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Untrustworthy Memories Make It Hard to Shop Ethically

Imagine a shopper, Sarah, who is concerned about child labor and knows about groups like the Fair Wear Foundation that certify which brands sell ethically produced clothing. Hours after learning that fashion giant H&M reportedly sells clothing made by children in risky workplaces in Burma, she goes shopping. Completely forgetting about what she just heard,...

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Coach Inc. Buys Kate Spade, Creating “Accessible Modern Luxury” Group

On Monday, Coach Inc. reached an agreement to purchase Kate Spade & Company for a cash transaction of $2.4 billion funded by a combination of senior notes, bank term loans, and approximately $1.2 billion of excess Coach cash, a portion of which will be used to repay an expected $800 million six-month term loan. The...

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Levi Strauss Seeks Sustainable Supply Chain with Recycled Cotton

Levi Strauss is committed to manufacturing all of its denim from sustainable cotton by the year 2025. There is just one problem..the technology to produce quality denim from worn cotton has not been invented yet. Just a small percent of the cotton Levi’s uses comes from recycled sources, the majority comes from virgin cotton. The $4.5...

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Made in New York Complex to Boost City’s Fashion and Film Industries

Earlier this week, New York mayor Bill de Blasio announced the city’s planned investment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn- a complex at Bush Terminal dedicated to New York’s garment and film industry. The Made in New York complex, part of the Sunset Park District Plan, led by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), is...

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Craig & Karl: ‘We Are Constantly Reinventing Our Work’

Craig & Karl self portraits | Source: Craig & Karl “When we started working, there was that kind of boom around vector-style illustration. It became quite fashionable, certainly in fashion-based stuff,” said Karl Maier, half of the transatlantic graphic design duo Craig & Karl, formed in 2011 in partnership with longtime friend and creative collaborator...

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Terry Richardson: Fashion’s Witch Hunt

The New York Post very recently published a lengthy piece on recurring topic of discussion: Terry Richardson. According to the NY Post, “He is the Annie Leibovitz of his generation, having shot every culturally relevant celebrity of the past decade — Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé. He is the man behind Miley Cyrus’ controversial makeover and...

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Fashion + Democracy… Evolution or Revolution?

What difference do­­­es it make what people wear and who designed it? Caring about fashion and style is only for the self involved and shallow, right? The fact that fashion is now accessible to many instead of a chosen few has several of my colleagues up in arms. The fine line between high and mainstream...

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A Tribute to the Countess

Over the years we have come to love the last editorial page of W Magazine also known as the Last Laugh of every issue. The Countess Louise J. Esterhazy writes each article. When Stefano Tonchi became the new Editor-in-Chief of W Magazine, the alter ego, Louise J. Esterhazy, of John Fairchild retired. Recent issues of...

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Design Star

Great designers are often inspired by personal experiences and their surroundings; with that in mind, handbag designer Linda Marcus has great things to look forward to. A former journalist, Marcus spent plenty of her time around the U.S sharing stories about her subjects, very much like her new found title as founder and head designer....