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17 July 2017, Monday


The words 'subscribe' and 'save' are so closely linked in the world of retail that it's no wonder the subscription box industry is booming. In 2017, discounting and the sale price mentality have become such standards that The Business of Fashion McKinsey & Company's The State of Fashion 2017 report listed "discount culture" as one of its top consumer trends of the year. 

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FASHIONISTA Hilary George- Parkin

The Moms and Trends Fueling the Boom of Fancy Baby Clothes

Children are known for their appreciation of dirt, popsicles and boogers- less so for fashion items like $865 embroidered Gucci sweaters or $390 studded Fendi sandals. And yet both brands offer sizes as small as 0-3 months, as well as full collections that run the gamut from onesies to mini leather moto jackets.

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The Secrets to Gentle Monster's Rapid Rise I Jing Daily

The usually busy Huaihai Middle Road shopping district in the heart of Shanghai looked pretty quiet on a recent Saturday afternoon under the scorching July sun. But the unbearable heat didn't stop consumers from lining up in front of the store of Gentle Monster, a high-end Korean eyewear brand. 

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Where North Korea's elite go for banned luxury goods

The department store is cash only. And the profits could go to an illegal nuclear weapons program. New images released as part of a yearlong investigation by NK Pro, an independednt North Korea monitoring group, shows just what money can buy in two luxury Pyongyang department stores. 

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A Cultural Mash-Up at Bergdorf Goodman

What differentiates Ms. Kazakova is that she applies her handiwork to the sportswear and fast fashion hawkded on the streets of her neighborhood. 

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16 July 2017, Sunday


Nike's Co-Founder on Innovation, Cultre and Succession

Phil Knight, former char and CEO of Nike, tells the story of starting the sports apparel and equipment giant after taking and entrepreneurship class at Stanford and teaming up with his former track coach, Bill Bowerman. Together (and with the help of a waffle iron) they changed how running shoes are designed and made.

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Stitch Fix is letting algorithms help design new clothes- and they're allegedly flying off the digital racks

Traditional clothing designers might start the creative process with mood boards and sketches, but Hybrid Designs starts with AL. The in-house brand of subscription fashion startup Stitch Fix, Hybrid Designs employs a data science team that works with the company's order data to predic which clothes customers will want to wear. 

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What It Means to Be a Working-Class Clothing Brand in America Today

Carhatt navigates the murky waters. Most of the clothing Ross buys is Hanes, American Eagle or Costco's Kirkland brand ('very affordable'). The 20-year-oldwelder from Indianapolis only splurged on Sarhatt because his boss told hime to purchase some through the company's supplier for work. 

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Please Don't Freak Out About the Future of New York Fashion Week Says the CFDA

Since Joseph Altuzarra announced earlier this week that come September, he'll be exiting New York Fashion Week to show his brand's Spring 2018 collection in Paris, There been a deluge of content about what, exactly this says of the American fashion industry, 

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The director of new Dries Van Noten documentary on capturing the designers world

"I read about his beginnings, the Antwerp Six and their breakthrough in London in the 80s... I really love the idea of entering a wrld I never had the possibility to discover before." Nazanin Shahnavaz: Why have you decided to focus on Dries Van Noten as the subject for your film?

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14 July 2017, Friday


Don't Worry, Teens Still Go to the Mall

It's a seamy Friday Fternoon in June, and West County Center is busy. The mall, in a western St. Louis suburb, is filled with people and those people's hands are filled with shopping bags. Every single store (except for Apple ,of course) is on promotion- some are hosting semi-annual sales, some clearance sales.

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The world of high fashion finally has its answer to Amazon

The main idea, he says, is to offer an experience that feels seamless and exclusive. There's even peronal shoppers who will videochat with customers and guide them through their purchases. Contrary to rumors, 24 Sevres won't just sell products from LVMH- owned brands, of which there are 70.

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The Economist

The fashion industry pays attention to plus-size women

A GOOD fit is everything, stylists often counsel, but in assessing its market America's fashion business appears to have mislaid the measuring tape. A frequently- cited study done a few years ago by Plunkett Research, a market-research firm, found that 67% of American women were "plus-size" meaning size 14 or larger.

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i-D I-D

the south african modeling agency responding to the real world with a non-binary board I read I i-D

The article was originally published by i-D Australia. Historically, modeling agencies have published their talent into the following categories: men and women. Most also have a board titled something like classic, for beatiful people over the age of forty-or-so, and development, for models-in-training. 

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Meet GmbH, Berlin's Multicultural Fashion Collective

"If you want to show yourself to the world, you have to be on the centre stage. (For us), it's just important to show that even though we're aware we're a Berlin-bases label, we're relevent on a global scale. We're not just a local  project."

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Benita Singh