The End Of Maison The Bonnetrie – A Sad Story How A Great Brand Could Not Make It In These Times

By Dan Lavie / June 30, 2014

Since 125 years, Maison de Bonneterie has been an icon of fashion and style in the Netherlands. Unfortunately, it was forced to close its doors… The company stated in its official announcement: ”Due to the ongoing economic downturn in the retail industry, it is no longer economically responsible to continue our commercial activities“ In a textbook example of social responsibility, spokesperson Hans Meijel announced: “We do have enough financial resources to execute a social-economic plan for our 100 employees“. The closing down…

Design Scandal Tarnishes a Swedish Prince’s Brand

By Dan Lavie / June 22, 2014

Carl Philip is the son of the current king of Sweden. He built his reputation as a designer with the launch of a fireguard in the shape of a castle. He branded it as “designed by Prince Carl Philip 2010”. As it turns out, designer Eric Ericson is the creator of the fireguard. “It was I who designed the fireguard,” Eric Ericson told the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper. “I didn’t work with this for a very long time and the…

The Brilliant Way the CIA joined Twitter

By Dan Lavie / June 7, 2014

US governmental agencies routinely secure social media account to prevent unauthorized users tweeting and posting under their name. The CIA filed an impersonation complaint with Twitter against such a user, the Langley-based agency decided to open its own (and verified) account on Twitter and Facebook. In an official statement the agency announced: “This week, the CIA moved deeper into the world of social media with the launch of official social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook.” The CIA describes itself…