Category Archives: retail

Yuga Labs Says It Does Not Have Copyright Registration Of Bored Ape Images, in New Court Documents

Yuga Labs, the parent company of Bored Ape Yacht Clubsaid in a new court filing that it does not have “copyright registrations” for the 10,000 images that constitution the successful NFT collection.

The new documents were submitted as part of the ongoing lawsuit between Yuga and artist Ryder Ripps, who used images from the BAYC collection for his own NFT collection, titled RR/BAYC.

https://www-artnews-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/www.artnews.com/art-news/news/yuga-labs-admits-to-having-no-copyright-over-bored-ape-yacht-club-nfts-1234655279/amp/

Tencent wants you to pay with your palm. What could go wrong?

That’s where Tencent is stepping in. The new tech is undoubtedly appealing as the company competes with Alipay for dominance. And as China continues to grapple with ongoing zero-covid policies that mean people still wear masks and avoid physical contact, allowing people to pay by waving their hands up to a few inches from the camera seems preferable to facial or fingerprint recognition. So by offering users small cash incentives in exchange for their participation and data, Tencent is one step closer to spreading the use of palm-print recognition through everyday life—and on a truly massive scale. 

https://www.technologyreview.com/2022/11/15/1063218/whats-next-biometrics-palm-print-recognition-tencent-we-chat-pay/

Kyoto artisans grant old clothes new life with traditional black dye

Kurozome Rewear is an offshoot of Kyoto Montsuki, which has been working with textiles since 1915. The shop’s specialty is black montsuki, a traditional piece of Japanese formalwear. Using old techniques that include multiple rounds of dyeing cloth and letting it dry in the sun, Kyoto Montsuki’s artisans are able to create a deep black color that reflects as little light as possible.

https://www.trendwatching.com/innovation-of-the-day/kyoto-artisans-grant-old-clothes-new-life-with-traditional-black-dye?utm_campaign=iotd&utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Kurozome%20Rewear&utm_content=Kurozome%20Rewear

50% of Luxury Brands Will Disappear By 2030. What Are The Key Risks?

First of all, what is luxury? A straightforward way to define the term is to think of luxury as the ability to create extreme value for an individual. Hence, no brand ever will be luxury to everyone, but it must have the ability to be of extreme value for some. To create value, which is so high that it becomes non-linear, a luxury brand needs to be fully centered around a specific need of the client. Hence, it’s never about the brand but all about the ability to have a specific role in the life of a client. 

Years of extensive university research and numerous brand and category audits have shown that, fundamentally, brands that manage to achieve such a critical role gain a significant shift in how they are perceived. People who understand the signal of an extreme value-creating brand feel a significant perception shift in several key dimensions related to themselves.

https://jingdaily.com/luxury-brands-disappear-2030-key-risks/

Belgian organic supermarket chain sells mushrooms grown on its unsold bread

Brussels-based ECLO picks up bread from Bio-Planet stores and mixes it with sawdust to create a growing medium. That substrate is packed into bags and pasteurized, after which mycelium is added and mushrooms start growing. After four to twelve weeks, ECLO harvests organic eryngii and nameko mushrooms, which are then sold at all of Bio-Planet’s stores.

https://www.trendwatching.com/innovation-of-the-day/organic-supermarket-chain-sells-mushrooms-grown-on-its-unsold-bread?utm_campaign=iotd&utm_source=linkedin&utm_medium=social&utm_term=Bio-Planet%20%C3%97%20ECLO&utm_content=Bio-Planet%20%C3%97%20ECLO

Hollywood has framed getting back to theaters as a content problem. But what we need most is to rethink the design of movie theaters altogether.

Movie theaters are not just giant concrete boxes—a Petco with a projector— but powerful social contracts. Where else do people (generally) agree to put away their phones and (generally) sit in silence for a couple hours other than, perhaps, church? 

https://www.fastcompany.com/90809254/wakanda-forever-cannot-save-movie-theaters-but-this-plan-might

The trend to mend: how repair shops are leading a fixing revolution

Bath’s Share & Repair says it has repaired more than 3,000 items in the five years since it opened, 60% are electrical or electronic items, mainly kettles, toasters, radios and lamps. The project also lends out household items and runs workshops on how to maintain your bicycle, use a sewing machine or darn a jumper.

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/nov/08/the-trend-to-mend-how-repair-shops-are-leading-a-fixing-revolution?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=news_tab

‘It won’t tell you anything useful’: how Palace turned product descriptions into art

Product descriptions included in the book touch on Tanju’s immediate surroundings. “[Looking through it], I would remember the flight that I was on when I watched the film I was talking about or the cold knives and forks on the plane or whatever,” he says. “It’s quite funny.” The turmoil of the last decade, including Brexit and Covid is also covered. Would Tanju take on something like Liz Truss’s recent resignation? “Yeah, but I wouldn’t get directly into politics. I might write something about ‘oh, maybe I should resign’. I really like topical stuff so when you’re reading it you know what’s happening.”

https://amp-theguardian-com.cdn.ampproject.org/c/s/amp.theguardian.com/fashion/2022/oct/27/how-palace-turned-product-descriptions-into-art

How ‘Dupe’ Culture Took Over Online Fashion

TikTok has sped up fashion cycles — and helped push inexpensive knockoffs onto the market in record time


https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/dupe-culture-fast-fashion-tiktok-1234591964/ (Rolling Stone/paywall)

Inside TikTok’s Controversial Dupe Culture (Byrdie)

The case against dupe culture (QJ)

https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?geo=US&q=duped