It's an understatement to say the world looked very different when I made last year's list.
If I was expecting an overall acceleration of community projects, I thought historical brands would likely have delayed adoption. Then, the pandemic struck and the industry turned upside down. Brands lost direct access to customers and we started shopping online more than ever before.
The result? A rush to community as advocacy and loyalty became a priority to many.
After an unpredictable year, here’s what I think 2021 holds for us:
As the COVID-19 crisis and lockdown continues to impact the industry globally, community-driven brands like Monki, LuluLemon and Glossier are faring better than others. They adapted quickly, stayed connected with shoppers throughout the crisis and are the first to reopen with full support of their customers.