Must Read: Building the WeWork of Fashion, Kering Takes a Stand Against Cyberbullying

Plus, Nordstrom is still struggling to find its footing in the current retail climate.
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Photo: Christian Vierig/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

The startups helping digital brands transition to brick-and-mortar
WeWork gives a home to startups that don't have offices of their own, and now a host of new companies are trying to do something similar for retail — providing store space for digital brands hoping to sell IRL for the first time. "E-commerce businesses are too easy to start, and retail businesses are too hard," says Matt Scanlan, whose DTC brand Naadam has been using one such company, Brandbox, to create brick-and-mortar experiences. {Business of Fashion}

Kering launches anti-cyberbullying campaign
Luxury conglomerate Kering's philanthropic arm The Kering Foundation just launched a digital campaign against cyberbullying called #IDontSpeakHater in an effort to educate Gen Z about online harassment. The campaign, which will run on Kering's social media channels until the end of the month, is meant to address the fact that women are disproportionately affected by cyber violence. {WWD}

Nordstrom misses sales estimates
Legacy department store Nordstrom saw shares fall 11 percent this week as it missed sales estimates for the quarter. Though Nordstrom has lately invested in its app, loyalty program and website and seen online sales rise as a result, it's still struggling to navigate a changing retail landscape and shifting consumer desires. {Business of Fashion

Venture capitalists are betting on grooming startups
Grooming startups like Billie, Maapilim and Flamingo are just a few of the next-generation startups focusing on grooming, whether that means beard oil or shaving kits — and they've all been able to attract serious investment from VCs as a result. How are they doing it? By focusing on gaps in the market, from men's care that's not hyper-masculine to women's products that are practical for on-the-go multitaskers. {WWD}

Voice commerce is on the rise
Most of us have seen Amazon's Alexa or Apple's Siri used to play music or check the weather, but tech's giants insist that using voice services to shop is the next frontier. While customer fears around privacy and the challenges of shopping for highly visual products like clothing and shoes using a non-visual medium persist, tech's biggest players are inching closer to solutions that may soon make voice shopping seem as normal as shopping on your phone's browser. {WWD}

New Dior exhibit opens at the Denver Art Museum
Dior's first-ever retrospective in the U.S. is now open at the Denver Art Museum. The exhibition, which is a continuation of the 70th-anniversary "Christian Dior, Couturier du Rêve" display that opened in Paris last year, features 202 looks, about two thirds of which are new additions to the show. "Fashion being exhibited in a museum environment is... increasingly becoming like a blockbuster," said Shohei Shigematsu, who designed the exhibition. {WWD}

After acquiring Spring, Shoprunner launches new mobile shopping app District
About a month ago, Shoprunner, a seamless checkout e-commerce network for desktop, acquired Spring, a mobile shopping app that allowed users to shop from a number of fashion brands and check out with one universal cart. On Thursday, it launched District, a new app that seems to combine the best features of both companies. It allows shoppers access to thousands of fashion brands including Kate Spade, Neiman Marcus and Cole Haan, with one seamless checkout experience, as well as free two-day shipping and returns. It also has a personalized feed where users can follow their favorite brands, à la Spring. {Fashionista inbox}

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