A first run of the 'smart' jacket, previewed at SXSW in Austin, Texas, and based on partnership between Google and Levi's, is expected to launch in fall 2017, first of all in the USA, retailing for around $350.
Personalization is one of the new buzzwords in retail. U.S. footwear and accessories chain DSW has announced an exclusive partnership with Trend:Bar, which offers stores personalized add-ons to enhance products.
Timberland's new partnership with Threads has yielded a line of sustainable products made from recycled plastic bottles, but there's a social component too. The bottle collection benefits a jobs program in Haiti.
Online fashion retailer PrettyLittlething has implemented a new on-site search and visual technology that has helped it achieve an 8% increase in average order value across its six international websites and apps.
Barclaycard’s bPay has struck two new deals that means consumers will be able to make contactless payments using high street jewellery and watch brands from global giant DCK and payments specialist Tappy Technologies.