía Jeans by Sofía Vergara. The line includes denim, sized from 0-20, in silhouettes such as an ankle skinny along with high-waisted flares and joggers, some featuring stud work, embroidery and raw edges. That’s bolstered with denim skirts and jackets, graphic T-shirts and dolman sleeve tops with cutouts and side-lace detailing. Sizing on the tops runs from XS to 3XL. WWD


Target stocks women's body care brand Flamingo

Flamingo, a women's body care brand launched by Harry's last year, is rolling out to all Target stores on Monday.
The brand, which says it is priced the same or less than comparable Harry's products, is offering razors, cartridge refills, body lotion, shave gel, body wax and face wax, Allie Melnick, General Manager of Flamingo, told Retail Dive in an email interview. The products will be merchandised in four feet of custom shelving "in a prominent way customers are more frequently used to seeing in the beauty section," according to the company's press materials. Retail Dive


Walmart's Allswell brand launches Tiny Home tourallswell

Walmart home site Allswell, an online mattress and bedding brand, on Thursday launched a "Tiny Home" retail concept, a 238 square-foot "custom-built, highly-stylized and functional house on wheels." The pop-up truck, custom-built by tiny home builders Modern Tiny Living, is traveling coast to coast, starting in New York on Thursday, for visits and shopping, according to a brand press release. The mobile home will go to Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Tennessee, Austin, Texas, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. Retail Dive


Warby Parker launches AR tool for virtual try-on

Warby Parker unveiled a virtual try-on feature that allows mobile smartphone users to view how glasses look on them as they shop through the retailer's mobile app, according to a company Facebook post. The new Virtual Try-On capability was built on Apple's ARKit platform, uses the company's Face ID technology and True Depth camera function, and is currently available for users of the iPhone X or later iPhone models. Retail Dive


Clinique opens first-ever pop-up store

Clinique is diving into experimental retail with the opening of its first-ever pop-up on Feb. 7. The store will be dedicated to its new moisturizer product, Clinique iD. Clinique iD, which launched in December 2018, was created, in part, to seize on the surging customization trend, as well as bring renewed relevance to the 50-year-old brand. The 10-day pop-up, located in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, serves as a way to continue that messaging. It will also be a test-bed for consumer experiences like virtual reality. Glossy




  • Apple loses Retail Chief Angela Ahrendts Market Watch 
  • Neiman Marcus Group announces key strategic executive hires to build a luxury customer platform Business Wire
  • Outdoor Voices names former Nike and Under Armour Exec Pamela Catlett as President and Chief Operating Officer Business Wire
  • Pier 1 names retail tech veteran Lance Wills as CIO Retail Dive