The Friday Five: 29th Edition

This week has seen a lot of news-worthy activity.

Here's the most interesting and inspiring selection...

1. Social fashion

An article by PSFK this week has identified the democratic nature of user-generated content used by fashion retailers as it is "changing the way people are inspired to buy clothes".

2. Abandoned clothes

The Guardian's Barbara Brownie took some time to observe and discuss the creative & symbolic statements made by people who abandon items of clothing. An insightful read.

3. Mobile/purse

Ecommerce Week revealed that new research into mobile payments predicts that 20 million shoppers will be using their mobiles to pay for goods and services by the end of the decade.

4. Digital bricks & mortar

Retail Week announced eBay & Westfield's digital shopfront launches across Sony, TOMS & Rebecca Minkoff in the US this week. The innovation follows an increasing trend and comes just in time for Christmas.

5. An artisan Christmas

The Telegraph's new luxury page revealed this week the ultimate gift guide to bespoke home gifts. Highlighting, once again, the increasing desire for personalisation - even in the typically unique luxury sector.

Happy Friday folks.