Extra Credit: Is Revolve the First Good Ambassador Program?
Plus, what Gen Z bought in 2021
Hello, and happy Friday! Last night, when I took my dog out before bed, an aspiring Gen Z influencer — pardon me, creator — was staging a photo shoot on top of a car hood in front of my apartment. It was 10 pm and raining. She had bleached eyebrows and fake lashes. Her photographer had a ladder and professional lighting.
There are a lot of upsides to the emerging creator economy, but, as I realized last night, there are some obvious downsides, too. Or maybe I’m just too old to live in Williamsburg.
I’ve been thinking a lot about the word “creator” this week. What’s the distinction between a journalist and a creator, or an editor and a creator, or a human merely existing in 2021 (by that I mean a human on Twitter and Instagram and TikTok, because isn’t that how it goes these days?) and a creator? Are Substackers, by default, creators? Am I a creator? (I’m not a creator, but I’ve spiraled a bit this week ruminating on that.) Am I really any different than the aspiring influencer with bleached brows and fake lashes posing on a car that she doesn’t own in the rain at 10 'o’clock at night?
I don’t have any answers, but I do have some more content (“creations” if you will) for you ahead.
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This week, we’re going to dig deeper into:
👠 What we bought in 2021 (and what we’ll be buying in 2022)
🛒 Young consumers plan to go all out on holiday shopping — but they’re going to be spending differently
🤳 The genius of Revolve’s new ambassador program and why all brands should adopt a similar strategy
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