The buzz about Etsy's IPO runs something like this... the company that connects artisans and home-based craft makers to a new kind of consumer hungry for unique products -- has met its nemesis: the public equity markets.
What can Etsy do to grow its revenue while also keeping its sellers happy? How can Etsy create the supply to match increasing demand moving forward?
It's not the age of small business, but microbusiness: the individual with something to sell, whether it's artisanal furniture or a skill. The millennials seem to know this instinctively, the rest of us are learning it.
While feminist fashion products may allow feminists to display their beliefs with pride, they also reduce those beliefs to something that amounts to nothing more than a trend, easily packaged up and put on the self until it becomes in-style again.
This past year has been eventful in New York City retail, from market newcomers to high-tech stores to welcome announcements of what's to come. And of course, my last column of 2014 is the perfect time to discuss my favorite new stores of the year. Let me know what you think!
When it comes to building brands online there are no group of individuals more successful or sought-after than the artistic entrepreneurs I interviewed for this article.
I present to you the top seven worst Christmas gifts I have ever received, and seven improved options that I totally wish I'd received instead. Please slip this hint list under Santa's door, affixed to a bottle of rum so he doesn't miss it.
The near monopolists are at bat and are swinging for the fences in a bid to kill open Internet rules and dominate the online ecosystem. I see FCC Chairman Wheeler on the mound, trying to decide what to pitch while millions of interested parties fill the stands.
My eyes scanned over page after page of items I would have expected to find in the kiosks of Daytona Beach, not on a website for handmade goods. I sat at my computer with my jaw on the keyboard, wondering what had just happened.
Don't appreciate close contact? No problem. The fanny pack creates a tangible boundary with anyone who likes to "hug it out."
There's something special about having a product created by human hands. It's the feeling that there's something intimately unique about what went into that very product you hold in your hands.
Way back in the day, people used to make a living selling arts and crafts and useful objects they handcrafted. They'd create their products and then meet in the local town square or village market to sell them.
Brands that go beyond participating in the DIY trend to actually shaping it understand that they need to be relevant to multiple areas of people's lives.
People are more empowered now than they've ever been. And they're having their say in ways they've never had before, heard by wider audiences and taken ever more seriously.
With with no sweat-inducing thick straps or excess bulk, and just enough room for your sunnies and wallet, it's easy to see why the clutch is our go-to purse of the season. No longer reserved for special occasions, clutches are everywhere this year.
I remember his brown leather woven shoes -- throwbacks from the '40s -- that he wore in the summer. He collected watches, timepieces, stamps, and rare coins. He renovated Packards. My grandfather loved America. And America loved him.