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Bluesmart raises $1.5 million to expand smart luggage brand

Bluesmart, a New York-based smart luggage brand, has raised $1.5 million through a crowdfunding round. The company has raised a total of $18 million to date. The new investment comes from the company’s latest Indiegogo campaign, its second crowdfunding campaign. In 2015 the brand raised $2 million for its first line of luggage. “It’s amazing to see [Bluesmart] return to …

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Google’s ‘We Wear Culture’ brings together centuries of fashion

Google’s latest “We Wear Culture” project has digitized over 30,000 fashion pieces and thousands of images to create a database that puts “three millennia of fashion at your fingertips.” Over 180 museums, schools, fashion institutions and other organizations have contributed to the project. “We Wear Culture” features over 450 exhibits on a range of topics, from the major fashions worn …

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Valentino partners with Yoox Net-a-Porter Group on ‘Next Era’ omnichannel interface

Valentino is creating its largest store in the world set to open in 2018, and surprisingly enough it will not be at a physical location. Valentino has partnered with Yoox Net-a-Porter Group to create an omnichannel interface for all of its merchandise. This multi-channel business approach, called Next Era, aims to provide customers with a seamless shopping experience, WWD reports. “Imagine the biggest …

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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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