One of the challenges with clothes shopping online is that it doesn t mirror the real-world experience where you can try on items for fit.A new startup called Fovo from shapewear line dMondaine s founder, Kiana Anvaripour, wants to change that.She then launched her own shapewear lingerie, dMondaine, in 2011, which is sold at places like Neiman Marcus, Barneys, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, and Net-a-Porter.Fovo today features clothing from over 300 major retailers – both pricier and less so – including Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, H, Neiman Marcus, Dillard s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Forever 21, Nasty Gal, and others.As women shop the site, they can add items from different stores to a universal cart, then checkout directly on Fovo.com, which simplifies the experience.Fovo currently generates revenue through an affiliate model, but the eventual goal is to introduce other means of monetization, like advertising.
According to company lore, when founder Alan Yau was preparing to open the chain s first restaurant in London in 1992, he overheard a man scolding his young son in their native Japanese.One word in particular, which roughly means determined one or naughty child, so caught Yau s attention that he decided to run with it as the company name—even though it required the restaurant to replace its existing signage, menus, and trademark registration.Wagamama s biggest push outside the UK is in the US, where it plans to open multiple restaurants over the next three to five years in addition to its current four in Boston, CIO Richard Tallboy says.Wagamama will focus initially on New York, where the build is underway for its US flagship restaurant—a two-story, 7,000-square-foot space on Fifth Avenue that overlooks Madison Square Park—before it branches out nationwide.Tallboy cites a range of benefits:• Because Oracle Hospitality Simphony Cloud Service is centrally managed, Wagamama can roll out and upgrade its payment, ordering, Qkr!, gift card, data analytics, and other features globally—to franchisees as well as to company-owned restaurants—at the same time.• Centralized administration also delivers a consistent brand standard and customer experience across restaurant locations, whether in London, Boston, Cyprus, or Dubai.
SLEEPING POD: United Airlines has designed its new Polaris Business Class Cabin for a snoozeUnited Airlines has taken the wraps off its luxurious new business class cabin.The state-of-the-art new pod – dubbed Polaris – includes a fully reclined 6' 6" bed with adjustable back support, gel-cooled pillows, mattress cushions and a brand-new bedding collection from Saks Fifth Avenue.Elsewhere, the United in-flight menu will now include "regionally influenced" options, custom ice cream sundaes, wine, cocktails and hot snacks, including lobster macaroni and cheese.If you don't fancy getting some shut-eye, the Polaris pods have a number of other lavish amenities, including a 16-inch HD TV with all of the usual entertainment options.PUT YOUR FEET UP: The airport lounge is not the best time for yogaThe first Polaris cabins will become available in December, with United Airlines planning to open a number of Polaris lounges in airports to coincide with the launch.They are currently scheduled to open in Chicago O'Hare, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Newark, Washington Dulles, Tokyo Narita, Hong Kong and London Heathrow.
The bright red Pins even carry the recognizable Pin it slogan that was a former staple of the platform, before they are replaced with the more accessible save button.According to the promo clip above, the Pins are powered by a lithium battery and can even save items to your virtual board if your phone is on standby thanks to Bluetooth Smart tech.The concept is credited to Brazilian design agency DM9DDB, which has also worked on projects with a host of other international clients.The innovation is in the app s easy and intuitive use and all the technology backing it up, so that you don t have to leave the app open or pair your cellphone s Bluetooth with the physical button, Igor Puga, vice president for integration and innovation at DM9DDB, told Adweek.Retail brands are increasingly seeking ways to connect their offline merchandise with their online presence.In the past, Ralph Lauren introduced Oak Labs smart mirrors to its Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue, which — among other things — could send an item summary to your phone via text message.
They are entirely custom work by Sedak/Seele, the German architectural firm behind Apple s retail store on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan and George Street in Sydney, Australia, and specially tempered at temperatures in excess of 600 degrees in a process meant to preserve clarity and strengthen the glass.Perhaps even more impressive, they re manufactured at a tolerance far less forgiving than the industry standard: While most glass has a 1/8 tolerance, meaning it can be 1/8-inch longer or shorter than specified, in other words, the panes in Campus 2 were designed with a 1/32-inch tolerance.Monterey County and solar power company First Solar will supply the remaining 25 percent.And Campus 2 s 4,300 hollowed-out custom concrete slabs that form the buildings foundation are designed to breath — they naturally circulate air, reducing the building s need for conventional AC.The project has progressed quite a bit since it broke ground in November 2013 — after overcoming a series of contractual disputes that pushed the projected opening from 2015 to 2016, construction has progressed at a fast clip.In October of 2015, the iPhone maker inked an agreement with developer Landbank Investments to lease new office space in Sunnyvale.
But as Dan Primack pointed out on Twitter, Bed Bath & Beyond had under $600 million in cash closer to $500m as of its last earnings.The One Kings Lane acquisition draws similarities to Gilt, which was acquired by Saks Fifth Avenue owner, Hudson Bay, earlier this year.We are excited to be part of the Bed Bath & Beyond family, said Dinesh Lathi, Chief Executive Officer of One Kings Lane, in a statement.It is unclear how closely San Francisco-based One Kings Lane will be integrated into the Bed Bath & Beyond brand.According to a statement from Bed Bath & Beyond CEO Steven Tamares, One Kings Lane will serve as a cornerstone for Bed Bath & Beyond s growing offerings in furniture and home décor, and together we will be able to do even more for and with our collective customers wherever, whenever and however they wish to interact with us, and to further our mission to be viewed as the expert for the home.The deal occurred during the second quarter of the year, and it is possible that we will get some more clarity around the purchase price when Bed Bath & Beyond reports earnings in July.
The brand has a spin-off line called Found Muji, filled with simple objects that famed designer and Muji creative director Naoto Fukasawa finds in countries around the world.And now, this weekend, Muji is getting crafty, putting the work of six Japanese artisans on display and on sale at its Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York.It helps to have the artists there to act as tour guides; the work itself is lovely, but filled with fine details that could go unnoticed.The plates and trays of woodworker Ryuji Mitani have a rippled, bark-like surface that Mitani says is a nod to carving techniques from the Nara period, 1,200 years ago.Painted-on polka dots and stripes give Kazumi Tsuji s glass tableware some grip, but Tsuji says she also hopes they ll help children learn table manners.It s a slender, gently rounded piece of translucent plastic that looks like lucite, has a tiny head of bristles, and costs less than a few dollars—perfect for an aesthete s Dopp kit.
JD.com, China s second largest online retailer, just revealed the progress of its AI lab, called PCL one year after the lab s establishment.It also announced that it will unveil VR products in September.This lab investigates perception and cognition with computer learning algorithms, for applications such as face recognition, text and image searching, and virtual fitting.With computer learning, JD developed its virtual fitting feature, where users type in their height and weight to see how a piece of clothes looks like on them, without really putting on the clothes.Besides fun features to interest customers, the secret lab will upgrade the company s logistics system.Weng Zhi, Chief Technical Officer of JD said that their warehouses would be unmanned in the future, and machines would do the packaging and recognition of packages.As an online retailer, JD may be unlikely to launch a product like a VR headset, but it might produce something similar to its rival platform Alibaba s Buy .As we reported in March, Buy focus on exploring VR shopping experiences.In the near future, customers could be experiencing shopping on Fifth Avenue in New York while sitting at home, said Zhao Haiping, an engineer at Alibaba.Top photo from Baidu Images
The deal announced Monday marks a major move for Wal-Mart, which is realizing that it needs to compete more aggressively in the online world.Wal-Mart's online business has been slowing even as it has been making big investments in new distribution centers and expanding services.Last month, Wal-Mart announced that was selling its Chinese online business Yihaodian.com to the China's second-biggest e-commerce site J.D.com in a strategic partnership that it hopes will bolster its presence in the lucrative but increasingly competitive marketplace.The deal also reflects the difficulties for startups like Jet.com to make it on their own in a sphere dominated by Amazon.com with its network of distribution hubs and the powerful asset of its Prime membership program.In January, Hudson's Bay, which owns Saks Fifth Avenue, purchased flash-sales site Gilt Group.And in June, Bed, Bath & Beyond scooped up One Kings Lane.
A man is presently climbing Trump Tower on New York s Fifth Avenue using four suction cups.He reached the fifth floor about an hour ago according to Gothamist.Presently it s not known why he s doing this, but you can certainly watch it happen below, for as long as it lasts:Update 5:04pm EST: The climber, naturally, shuffled off to a different side of the building free of air vents.NYPD countered by knocking a hole in one of the windows, covering the climber in debris.Update 5:08pm EST: According to the ABC news stream, NYPD have the climber from all sides and his imminent capture is just a matter of time.
In what might prove to be a more innovative move than anything we're likely to see with the iPhone 7, Apple has dropped the 'Store' from its Apple Store branding.The company's online pages for all former Apple Stores now simply refer to places such as 'Apple Regent Street' or in the case of San Francisco's relatively new outlet, 'Apple Union Square'.The Cupertino firm has always referred to the latter as Apple Union Square, and has rebranded all its other stores to match this naming convention in the past few days.As MacRumours points out, an archived page for the Fifth Avenue Apple Store seems to show the shop itself still had the old 'Store' branding as recently as August 12.The site also notes that a memo was previously sent out to Apple retail staff to inform them of the change to both brick and mortar stores and online stores.Apple's latest branding move seems to point to an effort to convince customers that the shops are much more than just retail locations.
Your browser does not support HTML5 videoPlayPausePlayPauseMute0%00:00 / 00:00FullscreenSmallscreen Close Embed Feed Apple iPhone 7: The new handset arrives on 19 September and fans have already started queuing.For anyone who thought Apple might have lost its mojo they only have to walk past an Apple store on iPhone launch week to gauge public interest.And yet again, die-hard fans are out in numbers in anticipation for the new iPhone 7 and have already started camping outside Apple stores – five days before the smartphone is released.The new iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is set to hit stores in most countries on 16 September and, as always, fever for the new phone has caused lines to grow, with keen consumers spotted outside stores in America and Germany on Monday 12 September.While five-days might sound like a long time to wait, it's reported that one man has been sitting in line outside New York's Fifth Avenue store since 25 August – almost two weeks before Apple even unveiled the iPhone 7 at its keynote.However, this man is less devout fan, more professional line-sitter who has claimed he was paid $3,400 for a week of lining up at the front of the queue.
The frayed scrap of paper taped to the sidewalk outside Apple Inc. s flagship store in San Francisco s Union Square had a simple message: $5 for photographs.The sight of Apple fans clamoring to get the latest phone was replaced Friday by people looking to make a few bucks from their lead spot in the line.A combination of limited supply and Apple s push toward online pre-orders meant walk-in customers were unable to buy the larger 7 Plus version.The result: smaller, less-enthusiastic lines.That s a big change from the retail frenzy that has long been a ritual of the company s marketing for a product that still accounts for at least 57 percent of revenue.It was subdued outside the London Apple shop in Covent Garden.A well-organized line of a few hundred people cycled through, mainly consisting of people with receipts to pick up pre-ordered devices.The line outside Apple s Fifth Avenue store in New York was the smallest since the launch of the iPhone 3GS in 2009, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.His research team counted 400 customers lining up there Friday, down from a peak of 1,880 for the iPhone 6 debut in September 2014.
For those who wanted to get hold of an Iphone 7 Plus on launch day had to have thought before – the few copies that were for sale were reserved to those who pre-ordered.A combination of limited access and a large number of reservations on the web did that, therefore, there was not a single 7 Plus available for those who chose to stand in the queue on launch day.This reports, including Bloomberg.the Result was, unsurprisingly, shorter queues at the Apple Store.According to the analysfirman Piper Jaffray, with the well-known analyst Gene Munster in the lead, was the queue at Apple's store on Fifth Avenue in New York, the shortest since the launch of the Iphone 3GS.There was only 400 people with the hope to get hold of a Iphone 7, which can be compared with the record number of 1 880 people queuing up for Iphone 6 in september 2014.
View photosMoreFILE - In this Sept. 5, 2014, file photo, the Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.On Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016, Apple announced it is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace.CUPERTINO, Calif. AP — Apple is extending its push into selling business technology by forging a partnership with the Deloitte consulting firm to advise companies on using iPhones, iPads and Apple software in the workplace.While Apple primarily sells to the consumer market, it's confronting a global slowdown in consumer demand for smartphones and tablets.That's spurred the Cupertino, California, tech giant to announce business-focused partnerships with companies that sell technology to corporate customers.These include IBM, SAP and Cisco.
Talk about taking Apple-bashing to a whole new level.A man has been arrested after going into an Apple Store in France and smashing about a dozen iPhones and other products with a ball as other customers and store employees looked on.French publications including Le Bien Public report that the man was upset about a repayment problem and, wearing a glove on one hand, proceeded to destroy products sitting on three tables in the store in Dijon shortly before 1 p.m. Thursday.The ball in his hand looked to be what the French call boule, which might be used for bocce or a similar game.Another publication, Le Journal, reports that prosecutors pegged the damage at 50,000 euros.There s a roughly three-minute-long video of the reported incident on YouTube.It shows the man talking to whoever is filming — my French is rusty, but he sounded a bit upset — and ends with the man being chased down by security at the shopping center.Le Bien Public reports that he is in custody at a police station in Dijon.Photo at top: The Apple logo hangs on the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue on August 5, 2015 in New York City.In an Apple Store in France this week, things didn t look so sunny.
It houses some of the greatest works of literature known to man, but now, the New York Public Library is bringing a different kind of classic to its Rose Main Reading Room when it reopens on October 5 — a train.After two years of closure for repairs and restoration, one of the city s most treasured landmarks is getting a landmark of its own in the form of a book train, or really, a book roller coaster.The New York Public Library will soon be unveiling a new, state-of-the-art conveyor system in its Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to transport requested research materials from newly expanded storage under Bryant Park to researchers throughout the library.But because conveyer system doesn t quite do this ingenious contraption justice, we re calling it a book roller coaster or at the very least, a book train .Designed by architects at Gensler, the system is comprised of 24 individual red cars, and makes use of a rail system that allows the cars to not only run seamlessly, but also automatically transition from horizontal to vertical motion hence the roller coaster-esque vibes .As designers working in research libraries and cultural institutions like these, it is incumbent upon us to think creatively to preserve often rare and valuable cultural artifacts, said Anthony Harris, Project Architect at Gensler.
So far this year, banks and related firms have taken 255,000 square feet 23,700 square meters in the area, compared with 170,750 square feet in all of 2015.Financial firms including Silicon Valley Bank are taking space because they want to be close to clients and business partners who already have offices in the area, home to such trendy neighborhoods as Soho, Chelsea and the Flatiron and Meatpacking districts.Between the skyscrapers of Midtown and lower Manhattan, the relatively low-rise neighborhoods of Midtown South, with their pre-war lofts and former factories, warehouses and print shops, have been a magnet for tech and media companies.There are synergies, both from being near clients and it s a cool neighborhood, said Jake Elghanayan, senior vice president of TF Cornerstone Inc., Silicon Valley Bank s new landlord.Silicon Valley Bank is planning to leave a glass tower on Fifth Avenue and move to 387 Park Avenue South, a more than hundred-year-old building north of Madison Square Park, where it signed a lease for 20,000 square feet in July.We re happy with our space in Midtown -- it s on the corner of 42nd and Fifth, it overlooks the library and Bryant Park -- but our location is not providing our business with any particular advantages, said Melissa Stepanis, New York market manager for Silicon Valley Bank.Before the recent increase, financial-industry leasing in Midtown South accounted for no more than 6.7 percent of space taken in any quarter for more than two years.Even with the leasing surge, financial firms represent just 18 percent of the market, compared with tech and media s 43.5 percent, he said.Other financial companies that recently leased Midtown South space include London-based quantitative firm Winton Capital Management Ltd., which took 35,000 square feet at 315 Park Avenue South and is moving from the Seagram Building in Midtown s Plaza District, and Two Sigma Investments LP, which already was on Avenue of the Americas in Soho and is taking additional space in the area.Like Silicon Valley Bank, both Two Sigma and Winton have business partners and employees who feel at home in Midtown South, said Joseph Sollazzo, a real estate economist at CoStar Group Inc., a research firm that tracks office leasing.
The Apple logo hangs in the glass box entrance to the company's Fifth Avenue store in New York.Apple hired a prominent artificial intelligence researcher from Carnegie Mellon University as it seeks to regain lost ground against competitors such as Google, Microsoft and Amazon.com in machine learning.Russ Salakhutdinov said on Monday that he s joining the Cupertino, California-based company as a director of AI research, in addition to his role at the university.He posted a link to an Apple job application page seeking machine learning specialists.Apple is seeking scientists with experience in Deep Learning, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Optimization, and/or Data Mining, it said in the job listing.The iPhone maker has been on an acquisition spree to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities over the past 12 months, buying at least a half-dozen startups including Seattle-based Turi Inc.
The Apple logo is displayed at the Apple Store June 17, 2015 on Fifth Avenue in New York City.Apple has hired Carnegie Mellon University computer science professor Ruslan Salakhutdinov as its first director of artificial intelligence research to bolster its machine learning capabilities.Salakhutdinov announced on Monday 17 October via Twitter that he is joining the Cupertino company, linking to an open position at Apple through which interested researchers can apply to join his new department's team.Apple's job description for machine learning research scientists reads: "We are looking for exceptional hands-on research scientists with a proven track record in a variety of machine learning methods; from the realms of deep learning, reinforcement learning, unsupervised learning, and computer perception."The company notes that accepted applicants will be joining "a world-class, multidisciplinary team" and participate in "cutting-edge research in deep learning, machine intelligence, and artificial intelligence" to solve "real-world, large-scale problems."Salakhutdinov will remain in his current post as an associate professor at CMU while working at Apple.