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Open Source Services Model in Fashion History

Caveat emptor, I am mostly ignorant of this tidbit from The Cut of Coco by Anka Muhlstein in New York Review of Books: Chanel’s approach reminds me of the services and add-on model to open-source offerings in the software sector:

Far from being upset, she immediately saw the advantage of being copied as a form of free publicity, especially for her perfumes. Once she returned home, she organized a private runway presentation in London and specified in the invitations that her guests were welcome to bring their dressmakers, who would be free to make sketches and take notes. This innovation underscored not only Chanel’s intelligence but also her ambition.

Things I Learned this Week

Among the things I learned this week:
* Shiseido Company, Limited, at 140 years, is the oldest cosmetics company in the world. (Courtesy: Not Couture)

* Learning foreign languages increases the probability of buying books translated from that language to your native language. (Personal Courtesy: The New York Review of Books

* The first English-language film to use the word “homosexual” is Victim, which was released in 1961. (Courtesy: Harper’s)

* The three largest employers in the World are the Department of Defense, People’s Liberation Army, and Wal-mart. (Courtesy: Harper’s)