Collaborations with Costume Designers Continue to Grow

Banana Republic Mad Men Collection S/S 2013 | Source: Banana Republic

What was once a little-celebrated job — outfitting the characters that grace TV and film screens — is now the source of significant business opportunities for fashion brands, studios and networks, and the costume designers themselves.

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Gap Willing to Sign Bangladesh Safety Accord, If Tweaked

Gap Spring/Summer 2013 Denim Evolved campaign | Source: Gap

SAN FRANCISCO, United States — Gap Inc's chairman and CEO said on Tuesday the U.S. retailer was ready to sign a global accord designed to prevent another deadly disaster in Bangladesh's garment industry, provided there were some "very minor accommodations."

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Zombie malls, Kors profit rises, American Apparel sales up, Rodriguez’s role, First cover

Keeping zombies out of the mall (FT) “The Garrard Street mall in Reading, a 40-minute drive from west London, is a warning to developers everywhere. Abandoned and soon to be demolished as part of a broader redevelopment… A lethal combination of thrifty consumers and a commercial real estate slump have turned malls into the walking dead of retail.” Michael Kors 1st-qtr profit rises, raises forecast (Reuters)

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Poland’s new wealthy, Gap rebounds, H&M sourcing woes, Social retailing, Bengali style setters

Warsaw skyline | Source: Travelpod

A market for the newly wealthy (FT) “Luxury is a relative concept. In Poland just over two decades ago, it was the height of luxury to have a steady supply of toilet paper, a washing machine and a few US dollars to buy some stick deodorant at a Peweks hard currency shop.” Gap Channels Best Quarter With Banana Republic’s Mad Men (Bloomberg) “Clothing based on the 1960s ‘Mad Men’ styles of Don Draper and

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