Retail

  • Warby Parker raises $60 million

    Exclusive: The fashionable eyeglasses purveyor more than doubles its total investment.

    FORTUNE -- Warby Parker has raised $60 million in its latest round of venture capital funding, led by its biggest investor, Tiger Global Management. The amount tops the $55 million that the trendy eyewear maker scored in its three previous rounds combined.

    Other existing investors also re-upped, including General Catalyst Partners (which led its Series B round), Spark Capital, Thrive Capital, MORE

    - Dec 20, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • For retailers, nostalgia-driven novelty for the holidays

    A portable vinyl record player that resembles a small suitcase. A $300 radio named after a picturesque Swiss city. A silver-plated yo-yo. Apparel retailers see the holiday season as a chance to reinforce their position in the market, and they're doing so without selling clothes at all.

    FORTUNE -- Richard Tymkiw, a 59-year-old attorney from London, walked into the Urban Outfitters store on Fifth Avenue in New York City looking for a shirt MORE

    - Dec 18, 2013 3:07 PM ET
  • Polyvore CEO: To succeed, write 'good, clean code'

    For Jess Lee, the co-founder and chief executive of fashion discovery website Polyvore, leadership is always on trend.

    FORTUNE—Jess Lee, the 31-year-old CEO and co-founder of fashion discovery site Polyvore, is party natty, part nerd: she has a Bachelors of Science in computer science from Stanford University, is a former product manager at Google, and runs a website that helps people discover and shop for fashion, beauty, and home décor products MORE

    - Nov 20, 2013 10:43 AM ET
  • Apple's Angela Ahrendts: What the pundits are saying

    The new -- and only -- woman in Apple's top ranks is the talk of the tech world.

    FORTUNE -- Tim Cook's pick to head his retail operations may be famous in the fashion business, but it took Apple (AAPL) watchers -- most of whom have never set foot in a Burberry outlet -- much of Tuesday to figure out who Angela Ahrendts is.

    Then the pundits weighed in.

    Henry Blodget, Business Insider: "One question that arose MORE

    - Oct 16, 2013 10:23 AM ET
  • Five videos: Tim Cook taps Burberry's CEO to run Apple retail

    Angela Ahrendts' move to Apple is big news in Britain and the fashion world.

    FORTUNE -- Having apparently learned his lesson when he went down market and tapped John Browett, the head of Dixons, to run Apple's (AAPL) retail empire, Tim Cook went up market this time and replaced Browett with the CEO of a 157-year-old British luxury brand.

    By the time Americans woke up to the press release announcing that Angela Ahrendts, the MORE

    - Oct 15, 2013 7:45 AM ET
  • Web-like analytics are coming to brick-and-mortar stores

    A company called Placed is applying some of the methods used online to the real world.

    FORTUNE -- Foot traffic at bookstores rose by 27% in the first quarter of this year, according to a report issued this week by Placed, a Seattle-based company that aims to bring Internet-like marketing analytics to the offline world.

    That seems like a surprising number. It's hard to know for sure how accurate it is, or MORE

    - May 24, 2013 12:07 PM ET
  • Square unveils Stand, a countertop point of sale system

    The fast-growing payments startup is making an aggressive play for larger retailers.

    FORTUNE -- Early last year, Square, Jack Dorsey's fast-growing mobile payments startup, made an unusual hire: Jesse Dorogusker, an Apple hardware executive who was responsible for docking stations, headphones, and other peripherals, joined as vice president of hardware. The move foreshadowed a foray into gadgets by Square, which is best known for its white plastic credit card reader for iOS MORE

    - May 14, 2013 11:23 AM ET
  • Apple Anonymous: Tales from behind the Genius Bar

    Meet the Apple Store employees who tweet anonymously about their silly clients

    FORTUNE -- Ever wanted to know what those preternaturally cheerful workers in colored T-shirts really think about working retail for Apple (AAPL)?

    9to5Mac's Mark Gurman opened a window on their secret thoughts this week with a feature story about "Apple Anonymous" -- an underground society of Apple Store employees who tweet anonymously about life on the floor and behind the MORE

    - Mar 23, 2013 6:23 AM ET
  • Apple Store v. Microsoft Store: Picture of the day

    Century City Mall, Los Angeles, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, 3:30 p.m.

    FORTUNE -- For those who still bear the scars of last century's desktop wars between Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) we offer another in our series of contrasting store photos. This one was shot Tuesday afternoon by reader Howard Kaplan at Los Angeles' Westfield Century City Mall, half-way between Beverly Hills and Westwood, Calif.

    You can write your own caption.

    - Dec 12, 2012 10:52 AM ET
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  • Video: Black Friday at the Apple and Microsoft stores

    Have we grown weary yet of comparing the two companies' retail efforts?

    FORTUNE -- Colorado-based MacWeekend.com took a videocamera to Lone Tree's Park Meadow Mall, one of a growing number of high-end "retail resorts" that house both Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) retail outlets. The comparison is a bit unfair, as the Apple Store is considerably smaller and therefore feels busier.

    "Left: worship," writes Herb Herbert in the YouTube comment field. "Right: MORE

    - Nov 24, 2012 9:38 AM ET
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