Op-Ed | Toxic Chemicals in Clothing Make All of Us Fashion Victims

Greenpeace Detox Campaign Image | Photo: Lance Lee

Today, to coincide with the release of a major investigative report by Greenpeace International, Toxic Threads: The Big Fashion Stitch-Up, guest contributor Tommy Crawford, strategic communications manager at Greenpeace, highlights the dangers of the toxic chemicals contained in the clothing we wear and urges action. BEIJING, China — Nobody wants to be a fashion victim. Desperately chasing the ever-elusive ‘cool,’ fashion victims

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Bubble and Speak | Leutton Postle

Susie Bubble wearing Leutton Postle S/S 2013 | Photo: Steve Salter

Today, we are pleased to bring you the first instalment of Bubble and Speak, a recurring column penned by Susanna Lau, also known as Susie Bubble, on the young design talents on her highly attuned fashion radar. LONDON, United Kingdom — In 2010, London’s Central Saint Martins Fashion MA course produced a new wave of minimal designers, such as Thomas Tait, Matthew Harding and Jackie J.S. Lee. But the following year, the graduates

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Op-Ed | Making The Case Against Fast Fashion Collaborations

Maison Martin Margiela for H&M | Source: H&M

Today, with the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M capsule collection set to arrive in stores later this week, guest contributor Eugene Rabkin, editor-in-chief of StyleZeitgeist magazine, makes the case against fast fashion collaborations. NEW YORK, United States — It’s been eight years since Karl Lagerfeld for H&M, the first collaboration between a high fashion designer and a mass retailer on a limited-edition capsule

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Joseph Mimran’s Fresh Approach

Joe Fresh Fifth Avenue Flagship | Source: Courtesy photo

TORONTO, Canada — These days, it’s not uncommon that a weekly trip to the local supermarket for milk, cereal and bread might involve coming home with a coat, dress or pair of jeans. Since 1990, when British supermarket chain Asda launched George, the world’s first grocery store clothing label, companies like Tesco and Sainsbury’s have followed suit, capitalising on well-established relationships with their customers, who visit

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 11: Motivating and Retaining Talent

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Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 10, we examined the process of team building. Today, we explore how to motivate and retain talent. NEW YORK, United States — Any MBA programme will tell you that managing people is perhaps the biggest challenge that a

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Op-Ed | The Problem with Most Fashion-Tech Startups

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Today, Lawrence Lenihan, founder and managing director of FirstMark Capital, examines the burgeoning interest in fashion-technology startups. NEW YORK, United States — Fashion is an incredible industry. It’s sexy, it’s glamorous, it’s exciting. But it’s also incredibly complicated and the amount of change the Internet and other technology innovations will bring to this industry in the next decade will be mindboggling. Indeed, our

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 10: Building the Team

Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEO of Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 9, we looked at customer acquisition. Today, we examine how to build a great team. NEW YORK, United States — To build a successful business you need to have the right team in place. But what constitutes the right

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3D Printing, Copyright Nightmare or DIY Heaven?

Today, guest contributor Navaz Batliwalla, also known as Disneyrollergirl, explores the rise of 3D printing and its potential impact on fashion, courtesy of BON magazine. LONDON, United Kingdom — Remember Maison Martin Margiela’s L’Incognito sunglasses from 2008? Of course you do. A futuristic strip of dark polycarbonate that wrapped around the wearer’s eyes like an identity-obscuring black bar, they were an instant sell-out and

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The Creative Class | Nickelson Wooster, Creative Director

Nick Wooster Photo: Tommy Ton

NEW YORK, United States — He has been ordained “the alpha male of American street style” by GQ and called “Woost God” by some of his most rabid fans. But Nickelson ‘Nick’ Wooster, known for his sharply tailored blazers, handlebar moustache and armsleeve tattoos, is more than an arbiter of good taste. A menswear authority who has spent over 25 years working with leading luxury department stores like Barneys New York,

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Finding Your M.O. | Part 9: Acquiring Customers

Moda Operandi Membership Request Screen | Source: Moda Operandi

Finding Your M.O. is an on-going series on The Business of Fashion penned by Áslaug Magnúsdóttir, co-founder and CEOof Moda Operandi, on her experience at the helm of a fashion-technology start-up. Last time, in Part 8, we examined the importance of managing investors. Today, we tackle customer acquisition. NEW YORK, United States — When our website went live, we all stood around a desk watching Lauren Santo Domingo, my co-founder

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Looking Back at a Historic Paris Fashion Week

Dries van Noten Spring/Summer 2013 | Source: Nowfashion.com

Today, Jessica Michault, editor-in-chief of Nowfashion.com, shares her thoughts on the Paris Fashion Week collections. PARIS, France — Each season, as the international fashion flock winds its way from New York to London to Milan, there is usually a gradual yet perceptible build up of excitement for what comes last: Paris Fashion Week. After all, it’s here in the City of Light where the best and brightest designers from around the

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Op-Ed | Fashion Blogging Has a Transparency Problem

A blogger at Rag & Bone | Photo: Yana Paskova for The New York Times

Today, in a guest Op-Ed piece, Jennine Jacob, founder of Independent Fashion Bloggers, exposes  a transparency problem that threatens the future of the business of blogging. NEW YORK, United States — Old media often seems to portray fashion bloggers as publishers gone rogue: online personalities thirsting for free product or paid public appearances. Ruth La Ferla’s recent piece in The New York Times, “New York Fashion Week Street

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