Press Insights

Commentary, analysis and insights on the rapidly changing consumer economy.

I’m the founder and head analyst at Loose Threads, a company providing analysis and insights for the rapidly changing consumer economy. There’s also a podcast, in addition to projects that track bankrupt retailers, Amazon’s growing private label brands and more.

If you’re covering the consumer industries, I’m happy to talk through or provide insights on anything in the following areas, which I’ve studied and written about extensively. Feel free to get in touch.

— Richie

Focus Areas

Amazon’s overall commerce strategy

The imploding retail market

  • The move to a demand-driven world and how middle market retailers are doomed
  • Shifting away from a discount-driven world
  • The destruction of independent retailers in local towns across the nation

The fast fashion takeover

Direct to consumer brands

Recent Clips

Glossy: The DTC OD: Fashion is flooded with direct-to-consumer brands, but few will scale


Press commentary on the over-hyped expectations for many digitally-native brands.

Glossy: ‘The era of the mega brand is over’: The Modern Citizen guide for the new consumer startup class


Press commentary on the explosion of digitally-native brands and what it means for the entire ecosystem.

Courier: Emily Weiss: Glossier’s architect of content, community and commerce


Press commentary on Glossier's explosive growth in the beauty and cosmetics space. Read the full article. 

De Tijd: Amazon Expands in Belgium


Prime is that it is unlike almost every other loyalty program. It has no point system, is not about opening a branded credit card, or about one-time discounts on big purchases and, importantly, it is not just about fast shipping. Paying a fee in…

LA Times: Nasty Gal, once a fashion world darling, is now bankrupt. What went wrong?


Press commentary on how Nasty Gal imploded for the LA Times. Read the full article. On aggressive marketing spending: “When they turned that spending off, the growth vastly declined and revenue went down,” said Richie Siegel, founder of Loose…