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LVMH launches LVMH Innovation Award for startups amidst reports of e-commerce launch

LVMH is on an innovation streak. This week the Financial Times reported that the French luxury conglomerate will launch an e-commerce site with all of it 70 brands under Le Bon Marché, the Parisian department store the conglomerate purchased in 1984. LVMH has declined to comment on the report, but is now seeking innovators for the launch of its latest prize …

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Spoke raises $1.8 million to expand bespoke pants brand

Spoke, a bespoke pants brand based in the U.K,  has raised $1.8 million in seed funding. The company has raised over $2 million to date. The round was led by Oxford Capital, with participation from Forward Partners, Seedcamp and angel investors Advaney, Derek Lovelock and Robert Easton. As a part of the investment, Will Orde of Oxford Capital will be joining Spoke’s …

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Armis raises $1.1 million to expand brick-and-mortar retail solution

Armis, a Paris, France advertising solution for brick-and-mortar retailers,  has raised €1 million ($1.1 million at current exchange) in venture. The investment came from Iris Capital with participation from angel investors including Brian O’Kelley, Michael Rubenstein, Philippe Finkelstein, the Family Office Sonorfi, Tatiana Jama, Paul Taylor and Philippe Ait-Yahia. David Baranes and Dan Gomplewicz co-founded the company in 2016 with the …

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Twyla raises $14 million for contemporary art marketplace

Twyla, an Austin, Texas online contemporary art marketplace, has raised $14 million in Series A funding. The company has raised $19 million to date. Google Ventures led the investment with participation from existing investors Institutional Venture Partners and Redpoint Ventures. As CEO, Matt Randall co-founded the company with Brian Sharples in May 2015 as an online platform to collaborate with …

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