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Sensors Woven into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

MIT researchers have developed a way to incorporate electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics, allowing them to create shirts or other garments that could be used to monitor vital signs such as temperature, respiration, and heart rate. The sensor-embedded garments, which are machine washable, can be customized to fit close to the body of the person...

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How Women Dress for Other Women

“If you can’t be better than your competition,” Vogue editor Anna Wintour once said, “just dress better.” Indeed, new research suggests that women don’t just dress to be fashionable, or to outdo one another when it comes to enticing men. They also dress for other women. But Wintour’s quote misses some of the nuances that...

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There’s a Complex History of Skin Lighteners in Africa and Beyond

Somali-American activists recently scored a victory against Amazon and against colourism, which is prejudice based on preference for people with lighter skin tones. Members of the non-profit The Beautywell Project teamed up with the Sierra Club to convince the online retail giant to stop selling skin lightening products that contain mercury. After more than a...

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2019 Came to a Close With Developments in the Cases Against Emily Ratajkowski, Kendall Jenner Over Fyre Fest

Months after the dust settled on Fyre Festival, the “luxury” music festival gone awry, and after the failed-festival’s attendees had lodged their individual multi-million dollar lawsuits, citing everything from negligence to fraud, a handful of new lawsuits were filed in conjunction with the bankruptcy filing of Fyre Festival LLC. In a quest to recover the $16 million-plus...

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Luxury Consumption Can Fuel ‘Impostor Syndrome’ Among Some Buyers

Purchasing luxury goods can affirm buyers’ sense of status and enjoyment of items like fancy cars or fine jewelry. However, for many consumers, luxury purchases can fail to ring true, sparking feelings of inauthenticity that fuel what researchers have labeled the “impostor syndrome” among luxury consumers. “Luxury can be a double-edged sword,” write Boston College...

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More than 60% of Counterfeit Fashion Purchases Were Knowingly Made by Consumers, Per New Study

Fashion – from Louis Vuitton and Hermeś bags to Off-White t-shirts and Chanel shoes – has once again topped the list of some of the most heavily-targeted types of goods by counterfeiters, and some of the most frequently purchased types of products by consumers. That is what the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development...

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French Luxury Giants Among the Potential Targets of U.S. Government’s Proposed Tariffs on $2.4 Billion-Worth of Imports

A whopping $2.4 billion-worth of imports from France are set to be taxed by the U.S., putting coveted luxury goods in the crossfire of a bi-national fight over a new French digital services tax. In a statement on Monday, the Trump administration threatened a 100 percent increase in French import taxes in connection with its...

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Pantone: How One Company Built a Business Turning Color Into Cash

Headquartered about an hour outside of Manhattan in Carlstadt, New Jersey, a company called Pantone categorizes color and sells it. Founded in the 1950s by brothers Morris and Jesse Levine as a commercial printing company, M&J Levine Advertising evolved into something else entirely by the 60s when employee Lawrence Herbert revamped the business’s ink and printing division, introduced...