Warby Parker

Growing Denver retail market not crushed by closure of eight Toys R Us stores, report says

When Toys R Us went under this spring, the Denver area lost eight retail anchor stores spread across six cities. The once-iconic chain gave almost …

Real Estate

Askov Finlayson Announces Growth Plans After Warby Parker's Departure

×<p>photo by Caitlin Abrams<p>Askov Finlayson store in Minneapolis<p>After three years of selling trendy, affordable specs out of its mini-showroom within …

Minneapolis-Saint Paul

Retail’s digital catch-22

The Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition, held late last month in Chicago, is an annual opportunity to take a pulse on the state of the retail …

eCommerce

Greenhouse pulls in $50 mln Series D from Riverwood

New York City and San Francisco-based <b>Greenhouse</b>, a provider of enterprise talent acquisition software, has secured $50 million in Series D funding. …

Human Resources

Trail Mix Ventures, an outfit centered on wellness-obsessed millennials, just closed an $11 million debut fund

The millennial generation — people born between 1981 and 1996 — are on the cusp of becoming America’s largest generation, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. What else we know about this demographic: millennials are increasingly choosing to live at home with their parents, put off …

Venture Capital

These stylish sunglasses have blue-light filtering tech that combats digital eye strain

Felix Gray has made a name for itself in the crowded direct-to-consumer eyewear market, with glasses that filter blue light, helping to combat digital eye strain. Starting at $95–on par with Warby Parker–the brand’s prescription eyewear promises to make your screen-gazing eyes feel more …

Eyewear

Best Beach Reading List for Women in Leadership

The best leadership reads to help you uplevel your skills this summer.<p>One of my New Year's Resolutions for 2018 was to read more. For good reasons. It's a fact: People who read books live longer. And truthfully, as I have said before, leadership development is a demanding field--one that requires …

Business Strategy

Fralic steps down at VC leader First Round

Chris Fralic, who partnered with Josh Kopelman to make Half.com one of the Philadelphia area’s most successful dot.com companies, then built up First …

Warby Parker

Recruiting platform Greenhouse raises $50 million to grow its diverse hiring feature

Greenhouse<p><b>Recruiting platform Greenhouse has raised $50 million in a series D funding round led by Riverwood Capital.</b>• <b><br>The money will be used to scale</b> …

Recruitment

Online retailer makes clothes for short men—potentially a $7 billion market

While apparel companies such as Banana Republic and J.Crew have spent the past few years closing stores, reducing inventory and tweaking product …

Men's Fashion

5 Pairs of Badass Aviator Sunglasses Under $175

<i>Every day of every month at GQ, we start your morning on Instagram with visual advice on What to Wear Today. But we want to go deeper, and give you the nuts and bolts of how to get the look into your wardrobe. This month we're providing you with a list of menswear essentials to upgrade your closet.</i> …

Men's Fashion

DealBook Briefing: The Disney-Comcast Fight Switches to Sky

<i>Good Thursday. Want this in your inbox every morning? Sign up here.</i><p><b>Sky takes center stage in the Disney-Comcast duel</b><p>Walt Disney and Comcast may not be fighting over 21st Century Fox any more. The two giants instead look likely to focus their efforts on buying control of Sky, the European satellite …

Business

Morning Newsletter

Welcome to Wednesday, Philadelphia. If you’re starting your day with some local organic produce, you’ll be interested in our first story of the …

Donald Trump

Nordstrom and retail’s growing urgency to rethink performance metrics

Earlier this month Cowen and Co. retail analyst Oliver Chen downgraded Nordstrom shares, and the stock promptly tumbled. Among the concerns he cited …

Business Intelligence

The ultimate checklist for predicting early-stage startups’ success

To the extent that’s possible in the first place, here’s the criteria to look for.<p>I tried early-stage venture capital a while back and I couldn’t get a feel for it. I didn’t see how people could identify successful companies that early. Honestly, I was skeptical that they could.<p>We recently hit a …

Product Management

You Wear What You Eat

Hours after the indie fashion house Telfar presented its Spring/Summer 2016 collection during New York Fashion Week, the brand hosted an afterparty at an unexpected venue: a White Castle in Hell’s Kitchen.<p>White Castle had been a recurring theme for the brand’s founder, Telfar Clemens, for years, …

Broad City

New Shapes: Warby Parker Launches ‘Framework’ Glasses

Warby Parker focuses on shape and structure for its latest eyewear collection. Called ‘Framework’, the line of opticals and sunglasses feature …

Men's Fashion

Interview with Robert Gibbs: Trees Cause You to Spend More

Robert Gibbs, ASLA / Gibbs Planning Group<i>Robert Gibbs, ASLA, is president of the</i> <i>Gibbs Planning Group</i><i>, which has advised and planned commercial areas</i> …

Urban Design

What JS Editors Are Buying This July

55Hinge Metallic Stripe Shift Dress"I've been on the hunt for an airy, cute shift that I can easily slip on the for beach. I love this one from Hinge …

Clothing

Announcing the TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018 Agenda

TechCrunch Disrupt is the world’s biggest and most impactful tech startup conference, and this year, we’re upping the stakes even more. Taking place at Moscone West, Disrupt SF will feature the biggest names in tech, from Reid Hoffman to Kirsten Green to Dara Khosrowshahi.<p>The agenda will have …

Startups

How the Impact of Gen Z Will Improve the Workplace for the Rest of Us

If you are tired of sitting in never-ending meetings in which no decisions are made or of giving “attaboy” back- pats to millennials every time they …

Generation Z

As our definition of luxury shifts, Walnut Street evolves with it | Elizabeth Wellington

When Under Armour abruptly closed its flagship on the northeast corner of 15th and Walnut Streets late last month, the mood on the city’s swankiest …

Real Estate

VA pick Wilkie expected to sail through today’s nomination vote

<i>With help from Arthur Allen (@arthurallen202) and Darius Tahir (@dariustahir)</i><p><b>SENATE PANEL EXPECTED TO ADVANCE WILKIE NOMINATION:</b> President Donald Trump’s pick for Veterans Affairs Department head likely will win the endorsement of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee today.<p>Morning eHealth’s …

Health Care

With Vrai & Oro’s New 3-D Design Studio, You Can Dream Up a Custom Engagement Ring From the Comfort of Your Couch

For the average man or woman shopping for an engagement ring, custom designs are usually either totally out of reach—i.e., requiring a large budget and a relationship with an independent designer—or, on the other end of the spectrum, a bit gimmicky and mass market. The websites that come up if you …

Fashion Shows

AUrate Launches Its First-Ever ​Fine Jewelry​ Style Box​​

Try on gorgeous necklaces and rings in your pajamas.<p>AUrate is poised to disrupt the accessories world with the official launch of its jewelry style box, Curate by AUrate. To receive a customized box, first answer a few simple questions about jewelry tastes and budget. Then, an in-house stylist uses …

Jewelry

Rent The Runway Mines User Data To Design Sleek New Flagship

Rent The Runway is leveraging user data from its digital operations to design a physical store based on “luxurious convenience.”<p>Walk into the new Rent the Runway store just off Fifth Avenue in New York, and you’ll first be confronted with an Apple Genius Bar-style customer service counter with …

Clothing

How Two Suitcase Designers Are Cramming More Into Your Carry-On

Away founders Steph Korey and Jen Rubio understand your packing anxiety, which is why their new suitcase is a 2017 Innovation By Design Awards honoree.<p><i>Away’s Bigger Carry-On is an honoree in the 2017 Innovation By Design Awards,</i> Fast Company<i>‘s annual celebration of the best ideas in design. See the</i> …

Luggage

January Must-Haves: Upgrade Your Wardrobe

Men's Fashion

7 Examples of Super Creative Brand Storytelling for Very Boring Products

Whenever you read about genius branding or brand storytelling, you always hear about titans like Apple and Nike. While these brands are certainly …

Warby Parker

The Elusive Dream Of Affordable, Flat-Pack Furniture

We take a close look at three furniture startups that reveal the promises and perils of trying to disrupt an entrenched industry.<p>We all want affordable, high-quality, easy-to-ship furniture. So why is it so hard to find? Startups are continually trying to innovate in an industry long dominated by …

Furniture