Happy Thursday and welcome back to The Spin! Today, we look at the latest shoe style coming out of a 3D printer, check out the servile marriage planned for Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana, and introduce Marc Jacobs' very first smartwatch. We also tell you, what to look for in the new Fall 2017 fashion campaigns. Enjoy the read and feel free to share! Cheers, Ulrike


Print my style! Chinese sports company Peak International has released the world's first wearable 3D printed (video) basketball boot, the Peak Fly V 3D. It was first revealed on August 24th at the 2017 PEAK China Tour & Dwight Howard III Press Conference and follows the Future I 3D running shoe, launched in May. According to experts, 3D printing is optimizing sports shoes, and all of the big brands are already involved.



Prelude to Elon Musk's nightmare. In a further step towards total inter-connectedness, Amazon is going to collaborate with Microsoft to teach their respective voice assistants, Alexa and Cortana, to talk to each other. By the end of the year, the partnership should enable customers to summon Cortana using Alexa, and vice versa. So far, Apple's Siri and Google's Assistant have not been invited to the party (video spoof, in German).

Marc's connection. Designer Marc Jacobs has released his first smartwatch. The Riley Hybrid time-piece can (paywall) be synced to smartphones, track movements and take pictures. It even has a mirror to fix the lipstick and a Ring Your Phone feature to find it, when misplaced. The watch is available at select retailers and on, retailing for $175.


Goodbye Hong Kong. To create a more profitable and customer-centric international business, Marks & Spencer plans to offload its retail business in Hong Kong and Macau. The British retailer has already started negotiations to sell the franchise to its long-term partner, Dubai-based Al-Futtaim. Al-Futtaim currently runs 43 M&S stores in the Middle East, Singapore and Malaysia. The operations in Hong Kong and Macau would add 29 stores to its network.

Custom click. Frilly, a new made-to-order website for women's fashion, lets users actually customize ever piece - from the fabric and elements like pockets all the way to the position of the hemline and the width of a flare. Prices at the self-described virtual atelier range from $63 for a sleeveless top to $1,700 for a long wool coat.


Mourning David Tang. He was outrageous, often loud and almost always amusing. David Tang, the Hong Kong-born founder of the Shanghai Tang retail chain, entrepreneur and weekly contributor to the Financial Times, passed away (paywall) last Tuesday. Tang was 63 years old. In addition to a long legacy, including a knighthood he received in 2008, the visionairy leaves behind his wife, Lucy, and two children from a previous marriage to Susanna Cheung, which ended in divorce.

Taking off the heels. Social media sites exploded with commentary when Melania Trumps wore black Manolo Blahnik stilettos during her and President Donald Trump's visit to hurricane stricken Texas. The First Lady got the message was later seen in inimitable Stan Smith sneakers by Adidas.


United colors of diversity. Coach and Christian Dior did it. Dolce & Gabbana and Saint Laurent did it. Even Nordstrom and Gap (video) did it. They all raised the percentage of models of color in their fall campaigns. As a result, models of color account for more than 30 percent of appearances in print ads, more the twice as much as two falls ago. Also on the rise is the share of transgender models, seen for example at Helmut Lang, Sisley and Philipp Plein, while the use of plus-size models has slightly dropped this season.


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