"Rayon might seem like a better alternative to petroleum-based synthetic fabrics, but it’s often made from trees in old-growth forests. A new nonprofit is working hard to make sure fashion companies have better options."
New York Times
"Perhaps no company embodies the anxieties and hopes around automation better than Amazon. Many people, including President Trump, blame the company for destroying traditional retail jobs by enticing people to shop online. At the same time, the company’s eye-popping growth has turned it into a hiring machine, with an unquenchable need for entry-level warehouse workers to satisfy customer orders."
"Alibaba is planning to build a physical shopping center at its Hangzhou, China headquarters, according to MarketWatch. The five-story brick-and-mortar mall, dubbed "More Mall," is being built on a 40,000-square-meter plot of land and will open in April"
"Britain’s disabled population has a spending power of £80bn, yet, as a frustrating shopping trip to Mayfair proved, many clothes shops are completely inaccessible."
"A pool of the industry’s big names took part in the project, including Ermenegildo Zegna, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo and Versace."
"HONG KONG – A significant breakthrough has been announced by the H&M Foundation and Hong Kong researchers in a four-year project to chemically recycle polyester and cotton blended textiles into new polyester fabrics and yarns without any quality loss. The joint-partners say this new fibre-to-fibre recycling process – developed as part of a €30M funded project – is another major step towards closed-loop textile processing."
"But in the past decade, it has opened its doors to more people of color, plus-size women, transgender women and those who simply don’t fit the industry’s classic definition of beauty. Most importantly, fashion is talking about diversity in more nuanced ways — and learning from its mistakes."
"London remembers exactly what it’s like to lose its youngbloods to Paris. Those of us who had a view of the apocalypse of 2002 are never likely to forget the backs-against-the-wall feeling when Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney, and Hussein Chalayan all announced they were leaving. Every single one of the magnet designers of London’s edgy ’90s reputation, the jeunesse dorée, all upped to show in Paris."