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Heather McIlvaine

Heather McIlvaine is features and premium editor - retail at Inside Retail. In her nearly four years writing for Inside Retail, Heather has traveled to Shenzhen to cover the epic Chinese shopping event Single’s Day, doggedly reported the details of Amazon's launch in Australia, toured the biggest office supplies store in the world to understand the future of physical retail, dissected the 'Instagram aesthetic' with three brands that embody the look and followed the local fashion industry's pivot to making PPE during Covid-19. An LA-native who now lives in Melbourne (via Munich), she could happily survive on a diet of good tacos, coffee and beer and welcomes local recommendations for all three.

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Meet Lindsay Nicholas, the fashion designer bringing NY edge to Melbourne

We chat with the brand owner and designer about moving to Australia, getting through the pandemic and opening her first ...

Lush takes on Australia Day: ‘We recognise our power to create change’

With the majority of people now in support of changing the date of Australia Day, pressure is on businesses to join the ...

Everything you need to know about Amazon’s first physical clothing store

It’s official: Amazon is opening a physical clothing store. The e-commerce pioneer shared details of its new bricks-and...

Retail appointments of the week

Rhuigi Villaseñor joins Bally as creative director; Charlene Perera steps into new role at Brand Collective; Alexander M...

VIDEO: How Camilla plans to colour the world with its vibrant designs

We chat with Camilla CEO Jane McNally about the brand's intricate design process, how it deals with copycats and what it...

What global brands need to know about New York’s Fashion Sustainability Act

The law, if it is passed, would impact nearly every international fashion brand, from luxury ones like Gucci, to fast fa...

Step aside, luxury retail: Walmart is entering the metaverse

The biggest retailer in the world has reportedly filed several trademark applications that suggest it plans to create it...

‘Just take the pouch out’: How Step One tweaked its underwear for women

Women already made up 40 per cent of men's underwear brand Step One's customer base. But designing a product for them pr...

Behind the US$1.5 billion valuation of online beauty company Oddity

Oddity, the company behind cult online makeup brand Il Makiage, recently raised US$130 million, giving it a valuation of...

Let’s get physical: Rihanna takes lingerie brand Savage X Fenty offline

Known for its inclusive sizes, daring cuts, diverse models and livestreamed fashion shows, Rihanna’s popular lingerie br...

A huge, whizbang explosion: What to expect from Melbourne Fashion Festival

While other fashion weeks cater to industry professions, MFF has always put consumers first. This year, it's offering li...

‘Like a ghost town’: Retailers react to the Omicron wave

The latest twist in the pandemic saga has heaped more stress upon the industry. We asked business owners how it’s differ...

How Michael Ford pulled Greenlit Brands back from the brink

In this in-depth interview, we ask the CEO of Greenlit Brands about the accounting scandal at parent company Steinhoff I...

Single mum to award-winning designer: Meet Ngali founder Denni Francisco

The Wiradjuri woman shares the surprising story of how she got into fashion, and why industry support is critical for Fi...

New Zealand fashion designer Rickie Dee reflects on 20 years of Superette

Multi-brand retailer Superette is marking its 20th anniversary in early 2022.

Fashion label Nude Lucy goes DTC: Inside the brand’s new strategy

The women’s fashion brand has opened its first standalone store on the Gold Coast, and it’s just the beginning. Here’s ...

‘The next big disruptor’: Why the ARA is urging action on climate change

Australian Retailers Association CEO Paul Zahra believes climate change will be the next big disruptor, so he created a ...

How Acmé de la Vie is riding the Korean wave around the world

Known for its delightfully absurd 'baby face' hoodies and t-shirts, Korean streetwear brand Acmé de la Vie is gearing up...

The future is now: Welcome to the world of Cadillac House in Shanghai

Set in a stunning, 6500sqm building in the Pudong district of Shanghai, Cadillac House is a multi-sensory experience cen...

‘Too little, too late’: Dangerfield’s plus-size debacle a lesson for brands

The alternative fashion brand has been widely criticised for discontinuing its plus-size clothing range, Dangerfield Cur...

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