Tech Talk: Glamsquad Announces a CEO; Lucky Magazine Partners With BeachMint
Plus, Lindsay Lohan's bro tries to get a foot in the online shopping door
Gilt Groupe co-founder Alexandra Wilkis Wilson is jumping ship from the flash sale site and heading to online startup Glamsquad, where she will serve as co-founder and CEO. The app, which currently serves the New York market, is one of a handful of newcomers looking to capture the mobile beauty market, allowing users to book at-home hair and makeup services. Wilson, who most recently held the position of head of strategic alliances at Gilt, will remain on board as strategic adviser for the shopping site.
Lucky magazine is upping its digital game as part of a newly announced merger with Santa Monica-based BeachMint, which owns brands including StyleMint, JewelMint and ShopMint. Formed in partnership with the magazine’s parent company, Conde Nast (which maintains a majority stake), the newly created Lucky Group will debut the editorially driven e-commerce destination in 2015. Conde Nast’s artistic director Anna Wintour will serve as an adviser for Lucky, and the magazine’s editor-in-chief, Eva Chen, has been tapped as Lucky Group's chief creative officer.
And in other online shopping news, Lindsay Lohan’s younger brother, Michael Lohan Jr., is looking to launch a celebrity-focused shopping app, according to Page Six. Called Vigme, the site will enable fans to shop the same pieces as their favorite celebs. Michael is currently raising funds for the app, while reportedly receiving advice from the likes of Arianna Huffington and Donny Deutsch. “If Lindsay buys something, it goes into her [virtual] closet. People see what’s in her closet. If someone else buys [the same item], it puts money into Lindsay’s pocket,” Michael told Page Six’s Richard Johnson. “It’s a way for trendsetters to monetize their influence. We game-ify it.”
The question is — will shoplifted items show up in the app too?