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Differing views on China’s investment landscape

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China’s two contradictory directions for investors

China’s appetite for global finance increasingly seems to be pulling in two contradictory directions, reports my colleague Striped cat in Hong Kong. On the one hand, policy reforms over the past five years have provided unprecedented access to global businesses. Just last month, China announced it would launch a formal private pension scheme that aims to push more of the country’s huge household savings into the financial market.

International investors like black rock, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Amundi have all expanded their presence in China over the past two years. Now they are positioning themselves to grab some of a potentially huge new business, as we report in this analysis.

China’s recent capitulation to the United States over access to Chinese companies’ audit records suggests that Beijing is open to new foreign investment and better international cooperation in finance. China wants Shanghai to be an international financial center with “major global influence” by 2035. Things seem to be moving in the right direction.

But on the other hand, Beijing has spent a year interfering in the markets and issuing a series of regulatory edicts so harsh on Chinese companies that billions of dollars have been dumped by its biggest companies. Last month, JPMorgan called China’s once-growth-engine internet sector “uninvestable.” Many large investors headed for the exits. This week we revealed that Weijian Shan, the chair of CAPa $50 billion fund and one of Asia’s largest investors, has diversified outside of China.

In a video of a meeting seen by the Financial Times, in which he compared China to “the United States and Europe in 2008”, he said:

“We believe the Chinese economy is currently in the worst situation in 30 years. Market sentiment towards Chinese equities is also at a 30-year low. I also believe that popular discontent in China is at its most high level for 30 years.

It was a tussle of priorities that ultimately led to stasis. The growth of the Chinese economy has slowed down. Strict adherence to Covid-19 elimination means it is virtually impossible to enter. Shanghai literally came to a standstill, with some districts entering their fifth week of lockdown in which some people were even locked in their buildings. Any concept of Shanghai as an international financial center or destination has been abandoned for more than two years. Chinese stocks fell sharply. An expected boon for Hong Kong as mainland China makes it harder for its companies to register in the United States has not materialized.

It’s a worst-case scenario for investors that continues to darken. Much hinges on whether Beijing will be placed in the same lockdown scenario as Shanghai.

“The number of Covid cases in China has moderated, but the general sentiment has worsened further,” says Ting Lueconomist at nomura. “We believe the worst is yet to come.”

In the meantime, read Tabby’s profile on PAG’s Shan here.

Funds, fees and equity

Capital of Melvin made one of the quickest U-turns in hedge fund history when it backtracked on controversial plans to start charging performance fees to clients again.

The New York-based company, the most publicized victim of the GameStop last year’s frenzy, had attempted to remove so-called high waters – investor protections that ensure clients don’t have to pay performance fees before being reinstated again on losses.

Within days, the founder Gabe Plotkina protege of Point72 Asset Management billionaire Steve Cohenhad written a creeping apology, admitting that after some “candid” comments from investors he had been “deaf”.

From ultra-fee-conscious Australian pension funds to private wealth managers happy to pay the pass-through costs of huge multi-manager platforms, hedge fund fees are a topic that never fails to cause controversy.

Plotkin’s move was seen by many in the industry as particularly egregious, with the idea that a wealthy hedge fund manager could effectively be pleading poverty when it comes to paying his traders, sparking little sympathy. So what would be a fair structure for investors and managers?

My colleagues Brooke Masters and Laurence Flecher address this delicate subject in this analysis, exploring models such as the one adopted by Peter Krausformer CEO of AllianceBernsteinwhich is experimenting with the abandonment of high seas leashes in favor of a recovery structure.

However, there are no easy answers. Patrick Ghalico-founder of a hedge fund advisory firm Sussex Partners, says he saw structures “so complicated that even after spending hours there, we still did not understand what was going to be paid for and when”. Don’t expect this problem to go away anytime soon.

Chart of the week

The Bloomberg Terminal cannot be terminated © Burton-Taylor

Like vampires Freddy Kruger and goldbugs posting dual-axis charts of the US M2 overlaid on the S&P 500 on Twitter, the Bloomberg terminal refuses to die. The hunt for the “Bloomberg Killer” has been going on for Mike Bloomberg’The clumsy but addictive crack terminal first conquered the world of financial data. It seems no one is getting close, writes FT Alphaville editor Robin Wigglesworth. The latest data from Burton-Taylor highlights how hugely profitable and surprisingly resilient Bloomberg is. In the industry that sells financial data and analysis to banks and investment managers, he remains the orange-tinged champion. Despite a cavalcade of start-ups and industry giants that have tried to undermine it over the years, the company’s market share apparently remains rock-solid at around a third of current 35, $6 billion in financial data and analytics (up 7.4% from 2020). ). It stayed at about a third for eons. Because let’s face it, no one has ever done wedding cake in the form of an Eikon terminal.

10 stories not to miss this week

High-growth tech stocks that shone in the coronavirus crisis have entered bearish territory, hurting investors such as Ark Invest, world tiger and Baillie Gifford who have had one of the most lucrative jobs in recent years.

Inside the UK’s Race to Court the Crypto Industry. Global investment in the sector topped $30 billion in 2021, but critics say the government’s plan to attract some of that money lacks detail.

HSBC is under increasing pressure to separate after its main shareholder, the Chinese insurer Ping Anasked the bank to split its Asian and Western operations, calling for a dual purpose that has endured for more than a century.

Bill Hwangfounder of the collapsed family office Archegos Capital Management, was arrested by US authorities and charged with racketeering, fraud and market manipulation. So how did Wall Street’s so-called risk controls allow him to lend billions of dollars to the alleged fraudster?

Should warren buffetit is Berkshire Hathaway be broken when it backs off? This opinion piece argues that splitting the conglomerate would allow for greater scrutiny and allay some investors’ concerns.

People who live in glass houses. . . Schröders is considering scrapping an ‘anachronistic’ ownership structure that has stripped some shareholders of voting rights, as one of the UK’s biggest asset managers tries to restore its corporate governance credentials. Here are the Lex column’s thoughts on the move.

John Foley retires as chief executive of UK savings and investment group M&Gwhich has struggled to find its bearings since its split from the insurer Prudential in 2019.

Investors in UK companies can expect higher-than-expected dividends this year as higher oil and commodity prices improve prospects for shareholder payouts, the fund group says Link.

Grayscale Investmentsthe world’s largest investment vehicle for cryptocurrencies, is scouring major European financial centers to launch an expansion beyond its North American base.

Billionaire financier Leon Black gave his ex-mistress £2million for a UK golden visa and introduced her to a lawyer to discuss her claim, hoping to facilitate a transatlantic move for the former model.

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Painting by Fede Galizia 'Still life with apples, pears, figs and melon'

“Still life with apples, pears, figs and melon” by Fede Galizia

Colnaghi London recently opened a new exhibition devoted to female still life, the highlight of which is a still life rediscovered by the Mannerist artist Fede Galizia (1578-1630). Forbidden fruit: female still life includes other rare works by Giovanna Garzonipainter at Medici and one of the first women to practice the art of still life, as well as the only known painting of Catherine Angela Pierozziprotected from Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere. The exhibition also presents the latest painting by the famous Dutch botanical artist,Rachel Ruysch.

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Batticaloa fabric park to boost local apparel sector – Business News

  • The largest development project in the Eastern Province
  • Facility to save SL forex amounting to 500 million US dollars per year
  • Four major players in clothing have expressed their desire invest

The garment sector is set to receive a further boost with the launch of the proposed fabric park in Punnakuda, Batticaloa.

The facility will strengthen import substitutes for the garment industry and save the national economy US$500 million in foreign currency.

The first phase of the park was launched last week.
The Batticaloa Textile Park covers 255 acres and has the potential for eight to 10 large-scale factory complexes and offers 5,000 employment opportunities. The Board of Investment (BOI) said the government would spend a sum of Rs 5.5 billion on infrastructure development over a period of time.

While the park would help Sri Lanka save much-needed foreign exchange, it would also enable Sri Lanka to produce garments made entirely from local materials for the global market, said BOI Chairman Raja Edirisuriya .
“It is expected to show the results of economic and social growth that can be seen in investment areas under the BOI, such as Katunayake, Biyagama, Koggala and Seethawaka,” Edirisuriya said during of an inspection visit to the party with Managing Director Renuka M. Weerakone.

BOI officials assured that the project was launched after thorough analysis and confirmation of commercial viability.

The BOI officials were accompanied by a group of investors, who are ready to embark on new projects in the textile park. Already four clothing manufacturers have expressed their willingness to invest.

The investment promotion agency has taken the initiative to obtain the necessary approvals from the relevant ministries and institutions.

“We, as BOI, aspire to establish the textile park in a more environmentally friendly manner,” Weerakone said.
At present, the construction works of 40% of the access roads have been completed. Arrangements have been made to provide a daily water capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 cubic meters to meet the water needs of the plant facility.
Electricity has also been supplied while the basic constructions of the treatment plant are completed.

According to the BOI, the investors who joined the inspection tour were prominent players in the global apparel industry.

Investors said the fabric park would help Sri Lanka save money, develop sustainable import substitutes for the garment industry and help the country’s manufacturers source raw materials on time, said the BOI.

Sri Lanka imports textile raw materials used in the garment industry worth US$6 billion annually from different countries of the world.

Nordstrom Spring Fashion Picks That Rival Zara Style

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Looking to have your most stylish spring yet – and jump right into a stylish summer too? So let’s make it happen! No more window shopping and adding things to your wish list thinking, “I’ll buy something soon.” Now is the time to make it happen. You don’t want to find yourself without anything cute to wear the next time you’re invited over and someone says, “Let’s take a picture!”

We’ve picked out 11 Nordstrom-made fashion items for you that we’re obsessed with right now. They look like they could have been pulled straight from a site like Zara, but they’re Nordstrom exclusives you won’t find anywhere else. Discover and shop our trendy and timeless picks below!

This oversized blazer


Colourful, oversized blazers are a fashion staple right now – and we love how this one is made from a lightweight linen blend to keep things breathable even when the sun is getting stronger!

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These wide pants


Prints, prints, prints! Bring them on – especially on this pair of wide-leg linen-blend pants! Not only are these pants adorable, but they have a stretchy smocked waistband for extra comfort!

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This slip dress


Satin strappy dresses continue to be a staple when it comes to chic style, as do leopard prints. This one even adds a cowl neck, which just solidifies it as an essential for We. Dress it up or down!

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Get the PB. Cowl Neck Satin Mini Dress in Olive Panthera (originally $49) for just $29 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This pleated top


This ruffled top immediately caught our attention with its curly lettuce trim and faux collar. The striped version has definitely established itself as a Zara style find!

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Get the Halogen Plissé Short Sleeve Top for just $45 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This silk blend scarf


This modal and silk scarf can be worn in many ways, even as a cardigan. It’s “fabric weight”, so it will add style points to your look without the extra warmth!

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Get the Printed Modal and Silk Scarf for just $45 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This tie front dress


This floral midi dress comes in one of the prettiest shades of green – the white silhouettes of flowers blooming all over. The detail of the tie and the cutout at the chest, as well as the puffed sleeves, simply make it one of the most beautiful pieces of the season!

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Get the Chelsea28 Tie Front Midi Dress for just $89 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This satin shirt


When you think of the phrase “effortless chic”, this is the type of piece you imagine. Casual and shiny, this button down shirt drapes beautifully and will work with everything from ripped jeans and sneakers to a flowy skirt and heels!

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Get the Open Edit Satin Camp Shirt for just $49 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This pointelle cardigan


This pointelle ruffle tie front cardigan/top is very trendy and incredibly cute. Such a good choice for a dinner out, perhaps, or a cooler day when the sun is hidden by the clouds!

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Get the PB. Pointelle tie-front cardigan for just $39 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This multi-row necklace


The layered necklace look is big right now, as are the colored stones. This necklace gives you both, plus multiple chain styles. The best part? It’s on sale and so affordable!

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Get the BP. Layered Necklace (originally $15) for just $8 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This straw hat


Straw hats are simply the best. They’re cute, they protect our eyes, they protect our skin – and they’re such an easy way to elevate an outfit. This floppy disk is also available in such pretty colors!

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Get the Collapsible Slouchy Hat for just $39 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

This Jelly Tote


See-through bag styles are popular right now, but we love how this little tote isn’t completely see-through. The shiny jelly style gives We great 90s nostalgia. We just know this is going to be a compliment magnet!

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Get the BP. Market Jelly Tote for just $35 at Nordstrom with free shipping!

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Land Rover Defender 90 defends the nameplate – Saratogian

Strapped down, wrapped up and ready to defend!

These days, manufacturers are taking advantage of the craze to fill their lots with an assortment of vehicles for all types of consumers. From sedans to SUVs to off-road machines, the joy of consumer loyalty is at an all-time high.

For Land Rover, it’s the status quo. In the Grasso Garage this week is Land Rover’s Defender 90 First Edition 2021. Although this is last year’s model, experiencing the first edition was actually quite enjoyable. This two-door Defender version is made for just about anything, although off-roading is where the thrills start.

Keep in mind that Land Rover and its British-style manufacturing culture are specifically designed to take advantage of the ‘wide open spaces’.

Land Rover’s consumer cult enjoys the premium type SUV market while specifically understanding that they aren’t the most reliable but certainly look absolutely stunning. As reliability continues to be a priority, we are directly focusing on its strategic efforts to improve consumer satisfaction.

A powerful 395 horsepower six-cylinder engine with 406 lb-ft. of torque is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, making sure to top the fun list. The rugged Defender 90 is just that, tough and defends the Land Rover nameplate perfectly.

Although our Defender 90 First Edition is very basic and doesn’t bring any frills or thrills, its basic entry-level model really shows what Land Rover has to offer. Cloth seats, front jump seat, 10-inch infotainment system with touchscreen and navigation, SiriusXM, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The fabric “ragtop” folding roof was also standard, which was a nice feature that we liked. The seats were comfortable and there was plenty of leg room in the back as well as in the front.

On the outside, the Defender 90 is boxy, it’s all-terrain, it’s tough and it’s great. It offers a great ride height, is well designed and well assembled.

“The Land Rover Defender 90 is the latest and greatest SUV from the British luxury brand,” said Karl Brauer, executive analyst for iSeeCars.com. “It was launched with exceptional off-road spec and technical features, and has just been upgraded with an optional supercharged V8 engine. The extra power comes with more confident on-road dynamics, but it does not compromise Defender’s off-road prowess, creating one of the most capable and attractive SUVs on the market.

For Land Rover, it’s all about off-road use, while maintaining luxury status. The Defender 90 is not your average Jeep Wrangler or Ford Bronco. Although similar in boxy styling and off-road use, the Defender 90 is definitely a nice vehicle for the Grasso garage fleet.

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Land Rover Defender 90

MSRP: $64,100

As tested: $66,475

MPG: 17 city, 22 highway, 19.4 as tested

Microplastics are everywhere, including in our cosmetics – Marketplace

Microplastics can be found almost everywhere, including the ocean and the air we breathe. And, according to a recent research paper published in Environment International, microplastics have now also been detected in human blood for the first time.

Microplastics are particles less than 5 millimeters across, as defined by marine ecologist Richard Thompson. While microplastics are found in countless products, the beauty and personal care products industry is an area where countries have already pushed for legislation.

For these companies, there is a financial incentive to continue using microplastics. For example, a proposal by the European Chemicals Agency on banning microplastics found that it would cost the European Union cosmetics industry up to €8 billion a year, Business of Fashion reported. , an online media company, in 2019. This is equivalent to about $8.5 billion. In 2021, the global market for this industry was valued at $482.8 billion.

In the United States, Congress has taken action on microplastics. This happened the microbead-free water act of 2015 which prohibited companies from manufacturing, packaging and distributing rinse-off cosmetics containing microbeads, which are used as a cleaning tool. These products include toothpastes, acne scrubs, and dandruff shampoos.

However, this law does not apply to other types of microplastics, nor to all microbeads, which can still be used in deodorants, lotions and makeup. “There are definitely gaps in the law,” said Sherri A. Mason, director of sustainability at Penn State Behrend. “It was a great first step. It was never intended to be the last.

Environmental organizations are pushing businesses and lawmakers to take drastic action on the issue. For example, Beat the microbead, an international campaign by the Amsterdam-based Plastic Soup Foundation is lobbying big companies and entire countries to ban the use of these materials in cosmetics.

Managing microplastics is a burgeoning field, and the scientific literature on the subject has exploded over the past five years, according to Vincent Breslin, professor of environment, geography and marine science at Southern Connecticut University.

“Scientists and environmentalists are taking a closer look at how we interact with plastics and the consequences [that] the very poor management of plastic waste has had on our environment over the years,” Breslin said.

In the study published in Environmental International, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia microplastics studied in Australian homes and found that some the microplastics they measured were composed of “potentially carcinogenic and/or mutagenic compounds”, although “the actual risk to human health is unclear”. Studies on microplastics have mainly focused on their effects on marine life.

There are “primary” microplastics designed for use in products such as cosmetics and personal care products, which include microbeads and “secondary” microplastics that break down from larger plastics. Experts also say that even clothes can shed microfibers, another form of microplastic pollution.

Amy Ziff, the founder of Made Safe, a nonprofit that certifies products free of known toxic chemicals, said we need to ask ourselves how these microplastics enter our bodies.

“These plastics are everywhere. We inhale them. We breathe them in, whether we can see them or not. That’s how widespread it is,” Ziff said. “And I’m not saying that to scare people. I say that to motivate people.

Beat the Microbead, which initially tracked a handful of ingredients known to be used in microbeads, has since expanded its reach to raise awareness of the hundreds of other microplastics used in products which, according to the campaign, encompass solid, liquid, soluble and “biodegradable” materials.

The cosmetics industry will use microplastic ingredients for film formation or as thickening agents, among others, due to how cheap they are, according to Beat the Microbead.

Some states are taking the initiative to enact broader legislation on the issue of microplastics. Tasha Stoiber, senior scientist with the Environmental Working Group, noted that California tabled a bill this year this would prohibit the sale or distribution of products such as cosmetics, waxes and varnishes containing “intentionally added microplastics”, as well as microbeads in detergents.

Outside the United States, the European Commission aims to ban microplastics cosmetics and detergents, among other products, although it does not yet have the force of law.

Mason said the beauty and personal care industry still has a long way to go when it comes to making products sustainable and rethinking their packaging.

However, Carla Burns, senior director of cosmetic science at the Environmental Task Force, noted that the clean beauty industry has gained momentum over the past decade.

“I think there is a movement away from the use of plastics, being very conscious of the use of water – whether in formulations or in product packaging – [and] be more mindful of recycling and reusing product packaging and containers,” Burns said.

Burns added that there have also been changes in technology and formulations, with some companies looking for herbal exfoliators. Market research firm Statista predicts the clean beauty market will double to $11 billion in 2016 at $22 billion by 2024.

When it comes to eco-friendly choices, EWG’s Tasha Stoiber said it can’t just be left to the consumer. “There has to be a top-down solution,” she added.

Mason echoed that sentiment, saying, “If you can’t afford the financial means to be able to make changes, don’t worry.”

But Mason pointed to apps consumers can use to find out what’s in their products. the Beat the Microbead Campaign has developed an application that allows you to scan products for microplastics. An Environmental Working Group app lets you scan products and review their ratings.

“I would recommend that consumers vote with their dollar and support companies that do not intentionally add microplastics to their products,” Burns said.

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Meet Sox, Disney’s ‘Lightyear’ Rising Star and Next Hot Toy

Disney screened the first 30 minutes of its new Pixar movie “Lightyear” at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Wednesday, but the biggest buzz among attendees wasn’t for the title character at the center of “Toy’s” origin story. Story”.

It’s for a little robot cat named Sox.

The ginger and white mechanical feline is a personal companion given to Buzz Lightyear after a mission goes wrong. A therapy device, of sorts, Sox is designed to do everything Buzz needs, including monitoring his sanity and providing nighttime sleep sounds.

The general public got a feel for the Sox in early trailers for “Lightyear,” which hits theaters on June 17. But the extended stare CinemaCon attendees received reinforced the consensus that this little robotic cat is destined to be the next hot toy.

Like many of Disney and Pixar’s animal and robotic companions, Sox has a distinct personality and adds moments of levity in times of peril. At the premiere, her moments were the ones that elicited the loudest and hoarseest laughter from the crowd.

“Sox the cat is going to steal the whole movie,” Fandango editor Erik Davis wrote on Twitter after the preview. “Disney is going to sell so many Sox the Cat toys.”

Voiced by Pixar veteran Peter Sohn, Sox has a dry sense of humor and an outspoken voice reminiscent of K2-SO from “Rogue One” and an innocent, caring nature like Baymax from “Big Hero 6”. He also has a data probe in his tail a la R2-D2 which comes in handy when Buzz gets into a pickle.

Audiences leaving the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace after Disney’s presentation could be heard gushing over the new character. In meetings later that week, exhibitors and box office analysts told CNBC that Sox clearly stood out from the highly anticipated animated feature, with many mimicking the cat or reciting its lines seen in the footage.

“No spoilers. Just know that everyone will want a [Sox] toy as soon as this movie comes out,” tweeted John Rocha, film critic and owner of The Outlaw Nation. “So start buying these now or as soon as they become available.”

Disney has managed to turn its sidekicks into big toy sellers. In recent years, Grogu from “The Mandalorian” and Olaf from “Frozen” have dominated toy shelves, clothing lines and homewares. Legacy characters like R2-D2 from “Star Wars” and Mushu from “Mulan” continue to inspire consumers to make purchases.

“I went through a list of the top 50 movie characters; and 17 of them were animals, 24 were human or human-like, and nine were an assortment of monsters and robots,” Richard said. Gottlieb, CEO of Global Toy Experts. “I was interested that being cute and fuzzy alone didn’t guarantee success. The character, whether animal or monster, should be likened to a human.”

Mattel, which holds the master toy license for the Toy Story franchise, has created several plush and action figure versions of the Sox, but its hero item for the toy line is an $80 interactive animatronic version of the character.

“Sox was a priority from the moment we saw the movie ‘Lightyear,'” said PJ Lewis, executive director of Mattel’s Figures and Plush Division. “We knew he was more than a sidekick and offered multiple ways to drive product innovation for the ‘Lightyear line’. Plus, we have a few cats on the team who were won over.”

In addition to Mattel’s product, Sox can be found in the toy aisle as a Funko Pop and Lego figure as well as in the candy aisle as a Pez dispenser.

Studios and toy companies are acutely aware of how quickly consumers of different ages can adopt characters from movies and TV. When these characters succeed in the toy and clothing market, they are often made into household items like dish towels, spatulas, and plates, as well as other products like jewelry, bandages, greeting cards, and toys. and pet accessories.

It’s a lucrative business. Global revenue from licensed merchandise reached nearly $300 billion in 2019, according to data from Licensing International’s annual industry overview, produced by Brandar Consulting. The Entertainment and Characters business accounts for $128.4 billion, or approximately 44%, of global sales.

And Sox is poised to become the next revenue-generating hot toy for Disney, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.

“A star was born at CinemaCon this week,” he said.

Disclosure: Comcast is the parent company of NBCUniversal and CNBC. NBCUniversal owns Fandango.

Shop this asymmetric midi skirt for spring – on sale for just $15!

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Sometimes we get a little fed up with our wardrobe. There are only so many times you can wear blue jeans or leather pants without the style looking dated. Sure, we like to switch it up by throwing on dresses and jumpsuits, but we’d rather find an innovative option to mix and match with our favorite tops.

Browsing through Walmart’s vast sale section, we came across the cutest asymmetrical skirt! Designed by iconic NYC brand Scoop, this midi is truly a must-have. The high waisted fit is super flattering, while the yarn fabric is completely comfortable. You can easily wear this skirt from day to night by replacing sneakers with stilettos. We’re already dreaming of the endless outfit possibilities with this piece (more on that later). Oh, and did we mention it’s on sale for just $15? Game over. Keep reading for all the details on this spring must-have!


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No one will believe you have this Women’s Scoop Asymmetric Midi Skirt from Walmart! From the bold silhouette to the high-quality material, this affordable find looks so much more expensive than it is. Say hello to a super low hemline that draws attention to your legs in the most stylish way. Combined with directional rib detailing and divine drape, this skirt really is something else!

You won’t have to sacrifice comfort for style with this knee-length look! Crafted from a cotton blend and finished in a soft, stretchy yarn, this skirt feels like a lightweight, cozy blanket. And the pull-on style with an elastic waistband allows for efficient access. Available in fiery red and medium heather grey, you can choose your own adventure with this svelte skirt.

red asymmetrical skirt

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Buyers are simply wowed by this asymmetrical midi, leaving fully five-star reviews! “I loved the silhouette, the soft texture and the cost,” said one customer. “It’s just right and looks very chic and modern.” Another reviewer said, “The color is so vibrant, the material is SUPER soft, and the quality is beyond what you expected! And this shopper said, “So soft and comfy and a perfect transitional piece for spring.”

For an effortless daytime ensemble, try pairing this skirt with a graphic tee and sneakers. And then for a romantic date or an evening between girls, we advise you to add heeled sandals and a bodysuit or a tank top for a fabulous fashion moment. For only $15, this Scoop skirt is a real bargain!

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Why watchmakers announce a record year for prestige brands

As for the glaze, it is set with 446 baguette-cut Zambian emeralds and diamonds totaling over 30 carats, giving it an unmissable sparkle.

If fine watchmaking isn’t your thing, or if you prefer something more feminine, Van Cleef & Arpels and the avant-garde pack – Cartier, Dior, Chanel, Chopard – have outdone themselves this year, continuing a creative streak which should make traditional brands blush. Van Cleef’s whimsical approach produces pieces such as the Lady Arpels Heures Florales Cerisier watch.

The dial presents a miniature painting of flowers which, thanks to a mechanical module, opens for the hours, and a lateral display for the minutes. The decoration is done by pink sapphires, yellow and white diamonds and white mother-of-pearl, with a shiny pink alligator strap anchoring the gold case.

Cartier’s legendary path with shapes also continues, with unique pieces such as the Cushion de Cartier, a tactile lozenge of woven white gold, its flexible case soft to the touch and set with 85 brilliant-cut diamonds (0.38 carat ), 21 emeralds, 536 sapphires, 276 tsavorites and 18 blue tourmalines.

Then there’s the Crash Tigree, an exotic version of the 1967 Crash watch, its asymmetrical yellow gold case almost obscured by 242 brilliant-cut diamonds (1.64 carats) and a Neapolitan band of champlevé enamel on a leaf of gold. ‘money.

Crash Tigree by Cartier; Round Louis Cartier Sparkling Panther; Chopard Alpine Eagle Frozen; La D de Dior Precious Secret Rose Mantique Montaigne special edition.

And if you prefer a plain round case, the Ronde Louis Cartier Sparkling Panthere, 42 mm in white gold, brings Cartier’s house beast to life on the marquetry dial, composed of 124 blades of straw, wood, gold, sapphire crystal and mother-of-pearl.

A week’s worth of handwork, the dial literally glistens in the light, meaning you’ll be looking at it for more than just the time of day.

Dior’s range is equally alluring and expansive, from the angular Gem Dior in many iterations to secret watches that don’t hide their beauty.

The special edition La D de Dior Précieuse à Secret Rose Mantique Montaigne is entirely snow-set with 1,444 pink sapphires (14.60 carats) from the strap to the dial and the cap that pivots to reveal the face of the watch.

Described “sometimes like a piece of jewelry, sometimes like a watch, only revealing itself to the trained eye”, it’s even water resistant to 30 meters, although it surely wouldn’t be your first choice for a day on the port – or time at a glance.

For that, you might choose Chopard’s Alpine Eagle Frozen, a glacier-inspired model in ethical white or rose gold, studded with diamonds and multicolored sapphires, with a refined manufacture movement that livens things up.

Water-resistant to 100 meters, it is available in 41mm and 36mm and is the most luxurious version of what was initially a sports watch for him and her. It’s yet another example of as long as it’s still a thing, in times like this, you really can’t beat a little bling.

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Fashion insiders flocked to the square for the AAFA American Image Awards

Any night spent at the Plaza is special, but Tuesday night’s 45th American Image Awards were a particularly memorable affair. The annual event has finally returned to real life after two years of virtualization and the vibrant energy of a reunion could certainly be felt throughout the ballroom.

Hosted by the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the glamorous gala and awards show saw some of the biggest names and faces in fashion come out to celebrate inspiring leaders, visionary brands and inclusive initiatives across industry.

After a lively cocktail reception and red carpet, attendees headed to dinner in the Grand Ballroom, where they took their seats under chandeliers for a moving ceremony to toast the evening’s winners. AAFA President and CEO Steve Lamar was on hand, as were CFDA President CaSandra Diggs and CFDA CEO Steven Kolb, whose CFDA Foundation benefited from the evening.

“The 2022 winners are true visionaries, turning hard-learned lessons into new sources of strength to build a better industry and a better world,” Lamar said of this year’s winners, including Person of the Year Chip Bergh of Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc. Company of the Year, Prabal Gurung Designer of the Year, Fashion Maverick ThirdLove and Eco Steward of the Year, The Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Fashion Initiative.

Between champagne toasts and acceptance speeches, host Segun Oduolowu kept the crowd laughing late into the night.

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Risk management requires AI and Big Data

At 21st century, as digital supply chains expand across the globe, the weakest link, the riskiest link, is the one that flies under the radar.

John Gerberexecutive vice president of cybersecurity and security products at Mastercard, and Jennifer BisceglieCEO of Interos, told Karen Webster that the “mole swipe” approach to risk control no longer applies.

And risk control, they said, is not just about fighting cybercriminals, fighting hacks and ransomware. Risk comes in many forms and can be linked to a number of external and internal factors that a business faces.

These factors can involve environmental, social and governance (ESG) developments, regulations and, as the war in Europe has shown, geopolitical developments as well.

As it is now, “hazard control is everyone’s job – and no one’s job.”

Departments within companies have different goals and visibility into what is going on. The perspective of the CFO may be different from that of the procurement officer.

Sellers may not know much about suppliers, and companies operating across borders may not know as much as they would like about what is happening on the ground in a distant market.

(In one example, Bisceglie said many companies with long supply chains may not know they’re ultimately doing business with Russia and may be breaching sanctions.)

Weak links therefore form through relationships that have other relationships that somehow become material when exogenous shocks occur – and the shockwaves shake unsuspecting businesses in their wake.

The fragmented approach

Currently, there is no easy way to control the risks lurking there. Beyond cybersecurity — which has dozens of executives around the world, as Gerber noted — there are no uniform approaches to collecting the data needed to quantify risk, let alone provide insights. actionable information to leaders.

Leaders themselves know that there is a disconnect between what needs to be done and what is done. At least two-thirds of companies know they should track and manage risk more adroitly, but only 11% monitor third-party risk on an ongoing basis.

Risk control itself has also changed, Bisceglie said. It’s not just about the transaction anymore. it is not disaster recovery. Now more than ever, it’s part of the cost of doing good business.

Automation is key, as is cross-departmental collaboration, to deal with the complexities of 21st century supply chains that span digital and physical channels.

Says Gerber: “The reliance on multiple layers of vendors in the digital ecosystem has exploded.” And during the great digital shift, he said, businesses haven’t had the time (nor the technology) to master the interdependencies fostered by an interconnected world.

In a hypothesis proposed by Bisceglie, a supplier of a large company, hacked by hackers and whose operations are compromised, may not be able to supply products to a large customer. Consequently, the supplier is unable to maintain the payroll and hits the rocky shores of financial instability. In the larger context, a cyber breach could potentially affect gas and transportation infrastructure, meaning logistics are hampered…and goods can’t reach store shelves.

To that end, the companies said in a statement earlier this month that they would work together to extend the payment network’s security strategy by adding Interos’ multi-level risk monitoring capabilities for financial institutions. The Systemic Risk Assessment is a fully automated platform, using artificial intelligence (AI) and examining the mapping, tracking and modeling of business relationships that are an integral part of every business ecosystem.

Read also: Mastercard partners with Interos to detect and eliminate risk for financial institutions

Fortunately, risk can be measured, digested, and used to create action plans. And the critical push comes with data collection – and a unified approach.

As Bisceglie said, “When you think of going from 0 to 60 [with these supply chains] the only way to do this is to realize that we need to embrace technology and treat risk as an interconnected Big Data problem in order to gain the transparency and trust we need.

Supply chain overview

These technologies can provide insight into whether companies are dealing with “good” suppliers and whether their supply chains are truly resilient – ​​and possibly, with a bit of education in the mix, develop a multi-vector approach to analysis.

It is no longer enough to look at direct B2B relationships. Gerber noted that regulatory scrutiny extends to all business relationships, beyond merchants, acquirers and banks… all the way to the fifth and sixth “levels” of business relationships.

“The weak link is this transparency in sub-level relationships,” said Bisceglie, whose company has invested in artificial intelligence to map around 350 million global business entities, through public data, documents government, news alerts and other sources.

Big data and advanced technologies, Bisceglie said, enable continuous monitoring and “low impact” visual cues that present information quickly and intuitively enough to help leaders understand where to deploy risk control resources quickly. Thousands of data points, which flow through the analytics platform, can be boiled down to the 10 or 20 key pieces of information (represented as risk scores) needed to help companies achieve their business goals.

Along the way, the platform approach brings together different stakeholders in an organization.

And on the other side industries too.

As Gerber told Webster, the ultimate intention of Mastercard and Interos is to help set standards through a framework approach. In this event, and through the platform, companies examine their interconnected relationships in exactly the same way.

In terms of positive ripple effects, Gerber said, companies can use data to improve their own supplier agreements, establishing incentives and key performance indicators (KPIs) that are more effective than simply tracking. security level agreements that can run into dozens of pages.

“It allows us to benchmark, track and improve risk control,” he said. The framework approach provides an elegant, simple, repeatable, and scalable way to communicate between businesses and peers, getting everyone on the same page about what needs to be done, where, and why.

As Bisceglie told Webster: “The companies that will win are those that leverage the technology available today to solve that weakest link – with the benefits of trust and transparency in their extended relationships. “



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Germany High Visibility Apparel Market Outlook 2022-2030 | Key Players – Carhartt, Red Kap, Reflective Clothing Factory, Sportex Safety

Latest Market Research Report Analyzes Germany High Visibility Apparel Market Demand By Different Segments Size, Share, Growth, Industry Trends And Forecast To 2030 In Its Database, Which Describes A Systematic Picture Of The Market And provides an in-depth explanation of the various factors that are expected to drive the growth of the market. The Universal Germany High Visibility Apparel Market Research Report is a high-quality report containing in-depth market research. It presents a definitive solution to obtain market insights with which the market can be visualized clearly and thus important decisions for the growth of the business can be taken. All data, facts, figures and information covered in this business document are supported by renowned analytical tools including SWOT analysis and Porter’s five forces analysis. A number of steps are utilized while preparing the Germany High Visibility Clothing report considering the feedback from a dedicated team of researchers, analysts, and forecasters.

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10 multi-purpose makeup sticks and pigments 2022 for your cheeks, lips and eyes

While full glamor is always appreciated, right now we’re leaning into a minimalism for your skin but better that feels light and effortless. Fortunately, the increase in the number of versatile makeup sticks and pigments makes achieving the look much easier.

Whether you want a back-to-office makeup routine that only takes a few minutes, or you want to save valuable space in your carry-on, that means parsing your beauty regimen down to a few TSA-friendly products. Either way, a versatile product makes all the difference by applying a wash of color to your cheeks, lips or eyes.

“As someone who is always on the go, one product that works three ways is perfect for speeding up my beauty routine!” says celebrity makeup artist Jen Tioseco. Perfect for minimalist or lazy and effortless makeup, these are sure to work overtime in your regimen. Tioseco is a fan of cream formulas and notes that they can be used in multiple ways, like the best cream blush you might already be used to.

Plus, warmer temperatures provide ample time to experience lightweight, dewy coverage as opposed to powder or matte formulas, especially because pigments are typically formulated as creams or liquids that can be blended without mixing tools. beauty. “I personally like to use my fingers to apply a cream stick as it helps warm the product for effortless application!” Notes from Tioseco. However, if you’re more of a makeup brush, she’ll recommend a double-sized makeup brush. “You can use the larger side for the cheeks and the smaller side for your lips and eyelids!”

And voila, a wash of color where you want it, simple enough for anyone to master. Read on to discover all-purpose pigments to consider all spring and summer.

Ilia Multi-Stick

The Ilia Multi-Stick is certainly a vogue editor and industry favorite. Available in 12 shades and infused with a blend of botanical oils, the formula delivers blendable color without makeup brushes. Fashion Market Editor Madeline Fass considers it one of her favorite makeup products for subtle eye color. Did we mention that Brooke Shields and Diana Silvers are also fans?

Jones Road Miracle Balm

vogueCelia Ellenberg’s beauty director calls the Jones Road Miracle Balm “the only pre-Zoom pick-me-up you need.” Whether you’re gearing up for some camera time or venturing out IRL, the balm, designed by Bobbi Brown, is sure to impress.

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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick

Tioseco often recommends this Westman Atelier makeup stick to customers, especially the Bichette shade. “It’s the perfect berry to add a blush to cheeks, a fruit bitten lip stain and a mist to lids,” she says of the barely there formula packed with nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil. and berryflux vita.

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Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick

Merit Flush Balm

Any well-executed no-makeup makeup look could benefit from Merit’s Flush Balm. We’d consider it our go-to balm for creamy, sheer pigments that rival a sunkissed glow or blush. Because it applies like skin, expect it to look like you’re not wearing anything.

Chanel Baume Essentiel Multi-Purpose Glow Stick

Chanel’s Baume Essential Stick exceptionally combines hydrating shine with creamy color. In just one swipe, you get a youthful glow over makeup or on its own.

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Freck Beauty Cheekslime Blush + Lipstick

Freck Beauty Cheekslime is a great choice for those looking for a high performance blush but want to apply color all over. The vegan liquid blush dries quickly and blends easily.

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Nars The Multiple

Designed for cheeks, eyes, lips or body, Nars’ versatile stick can be used for virtually anything. Maybe it’s a velvety lip, a shimmery highlight, or a myriad of other applications.

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Kaja Whipped Dream Multi-Eye & Cheek Color

A makeup newbie might opt ​​for this multitasker from Kaja, which combines the best of eye shadow and blush. With a doe-foot applicator, the sheer, whipped formula can be easily applied to the eyelids or cheeks.

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Kaja Whipped Dream Multi-Eye & Cheek Color

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Stick for Skin

While you might think Fenty Beauty’s beloved Match Stix is ​​reserved for a luminous cheek highlighter, actress Tati Gabrielle goes for an iridescent purple hue for an eye-catching glow on the eyes.

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Fenty Beauty Match Stix Shimmer Stick for Skin

Vapor Aura Multi-Purpose Stick

This multi-stick is the kind of product you’ll want to keep tucked away in your purse for spontaneous reapplications. The fact that it is formulated with sunflower oil, frankincense, myrrh and lotus is an added bonus.

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Cunard Announces Growth for North American Market with Queen Anne News

Matt GleavesCunard’s new commercial vice-president – North America and Australasia, underscored the importance of North America as an increasingly key market for Cunard, citing the opportunity for 40% growth potential in the United States and Canada with the introduction of Queen Anne to the fleet. The addition of a fourth vessel to the fleet offers Cunard the opportunity to increase the number of departures by Alaska, Australia and Japan. Investments in advertising and promotions and increased support for the travel advisor community are underway to develop potential new markets.

Gleaves said: “As we enter the next chapter in Cunard’s history, Queen Anne provides a platform to evolve the future of the brand and deliver reinvented Cunard signature experiences to new audiences. We are confident in the North American market and believe there are significant opportunities for growth. Queen Anne will celebrate what makes Cunard so special in a way relevant to today’s luxury traveler, appealing to both our existing loyal customers and those sailing with us for the first time.”

of Queen Anne housing designs were also announced at Seatrade today. Between tradition and contemporary luxury, Queen Anne celebrates influential design styles from the past and present. World-renowned designers David Collins Studio, Richmond International and Sybille de Margerie have joined forces under the leadership of Creative Director Adam D. Tihany’s direction to create an extraordinary and thoughtful reference design – inspiring a new way to travel at sea.

Talent portfolios include luxury hotels, spas, restaurants and bars, as well as high-end yachts and large private residences. For the first time David Collins Studio and Sybille de Margerie bring their land-based expertise to the ship’s experience. The main concept was founded on heritage, craftsmanship, storytelling, style and innovation. These five pillars eventually became the ship’s design DNA and, therefore, the designers’ driving force of inspiration, working together in unison.

The design teams spent time in Liverpool immersing themselves in the Cunard archives to uncover details of former Cunard ships preserved for decades and to reinterpret the Cunard Art Deco design for the future. No stone has been left unturned, from iconic advertising posters, brochure covers and plans of the great outdoors of early ships inspired by Cunard’s deco, to deliver a ship concept that rivals the very best in hospitality lived on land.

Lewis Taylordesign director at David Collins Studio, commented: “We had the unique opportunity to explore the fascinating treasure of the Cunard archives that resides in the University of Liverpool and provides a wealth of photographs, on-board parts, layout details, materials, fabrics, patterns and textures, as well as business and marketing materials, including menus and other ephemera. This experience was central to the design inspiration for Queen Anne.”

Each cabin category on Queen Anne has a distinct design direction and inspiration. Britannia Staterooms comprise the majority of onboard accommodation and celebrate the deep blue of the ocean, shimmering with flashes of gold to reflect the sun. The cabins feature fascinating three-dimensional paper-cut deco frames celebrating deco motifs from Cunard’s history. Bespoke wallcoverings feature a printed pattern inspired by Cunard’s crest and laurel with still life photographs of historic Cunard artifacts in a bold and colorful presentation.

The Princess Grill suites are swathed in sumptuous Cunard red and gold tones and warm wooden furnishings. And the ship’s first category, the Queens Grill, has a bold art deco design using luxurious materials in deep purple and wood tones intended for refined relaxation and entertaining.

The Grand and Master suites are designed as luxury residences in subtle shades of green, purple, taupe and gray, framed in wood and marble, intended to be a private enclave for entertaining friends on board. Each of the top six suites is named after an iconic waterway that has been significant to Cunard throughout its history, including Mersey, Solent, Boston, Hudson, Halifax and Clyde. Even the bathrooms will feature a series of black and white photos documenting the construction of Queen Annecreated by a world famous photographer Michael Mann.

The Grand Lobby is the focal point where Cunard’s new deco design anchors and echoes throughout every space of the ship. Overall, the design of Queen Anne is an evolution of the rest of the fleet and will be an exciting and bolder contemporary take on Cunard’s design.

Cunard continues its rich legacy by honoring the names of every reigning queen over the past millennium: Mary, Victoria, Elizabeth and now, Queen Anne. Queen Anne heralded in a new era of culture and design emulating what Cunard stands for today: a deep commitment to the arts and innovation with a sense of style and tradition that stands the test of time.

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There are currently three Cunard ships, queen mary 2, queen elizabeth and queen victoria and a fourth ship, Queen Annewill enter service in early 2024. The investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for Cunard’s future globally and will mark the first time since 1999 that Cunard will have four vessels in simultaneous service.

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US consumer watchdog to push competition and scrutinize Big Tech

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WASHINGTON, April 26 (Reuters) – The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will encourage competition in the industry and examine the outsized influence of big tech companies in the market, its director told the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday. during a hearing. prepared testimony that the committee released on Monday afternoon.

Rohit Chopra, who was sworn in as director of the CFPB in October, plans initiatives that will identify ways to lower barriers to entry and increase the pool of companies competing for customers based on quality , price and service, according to the testimony.

“We are particularly interested in ways in which smaller financial institutions can leverage technology and systems…to capture market share while preserving their relationship banking model,” he said.

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He will also tell lawmakers that a proposal on open banking and small business lending data will be released “in due course.” Open banking allows internet-based third-party applications to compete with big banks by accessing a customer’s accounts to make payments, among other services.

Chopra, a longtime consumer advocate hired by Democratic President Joe Biden to crack down on predatory lending and inequality in the consumer credit system, will appear before members of the Banking Senate on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. EDT (2:00 p.m. GMT). He will also appear before the House Financial Services Committee on Wednesday for another round of testimony.

The CFPB has been a political lightning rod since its inception following the 2009 financial crisis. Democrats say the agency is key to protecting consumers and bolstering Biden’s agenda to address racial and wealth inequality, while Republicans say the agency is too powerful and irresponsible.

Chopra is likely to face questions from Democrats about her competitive push; its focus on unwanted lender fees, including services like overdrafts and late credit card payments; and its efforts to eradicate abuses around loan servicing and credit reporting.

Republican members of the Senate Banking Panel are expected to rebuke Chopra for his agency’s law enforcement activities regarding repeat offenders as well as extensive demands for information about new fintech companies, arguing that such moves can stifle innovation and weigh on businesses, analysts say.

“I would anticipate questions from lawmakers about the actions the CFPB has taken thus far regarding medical debt, overdraft fees, credit report errors and other issues facing consumers,” said Michael Litt, director of US PIRG, a Washington-based consumer advocate. group.

Republicans are also likely to criticize Chopra for his involvement in a public fight in December over who should set the agenda for the banking watchdog, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), of which Chopra is a member of the board. board of directors. The row led to the Republican president’s premature resignation from the banking regulator. Read more

Isaac Boltansky, director of policy research for financial firm BTIG, said he expects Chopra to stress the need for more scrutiny of fast-growing products such as “buy now, buy now, pay later” (BNPL) after the CFPB requested information in December from five such companies about their business practices. Critics said the finance products put consumers at risk. Read more

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Functional Clothing Market Size 2022-2029 | Key Players – Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, PVH Corp. – Ripon College Days

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Major Players Covered in Functional Clothing Markets:

  • Nike
  • Adidas
  • Under Armor
  • PVH Corp.
  • Puma
  • Anta
  • V.F. Corporation
  • Difference
  • Columbia Sportswear
  • Perry Ellis International
  • Lululemon Athletica
  • Lining
  • Designers
  • Asics Company
  • HanesBrands
  • American sports
  • PEAK
  • Ralph Lauren
  • 361sport
  • MIZUNO Corporation

Functional Clothing Market Breakdown by Type:

  • Sportswear
  • Protective clothing

Functional Clothing Market Split By Application:

  • Professional athlete
  • amateur sports
  • Outdoor application
  • Other

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Scope of the Functional Clothing Market Report

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Market size available for years 2022 – 2030
Base year considered 2021
Historical data 2018 – 2021
Forecast period 2022 – 2030
Quantitative units Revenue in USD Million and CAGR from 2022 to 2030
Segments Covered Types, applications, end users, and more.
Report cover Revenue Forecast, Business Ranking, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors and Trends
Regional scope North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa
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    • North America includes the United States, Canada and Mexico
    • Europe includes Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain
    • South America includes Colombia, Argentina, Nigeria and Chile
    • Asia Pacific includes Japan, China, Korea, India, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia

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Luxury Goods Retailer Accepting Bitcoin

SFLMaven Corp., a high-end luxury goods retailer, is banking on bitcoin and will accept the cryptocurrency for vintage jewelry purchases in physical and digital retail in the Metaverse.

The company is also diversifying its cash exposure to include bitcoin exposure as a line item in registered holdings of assets, according to a press release.

“We believe in the future of bitcoin and digital payment systems and that fiat currency systems represent a risk to the productivity of assets on the balance sheet as they are subject to monetary expansion, stimulus and debt, which could continue to depress value,” Joseph Ladin, CEO of SFLMaven, said in the statement. “As such, we have begun to diversify the company’s exposure to the cash side with periodic investments in bitcoin. We will also be increasing this step by moving to enable BTC purchases as we continually work to expand our access to viable end-market customers interested in our unique products.

“We are excited to begin accepting bitcoin as a valid method of payment, especially as we establish our new presence in the metaverse and the sale of digital goods, creating an avenue for an expanding relationship with a new end market. massive and tech-savvy.”

For real change, listen to RMG vendors

We have spent so many years circling around various issues impacting apparel supply chains. We are still no closer to ensuring fairer purchasing practices today than ten years ago; it’s the same with other supply chain issues. This week I read an article that suggested the organic cotton supply chain in India was under scrutiny. This will impact Bangladeshi garment makers, many of whom use organic cotton. I could name so many other issues in supply chains that are unresolved; unfortunately, it doesn’t look like they will be fixed in the near future.

There is a common denominator to all of them: no one listens to suppliers. If they are, they’re not listening loud enough.

To me, it’s like a detective trying to solve a crime without considering its most important evidence. Take the question of the integrity of organic cotton. I know from contacts in the supply chain that this is a major challenge in India. I also know why this is a challenge and why fundamental reform will be necessary to restore confidence in this sector. I only know all this because I speak with suppliers, and it goes without saying: who else would be better placed to have a real vision of these questions than the actors themselves?

This year, our industry will, thankfully, return to live events and conferences. Interestingly, many of the key supply chain events take place in Europe or the United States. That in itself seems odd. Fashion’s environmental and social challenges reside in supply chains. We all know that. But when big fashion brands come together to discuss these issues, they stay close to home. They discuss these issues extensively among themselves.

The speaker queues for these events will likely be dominated by the same old faces, fashion brands and retailers, various NGOs and industry consultants. Can these people shed some light on these questions? Yes of course. But to get the full picture, we need to hear the voices of supply chains. Certainly, a 50% weighting of supply chain votes for each event would be the best way to ensure that we find out what is happening and how issues can be resolved.

Instead, we risk a scene where the same issues are raised over and over again – the same ineffective solutions are offered and no progress is made.

I was invited to speak at a major European event several years ago. My speech was well received; however, I wasn’t invited back to the event later, and I guess that’s because I had probably ruffled too many feathers in the fashion industry.

This question is of course linked to the theme of transparency. There is a lot of talk about transparency in fashion circles. But how can you have true transparency when certain voices are ignored or sidelined? True transparency means having difficult and awkward conversations. And that means having these conversations in public, where they can be heard by all stakeholders. The fashion these days is making too many demands on transparency, which just don’t stand up to scrutiny. An example is the public list of their suppliers. Is this a welcome decision? Yes of course. But please don’t try to pretend it’s for transparency. True transparency would mean allowing the world to hear what these providers have to say in an open forum.

Think of some of the most successful companies in the world: Apple, Nike or Microsoft, for example. One of the things that drives companies like these is that they constantly challenge themselves internally. Structures are in place to ensure that all voices are heard, good or bad. If there are issues, they don’t get swept under the rug (which, unfortunately, is what we do far too frequently in our industry). To get to this point, these companies create an atmosphere in which people are comfortable making their voices heard, from top management down to the lowest public servants. No stone is left unturned as they strive for perfection, and the end result is a constant process of innovation and improvement. And, of course, commercial success.

Now think about our industry. Are issues and questions discussed in public? Are all voices heard? Is there a willingness to openly discuss difficult topics? Are people comfortable airing their grievances?

Unfortunately, I think the answer to all of these questions is a resounding no. This is a systemic failure of our industry to take into account the feelings of some of its most important players.

Until that changes, until we get real transparency and listen to the voices of suppliers, we won’t get the sea change our industry needs.

Mostafiz Uddin is the Managing Director of Denim Expert Limited. He is also the founder and CEO of Bangladesh Denim Expo and Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE).

With the help of the new CEO, Maurices is working to expand the store’s footprint, products and brand awareness

DULUTH – David Kornberg spent 15 years as a senior executive at Express, the fashionable mall retailer that attracts fashionable 20-somethings.

When he was then approached to become CEO of Duluth-based Maurices, Kornberg first decided to visit one of the company’s stores, which, with their brilliant lighting and decor, are quite different from the burst of Express.

But it wasn’t the store’s design that made a lasting impression on Kornberg. Instead, it was an outgoing sales manager who took him and his wife in, then remembered him on a second visit a few weeks later.

“I saw there was something extremely special about the brand,” Kornberg said. “It wasn’t just her. It was the company. It was the culture. And it was the people.”

Now, a year after taking the reins at Maurices, Kornberg is leading the charge to evolve the nearly century-old “hometown women’s fashion brand.”

The company plans to open a dozen stores this year, adding to its chain of around 900. A new line of girls’ clothes was launched this spring. Earlier this year, Maurices signed his first celebrity brand ambassador.

At the same time, Kornberg tried to keep the company true to its small-town roots. Its focus on quality, girl-next-door designs separates Maurices from cheap fast fashion and online-only retailers.

“Really what you’re seeing is genuine human interaction and there are so many instances in our time where people don’t have genuine human interaction,” Kornberg said.

“You go online and you don’t deal with anyone,” he added. “You walk into a Walmart, you’re in a 100,000 square foot store and you don’t see an associate to help you. Our associates really are like trusted stylists and friends to our customers.”

Kornberg, originally from England where he cut his teeth at major British retailer Marks & Spencer, spends about three weeks a month in Duluth, where Maurices opened a new downtown corporate headquarters complex in 2016.

“It’s the birthplace of the brand…but it actually fits very, very well with the type of hometown that we do well in. Honestly, when I arrived, I didn’t know I would like as much Duluth as I am,” he said.

Maurices competes with a wide range of low and mid-priced stores, such as Walmart, Target, Old Navy, JC Penney and Kohl’s. Its stores are usually located in small towns. While present in hundreds of malls, Maurices has many more locations in strip malls and outdoor malls. Its target clientele: women between 25 and 45 who like to dress comfortably.

Jaime King, senior vice president of design at Maurices, said part of her goal was to create fashion that is accessible and made to last.

And because coronavirus cases have declined and women are eager to get out more, King said she wanted to design versatile clothes they could wear to events, to work or on a date.

“It was exciting to see what I call ‘fresh air style,'” King said. “That idea of ​​being comfortable but wanting to go out and how we’ve all learned to really appreciate that walk around the neighborhood or a hike or being out and having dinner and what that means for style.”

In late March, Maurices launched Evsie, a brand for tweens aged 8 to 12 that includes soft-colored t-shirts, dresses and jeans as well as shirts emblazoned with positive messages. The line is an opportunity to attract “a whole new generation of customers to Mauritius”, Kornberg said.

During the holiday season, Maurices launched a new collection of intimate apparel as well as an online exclusive sleepwear collection. Last year, Maurices expanded its popular jeans category with the addition of premium denim jeans brand Edgely.

Some of his biggest steps this year have been in marketing and working with celebrities. “There’s work to be done in terms of growing the business through brand awareness,” Kornberg said.

In February, Maurices teamed up with Home Edit organization experts Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin for a Maurices wardrobe giveaway as well as a closet makeover. The company has also tapped country music star Lauren Alaina as its first celebrity ambassador. She models Maurice’s clothes throughout his national tour and helps spotlight female heroes who will receive shopping sprees from Maurice.

Maurices plans to continue expanding its product line, particularly online, where the company has introduced new items such as maternity and swimwear. Business leaders want to add more stores that carry the Evsie brand and possibly test side-by-side Evsie stores, which would be next to Maurices stores.

Unlike other retailers that have closed stores in recent years, Maurices has remained fairly stable. It suspended new openings two years ago, aiming to open a dozen this year and about 20 the following year.

Kornberg said he thinks the brand could open another 50 to 100 stores, including more in Canada, where Maurices has about 40 outlets.

“There was a massive shift towards e-commerce when COVID hit, obviously because stores were closed in a lot of cases, but thinking about this business, we still think there’s an opportunity for us to continue to grow the store’s footprint,” Kornberg said.

When London-based private equity firm OpCapita bought a majority stake in Maurices from Ascena Retail Group in 2019, the retailer hovered around $1 billion in annual sales. Since then, OpCapita said Maurices has more than doubled its profit and nearly doubled its online business. Maurices declined to disclose specific financial results, but year-to-date sales were up 26%, Kornberg said. Kornberg said since last year, Maurices had produced results well ahead of pre-pandemic numbers.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges for the business. Maurices has to fight to stand out in a competitive market that has become saturated with clothing options, including online-only outlets like Shein that sell fashionable clothes at low prices.

Higher inflation may also result in less discretionary consumer spending. Rising freight and raw material prices are affecting prices. Kornberg said he expects customers to see minimal price increases for some of Maurices products.

As an outsider following company veteran George Goldfarb, who spent a decade as chairman and CEO and nearly 40 years in total at Mauritius, Kornberg also faces the challenge of helping a brand inherited to take risks and seize opportunities that she did not have before.

It’s something King thinks he does well.

“David has such a positive attitude and a how-might we [approach]”, King said. “He’s such a curious leader and I love that. Do you need someone to challenge you to think about what’s next? and ‘what are we missing?’ and ‘why can’t we?'”

Introducing WeChat Farm, a New Opportunity for Luxury Brands

What happened: WeChat has unveiled a new feature that allows users to express their mood or feelings through a new “Add Stickers” option. Similar to QQ’s original “mood” feature, Citizens can now include playful animal stickers as well as backgrounds to match cartoon memes and emoticons to display as their status.

Netizens are calling the new WeChat Farm feature tapping into China’s nostalgia for when Tencent released the farming management game, Happy Farm. When it was released in 2009, it was one of the hottest games among local Millennials at the time and it’s no different now: #WeChatFarm# is trending on Weibo, with 790 million views.

On WeChat, users can choose an animal avatar and background to update their status. Photo: Screenshots

The Jing plug: Social currency, or influence over social networks and communities, is paramount in the digital age. A brand can easily be overlooked if it doesn’t understand how to take advantage of social marketing, especially in China.

Take Hong Bao 红包 or the red envelope offered during Chinese New Year for example. This season, luxury houses such as Gucci, Dior, Prada and Cartier have all released digital red clutch bags on WeChat to replace traditional paper versions. Brands have even made different requirements for users to get those red envelopes. For example, if consumers wanted a Hermès virtual red pocket, they had to complete the company’s WeChat Mini Program game.

These virtual red envelopes, emblazoned with luxury logos, sparked such a frenzy that countless citizens spent money on them on Taobao. Although the price of Louis Vuitton’s electronic envelope was only around $4, luxury should not underestimate the use of such gadgets to connect with customers. It was a win-win situation because the customer could show off their purchase and bask in its uniqueness – for just a small fee.

As parts of China remain in lockdown, what better way for luxury to experience the booming digital fashion economy than offering avatars on WeChat? It’s still early days for the craze, but there’s no better time to get started than when people are cooped up at home and looking for new entertainment options online. Fashion lovers like to show off their luxury items, even if it is just a humble sticker. In this context, which luxury brand will be the first to create an “It” sticker collection in the digital world?

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‘DREAMstate’ Review: Boston Ballet Explores Liminal | Arts

What does it mean to dream? What kinds of spaces can open up when we allow ourselves to travel deep within our psyche? These are the questions that came to mind while watching a performance of Boston Ballet’s latest work, “DREAMstate.” The show, which took place at Citizens Bank Opera House from March 17-27, included a triple program of three stunning contemporary ballets: George Balanchine’s 1976 ballet ‘Chaconne’, the world premiere of Stephen Galloway’s DEVIL’S/eye and “Bella” by Jiří Kylián in 1996. Figure. Each of the ballets was innovative in its own way, powerfully setting and subverting expectations while exploring themes of personality, liminality and the limits of consciousness.

Using the more conventional styles of “Chaconne” as a starting point for nocturnal exploration of self and one’s limits, “DREAMstate” establishes the ballet genre as both something to lean into and something that can be expanded. and reworked. Told through the incredible artistry and athleticism of its dancers, resplendent in their white costumes against a simple background, “Chaconne” is stunning – that cannot be disputed. But despite the innovative movement inherent in the choreography of “The Father of American Ballet”, the ballet can still be read as falling within the modern confines of the genre. That’s not to say the ballet isn’t compelling – it is, and the Boston Ballet company were stellar in their translation of the piece to the Citizen’s Opera House stage – but the night’s performances weren’t. only got more interesting from there.

While “Chaconne” forged a new understanding of classical ballet, “DEVIL’s/eye” and “Bella Figura” both lean towards something quite different. Each pushes the relationship between dance, music and aesthetics in search of new limits.

With “DEVIL’s/eye”, choreographer, dancer and costume designer Stephen Galloway creates an unforgettable ode to love, youth and joyous exuberance. Set to a selection of music from The Rolling Stones – for whom Galloway worked as a choreographer and creative consultant – the world premiere ballet is overpowered from start to finish. It’s as notable for its jaw-dropping aesthetic (the dancers, dressed in glittering, stripped-down ’80s gym-inspired outfits, danced in front of huge amp-like light fixtures) as it is for Galloway’s commitment. to break the mold of classical ballet. The Galloway dancers – led in part by Boston Ballet principal dancer and Harvard Dance Center’s John Lam – embodied both young lovers and freedom-seeking renegades, their movements unrestrained as they brought the songs to life timeless rock. It was pure, unbridled rock’n’roll. A painfully haunting pas de deux to “Wild Horses” with Lam and soloist Chisako Oga stood out amidst a universally strong ballet.

Closing the show, Kylián’s “Bella Figura” brought “DREAMstate”‘s ruminations on human consciousness and experience to their natural conclusion. Through its exploration of the body as a place of beauty, pain and genesis, “Bella Figura” manages to escape from the physical and audio-spatial limits of opera: a fire burns on either side of the stage, curtains become usable props, and half-naked dancers float through the air while others continue to dance for periods of extended silence so that the dancers’ own footsteps can be heard on the marley floor. Each carefully calibrated move weighed heavily on an already elated audience as the dancers navigated the various renaissance scenes that enliven the ballet, their costumes red as blood and designed with the physical contours of the body in mind. The result was a captivating and moving exploration of what it means to be alive and in constant conversation with oneself and others. The choreography was most effective when, Kylián-style, the dancers interacted with each other, spurred into movement by their partner’s touch at any given moment.

Critically, the exploration of human consciousness and the body (and its capacity for movement) in the three ballets is only heightened in their juxtaposition to each other. Each seeks to explore a different facet of human identity, and “DREAMstate” capitalizes on the resulting contrast. By forcing the audience to come to terms with the liminal spaces, those between the embodied joy of “DEVIL’S/eye” and the sober hauntings of “Bella Figura”, “DREAMstate” highlights the ambiguity of human consciousness, and the ability to such a consciousness to be captured through art.

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The way we make and buy clothes is harming the planet. Here is a solution.

Have you ever thought about the environmental cost of your favorite pair of jeans? And what about the clothes hanging in your closet that haven’t been worn?

The impact of apparel manufacturing on Earth’s climate is certainly on the minds of executives at activewear company Lululemon, which is launching a resale program on Friday to take back worn-out clothes from customers and sell them at discounted prices. reduced. The goal: keep clothes in circulation longer, limit Lululemon’s carbon emissions by reducing unnecessary production and consumption by consumers.

Lululemon isn’t the only major retailer to dip your toes into the resale or consignment market in an effort to be more eco-responsible.

Arc’teryx, Levi’s, REI, Madewell, Michael Stars, The North Face and Tommy Hilfiger are among hundreds of consumer brands working to extend the life cycle of their apparel by using more sustainable materials, recycling and reusing fabrics and reselling used clothes. clothes.

Women’s clothing brand Eileen Fisher is a leader in sustainable fashion. Since 2009, the company has taken 1.8 million pieces of its own clothing and recycled, reused or resold them.

“The goal is to be fully responsible for our product throughout its lifecycle,” said Lilah Horwitz, take-back program manager at Eileen Fisher.

2,400 gallons of water for a pair of jeans

As climate change intensifies, experts say it is essential to rethink the way we produce clothes in order to decarbonise garment manufacturing. the The clothing industry is one of the most polluting in the worldaccounting for around 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions, more than all international flights and shipping combined, according to a 2019 World Bank report.

By another measure, in 2018 the sector produced more than 2 billion metric tons of greenhouse gases, or about 4% of the global total, according to research by consultancy McKinsey & Company.

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Water consumption is another issue. Each year, the fashion industry uses 93 billion cubic meters of water, according to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. It can take nearly 2,400 gallons of water to make just one pair of jeans.

Traditional manufacturing processes often deplete the planet of natural resources, consume immense energy and water, and use environmentally harmful chemicals. But the damage does not stop there. Once consumers have used and discarded the products, they end up in landfills.

“Our cupboards are too full”

Manufacturers make more clothes than buyers can reasonably buy and wear. According to ThredUp, the largest online thrift and consignment store, approximately 9 billion pieces of clothing remain mostly unworn in US consumers’ closets each year.

This is not surprising given that the business models of most companies rely on increasing production and sales every year.

“We buy too many clothes, our closets are too full,” said Peggy Blum, author of Circular Fashion: A Supply Chain for Sustainability in the Textile and Apparel Industry. “It’s not about what brands do – nobody can be 100% sustainable or have no impact. The only way to have no impact is not to produce and not to consume, but we we don’t work that way.”

Although many companies are taking steps to reduce their carbon emissions per product, experts say it’s not enough given that their goal is always to keep increasing sales.

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“The biggest hurdle to reducing carbon emissions or achieving climate science-based goals is increasing sales each year,” said Lynda Grose, a pioneer in sustainable fashion design and a professor at California College of the Arts. “The reason is that the industry for 30 years or more has focused on selling more and more products.”

“Because so many jobs and fortunes are tied to the fashion industry, I don’t see it slowing down. I don’t see it making fewer products,” said Elizabeth Cline, author of The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking. Good While Doing Good, and director of advocacy and policy for the non-profit group Remake.

Even outdoor apparel and gear maker Patagonia – which is known for repairing and recycling its customers’ used clothing and has long been committed to using sustainable materials – acknowledged in its 2019 Benefit Corporation report. that these efforts alone were insufficient.

“We strive to become a carbon neutral company throughout our supply chain, but even though we are making significant progress, such as increased adoption of recycled materials, our footprint is growing due to the growth of our sales,” the company said.

Three years ago, Patagonia launched its “Worn Wear” program to take back the brand’s used clothing in exchange for a store credit. The company says it believes “the best way to reduce the environmental and carbon footprint of your clothes is to keep them longer.”

The second-hand market is expected to double

This philosophy is gaining momentum. A number of other top brands, from luxury fashion designer Stella McCartney to sportswear brand Adidas, have entered the resale space and are now allowing customers to return their used clothes. New customers can then purchase these discounted used goods either directly from the retailer or through resale websites such as ThreadUp or TheRealReal, an online and physical luxury consignment store.

The value of the second-hand market, including resale and donation of traditional clothing, is expected to double over the next five years to $77 billion, according to ThredUp’s 2021 Resale Report. Keeping clothes in circulation longer also promises to open up new revenue streams for brands whose business models have long relied on producing and selling more clothes each year to generate profits.

“Brand reselling is an accelerating trend, and it remains to be seen how companies invest in it and how the math changes so they ultimately produce less,” said ThredUp co-founder and CEO James Reinhart. , to CBS MoneyWatch.

To date, second-hand retail has replaced more than half a billion pieces of clothing that would otherwise have been purchased new in 2020, according to ThredUp’s annual report. In other words, it’s the number of items that customers bought used instead of new.

“The natural conclusion from that is that the world produced half a billion items that we probably didn’t need in 2020. So that’s another data point on how overproduction is a real problem” , said Reinhart.

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Beyond reducing carbon emissions, experts say a thriving apparel resale business could also help businesses win new customers.

“Over the next five years, as young people gain purchasing power, I think it’s critical that brands understand this,” Reinhart said. “People who are now in their teens and 20s are resale natives – it’s part of their experience. I think brands are smart to figure that out now.”

Cline also believes the resale market holds great promise for both brands and the environment.

“Reselling is the story of success. Who would have imagined second-hand wearing would become so mainstream? So many brands are doing more with upcycled clothing,” she said. “Reuse in general is really promising and it’s good for the industry. They’ll keep making new things, but at least we’re reusing things that already exist and we’re not relying so much on virgin resources.”

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Another day, another killer look Jennifer Lopez. The newly engaged Marry me the actress simply can’t go wrong when it comes to fashion. Whether she’s performing on stage, having a red carpet or just spending the day with her daughter, we know we’ll always have plenty of style inspiration to work with.

That was once again the case when Lopez stepped out in Culver City, Calif., with her 14-year-old daughter Emme. She wore a long, colorful Zimmermann Juliette dress covered in a palm/tropical print. We quickly fell in love, but two major issues stood in our way when it came to recreating the look. First, the $1,350 price of the dress, and second, it seems to be sold out everywhere. And we turned to Amazon!


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We were very happy to find a similar dress style on Amazon with a much more affordable price. Like J. Lo’s, this dress has a print of tropical leaves and flowers with similar colors, and it even has buttons like hers. We love how it cinches the waist without causing discomfort. It’s smocked for extra stretch and even has a cute tie!

This long dress has short sleeves and is made of a lightweight rayon material. The skirt part is flowy and also features a split on one leg, reaching most people around the top of the knee. It has great ratings from reviewers, and what’s even cooler is that it comes in over 30 color/print variations! While we picked this one, you might end up loving another one even more, so check it out on the Amazon page!


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Lopez wore her dress with nude pumps, a yellow bag and oversized round sunglasses. You can opt for the same style of shoes/accessories with this Amazon version, or you can change it.

Try gold or silver heels, or even flat sandals with strappy accents. You can also go more casual by opting for a pair of canvas platform sneakers and a shoulder bag. What are you thinking about for your first outfit?

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News from Russia: UK sanctions target £1bn worth of luxury goods | World | News

The British government announced a new wave of sanctions on Thursday, including new import bans and high tariffs on goods from Russia. The latest measures include import bans on silver, wood products and high-end products from Russia, including caviar.

The move aims to put additional pressure on Russia’s imploding economy as President Vladimir Putin steps up his invasion of Ukraine, now in its ninth week.

Tariffs will rise by 35 percentage points on around £130million worth of goods from Russia and Belarus, including diamonds and rubber, the UK Department for International Trade has announced.

Announcing the sanctions, International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: ‘The UK continues to stand with Ukraine and is working closely with our international partners to inflict maximum damage on the regime. of Putin, by cutting the resources and funds he needs to wage this illegal war.

“We are taking every opportunity we can to increase the pressure to isolate the Russian economy and these new measures will tighten the screws, closing lucrative avenues of funding for Putin’s war machine.”

Chancellor Rishi Sunak said the ‘significant sanctions’ will bring total UK import tariffs and bans on Russian products to over £1billion, ‘imposing additional economic pain on the economy of Putin for his barbaric and unwarranted attacks on a sovereign nation”.

The UK has already banned the import of many steel products from Russia and Belarus, as well as halting some luxury goods exports to Russia.

Sanctions introduced last month banned the export of items to Russia worth hundreds of millions of pounds, including luxury cars, designer clothes and accessories, precious stones and works of art .

The move was aimed at depriving Russian oligarchs and other members of the country’s elite of their premium products.

Russia has also been hit with crippling import duties on goods worth more than £900million, including Russian vodka.

The new trade restrictions are accompanied by 26 new sanctions announced by the British government earlier on Thursday targeting “defence actors”, including military generals and defense companies involved in the war in Ukraine.

The Foreign Ministry said the latest round of sanctions was in response to Russia’s “continuing war of aggression in Ukraine” and its renewed assault on the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk.

He said intelligence suggested civilian infrastructure was being deliberately targeted in the heavily besieged city of Mariupol, including hospitals, schools and transportation.

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The government said the sanctions would target “the main leaders of the Russian military” – those “who command the front line to commit heinous acts” during the war.

Lt. Col. Azatbek Omurbekov, who has been dubbed the “Butcher of Bucha” for allegedly ordering the massacre in the city, is among those targeted.

Others include Colonel General Andrey Serdyukov, Commander of Airborne Forces, Major General Valery Flyustikov, Commander of Special Operations Forces, and Colonel General Nikolay Bogdanovsky, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff. .

The leaders had their assets frozen and were banned from travel.

Thursday’s round of sanctions also targeted “individuals outside of Putin’s military who actively support his illegal invasion of Ukraine.”

This included travel bans and asset freezes against Oleg Belozyorov, the chief executive of vital logistics company Russian Railways, and Ilya Kiva, an expelled Ukrainian MP.

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Announcing the moves, Foreign Minister Liz Truss said, “The depravity of Russia’s aggression against the Ukrainian people is plain to all.

“They deliberately target hospitals, schools and transport hubs in Mariupol and beyond – just as they did in Chechnya and Syria.

“The UK is adamant in its support for Ukraine and in holding Putin and his regime accountable.

“Today’s new wave of sanctions hits generals and defense companies with blood on their hands.”

The UK has already imposed hundreds of sanctions on prominent Russian oligarchs and politicians since the war began on February 24, including President Putin and his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

The conflict entered a new phase this week when Russian forces launched a deadly assault on eastern Ukraine. Russian officials now say capturing the Donbass region is the main objective of the war.

Hyundai Motor, Steven Gerrard and BTS call for a united world for sustainability on the road to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™

“The ‘Goal of the Century’ campaign aims to unite the world for sustainability, inspired by the pure value of team spirit and solidarity created by the universal love of football,” said Thomas Diagram, Global Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Experience Division at Hyundai Motor. “At Hyundai, we will continue to strive to help humanity in a meaningful way at a time when it is more important than ever to come together for the healthy and sustainable future of our planet.”

To drive the “Goal of the Century” campaign, Hyundai Motor is introducing “Team Century”, a newly formed group of ambassadors who will promote various environmental and social sustainability projects throughout 2022. England national team player Steven Gerard will lead “Team Century,” joined by BTS, Afghan refugee soccer player and Danish UNESCO ambassador Nadia NadimAmerican fashion designer Jeremy Scottcontemporary italian artist Lawrence Quinndocumentary photographer Nicky Wooand Boston Dynamics Spot® robot. Additionally, Hyundai also plans to unveil four regional ambassadors in the coming months.

To watch the campaign manifesto film, please visit Hyundai Motor’s official YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/HyundaiWorldwide.

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Wall Street Vet launches token-only venture firm, targeting $50-75 million

  • The venture capital firm has just launched a fundraiser for its flagship vehicle
  • With a focus on Web3, the strategy plans to focus on five verticals: fashion, finance, games, music and sports.

A longtime proprietary cryptocurrency trader is trying his hand at the venture capital space, according to people familiar with the matter and marketing materials obtained by Blockworks.

Antonio Hallak is now in fundraising mode for his Illumina Capital, a venture capital firm focused on digital assets with an incubator that deals with token investments — not equity stakes.

The startup’s fundraising efforts are led by hedge fund marketer Melissa Fox. It plans to raise between $50 million and $75 million for the launch, with backing from a number of institutional investors, sources said, including crypto natives and deep-pocketed traditional financiers.

Illumina’s flagship vehicle, Illumina Fund I, mandates a minimum investment of $1 million, but word is that potential sponsors are already asking to contribute significantly larger amounts.

The plan is to raise a second fund shortly after the flagship goes live.

Hallak confirmed the launch but declined to describe the startup’s strategy or share additional details. It appears that Hallak favors a token approach, in part because of the increased liquidity it provides to limited partners.

These tokens usually change hands frequently in the secondary market. Corporate exits from Illumina are expected to take between six and 18 months, according to marketing materials — a considerably shorter duration than pure equity stakes.

Key to the business is the incubator, Illumina Labs, a sister company of Illumina Capital. The entity guides startups from concept to whitepaper to tokenomics to find their right market fit, as well as developing and conducting smart contract security audits, among other related functions.

In some cases, the company’s investors can contribute to the incubator’s startup pipeline – or even hire its services on their own. One investor, Inder Phull, CEO of music metaverse startup PIXELYNX, called on Illumina Labs to consult on his company’s tokenomics and broader blockchain structure.

PIXELYNX is now investing in the venture capital fund, which Phull says Blockworks is expected to deliver “much larger and symbolically meaningful returns, especially when you pick the right projects.”

“Returns are much more meaningful compared to traditional stocks, where perhaps one in 50 companies makes a significant advantage,” Phull said.

There is also a market making component for freshly issued tokens from another Hallak subsidiary, Weybridge.

Illumina Labs, the incubator, is expected to have about 10 employees in the coming weeks and is expected to grow to 30-40 employees before the end of the year, including engineers, smart contract developers and tokenomics experts.

“One aspect of our approach that has struck a chord with our portfolio companies is the fact that we are not just a provider of capital,” Hallak told Blockworks. “The accelerator is the initial entry point… It shows that we’re giving them the highest probability of success to get to launch.”

Hallak plans to employ a multi-vertical approach to focus on what he sees as an accelerated evolution of Web3 and the metaverse that will transform not only crypto, but traditional industries as well. Thus, Illumina plans to invest in sports, games, music, finance and fashion.

The token-only model allows Illumina to essentially spread chunks of investable capital within much larger corporations. If a long-standing music label, for example, is about to launch its first NFTs, the venture capital fund could back the token without having to buy the label’s capital, which would likely be prohibitively expensive. or maybe already a public company.

The fund, with one exception, has so far backed new tokens from companies that have been around for 10 or 15 years, sources said – reflecting Hallak’s belief in the convergence of traditional industries and assets. digital.

In another departure from traditional venture capital firms, Illumina plans to accept checks from limited partners up front. Typically, funds draw on capital once they have found an investment opportunity.

Another limited partner, gaming veteran Rudy Koch, co-founder of blockchain-based gaming startup Mythical Games, said the fund’s focus is a perfect fit with changing consumer needs.

“Web3 is creating this new consumer, who wants to be part of the value chain in any industry,” Koch told Blockworks. “We no longer want to be mere consumers, we want to be partners in the products with which we engage. And tokenomics and DAOs are examples of ways we can achieve that, ways we can move consumers further up the value chain.

Hallak – who, before developing a number of quantitative crypto trading models, led Credit Suisse’s electronic trading unit – will in the meantime invest the capital in a market-neutral and delta-neutral return-generating strategy designed to generate annual returns in the low double -digits.

The fund plans to support a total of 20 to 30 symbolic projects in the start-up phase. The vehicle’s investment committee imposes a maximum allocation of 20% to a token.

Sponsors have the option to invest via crypto and receive in-kind contributions once the fund is depleted. Hallak, Fox and CFO Carey Harrold, formerly of Jump Trading, are now working to finalize service providers for the company.

The venture capital side of the business already has a human resources manager, as well as a recruiting manager responsible for filling a number of vacancies, including operational roles and business development professionals.

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How Four Leaves is launching a super cool and socially responsible lifestyle brand

Coming from the Netherlands, Four Leaves is one of the most interesting sustainable and socially responsible lifestyle brands I’ve come across in a while. And when I discovered that the company gives back to good causes in Sri Lanka, I had to interview the founder, the charismatic and determined Shiran Gort.

Four Leaves began as a bed linen and towel brand. Rooted in textiles and fashion, I wanted to add more awareness and experience to the linens industry, as I strongly believe that daily routines like a good night’s sleep and that relaxing time in the shower will far beyond thread count and weight per square meter. . Don’t get me wrong, quality matters and we love fabrics, but so does design, durability and social impact,” Gort shared.

“My vision for the business is three-fold: First, we are developing Four Leaves into a full-fledged ‘lifestyle brand’ with its own distinctive look & feel. Following this brand goal, we are also expanding our assortment; think of scented candles, room sprays, but also bathrobes, clothing and lounge furniture, with bed linen and towels as a strong and stable core. In both ambitions, we have recently achieved massive milestones, which should find their way to market in 2022.”

“The third pillar is donations: Sri Lanka was a good start for a very personal reason: I was born in a convent on the island and adopted as a baby by Dutch parents. Like me, I would like Four Leaves to mature in the years to come: our social component should go beyond Sri Lanka and Four Leaves should support children in their sleeping and bathing routines and education, also outside my country of birth. All over the world in fact; whether on the streets of Rio de Janeiro, in the refugee camps in Turkey or Greece and even closer to home with the recent events in Ukraine.

Gort shared how Sri Lanka was not only an essential part of his trip, but also an inspiration for the brand. “Sri Lanka has a huge cultural heritage that is not always done justice. Raised in the Netherlands, I may only know the tip of the iceberg, but I explore this treasure chest every day. Our name, core values ​​and branding are directly derived from the national flag of Sri Lanka. On the flag, the four Bodhi leaves represent the four abodes of Buddhism, which we have interpreted into our four corporate values: Excel with Friends, Empower Children, Respect our Globe and Care about Product. The four leaves are also visible in branding on our products, sometimes subtly embroidered or in jacquard, in other cases more ‘in your face’ like a statement.

“For Four Leaves in particular, the works of Sri Lankan architect Geoffrey Bawa play an important role. Not only in inspiring the look & feel of the brand and in our communication, but also in our products and the overall approach from a corporate point of view: contemporary design – we love clean lines with organic touches – and respect and integration of natural resources.”

Gort shared what it was making her first trip to give back to the children of Sri Lanka. “This first trip was emotionally charged. We created the sleeping bags and towels in close collaboration with children’s homes, so we knew we were giving them something they really needed. At that time, we discovered that there was much more than the products. During this first journey of giving, I realized that my personal story matters too. That was actually an important part of the “never stop dreaming” message that we tried to convey. It gave children, often born in similar circumstances to me, perspective.

“Business-wise, it was also a motivational journey, because the giving journey has come full circle: we created the brand, we sold the products and then made the children happy. That’s what I wanted to do more! That was what it was about.

He shared some of the ways Four Leaves is innovating in the socially responsible bedding space. “I believe it’s authenticity and our holistic approach – the sum of things – that’s what’s innovative about Four Leaves. In fabrics and colors – where we mix our knowledge of the technical side with our fashion experience. In the design details – with the four embroidered leaves on the pillows, the hidden messages and the attention to finish, also inside the products. When it comes to durability, it’s often difficult to mix the good with the premium, but we embrace that struggle. And in communication – we focus on what these daily routines are really for. Sleep is important for example, but waking up refreshed and energized, ready to create beautiful things the next day, is our goal. And the social factor, for those who really care – you’re enjoying your shower ritual, but you’ve also given a child their own towel, which is extremely important for hygienic reasons.

“Also, as mentioned earlier, as a lifestyle brand, Four Leaves goes beyond this ‘bedding space’ and I think we can go anywhere in this living space. Last November, for example, we successfully launched a handmade chess set, illustrating the Festival of the Tooth in Kandy, the former capital of Sri Lanka. And for every chess set sold, we donate a school year to children who need it. A few months ago on another giving trip with my team, it was nice to hand out these backpacks, stationery and vouchers for shoes, socks and uniforms and see the reactions children.

Finally, he shared his plans for the US market. “After Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium, we have just opened up the French and British market. The next step, aiming for 2023, is the United States. We really believe that we need a strong partner, who has the same core values ​​and ambitions as our company, but who also knows the market and wants to shake it up a bit. From my previous experiences, I learned that the United States should not be considered as a country but as a continent, with commercial, logistical and financial challenges. And my big dream would be to open a handful of stores in the major cities of the United States. I think it would boost e-commerce and support the awareness and experience that Four Leaves represents as a brand.

‘As a luxury brand, I am committed to the best quality’ – Art-and-culture News, Firstpost

“I will not compromise on the price because the integrity of what we create is sacrosanct. It is not an accessible model,” says ace designer Sabyasachi Mukerjee.

Ace couturier Sabyasachi Mukherjee is not only busy designing suits for celebrity couples on their big day – Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor being the most recent – ​​but the fashion designer is also making noise on social media for his association with Starbucks .

The acclaimed Indian designer has teamed up with Tata Starbucks for a limited edition collection featuring a range of lifestyle drinkware including ceramic mugs and stainless steel tumblers.

For Sabyasachi, this partnership is special in many ways as it not only reminds her of her early days in the fashion industry, but also because it supports a special initiative.

“We love collaborating with like-minded brands where philosophy and values ​​align. And what could be more beloved or iconic than Starbucks. Back then, as a young designer looking for my way and my brand in New York, my day started at Starbucks.

“But what I love most about this particular collaboration is that it goes beyond merch. We have come together to support and amplify Educate Girls and the amazing work they do. And educate the little girl is a cause that is close to my heart, ”said the creator First post.

Sabyasachi’s design philosophy is very simple and clear: Personalized imperfection of the human hand.” The deserts, gypsies, prostitutes, ancient textiles and cultural traditions of his hometown of Kolkata were an inspiration for this designer who believes “clothing should just be an extension of your intellect.”

Sabyasachi has traveled a career path that has taken him into the fashion circles of Milan, Japan, Tokyo and New York to name a few. Not to be missed, his unique contribution has been the use of indigenous methods like bandhani i have to working, block printing, hand dyeing, etc. in the construction of modern silhouettes.

Keeping this in mind, its Starbucks collection also features its iconic rendition of the Toile de Jouy, with flora and fauna native to Bengal. “The Sabyasachi Art Foundation has always played an important role in our collaborations, and I wanted to pay homage to Bengal through the Sundarbans and its natural flora and fauna. I am very proud of my Bengal roots,” the designer said.

For Sushant Dash, CEO of Tata Starbucks, Sabyasachi was a natural choice as both brands resonate with a sense of purpose, are loved by consumers and represent the mark of quality in their respective fields. “It was not only an opportunity to design beautiful merchandise for both iconic brands, but also to partner together to be a force for good,” he said.

However, it is often seen that when two reputable brands collaborate, their creative ideologies are compromised. But with this partnership, they wanted the design to evoke a sense of pride, be modern in its approach and at the same time, inspire with its craftsmanship, Dash said.

Sabyasachi also believes that “when you know who you are and what makes you, you – you tell it to yourself”. “There is an honesty in repetition. When we sat down on the drawing board, we wanted to celebrate the hearts of both brands,” said the designer, who has also had successful associations with brands Christian Louboutin, ForeverMark, Thomas Goode, Pottery Barn, Asian Paints, L’oreal, and H&M. He also launched a jewelry line at Bergdorf Goodman and opened a new jewelry store in Mumbai.

In fact, along with Christian Louboutin, he designed bespoke shoes for Deepika Padukone-Ranveer Singh’s wedding. After their first collaboration in 2015, they imagine a collection of shoes and bags in 2016.

The designer has faced many bricks for his overpriced collections, but he does not regret being called an inaccessible brand.

When asked if his multiple associations with distinctive brands were a step in reaching customers who want to own a Sabyasachi piece, he replied first post, “As a luxury brand, I am committed to craftsmanship, heritage, value and the best quality.

And I won’t compromise on price because the integrity of what we create is sacrosanct. It is not an accessible model.

However, he says the beauty of collaborations is that he can work with someone who works in a different model and has scale. “We are thinking about our collaborations, either to increase accessibility, or to create visibility for Indian craftsmanship and luxury, or to help strengthen India’s presence in sectors where we are underrepresented, or to create an impact for causes that are close to our hearts,” said the couturier.

Finally, any advice for the trolls?

“No advice,” Sabyasachi said, adding, “When you become a public figure or a brand, people will have their opinions, good or bad. And I welcome and respect feedback, whether it’s positive or negative. But you have to balance it with knowing who you are and being true to yourself.

When is the Abercrombie & Fitch White Hot documentary on Netflix?

Damning new documentary on Netflix explores the controversial history of fashion retailer Abercrombie & Fitch

Abercrombie & Fitch have been accused of discriminatory practices in the past

Abercrombie & Fitch was America’s fashion brand of the 1990s – they were cool, their clothes were expensive and had mass appeal and their advertisements featuring nearly naked models certainly grabbed attention.

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But beneath the glamor lies a host of controversies and legal issues.

The Netflix documentary White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch, delves into the company’s use of exclusion to build its brand.

Documentary filmmaker Alison Klayman, who directed Take Your Pills and The Brink, spoke to former employees at all levels of Abercrombie & Fitch to piece together this exposé.

What is Abercrombie & Fitch?

Abercrombie & Fitch is a luxury casual wear retailer that was founded in 1892. The company also owns Hollister Co., which was founded in 2000.

Since the 1980s and 1990s, the company focused on the young adult demographic and was known for its provocative advertising campaigns using nearly nude models.

In just over a year and partly due to the Great Recession, the company’s value plummeted from 2007-2008.

Struggling to compete with fast fashion companies, Abercrombie & Fitch shifted focus, toned down sexually explicit advertising and rebranded itself as a pro-diversity inclusive retailer.

Today the company is worth over £1.3billion and has carved out a niche as a fashion brand somewhere between H&M’s cheap fast fashion and more expensive designer luxury like Ralph Lauren.

The fashion company was known for its sexualized branding and

What was controversial at Abercrombie & Fitch?

As the Netflix documentary shows, Abercrombie & Fitch has been embroiled in several legal issues over the years.

In 2004, a lawsuit was filed against the company for discriminating against African Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and women by giving preferential treatment to white men.

The company was accused of favoring white men by offering sales and floor management positions – the class action lawsuit was settled for $40 million.

Other poor employment practices included moving a staff member with a prosthesis from the workshop to the warehouse out of sight of customers and telling a woman who was wearing a hijab to take it off – in both cases, employees were told they had violated the company’s “look policy”.

More broadly, the documentary explores allegations that Abercrombie & Fitch had an exclusionary policy – ​​one interviewee for the documentary said, “Abercrombie is rooted in discrimination at all levels”.

Other issues include an investigation which was launched after it was suspected that the company mainly hired staff under the age of 25 and offered a bonus to male models who worked shirtless.

Who was Mike Jeffries?

Mike Jeffries was CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch from 1992 until his resignation in 2014.

It was Jeffries who spearheaded exclusionary marketing techniques, including hiring young, attractive staff to work on the sho floor.

Additionally, the company only offered clothing in limited sizes – shirts stopped out large and pants only came up to size 10.

Jeffries had said while CEO of the company that his clothes were only for cool people – he later said he didn’t want overweight or unattractive people wearing his clothes. He apologized for the comments in 2013.

Mike Jeffries was CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch from 1992 to 2014

What does Abercrombie & Fitch look like today?

As a result of these legal issues, Abercrombie & Fitch underwent a dramatic rebrand – the company’s website claims they “stand for inclusivity and create a sense of place”.

The Abercrombie Equity Project was launched to help advance social and racial justice – a marked difference in Abercrombie & Fitch’s values ​​from 20 years ago.

When is White Hot on Netflix?

The documentary will be released on Netflix on April 19.

National Sew Creative Lottery Funds Sewcialise and Upcycle Workshops

Cambridge charities Sew Positive and Cambridge Women’s Resources Center (CWRC) have received £10,000 funding from the National Lottery to run a year-long program of workshops and events aimed at tackling climate change through to the recycling of fashion and textiles.

Melissa Santiago-Val, creative sewing. Photo: Keith Hepell

The program includes instruction in repairing and mending, recycling and reusing clothing. Workshops will range from using a sewing machine and making sustainable sanitary products to creative workshops on reusing clothes and finding charity shops.

The first set of weekly two-hour afternoon classes begins April 19 and runs for 12 weeks. Classes will be repeated in the fall and spring terms for new groups.

But the initiative will not stop after each quarter because participants will be able to join a “Sewcialise and Upcycle” group to pursue their skills and bring communities together. The program will culminate when the project wraps up on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2023 with a fashion show and “swish and swap” event of items made during the program.

Participants will track the materials used in the sessions and record any modified, recycled, repaired or embellished items. This will allow organizers to calculate the impact of shifting choices to reusable products, sewing, mending and recycling. Participants will use “Impact Diaries” which are embroidered with icons to keep track of the changes they have made.

Sew Creative From left, are Laura Kirby, Melissa Santiago-Val, Jo Reves-Hairs and Margot Eagle.  Photo: Keith Hepell
Sew Creative From left, are Laura Kirby, Melissa Santiago-Val, Jo Reves-Hairs and Margot Eagle. Photo: Keith Hepell

Above all, it will be possible to calculate the value of manufactured items such as sanitary napkins or reusable underwear compared to traditional single-use disposable sanitary products.

Melissa Santiago-Val, CEO of Sew Positive, said, “This is our first successful National Lottery entry and we are delighted to be working with the CWRC on such an important climate change project.

“After COP26, there is an urgent need for everyone, including disadvantaged communities, to feel empowered to make changes to textile waste that can impact climate change. With fashion production being responsible for 17-20% of global water pollution and 80% of discarded clothing ending up in landfill, this project is of critical importance to people and the planet.

The course, starting April 19, is free for women experiencing discrimination, mental health issues, social isolation, working less than 16 hours per week and able to attend 80% of term sessions.

There is a maximum of 10 people per class. E-mail [email protected] for more details and to register.

Rihanna A$AP Rocky’s Designer Labels Debunk ‘Vile’ Rumors in Long Statement

Rihanna’s creator says the pop star is still with boyfriend A$AP Rocky.

It comes after reports speculated the expectant parents ended their relationship after cheating.

According to XXL, alleged footage of A$AP Rocky cheating with Rihanna designer Amina Muaddi has surfaced, but Amina has since addressed the rumor in a statement.

She wrote on Instagram: “I have always believed that an unfounded lie spread on social media deserves no response or clarification, especially if it is so despicable.

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“I initially assume that such false gossip – fabricated with such malicious intent – ​​would not be taken seriously.

“However, in the past 24 hours I have been reminded that we live in a society that is so quick to talk about topics regardless of factual basis and nothing is off limits.

“Not even during what should be one of the most beautiful and celebrated moments of his life. Therefore, I must speak because this is not just about me, but also about people for whom I I have a lot of respect and affection.

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Amina called it “fake gossip”

“While Rih continues to live her serene, best-dressed pregnancy life, I’m going back to my business – wishing everyone a beautiful Easter weekend!”

The cheating rumors come just days after Rihanna spoke lovingly about boyfriend A$AP Rocky in a new interview as she discussed the couple’s relationship and preparing for their first child together.

The pregnant star gushed over rapper A$AP Rocky as she graced the cover of the latest edition of US Vogue showing off her baby bump in a tight red lace jumpsuit with matching gloves.

Cheating rumors come just days after Rihanna spoke lovingly about her boyfriend
Cheating rumors come just days after Rihanna spoke lovingly about her boyfriend

Rihanna has revealed that she and A$AP Rocky – who were initially friends for many years before reuniting – grew close during lockdown in 2020, after which in the summer they embarked on a road trip from New York together. York to Los Angeles.

“He became my family at that time. I cooked our food on this janky little grill I bought at Walmart. I still have it too. It works like nobody’s business. I like simple things but also big adventures,” Rihanna told Vogue.

“There’s no pretentious bullshit from my brand, your brand, it’s just us living. I just feel like I can do any part of life alongside her.”

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Victoria Pressly Founder of Hype Public Relations-All About Hype-HypePRNow, Victoria Pressly announces her new book and a reality TV show in the works. The working title is “Soldier of the Model’s”

Victoria Pressly (Maiden name Talbot), CEO of Hype PR Now, AllaboutHype, grew up in Westchester County and now lives in Cherry Valley, New York she graduated from St. John’s University graduated in communications in the early 1990s and began her career in the fashion industry by co-founding NOW Model Management in New York City with Billy Rosenvig. The agency merged with Jerome and David Bonnouvrier and was renamed Partners Model Management. Victoria worked as a booking agent with Partners for several years and learned the formula for creating a mannequin from the family who invented it. The partners then became DNA Model Management. Victoria booked models for Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’sL’Oreal, Clairol, CoverGirl, Maybelline, Victoria’s Secret, Oscar De La RentaDonna Karan, Calvin Klein, Ralph Laurenand more.

Victoria then began working for American Models, which at the time represented several models crossing into Hollywoodas Connie Nielsen who starred in “Gladiator” with Russell Croweand Estelle Warren an Olympic synchronized swimmer Canada. Victoria began portraying Estella in her late teens, cross-promoting her career as a swimmer and model to acting, which led to an audition for Princess Amidala Padme in “Star Wars II — L ‘attack of the clones’. Although Estella didn’t get the role, she was later cast as Dana in “Planet of The Apes” in 2001.

In 2000, Victoria Pressly ventured out on her own and started a PR agency, Hype Public Relations. Victoria’s crossover success led Elite Models to contact her to represent Altice of summerwinner of the Elite look of the year and Angelic Bridges, a “Playboy” cover model. Victoria remained the exclusive public relations agent for the two ladies and placed them on magazine covers around the world, which helped open up many television and film opportunities for them. Angelica has appeared on numerous television shows, including “Baywatch.” Summer has appeared in ‘Scorpion King’, ‘Wedding Crashers’ and other films.

Caprice Bourret also modeled with Victoria for many years. Victoria helped turn her into a global icon via magazine covers. Caprice became one of the first reality TV stars with her own show called “Caprice” and then “Being Caprice”, a series about her daily life. Numerous sponsorship deals followed, including with the “Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue” and the Miller Brewing Company.

Victoria Pressly later depicted “Miss World” Sallie Toussaint, who played a role in the movie “The Departed”. She played opposite Jack Nicholson in a love scene and in the opera. He wanted his character to be a real BDSM man for women. Victoria created the “Jack Attack” press angle in press speeches, which went viral and helped spark interest in the film. Victoria placed Sallie on numerous magazine covers promoting the film while working directly under the Warner Brothers public relations team. They asked Victoria to accompany Sallie on the red carpet the night of the film’s premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater. A memorable moment for both of them was when Victoria gave Sallie an impulsive but low-key push in Jack Nicholson on the red carpet so Sallie could catch the attention of the paparazzi, which she certainly did. Other clients for various projects have been Joanna Krupa, Pam Anderson, Nicole Andrews, India Everettand Gretchen Bonaducé.

Victoria Pressly worked with the actor rich graffiti, the lead on AMC’s hit television series “Making of the Mob New York,” a docuseries detailing the rise of organized crime in the 20th century. The series followed New York gangster Lucky Luciano and his rise in the New York City crime gang, with other gangsters. Actors included Ray Liotto, Anthony DiCarloand Chaz Palminteri. Victoria hosted the premiere afterparty with Jeff KrauseCEO of IE Entertainment Group, in which celebrities mingled with gangster family members.

Victoria Pressly walk with Melissa Prophet, who appeared in “Goodfellas” and “Casino,” and is now involved in development, production, and talent management. Victoria also works with Pierre Dobsonwho has appeared in many films, including “Last Exit to brooklyn“, “The Frighteners” and “Drowning Mona”, as well as television shows, including the various CSI series. He is also known for his voice-over work. Radio personality Sid Rosenberg of morning show 77 WABC is also a current client. Victoria produced a recent photo shoot for him with the designer Joseph Abboud for men’s fashion.

Victoria Pressly also specializes in accompanying military personalities towards modeling and entertainment. One of his clients is the former Marine Andrew McLarenwho appeared on the NBC show “Stars Earn Stripes” with the late Chris Kylewhich was performed by bradley cooper in the movie “American Sniper”. Through the show, Victoria met Alex Minskya Marine who lost his leg in Afghanistan. Victoria landed him an 8-page editorial session by Ben Watts and a feature article in GQ America. Other customers include Chelsea Werner, renowned gymnast and model with Down syndrome. Victoria has booked her in mainstream media, including New York Fashion Week.

In addition to models and actors, Victoria’s clients include production companies, artists, designers, poker pros and casinos. Victoria booked a fitness model and a poker pro Christina Lindley as a spokesperson for Foxwoods Resort. Victoria also booked Christina as spokesperson and handled all publicity for the World Series of Poker at Harrah’s Casino. Another client was the McClanahan Street estate of ‘The Golden Girls’, who hired Victoria to promote an online memorabilia sale that went viral.

Victoria’s final goal is to work with women with successful stories of empowerment. She represents Dr. Suzanne Yua self-made healthcare millionaire who recently became a movie producer in the movie “The Comeback Trail,” featuring 3 Oscar-winning actors, robert de niro, Morgan FREEMANand Tommy Lee Jones. Victoria created “lady trucker“, a self-made success story in the trucking industry, a former driver turned CEO.

Victoria engineered a reality show known as “Model Behavior” for which she was represented by Thinkfactory Media and CAA and was close to a network deal just before reality shows involving models suffered a drop in popularity. ‘interest.

Victoria Pressly, married for 25 years and mother of 3 successful children, a footballing mother and a successful businesswoman, is used to discovering talents and building careers. Understanding the evolving nature of the industry, for anyone to call Victoria a fraud means they don’t know the business, they hate it or they just don’t have what it takes to become a star.

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Influence of COVID-19 on Textile Industry to Disrupt Global Functional Clothing Market by 2027

Market dynamics

The growing trend towards health and wellness is one of the major demand drivers for various types of functional clothing, especially activewear or activewear. Consumers around the world are taking a serious interest in their fitness activity, participating in a variety of sports and fitness activities. As a result, the fitness industry is heavily promoted to this target industry.

On the other hand, a slew of fitness celebrities have been pushing activewear brands that have sparked the interest of potential buyers. This spawned a cult following of athleisure, with sportswear seen on the trails, in social settings and in gymnasiums. Therefore, rising trends in health and well-being are an important element in forecasting the functional clothing market.

functional clothing market

Disruptions from the pandemic continue to impact the apparel and textile sectors in a variety of regional markets. Because the duration and intensity of the pandemic are unknown in the long term, the fashion industry is struggling to survive. The closing of storefronts had a significant influence on major fashion brands, putting many of them in serious financial difficulty and declaring bankruptcy. As the garment industry suffers massive damage and export contracts are canceled, other Asian countries like India and Bangladesh are also suffering. Store closures and the cancellation of orders have resulted in pay cuts and layoffs of staff, reducing the earnings of garment workers.

Since the majority of clothing products are design and fashion specific, as well as customized to consumer preferences, they are considered perishable and their cancellation will leave them with minimal salvage value over time. With massive cancellations occurring both globally and locally, manufacturers are not ramping up production of new items. Many overseas buyers are postponing or canceling confirmed export orders. However, the current environment presents a unique opportunity for companies to partner with small, local businesses to produce rapid inventory turnover.

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Segmental analysis

Protective clothing, sportswear, laboratory clothing and others are all segmented by product type.

Men and women are the end users of the global market.

Regional overview

The Functional Clothing Market Trend Report analyzes the Functional Clothing Market in North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Middle East & Africa.

North America dominates the global practical clothing market. A developing fit body pattern and a healthy lifestyle are two of the main growth factors in the North American district. The development of the market has been impacted by the increase in the investments of the born in wellbeing and proactive roles. Thus, the increase in income generated from sports for young Americans and increased investment in sports and wellness training by this population is driving the growth of the market in this field. A growing population that values ​​a healthier lifestyle is driving market growth and more cautious investments in sports and wellness activities. Technological developments in design have resulted in increased comfort and ease of execution, which basically appeals to health and sports enthusiasts. Many young customers follow the trend of sportswear, as evidenced by the vivid characteristics of dynamic wear and the advantages such as odor resistance, wrinkle prevention and excellent comfort. As a result, dynamic wear has become a popular style explanation and expression in North America.

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Competitive dynamics

The major market players are 361 Degrees International Limited, Adidas AG, Amer Sports Oyj, Asics Corporation, Calvin Klein, Columbia Sportswear Company Hanes Brands Inc., Head, Hugo Boss AG, Icebreaker, Jockey International, Inc., Lululemon Athletic Inc., MIZUNO Corporation, NIKE, Inc., Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation, Puma SE, Ralph Lauren Corporation, Reebok International Ltd. , Russell Brands, LLC , Skechers USA Inc. , The Gap, Inc. , The North Face, Inc. , Umbro, and Under Armour, Inc.


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Brunello Cucinelli touts strength of luxury goods and meets 12% growth expectations for 2022

MILAN — Brunello Cucinelli was never shy about delivering personal messages during his calls with analysts and his last Wednesday evening – to comment on the first quarter performance of his eponymous company, which saw revenues climb 19.6% – n was no exception.

He briefly touched on the Champions League; expressed his “faith in the wisdom of men”, hoping for an end to the war in Ukraine as soon as possible, and remembered his father, who died aged 100 last weekend, as “the great adviser” of his life. He also praised rival LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton for its latest set of results, released on Tuesday.

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Throughout, Cucinelli has expressed confidence in the resilience and strength of the luxury sector. This, in addition to “excellent spring sales” and strong fall orders, led it to confirm a growth target of 12% for the full year, 10% growth in 2023 and to imagine a doubling of revenues, initially planned for the period 2019-28, from 2026.

The estimate for 2022 takes into account the war between Russia and Ukraine, which has no impact on Cucinelli’s Italian supply and production chain.

“We assumed that the Russian market will represent around 4% of total sales in 2022, a significant reduction compared to the results of 2021 and 2020, years which we considered extraordinary due to the pandemic. We imagined that the weight of this market could return in 2022 to incidence values ​​very similar to those historically reported before the pandemic. Over the five-year period 2015-2019, the average export value impact to Russia was around 4-5%,” Cucinelli said.

“I think the economies are so interconnected that a solution will be found,” he added.

With a turnover of 196.9 million euros, up 22.8% compared to the first quarter of 2019, Cucinelli once again expressed its hopes for the development of the company in the long term. To this end, he finalized the purchase of a large 8-hectare plot of land on the outskirts of the company’s headquarters in Solomeo, where an industrial complex built in the 1970s operated until around 30 years ago.

The area will be completely redeveloped. “We have already started working on the reclamation of the land, and this will be followed by the building conversion plan which will allow us to gradually build up to approximately 40,000 square meters. [430,550 square feet]“, said Cucinelli.

“These great spaces will support the growth of the business in the years to come, allowing us to expand, if necessary, for the next 50 years,” he said, adding proudly that this is only of the group’s latest project which contributes to the development of the territory. by converting brownfield sites and improving existing land. The first buildings will be erected in 2023, he estimated. “We want to highlight the importance of Italian industry, producing on time and with the best quality.”

In March, as noted, in Cucinelli’s first merger and acquisition, the company bought a 43% stake in cashmere specialist Lanificio Cariaggi “to ensure the best raw materials”, he said.

Cucinelli said he did not feel compelled to raise the prices, which take place twice a year with the presentation of the seasonal collections, “avoiding any form of speculation”, nor did he think that there was a shortage of raw materials. But he admitted that more attention was paid to inventories.

In the three months ended March 31, sales in Europe increased 14.5% to €58.3 million, representing 29.5% of the total, driven by domestic spending, existing and new customers and a balance between retail and multi-brand channels. The positive trend was seen not only in major European luxury capitals, but also in second-tier cities in central-north and Mediterranean Europe, with international tensions having a limited impact on the Russian market in the latter part of the trimester.

Revenues in Italy amounted to 24.2 million euros, up 2.8% compared to the same quarter in 2021, and representing 12.3% of the total.

Sales in the Americas increased by 37.7% at constant exchange rates to €66.9 million, representing 34% of the total. Performance was strong across the board, with strong business in Aspen, Colorado; Palm Beach, Florida; Miami, Los Angeles and New York, among other cities.

Revenues in Asia increased by 14.5% at constant exchange rate to 47.6 million euros, representing 24.2% of the total. China is currently the country most affected by the pandemic, but despite this, the quarter was positive.

General Manager Luca Lisandroni said he was very pleased with the results in China. “Ready-to-wear is consolidating more and more, and we are looking more and more for sobriety without logos and extreme quality. We are not worried about a structural change, it is a market which has a very strong vitality, which has no equal in any other geography. I spend most of my day talking to landlords at huge mall presentations and we are growing our business both retail and wholesale. »

Japan, South Korea and the Middle East also performed well.

At constant exchange rates, retail sales increased by 36.4% to 100.2 million euros, representing 50.9% of the total. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, the channel grew by 40.8%.

As of March 31, there were 115 stores, compared to 110 stores at the end of March last year.

Wholesale sales increased by 6.1% to 96.7 million euros, or 49.1% of the total. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, the channel grew by 8.4%.

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thredUP will publish its first quarter 2022 financial results on

OAKLAND, Calif., April 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — ThredUp Inc. (Nasdaq: TDUP), one of the largest online resale platforms for women’s and children’s apparel, footwear and accessories, today announced that its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 will be released on Monday, May 9, 2022 after the close of U.S. markets. thredUP will host a conference call and live webcast that day at 1:30 p.m. PT / 4:30 p.m. ET.

The live call can be accessed within the United States and Canada at +1 888-394-8218 (code 7893731) and outside the United States and Canada at +1 646-828-8193 (code 7893731). The live and archived webcast and all earnings materials will be available on thredUP’s Investor Relations website: ir.thredup.com.

About ThredUp Inc.

thredUP transforms resale with technology and is on a mission to inspire a new generation of consumers to think second-hand first. By making it easy to buy and sell second-hand, thredUP has become one of the world’s largest resale platforms for women’s and children’s clothing, footwear and accessories. Sellers love thredUP because we make it easy to clean out their closets and unlock value for themselves or the charity of their choice while doing good for the planet. Shoppers love shopping for value, premium and luxury brands all in one place, with up to 90% off estimated retail price. Our proprietary operating platform is the foundation of our managed marketplace and consists of distributed processing infrastructure, proprietary software and systems, and data science expertise. With resale as a service from thredUP, some of the world’s leading brands and retailers leverage our platform to deliver customizable and scalable resale experiences to their customers. thredUP has processed over 125 million unique pre-owned items from 35,000 brands across 100 categories. By extending the life cycle of apparel, thredUP is changing the way consumers shop and ushering in a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.

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Global Decorated Apparel Market (2022 Edition) – Analysis

New York, April 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report “Global Decorated Apparel Market (2022 Edition) – Analysis by Technique, End User, Region, Country: Market Overview and Forecast with the impact of COVID-19 (2022-2027)” – https://www.reportlinker.com/p06267722/?utm_source=GNW
High GDP growth rate coupled with rising disposable income, especially in emerging economies such as India and China, propelled the growth of the market. The market is growing globally owing to the growing demand for embroidery, screen printing, sublimation and heat transfer business on garments. The growing demand for reflective finish in garments has also offered market players growth prospects.

Based on the technique, the embroidery segment captured the major part of the global decorated garments market in 2021. It is one of the oldest ways of embellishing fabric, but it has gained popularity in recent years in because of its ability to add elegance. and wealth with little labor or money from the consumer. Luxury and sports brands, such as Chanel and Nike, are known for their embroidered clothing.

The APAC region is estimated to hold the maximum share of the global decorated apparel market, followed by Europe. However, new emerging markets in the APAC region will witness the fastest growth rate in the coming years.

Rising population combined with changing lifestyle affects fashion industries in developing countries. High GDP growth rate coupled with rising disposable incomes, especially in emerging economies such as India and China, propelled the growth of the market. The market is growing globally owing to the growing demand for embroidery, screen printing, sublimation and heat transfer business on garments. The growing demand for reflective finish in garments has also offered market players growth prospects.

Report scope
• The report presents the analysis of the decorated clothing market for the historical period 2017-2021 and the forecast period 2022-2027.

• The report analyzes the decorated garments market by value (million USD).

• The report analyzes the decorated clothing market by technique (embroidery, screen printing, thermal sublimation, digital printing, others).

• The report analyzes the decorated clothing market by end user (men, women, children).

• The global decorated clothing market has been analyzed by country (United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, France, Germany, China, Japan, India, Australia).

• The key ideas of the report were presented through the frameworks of SWOT and Porter’s five forces analysis. Additionally, market attractiveness was presented by region, location and product.

• Further, major industry opportunities, trends, drivers and challenges have been analyzed in the report.

• The report tracks competitive developments, strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and new product development. Companies analyzed in the report include Glidan Activewear Inc., Hanesbrands Inc., Delta Apparel Inc., Fruitloom LLC, Advance Printwear, Downtown Custom Printwear, Master Printwear, Lynka Printwear, EmbroidMe, ScreenWorks.

Key target audience

• Vendors in the Decorated Garment Industry

• Consulting and consultancy firms

• Government and policy makers

• Regulatory authorities
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There weren’t many memorable style choices at the Masters, here’s one player who impressed our style editors | Golf equipment: clubs, balls, bags

It’s not uncommon to see a sea of ​​navy at a golf tournament of any level, but this Masters seemed more navy than ever. And while there were stripes and muted red tones among the course’s golf shirt selections, these aren’t considered bold or impressive style moves. Even the footwear choices seemed uninspired – an easy styling move that we usually see plain-clothed golfers take advantage of to spice up a look.
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There were, however, a few exceptions worth noting as we wrap up our Masters coverage. Before we get to the winner of Best Dressed at the Masters 2022, let’s go over some honorable mentions. A handful of players stepped out in highlighter pink shades that caused a stir, like Tiger Woods’ high neck shirt or Viktor Hovland’s striped pink pants. There were a few touches of turquoise in the clothing of Nike-sponsored golfers. Although most of the pieces worn at Augusta are not yet available for purchase, expect to see this color a lot this season in golf apparel deals. Justin Thomas made waves in his final round yellow pants and as always, Jason Korak played fearlessly with bold prints. These golfers’ effort to not pull the first blue or black golf shirt and pants out of the closet is commendable, but let’s focus on one player who shows up every day with stylish, easy-to-reproduce golf looks: Tony Finau.

During the four rounds of the Masters, Tony Finau quietly held a clinic on how to put together unique and modern golf outfits – a refreshing break from the overly traditional looks we mostly saw at Augusta. Finau kicked off the week in a blue vertical striped golf shirt with a style reminiscent of the linen short-sleeved button-up shirts that are hugely trending in the fashion world. He paired the top with a simple white flat brim cap and white pants which further enhanced the coastal look. Vertical stripes are a flattering design and a great alternative to traditional navy striped golf shirts.

Finau’s second round look centered around another unique combination of blue and navy stripes on a color block polo shirt with an abstract diagonal stripe pattern on one side and a solid navy block on the other. Contrast sleeves with welt cuffs and collar add a preppy touch to the modern golf shirt. He paired the top with dark khaki pants for a youthful yet sophisticated look.

Golf fans were torn over Finau’s moving day outfit, primarily the orange and navy zip top with neon pink stripes. Like it or not, he did it perfectly. Embracing the brightness of pink, the three-time PGA Tour winner wore a hat in the same hue that gave the color an intentional feel in the outfit. Most golfers might not have the confidence to wear such bright colors, but it sets it above the rest of the field who have played it safe with overly mundane golf looks.

To wrap up the week, Finau came up with his simplest look, but still managed to make it edgy and youthful. He wore navy blue pants with a plain white golf shirt and topped it with a bright blue flat brim cap. It’s a mix of 1960s golf style with an almost hipster modern finish. Small details like wearing a braided belt in the exact shade of her pants with the perfect fit are what take this seemingly simple look to the next level, style-wise.

So if you’re looking for inspiration to upgrade your golf look this season, take a page of Finau’s master picks. It’s proven that you don’t have to wear sweatpants and a rope cap to pull together a modern, stylish golf outfit and that pops of bright color among traditional tones are always worth the fashion risk.

Perishable or not? Why bad prices and promotions destroy luxury

When you are the seller of a perishable good, you tend to reduce the price before the item becomes obsolete. Imagine visiting the Sunday farmer’s market in the beautiful Marais district of Paris. Shortly before the market closes, you’ll see the price of berries, fresh meat, and other items drop quite significantly, as it’s much more economical for the vendor to dispose of what’s left before closing. from the market than throwing them away.

It is a logic that the seller and the buyer understand. As a shopper, you may not get the freshest or best produce when the market closes, but you will save money. The seller makes a lower margin but avoids getting nothing and wasting a good that he then has to get rid of. It’s a seemingly win-win situation.

As branded products have become ubiquitous, the same tactics have been applied to mass markets, such as laundry detergent, toothpaste, or frozen pizza as a competitive tool, even though the items may not be similarly perishable. Many mainstream brands promote several times a year and often generate significant increases in sales volume during periods of lower prices. This is the result of three effects.

The first is anchoring: one of the most fundamental psychological parameters that determines our willingness to pay. We live in a relative world and our decisions are largely guided by comparisons and benchmarks. If our benchmark price for a bottle of water is two dollars, that price becomes our anchor. We see the same bottle for $1.50, we immediately understand that we are getting something higher (reflected by the anchor) for a lower price, which increases the desirability of the product and apparently makes it more attractive compared to competing offers. Additionally, the product can now be opened up to a wider audience that wouldn’t pay two bucks. Also, the lower price may entice someone to buy more items. The combination of the three effects drives up demand and the promotion appears to be a success.

In the fashion industry, a collection can become “perishable” at the end of a season and space must be made for the next collection. In view of this, many fashion brands therefore reduce prices during “end of season sales” to take advantage of the increased demand that lower prices provide. Hotels and airlines reduce prices when demand drops using real-time information and sophisticated AI-powered pricing algorithms that adjust prices based on demand and a defined competitive set. Their raison d’être is also the perishable nature of an airplane seat or a hotel room. If the plane leaves the airport with an empty seat, it becomes perishable, so to speak.

This has made promotions a frequently used tool, even for luxury brands. The logic seems convincing. “Better to make money than nothing,” many brands will say. “We will sell a lot more during the promotion”, is another frequent argument. But these expected benefits come at a cost. And in luxury, it can be deadly.

Luxury, when done right, creates a significant additional “extreme” value component, Luxury Added Value (ALV), which I have often described in previous columns. When people perceive the “signal” that a luxury sends, they attribute more attractiveness, more expertise, even an aspect of social protection to the person associated with the luxury product. Huge price premiums reflect perceived value.

The VLT is intangible, independent of product characteristics and reflects the brand story. Luxury brands can achieve LLVs that can be 100x, 1,000x, or even 10,000x higher than all other value components. In other words, in luxury most of the value is in the story, reflected in the brand experience. If a luxury brand is priced or promoted too low, it signals that its history – fundamentally – is perishable. Customers become confused about value and, even worse, a new lower anchor is set against which the promoted luxury brand will now always be compared.

Since luxury creates far more (intangible) value than any other product category, the negative impact of messing with the perception of value through price and reducing the perceived value of the brand story will have significant long-term negative effects on brand equity. A luxury brand may experience a short-term boost in sales given the three effects described above, but in the long term, its customers will lose confidence in its ability to create VLT.

Wrong pricing and promotions are the surest way to destroy a luxury brand. And the history of luxury is filled with such sad examples, where short-term thinking has prevented brands from succeeding in the long term. Pricing errors in luxury are the most difficult to correct. And in many cases, they cannot be reversed at all. Don’t tap into the “easy growth trap”. This will be your costliest mistake.

This is an opinion piece which reflects the views of the author and does not necessarily represent the views of Jing Daily.

Named one of the “Top Five Global Luxury Key Opinion Leaders to Watch”, Daniel Langer is the CEO of luxury, lifestyle and consumer brand strategy solidify Equity, and executive professor of luxury strategy and pricing at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. He consults with many major luxury brands around the world, is the author of several best-selling luxury management books, a main speaker, and conducts luxury masterclasses on the future of luxury, disruption and the metaverse of luxury in Europe, the United States and Asia. To follow @drlanger

Mayor Adams announces 100 days of work for New Yorkers

April 10, 2022

The first 100 days include milestones toward creating a safer and fairer city, supporting vulnerable New Yorkers, building an inclusive economy, growing jobs for young people, investing in infrastructure and expanding opportunities for students

NEW YORK – On his 100th day in office, New York City Mayor Eric Adams today released a list of key accomplishments, demonstrating the ways his administration has worked to “get things done” for New Yorkers. -Yorkers. Since being sworn in on Jan. 1, Mayor Adams has been focused on getting results and solving the most pressing challenges facing New York City.

“When I became mayor, I made a simple promise to New Yorkers to ‘Get Stuff Done,’ and that’s exactly what we’ve done for the past 100 days,” said Mayor Adams. “Since January, my administration has delivered on its promise to New Yorkers, tackling the issues that matter most to the people of our city, from addressing the epidemic of gun violence to providing access for our children and our young people to better jobs and educational opportunities. Our work is far from done, but we will continue to push forward an agenda that meets the needs of every New Yorker every day.”

Highlights of Mayor Adams’ first 100 days in office include:

To make New York City safer and protect the quality of life of New Yorkers:

  • Launch of a nine-point metro safety plan which expands response teams and mental health services, adds trained clinicians to connect people to resources, and directs New York City Police Department (NYPD) officers to enforce MTA rules. Uniformed officers are deployed throughout the transit system daily, conducting station inspections and platform patrols. More than 256,000 metro inspections were carried out between January 6 and April 9.
  • Created a plan to end gun violence that refocuses the NYPD on those responsible for the majority of shootings in the city and the sources of firearms in all five boroughs, empowers violence switches, provides jobs and enrichment programs for at-risk youth, expands mental health care, and improves collaboration between city, state, and federal government.
  • Launched the first wave of Neighborhood Safety Teams focused on combatting gun violence, which in their first three weeks of operation made 132 arrests and recovered more than 25 firearms. Of those arrested, 73 have previously been arrested on a serious criminal charge, 20 have some form of gang or crew involvement, and 21 are on parole or probation.
  • Implemented a new citywide crime and quality of life initiative focused on the 17 neighborhoods that account for nearly half of the city’s shootings. As part of this initiative, Neighborhood Safety Teams will work seamlessly with Neighborhood and Youth Coordinating Officers, as well as Field Intelligence Officers who focus on identifying locations and individual factors of violent crime in each command.
  • Advanced the Gun Violence Strategies Partnership, which facilitates real-time communication and information sharing between law enforcement and prosecutors at the city, state and federal level, focusing on New York’s worst gun offenders.
  • Launched a multi-agency initiative to revitalize and restore the 125th Street corridor, in response to concerns expressed by local merchants and business organizations about deteriorating social conditions.
  • Launched Saturday Night Lights, a youth development initiative that provides free sports programs to more than 3,000 young people each Saturday night at 106 gymnasiums across the city.
  • Launched a series of new initiatives with the White House and the US Department of Justice dedicated to addressing the gun violence crisis, including a major commitment of federal resources.
  • Signing of an executive order strengthening coordination between fire service and Department of Housing Preservation and Development inspectors to identify safety violations earlier and increase fire safety compliance.

Supporting vulnerable New Yorkers:

Getting New Yorkers back to work with an inclusive economic recovery:

    • Providing much-needed relief to small businesses by halving hours of operation, suspending the city’s 25% surtax on liquor licenses, streamlining inspections and reforming licensing requirements.
    • Launched the Small Business Opportunity Fund to meet the financing needs of historically underserved local businesses and entrepreneurs.
    • Strengthen the city’s commercial corridors in all five boroughs by investing in small business improvement districts, merchant associations, and public realm improvements.
    • Reform and expand the city’s Minority and Women-Owned Business (M/WBE) program to increase the number and size of municipal contracts going to M/WBE businesses, help those businesses grow, and support M /WBE who have not benefited enough from this program.
    • Expand the city’s tourism marketing campaign to show the world that New York City is open, vibrant, and ready to welcome visitors back.
  • Provided raises to essential gig workers, many of whom are immigrants, and all of whom have been helping New Yorkers get around the five boroughs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Announcing a new lease with local women-owned New York embroidery studio that will create 500 new jobs at the Brooklyn Army Terminal to manufacture sustainable personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers across the country and will generate an estimated economic output of $73 million.
  • Announced a partnership that will create new jobs for New Yorkers, expand Brooklyn’s footprint in the fashion industry and boost New York’s economy as part of the development of the Made in NY campus at Bush Terminal in Sunset Park.
  • Inaugural cohort of the Founder Fellowship Program launched, providing founders of urban tech startups from underrepresented backgrounds – Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), as well as women – the resources to create and scale their businesses in New York.
  • Announced that jetBlue would create 5,000 new jobs in the city and offer a new travel incentive to bring tourists to the five boroughs.
  • Launch of “Get Local NYC” – a new tourism marketing campaign in five boroughs that will encourage visitors to explore all of New York City and support small businesses as the city emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the he tourism industry is starting to rebound.
  • Launched the first phase of the City Agencies Revitalizing the Economy (CARE) strategy to catalyze investment in underserved neighborhoods and launched the largest commercial building at Broadway Junction in East New York, bringing more than 1,000 jobs and the social services needed by the community.

Creating opportunities for young people and countering the impacts of the pandemic on students:

  • Through the distribution of more than 20 million home tests and the pursuit of contracts, schools have managed to stay open with positivity rates about 50 times lower than when Mayor Adams took office.
  • Announcing funding for a record 100,000 summer job opportunities for youth.
  • Expanded the Summer Rising Program – New York City’s largest summer program – to 110,000 elementary and middle school students to provide fun, full-day, culturally relevant and hands-on learning – the largest program New York summer.
  • Increased funding for the Fair Futures program, which provides coaching and mentoring to youth in foster care.
  • Committed to connecting every youth on probation aged 21 and under with a credible messenger mentor – someone with experience in the justice system who is committed to preventing others from following in their footsteps.
  • Announcing nine new Family Enrichment Centers, where families and children can connect with neighbors, volunteer their time, and access resources and supports.
  • Announcing a new job training and apprenticeship program that will provide job opportunities for youth aged 16 to 24 in foster care.

Protecting New Yorkers from COVID-19 and building a healthier, more sustainable city:

Investing in infrastructure to build a more accessible and livable city:


Clothing diplomacy is gaining momentum | The star of the day

Shrewd, planned and relentless diplomacy will go a long way in helping us retain and expand market access facilities in the post-LDC era.

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When we talk about diplomacy, political issues and conflicts usually come to mind. However, economic issues are just as important. Some would even say that they are even more important. Why? Because most bilateral and multilateral cooperation revolves around generating new business, facilitating established business, and strengthening business ties – all essential elements of a nation’s sustenance.

Since Bangladesh’s garment sector is a major export-oriented industry, diplomacy has a significant and direct impact on the livelihood and overall growth of the sector. With increasing global competition, the role of a diplomatic service exclusively dedicated to the RMG industry has never been more urgent than it is today due to Bangladesh’s impending graduation from the country category. developed countries (LDCs) to the grouping of developing countries.

Ironically, Bangladesh’s economic success could become something of an enemy to itself, as it will no longer be the underdog who expects or receives special consideration. The RMG industry, in particular, has grown to become a global leader and requires a new approach to capitalize on the success achieved.

Shrewd, planned and relentless diplomacy will go a long way in helping us retain and expand easy market access in the post-LDC era. Furthermore, economic diplomacy is imperative to explore new markets and new avenues of profitable growth.

With this understanding and vision in mind, the current Board of Directors of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has launched its own brand of economic diplomacy titled “Garment Diplomacy” to raise the challenges ahead.

The goal of garment diplomacy is to harness the power of diplomacy for the betterment of the industry and benefit the millions of Bangladeshis employed in the sector.

In the context of sartorial diplomacy, we work tirelessly with our own professional team as well as through our missions abroad. With the support of our government, the BGMEA is making a concerted effort to make the RMG sector more successful. This will generously increase the profits of the industry and bring greater prosperity to the nation.

In the first phase of the “garment diplomacy” concept, we toured the United States and Canada. In the second phase, we visited three European countries – England, Belgium and Scotland. During these tours, we met with supply chain stakeholders and briefed them on the industry’s tremendous advancements over the past decade and its limitless potential.

We also hammered home the message of what our supply chain partners can do to complement manufacturers’ efforts in safeguarding industry interests.

In the third phase, we visited Belgium, Switzerland and the United States.

One of the most significant aspects of the European tour was the first-ever official meeting of a BGMEA delegation with the Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. During the meeting, we briefed him on the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic on both our public health and economy and explained to him why Bangladesh needed an extension of at least 10 years. for a harmonious and sustainable graduation of LDCs.

We asked the WTO chief to mobilize support for Bangladesh among its member countries and sought his help in trade negotiations and economic diplomacy, especially in the areas of signing Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) and regional trade agreements (RTAs).

The intervention of the WTO to ensure due diligence in trade in commercial terms, in collaboration with its signatory members and global forums, has been sought since a number of global brands went bankrupt during the pandemic, creating uncertainty for suppliers regarding payments. Dr Okonjo-Iweala took note of the problems and assured us of the full support of the WTO.

The European tour was an opportunity for us to highlight the achievements and potential of the RMG sector in front of the European Union. During a meeting with Jordi Curell, Director of International Affairs at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission in Brussels, the BGMEA delegation highlighted the progress made by the garment industry, particularly in maintaining labor standards and workers’ welfare.

A team from the European Commission, led by Jordi Curell, visited Bangladesh in March to assess progress on working conditions and the national action plan and roadmap to achieve the benchmarks to obtain GSP Plus and to obtain a smooth reclassification of LDCs. We updated them on the industry’s progress in these areas and affirmed our strong commitment to building momentum.

We urged the EU to maintain its trade advantages for Bangladesh for 10 years after the country’s graduation from LDCs in 2026 and asked EU officials to help Bangladesh achieve GSP Plus.

We caught up with Ewa Synowiec, Director for Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific, South East and South Asia, Trade and Sustainable Development and the Green Deal at the European Commission in Brussels. We informed her that while LDC graduation will pose several new challenges for Bangladesh, it will also bring immense opportunities. The EU can play a key role in enabling Bangladesh to exploit these potentials.

In Brussels, the BGMEA delegation met Linda Kromjong, President of Amfori, which represents more than 2,400 retailers, importers, brands and associations from more than 40 countries.

We discussed possible areas of collaboration to enable the RMG industry to pursue greater excellence in social and environmental sustainability. We sought Amfori’s support to promote Bangladesh as a safe and sustainable clothing sourcing destination among its members and to obtain the EU Everything But Arms (EBA) facility.

We met Rensje Teerink, a senior EU official, and asked her to promote Bangladesh in the EU. She has been a good friend to Bangladesh as she has closely observed the development and transformation of the industry into a safe and sustainable industry. We hope that Rensje Teerink will continue his friendly support to promote Bangladesh’s interests in the EU.

The BGMEA delegation also met Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation.

During a meeting with Matthijs Crietee, Secretary General of the International Apparel Federation (IAF), we defined the details of the program for the 37th IAF World Fashion Convention to be held in Bangladesh in November 2022.

We had a fruitful meeting with the Director General of the ILO, Guy Ryder, at the ILO headquarters in Geneva. He commended the progress made by Bangladesh in making the workplace safer and improving working conditions in the garment industry.

The BGMEA delegation had an impromptu meeting with Alke Boessiger, Deputy General Secretary of UNI Global Union in Geneva. Both sides expressed their intention to work together to push forward the achievements of the garment industry.

During the US tour in March, the BGMEA team attended the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) Executive Summit in Washington. We briefed them on the paradigm shift in the garment industry in Bangladesh.

The industry is also increasingly focusing on diversifying its products, especially high-end non-cotton items, and building capacity to meet the demands of global brands and buyers. Product diversification is essential to ensure sustained growth in the apparel industry.

I asked global apparel brands to work with suppliers to build their capabilities in the manufacture of high-end apparel, especially non-cotton items and textile textiles.

During the tour, we have tried to ensure that bilateral trade relations between Bangladesh and the United States are not hampered under any circumstances. The BGMEA and AAFA signed a memorandum of understanding on March 10.

In accordance with the MoU, AAFA will support Bangladesh in promoting its commercial interests in the US market, including advocating for the removal of the GSP suspension. Given the current circumstances, having such an agreement with AAFA, which represents over 1,000 famous brands, retailers and manufacturers, is truly inspiring and reassuring.

We hope that our diplomatic efforts will play a proactive role in defending Bangladesh’s interests in the international arena.

The author is the President of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association.

There’s something strange about the BMW iX

Bold design and technological elements make the BMW iX one of the most attractive electric SUVs on the market. You’ll see massive grille panels up front, slim headlights, a redesign of BMW styling and an aggressive stance. The iX rolls quietly along the road with the electric luxury qualities you’ve come to expect from this industry-leading company. There’s just something a little different about this BMW compared to other luxury SUVs in the brand’s lineup.

What is the shape of the steering wheel of the BMW iX called?

2022 BMW iX Dashboard | BMW

It’s hard to decide what shape BMW wanted when they created the iX’s oddly shaped steering wheel. It’s not round like a normal wheel, but it doesn’t have a true flat-bottomed look either. The sides are kind of bulging like they’re trying to be a hexagon but not quite there. It’s an odd shape, but it could be that singular, unique feature you admire about this electric SUV.

What do the experts think of this electric luxury SUV?

The white 2022 BMW iX electric luxury SUV on the road

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Consumer Reports tested the BMW iX and found it to be quiet, comfortable and fast. The driving experience mostly seems to be BMW DNA except for the handling. Handling is good, but not at the level you would typically expect from this brand. The interior controls are not as intuitive as for other BMW models. Even if you’ve driven BMW SUVs before, you’ll need some time to get used to this one.

Standard braking for the iX

The regenerative braking system is one of the biggest complaints/challenges that many drivers face when switching from a gasoline-powered car to an electric vehicle. Older EVs were jarring and didn’t seem to care how they treated you; the idea was to squeeze as much energy as possible from the braking function. The BMW iX offers a pleasingly standardized braking system that allows the driver to control how aggressively the regenerative system operates.

How many seats does a BMW iX have?

BMW iX rear cargo area

BMW iX rear cargo area | BMW

This electric luxury SUV seats five comfortably. The flat cabin floor gives this middle seat more legroom than it would in a gas-powered vehicle. Behind the rear seats is 35.5 cubic feet of cargo space for the gear you’ll need. This ample space makes it easy for parents to carry school projects, group supplies, sports gear or other necessities for their children on the way to school and activities.

Is the base model fast?

EVs are fast and can hit the line hard. The instant torque of an electric motor is one of the reasons these powertrains are ideal for fast offline fun, even when you’re sitting in traffic. According to Inside EVs, the xDrive 40 model of the BMW iX accelerates quickly despite being the base version. This model uses an electric motor at each axle but offers the lower power and range for the iX. This version develops 326 horsepower and 464 lb-ft. of torque while offering a range of 264 miles.

Does the BMW iX have rear wheel steering?

For you to reap the benefits of rear-wheel steering in the BMW iX, you’ll need to upgrade to the xDrive50 version of this luxury SUV. This model not only brings the rear-wheel steering you want, but delivers 516 horsepower and 564 lb-ft. of torque and a range of 315 miles. According to Car and Driver, you can hit 100 km/h in just four seconds with the xDrive50 model.

Is this a luxury SUV you should buy?

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If you’re looking for an electric SUV with traditional BMW qualities, the iX doesn’t hit that mark. The controls are different from most BMW models, the handling isn’t as precise and that steering wheel is what you need to look at on every ride. On the other hand, if you like the shape and feel of the steering wheel, want a fast electric luxury SUV and want a large rear cargo bay, the iX may be the right SUV for you.

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Golf shoes get a makeover thanks to streetwear and sneaker culture

Streetwear – long the source of New York hip-hop and Californian surf culture – has made its way to the green grass of golf courses.

“Golf started to get cooler, and it got less aloof because there are parts of the sneaker community that have embraced it,” said Jacques Slade, a sneaker YouTuber and golfer who voiced the need more golf shoes that mirror the sneaker. Culture.

Hip-hop culture and sneakers have always had a close relationship, but the connection between hip-hop and golf might not be too far apart, says Ankur Amin, owner of the New York streetwear boutique Extra Butter. He said the ambitious appeal of golf has helped his style connect with his clients.

“So much of what we do in street culture is about pursuing the good life,” he said, “and so much of golf represents that, the same way Moët & Chandon or Louis Vuitton.

Tiger Woods, a Nike-sponsored golfer, attracted many new fans to the sport in the late 1990s, but declining interest in his products during the 2010s paved the way for a crossover of streetwear with Golf. Nike and a subsidiary, Jordan Brand, began releasing collectible silhouettes as golf shoes, such as the Air Max 1 and the original Air Jordans.

Sneakerheads were salivating. “You have people who grew up with the Jordan brand,” said rapper and golf entrepreneur Macklemore, who has done sneaker collaborations with Jordan. “It makes sense that people are going crazy.”

And the hold of sneaker culture on golf has grown steadily. While the pandemic has devastated a number of institutions, it has also boosted participation in golf, as well as other activities conducive to social distancing such as running, hiking and biking, according to the NPD Group, a market research company.

“Once the golf courses started to reopen again, the business just took off,” said Matt Powell, NPD Group vice president and analyst for the sports sector, who said attendance also increased slightly. before the pandemic.

Many people bought golf sets at entry-level prices in 2020, he said, indicating that newcomers have taken up the sport. “None of the newbies who buy $400 golf sets are going to lose $120 worth of golf shoes,” he said. “They are going to play in sneakers.”

Sneakers have always been a big part of Millennials’ fashion choices, but now some adults in their late 20s and 30s have the disposable income to play golf — or, at least, try it. . Top Golf and Five Iron Golf locations, in some ways the sport’s equivalent to bowling alleys, also opened across the country, making elements of the sport more accessible in urban areas where courses are more hard to find.

“Golf is a very traditional game, but if you look at millennials and all the generations that come after them, they’re never afraid to do something a little different,” said Gentry Humphrey, the former vice-president. president of footwear at Jordan. Brand that spearheaded the company’s entry into sports.

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Before Humphrey retired last fall, he also spent time running Nike’s golf business. Part of Humphrey’s philosophy has been to turn the Nike and Jordan sneakers that collectors covet into shoes that can be used on the fairway. “Kids want to go out there,” he said, “and they’d rather go with something fresh.”

While producing these golf sneakers may seem as simple as adding high-grip soles, there are also other considerations such as waterproofing and modifying the cushioning.

“We didn’t want it to be just a basketball shoe that moves on the golf course,” Humphrey said, adding that Nike had developed new shoe technologies like the built-in traction bottom. – a rubber outsole with no hard spikes that players could wear all day. .

Another part of Humphrey’s strategy has been to provide a broader platform for startup golf brands through product collaborations. For example, Eastside Golf, a brand launched in 2019 by professional golfers Olajuwon Ajanaku and Earl Cooper, who played together at Morehouse College in Atlanta, aims to increase diversity in the sport and introduce it to younger people.

“Who said you can’t play golf in a T-shirt? said Cooper, Delaware’s first all-state African-American golfer. “When they created these rules, minorities weren’t even allowed to play. People try to cling to a tradition that was already broken or flawed.

Ajanaku, who designed the trademark Eastside Golf clothing line, which features a black man in bluejeans wearing a gold chain and baseball cap while swinging a club, said highlighting a person of color on the company’s products was an important step.

“For us, having the logo of a black man playing golf on our apparel speaks to anyone who hasn’t felt welcome in the sport,” he said.

Eastside Golf’s logo featured prominently on the tongue of their Air Jordan collaboration, which used the silhouette of the original Air Jordan IV, a retro sneaker popular with sneakerheads. The golf spikes were removable so the sneakers could also be worn off the course.

One of the key innovations that helped open sneaker culture to golf were shoes that were convertible or easily transitioned from the green to the clubhouse. For the fashion-conscious, half-inch spikes at the bottom of a shoe can dramatically change the aesthetics of the shoe. So brands are increasingly opting for a subtle pull on the bottom of their golf shoes instead of straight toes.

“There were so many people who bought the golf product collaborations, but didn’t even play the game,” Humphrey said. “My phone was ringing more for the Eastside Golf collaboration than some of the projects we did with Christian Dior. The sport is looking for another dose of energy, and it was a great way to introduce something again.

On tour, eagle-eyed golfers or sneaker collectors may have spotted these shoes on the feet of 43-year-old Bubba Watson or 31-year-old Harold Varner III, but even the youngest pros bring a swagger too. different on the PGA Tour, Slade, the sneaker YouTuber, said. A lot of players on the tour now, he said, “grew up listening to Travis Scott or Tyler the Creator. They come into this world with a totally different perspective.

Last summer, Extra Butter, Amin’s boutique, collaborated with Adidas on a streetwear golf collection inspired by the movie “Happy Gilmore” that included golf shoes, sneakers, balls and putter covers. The store is also introducing new golf-based brands to its inventory, such as Radda, Whim and Manors Golf.

“Since the beginning of hip-hop culture, there has always been this air of wanting to represent what you aspire to,” said Bernie Gross, creative director of Extra Butter. “We come from backgrounds that don’t represent that, but that’s what we hope to achieve one day. Golf is one of them.

Rappers are also getting into the world of golf. Drake launched a 10-piece golf collection with Nike that was worn by four-time major champion Brooks Koepka. And Macklemore, the Seattle-based rapper, launched his own golf line — dubbed Bogey Boys — in February 2021.

Macklemore started playing just two and a half years ago while on vacation and was immediately hooked. But before he even pulled his first 5 iron from the fairway bunker, he was looking for classic 1970s golf looks. He started his independent golf brand because he saw a market of new players who wanted to bring a unique style to their appearance on the course.

Since launching just over a year ago, Bogey Boys, whose looks are inspired by the swag of golfers like Arnold Palmer and Lee Trevino, has sold out its first collection of limited-edition merchandise, partnered with Nordstrom and opened its first boutique location in Seattle in September.

Yet beyond collection, style and functionality, the founders of Eastside Golf believe there are greater benefits to the conventional sport.

“Golf can learn from sneaker culture,” Cooper said. “Sneaker culture is all about individuality. That’s what golf lacked.

Best new arrivals for men this week, April 8, 2022


The sun is shining, the birds are chirping and I just heard Mister Softee’s truck pass. From where I’m sitting, it’s finally spring, which means it’s time to get out there and get me some sweet serve. It also means it’s time to put away our hard-wearing jackets and choose easy, airy styles. And here to help you with all things top releases this week.

If you’re heading to a restaurant with an outdoor terrace to sip an Aperol Spritz, you’re going to want to wear Marc Fisher’s tony tan loafers from the brand’s inaugural menswear range. Keeping things more fun and laid back, you say? Well, Veja and Mansur Gavriel have joined forces on a bright collection of sneakers, which will certainly pair well with Louis Vuitton’s bright and bold cardigan or Stella McCartney’s new collection, inspired by Fancy. And speaking of fantasy, Brooks Brothers and Vilebrequin, and Nahmias and The Webster have both released capsules that will have you dreaming of days laying by the pool.

So if you’re ready to enjoy the weather in style, throw on your mitts on these must-haves.

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Part of Virgil Abloh’s latest pre-fall collection for the legendary French house, this phenomenally soft mohair cardigan combines Vuitton’s haute couture bona fide with a sense of, well… just plain fun. . It would be remarkable under any circumstances, but considering Abloh’s untimely passing, it feels even more special.

Brooks Brothers and Crankshaft

Brooks Brothers and Vilebrequin, two of the most stylish brands on the market, have joined forces on a stylish collection of printed swimsuits that are perfect for playing sports anywhere near a body of water, preferably at next to a bar.

Mansur Gavriel, the New York leather goods company, gave Veja, the chic Parisian shoe brand, a burst of energy. Example: this electric blue version of the famous Campo de Veja sneaker.

‘Fantasia’ Rainbow Mickey Knit Sweater

Stella McCartney continues her partnership with the House of Mouse. The British designer has released a unisex capsule of shirts, cotton sweaters and accessories inspired by Fancy, Disney’s timeless movie. If you’re still dreading traveling to the Magic Kingdom, this collection is the next best thing.

Summerland meets South Beach! Nahmias, the fashion label founded by Santa Barbara’s Doni Nahmias, and The Webster, a retailer that started in Miami, have joined forces on a six-piece collection that, unsurprisingly, is all about fun in the sun.

“The Fendi set: from Bloomsbury to Borghese”

Photographs by Nikolai Von Bismarck, text by Kim Jones

Fashion insiders loved Kim Jones’ first collection for Fendi, a collection that inspired the Bloomsbury Group, a group of British authors and artists from the first half of the 20th century. And this week, the English designer released a volume, The Fendi setwhich compiles fashion images of great models adorned with its romantic creations, all photographed by Nikolai Von Bismarck.

Harley-Davidson is doing its part to help Ukrainian citizens. The American automobile company launched a t-shirt in partnership with United Way Worldwide to support humanitarian aid in the country. He will donate $26 for every shirt sold to the organization.

Columbia got the Ronnie Fieg treatment. The sportswear company has teamed up with streetwear brand Fieg to create a cool and colorful collection of hoodies, t-shirts, accessories, pants and outerwear that will work just as well in the city as on the top. of a mountain.

Adidas x Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams and his company, Humanrace, continue their partnership with Adidas, releasing a bold and exuberant new collection of sweatshirts and hoodies that have us cheering and singing ‘Happy’.

Marc Fisher, a shoe brand beloved by women for its assortment of stylish and affordable styles, has gotten into the menswear game. The inaugural collection includes Chelsea boots, oxfords, sneakers and a stunning pair of beige loafers in genuine Italian leather and suede, all at an affordable price that’s almost too good to be true. But, as they say, seeing is believing.

Pharrell Williams is clearly a busy man this week, launching another new product, again under the Humanrace label, this time a body moisturizer. The formula is meant to mimic the positive effects of a moist, moist environment to smooth and strengthen your skin.

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Europe drops alternative bedding and clothing market to 2031

DUBLIN, April 8, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The report “Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market – Europe Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast, 2021-2031” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

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A new study on the Europe The Down Alternative Bedding and Clothing Market was published by the author. It presents a wealth of information on key market dynamics, including drivers, market trends, and challenges, as well as market structure. Europe down market for alternative bedding and clothing.

This study provides valuable information on the Europe Down of Alternative Bedding and Apparel Market to illustrate the growth of the market over the forecast period 2021-2031.

The key market growth indicators which include value chain as well as supply chain analytics, and Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) are explained in this study comprehensively. These data can help readers interpret the quantitative aspects of the growth of the Europe decline in the alternative bedding and apparel market over the forecast period.

An in-depth analysis of the business strategies of the major players in the market is also presented in this study on the Europe down market for alternative bedding and clothing. This can help readers understand the major factors that predict the growth of the Europe down market for alternative bedding and clothing. In this study, the reader will also be able to find precise data on the qualitative and quantitative growth paths of the Europe down alternative bedding and apparel market, which is expected to guide market players to make wise decisions in the future.

Key questions answered in this Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Clothing market research

  • What are the key factors influencing the Down Alternative Bedding and Clothing market in each region?

  • What will be the CAGR of Europe down in the alternative bedding and clothing market between 2021 and 2031?

  • What is the future scope and changing trends in the manufacturing of the Europe down the alternative bedding and apparel market?

  • What factors will hinder the growth of the Europe downside of the Alternative Bedding & Apparel Market over the forecast period?

  • What are the main companies in the Europe down the alternative bedding and apparel market?

Main topics covered:

1. Preface

2. Assumptions

3. Research methodology

4. Executive Summary

5. Market Overview
5.1. Introduction
5.2. Market dynamics
5.2.1. Drivers
5.2.2. Constraints
5.2.3. Opportunities
5.3. Analysis of key trends
5.3.1. Demand Side Analysis
5.3.2. Supply side analysis
5.4. Key market indicators
5.4.1. General overview of the bedding market
5.4.2. General overview of the clothing market
5.5. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
5.6. Value chain analysis
5.7. Industry SWOT Analysis
5.8. Technology preview
5.9. Raw material analysis
5.10. Bulk Fiber Market Overview
5.11. Rolled Products Market Overview
5.12. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, 2017-2031
5.12.1. Market revenue projections (millions of US dollars)
5.12.2. Market revenue projections (thousands of units)

6. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, By Material
6.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size Forecast (USD Million and ‘000 Units), by Material, 2017-2031
6.1.1. Recycled down
6.1.2. Wool
6.1.3. Cotton
6.1.4. Polyester
6.1.5. Recycled polyester
6.1.6. Bamboo
6.1.7. Lycocell
6.1.8. Silk
6.1.9. Kapok
6.1.10. Others
6.2. Additional opportunity, by material

7. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, by Type
7.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size Forecast (USD Million and ‘000 Units), by Type, 2017-2031
7.1.1. Bedding Cover Comforter Comforter Others
7.1.2. Clothes Tops Low Accessories
7.2. Additional opportunity, by type

8. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, By Price Range
8.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size Forecast (USD Million and ‘000 Units), by Price Range, 2017-2031
8.1.1. Below $100
8.1.2. $100$800
8.1.3. Above $800
8.2. Additional opportunity, by price range

9. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, By End User
9.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size Forecast (USD Million and ‘000 Units), by End User, 2017-2031
9.1.1. Bedding Residential Commercial Hotel Hospital Others
9.1.2. Clothes Men Women Children Unisex
9.2. Additional opportunity, per end user

10. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, by Distribution Channel
10.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size Forecast (USD Million and ‘000 Units), by Distribution Channel, 2017-2031
10.1.1. In line Company-owned website Third Party Website
10.1.2. Offline Hypermarkets / Supermarkets Specialty stores Other Retail Stores
10.2. Additional opportunity, by distribution channel

11. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast, by Country
11.1. Europe Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Size (Million US$ and 000 Units), by Country, 2017-2031
11.1.1. UK
11.1.2. Germany
11.1.3. France
11.1.4. Italy
11.1.5. Spain
11.1.6. Rest of Europe
11.2. Additional opportunities in Europe, by country

12. UK Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast

13. Germany Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast

14. France Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast

15. Italy Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast

16. Spain Down Alternatives Bedding and Apparel Market Analysis and Forecast

17. Competition Landscape
17.1. Market Player – Competition Dashboard
17.2. Market Revenue Share Analysis (%), (2020)
17.3. Company Profiles (Details – Company Overview, Sales Area/Geographic Presence, Revenue, Strategy and Business Overview)
17.3.1. DOWNLITE Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.2. Crane & Awning Inc. Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.3. Brookline Inc. Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.4. Hanover Company Store, LLC Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.5. DownComforterStore.com Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.6. feathered friends Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.7. Costco Corporation Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.8. Downtown business Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.9. Ogallala Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business
17.3.10. Lexington Society Company presentation Sales area/geographic presence Revenue Overview of strategy and business

18. Main Takeaways

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The Japanese beauty and personal care market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 6.25% during the period 2022-2027

DUBLIN, April 08, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Japan Beauty and Personal Care Market (2022-2027) by Products, Outlook, Distribution Channel, Category, Competitive Analysis and Impact of Covid-19 with Ansoff Analysis” report has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The Japanese beauty and personal care market is estimated to be worth USD 15.8 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach USD 21.39 billion by 2027, growing at a CAGR of 6.25%.

Market segmentation

  • The Japanese beauty and personal care market is segmented on the basis of product, outlook, distribution channel and category

  • Products, the market is categorized into hair care products, skin care products, bath & shower, oral care, cosmetics & makeup, and beauty tools & accessories.

  • Outlook, the market is categorized into vegan, organic and inorganic.

  • Distribution channel, the market is categorized into specialty retail stores, supermarkets/hypermarkets, convenience stores, drugstores/drugstores, and online retail channels.

  • Category, the market is categorized into Masse and Premium.

Competitive Quadrant

The report includes Competitive Quadrant, a proprietary tool to analyze and assess the position of companies based on their industry position score and market performance score. The tool uses various factors to classify players into four categories. Some of these factors considered for analysis are financial performance over the past 3 years, growth strategies, innovation score, new product launches, investments, market share growth, etc

Ansoff analysis

The report presents a detailed analysis of the Ansoff matrix for the Japanese beauty and personal care market. Ansoff Matrix, also known as Product/Market Expansion Grid, is a strategic tool used to design business growth strategies. The matrix can be used to assess approaches in four strategies viz. Market development, market penetration, product development and diversification. The matrix is ​​also used for risk analysis to understand the risk associated with each approach.

The analyst analyzes the Japanese beauty and personal care market using the Ansoff Matrix to provide the best approaches a company can take to improve its position in the market.

Based on the SWOT analysis done on the industry and industry players, the analyst has designed appropriate strategies for market growth.

Market dynamics





Companies cited

  • Kao Corporation

  • Shiseido Company, Limited

  • KOSE Company

  • POLA Orbis Holdings Inc

  • SK-II

  • Koh Gen Do

  • Adonis International Co., Ltd.

  • FANCL Company

  • Mandom Company

  • makanai

  • HRC

  • Sekkisei

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Levi’s® X Deepika Padukone launches season 2 of their collaboration

After a successful first season, the second season of Levi’s®️ x Deepika Padukone has launched in India.

Inspired by Padukone’s laid-back and effortlessly sexy athleisure style, the collection features enhanced dyeing techniques, hybrid silhouettes and utilitarian elements in a mix of inspiring colors and earthy neutrals. Drawing inspiration from the expressive style of the 1970s, the collection is a little looser, a little looser but unmistakably Levi’s®️.

“For me, the second season of my collaboration with Levi’s® is what summer really looks like; bright, cheerful and happy. It’s a reflection of my personal style married to the quintessence of Levi’s®️,” said Deepika Padukone.

Standout pieces from the collection feature an ensemble of the moment that gets a summery, almost DIY upgrade. It also features a 90s-inspired Levi’s® trucker and high-rise tapered fit and extra-wide fit in water-dipped Indigo or rainbow marbling throughout.

Denim is an integral part of this collection. It comes in the form of vintage-inspired, super-versatile high-waisted jeans that fit in with global trends. Loose high waisted jeans for women with a trendy high waisted look that emphasizes the waist with a loose, relaxed fit.

“To co-create and collaborate with one of India’s biggest fashion icons to bring to life a collection that reflects our shared values ​​of authenticity and simplicity. We are thrilled with the season of this iconic collaboration. This season is fresh, youthful and energetic while remaining an uncompromising blend of Deepika and Levi’s®.” says Arunkumar Nath, Acting Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer – South Asia, Middle East and Africa at Levi Strauss & Co.

This collection is tied together by summer essentials like tie-dyes in bright pops of color as well as a range of earth-toned shirts and tops. Committing further to a new love of comfort with style, there is a range of hybrid and elevated dresses and tracksuits. The collab also draws on Padukone’s love of the classics with a twist and includes a blazer and cropped set, dramatic sleeve shirts and pleats to jumpsuits, all grounded in earthy and neutral tones. .

In line with the Levi’s brands commitment to sustainability, the Levi’s®️ x Deepika Padukone collaboration is done responsibly in line with Levi’s® commitment to sustainability. Over 60% of the collaboration line is sustainably sourced with 100% of the line produced ethically. Composed of organic cotton, super soft Tencel made from wood pulp, cotton hemp and denim produced with the brand’s water

The Levi’s® x Deepika Padukone Collaboration 2.0 will be available at Levi’s® outlets, Levi.in and select partner e-commerce platforms.

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Swinburne’s research reveals bots are coming for our influencers

Bots always come for our jobs, but this time they are online influencers.

A new study by Swinburne marketing expert Professor Sean Sands has looked at human intelligence versus artificial intelligence (AI) influencers on Instagram, comparing the likes of the Kardashians with the world’s first digital supermodel , Shudu (@shudu.gram), and Miquela (@lilmiquela) who has over 3 million followers and “describes” himself as a “19-year-old robot living in Los Angeles.”

Professor Sands has found that in many ways a virtual AI influencer can be as effective as a human influencer.

Influencers are our taste makers. More than that, influencer is a multi-billion dollar industry – expected to reach US$15 billion in 2022. Part of the appeal of influencers is that they are seen as more authentic and credible than traditional forms. advertising – and as such they can be enormously effective in advertising campaigns.

Research led by Swinburne reveals that this could be true even for AI influencers.

We’re just as happy following AI influencers as we are humans

The team found that people are just as willing to follow AI influencers as their human counterparts.

“Consumers are equally open to following an AI or a human influencer, and they perceive the level of personalization provided by either type of influencer as similar.”

The researchers posit that this may be explained by a “ripple effect” of consumer experiences with other AI recommender systems. We listen to AI recommendations all the time, from our Netflix telling us what to watch next, Amazon telling us what we might like, or Goodreads suggesting books similar to ones we’ve enjoyed.

Although we know they are not real people and therefore trust an AI influencer less, research has found that AI influencers are more likely to start word-of-mouth trends. -ear.

For consumers drawn to “uniqueness,” they may actually prefer AI influencers.

Why advertisers might turn to AI influencers

AI influencers are gaining prominence.

Global brands such as KFC, LVMH, Mini, Netflix, Nike and Samsung have all worked with AI influencers. French luxury brand Balmain went so far as to ditch the Kardashians as social media influencers in 2018, naming three virtual AI influencers in their place: Shudu, Margot and Xhi. More recently, social media users may have seen the World Health Organization engage AI influencer Knox Frost, with over a million Instagram followers at the time, during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.

Research has found that AI influencers are able to “quickly capitalize on social media trends.”

There are also new opportunities for marketers and brands.

“Another benefit of AI influencers is that they potentially allow a brand to quickly create an infinite number of micro-targeted – or even fully personalized – influencers. At the extreme, all consumers could be targeted with their own bots. personalized influence.

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The research paper, titled ‘Unreal influence: leaving AI in influencer marketing’, was authored by Professor Sean Sands (lead author, Swinburne), Associate Professor Colin Campbell (Swinburne), Dr Kirk Plangger (King’s College London) and Dr. Carla Ferraro (Swinburne).

Christian Siriano talks about interior design, a new hotel and a restaurant project – WWD

With another awards season done and dusted, Christian Siriano is polishing a variety of interior design projects and building on his fashion brand.

Over the coming year, Siriano has commercial and residential interior projects on the agenda, ranging from a hotel in California to “simply beautiful homes,” according to his own account. The London West Hollywood hotel is due for completion early next year, and the designer and his team are also working on interiors for a new restaurant in New York. Siriano has also redesigned the Chagrin Falls Inn in Ohio which will be unveiled this spring. Last year, his company launched furniture to see if people would like it and ended up with a few thousand orders for items such as the $795 Lily stool and a $1,795 dining chair. $. It is currently sold exclusively on 1stDibs.com and through Siriano’s signature and interiors websites. This summer, other styles, including larger ones like a custom sofa, will be introduced.

In an interview on Wednesday, the designer said of juggling interiors and fashion design, “I love the balance. I love the same [approach] fashionable. We dress the most fabulous celebrities on the red carpets of the world and we have royalty and first ladies. But we also have great and ordinary women who want to buy a cool dress. This is what I have always liked in my company and in my universe. And that’s always been important to me.

After designing the interiors of his 6,000+ square foot home in Connecticut, Siriano recently purchased another home in the state which he is redesigning. Expansion into other licensed home products is underway, including an upcoming paint collaboration. The designer’s clothing business is also growing with an eco-loungewear collaboration that should be released soon.

Regarding the differences between his company’s apparel and interiors businesses, Siriano said, “One of the good things and the biggest change in [working in] interior design industry is that we don’t spend any of our own money. We are not advancing anything. It’s a big problem. It’s a big difference. People don’t realize that. When I talk to people in interiors, they say, “We don’t buy a single item until the customer has paid.”

It’s not like in fashion, where “we’re at the forefront of everything — every retailer, every partner, every dress we make,” Siriano said. “I still have retailer invoices from four years ago that have not been paid. We no longer sell wholesale at all. I will never do it again. It’s just not the business to grow, build and survive, especially for a young brand. I tell so many people now, “It’s direct to the consumer.” You’re not going to get there any other way.

When it comes to favorite architects and interior designers, Siriano singled out his friend Kelly Wearstler. The Downtown LA Proper Hotel, the Westfield Century City, the chocolate flagship Compartes in Los Angeles, the Bergdorf Goodman Restaurant and the Four Seasons Anguilla are some of the properties she has worked on. Siriano said, “I’ve admired his work for so long. What I admired is that she really went from being a residential designer to being an absolutely great commercial designer doing hotels all over the world. She definitely inspires my business opportunities here to do both things.

Connecticut artist Meighan Morrison is another favorite, as are Gigi Collins and her friend Ashley Longshore, who has an interest in Pop Art. “I have a list that I try to shop for customers all the time,” he said.

A sofa from Christian Siriano’s furniture line.
Courtesy of Christian Siriano

Although he likes to be busy, Siriano said immersing himself in the world of interiors, designing furniture and buying art for himself and his clients provides “a great release” from the pressure of life. fashion industry. “There are so many eyeballs on you. Everyone judges a dress at all times. So interior design is actually my break,” he said.

The 36-year-old Maryland native’s interdisciplinary approach to design stems from his interest in different worlds. Before becoming the youngest winner of “Project Runway” Season 4, Siriano studied at American InterContinental University in London and later worked for Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen. The fine arts were his focus before fashion. Always intrigued by art, he considers himself “a curious person who likes to try new things. And sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. What I’ve found is that when I really love something like interiors, I really put everything I can into it. This is usually when it becomes successful.

With Christian Siriano Interiors, the designer saw a lot of crossover with fashion, in terms of colors, textures and artistry. All the elements that inspire her fashion business also inspire her interiors. Now “sort of in the furniture-making business,” Siriano said he wasn’t really ready for it. “But we like a challenge and it’s been great,” he added.

“A big antiques buyer,” said Siriano, who also loves auctions and loves buying vintage furniture with a predilection for French and Italian design from the 1940s and 1950s. These purchases can be inspirational or of change. “Then we’ll take the leg from one chair and the shape of an arm from another chair,” he said, adding that imagination is always a factor. “There is trial and error. Sometimes I’ll just draw on a piece of paper and we’ll try to do it.

Some of his signature furniture can be found in the designer shop and in the revamped Chagrin Falls Inn. “It’s kind of nice because then we don’t have to shop with other people. I can create it myself,” he said.

The project in Chagrin Falls involved professional and personal relationships. One of its employees has a connection to the 15-room inn, and Siriano’s boyfriend and many friends are from Ohio. “I felt it was a fun idea. But when they pitched it to me, I thought, ‘Wow, this is such a great opportunity to design such a beautiful, historic inn that really serves this city.’ They are booked every day and needed a facelift and a redesign,” Siriano said. “I was excited for the challenge. It was truly an explosion.

After handling the entire redesign remotely via Zoom, Siriano plans to head to Ohio the week before the grand reopening for “a massive installation.” He and his team made much of the furniture, including custom pieces, artwork, tapestries and pillows, all imagined for the space. “What’s also cool is that people will stay there and they’ll be in this custom-designed Christian Siriano space. I hope they will feel inspired. he said. While some hotels offer guests the option to purchase select items like the Four Seasons with its signature mattress, that’s not in the cards at the Inn at Chagrin Falls. “Listen, if we get any purchase requests, fabulous. But we really did this to be a little more classic. You just walk in and stay in a beautiful place,” he said.

Inn managing partner Molly Gebler noted that Chagrin Falls dates back to 1844 and has produced talents such as Pixar’s Lee Unkrich, “Riverdale” actor Casey Cott, actor Tim Conway and cartoonist Bill Waterson. Gebler said of his work with Siriano: “It’s an iconic place and I just spilled my guts out to him in my email. I sent tons of pictures of the hostel and Soriano, and he said “yes”. I was dazzled.”

Siriano embellished the burgundy and hunter green interiors of the late 1980s with lighting, lighter paint colors, cool artwork and furniture. “I was so amazed at his ability to keep a desk we had for 40 years and complete it with a new office chair, when someone else would have said, ‘We need a new desk. ‘” Gebler said. “He sent all the paint, the fixtures, the lighting – all that stuff. They were great at working with our budget. We are not millionaires. They respected that and it’s wonderful. It’s so exciting for our group of hostels and restaurants and for the village.

The hostel phones have already been ringing non-stop, Gebler said. Siriano should be present at the block party scheduled for the hostel’s open house on May 13. For a village that is the size of three football pitches end to end, she said: “We are humble, to be honest with you. We are a small town in the United States. All day yesterday we said, “We are so lucky. And he’s a great designer. We’re excited to be able to show everyone what he’s capable of.

The EU is preparing to legislate on sustainable fashion. Will it work?

Maeve Galvin, director of global policy and campaigns at Fashion Revolution, suggests the EU could borrow from the Senate Bill 62, the garment labor law passed in California last year, guaranteeing a minimum wage for workers. workers and holding brands accountable for violations with third parties. the partners.

“The proposal does not cover SMEs at the moment, the scope of business is too limited,” says Muriel Treibich of global advocacy organization the Clean Clothes Campaign. “It also misses the point of unfair purchasing practices, which allow brands to impose low prices and change orders at the last minute, affecting both the environment and human rights. man in the supply chain.”

“There is a question mark over how the EU will measure sustainable textiles and clothing,” says Dalena White, secretary general of the International Wool Textiles Organization and spokesperson for Make The Label Count, an international coalition fighting against greenwashing in the EU. “The EU plans to use the Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) method, which currently does not include turnover, biodegradability, biodiversity, social impacts or microplastic pollution.”

Fashion Revolution, which produces an annual Transparency Index based on sustainability information brands share publicly, says the EU has an opportunity to include the challenge of overproduction in its strategy. “Our data shows that only 14% of brands share information about their production,” says Galvin.

Wider change is needed

Experts say the EU needs to recognize its wider context and the need for better infrastructure around fashion if its proposals are to succeed. The main question is what this means for companies operating outside the EU and how to link this strategy to other attempts to regulate fashion in other regions.

“There is a need for national regulation to establish and improve recycling infrastructure, and financial support to scale recycling technologies faster,” notes Boger of Boston Consulting. The committee encourages Member States to create tax advantages for reuse and repair companies.

“It’s fantastic that we’re starting to see legislation in different regions, but fashion is global,” says Bannigan of the Fashion Impact Fund. “We need to see unity between governments and trading countries. We need more collaboration and collectivism to build the infrastructure to realize this vision. It cannot simply be a policy of lowering the government.

Tamara Cincik, founder and CEO of responsible fashion think tank Fashion Roundtable, worries about what this means for the UK after Brexit, as well as other countries outside the EU. “There will be additional costs for businesses outside the EU that depend on trade with EU member states,” she explains. “I fear the UK will be left behind when it comes to sustainability legislation and businesses will leave the UK if they don’t get government support to meet new EU requirements.”

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One cannot succeed without company in THE LORD OF THE RINGS and joining forces is also valued in these challenges. The Conqueror Challenges app has introduced a special new feature for creating a community of at least two members.

Once a user completes The Shire, the medal will also arrive, along with a beautifully crafted ring. The challenge is to keep it secret, keep it safebecause he must stay until the last challenge and be literally thrown into the fires of Medal of Mordor – it will have a special side on the front where to place the One Ring. Gamification at its best!

“We are extremely excited to announce the global launch of THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series of virtual challenges. Everyone loves the iconic film trilogy and we wanted to take our virtual challenge community on an epic adventure as they take the One Ring from The Shire to Mount Doom. It’s a true intersection between fitness and fantasy and we’re thrilled to immerse fans in the world of Middle-earth.” Adam El Agez, CEO of The Conqueror Virtual Challenges.

From now on, attendees can register for the challenges as a single entry (a code to access a challenge) or as a bundle (the 5 challenges combined).

This is a limited edition event series. Challenges will only be available for a specific time. The details of the registration for the challenges in single or bundle version and the available distances can be found on the dedicated landing page, easily accessible here.

About Conqueror Challenges
The Conqueror’s Challenges are a series of virtual fitness events that anyone in the world can attend, anywhere, anytime. Conqueror Challenges have helped over 400,000 people from over 100 countries stay motivated to exercise by challenging themselves to complete the equivalent distance of famous routes and trails around the world every time they exercise. For more information visit, www.theconqueror.events.

About Warner Brothers Consumer Products
Warner Bros consumer products. (WBCP), part of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, extends the company’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with top licensees worldwide on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home decor and publishing inspired by WarnerMedia’s biggest franchises from DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, Game of Thrones, Cartoon Network and Adult Swimming. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives and promotional partnerships, WBCP is one of the world’s leading retail licensing and merchandising organizations.

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Qatar Luxury Goods Market Provides Real Insights on Size, Growth Trends and Competitive Outlook by 2028 – Bloomingprairieonline

Reports and Data has published a new research report on the Global Qatari Luxury Goods Market to offer a comprehensive analysis of current and emerging market trends along with key developments in the industry. The report offers detailed information on market share, market size, market revenue growth, drivers, restraints, growth opportunities, and challenges. The report also provides information on different segments such as product types, applications, regional bifurcation as well as major companies. The report is organized using primary and secondary research that is carefully assessed by industry experts and well presented using various illustrated presentations such as tables, charts, graphs, and figures.

The global Qatari luxury goods market is rapidly gaining momentum over the past few years and is expected to record robust revenue growth throughout the forecast period. The robust income growth is attributed to factors such as changing lifestyles, improving living standards and increasing health conscious population. Rising demand for convenience and the coronavirus pandemic, growing presence of online shopping, and growing inclination towards veganism and organic and staple food products are fueling the growth of the global market.

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The research report provides details of major companies in the global Qatar Luxury Goods market along with the global position, financial status, license agreement, product and service portfolio, and revenue contribution of each player in the market. Marlet. The major market players are focused on adopting various strategies such as mergers and acquisitions, business expansion plans, new product launches, partnerships, collaborations, joint ventures to enhance their product base and acquire a solid footing in the market.

Some of the major market players are listed below:

  • Conair Corporation
  • Dyson
  • Havells India Ltd.
  • Helen of Troy Limited
  • HTC Hair Clipper (Yongkang Xinji Hairdressing Appliance Factory)
  • Koninklijke Philips NV
  • Lion Corp.
  • Spectrum Marks
  • Wahl Clipper Corporation

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Market segmentation :

Qatar Luxury Goods Market Segmentation Based on Types:

  • Clothes and accessories
  • Shoe
  • Bags
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Others

Qatari luxury goods market segmentation based on on the distribution channel

  • Single brand stores
  • Multi-brand stores
  • Online stores
  • Others

Qatari luxury goods market segmentation based on on Gender

Segmentation of the Qatari luxury goods market by region:

  • North America (United States, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Benelux, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • Latin America (Brazil, rest of Latin America)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa)

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Top 5 Things To Do In Cincinnati This Weekend: April 8-10

1. Cincy On Tap Beer Festival

“Wait, wasn’t there a beer festival last weekendyou might be wondering, and you wouldn’t be wrong. Last weekend was Cincy Beerfest, which normally takes place earlier in the year but has been changed due to the pandemic. This time it’s a whole new beer festival in the spotlight. Cincy on tap takes over at Great American Ball Park (100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and features over 60 brews and 200 beers, live music and a few surprises. You’ll also find food available for purchase at several food trucks, and all attendees will also receive free tickets to the Reds vs Cardinals game on April 24.

Three levels of festival entry are available. General admission ($50) gets you 30 4-ounce samples, access to all GABP, and entertainment; early-bird tickets ($65) get you the same price, but from noon to 4 p.m. with limited-release beers; and VIP admission ($90) gets you all of the above plus access to the warning track and dugouts, with lawn games and VIP beers poured on the course. The festival takes place rain or shine. cincyontap.com.

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2. “Becoming Dr. Ruth”

Before podcasts and social media, there were talk shows, and Dr. Ruth Westheimer rewrote the playbook on what could and couldn’t be discussed live with strangers. But few know the story of his remarkable journey to becoming Dr. Ruth. This heartwarming portrait is a humorous and illuminating piece for a woman that details how she escaped Nazi Germany at the age of 10 in 1939, how she survived in war-torn Europe, her experiences as a Israeli sniper and Jewish freedom fighter, and how, as a single mother working in New York, she trained in psychology and counseling to become America’s favorite sex therapist.

The show opens Saturday at Playhouse in the Park (962 Mount Adams Circle, Mount Adams), but this performance is already sold out. The play runs until May 15, with the next performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (April 12). The play contains discussions of healthy sex and sexuality, while also covering other mature topics, so it is recommended for adult and teenage audiences only. Tickets are $35 to $45, $15 students. cincyplay.com.

Kevin Moore, seen here with an installment at the Center for Contemporary Art, is the artistic director and curator of FotoFocus.  He will be part of the FotoFocus Symposium panel

3. FotoFocus Symposium: Telephotography

If you’ve ever wondered how photojournalists do their work, or how lens-based artists create visual works, or if you’ve ever flipped through a fashion magazine and wondered about the person behind the camera instead than before, then this weekend’s FotoFocus symposium is a must. You’ll hear from Collier Schorr, one of the world’s foremost celebrity and fashion photographers; visual editor Alice Gabriner, who served as deputy director of photography in the Obama White House; Associated Press photojournalists Maye-E Wong and Dieu-Nalio Chery; photographers Iwan Baan (Netherlands) and Erin Schaff (New York Times photographer) and many other international artists, curators and photojournalists. SaturdayThe symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Memorial Hall (1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine) with a wide range of topics – including how 19th century scientists tried to capture electricity on film , the progression of press photography from the 1930s to the 1970s, and the complex role of being a photojournalist in today’s world of fast-paced news cycles.

Part 2 takes place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Garfield Theater (719 Race St., Downtown) and features Latin American shorts, a panel discussion, and a special feature, “The Leading Actor.” The program showcases the diversity of Latin American cultures while examining how media – particularly photographic imagery – creates and distorts understanding of foreign cultures. You will hear, among others, Diana Vargas, artistic director of the Havana Film Festival New York, and Sandra Fiorin, founder of FiGa Films in Miami. Both days are free and open to the public. fotofocus.org.

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4. “I Won’t Be Moved” and “Your Negro Tour Guide”

Ensemble Theater stages a double bill of one-woman shows created by Black Cincinnatians. The first is the world premiere of “I Shall Not Be Moved” by Cincinnati playwright Isaiah Reaves. The play thrillingly tells the story of Reave’s grandmother, Betty Daniels Rosemond, a nationally recognized civil rights pioneer, and her beautiful, gruesome, and groundbreaking journey through the American South as a as one of the first Freedom Riders in the 1960s. Samantha Russell plays the lead role.

After a short intermission, Torie Wiggins brings Kathy Y. Wilson’s “Your Negro Tour Guide” to life. This updated adaptation draws heavily from National Public Radio columns and commentary collected in Wilson’s book, “Your Negro Tour Guide: Truths in Black & White,” based on his former CityBeat column. The piece brings to light misguided notions of natural black beauty, black homophobia, intra-racial bigotry, and other cultural stereotypes. Previews are at 7 p.m. Saturday and Tuesdaywith opening night Wednesday April 13. Productions run until May 7. Tickets cost between $38 and $55, $29 for students. togethercincinnati.org.

5. “The Comedy of Errors”

Shakespeare’s silliest, twisted, slapstick comedy returns to the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company stage, this time with a Sin City twist. Inspired by the Golden Age of Las Vegas, this music-filled production will be filled with friendly cats, packs of rats, showgirls, sages and more.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 1195 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine. The play runs until April 30. Tickets cost between $58 and $68, between $54 and $64 for seniors and between $28 and $38 for students. cincyshakes.com.

Honorable Mention: “New Year’s Eve at Stop-N-Go”

Northern Kentucky University performs “New Year’s Eve at the Stop-N-Go” on stage as part of the Yes Festival, the nation’s oldest collegiate festival of new plays. Written by Samantha Oty and directed by Mike King, the play tells the story of a group of friends who confront their changing lives and each other in a convenience store on December 31, 1999. Tickets are $18, 14 $ for seniors and $10. for students. Performances are held at the Stauss Theater on the NKU campus, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights. The play starts at 7:30 p.m. Fridaywith additional performances at 2 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The play runs until April 16. nku.edu/tickets.

Ballet West II dancers

Honorable Mention: Cincinnati Ballet’s Snow White

Who’s the fairest of them all? Find out in this regional premiere of Cincinnati Ballet’s “Snow White,” which follows the treasured fairy tale of a jealous queen, her beautiful stepdaughter, and a kiss from a handsome prince. This family series production is just over an hour long and is a narrated, fun, fully staged ballet and the perfect introduction to dance for the whole family, even the little ones.

Performances start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Friday11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. cballet.org.

The Victory of Light Psychic Festival takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Honorable Mention: Victory of Light Psychic Festival

This holistic living festival features a selection of the nation’s top psychics and psychics, as well as alternative health products, wellness tools and resources. There are also learning sessions and presentations featuring psychics, experts and holistic practitioners who are at the top of their field. The festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road. Admission is $15. bmse.net.

DeFi Technologies Joins $45M Fundraising for Boba Network to Unleash Web3 Development on Ethereum

  • The Series A round values ​​the company at $1.5 billion and brings together the brightest minds of Web3 to unlock the full potential of Ethereum
  • Notable co-investors include Crypto.com, M13 and Hypersphere

TORONTO, April 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – DeFi Technologies Inc. (the “Company” Where “DeFi Technologies“) (NEO: DEFI) (GR: RMJR) (OTC: DEFTF), a technology company bridging traditional capital markets and decentralized finance, today announces its participation in the $45 million Series A Increase for Boba Network, a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), and a next-generation Ethereum Layer-2 Optimistic Rollup scaling solution. The Series A raise values ​​the project at $1.5 billion. Funding will address Ethereum compute limits and support greater functionality for decentralized applications (dApps) via Boba’s Hybrid computing platform.

The round saw notable participation from successful crypto funds such as Hypersphere Infinite Capital, Hack VC, GBV, Sanctor Capital and Shima Capital, as well as those with strong regional networks like Kinetic Capital, Ghaf Capital, LD Capital, Old Fashion Research , Alphanonce, IOST and ROK Capital. Other notable investors include Dreamers VC (Will Smith and Keisuke Honda), M13 (Paris Hilton and Carter Reum), Tony Robin, Joe Montanaand KSHMR.

Boba’s Hybrid Compute brings the power of Web2 on-chain for the first time, allowing smart contracts to call any external Web2 API to run complex algorithms such as machine learning classifiers, extract data from the world real or enterprise in a single atomic transaction, or synchronize with the latest state of a game engine. By leveraging off-chain computing and real-world data, developers and creators can deliver an unprecedented rich experience on the market today.

Boba’s Optimistic Rollup technology offers lightning-fast transactions and up to 60x lower fees than Ethereum, while maintaining Ethereum’s robust security and decentralization. Boba also offers fast exits backed by community liquidity pools, reducing the Optimistic Rollup exit period from days to minutes while providing liquidity providers with incentivized yield farming opportunities.

Alan Chiufounder of Boba Network, said, “This fundraiser aims to create a large-scale alliance to build the Boba ecosystem. Having so many incredible investors demonstrating their confidence in our vision and our technology reinforces our belief that what we are building is important and necessary. . Hybrid computing will evolve Web3 development, allowing vendors to deliver innovative products with more functionality. »

Boba also created one of the first bridges to transport non-fungible tokens (NFTs) from layer 2 blockchains to layer 1 of Ethereum and vice versa. Typically, when NFTs are created on a Layer 2 blockchain, they remain tied to that particular protocol. Boba’s NFT Bridge allows NFTs to be moved and traded throughout the Ethereum ecosystem, dramatically increasing NFT liquidity.

Diana BiggsChief Strategy Officer of DeFi Technologies, said, “Layers 2 are critical to the scalability and usability of Web3 and the Boba Network is arguably one of the most exciting platforms in the space. making these improvements while maintaining the security and decentralization of Ethereum is an incredible achievement and it’s only just begun. We’re excited to support Boba and look forward to what’s to come!”

Beyond the start of Boba development, the raise will allow the protocol to invest in Boba ecosystem projects and leverage the combined expertise of some of the biggest names in Web3. Participating investors share Boba’s vision of fostering crypto accessibility and freeing up developers who have been restricted by Ethereum’s computational limitations.

Other attendees include the founders of industry stalwarts Quantstamp, Origin Protocol, The Graph, Fractional Art, High Street, ANKR, UMA, Nillion, deBridge, FEI Labs, DoinGud, Utopia Labs and Sense Protocol; as well as crypto exchange giants such as Crypto.com, Huobi, and BitMart.

Learn more about DeFi Technologies and Boba at challenge.tech and https://boba.network.

About DeFi Technologies
DeFi Technologies Inc. is a technology company that bridges the gap between traditional capital markets and decentralized finance. Our mission is to expand investors’ access to cutting-edge decentralized technologies that we believe are central to the future of finance. On behalf of our shareholders and investors, we identify opportunities and areas for innovation, and build and invest in new technologies and businesses to provide trusted and diverse exposure across the decentralized finance ecosystem. For more information or to sign up to receive company updates and financial information, visit https://defi.tech/.

About the Boba Network
Boba Network is an EVM-equivalent hybrid computing platform built on an optimistic deployment architecture, helping developers build more feature-rich dapps by enabling smart contracts to take advantage of complex off-chain computations or bring off-chain data. Boba offers one of the easiest to use blockchain platforms for end users thanks to their multi-token on-ramp, fast exit, and NFT bridge.

Boba is maintained by the Enya team.

For more information, please visit: https://boba.network

Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information:

This press release contains “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities laws. Forward-looking information includes, but is not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s participation in the Boba Network Series A raise; Boba’s Hybrid Computing Network and Boba’s Optimistic Rollup Technology; the pursuit by DeFi Technologies and its affiliates of business opportunities; and the potential merits or returns of such opportunities. Generally, forward-looking information can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is planned”, “budget”, “expects”, “estimates”, “plans”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of these words and expressions or states that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “could” or “will be taken”, “will occur” or “will be carried out”. Forward-looking information is subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements of the Company, as applicable, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, but are not limited to, the ability of Boba’s hybrid compute network and Boba’s Optimistic Rollup technology to perform as intended; the growth and development of the DeFi and cryptocurrency industry; rules and regulations regarding DeFi and cryptocurrency; general business, economic, competitive, political and social uncertainties. Although the Company has attempted to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking information, there may be other factors that cause results not to be those anticipated, estimated or expected. There can be no assurance that such information will prove to be accurate, as actual results and future events could differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Accordingly, readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking information. The Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking information except in accordance with applicable securities laws.

All information in this press release regarding DeFi Technologies and Boba Network has been provided by the parties respectively for inclusion herein, and each party and its directors and officers have relied entirely on the other parties for any information regarding the other part. DeFi Technologies has not performed due diligence on the information provided by Boba Network and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of such information.


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FBC Holding, Inc. (FBCD) may consider expanding to Los Angeles

SCOTTSDALE, AZ/ACCESSWIRE/April 5, 2022/ Today, FBC Holding, Inc. (OTC PINK: FBCD), through its wholly owned subsidiary, Formrunner Apparel Inc., is pleased to announce that the company is working to expand its outlet in several places and that Los Angeles could be a current option.

FBC Holding, Inc. has worked hard to shake things up and the company is currently based in a Los Angeles retail store on Melrose Avenue. Melrose Avenue is a shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Los Angeles that begins at Santa Monica Boulevard, on the border between Beverly Hills and West Hollywood. It ends at Lucile Avenue in Silver Lake. Melrose extends north from Beverly Boulevard and south from Santa Monica Boulevard. President and CEO Lisa Nelson said, “We have submitted our application and are now awaiting approval. Lisa Nelson also said, “This is a giant leap forward for the business in terms of revenue and growth and we can’t stress enough the hard work we’ve put in to make this all happen!” FBC Holding, Inc. will be having a meeting this month with an agent regarding the Las Vegas showcase and will keep the public informed of all such information in the future.

The apparel market encompasses all types of clothing, from sportswear to business wear, from valuables to luxury pieces. After struggling in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic, when sales in the apparel industry took a hit, global demand for clothing and footwear is expected to pick up again. The global apparel market revenue was calculated at US$1.5 trillion in 2021 and is projected to grow to around US$2 trillion by 2026. The countries that account for the bulk of this apparel demand are the United States and China, both of which generate higher revenues than any other country.

About Formrunner Apparel Inc.

Formrunner Apparel Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of FBC Holding, Inc. Formrunner Apparel Inc. offers a variety of high-end streetwear and accessories located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Formrunner can be viewed and purchased from the company’s website at www.formrunnerapparel.com

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This release contains forward-looking statements, which are based on certain assumptions and reflect management’s current expectations. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from current expectations. Some of these factors include: general global economic conditions; general industry and market conditions, industry changes and growth rates; uncertainty as to whether our strategies and business plans will produce the anticipated benefits; increase competition; availability and cost of capital; the ability to identify, develop and achieve business success; the level of expenditure necessary to maintain and improve the quality of services; changes in the economy; changes in laws and regulations, including codes and standards, intellectual property rights and tax matters; or other unforeseen matters; our ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any prospective ability to secure and maintain strategic relationships and distribution agreements. The Company disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information.

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Privacy in the Metaverse | Wilson Sonsini

Coined in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 bestselling novel, Snowfallthe term “metaverse” has recently reentered the lexicon of the general public to point to a technology hailed by some as the successor to the mobile internet and the next step in humanity’s technological evolution. Although there is no consensus on the precise contours of the definition, the metaverse has generally been described as an embodied Internet where, instead of passively viewing content in two-dimensional space, users are in the content and experience it with others.

The recent hype and commercial promise of this more immersive digital experience has led businesses at all stages to consider a metaverse strategy, early-stage startups offering metaverse fashion items for mature financial institutions buying virtual land to open metaverse-based bank branches. And yet, in any vision of the metaverse, real-world privacy concerns are magnified, as I/O devices can capture qualitatively new and more intimate data. For example, virtual reality headsets could take advantage of built-in sensors to capture facial movements, drawing even more deeply personal conclusions about individuals, such as their medical conditions or their emotions. Here are some key privacy considerations for companies considering venturing into the metaverse:

  • Design your offer with user privacy in mind. Although there is no comprehensive federal privacy law with clear rules on the collection, use, and sharing of personal data, several states have enacted privacy laws that would apply to personal information reasonably related to a consumer or a device. But regardless of the legal framework, companies venturing into the metaverse have other reasons to consider privacy: it’s an important part of ensuring consumer trust. Studies have shown that, if consumers are confident that a company will use their data in a way that benefits them, they are more willing to share more data. To that end, companies need to build data privacy and security into their products and services from the start. This means understanding what personal data they need, only collecting that data if they have a business need, disposing of it when that need no longer exists, and securing the personal data in their possession. Some state laws codify these requirements.
  • Have a compliance strategy to implement consumer data rights. State data privacy laws such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act, and Colorado Privacy Act provide consumers, under certain circumstances, with the right to access, correct, or delete their personal data. . Many metaverse evangelists predict that blockchain technologies will play a significant role in the future of technology; the immutability of the blockchain can in some cases complicate the respect of the consumer’s right to erasure. (See a related article Wilson Sonsini Consulting addressing the potential application of consumer data rights to NFTs.) Companies operating in the metaverse must have processes in place to comply with such requests, as the large amount of consumer data available in the metaverse may increase consumers’ interest in exercising these rights.
  • Comply with biometric privacy laws. The new I/O devices that allow users to enter the metaverse are capable of collecting biometric data, from conscious physical movements to eye flickers, to emotional data. Several states have passed laws to protect this data. For example, Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act (BIPA) requires that private entities using biometric information have a written public policy setting out a retention schedule and guidelines for the permanent destruction of that information. The BIPA also imposes other obligations on private entities that collect biometric information, such as requiring prior notice and consent before collecting biometric information. The BIPA provides a private right of action and the penalties for violating its provisions are severe. In 2021, for example, Facebook has settled a multi-year lawsuit on its photo tagging feature for $650 million.
  • Be especially careful if your offer appeals to children. Politicians have stepped up to protect children from the perceived harms of technology. President Biden specifically pointed to the protection of children from online advertisements and the pernicious effects of social media in his State of the Union Address; and Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), as well as Congresswomen Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Lori Trahan (D-MA), recently sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Lina Khan, encouraging the FTC to monitor the growing use of virtual reality by children and to exercise its authority under the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and the FTC Act “to protect children in the metaverse”. As that letter indicated, two-thirds of parents with virtual reality (VR) devices report that their children have asked them to buy the device, and about three-quarters of children aged 8 to 15 who responded to a 2017 survey expressed an interest in virtual reality. Companies offering metaverse offerings that appeal to minors, including children under 13, will in many circumstances be required to offer COPPA-compliant experiences that may include parental consent before collecting, using, or disclosing the personal information of a child, or to limit the type of personal information. collected and how this information is used. Failure to do so could result in regulatory action and substantial fines.

As you develop your metaverse offerings, if you have any questions about privacy, please contact Wilson Sonsini’s attorneys Dan Chase, Maneesha Mithal, Tracy Shapiro, or Libby Weingarten, or another member of the privacy and cybersecurity practice.

How success came to Nicole Miller, founder and creator of her eponymous brand

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For designer Nicole Miller, fashion was all around her growing up. She remembers the days when it was impossible to walk down 7th Avenue in Manhattan without seeing people dressed to perfection or looking chic while boarding a plane. Born in Paris and raised in the United States, Nicole became obsessed with fashion from an early age. She was inspired early on by old photos of her French mother in Paris and by reading the fashion magazines her mother had shipped from France while her father ran a business in the garment district. Fashion was his world. As a child, Nicole aspired to be a model. She idolized the top models of the 60s – Twiggy, Veruschka and Jean Shrimpton, to name a few. Living in western Massachusetts, she would jump at the chance to fly to New York just to shop and return to her small town with her new edgy outfits. When she realized she would never be big enough to be a model, she pivoted and focused on designing clothes.

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Directly after high school, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in apparel design. She studied 2D/3D design, illustration, life and fashion drawing as well as anthropology and art history. She spent a year in Paris at the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture where she mastered the classic French techniques of haute couture. During her studies, she completed several internships, one of which launched her legendary career as a designer. His internship experience is priceless. Working for a popular, hip and trendy designer, she enjoyed the process, the design, the production and above all, the fashion shows. Although she was working her dream job, she felt a void. She left to design raincoats, a personal passion of Miller as she is obsessed with details and hardware. One of his raincoat models was finally presented in the New York Times among other publications.

Soon after, Miller got his big break working for a new contemporary and activewear company, PJ Walsh, which had just launched in the United States. In just a few years, she rose through the ranks to become chief designer. The company eventually folded and Miller was forced to pivot again. This time, with his business partner, they scooped up $100,000 and brought in his former colleagues to start his own company, Nicole Miller, which was established in 1982.

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For Miller, drawing never stops as she continually imagines new designs, concepts and techniques. However, through all the success, Miller received his share of disappointment. During her first year in business, she had a problem with production not thoroughly inspecting a beaded top that fell apart when customers tried it on. All his profits were to be returned to him. “Disappointments will come, and you have to be resilient and work for it. One day you might think you’ve done something great, but it’s not selling. Becomes a very big reality check. Then you analyze and find out why it didn’t sell.

But rising from the ashes can be magical. After the production debacle, Miller had designed an Asian bomber dress with a smocked elastic hip, somewhat avant-garde for the time. The dress took off and boosted the company’s revenue into the millions. It was the piece that got the company through the first year and versions of it were made by other designers. Duplication is the best form of flattery. Trends tend to experience something of a renaissance, and Miller understands that old patterns can eventually be replicated. What Miller disagrees with is copying the exact design and claiming it as “original”.

If there is any advice she can give to young creators, it is to first develop your identity very early on. “While there are versatile designers, the more focused you are, the better you become as you grow as a designer” She also recommends, “Don’t be stubborn. Allow yourself to grow. She credits her licensing business for the success of her business. Nicole Miller licensed products include eyewear, shoes, handbags, homewares, kitchenware and more. “People don’t have didn’t want to do it. I did licenses and I’m really happy to do it.

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In business for four decades, Miller has gained some notoriety, but she’s taking recognition head on. “Yeah, people ask me if I’m ‘Nicole Miller.’ I’m still surprised because there are so many people who go by my name. She plans to eventually move away from the brand, but until then she’ll continue to enjoy the benefits. “My name is really good for restaurant reservations. “

Jennifer Venditti will see you now

For “American Honey,” directed by Andrea Arnold, Ms. Venditti spent long periods scouting Panama City Beach, Florida. The time spent in the field, as well as the images and experience gathered, became a de facto part of the film. “What he did was he informed all the other departments,” she said. “It created an environment on set that almost felt like a documentary.”

Riley Keough, one of the film’s stars, sent in several self-recorded audition videos before she was finally called by Ms. Venditti, whose audition process was new to her: casual conversation, personal questions, on-camera the shoulder, movement.

“It’s like you’re shooting a scene,” Ms Keough said, calling in from a set in New Orleans, before stopping to receive a Covid test swab, then adding: “It’s like whether the audition should be.”

Ms. Venditti takes this same unconventional process regardless of the experience level of the aspirant. Angus Cloud, now Fezco on “Euphoria,” was discovered on the street by one of his scouts. Ms. Venditti released him on camera with questions about his life and taught him to improvise. “She kind of gives off that family vibe, that aunt vibe, you know? That motherly vibe,” Mr. Cloud said in his now signature whistling purr, calling from the back porch of his Los Angeles home. “I have a lot of love for her.”

Ms. Venditti uses a network of trusted scouts, but finding raw talent in the wild is an increasingly elusive game. Thanks to social media, ordinary people are thrust into the role of performers, putting themselves forward at all times, hoping to bait the algorithms and, in turn, your eyes.

“The person who wants to be found, in my experience, is never the one I want to find,” Ms. Venditti said.

Inflation also affects watch prices

It’s no surprise that the retail prices of Swiss watches, like the costs of most goods and services, are rising. Even before the war in Ukraine clouded the global economic picture, the lingering effects of the pandemic were still rippling through the watch industry’s supply chain. And soaring fuel prices now threaten to keep those price increases coming.

“Every day we talk about inflation in labor prices, energy costs, logistics, etc.,” said Jean-Philippe Bertschy, luxury analyst at Vontobel, a private banking and investment management group. based in Zurich, in a recent call. “And brands will take advantage of this to raise prices.”

Mr Bertschy then ticked off a list of those who had already done so this year, including Hublot, Rolex and Audemars Piguet.

They were far from the only ones. Julien Tornare, chief executive of Zenith, said his company had raised prices for some models and Jean-Marc Pontroué, chief executive of Panerai, said he expected to do the same.

“We have to make some corrections, between 3% and 4%, maximum,” Tornare said in a recent call. “Global inflation has driven up our costs, so at some point we have to adjust. But it’s also currency-related.

Escalating manufacturing costs and fluctuating exchange rates are two big factors in the price spike for luxury watches, but they only tell part of the story.

In a much broader sense, the entire category is constantly moving upmarket. Take Oris, for example. Known for its affordable mechanical watches, the Swiss brand saw its average price increase by 10% last year, said Rolf Studer, co-chief executive of the brand.

He singled out the October 2020 introduction of Oris’ in-house Caliber 400 to the Aquis Date collection – $3,300 for a model on a rubber strap and $3,500 on a stainless steel bracelet – and noted that prices were about 50% more expensive than the Aquis models. without internal movements.

“We just couldn’t do enough,” Studer said, though he wouldn’t disclose actual numbers. “It shows how willing people are to spend money.”

Whether consumers are turning to more expensive products or are simply willing to ignore their ever-increasing prices, Ruediger Albers, president of Wempe Jewelers in New York, interpreted the phenomenon as a sign of the health of the watch market.

“Most companies have raised prices since the start of the year and our business has been extremely resilient,” Albers said on a recent call. “I have never had the month of January that I have had this year. The demand is not diminished.

And yet, that doesn’t seem to be true for everyone. Guido Terreni, managing director of boutique brand Parmigiani Fleurier, pointed out that price increases only make sense for brands that are desirable. “You can increase if you’re confident,” he said on a recent call. “But I wouldn’t say everyone is in the same shape. And this can be seen very well in Swiss exports.”

Last year was a record year for the Swiss watch industry: exports peaked at 22.3 billion Swiss francs, or about $24.1 billion, or 2.7% more than in 2019 and an improvement of 0.2% compared to the record export level of 2014, according to the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry 2021 Year-End Report. But while exports rose in value, the number of items exported continued to fall, to 15.7 million, a 23.8% drop from the 2019 total.

Watches with a wholesale price of less than 500 francs fell sharply, accounting for more than 95% of the drop in volumes, while watches with a wholesale price of more than 3,000 francs increased by 9.7% .

The dramatic polarization between high-priced and low-priced watch exports began in 2017, Jean-Daniel Pasche, president of the federation, wrote in an email. He blamed a host of factors, including competition from cheaper smartwatches and fashion watch brands made in Asia, as well as the strength of the Swiss franc. And he suggested that the phenomenon could harm the Swiss watch industry.

“Volumes are important because they create activities and jobs,” Mr. Pasche wrote. “This is a matter of concern because the Swiss watch industry has to offer consumers products in all price categories. On the other hand, the middle and high-end price segments generate more than 94% of exports by value for our industry.

On the secondary market, the spike in prices over the past two years for certain pre-owned and vintage models – particularly those of the “Big Four” brands: Rolex, Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet and Richard Mille – has been even more striking. . .

“With the shortage of Rolex watches (not just sporty models in steel, but just about anything in any type of material), prices for a steel Rolex GMT-Master II ‘Pepsi’, for example, are skyrocketing,” Robert-Jan Broer, editor of online watch publication Fratello Watches, wrote in an email.

The model sells for $10,750, but sells for more than $33,000 on secondary chains, Broer wrote.

“It shows that the demand for those unobtainable Rolex watches (or the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak or the Patek Philippe Nautilus) comes from speculators and has nothing to do with the love of watches anymore,” he added. . “The watch has become a status symbol again (again), more than ever.”

But is it a bubble? Not exactly, some would say.

“I don’t see the prices going down,” Broer said. “When the Royal Oak was worth around 30,000 to 40,000 euros on the second-hand market in 2019, I thought it couldn’t go any higher. Now it’s almost 100,000. There’s no the end.

Mr. Bertschy agreed that there appeared to be a disconnect between price and value in the secondary market, but consumers have yet to show resistance to the increases.

“I think it’s a virtuous circle for brands, but also a vicious circle because the more prices go up, the more consumers want to invest in those brands,” he said. “A friend told me he wanted to invest and I told him to invest in a watch, and he bought two Rolexes. So it’s happening.

Indeed, Bob’s Watches, an online retailer specializing in pre-owned Rolex watches, released a report in early February based on 10 years of sales data that tracked the appreciation of Rolex watches (by model) against major classes. assets, including stocks, bonds, real estate and gold.

“We were hoping Rolex would be in both major asset classes, but it ended up being No. 1,” Paul Altieri, founder and CEO of Bob’s Watches, said on a recent call. “How many things can you appreciate that have doubled in value in five years?”

According to many sources, 2017 proved to be just as pivotal for the resale market as it was for new watches. Artemy Lechbinskiy, managing director of Ineichen Auctioneers in Zurich, said that was when the new watches started selling on the secondary market for more than their original retail price – a a change he attributed to some producers who cut production in an effort to control the gray market. , a term for watches sold outside authorized retail channels.

“Producers had to protect their pricing policy,” Lechbinskiy said. “It does not influence the industry if the retail price increases by 5 or 10%. But it’s not so easy to do when the gray market price is lower than your retail price. They played this game and it worked. And now, for popular models, you have to pay double or triple” on the resale market.

Asher Rapkin, co-founder of Collective Horology, a California-based collecting group, expressed a more circumspect view. “It’s easy to sit the quarterback and decide who gets to make the money,” he said in a recent video call. “Rolex has increased its prices almost every year, usually on a 2-3% basis. And because of Rolex’s business performance, people generally agree with her.

“The challenges are when watches that were disproportionately priced to begin with increase their prices and people are left out,” he added. “Prices go up but that doesn’t necessarily change the trade-in value of the watch itself. We all know what we can get for the same amount of money.

ECTA will help Indian garment exporters compete against Chinese and Bangladeshi rivals: AEPC

ECTA will help Indian garment exporters compete against Chinese and Bangladeshi rivals: AEPC

New Delhi, April 3 (UNI) Welcoming the India-Australia trade pact, the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has said the free trade agreement will eliminate the tariff disadvantage faced by Indian garment exporters to Australia vis-à-vis their Australian rivals. China and Bangladesh. “Australia is the largest clothing importer in the southern hemisphere. Indian garments currently face an average tariff of 4.8% in Australia, compared to zero duty for garments from China and Bangladesh. Duty-free access to Indian garments will put us on par with our global competitors and make our products competitive,” AEPC President Narendra Goenka said on Sunday. He said the deal would give an additional boost to exports, employment and investment in the country’s garment industry. Women make up around 70% of the 14 million workers and the industry, which is predominantly in the MSME segment, provides livelihoods for a large proportion of migrant workers and rural youth. India and Australia have signed on April 2 an Economic and Trade Cooperation Agreement (ECTA) covering almost all the tariff lines handled by India and Australia respectively. Under the agreement, India will enjoy preferential market access provided by Australia on 100% of its tariff lines. This includes all labour-intensive sectors of export interest to India. such as gemstones and jewelry, textiles, leather, footwear, furniture, food and agricultural products, engineering products, medical devices and automobiles. On the other hand, India will provide preferential access to Australia on over 70% of its tariff lines, including lines of export interest to Australia which are mainly raw materials and intermediates such as coal, ores and wines, etc. Garment industry body AEPC said Australia relies mainly on China for its apparel imports. “Removing the tariff differential vis-à-vis China would further help the Indian garment industry to take advantage of the China Plus One strategy adopted by many countries. Australia is a priority area for Indian exports garments as similar products are made in India at similar prices,” said AEPC Chief Goenka. According to the industry estimate, India has the potential to export knitted jerseys, sweaters and t-shirts made of man-made fibres, representing a large proportion of Australian apparel imports MMF’s sweaters, pullovers, cardigans, vests and similar knitted/crocheted items were the largest apparel imports last year.Indian garment industry is good for producing spring and summer products but not so good for producing winter products.So Indian factories are not using their full course acity in the production of winter products. Australia, which is in the southern hemisphere, will need lean spring and summer produce for Indian garment factories, AEPC said. UNI NK

OMEGA releases its latest collection for 2022. Details here

OMEGA recently unveiled its latest collection of the year, an official statement from the Swiss watchmaker confirmed. According to the famous luxury watch brand’s press release, OMEGA has taken a deep dive into technology for this collection which features a delightful range of products in different hues and materials.

Check below for the latest launches

master sailor

-Planet Ocean Ultra Deep – Taking the next step in cutting-edge ocean design, 2022 sees the release of seven new models: OMEGA’s Ultra Deep collection. Water-resistant to 6,000 m (20,000 feet), the 45.5 mm range is led by an audacious version made of sandblasted and forged grade 5 titanium. The striped NATO strap comes from 100% recycled fishing nets.

-Seamaster Diver 300M – The classic diver’s watch has a dark green dial. The watch that first surfaced in 1993 is back and bolder than ever in 2022, with a wave-patterned dial in a striking shade of green. The stunning new Seamaster Diver 300M with polished green ceramic dial is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8800 with a special luxury finish. Those who want a sportier look can choose an integrated green rubber strap

-Aqua Terra 150M- 38mm and 34mm – OMEGA’s 2022 collection is all about color, with a range of new dial hues that provide a smooth transition from Aqua to Terra. Fans can choose larger models in 38mm, with dials in Atlantic Blue, Berry Green, Sandstone, Saffron, and Terracotta. Or 34mm editions with dials in Sea Blue, Lagoon Green, Sandstone, Shell Pink and Lavender.


– Constellation 41 mm – All new dials enclosed by the famous Constellation claws. Among the new models for 2022 are these stars of the Constellation family. 41mm models with ceramic bezel rings and beautiful new dials in white, rhodium grey, gradient green and burgundy. The materials offered are stainless steel, stainless steel and 18k yellow gold, and stainless steel and 18k Sedna™ gold.

-Aventurine – These extraordinary 29mm models have natural aventurine stone dials, which means no two dials are ever the same. There are twelve new editions, in stainless steel and 18k Sedna™ gold – or full Sedna™ gold for the purists – all with green, red or blue aventurine natural stone dials. Fans can choose glasses paved with diamonds or engraved with Roman numerals. Replacing the famous mono-row bracelet, leather straps in colors matching the dial. The driving force behind the natural dials is OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber 8700 – or 8701 for the all-gold models

– 28mm Constellation – OMEGA’s beautiful new 28mm additions to the Constellation family feature pastel dials in a choice of four colors: Blush Rose, Patchouli Blossom, Celestial Blue and Matcha Green. The new subtle tints are also appearing on the bezel. To add an extra pastel touch to the display, OMEGA has matched the engraved Roman numerals to the colors of the dial.

speed master

– Speedmaster 57 Caliber 9906 – OMEGA’s famous Speedmaster ’57, first introduced in 2013, returns in 2022, with a Master Chronometer upgrade and slimmer profile. The new collection consists of eight new stainless steel models, all powered by OMEGA’s caliber 9906 Co-Axial Master Chronometer. in blue, green and a new varnished burgundy. The entire collection is presented with stainless steel straps or leather straps in matching colors.

-Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonshine™ Gold – When it comes to case materials, Moonwatch fans are already spoiled for choice, with current collection models in steel, 18K Sedna™ Gold and 18K Canopus Gold™. In 2022, OMEGA takes moon inspiration to the next level with two new models in 18k Moonshine™ gold. One with 18k Moonshine™ gold dial, black ceramic bezel and blackened sub-dials and indexes. Another with a green PVD-coated dial and a green ceramic bezel. To offer even more choices to aficionados, OMEGA offers two ways to attach their Moonshine™ Gold 18K to the wrist: a bracelet or a matching bracelet. All new models are powered by OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 3861. OMEGA offers the watch on a polished and brushed 18k Moonshine™ gold bracelet, or on an integrated black rubber strap with a lunar surface texture on the back.

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Letter from the HTSI editor: how to say “yes”

HTSI Editor Jo Ellison © Marili Andre

This week’s issue was inspired, in large part, by the HTSI assistant deputy editor Alex Tyndall – or, in fact, his mother. Katy Tyndall wrote to me last winter with a fairly common question: What should she wear to her eldest son’s spring wedding?

Having worked in fashion for nearly 15 years now, female readers only ask me for two styling tips. The first relates to what fit of jeans is currently considered fashionable (which right now I would say super wide and baggy, like an early 2000s rapper, or straight and 90s flavors – a classic Levi’s , for example, – with a cut baring the ankles). The other question concerns what to wear to weddings, a sartorial conundrum that still seems to make our heads spin. Guys want to know where to buy a suit at a good price that will see them through a wedding season – that period in their late twenties and early thirties when there seems to be a wedding every weekend. The girlfriends agonize over dress codes that range from summer casual to evening glamour, and go anywhere from a rainy registry office in Chelsea to a Tuscan cathedral or a soggy marquee in a field. As wedding ceremonies have become more relaxed, spontaneous, or exotic, the uniforms that accompany such occasions have actually become more complicated. Once upon a time there was a guy who could just put on a morning suit, while the girls stared at a fascinator. Today’s weddings have their own unique specifications for what guests should wear.

Essential style for the mother of the bride

Essential style for the mother of the bride © Edd Horder

Costumes for the serial wedding guest

Costumes for the serial wedding guest © Edd Horder

With this in mind, we have tried to offer solutions for all kinds of wedding requirements. As someone who’s never nailed a “second-hand” outfit—I’m torn between looking ridiculously over-fashionable or miserably austere—I’m very careful. The second wedding outfit in particular is named after me: maybe it’s time for my (very first and only) husband and I to renew our vows?

Alexandre Arnault (left) and Anthony Ledru at Tiffany

Alexandre Arnault (left) and Anthony Ledru at Tiffany © Weston Wells

Engagement rings are also being reinvented. Less inclined to go the traditional route by opting for a large solitaire, today’s couples are getting creative with their choices. Vivienne Becker watches a new department which allows couples to carve their own bespoke piece from a rough diamond, while Jessica Beresford pulls together a bunch of more unusual bands. For many couples, however, the wedding journey begins with the presentation of a duck egg-colored box. Founded in 1837, Tiffany & Co first became synonymous with engagement rings when Charles Lewis Tiffany invented the “Tiffany Setting” diamond ring in 1886. The setting became an industry-wide standard and the jeweler benefited from the subsequent craze for diamonds as the groom’s stone. The brand is entering a new era of invention under its owners LVMH: here, Lauren Indvik talk to Alexandre Arnault and Anthony Ledru on their bold ambitions to disrupt the jewelry market, transform the flagship, attract Gen-Z consumers and reposition the brand. It might sound bold to hear new leaders discuss their goal of making the jeweler more inclusive and lifestyle-focused. But given that Tiffany was initially built on selling “fancy goods” and stationery, I’m sure it’s a strategy the founders would approve of.

The race towards more “lifestyle” luxury goods was launched in Milan in February when I was invited to see Ferrari AW22 fashion line. Conceived by creative director Rocco Iannone, this new Ferrari venture hopes to engage a new demographic of consumers – particularly women – who may not have had a relationship with the brand before. It’s a trend increasingly seen from automakers including Porsche, Bugatti and McLaren, and I’m curious to see what happens: the offerings are very subtle for what I would usually associate with the F1 crowd. Anyway, I hope that doesn’t mean pit-stop style becomes tasteful – I’m more into a crimson leather jumpsuit adorned with a gigantic prancing horse logo.


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Everyone, teach one with the queen’s collection. Trendy and impactful fashion.

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 02, 2022 –(PR.com)– The Queen’s Collection is pleased to announce its entry into the fashion industry. The new edition is made for those looking for a simple yet sophisticated touch to their everyday outfit. Versatility is one of the key aspects of The Queen’s Collection. These uniquely designed t-shirts are made for dressing up or down, as well as being a staple in any closet.

The Queen’s Collection is an online clothing store that caters to a diverse group of consumers in the United States. Their goal is to create a meaningful impact in black and brown communities. “The Queen’s Collection is not your average business,” said Founder, Kendra C. Harvey, “The Queen’s Collection is passionate about personal development and has the means to do so. That said, housing, food and clothing is one of the basic necessities, but so many people have limited access to one or all of them, which is why it is important to me to use my skills and abilities to provide a change in the community I represent. A portion of The Queen’s Collection will go towards the development of low-income housing and financial education programs in black and brown communities. In addition, The Queen’s Collection will use personal development and education as a platform with the goal of creating more educated players in the game called life.

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Gucci, Dior top brands in the United States: report

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Through fashion and beauty, Dior remains very popular in the American market. Image credit: Christian Dior

Italian fashion house Gucci and French fashion brand Christian Dior are among the top luxury fashion and beauty brands in the United States, according to new data from Agility Research & Strategy.

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Hustle Harder: How TV became obsessed with workism stories | American television

Jhe third episode of WeCrashed, Apple TV+’s eight-part series about the precipitous rise and fall of WeWork founders Adam and Rebekah Neumann, gives viewers a little taste of being a startup employee. It’s 2012 and an unnamed employee arrives on her first day; he’s given a key card, an Apple laptop, a reminder that there’s a “Thank God it’s Monday” meeting at 7 p.m., and a mimosa. In one of the show’s most effective montages – largely because it distracts from the two eccentric, delirious founders who take up the vast majority of screen time – we spin through the hedonistic, exhausting life of the unnamed employee at WeWork. Coffee, shot, staff party, sex with a colleague in a pantry. Adam Neumann leads employees in a “we! ” “to work!” call and response. Another knock, another day, pass out, wake up, repeat. Is it night or is it noon? At an office or at a party? It doesn’t matter – she’s at work, c’est la vie.

This philosophy of the so-called “disrupted culture” – the idea that work is life and that the self derives its value from constant work – courses in a number of recent shows set in the 2010s. This is most evident in WeCrashed, based on the Wondery podcast of the same name, in which Neumann literally urges workers to “hustle harder” (also the title of its fifth episode, airing this Friday). Theranos employees in The Dropout, Hulu’s eight-part series about Elizabeth Holmes’ fraudulent blood testing company that was once the darling of Silicon Valley, work through the night, missing birthday parties and dinners children in the name of changing the world. The same goes for Uber’s staff in Super Pumped, Showtime’s series about relentless and now disgraced Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who berates employees for continuing to grow at all costs (and changing the world). Anna Delvey, the scammer at the heart of Netflix’s Inventing Anna, is heartbroken that her notoriety as a “Soho hustler” overshadowed how hard she worked on the business plan that ultimately exposed her; the reporter covering it is so obsessed with the story and its importance to her career that she gets to work in the office.

These shows, which all portray headlining stories of singularly deceitful and messianic people, have been loosely classified as outright scammers, “Bad TV Contractor” or modern grift series in the pipeline of titles on television. Those are all fair descriptors – the four series, which premiered in the space of a month, speak to our ever-green fascination with the art of the scam (see also: recent Netflix docu-series hits The Tinder Swindler and Bad Vegan). But they also construct, piecemeal, the iconography of a certain slice of millennial experience now barely perceptible in rear view. There are the deliberately dated nods to the late 2000s/early 2010s — music (Katy Perry gets a name in both WeCrashed and The Dropout), fashion, fascination with (and mourning de) Steve Jobs. And there is an awkward and incomplete line of “disrupted culture” Where “workism— the quintessentially American quasi-religious belief system among the college-educated elite (myself included) that work is not just work but identity, an arbiter of self-esteem, and a cause to believe in. WeWork was not a company, Adam Neumann sadly said, but a movement.

Hustle culture, like other ideologies, is amorphous. It underpinned the #girlboss, the rise of the influencer, the complete elision between self and online livelihood; there’s no clear beginning or end, but look around and you may see evidence of his demise. There is recent backfire on Kim Kardashian’s advice to businesswomen to “move your fucking ass and work,” praise for the heady and doomed early days of venture capitalist-backed digital media, the so-called great resignation and The era of anti-ambition. These shows appeal to today’s prestige television sensibilities — anti-heroes, timeline jumps, expensive hair and makeup makeovers by famous actors — but they feel distinctly from another era, an era of “rise and turn” slogans. grind”. They may ultimately each focus on a singularly fascinating and repulsive individual and posit uncomfortably that the people who believed them weren’t rubies, but to portray them as portraits of the modern con is an incomplete picture. Together they compose a limited, loose and imperfect mosaic of a belief system that transcends those of Holmes, Kalanick, the Neumanns or Delvey.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Super Pumped. Photography: Showtime

They are also part of a larger evolution of television workism. Showtime’s Billions and HBO’s Industry, two financial industry shows that became modest hits in the late 2010s, are all about watching (hot) people manage their personal lives and morals through the (lucrative) grinder ) of a hyper-competitive, all-work consumer. One of HBO’s most critically acclaimed shows, Succession is about a group of people with no distinction between work, personal life and family. In a buzz New York profile Of Succession star Jeremy Strong, British actor Brian Cox, who plays patriarch Logan Roy, said of Strong’s notoriously intense acting method: “It’s a peculiarly American disease, I think. , this inability to separate while you’re doing the work.” It’s a good summary of the current Apple TV+ hit Severance, in which the characters undergo a brain procedure that literally separates their work and their lives. , as Alison Herman of the Ringer argue, the latest weird entry in the genre of “office weird” shows like Corporate, Better Off Ted or Loki. Call it the culture show hustle’s reverse mystery box – instead of blurring the lines on an 18-hour day, Severance is an extreme allegory of work-life balance that also points to something sinister at corporate headquarters.

Which isn’t to say that the whole hustle culture portrays work as effective critiques or as entertainment worth plunging 8-10 hours into. Inventing Anna, as I wrote previously, is both too gullible towards Anna and yet not interested enough in her. In a bizarre and unrewarding move, Shonda Rhimes, master of the modern workplace soap opera, turned the con man’s story into a newsroom drama in which a fictional reporter, Vivian Kent (loosely based on Jessica Pressler, the New York Magazine writer who reported the Anna Delvey’s definitive feature in 2018) is obsessed with saving her career through Anna’s story. Super Pumped, created by Billions co-creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien, matches Uber founder Travis Kalanick’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) carnivorous business leadership — growth at all costs — with gonzo flourishes (narrated by Quentin Tarantino , breaking the fourth wall) that ultimately underscore his personal importance. The Dropout is by far the best of these shows, the only one that strikes the delicate balance between the thrill of the crook and the devastation of their lies.

Naveen Andrews and Amanda Seyfried in The Dropout
Naveen Andrews and Amanda Seyfried in The Dropout. Photograph: Beth Dubber/AP

WeCrashed, created by Drew Crevello and Lee Eisenberg (writer, producer and director on The Office), has a better understanding of the absurdity of the office setting than you might expect and an irresistibly toxic duo in Rebekah’s Anne Hathaway and Jared Leto’s Adam, but relatively frivolous stakes. Adam seems to convince and succeed by the inexorable rising tide of intrigue; the rating numbers are beaten with too many zeros to feel consistent. Hollywood Reporter’s Angie Han called the “fun but ultimately inessential” series, and I can’t think of a more accurate description.

Part of the appeal and problem with hustle culture shows is that they depict a history that is too recent to be seen clearly and yet too distant, especially as the pandemic has cleaved the timeline. for many viewers, to feel in tune with the times. Still, there’s something unsettling about watching WeCrashed, a series that portrays an idea in an extreme – “Hustle Harder” neon signs and “Do what you love” mugs are the culture of hustle in. its most explicit form – which is hardly outdated. (Full disclosure: In 2019, I worked as a member of the US Guardian at a WeWork office in New York.) Thank God It’s Monday parties and billion-dollar valuations are supposed to sound ridiculous on this show. 2022, and they always have been. The haphazard results of these hustle culture shows reflect a culture that is just beginning to understand this.

UAE leads global interest in cryptocurrency trust, says YouGov report

YouGov released the findings of its latest “Report on the future of financial serviceswhich uses in-depth custom research and data from YouGov profiles to explore the current global financial landscape and identify global adoption and trust in new and emerging financial services across 18 international markets.

With the UAE government’s ongoing efforts to promote digital finance and encourage crypto trading, data from the report shows that interest in this digital asset is high and two-thirds of UAE residents (67% ) say they are interested in investing in cryptocurrencies over the next five years. . Of these, young respondents aged 25-34 (74%) are the most likely to say they are interested in cryptocurrencies compared to older adults aged 45+.

Data from the whitepaper suggests that interest in investing in cryptocurrency is high in both the long and short term. One in five consumers in the UAE (21%) said they intend to trade cryptocurrency in the next 12 months, the third highest proportion in the markets surveyed, after Indonesia (25% ) and India (22%).

When it comes to trust in this digital asset, our research shows that the UAE is one of the top global markets where consumers say they trust cryptocurrencies (40%). The UAE government’s recent enactment of the country’s first law governing virtual assets may have played a role in instilling deeper trust among people in this asset class.

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Turkey cuts value added tax on several products to curb inflation

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on several products, including hygiene items and medical equipment, to counter inflation. “We have decided to reduce VAT on products such as detergents, soap, toilet paper, towels and baby diapers from 18% to 8%,” he said in a televised address.

Turkey’s annual consumer price index (CPI) jumped more than expected to hit a two-decade high of 54.4% in February.

The country will also ease the financing burden on the construction sector by reducing the VAT rate on land and plots to 8%, Erdogan said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently announced a reduction in Value Added Tax (VAT) on several products, including hygiene items and medical equipment, to counter inflation. “We have decided to reduce VAT on products such as detergents, soap, toilet paper, towels and baby diapers from 18% to 8%,” he said in a televised address.

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Infiniti’s ‘Band Recital’ Ad Hits Viewers’ High Ratings

Infiniti’s “Band Recital” tops iSpot.tv’s list of most-viewed automotive ads for the second week in a row: the ads that generated the most impressions on national broadcasts and satellite TV. cable.

Luxury brand Nissan’s jarring ‘Band Recital’ ad showcases the Infiniti QX60’s soundproofing qualities amid an out-of-tune student performance. Perhaps ironically, iSpot AsMetrix survey data reveals that viewers cited ‘soothing’ as the top emotional response, while music was the ‘best thing’ about advertising with 24% of respondents agreeing.

Cadillac’s “Fortune Smiles on the Fearless” follows with a focus on electric vehicles. The message “the future is here” led to a 10% increase above the industry norm among Ace Metrix viewers for the “change” category, while “high end” remained on the Cadillac brand as the primary emotional response.

Subaru claims positions three and five, with “Go Further” and “Girls Trip”, respectively. The former relied heavily on college basketball for impressions, with a smattering of procedural drama to back it up. “Girls Trip,” meanwhile, focused on a variety of programs, including the Today To display, FBI and Survivor to engage the public.

Mercedes-Benz rounds out the list at No. 4 with “Enlightenment,” which scored high in the Ace Metrix survey. The “desire” survey category led the way with a score 19% above the industry norm, followed by “likeability” at 15%. The ad also scored double-digit percentage points above industry norms in all other categories, including “attention” (+10.8%) and “visibility” (+10.3%). ). It was the only commercial among those on the list with a significant focus on the television broadcast of the Oscars.

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Infiniti: Group Recital

Impressions: 349,635,236

Interruption rate: 2.48%

Attention rating: 101

Is. TV expenses: $1,953,198

Cadillac: fortune smiles on the intrepid

Impressions: 205,187,852

Interruption rate: 2.17%

Attention rating: 114

Is. TV expenses: $1,102,226

Subaru: going further

Impressions: 154,750,269

Interruption rate: 2.44%

Attention Index: 105

Is. TV expenses: $1,908,725

Mercedes-Benz: Lights

Impressions: 150,523,485

Interruption rate: 2.43%

Attention Index: 104

Is. TV expenses: $3,333,064

Subaru: Girls’ Trip

Impressions: 146,095,530

Interrupt rate: 2.40%

Attention rating: 113

Is. TV expenses: $1,388,172

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Biden to include billionaire minimum tax in budget proposal

Follow our live coverage of President Biden’s budget proposal for 2023.

WASHINGTON — The White House will ask Congress on Monday to pass a new minimum tax on billionaires as part of a budget proposal aimed at revitalizing President Biden’s domestic agenda and reducing the deficit.

The tax would require U.S. households worth more than $100 million to pay a rate of at least 20% on their income as well as unrealized gains on the value of their liquid assets, such as stocks and bonds, which can accumulate value for years but are taxed only when sold.

Mr Biden’s proposal to impose a tax on billionaires is the first time he has called for a type of wealth tax, technically a tax on an individual’s untaxed investment gains. While many in his party have advocated for taxes that target an individual’s wealth — not just income — Mr. Biden has largely avoided such proposals in favor of raising the top marginal tax rate. , the imposition of higher capital gains and inheritance taxes, and increased corporate taxes.

The “billionaire minimum income tax” would only apply to the hundredth of the 1% of the wealthiest American households, and more than half of the income would come from those worth more than a billion dollars. Those who already pay more than 20% should pay no additional tax, although those who pay below that level should pay the difference between their current tax rate and the new 20% rate.

Mr. Biden’s minimum tax payments would also factor into the tax billionaires would eventually have to pay on unrealized income from assets that are only taxed when sold for profit.

The tax proposal will be part of the Biden administration’s budget request for the next fiscal year, which the White House plans to release on Monday. In a document describing the minimum tax, the White House referred to it as “prepayment of tax obligations that these households will have to pay when they later realize their gains.”

“This approach means that the wealthiest Americans pay taxes as they go, like everyone else,” the document says.

As the administration grapples with concerns about rising inflation, the White House also released a separate document Saturday saying that Biden’s budget proposal would cut federal deficits by more than $1 trillion. dollars over the next decade.

The idea of ​​imposing some type of wealth tax has gained traction since Mr Biden was elected as Democrats have sought ways to fund their sweeping climate and social policy agenda and ensure that the wealthiest Americans are paying their fair share.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Democrat of Massachusetts, and Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon and chairman of the Finance Committee, released separate proposals last year that would tax the wealthiest, albeit in different ways. Ms Warren had championed the idea of ​​a wealth tax during her unsuccessful presidential campaign.

The administration’s decision to call for some type of wealth tax also reflects the political realities of how to fund Mr. Biden’s economic agenda.

Moderate Democrats, including Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, balked at raising the corporate tax rate or raising the top marginal tax rate to 39.6% from 37%, leaving the party with few options to increase income.

Yet Senator Joe Manchin III, a Democrat of West Virginia, criticized the idea of ​​taxing billionaires after Mr Wyden’s proposal was released, although Mr Manchin has since suggested he might back some type tax on billionaires.

Senior Biden administration officials have expressed skepticism about wealth taxes in the past.

Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said last year that a wealth tax was “something that has very difficult implementation issues”. And Natasha Sarin, the Treasury Department’s adviser on tax policy and enforcement, was co-author of a 2019 Washington Post opinion piece that argued a wealth tax would present “an income estimation puzzle.”

Legal questions regarding such a tax also abound, particularly whether a wealth tax – rather than income – is constitutional. If Congress approves a wealth tax, there has been speculation that wealthy Americans could challenge the effort in court.

Steven M. Rosenthal, senior fellow at the Tax Policy Center, said the White House proposal raises complicated questions about how taxpayers and the Internal Revenue Service would assess the value of assets that are not publicly traded and on how investments that lose money would be treated. .

He said the proposed tax would be constitutionally “suspicious,” especially given the right-wing makeup of the Supreme Court.

“Is there any value in scoring hundreds of billions in revenue if we never collect it?” Mr. Rosenthal asked.

Alan Rappeport contributed report.

Form U5 Is A Powerful Weapon Part I

This is the first in a three-part series on broker U5 forms.

When a brokerage firm wants to intimidate a broker, nothing works better than the Form U5 Notice of Termination whereby firms disclose the reasons for brokers leaving. For the broker, U5’s threat of disclosure is a game of brass knuckles shining down a dark alley, the slam of a tire iron against a meaty palm.

Using it in this way, according to industry sources, speaks to an ultimate power imbalance between employer and employee, which plays out after an employee leaves and, once filed, is very difficult, if not impossible, to remedy. Many see this looming threat as one of many incentives for more brokers to drop their securities license altogether and migrate to the RIA world, where such practices are less commonly used by employers.

“Advisors are terrified of what may happen. Having something negative recorded on a U5 is a big thing,” said attorney Laurence Landsman, founder of Landsman Saldinger Carroll in Chicago, a law firm specializing in representing brokers and advisers in all areas of career transition. “Every week I am contacted by someone who has been made redundant. There is so much movement in this industry that Registered Representatives need to understand what their rights are. And they have rights. They have protections. But it’s easy to get tricked by companies, and the results can be heartbreaking.

If a broker or dual-registration hybrid RIA thinks they are about to be fired, their next decision is the most important they will ever make. Even if they’re just considering moving from one company to another or hanging their own shingle, the next move can be critical to their ability to work in the industry.

“If something starts to feel bad, or if something is wrong with the business, or if you know you’re headed out, get a lawyer,” advised Jodie Papike, president of Cross- Search in Encinitas, California, a financial company. service recruiter that helps brokers get to their next location. “You can’t wait for the U5 to be dropped off. It’s so rare to be able to change that. It takes so much time and money to push back.

According to sources interviewed for this three-part series on Form U5 and its impact on the financial services industry, layoff – what other industries simply call job separation – produces a dynamic ripe for potential abuse. , where a broker with a clean track record simply leaving to join another company can get similar treatment to a bad actor embezzling client funds for personal gain.

A broker-dealer has up to 30 days from a broker’s departure to file Form U5, which will outline the company’s explanation for the break. If the circumstances involve a client, the company’s version is immediately registered on BrokerCheck, a popular directory of broker records used by clients and potential employers. The release of BrokerCheck occurs even though the broker has a very different version of events and has filed for arbitration.

“Getting fired in the financial industry is not like getting fired in any other industry. If a company sells straws, you’re a salesman, and you’re fired, no one will know. You can go to another straw company,” Landsman said. “In fact, even if someone called your old employer, they couldn’t figure out why you left.

The reason, of course, is that brokers deal in money, especially other people’s money, and BrokerCheck is ultimately (and rightly so) designed to protect investors. But industry sources say there’s a gray area stretching between the flawless Boy Scout and the Bad Actor who deserves jail time, and too many brokers are getting stuck there, people who shouldn’t have to spend up to two years of their careers and up to six figures fighting what may be nothing more than an allegation.

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Syte unveils stories of discovery, bringing together social commerce and product discovery for advanced shopping experiences

The next generation of Syte’s AI-powered product discovery platform delivers added value to shoppers, introducing a new on-site social commerce solution to enhance user experience.

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Systemthe leading product discovery platform for retail, today announced the launch of Discovery Stories, an enhanced, mobile-focused user interface (UI) that transforms the product discovery and recommendation experience on brand and retailer websites, giving it the look and feel of ‘Stories’ on social media for a better customer shopping experience.

Discovery Stories allow mobile shoppers to easily and interactively discover new products by using main page real estate to display the most relevant product recommendations, all in a buyable story format. The familiar social interface makes engaging with a retailer’s products intuitive and simple, much like tapping through stories on social media. The feature is the first step in a suite of socially-inspired product discovery solutions, powered by Syte’s advanced visual AI platform, which the company plans to release while remaining focused on the trending strength of social habits and preferences of consumers. .

New Accenture Report Predicts Social Commerce Will Grow three times faster than traditional e-commerce, more than doubled by $492 billion in the world in 2021 for $1.2 trillion in 2025. Shopping behaviors are changing daily and the pandemic has continued to massively shift customers to mobile and social commerce. With the continued hesitations of in-store purchases, retailers need technology that allows them to cater to different types of shoppers and meet ever-changing needs, while optimizing their own bottom line. Syte’s existing product discovery platform has revolutionized the way consumers can interact with a retailer’s website, and this new feature borrows those same proven features to dramatically improve the mobile shopping experience.

Social media shopping is exploding among Gen Z consumers, with nearly 60% saying they made unplanned purchases “at the time”. This particular generation – the one with ever-increasing purchasing power – is one of impulse purchasers, looking for quick and responsive shopping experiences to captivate them. When it comes to discovering new fashion trends and cult pieces, 45% of current Instagram users say they prefer Stories, and more than 500 million Instagram accounts use Stories every day. The concept of the highly visual platform is well-suited to fashion, jewelry and home decor brands and retailers, who benefit from providing customers with visual search and discovery options, similar to the shopping experience. in-store purchase.

“Social media plays a central role in our everyday lives. Gen Z and Millennials in particular now expect constantly updated stories and personalized photos and videos as part of their social media experiences. ‘purchase’, said Vered Levy-Ron, CEO of Syte. “Syte’s existing platform already bundles solutions such as visual and site search and personalization, but as consumers regularly engage with stories on social media, these latest features will allow them to use this same functionality in their buying journey. Tools like Discovery Stories further empower our customers to deliver optimal social and mobile customer experiences, which translates to increased sales and customer retention.”

Syte’s new Discovery Stories feature takes its existing product discovery platform – a platform that enables brands to create personalized shopping journeys for customers, introducing them to the products they’re most interested in. likely to buy, the way they most prefer to shop – taken to the next level with an advanced on-site experience that adapts to the social buyer journey, resulting in increased traffic, sales and customer loyalty for retailers.

Syte’s Discovery Stories feature will be available to all new and existing customers later this month.

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Syte is the world’s leading product discovery platform for retail. It uses visual AI to create intuitive search and discovery experiences for all types of shoppers. Syte’s solutions include visual and text search, automated product tagging, personalized recommendation carousels, and more. They use unique data generated by visual AI to help shoppers find the most relevant products. Brands and retailers like Farfetch, Signet Jewelers (UK), PrettyLittleThing, Coleman Furniture, SHEIN and Baycrew partner with Syte to drive e-commerce revenue and build long-term customer loyalty.

To learn more about Syte’s solutions, products, technology, patents and trademarks, visit www.syte.ai.

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The luxury symposium brought together decision makers, artisans, artisans, global corporate brands and they will discuss how to make the country a brand

The luxury symposium kicked off yesterday with Culture and External Affairs Minister Meenakshi Lekhi saying the event was a curtain raiser for several events to be held in the future. She hoped that this curtain raiser would give a glimpse of what India had to offer. She said that as a proud Indian, she was very proud of all that it had to offer. She said there were very few countries with a six or seven thousand year old heritage. She asked if there was any country in the world that could claim this. The Minister said that India is the right place if one wants to see diversity. There were people of all religions in every town and yet she said everyone was one. Citing the example of aborigines who lost their land and culture, she pointed out that in India they were protected by law. The prehistoric model is open to science and technology, open to co-vaccines and it was obvious that this culture had done it all. According to her, it was the strength of the country. She said that for her the world was India whenever she traveled abroad; she always felt that India was her home. She said that despite the challenges and opposition faced and on the one hand, the country was developing and yet everyone was celebrating life. She said no country can offer what India can offer in every way of the world. The minister hoped that India would not just be the manufacturing hub but the design hub because India had the capability. Brand India, she said, had to be advanced as it claimed that “we are the originals”. She said: ‘Whether it’s jewelry, clothes, embroidery, handicrafts and seen on various ramps and since I’m here I will mention Paris and say that fashion is repeats every decade and whether it’s temple art or architecture, tribal clothing has all been used by major brands internationally, but we haven’t been given credit. Let’s put all our efforts together to mark India and make this luxury symposium a pioneer. Every Indian national has the ability to be a designer because at the time of making a garment they will come up with suggestions like wanting a slit in a certain way or embroidery on a particular side. The only thing missing is branding and I have every hope and expectation from the people sitting here to drive it forward.”

During a panel discussion, when asked what luxury means to her and how it can be used to preserve arts and crafts, Queen Diambi Kabatusuila of Congo thanked everyone for giving her given the opportunity to visit India for the very first time. She said everyone knew the beauty of Indian women, their grace, refinement and the way they presented themselves brought honor to themselves and their country. Their refinement showed not only in their way of dressing but also in their dancing. India, she said, was important and much noticed by everyone and she would be more than willing to help the country be the focus of the world. India, she said, had many masters for thousands of years who showed the way to spirituality. She said, “As an African woman, the history of Africa was like a black spot, people didn’t know much and everything they knew was negative. I believe it is time now to rename the continent and that will need friends and partners. Speaking of luxury, I think it’s the freedom to express yourself and do what you inherited from your ancestors. Ancestors are very important in African culture. They transmit all the teachings they have and we are obliged to show what they have left us”. She talked about her clothes and the beads she wore and said it was part of her culture. She said there was nothing to apologize for being African and it had been for too long. All of Africa’s wealth was washed away while much remained underground and the continent had received no credit.

Speaking about the two things that happened because of Covid, Rinaa Shah, a designer who has been in the industry for twenty years, said it all moved online. In the first year of Covid, everything collapsed, including the sale of luxury goods. It was a time of uncertainty. The second year was tough for luxury goods and everyone moved online. She said today that thirty percent of all luxury goods sales take place in Europe, but there is a lot of business in India. The forecast was that it would increase by thirty percent. This, she said, was due to huge pent-up demand. Anyone who earned fifty lakhs and above bought luxury. The second evolution was that luxury could no longer afford to be wasteful, it had to be sustainable.

Paulo Gomes, who flew in from Portugal, also spoke. He was the former creative director of Lisbon Fashion Week; Founder and Curator of Green Circle – Sustainable Textile and Fashion, Portugal.

The symposium will end today. The Luxury League is a non-profit foundation, India’s most powerful and influential premier platform for brand culture as luxury committed to branding India, globally. The foundation serves as a standard bearer to promote Indian arts, crafts and heritage and is a global ambassador for Indian culture. The foundation also aims to create an environment conducive to creative thinking through dialogue and the exchange of ideas between like-minded people, luxury suppliers, global decision makers and government.

A consortium of makers, artisans, artisans, global corporate brands, consumers as well as government come together on the same platform to reimagine the connotations of luxury in a global context.

Why ‘Dune’ Should Win Best Picture at the Oscars This Year

The Oscars are in their flop era. Each year brings fewer viewersfollowed by a victorious conservative news cycle on the unbearable awakening of Hollywood elites. Worse, this news cycle is at least partly correct, but not for the right reasons. A lot of Hollywood elites are unbearable, and awards shows find them in self-congratulatory mode, spilling superlatives on high-profile projects whose importance often diminishes almost immediately.

In a futile effort of populist appeal, the Academy this year relaunched its Category Fan Favoritesfirst launched in 2018 and retired later that year when it was considered a a soup for Black Panther Fans. But it’s hard to imagine much drawing power in the chance to watch Spiderman 3 win the american idol part of the procedure. A potential solution to declining interest in the Oscars, however, lies in the hands of Academy voters. What if, just once, they had voted best picture for a film that critics and public okay – the clever blockbuster that turned an unfilmable book into an unforgettable feast for the senses? The future of the Oscars could be saved by Dunes Sunday night best picture winner.

Here’s why.

Fans and newbies

The chasm between what audiences and critics seem to expect from a film like Dunes is nothing compared to the one between what superfans and newbies want. As with any mega-budget adaptation of a beloved sci-fi or fantasy epic, one of the two groups is going to be disappointed. Dunes, however, is not just any sacred text; it’s the sacred text. star wars, The matrix, Harry Potter, you name it – basically every messianic story of the past 50 years owes a deep debt to Dunes. Disappointing the serious Dunes-heads would be unforgivable, especially since it has happened many times before, most dramatically with David Lynch’s 1984 film, which the director has since disavowed. But is it even possible to please fans and casual viewers when the source material is so legendaryly impenetrable that it makes the vanity of “casual viewing” a paradox?

Ask a duner this Dunes is on point and you could get an uninterrupted 45 minute response. It’s a sprawling 800-page anti-imperialist allegory filled with intergalactic mythologies and plenty of weird nonsense that people have been getting high on for generations. Read any random page, and your eyes may glaze over or widen, depending on the page.

Here is my most compact attempt to summarize the plot. Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet), son of noble Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) and Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson), is perhaps humanity’s chosen one, whose lineage has been subtly led over the millennia by a secret society of which Jessica is a member, the Bene Gesserit. (If wacky sci-fi phrases irritate your ears, buckle up!) Paul’s heroic journey takes him from his home planet Caladan to the harsh desert planet Arrakis, where a shadowy emperor has installed Duke Leto to harvest something. thing called “spice”, a psychoactive substance that makes interstellar space travel possible. The Arrakis natives known as Fremen resent being exploited and oppressed for their abundance of natural resources, and perhaps they need to do something about it.

Did I mention there are huge sandworms?

It’s hard sci-fi, and it’s a lot to ask viewers to understand. Fortunately, Denis Villeneuve has made a film that viewers can simply almost understand and always love. The director somehow found a way to help newbies get through his Dunes without holding their hand. Villeneuve, who co-wrote the screenplay with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth, has wisely split the book into two films and uses economical storytelling so that the denser material doesn’t feel like reading a book. For example, David Lynch Dunes begins with Princess Irulan (Virginia Madsen) speaking directly to the camera for two minutes straightwhile the new version focuses entirely on Princess Irulan (Florence Pugh will be play it in the sequel) and opts for a vivid portrayal of life on Arrakis – told by a Fremen named Chani (Zendaya) – nodding towards what lies ahead for the planet.

This intro reveals key concepts and themes without getting lost in the weeds, and things continue that way for the duration. Villeneuve distributes his exposition in crumbs and not in blocks, drawing the audience further and further, until about halfway through the film. At this point, newbies and veterans alike finally know everything they need to sit down and soak up the great cinematic spectacle of the paid setup, without having to actively follow along.

Theaters and streamers

Dunes is the quintessential pandemic film. It was meant to be seen in theaters — perhaps during one of 2021’s brief lulls where it felt safe — and it’s been enriched by repeat viewings — perhaps on HBO Max, where it’s been created the same day. It made good at a time formats.

It is impossible to appreciate Villeneuve polite insistence that the public sees his film in theaters without really seeing it that way. Everything about his film looks, sounds and feels far too massive to be contained in his house. Each scenic landscape drips with grandeur. Each soaring symphonic note projects vastness and menace in equal measure. Every penny of the $165 million budget is accounted for on screen.

Dunes that’s what going to the movies is all about: luscious adventure sets, major movie stars with memorable character beats, and sensory overload done right. What takes the film to the next level, however, is that it’s also totally immersive. The world-building is so deftly constructed that no matter where a scene takes place in the galaxy, viewers get an idea of ​​what the land must look like just beyond the frame, and another equally captivating film could also take place there. . The astro-ninjas descend from the sky and you immediately accept it. Duncan Idaho (Jason Momoa) mentions something called a sand compactor and you think, “It looks like something out there,” and then several scenes later, of course, what must be a sand compactor appears in action.

Watching Dunes in theaters is a thrill ride, but seeing it again at home makes for a thrilling playground to explore at your own pace.

Parts and sets

Once the credentials are officially signed on a Dunes continuedscheduled for 2023, the title of the current film has changed to Dune: part one. Indeed, some reviewers cited its “unfinished” look as a reason to dislike it. However, although the film’s final line is “It’s just the beginning”, Dunes tells a full story. The arc of House Atreides taking over harvesting operations on Arrakis is coming to an end and leaves Paul Atreides at a pivotal point in the path he is heading on. There’s no reason the movie we saw shouldn’t be recognized on its own terms, rather than through the the Lord of the Rings The road to the Oscars is to wait until it’s over to reward its creators with their flowers. Dunes the achievements are already apparent.

It’s strange that a film with 10 nominations, just behind The power of the dog‘s 11 – would be considered a total underdog, but Dunes It’s exactly that. The chances of director Villeneuve’s masterful adaptation winning top honors have been struck off in trades as negligible.

But a Best Picture win is what she deserves. It would be as if Mad Max: Fury Road had won in 2016 instead of Projector, which, six years later, seems to be the way things should have been. (Spotlight is a great movie; Mad Max: Fury Roadto like Dunesis a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience.)

A Dunes winning would fuse popular and critical acclaim into a singular product, rewarding ambition and vision over more typical Oscar bait. It would be the kind of shake-up that would keep moviegoers interested in awards shows for the next decade. The bottom line is this: If voters can’t expand their current conception of what “best picture worthy” means, this could be the hill — or dune, if you will — over which the Academy’s relevance eventually dies. And it won’t be saved with a sequel.

9 Movies From The 2000s That Have Great Costume Design

Costume design always plays a key role in movies from every decade and the 2000s were no exception. Familiar Juicy Couture worn by The Plastics in mean girlsto the fantastic dresses of the Qing era worn in Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragonthe 2000s encouraged a colorful new aesthetic that contrasted with the dark, grunge era of the 90s.

Related: 8 Teen Movies That Defined The Early 2000s

With the rise of Y2K fashion driven by apps such as Depop and TIC Tac, as well as fashion it-girls like Bella Hadidlow rise jeans and UGG boots are finally back in fashion. These films helped establish the 2000s as a unique period in fashion history, and they reflected and inspired the fashion trends of the 2000s.

Red Mill! (2001)

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The musical jukebox made by the author of the film Baz Luhrmann is a fabulous love letter to the actual Parisian cabaret that existed in the fin de siècle (meaning “end of the century”) of the 1890s. The film is filled with corset-wearing can-can dancers, with petticoats large enough to suffocate someone and bling so bright it could blind.

Related: Watch Nicole Kidman & Ewan McGregor Share Sweet ‘Moulin Rouge’ Memories

Catherine Martinthe film’s co-costumer alongside Angus Strathie, was responsible for the film’s campy costumes and worked hard to incorporate the historical extravagance of the period, as well as the style of early 2000s ‘Moulin Rouge!’ remains a staple of excellent costume design in the film repertoire of the 2000s and is one of Hollywood’s most theatrical and beautiful films to date.


Revenge of a Blonde (2001)

Legally blonde Reese Witherspoon
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Entering a brooding courtroom in a hot pink ensemble is one of cinema’s most iconic entrances by one of the most beloved movie characters of all time, Elle Woods. Revenge of a Blonde follows the story of a bubbly, ambitious young woman with blonde hair (played by 2000s heartthrob Reese Witherspoon) worked her way into Harvard’s elite law school after her boyfriend dumped her for being too “Marilyn” and less “Jackie.”

Sophie de Rakoff was responsible for creating many of Elle’s looks, including the pink cloud sorority dress, the fluffy dress Playboy-bunny-inspired costume, as well as her blue sequin pencil skirt and law student outfit with plaid tie. Nothing screams Y2K fashion more than Revenge of a Blondeand will forever hold a place in the esteemed pantheon of pink-wearing icons.

dream girls (2006)

Jennifer Hudson with Beyoncé in Dreamgirls

Returning to the glitzy and glamorous age of the late 1960s to early 1970s, the musical film dream girls follows the rise of Detroit girl band “The Dreams”, (inspired by real-life Motown band “The Supremes” fronted by the incomparable Diana Ross) in all their glittery, satin-gloved splendor.

Related: 5 Best Film Score Moments of This Decade

Inspired by disco divas of the day such as Cher and Aretha Franklin, costume designer Sharen Davis drew on her memory of Motown singers of the past to create beautiful mermaid tail dresses for lead actresses. Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Hudson. While not necessarily 2000s fashion, this film’s fashion clearly pays homage to the glamor of the past with colorful ensembles seen in contemporary trends from the film’s release.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)

Based on the famous Dr Seuss story of the same name, this Christmas movie is pure festive camp. The Grinch Has Had Many Iterations, But An Actual Cartoon Character jim carrey really took him to new heights. Incredible makeup and prosthetics were provided by Kazuhiro Tsuji and Rick Bakerwhich helped the film win the Oscar for Best Makeup.

The film’s costume designer, Rita Ryack, based many of the character’s garments on 1950s aesthetics, including the ultra-glamorous Martha May Whovier played by Christine Baranskyand Cindy Lou Who, played by Taylor Momsen before his rock star era. In doing so, Rita helped the film gain a timeless, cartoonish appeal that remains a staple during the Christmas season.

mean girls (2004)

Would 2000s fashion be anywhere without mean girls? Arguably the most iconic high school cliques of all time, the pink-clad fashionistas known as “The Plastics” have firmly placed themselves in film and fashion history forever. Led by the terrifying but effortlessly chic Regina George (Rachel McAdams), plastics include silly but well-meaning Karen Smith (Amanda Seyfried), devoted follower Gretchen Weiners (Lacey Chabert), and underdog Cady Heron (Lindsay Lohan), all of which carry real essentials necessary for any 2000s wardrobe.

Fort Mary Jane was the film’s costume designer and used early 2000s fashion pioneers such as Paris Hilton as the primary inspiration for the character’s clothing, and included graphic tees, argyle sweaters, and mini-skirts in character wardrobes. Mary did this to add a touch of realism and use the fashions and trends that high school girls actually wore at that time. So go find it!

The devil wears Prada (2006)

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The devil wears Prada in an article on film fashion of the 2000s? Innovative. Following in the footsteps of other New York fashionistas such as sex and the city gang, (which costume designer Patricia Field also worked on) main cast Meryl Streep, Anne Hathawayand Emily Blunt look stunning in head-to-toe designer clothes as they navigate their way through the brutal fashion industry.

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Patricia Field was nominated for an Oscar for her costume design in the film and created stunning looks from the green coat worn by Anne Hathaway with leopard print appliqués, to Stanley TucciThe well-fitting plaid three-piece suit from . Goofy Andy (Hathaway) quickly turns into a fashionable scene-stealer due to the influences of fellow assistant Emily (Blunt) and Anna Wintour-esque Miranda Priestly (Streep) and soon learns how to place his boots in the world of the fashion. And yes they are Chanel.

love mood (2000)

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If clothes could talk, humans wouldn’t be needed in Wong Karweithe ultra-saturated romantic dramatic masterpiece of, love mood. Set in British Hong Kong in the 1960s, the story follows two neighbors (played by Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung) as they grow closer due to the infidelity of both of their partners. The clothes worn by Su Li-zhen (Cheung) are particularly impactful, as the light and dark cheongsam dresses she wears simultaneously stand out and blend into the atmospheric backgrounds she surrounds herself in, emphasizing her isolation and her loneliness in relation to other people in his apartment. building.

William Chang worked with Wong Kar-wei to create the costumes for the film and used them to help express the unexpressed desires and emotions felt by the characters. The growing relationship between the protagonists is reflected in the clothes they wear and is a must-watch for any fan of mid-century East Asian fashion.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

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Bringing history’s most infamous fashion it-girl to the big screen is no small feat, and being in charge of her vast wardrobe is even harder. Directed by filmmaker Sofia Coppola, the film combines the unapologetic opulence of pre-revolution France with the bubblegum-pop soundtrack of the 2000s, a year into the global financial crisis.

Related: Best Female Royalty Movies

Costume designer Milena Canonero had the almost impossible task of dressing the doomed Queen of France, embodied by Kristen Dunst, and helped her win her third Oscar for costume design. She incorporated styles and silhouettes found in 1700s France, as well as contemporary sensibilities such as the use of hot pink, a popular color found in fashion powerhouse tracksuits. Juicy Couture. The cake-loving queen’s fashion is on full display in this film and is a masterclass of costume design in film.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000)

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A love letter to traditional Chinese martial arts, Ang Leeit’s Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon features some of the finest shots in cinema as well as some of the most thrilling dogfight scenes in cinematic history. Inspired by the costumes and aesthetics of classical Chinese opera, Tim Yip incorporated the fashion silhouettes worn during the Qing dynasty, but opted to use the colors of the earlier Tang dynasty to include softer designs. and more elegant.

The flowing robes worn by the characters in the film help to emphasize the beauty of martial arts, as they appear to be flying through the air as they battle their opponents. “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” is another film that makes full use of its costumes and design to create a world of sheer magnificence and elegance.

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Sportswear Market 2022 | Size, Demand, Cost Structures, Latest Trends, Business Outlook and Forecast to 2028 – ChattTenn Sports

sportswear market The research report of the report is a wide-ranging analysis and Impact of COVID19 in the global market and detailed information with segmentation has been added in this intelligence report. In this report, a comprehensive analysis of the current global market of the Global Sportswear Market in terms of demand and supply environment is provided, as well as current price trend and in the the next years. The main global players are presented with their income, Marlet to share, profit margin, major product portfolio and SWOT analysis. From an industry perspective, this report analyzes supply chainincluding the process graph presentationupstream key raw material and cost analysis, distributor and analysis of downstream buyers. This report also includes global information and regional Marlet Cut and forecasting, major product development trend and typical downstream segment scenarioas part of the analysis of market drivers and inhibitors.

Key players in the Global Sportswear Market covered are:
Hanesbrands Inc.
Gildan Activewear Inc.
V.F. Corporation
Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.
Adidas S.A.
Nike Inc.
Lululemon Athletica
G-III Apparel Group Ltd.
PVH Corp.
Columbia Sportswear Co.

On the basis of types, the Activewear Apparel market from 2015 to 2025 is majorly split into:

On the basis of applications, the Activewear Apparel market from 2015 to 2025 covers:
Online shops
Offline shops

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  • North America (S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe (Germany, UK, France, Italy, Russia, Spain, etc.)
  • Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, etc.)
  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, etc.)
  • Middle East and Africa (Saudi Arabia, South Africa, etc.)

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  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Sportswear market?
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  • What is the current CAGR of the Sportswear market?
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  • Who are the key competitors in the Sportswear market?
  • What are the main results of SWOT and Porter’s Five Techniques?
  • What is the Sportswear market size and growth rate during the forecast period?


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Sports Deals: Shop new apparel and shoes from Nike, Puma and more

There are so many activewear retailers out there with huge deals right now that it’s a great time to swap in your old clothes for new ones. While some deals are better than others, depending on where your brand loyalty lies, you’ll always walk away with something new or at least something for someone else you’re shopping for.

Among the offers I found are a variety of permanent offers, sales and fresh spring sales. If you’re a fan of Reebok, Adidas, Under Armour, and a host of other well-known sports brands, you’ll love these deals. Read on to find out more about these great deals and head to these retailers before these deals run out.


This new markdown deal is pretty much a permanent deal at this point. Nike athletic shoes and gear are both 40% off their regular prices. There is no end date or code for this sale and adult and children’s items are available. The most affordable clothes are children’s accessories, but adult clothes and accessories aren’t too far off. As this one is not urgent, you can take your time to go through it.


Another new markdown offer valid online and in-store is the 50% off sale at Adidas. Although exclusions apply, there are footwear, apparel and accessories among the 2,000 products on sale. Both adults and children are catered for, and there are even unisex options, mostly in the form of accessories and footwear. There’s no end date for this offer and it’s usually a sort of permadeal, but the amount you can save may change, so buy early.


Today is the last day to get 30% off using offer code SPRING30. There are over 1,000 items for sale, divided into footwear, clothing and accessories. Clothing and footwear options are quite good and if you want to dress any kid you know in Puma from head to toe, there are options for them too.

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This Under Armor offer ends March, 31st. When you use the offer code SPRING25, you will get 25% off factory items for orders of $75 or more. The only exclusion from this offer is that the code only works for sale clothing marked in red. That said, as with the other offerings, both adults and children have a choice.


Reebok’s Spring Sale doesn’t have an end date, but unlike some of the other deals going on right now, this one is sure to end. The first offer is an offer up to 35% off, plus an additional 50% off when using code SPRING at the register. The other offer is three items for $80 using code TRIPLE. The items on sale for these two offers overlap.

Luxury Beverly Hills jewelry store owner had at least $3 million worth of merchandise stolen, suspects ‘look like young children’

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The owner of a Beverly Hills, California jewelry store who was robbed of millions of dollars worth of luxury watches and merchandisenotSays during a bareback job in broad daylight this week said the suspects appeared to be young children.

At least five suspects targeted Beverly Hills luxury jewelry around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday when they appeared to smash the store’s window and grab items on display, according to footage taken by passers-by on Beverly Drive.

Store owner Peter Sedghi said he was in his office when he and his staff heard what sounded like gunshots.

“I yelled at my employees to get everyone to the floor. I pressed the panic button and went under my table,” he told Fox News. “I waited for the gunfire to stop. I grabbed my gun and ran.”


Owner Peter Sedghi stands in the street outside his closed boutique, Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills in Beverly Hills, California. .
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“They look like young children,” he added of the suspects. “Everyone is really shaken up.”

As he walked out, Sedghi said he saw the group fleeing the scene. They must have hit the tempered glass window about 14 or 15 times with sledgehammers to break it, he said. They walked away with between $3 and $5 million worth of merchandise.

The Beverly Hills Police Department told Fox News the suspects were wearing black clothing with face masks. They arrived at the scene in an SUV reported stolen in Long Beach and fled on foot, abandoning the vehicle.

Investigators made no arrests and were unsure of the age range or gender of the suspects, police Lt. Giovanni Trejo told Fox News.

“It is very concerning…despite all the efforts we have made to combat and prevent this, we continue to have these crimes, especially during the day,” he said.

Sedghi said the thieves took items near the store window because they would otherwise have had to be warned to enter the store. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it stopped using armed security guards, he said.

Pedestrians walk past a barricaded Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills.  Los Angeles police are warning people that wearing expensive jewelry in public could make them a target for thieves – a note of caution as thefts are on the rise across the city.

Pedestrians walk past a barricaded Luxury Jewels of Beverly Hills. Los Angeles police are warning people that wearing expensive jewelry in public could make them a target for thieves – a note of caution as thefts are on the rise across the city.
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“Now we’re going to have an armed guard again,” he said. “

Before reopening, the store’s inventory needs to be counted and a new window display will need to be installed, he said.

While the brazen thefts are concerning, Trejo noted that investigators were able to solve the crimes in a timely manner. He cited the arrest of Ariel Maynor, who pleaded guilty to killing Jacqueline Avantwife of legendary music manager Clarence Avant, during a home invasion in December.

More recently, Beverly Hills detectives arrested several suspects and were looking for others on the run in a series of robberies. In February, two gang members were each sentenced to a dozen years in prison for an armed robbery at a Beverly Hills restaurant where a customer was shot in the leg and a $500,000 watch was stolen. taken from another customer.

Tuesday’s incident comes as Los Angeles County continues to see an increase in thefts, whether smash-and-grabs or the kind where thieves follow their victims home or to isolated areas.


On Tuesday, the LAPD’s top cop said robberies are up 18% from a year ago and the city is seeing a 44% increase in robberies with a firearm from 2021.

“Most concerning is that there has been an increase in the levels of violence used during these robberies and the frequency with which a firearm has been used,” Chief Michel Moore said in an LAPD alert.

He also warned there was a “marked increase” in armed robberies where many victims wore expensive jewelery in public.

Michigan Brothers’ 1995 murder conviction overturned

After 25 years in prison, George DeJesus said the realization that he had been released only began to sink in when he was finally able to take off his prison uniform and put on his own clothes – including a sweatshirt with a picture of him and his brother under the word “innocent”.

“When I took them off and started putting them on, every stitch of clothing I put on, my smile just got bigger and bigger,” he said. “It was about the time – when I put those clothes on, it was real to me.”

Mr DeJesus, 44, was speaking on Tuesday after a judge freed him and his brother, Melvin DeJesus, 48, overturning their convictions in the 1995 murder of their neighbor Margaret Midkiff, who was found naked in his basement in Pontiac, Michigan, with a pillowcase over his head and wires binding his neck, wrists and ankles.

The brothers had always maintained they were at a party when Ms Midkiff was murdered, but they were convicted and sentenced to life without parole in 1997 based on testimony from Brandon Gohagen, who claimed the brothers l forced him to rape Mrs. Midkiff and then trampled her to death.

Robyn B. Frankel, director of the Michigan attorney general’s sentencing integrity unit, said a thorough review of the evidence in the case showed Mr. Gohagen blamed the brothers in exchange for a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to plead guilty to lesser charges. and avoid a mandatory life sentence.

“He ended up throwing George and Melvin under the bus and saying they actually participated and forced him,” said Lori Montgomery, another prosecutor with the Conviction Integrity Unit, which was established in 2019 and began looking into the case in 2020. “But really, what we found out was that he, Brandon Gohagen, committed this crime alone.

Both brothers thanked their mother, Elizabeth DeJesus, for helping them continue their fight to be exonerated, year after year and decade after decade.

“It was hard because you could lose faith,” George DeJesus said at a news conference where the brothers hugged each other, their parents and other loved ones. “But we always fought hard and just when we felt that momentum slowing, my mum made us promise that we would never give up, no matter what.”

Ms DeJesus put her arms around her sons and said: “One wrongful conviction is too much. So I brought my boys here and I have to thank God for that. We are blessed.”

The brothers were helped by the Cooley Innocence Project at Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan Innocence Clinic, which worked on their cases for years before the Conviction Integrity Unit agreed to review the case.

Ms Frankel said the examination revealed that the DNA on the victim’s body matched Mr Gohagen’s DNA. No DNA compatible with George or Melvin DeJesus has been found.

Witnesses also corroborated the brothers’ alibi that they were at a party the night Mr Gohagen said they killed Ms Midkiff, Ms Frankel said.

In 2016, the case was further unraveled when a DNA search linked Mr. Gohagen to the sexual assault and murder of another Pontiac woman, Rosalia Brantley, in 1994, about 11 months before Ms. Midkiff sexually assaulted and killed in a startlingly similar crime. , said Ms. Frankel.

Ms Brantley, whose body was also found naked and tied up three miles from Ms Midkiff’s home, had been stabbed and beaten to death, Ms Frankel said.

In 2017 Mr Gohagen, who was serving a 35 to 80 year prison sentence for second degree murder and first degree criminal sexual conduct in the murder of Ms Midkiff, was found guilty of the murder and sexual assault of Mrs. Brantley and sentenced to life. in prison without parole.

Ms Frankel said the Conviction Integrity Unit had identified 12 other women who had been emotionally, physically and sexually abused by Mr Gohagen in the 1990s, undermining his claim that the DeJesus brothers forced him to assault sexually Mrs. Midkiff against her will.

Mr. Gohagen was a “serial rapist” who “went wild in the neighborhood”, Ms. Frankel said.

Dana Nessel, Michigan’s attorney general, said the case presented a “particularly tenuous situation” in which the brothers were convicted primarily based on the testimony of a perpetrator who sexually assaulted the victim.

“It’s a chilling set of circumstances to know that a person can spend the rest of their life behind bars with no evidence other than that,” she said. “We really have to be careful and we really have to be suspicious to make sure people don’t go to jail on flimsy evidence like this.”

Speaking to George DeJesus, Ms Nessel said: ‘I’m so sorry this happened to you and your family. Nobody deserves this. And it is a total miscarriage of justice.

Michigan exonerated prisoners are entitled to one year of housing and two years of other services, such as help finding a job, work clothes and tools, prosecutors said.

The brothers said they planned to hold a family reunion as they began to plan their life after prison.

“I’ve waited so long for this,” Melvin DeJesus said. “And you know the words I’ve heard the most?” ‘Be patient.’ How long can you be patient? Every year I have been patient. Finally, finally, we are free.

Skechers: Strong future growth potential (NYSE: SKX)

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Skechers (NYSE: SKX) is a California-based footwear company founded in 1992. Although it provides a range of apparel and accessories, the company is best known for its footwear, which varies in style and use. The company has partnered with big brands and sports names to not only make it a household name, but one that has already left an impact on the industry.

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Skechers recently released its annual figures for 2021, with the latest quarter breaking records and highlighting some important trends, including how the company is managing its balance sheet. Given market conditions, as well as the ability to deliver what’s hot today, Skechers’ fundamentals tell investors to be optimistic about the company’s prospects.

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Skechers released its quarterly and annual results with a focus on how sales looked in the second year of the pandemic. The fourth quarter alone saw sales worth $1.65 billion, up from $1.558 billion in the previous quarter, and an even more substantial improvement from the $1.324 billion reported in the last quarter of 2020. The increase in revenue is the direct result of an increase in the international wholesale and direct-to-consumer, both of which appreciated 30% during this period. The domestic wholesale division also grew in the fourth quarter, generating net income of $402 million, more than the previous three quarters combined. While domestic sales increased 9.8% in the fourth quarter, international sales dominated the latter part of the year, with a 34% increase resulting from the resolution of supply chain issues from the company throughout the year. Overall, Skechers posted a 24.5% increase in sales across all divisions, making it the best quarter ever for the company. That home stretch proved crucial as the company closed the year with total revenue of $6.31 billion, compared to $4.613 billion reported at the end of 2020, an appreciation of 36.7% over 12 months.

Strong global spending demand drove selling expenses up 44.5%, or $141.5 million, while operating expenses rose 21.9% over the same period. However, while the latter saw an increase of $454.1 million, operating expenses improved by 40.2% as a percentage of sales. So, although the company had to invest more in accelerating production and distribution, it was able to manage this well, generating more profits. As a result, net profit grew to $741.503 million in 2021, which is astonishing considering the $98.564 million reported in 2020. Despite all the challenges in supply chain management, this still represented more double the $346.560 million reported in 2019, before the pandemic. hit.

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Earnings per share in the fourth quarter were lower than the previous three, at a reported $0.43, but still, exceeded estimates by $0.33 and capped off a strong year overall with a surprise 30.3%. In line with the company’s goals of maximizing earnings while meeting growing demand, Skechers expects to see EPS of $0.70 to $0.75 in the first quarter of 2022. This is expected to come as the company is targeting a year of sales of more than $7 billion, facilitated through one of the company’s three thriving divisions.

Company and Industry Profile

Fashion Market Revenue

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The global fashion market has grown steadily over the years, undeterred by global pandemics and global shipping issues, which have only stunted its growth instead of causing an overall decline. In fact, the market went from $526 billion in 2019 to $759.5 billion by the end of 2021, growing by $233.5 billion as the world saw negative growth in various other industries. The global fashion market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.18% by 2025, which is expected to surpass the $1 trillion mark. Clothing has historically contributed the vast majority of market size, followed by footwear and accessories. The largest market is China, with annual revenue of $284.3 billion in 2020, more than double that recorded in the United States in the same year, at $126.5 billion this year- the. Employing a large and mostly affordable workforce, China’s industry shows no signs of slowing down and is expected to top $368.8 billion in 2024 as it continues to dominate high-end and low-end fashion production. .

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While China leads in terms of revenue, the West still has a monopoly on fashion trends and styles, which is enough not to exclude the American and European markets. E-commerce sales are growing rapidly in the United States as evidenced by its performance in the region. In 2019, the average revenue per user (ARPU) in the United States surpassed that of China, with the former reporting an ARPU of $432, compared to $296 in China. The market is expected to reach an ARPU of $532 in 2024, with China still lagging at around $310, followed as usual by Europe. Last year saw a 9% growth in the online fashion industry in the United States alone. While the industry was always destined to grow, if not by pure parallel with population growth, the industry’s online presence has dramatically accelerated growth. The online market share is still only about 22% of the global fashion chain share. It has grown steadily over the years and is expected to increase by one percentage point through 2023.

The footwear market, which Skechers primarily focuses on, had annual sales of $92.5 billion in the United States. After experiencing a slight decline in 2020, this particular sector is expected to exceed $100 billion in 2023. The company is also involved in the production of garments, which recorded a total annual revenue of $369.6 billion. in the United States and is expected to approach $400 billion. score by 2023.

Future products and projects

Skechers USA is known for shoes designed for all ages and genders. The company has three segments, dividing the company based on their specific consumer target locations, as well as the different methods by which the company can supply its footwear. Its domestic wholesale segment supplies several retailers in the United States. The International Wholesale does the same for its international customers, as its name suggests, working with its subsidiaries and joint ventures. Finally, the Direct-to-Consumer segment provides solutions through primarily Internet-based outlets. Apart from footwear, the company also provides apparel and accessories, all of which add to the company’s growing inventory.

When it comes to the ties between the fashion industry and technology, a merger in one form or another would prove to be very lucrative, given that both industries are booming. Skechers thought of the obvious, and in March 2022 the company announced plans to move to the Metaverse. This move went through a agreement with Decentraland, a virtual world based in the Metaverse, and saw the company lead the way. The metaverse concept is still new to many people, as such much less marketable, but that was no reason to deter Skechers from investing in what will inevitably be a growing market. The metaverse market is expected to reach $758.6 billion in 2026, growing rapidly to make it one of the most valuable markets. By taking such bold steps, Skechers has shown a keen eye for identifying future trends and ensuring the company’s longevity.

Future prospects

Skechers continues to expand its business where there is demand. As evidenced by its remarkable recovery in the fourth quarter and an overall fiscal year that exceeded expectations, there appears to be no slowing down as the business continues to move forward. Along with its expansion into the metaverse, the company also recently announced new operations in the Philippines, move from a third-party distributor to cement its place in the region. Ongoing offers, such as being named the official shoes of the US Open Pickleball Championships, will see the company grow revenue on all fronts. Overall, if Skechers can satisfy investors with returns like those seen in 2021, the forward march will always parallel its overwhelmingly positive outlook as it continues to move forward in the industry.

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Kilian Jornet launches his new brand, NNormal

World-renowned mountaineer and professional trail runner Kilian Jornet made its big announcement by teaming up with Spanish fashion footwear company Camper to launch its new brand NNormal: an outdoor sportswear brand, designed and tested between the shores of Mallorca, Spain and the fjords of Norway. The first products presented will be shoes for trail running and hiking.

NNormal’s first products will launch this fall, with a mission to create functional, built-to-explode, performance-driven gear and products. The idea behind it came from a combination of Jornet’s roots growing up outside of Barcelona and his life now in Rauma, Norway.

All of the outdoor products that will be released in the fall have been designed in Mallorca and tested in Norway. The first one The NNormal product will launch in Fall 2022 in Europe and North America via nnormal.com and independent outdoor and running stores.

Jornet has won almost every major ultramarathon, such as the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc (UTMB) and the Hardrock 100, on several occasions, and he has set course records at both; in 2011 he won the Western States 100. The Spanish rider also has an impressive mountaineering background, with several FKTs in the Alps and other speed climbs during his Peaks of my life book project.

Threedium Hosts Global Brands During Metaverse Fashion Week | News

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–March 23, 2022–

Threedium will host a collection of designer boutiques as well as 3D apparel from global brands participating in Metaverse Fashion Week (www.metaversefashionweek.com) at Decentraland from March 24-27. Dozens of brands as well as digital web3 brands will be showcased alongside global sponsors attending the event in the Threedium Plaza built in partnership with Renovi Studios.

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Threedium has created 3D wearables for avatars, virtual shopping experiences for brands, and will showcase the best in fashion and retail at the festival starting March 24, 2022. (Graphic: Business Wire )

Fashion week will feature some of the most cutting-edge brands and styles including DKNY, Tommy Hilfiger, Paco Rabanne, Dolce & Gabbana, Etro, Charles & Keith and Prive Porter, as well as popular Web3 brands such as DeadFellaz, FangGang and Mortivers. Visitors to the mall will be able to experience the fashion event virtually, attend the immersive “Taste of the Future” space for exclusive content, experiences as well as participate in physical and digital drops.

Other notable activations from global brands participating in the immersive experience during Metaverse Fashion Week include:

  • Threedium and Craft Worldwide team up with McCann Detroit to showcase GM wearables. GM will showcase the latest innovation in electric vehicles and usher in a new era for the GM brand, highlighting the electric and dynamic look that represents the future of General Motors.
  • “Taste of the Future” is Diageo’s testing and learning space for exploring the next generation of virtual brand experiences. It will feature experiences such as virtual socializing, exclusive cocktails, signature personalized virtual clothing, and exclusive mixology kits to try at home. All of them are available on the brand square.
  • DKNY is offering avatars a unique and immersive experience for this virtual retail exhibition – themed around its Spring 2022 “Do Your Thing” campaign. The campaign reinforces the values ​​intrinsic to the brand ethos – individuality and self-expression, both encouraged and reinforced in the metaverse.
  • CHARLES & KEITH’s eye-catching stand will showcase their icons of the season: the candy-colored Koa shoulder bag and the playful Alex tie sandals. Explore the brand’s beautiful campaign visuals and try digital wearables similar to a physical store experience. The brand will also give away free Koa bags and Alex sandals to the first 1,000 visitors to its stand; Back in the real world, twenty exclusive micro Koa bags are also up for grabs via a contest on social media.
  • Prive’ Porter takes a leap into the metaverse by issuing authentication NFTs of its rare and exclusive handbags. For the first time, buyers of these genuine, coveted, and collectible luxuries will be available for sale in the Metaverse.
  • PHYGICODE, metaverse consortium and brand incubator, launches its first phygital brand offer with festival clothing brand, Wyld Flwr. Featuring a digital capsule collection inspired by Wyld Flwr’s physical line, “PHYGICODE x WYLD FLWR” showcases Trinidad and Tobago’s extraordinary talent in physical and digital fashion. Wyld Flwr is inspired by the Trinidad Carnival and Burning Man, and aims to empower women to experience true freedom and self-expression, and to provide financial independence for women who make line.

During the opening events, Threedium & Decentraland will welcome Cathy Hackl as the first-ever official president of Metaverse Fashion Week. Cathy’s ongoing contributions and support to the web3 and luxury fashion industry make her the perfect host to chair this groundbreaking event. She is one of the industry’s most sought-after metaverse and web 3 strategists and the mind behind some of the most successful luxury and beauty metaverse campaigns to date, including working with clients like Clinique, Asprey , P&G and many more. She will also be present in avatar form after her live hologram.

Additionally, Threedium and Futures Intelligence will work with 8i, one of the world’s leading volumetric capture studios, to deliver Cathy Hackl’s welcome speech in the form of a hologram broadcast live in the luxury mall. The technology will allow Cathy to appear in her physical form in the metaverse, surrounded by the fashion avatars present at MVFW.

“It’s an honor to chair Metaverse Fashion Week and I’m thrilled to be working with Threedium, Decentraland, Boson Protocol and all the brands to make MFVW a success,” said Hackl. “Very soon, I will also be sharing more information about the designers who will dress me in hologram and avatar form for this event, which I hope will become a constant in the industry calendar. fashion.”

Agustin Ferreira, Head of the Decentraland Foundation, said, “Thredium’s groundbreaking work in e-commerce truly sets the standard in the industry. Being able to combine their expertise with the visionary Cathy Hackl, in an unprecedented virtual experience, is a major blow for Fashion Week. This will undoubtedly be a highlight of the event.

Threedium has partnered with domestic brand partners and fashion brands to showcase 3D apparel in this inspiring and innovative format as part of Metaverse Fashion Week for these global brands to join in the excitement around the Metaverse. Customers will be able to shop and socialize the same way they do in real life, as we move seamlessly between the real world and the ever-growing digital world within the metaverse.

About Threedium

Threedium is a 3D engine. We believe that democratizing the creation and distribution of 3D and AR experiences represents our greatest opportunity to improve the way people buy and sell products.

About Decentraland

Decentraland is a decentralized virtual social platform powered by the Ethereum blockchain. Within the Decentraland platform, users can create, experience, and monetize content and applications. Decentraland is unique in that it is owned and governed by the people who use the platform every day. Through the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO), users can submit proposals to the owners of MANA (decentralized currency) and LAND (decentralized ownership) to vote.

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Billionaire Guo Guangchang’s Fosun to list New York fashion house Lanvin in $1.9 billion SPAC deal

Lanvin Group— controlled by Chinese billionaire Guo Guangchang’s Fosun International — has agreed to merge with blank check firm Primavera Capital Acquisition Corp. (PCAC), in a transaction valuing the combined entity at $1.9 billion.

The merger with PCAC, a special purpose acquisition company backed by a China-based global investment firm Primavera Capital Group— will pave the way for the New York listing of Lanvin Group, owner of the French fashion house acquired by Fosun in 2018. As part of the deal, which values ​​the Lanvin Group at $1.5 billion, the combined entity will raise $544 million from the initial New York public offering.

“We plan to accelerate our portfolio growth through organic development and disciplined acquisitions, building a global portfolio of iconic luxury fashion brands that appeal to a broad customer base,” said Lanvin Group Chairman and CEO, Joann Cheng, in a statement. declaration Wednesday. “The Lanvin Group will not only enable these brands to flourish in their country of origin, but also in Asia and North America, the largest luxury markets in the world.

The Lanvin brand has its roots in France’s oldest fashion house, founded by French fashion designer Jeanne Lanvin in 1889. The group is currently headquartered in Shanghai, where its parent company Fosun is also based. It owns and manages Lanvin and other iconic brands such as Italian shoemaker Sergio Rossi, Australian lingerie brand Wolford, American womenswear brand St John Knits and Italian menswear brand Caruso.

“We were looking to back an emerging leader in the consumer space with enduring global appeal and significant growth prospects in Asia,” Max Chen, president and CEO of Primavera, said in a statement. “In the Lanvin Group, we see a unique global company with a rich heritage, an entrepreneurial management team and a differentiated strategy to build luxury power for a new generation of consumers, benefiting in particular from the booming luxury consumption in Asia.”

PCAC will inject $414 million in cash into the combined entity as part of the IPO proceeds, while Fosun and other investors, including Japan’s Itochu Corp., will contribute $130 million. The proceeds will be used to accelerate Lanvin’s growth and fund future acquisitions, Lanvin said.

With the global luxury goods market expected to reach $430 billion by 2025, Lanvin said it was well positioned to seize growth opportunities. The group’s global revenue more than doubled in 2021, driven by strong demand from Greater China, North America as well as online sales.

Lanvin’s parent company, listed in Hong Kong, has created international brands, including Club Med. Besides tourism, Fosun has interests in mining, pharmaceuticals and steelmaking. It was co-founded in 1992 by Guo and three classmates from Shanghai Fudan University: Liang Xinjun, Wang Qunbin and Fan Wei. Today, only Guo and Wang are still with Fosun, Liang resigned from the company in 2017, and Fan resigned in 2015.

Global luxury spending could drop due to war in Ukraine

Customers walk along the Evroreisky (European) shopping mall in Moscow on March 7, 2022. French luxury giants LVMH, Hermes and Chanel along with some other Western brands have decided to temporarily close their stores in Russia.

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Nearly a month after Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, the impact of the conflict on global businesses has extended to luxury industries.

Most of the high fashion brands, including the LVMH group, Burberry and Kering, closed their stores in Russia earlier this month, while announcing their donations to international humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.

According to experts, the impact of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict on the global luxury industry will depend on its duration.

“We are seeing a more likely, immediate and relevant impact on Russians’ personal luxury spending locally, strongly driven by local currency devaluation and restrictions in place,” says Claudia D’Arpizio, Senior Partner and Global Head fashion and luxury at Bain & Co., a Boston-based management consulting firm.

Russian luxury customers make up about 2-3%, or about 7 billion euros ($7.7 billion), of the total global luxury goods market, she says.

According to Federica Levato, partner at Bain and head of its luxury practice in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

“If the crisis persists, financial stability could also be affected, notably generating greater stock market volatility. US consumer confidence could potentially decline and possibly also their luxury spending,” she says.

Since the Russian invasion, more than 19,000 people have been killed, 10 million people have been displaced, and more than $119 billion worth of property has been damaged.

In the short term, luxury brands have taken an economic hit following their decision to close stores in Russia.

In early March, LVMH temporarily closed its 124 stores in Russia. Other fashion houses, including France’s Kering, Chanel, Hermès International, Swiss group Richemont and Italy’s Prada, have all announced they have suspended business in Russia via their social media accounts.

However, luxury brands are unlikely to stop doing business in Russia, says Kate Newlin, director of New York-based Kate Newlin Consulting.

“When you think of luxury, you think of Russian oligarchs as a major customer segment,” says Newlin. “It will be a bigger bet for LVMH to walk away than, for example, for McDonald’s.”

LVMH did not respond to a request for comment. The conglomerate, which owns brands such as Dior, Fendi and Louis Vuitton, donated 5 million euros to the International Committee of the Red Cross to help those affected by the war in Ukraine in early March.

British fashion house Burberry declined to comment on the impact of the war on its business. On March 11, he donated to two other organisations, Save the Children and UNICEF, in support of their humanitarian appeals in Ukraine, following an earlier donation to the British Red Cross Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Lululemon Stock: Look Below?

Shares of athleisure pioneer Lululemon (LULU) begin to feel a little relief.

Despite the recent surge in expensive and risky stocks, there is reason to believe that the recent winning streak for these names is more of an opportunity to take profits than the start of a sustained rally.

Lululemon is one of the most intriguing companies with a remarkably long growth track. However, simply having a long growth track is no guarantee of success if a business cannot execute.

The company’s leadership team has done a magnificent job of perfecting the omnichannel experience. The company has perfected both online and offline experiences, the latter of which may be shaken up as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wane. Can management succeed again as it seeks to go global?

While the company’s strengths in e-commerce are undeniable, Lululemon will need to branch out into new product categories to maintain its high multiple.

The Canadian company, which alone induced the rise of “athleisure” fashion, is not afraid to broaden its field of action. Many tech companies have done this to excite shareholders and pursue new growth verticals.

However, at current valuations, I am skeptical of the company’s ability to continue its string of deep successes. For this reason, I remain bearish on LULU stock.

lululemon: Massive expansion opportunity

Men’s clothing and footwear are not traditional retail areas that Lululemon is known for. That could change as the company looks to put its brand power to the test in an area it’s not as familiar with.

There’s no denying the power of the Lululemon brand, at least in the North American market. If the company can find new success in new corners of the apparel market, the next stage of growth could be astronomical as management prepares to step on the accelerator internationally.

Without a doubt, China is a hot market that could fuel many years of enviable growth. After all, Canadian and American brands are very attractive to Chinese consumers.

As Lululemon builds its brand strength, I think it will be hard to stop the company once it is ready to expand beyond Canada and the United States. However, some challenges could weigh on the company’s ability to gain even more brand affinity.

Rising rivals

The real question is whether the Lululemon brand is attractive enough internationally to justify its above-average prices. Lululemon is not a luxury retailer. At best, it’s on par with Nike or Adidas. Given its many years as a yoga apparel maker, attracting crowds from the non-yoga segment might prove tricky.

Ultimately, I think Lululemon will struggle to branch out into new product categories that go beyond just yoga. At the same time, Lululemon also has to play defense, as other activewear manufacturers like Nike, Adidas and Athleta, a fast-growing yoga apparel brand under the Gap (GPS) umbrella, set their sights on the traditional Lululemon market.

Athleta, in particular, stands out as a significant threat that could undermine the power of the Lululemon brand and its ability to charge high prices. The company has teamed up with Olympic champion Simone Biles and, more recently, singer Alicia Keys, with a logo that’s arguably as graceful as Lululemon’s.

While its growth levers may help drive Lululemon’s growth forward, I find it hard to believe that it can continue to sustain its enviable margin growth once initial margin improvement from DTC (Direct -to-Consumer) begins to fade.

Lululemon’s less than stellar ESG score

Lululemon is highly exposed to commodity price fluctuations. The company faced backlash during the 2022 Beijing Olympics as protesters gathered outside Lululemon’s flagship store, criticizing the company for its fossil fuel (including coal) emissions.

Lululemon doesn’t have the worst ESG score in the world, but it can certainly do better. Climate activists recently shed light on the company’s emissions, which could harm the brand if management does not commit to continuing its efforts to reduce its environmental impact.

Brand power is vital for Lululemon to maintain high margins. Any reputational damage could be a blow to Lululemon and a boon to the likes of a promising, more affordable competitor in the yoga space.

The Taking of Wall Street

According to TipRanks’ consensus rating, LULU stock is looking like a Moderate Buy. Out of 19 analyst ratings, there are 12 buy recommendations, six hold recommendations and one sell recommendation.

Lululemon’s average price target is $420, implying an upside potential of 33.9%. Analyst price targets range from a low of $260 per share to a high of $500 per share.

Conclusion on Lululemon

There’s a lot to love about how far Lululemon has come over the past few years. It’s an omnichannel powerhouse with intriguing opportunities to expand its reach.

With intense competition in the yoga and apparel scene and other headwinds that could weigh on margins, investors should consider whether there is value in buying the stock at more than 46 times the profits. It’s expensive and doesn’t leave much room for error.

Even after the title’s major drop, I’m not inclined to pursue it here. Moreover, it is too early to assess the strength of the brand from a global perspective.

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Government, Retail News, ET Retail

New Delhi: The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in unauthorized sale of products in the name of “Khadi” till January this year, according to the government. Nearly 500 entities have apologized for unknowingly using the Khadi brand and removed them from their products and websites, Minister of State for MSMEs Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma said in a written response to the Rajya Sabha.

KVIC falls under the Ministry of MSMEs.

“As of January 2022, KVIC had issued 2,172 notices to entities engaged in the unauthorized sale of products on Khadi’s behalf,” it said.

So far, KVIC has filed up to nine lawsuits against different entities for trademark infringement and in most cases won interim injunctions against the infringements, he added.

Cases have been filed in the Delhi High Court against Khadi Essentials, Delhi; Iwearkhadi, Uttar Pradesh; Khadi Design Council of India, Uttar Pradesh; JBMR Enterprises-Khadi Prakritik Paint, Uttar Pradesh; Girdhar Khadi, Haryana; and Khadi by Heritage, Delhi.

The minister also informed that a case has also been filed in the Bombay High Court against Fabindia, Mumbai; India Khadi Fashion, Maharashtra; and Khadi Store, Pehnava, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.

Furthermore, he said KVIC has taken several steps to verify the manufacture and sale of fake Khadi products.

The steps include the appointment of seven trademark consultants, who actively monitor trademark infringements by third parties and issue legal notices to unauthorized users. Furthermore, this also includes the continued removal of online links regarding the sale of fake Khadi products from e-commerce and social media platforms.

“So far, KVIC (has) already removed 2,487 links from Amazon, Flipkart, Snapdeal, WhatsApp, YouTube, etc.,” Verma said, adding that KVIC consistently opposes trademark applications. by third parties with the word “KHADI”. as part of their trademark.

The luxury resale platform Vestiaire Collective is launching a fashion revolution

A Dior Saddle bag splashed with a cheeky 2000s monogram. The Fendi Baguette, worn by Carrie Bradshaw in 2000 as in 2021. A new-season Bottega Veneta clutch for a fraction of the retail price.

Scrolling through Vestiaire Collective is like coming across a second-hand sartorial paradise, a treasure trove of second-hand Prada and salvaged Saint Laurent. Except that here, no musty smells or shabby cardigans.

Founded in 2009 to help stylish Parisians clean out their closets, the resale app has grown into a global powerhouse with 15 million members and a catalog of 3 million luxury pieces.

And today, she is launching her new brand identity, “Long Live Fashion”.

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The sentiment is simple: with 92 million tons of textile waste going to landfill every year, it’s time to extend the life of our clothes. Resale platforms offer a new circular model – and allow you to indulge your fashion habit without adding to that alarming mountain of clothes.

“Since the creation of Vestiaire Collective, we have always been driven by the desire to break the rules… It is in our DNA to challenge the status quo and rethink the way people consume fashion today and for a better future,” says Fanny. Moizant, co-founder and president of the platform. “Today we want to celebrate our global community of fashion lovers as they help transform the fashion industry for a more sustainable future.”

The campaign also features ‘The Collective’, five puppets created from recycled fashion, each representing a different aesthetic and showcasing the wide spectrum of contemporary secondhand. There’s Miss Classique, which showcases a selection of refined classics (think Max Mara trenches and Celine bags); and Lady Green, who loves low-impact vegan leather and fashion designers Vivienne Westwood.


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Shop select editions or browse freely through pieces ranging from mid-level designer to downright decadent. “The most expensive piece we ever sold was a Hermes Birkin bag priced at A$195,000,” Moizant shares, adding that Vestiaire Collective has a thorough authentication process, with specialist centers in France, the United States United States, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

Statistics show that the resale market is growing rapidly. “It’s growing 20 times faster than the entire fashion industry,” says Moizant. “We recently conducted a global survey of consumer awareness and attitudes towards resale, and more than 40% said they now buy and sell more second-hand clothes than five years ago.”

Second-hand is no longer a last resort, as Vestiaire Collective’s offer proves – and with such coveted cast-offs, why not try your hand at modern thrift? Long live fashion.

Eliminate those folds of South Asian textile history

Securing government support for financial incentives, technology upgrading and workforce reskilling are major challenges

Securing government support for financial incentives, technology upgrading and workforce reskilling are major challenges

South Asia has emerged as a major player in the global textile and apparel market with the start of the third wave of global production. Bangladesh joined the league in the 1980s, due to the outbreak of civil war in Sri Lanka. A supportive industrial policy was instrumental in the 1990s, with zero tariffs on raw materials and capital goods, as access to world markets led to the boom in industry. Bangladesh has overtaken India in terms of exports over the past decade, as Indian labor costs have caused products to become 20% more expensive.

Country Ranking

Lower production costs and free trade agreements with Western buyers are what favor Bangladesh, which ranks third among world exporters. India and Pakistan’s progress in ready-to-wear is recent compared to their established presence in textiles. India holds a 4% share of the US$840 billion global textile and apparel market and ranks fifth. India’s exports then saw a higher volume of business, after a decline of 0.8% in 2019. Pakistan recorded a 24.73% increase in its textile exports (2021-22), for an amount of 10.933 billion US dollars.

India has successfully developed backward linkages, with the help of the Technical Upgrading Fund (TUFS), in the cotton and technical textiles industry. However, India has not yet switched to synthetic fibers as factories still operate seasonally. Pakistan remains very focused on cotton products; it is falling behind due to skills and policy implementation issues. Bangladesh has been ahead in adopting the technology. Bangladesh also focuses on cotton products, specializing in the low and mid-price segment of the market. The country is facing the challenge of attrition and high skills which lead to higher costs. Sri Lanka has made the most progress in moving up the value chain. Advances in training, quality control, product development and merchandising attract international brands to Sri Lanka.

Leaping forward, the obstacles

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) shifted the focus from production machinery to the integration of technology across the entire production life cycle. The production cycle integrates all digital information and automation, including robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality, 3D printing, etc. Robotic automation exemplifies production efficiency, especially in areas such as cutting and color accuracy. In the days to come, we can expect a complete restructuring in the adaptation of systems to human and market needs. With change come opportunities as well as challenges. The Asian Development Bank anticipates the challenges of job losses and disruptions, inequality and political instability, the concentration of market power by global giants, and increased vulnerability to cyberattacks.

India’s production centers are operating near full capacity as companies plan to expand operations and production capacity. With an unemployment rate of 7%, India faces the challenge of creating jobs in the wake of increased automation. The World Bank expects this trend to accelerate in the post-COVID-19 market. The 4IR can lead to unemployment or low job creation, mainly affecting a low-skilled workforce. Integrating investment in skills and technology will play a key role in phasing out obsolete jobs and adapting to new ones. It is imperative to ensure decent wages and easy access to education. The market has moved from “seasonal fashion” to “fast fashion” and then to “precise fashion”, thus reducing lead times. Digitization and automation in areas such as design, prototyping, and production are key to staying current and controlling production quality and on-time delivery. Rapid transportation is becoming important in cost control as relocation and offshoring gain traction. While a transition may be easier for large factories, small and medium-sized entities may suffer. The adoption of new technologies and automation is also closely linked to creating diversity in the product basket.

On sustainability

Durability is also an important consideration for overseas buyers. Ready-to-wear garments from Bangladesh pioneered “green manufacturing” practices to help conserve energy, water and resources. Textile and clothing effluents account for 17-20% of all water pollution. Many Indian players focus on input management rather than tailpipe management. Sustainable practices such as regenerative organic agriculture (which emphasizes soil health, animal welfare and social equity), sustainable manufacturing energy (renewable energy sources are used ) and circularity are adopted. The Government of India is also committed to promoting sustainability through the sustainable resolution of projects.

Tax exemptions or reductions in imported technology, accessibility to financial incentives, maintaining political stability and establishing good trade relations are some of the basic forms of support that the industry needs from the governments.

The lead of work

Access to affordable labor continues to be an advantage for the region. Moreover, a country like India with a very large number of scientists and engineers could be in the lead, as is evident in the fields of drones, AI and blockchain. India’s potential lies in its resources, infrastructure, technology, demographic dividend and policy framework. The creation of a Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution is indicative of India’s intention. The US trade war against China over human rights abuses and its economic bottlenecks opens doors for India and Pakistan as they have strong production bases. Similar to China, India has a large supply, from raw materials to clothing. Bangladesh has also become one of the leading exporters in a cost-competitive global market.

Bangladesh’s investments in technology over the past decades are an added bonus. Having acquired important knowledge and advanced technologies over the past 30 years, it occupies a privileged position. Bangladesh has envisioned the year 2041 for technological advancement, especially in ICT. Pakistan imported machinery (+77.5%) worth US$504 million in the first half of 2019-2020. India’s proposed investment of US$1.4 billion and the establishment of one-stop textile parks are expected to increase employment and facilitate trade. India has extended tax breaks on garment exports until 2024, with the twin goals of competitiveness and political stability. Labor law reforms, additional incentives, income tax relaxations, synthetic fiber duty reductions, etc. are other notable measures.

An exit card

The dependence on cotton products and the focus on only major export destinations may reduce the market reach for South Asia. Diversification in terms of technology, product basket and customer base should be noted. Adaptability to meet the demands of synthetic textiles, other complex products and services is also important. New approaches in the areas of compliance, transparency, workplace safety, sustainable production, etc. are inevitable changes awaiting South Asia to sustain and expand its business. Retraining and upskilling the workforce should also be a priority for the region to stay in the market. Finally, governments need proactive support with infrastructure, capital, liquidity and incentives.

Syed Munir Khasru is Chairman of the international think tank The Institute for Policy, Advocacy, and Governance (IPAG), New Delhi, India, also present in Dhaka, Melbourne, Vienna and Dubai. Email: [email protected]

Skyrocketing cosmetics sales: People are rediscovering their social lives as Covid cases continue to drop

“Skin as a category is going very strong as people are spending even more time on skincare compared to the pre-Covid days,” agrees Jain of Biotique.


While lipstick sales at Lotus Herbals fell 75% at the height of the pandemic, the fall was 60% for Colorbar, 50% for Biotique and 60% for Just Herbs until the second wave of Covid. . While lip products have been hit the hardest, makeup in general has gone out of fashion.

“Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” is a famous line attributed to Elizabeth Taylor. Lipsticks did more than add tint to the lip. For Estee Lauder Chairman Emeritus Leonard Lauder, the Lipstick Index was an economic indicator — during recessions, he pointed out, consumers opted for small indulgences like lipsticks and postponed major purchases. But the Covid-19 pandemic has upended even

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Under Armor (UAA) outpaces stock market gains: what you need to know

IIn the last trading session, Under Armor (UAA) closed at $17.50, marking a +1.98% move from the previous day. That move topped the S&P 500’s 1.17% daily gain. Elsewhere, the Dow gained 0.8%, while the tech-heavy Nasdaq gained 0.18%.

As of today, shares of the sportswear company have gained 3.81% over the past month. Meanwhile, the consumer discretionary sector lost 5.02%, while the S&P 500 gained 0.88%.

Wall Street will be looking for positivity from Under Armor as its next earnings report date nears. The company is expected to post EPS of $0.04, down 75% from the prior year quarter. Meanwhile, our latest consensus estimate calls for revenue of $1.33 billion, up 5.84% from the prior year quarter.

Zacks consensus estimates for the full year of UAA call for earnings of $0.74 per share and revenue of $5.96 billion. These results would represent year-over-year variations of -12.94% and +4.94%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for Under Armour. These recent revisions tend to reflect the evolving nature of short-term trading trends. Thus, positive revisions to estimates reflect analysts’ optimism about the company’s business and profitability.

Based on our research, we believe that these estimate revisions are directly related to the team’s close stock movements. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes into account these estimation changes and provides a clear and actionable scoring model.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% per year since 1988. Over the past few months, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate has fallen 2.91%. Under Armor currently holds a Zacks rank of #3 (Hold).

Investors should also note Under Armour’s current valuation metrics, including its Forward P/E ratio of 23.35. That’s a premium to its industry average PER of 11.99.

The Textile – Clothing industry is part of the Consumer Discretionary sector. This group has a Zacks Industry ranking of 47, which places it in the top 19% of over 250 industries.

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New luxury wallcovering brand Ocashi developed by interior and product design duo

Asian-inspired custom wallcoverings with a modern twist coming soon to interior designers

KOBE, Japan, March 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Japanese interior designer and businesswoman, Yasue Ishikawaand her daughter, Risa Ishikawa, a product development specialist, are teaming up to bring their new brand of luxury wallcoverings to North American interior design professionals later this spring. Referring to the delicious bites or sweet morsels found in their home country, they chose to name the new wallcovering brand, Ocashi.

Best known for its RisaBraire brand, the mother-daughter team found design inspiration in ancient, nearly lost Japanese chinoiserie designs. Found their business in Kobe, a hub of creativity and expert craft culture, the duo wanted their new designs to explore the connection between traditional Japanese homes, art, nature and art. Their research uncovered a treasure trove of magnificent Japanese art that helped inspire the global movement eventually known as chinoiserie, an element of their country’s rich design heritage that has often been overlooked or reassigned to others. cultures. From there, the two women infused modern art into quirky styles; creates stunning textural substrates; and, worked tirelessly to focus on color palettes sought after by modern North American luxury markets.

“The goal of our new Ocashi brand is to bring modern and ancient Japanese aesthetics together in completely new wallcoverings that tell timeless stories,” Yasue said. The designs are cleverly constructed so that a single panel can be used as an element or up to six panels can be grouped together to complete a full wall mural. Interior design professionals can select which section(s) of a scene they want to use for their projects. Additionally, the color, size, substrate material and pattern can be customized to meet the needs of the designer and his luxury clientele.

Ocashi plans to launch with four distinct models in two collections via a new website and e-commerce portal later this spring. Orders are expected to ship within 6-10 days of receipt.

Ocashi can be found online at OcashiDesigns.com and on Instagram and Facebook @ocashidesigns.

Cathy Lloyd
The Media Matters, Inc.
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‘Diamonds and Deadlines’ Review: A Scarlet Woman’s Blue Pencil

In “The House of Mirth”, Edith Wharton’s tragic story of a beautiful young woman’s descent from privilege to poverty in the Golden Age, the novel’s protagonist, Lily Bart, proclaims: “I want admiration, I want excitement, I want money – yes, money!”

Admiration, excitement and money were also the ambitions of Miriam Leslie, a true Gilded Age celebrity. Born illegitimate – and possibly biracial – in New Orleans in 1836, she rose to prominence as a writer, editor, publisher, fashion icon, and champion of social mobility in the new society. -yorker. His fame was fueled by a series of scandals – sexual, financial, social. In the words of her biographer, Betsy Prioleau, she “occupied the gossip columnists.”

Diamonds and Delays: A Story of Greed, Deceit and a Golden Age Woman Tycoon

By Betsy Prioleau

Abrams Press


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Ms. Prioleau brings this forgotten woman to life in “Diamonds and Deadlines”. Among Ms. Prioleau’s previous books is a history of seducers, an appropriate author’s title in the case of Miriam Leslie. The author is sympathetic to her subject, whom she presents as a pioneer overcoming the restrictions imposed on women of her time. Along the way, she paints a larger picture of the society Miriam inhabits, with its extremes of wealth and scarcity.

Like the fictional Lily Bart, Miriam Leslie, née Follin, was a husband hunter, in search of wealth and social status. She divorced three men, outlived another, and became engaged to a fifth, who died inopportunely before the wedding. The men were, successively, a salesman of jewelry, a well-known anthropologist, a wealthy publisher, the dissolute older brother of Oscar Wilde and a Spanish prince. Miriam had spent her early years in the theater, where she was the protege of the dancer and courtesan Lola Montez. Given such a background, it’s no surprise that her approach to marriage is unconventional.

Having chosen her husbands with a view to gaining rank and financial freedom, she had the composure to reject them when they no longer served her purpose. She traded sex for jewelry from her first husband and then forced him into marriage by accusing him of criminal seduction, an act punishable by five years in prison. She married anthropologist EG Squier even though she probably knew he preferred boys to women.

When publisher Frank Leslie came on the scene at his marriage to Squier, the three lived together for 10 years in a threesome. Miriam eventually got rid of Squier, with the help of two artists from Frank’s publications, one of whom had a score to settle with him. The artists lured Squier to a brothel, where they drew him frolicking naked with prostitutes. A court granted Miriam the divorce she wanted because of her husband’s adultery.

Then there were Miriam’s lovers. Married Tennessee Congressman William Churchwell bought her a townhouse. Poet Joaquin Miller, dubbed the “Byron of the Rockies,” dressed in fantastic Old West gear and penned ravishing odes to Miriam’s charms. A mock English nobleman, who called himself the “Marquis” of Leuville, fought two duels to defend Miriam’s so-called honor. When, late in life, she dumped a fake Russian prince, His Highness nursed her broken heart by spreading word that he had been called to assume the throne of Bulgaria. You can’t make this stuff up. The audience loved it.

While the Astors and Vanderbilts barred Miriam from entering elite New York society, she fit right in with the new-rich crowd. Her dresses came from Paris; one was embroidered with emeralds and pearls. In 1876, Frank bought $70,000 worth of diamond jewelry to wear to a reception celebrating the American centennial. In 1890, she gave a lecture in St. Paul, Minnesota, adorned with a necklace of 3,000 diamonds, diamond earrings, diamond hair ornaments, and diamond bracelets.

Miriam’s entry into journalism came during the Civil War thanks to her husband, who put her in charge of Frank Leslie’s Lady’s magazine in order to keep it under his control. She turned the struggling periodical, perceiving that readers were more interested in sentimental fiction and fashion spreads than depressing stories about the battles and horrors of war. Frank entrusts him with a second publication, then a third. Miriam had found her job.

After Frank’s death in 1880, Miriam took over as head of his publishing empire. She legally changed her name to her own and set about reviving the faltering business. Her talent for understanding what readers yearned for was exemplified by her response to the assassination of President James Garfield in the summer of 1881. She was not the first to understand the story, but she was the first to publish photos of the event in one of his papers. “A century ahead of tabloid journalism, she understood what readers wanted,” writes Ms. Prioleau, “close visual participation in events with public figures”. It was “a journalistic breakthrough”. Traffic exploded. She was the star of Publishers’ Row.

Over the next 20 years, Miriam’s business acumen and journalistic acumen earned her titles such as ‘Empress’, ‘Queen’ and ‘Amazon’ of journalism. But his record was spotty, and his business acumen and editorial judgment were not always good. She refused to cover the social upheavals that made Pulitzer newspapers and the New York Sun popular. She attacked immigrants, the poor, and the labor movement, rebuffing readers who were sympathetic to such causes. Her essays on feminism were contradictory. She wrote about the “upcoming woman” who would revolutionize society, but at the same time offered advice on how to attract men. She did not endorse women’s suffrage in her magazines, although she privately funded the work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

At the turn of the 20th century, Miriam was at her w