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Luxury-Craving Cadillac Exits Detroit for Global HQ in New York

Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2014 02:27 PM

From Park Avenue to Madison Avenue, New York is home to the largest concentration of high net worth individuals in North America. So why wouldn't an ambitious US premium brand want to be headquartered there?

That's exactly what Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen was thinking when he persuaded the General Motors brain trust to allow him to break the brand free from its Detroit roots and move the global Cadillac headquarters to NYC's tony Soho district. GM announced today that it's expanding Cadillac into a separate business unit as part of a "strategic realignment" for its flagship brand that also includes the creation of a Cadillac "leadership council" headed by de Nysschen.

"There is no city in the world where the inhabitants are more immersed in a premium lifestyle than in New York," de Nysschen said in a GM press release. "Establishing our new global headquraters in Soho places Cadillac at the epicenter of sophisticated living. It allows our team to share experences with premium-brand consumers and develop attitudes in common with our audience."Continue reading...

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Cup of Joey: Eight O'Clock Coffee and Warner Bros. Celebrate 20 Years of Friends

Posted by Elisabeth Dick Oak on September 23, 2014 12:34 PM

Before you even walk into the new Central Perk pop-up at the corner of Lafayette and Broome Streets in New York City, the first thing you notice is the line stretching around the block. On opening day, nearly 1,500 curious New Yorkers and fans from Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Germany and the Philippines queued up to get their Friends fix and gulped 1,060 free cups of Eight O'Clock Coffee. 

Once inside, you feel as if you've entered a mini-museum. The walls are plastered with photos. Mannequins model costumes from the show. Glass cases display memorabilia such as Ross's "Science Boy" comic book, Monica's engagement ring and Joey's Soap Opera Digest cover issue.

While the pop-up is not an exact replica of the show's Central Perk coffee shop, guests are invited to get their pic snapped on the original pumpkin-colored couch (was it really that orange?) and even meet actor James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther on the show.Continue reading...

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+Pool Makes a Splash with Branding-First Concept

Posted by Katie Conneally on September 17, 2014 02:59 PM

It seems like everyday there’s a new tech startup in the news, a new cool project to back on Kickstarter or a new worthy cause to donate to. But with this abundance of new ideas, it’s easy for the average consumer, investor or donor to become overwhelmed. To combat this new idea fatigue, some startups and projects are getting smart about branding their ideas to stand out—sometimes even before they have a physical product or prototype to tout.

+Pool, a concept for a swimming pool that floats in New York’s East River, is an example of how early branding can play a role in future success. From its debut on Kickstarter in 2011, the +Pool idea ("the world's first water-filtering, floating pool") quickly gained traction and supporting, raising $41,000 to explore filtration materials. Another Kickstarter campaign in 2013 netted over $250,000 to build a test pool to bring the concept, called Float Lab, to life.Continue reading...

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Omnichannel Glam: Q&A with Rent the Runway Co-Founder Jenny Fleiss

Posted by Brittany Waterson on September 12, 2014 12:14 PM

A week after opening its first permanent brick-and-mortar store in its hometown of New York, Rent the Runway’s newest venture is already a huge success and it's clear that the start-up, which allows customers to “rent” designer dresses and accessories online, is at the height of its fashion game. 

Incorporating lessons learned from its previous pop-up boutiques at Henri Bendel New York and the Cosmopolitan hotel in Las Vegas, foot traffic at its new flagship has been steady since the day it opened (20 minutes ahead of schedule to accommodate fans waiting at the door).

Located just off Fifth Avenue in Manhattan's Flatiron District, the store is the first physical embodiment of its recently refreshed logo and new navy and blush color palette. There are now plans in the works to follow up with a store near Washington, D.C., with more locations under consideration.

brandchannel chatted with Jenny Fleiss, co-founder of Rent the Runway, at RTR's Fashion Week celebration at its new Flatiron District store to discuss bringing a digital brand to life, what customers really want in an omnichannel retail experience and what's next.Continue reading...

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Central Perk Pops-Up for Friends' 20th Anniversary

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 28, 2014 02:34 PM

It's hard to believe it’s been a decade since the iconic sitcom Friends ended a ten-season run. In honor of the beloved sitcom’s 20th anniversary—it premiered September 22, 1994—a replica of the show's iconic "Central Perk" coffee shop will be opening in Manhattan's SoHo neighborhood September 17 for one month.

The pop-up is a collaboration between Warner Bros. and Eight O' Clock Coffee, which will also serve up a limited-edition Central Perk Roast for the occasion for free. 

Visitors to the pop-up can expect special appearances by James Michael Tyler, aka "Gunther"; photo ops with the actual orange couch from the show; in-store performances similar to Phoebe’s improvised songs like Smelly Cat; and contests and giveaways with prizes including Friends on Blu-ray, a DVD of all 10 seasons and Central Perk Roast samples.Continue reading...

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Rent the Runway Sets Up (Permanent) Shop in New York's Flatiron

Posted by Brittany Waterson on August 18, 2014 11:26 AM

Rent the Runway, the unique startup turned major e-commerce success that "rents" designer dresses and accessories for a fraction of the retail price, is opening its first permanent brick and mortar location in New York's Flatiron district. Opening September 3, the store will host over 200 designers and an ever-changing selection of hundreds of dresses and accessories. 

Founded in 2009 by Harvard Business School alum Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss, the site offers up designs from Diane von Furstenberg, Moschino, Kate Spade and more on its online platform. But as omnichannel retail becomes increasingly important to sustained success, Rent the Runway is joining brands like Birchbox, Warby Parker and Kate Spade Saturday in opening physical retail stops to capture consumer attention.Continue reading...

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Birchbox Scores with First Brick and Mortar Store

Posted by Brittany Waterson on July 17, 2014 01:52 PM

Color this beauty blogger impressed. I finally got a chance to visit Birchbox, the beauty subscription service and e-commerce site, at the brand's first brick-and-mortar retail store, which opened in New York last week. Located in Soho, the store includes a curated product assortment from 250 brands. Birchbox joins brands like Warby Parker and Bonobos in making the leap from exclusively online ventures to physical stores.

Birchbox launched in 2010 and has grown rapidly with a goal of redefining the retail process by offering customers a way to try and experience the best beauty products on the market. Birchbox offers monthly subscriptions, in which customers are sent boxes containing sample-sized beauty products, in addition to an e-commerce site where all the products are available for purchase. The brand tested pop-up locations in New York and the Hamptons before making the leap to a permanent residency.Continue reading...

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Samsung and Hyundai Score World Cup ROI Goooal!

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 16, 2014 07:55 PM

As the dust settles on the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Samsung and Hyundai are both touting the ROI of their respective social media campaigns.

The final piece of Samsung’s Galaxy 11 campaign, Tuesday night's commercial debut of #GALAXY11: The Match Part 2, a follow-up to June's The Match Part 1, concludes the futuristic campaign featuring soccer superstars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Gotze, Lionel Messi and Wayne Rooney using Samsung devices and technology in their training—and ultimate defeat of alien rivals.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the 10-month soccer-themed campaign (featuring products including the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear 2 watch and Gear Fit fitness tracker) has racked up more than 150 million video views, 4.7 million engagements on social channels and 5 million visits to the Galaxy 11 website.

It’s a departure for the Korean company, which has traditionally relied on TV advertising but began paying closer attention to social media to reach consumers after the 2012 Olympics in London.Continue reading...

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