Equinox’s foresight and the future of retail real estate

Today, consumers are spending more money on experiences rather than things. But despite this shift, the real estate industry’s main answer has been to fall back on its existing business model of renting out space—maybe this time to a restaurant…


Dear Rimowa: One Thing I Would Do

Rimowa is the most recognizable luggage brand on the planet, which makes it an incredibly exciting company to lead. However, it is also a heritage brand, and while it has both decades of legacy and excellence, it must also work to attract a new…


Dear Thor Equities: One Thing I Would Do

Retail, as you know, is going through a tumultuous time. While many older brands that fell asleep at the wheel are struggling and realigning their retail footprint, there is a new crop of digitally-native brands that are only just dipping their toes…


Hyper-Value — with Ryan Babenzien of GREATS

On the 56th episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, we talk with Ryan Babenzien, the founder of GREATS, the first-digitally-native footwear brand that is hyper-focused on bringing extreme value to…


Not So Small — with Jeff Hansen of Peter Manning

On the 52nd episode of the Loose Threads Podcast, a show about the rapidly changing consumer economy, I talk with Jeff Hansen, a co-founder of Peter Manning, a menswear brand for not so tall guys. Jeff joined Peter, the company’s eponymous designer,…


2017 Year in Review: 8 Fundamental Shifts Reshaping the Consumer Economy

2017 was yet another transformative year for the consumer economy. There were a range of new developments and trends from the last few years that continued accelerating. What follows is a recap of 2017, along with some predictions and…


Malls give Apple special treatment. Is it paying off?

For the past few years, various government and media publications have pointed a spotlight on Apple's tax-minimization efforts, which allow it to park over $111 billion dollars offshore. The New York Times published another big piece this week…


The Rental Economy Report

The move towards sharing and using instead of direct ownership is often called the Sharing Economy. People are increasingly comfortable using items that others have used before. Specifically for younger populations, owning seems like an expensive…


Leather, Data and Grit — with Evan Fript of Paul Evans

For Evan Fript, creating Paul Evans was a carefully planned escape from the world of finance. Always doing capital markets-focused work and equity capital markets… I hated working in banking and finance,” Fript said on the 31st episode of the…


Rethinking the Purpose of a Store — with Alana Branston of Bulletin

Alana Branston is the kind of person who believes retail isn’t dead. After all, she used to work in a toy store. But on Episode 26 of the Loose Threads Podcast, Branston talked about co-founding Bulletin, a start-up that is rethinking retail by…