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The Latest Digital: BMW, Maserati & Salvatore Ferragamo

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LOVE Magazine’s latest iPad edition, featuring an App celebrating Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Yayoi Kusama


BMW looks set to be the first luxury automaker to sell direct to consumers online, as DKNY calls on Aurasma technology to unlock the potential of augmented reality

Not so many months ago, the toast of digital integration and social media was undoubtedly Pinterest. And whilst the platform has continued to prove influential to both consumers, and the design and functionality of the web itself, Instagram has quietly advanced from something merely aesthetically pleasing, to an important part of the social marketing mix.

Since launching an App for the Android platform, Instagram has grown from 15 million users in early 2012 to 80 million in July – an increase of over 400% in just seven months. According to recent research by Simply Measured, 40% of the brands listed in Interbrand’s Top 100 have set up shop on Instagram. The leading brands – when measured by follower numbers – are none other than Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci.


 If you’re a brand manager you need to stop what you are doing & set up an Instagram account for the future of the free world depends on it 


“Obviously, if you’re a brand manager or brand marketer, you need to stop what you are doing and set up an Instagram account right away for the future of the free world depends on it,” proclaimed Forbes contributor Steve Olenski, in his recent commentary More Brands Joining Instagram And With Good Reason.

Though he was self-confessedly guilty of a sensational statement, the impetus for brands to join Instagram seems best articulated by the conclusion of Simply Measured’s research: ”For brands that continue to hold out and watch as their competition is engaging users and measuring results, 80 million potential customers are being ignored.”

And if Instagram continues to grow at the astounding pace it has so far sustained, this could soon be a community of content hungry consumers far too significant to ignore.



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Car Shoe, Website

Prada Group’s Car Shoe has unveiled its newly revamped and retrofitted website. The e-Commerce enabled site includes details of the Italian brand’s heritage, past and present collections and stores, as well as connectivity to Facebook. The website currently ships to seventeen destinations in the UK and Europe and is available in English and Italian.

Website: carshoe.com
Source: FashionWindows



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BMW, e-Commerce

BMW will reportedly offer its electrified i3 city car and i8 sports car next year online, as well as through dealerships. Initially the German automaker will only retail the first models from its new i sub-brand for environmentally friendly vehicles, but could be set to add additional models sold in such a way if successful.

Website: bmw.com
Source: Motor Authority



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DKNY, Augmented Reality App

DKNY has released a free augmented reality smartphone app called DKNYfx, which is to become the brand’s official platform for all digital initiatives. When downloaded to iPhone or iPad, users can hover over select DKNY images with the DKNYfx logo and bring them to life launching exclusive video content and more, utilising Aurasma technology.

Website: dkny.com
Download: DKNYfx
Source: WWD



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Hublot, Website

Hublot has unveiled its latest website, where users can take a 360° tour of the Swiss manufacture with chairman Jean-Claude Biver, tour each individual watch workshop and all of the brand’s boutiques across the world.

Within the new site, each boutique has its own specific website, where users can meet and communicate with the manager, find out the latest local news for each boutique, its events, special editions, and get the address and floor plan sent to your mobile.

Lastly, the site host instructional videos on watch maintenance, comparison and model suggestion tools based on user preferences, and the option to create a personalised profile directly on the site with owned models and favourite boutiques.

Website & Source: hublot.com



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Montegrappa, App

Montegrappa has launched a free Store Locator App for all the brand’s boutiques worldwide. The app uses geo-location software to show users the closest points of sales and after-sales-service, and also facilitates direct contact with dealers via phone or e-mail. The App also enables you to view the three most recent brand newsletters.

Website & Source: montegrappa.com
Download: Montegrappa Store Locator



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Riva Yachts, Website

To celebrate its 170th anniversary, Riva yachts has launched a dedicated website in homage to the history of the brand, featuring previously unseen images, sketches and videos. Users can navigate from the brand’s origins, to the ‘La Dolce Vita’ period, and the modern age, with commentary from family member, Carlo Riva.

Website & Source: riva170.com



Love iPad – Yayoi Kusama and Louis Vuitton from Jonny Lu Ltd on Vimeo.

LOVE Magazine, iPad

Celebrating Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with artist Yayoi Kusama, LOVE Magazine has created an iPad app art directed by Jonny Lu, which allows readers to play with the artist’s signature bright dots. The app showcases a fashion film shot by Angelo Pennetta and styled by Love’s editor in chief Katie Grand.

Download: LOVE Magazine
Source: WWD



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Maserati, App

Maserati has launched its first official mobile app for iPhone and iPad users, Maserati Passion. The app showcases all the Italian automakers products and services complete with images, audio recording and technical notes.

The app also includes a mini-configurator that allows the creation of a virtual tailor-made vehicle, as well as social network integration, store location and after sales services.

Website: maserati.com
Download: Maserati Passion
Source: Expert Reviews



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Salvatore Ferragamo, Digital Trunk Show

Salvatore Ferragamo has launched its own digital trunk show, marking the only time their fall 2012 ready-to-wear collection will be available online, for estimated delivery in early September. Model Lily Kwong has been photographed wearing all the pieces from the range, which customers can then mix-and-match digitally.

Website: trunkshow.ferragamo.com
Source: The Cut



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The Cut, Website

The Cut has unveiled a new homepage layout, pushing original photographs, experimental fashion shoots from rising talents in the industry, weekly street style from around the world, close-up shots of the best things to buy, and vintage photography reaching deep into fashion and celebrity history.

The site features images at a resolution up to ten times higher than the average website, enabling many of them to be viewed with a zoom function.

Source: The Cut





For more in the series of The Latest Digital, please see our most recent editions as follows:

- The Latest Digital: Lanvin, Graff & Marc Jacobs
- The Latest Digital: Shangri-La, Breguet & Louis Vuitton
- The Latest Digital: IWC, Chloé & Christian Louboutin


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