Will Pokémon Go help Retailers to new Heights?
News are filled with projections that Pokémon is a blessing for brick-and-mortar stores. But the real value of the underlying augmented reality technology is with their arch rival: Online retailer.
Department Store: Retailer or Realtor?
The Department Store concept is changing. Powerful new players are reshaping the business. Will department stores remain a Retailer or become a Realtor?
Modern Consumer: New Opportunity for Luxury
For decades, there was a clear formula for success in the luxury goods business. That formula does not work quite as well these days.
American Fashion Brands Face Strategic Consequences
Not so long ago, American fashion brands were riding the crest. Hard times have befallen many of these fashion retailers.
Luxury Brands: Changing the Real Estate Landscape
Several development have generate an upheaval in the country’s real commercial real estate landscape.
Recession – Scarred Marketers Grapple With Post-Traumatic Stress
For many companies, their marketing strategies have not changed after the recession. That is a mistake.
Chinese Luxury Market: A Changing Business
After years of rapid growth, the Chinese Luxury Market slowed down. Anti-corruption laws are only one reason for the change.
Insights into the Apple Watch Launch – What are the Risks?
The launch of the Apple watch was different to any new product launch Apple did over the past years.
Learning from “The Interview”
Sony has been fast to bring the movie 'The Interview" from selected theaters to Netflix. With last December’s political commotion around the release, I invested the time to watch the film. Unfortunately, from an artistic perspective I wasted valuable lifetime. The...
As the year comes to an end, I am wishing you and your family time to enjoy the pleasures of the festive season and a happy and healthy New Year. Merry Christmas.
Quincy Jones – Patron of the Arts
By Anthony DeMarco - October 3, 2012 Source: Forbes WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. — When Quincy Jones was a child growing up in Chicago and Seattle, he wanted to be a gangster. Instead, he settled for being one of the most influential and...
4th of July, 2013
Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument. Here, in exalted and unforgettable phrases, Jefferson expressed the...
24 Hour Play : LA
When a group of writers, directors, and actors create a play from scratch in a day, the new 24 Hour Play is entertaining–and enlightening.
Montblanc a Fountain of Global Growth
June 14, 2013 (Bloomberg) -- Jan-Patrick Schmitz, president & CEO at Montblanc North America, talks with Betty Liu about global luxury buying trends and the company's growing growth rates in China and throughout Asia. He speaks on Bloomberg Television's "In The...
The Power of Words: Nelson Mandela
The Power of Words: Nelson Mandela Foundation & Tribeca Film Institute from James Cecil. he Nelson Mandela Foundation & Tribeca Film Institute launched "The Power of Words" initiative in...
Believe in Zero
he United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation,...
A Day in a Los Angeles Middle School
Photography Master Class by Jan-Patrick Schmitz at the LAUSD Middle School #7 in South Central Los Angeles. Education is the right way out of poverty.
The Power of a Pen With Some Personality
In an age dominated by tech gadgets such as cellphones, a pen can still make a potent statement. Jan-Patrick Schmitz, president and chief executive officer of Montblanc North America, believes when you pull one out to sign a document or write something down in a...