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Grazia launches responsive ecommerce site: Is it any good?

Grazia launched in Italy way back in 1938 but its international expansion only began in 2005.

Since then it has established editions in 23 different countries and as of this month it now has an ecommerce store.

However it won’t be the usual clickable magazine or affiliate scheme that you might have expected.

A swoop through Swoon, a boon for Monsoon

Monsoon has launched Swoon, a shoppable monthly magazine for tablets (but also working well on desktop). It’s full of products and rich content and was built by Rockabox Studios on the Ceros design platform.

With the prices of Monsoon apparel comparable with Cos – middle to upper high street pricing – and the more artisan pieces pricier still, at more than £300, this feels like a good move.

The image of Monsoon has perhaps slipped in recent years and lost some of its chic or urbanity. I can see this campaign of shoppable magazines as a step towards bringing this firmly back to the brand, which needs to highlight the quality of its clothing, including its hand-embellished pieces.

The launch of a shoppable magazine is in line with many other brands seeking to bring more editorial and clustering to their offerings. Net-A-Porter has launched a mag, M&S has mixed up its website with plenty of content and trailblazers ASOS and TopShop have been doing this for a while.

Let’s take a more detailed look at Swoon.

Net-A-Porter increases investment in content with new shoppable print magazine

Net-A-Porter has unveiled a new print magazine named Porter as it seeks to build on its reputation as a destination for fashion news and advice, rather than a straightforward ecommerce site.

The idea of brands being publishers is nothing new in the age of content marketing, but it is still uncommon for a pureplay online retailer to launch a global magazine.

However company founder Natalie Massenet said at the magazine’s launch this morning that “Net-A-Porter is a media group, and we love print.”

Porter is due to be published six times a year with 400,000 copies of each edition made available across 60 countries, so it’s clearly a huge investment for the business.

The magazine will be shoppable through the Net-A-Porter app, but as it doesn’t hit shops until tomorrow the app isn’t yet functional. I’ll do a full user test in the near future though.