November 25, 2019

A lesson in leadership based on George Washington. Download Presentation

February 17, 2019

In our previous blog, we introduced the idea that achieving sustainable practices such as the Circular Economy or Provenance/Transparency requires more than corporate compliance or cost/benefit analysis. It requires a global vision which stokes our desires and not our...

October 7, 2018

Why European Managers Have a Leg up On Us in Supply Chain Management

Beginning in late 2016, a shift was taking place in Europe. Organized by an Italian think tank, 25 to 50 Supply System managers of the leading fashion and luxury brands from Europe, Italy and the UK, b...

September 24, 2018

Licensing is the renting of IP assets to another company which has the core competencies to manufacture and distribute a product category which the brand owner neither wants to produce or has the capacity to successfully market; the decision to do so should be approach...

September 17, 2018

Businesses need to exercise prediction and control over their processes.  This applies to the end-to-end product development value chain, from raw materials to market distribution.  Now, given the power of end-users, customers and consumers, this value chain has extend...

February 19, 2018

BrandStorming™ is a process for generating unique business solutions to consumer needs. It is built upon the foundations of “Design Thinking” and borrows from the latter’s strengths to produce extraordinary insights and innovative approaches to business development!


January 20, 2017

Although much has been written as the reasons for the Brexit victory, the pundits have overlooked a more fundamental explanation than the economics of need and the psychology of frustration…Brand Archetypes and a brand strategy! In a nutshell, Brexit branded “Leave” an...

March 16, 2016

[Recently republished in Sustainability Compendium,  a special edition from the publishers of Fibre2Fashion.]

Introduction: Conventional wisdom often concludes that Luxury is in conflict with Sustainability.  The argument usually proceeds as follows:

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February 4, 2016

By Bill D’Arienzo, Associate Strategy Advisor
US Markets, TEH, Ambrosetti
[Article originally appeared in Apparel Magazine]

Challenged by Fast Fashion, prompted by Speed to Market and buoyed by thoughts of small runs/ low inventory levels, Re-Shoring or the return of ma...

August 4, 2014

I had lunch in NYC last month with Stella Xu, luxury entrepreneur, and was mesmerized by an exciting new dimension in luxury and luxury retail…not merely a new format but a dramatically different way of creating, curating and presenting accessory products at retail whi...

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