Understanding Body Politics in Retail and Fashion

In retail, fashion, or even wearable tech spaces, it’s easy for designers and design researchers
to focus either on the technical innovations of fabrics and clothing, or on the aesthetic and expressive aspects of a garment. Innovation in these spaces largely focuses on the created object and its production, rather than the cultural consumption of the…

Let’s Get Physical

Why is e-commerce rebuilding the brick-and-mortar store?  In a time when there is a new disruptive technology almost every week and Oxford Dictionary’s Word
 of the Year is an emoji, some retailers are harking back to old habits and returning to an offline, analog way of selling – the brick-and-mortar store. Major corporations, including Amazon,…

The New Luxury: Keeping Fashion Relevant in 2020

The year is 2020, and Zara has just announced that they will be closing one third of their brick-and-mortar retail locations. Their ecommerce operations only fared slightly better, with one fifth of the workforce cut. H&M announced a freeze on opening any new stores for the next quarter. Instead, they will be focusing on their…