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Denim Reads: Madewell CEO Libby Wadle Talks Denim’s Future; Ralph Lauren Celebrates ‘Friends’

Denim has a rich history and an equally lucrative future. This week, our favorite denim reads include stories from all areas of the textile’s timeline. From its place in U.S. history, to its future as told by the CEO of Madewell, these are our favorite stories currently circling the web.

Madewell CEO Libby Wadle on the Future of Denim and Retail

After filing for an IPO on this month, Madewell is officially ready to step out from under the J.Crew umbrella. And at the helm is long-time J.Crew executive and Madewell CEO Libby Wadle, who oversaw the company as it rake in over $600 million in sales. In an interview with ABC News, Wadle explains what’s next for Madewell and the denim industry. Click here to read the full interview.

Tremaine Emory Drops Denim Tears Collection and Explains its Meaning

Tremaine Emory, founder of streetwear brand No Vacancy Inn, hosted a pop-up earlier this month for a collection that looks back at denim’s role in U.S. slavery. Named “Denim Tears,” the collection commemorates the 400-year anniversary of slavery’s start in America. The collection includes jeans, hoodies, sweatshirts and tees with floral wreaths. Click here to read the full story on Dazed.

A Denim Fix That’s Better Than a Patch

With sustainability top of mind for consumers, trashing jeans because of a minor rip or tear is no longer an option. For those who would rather not use a patch to repair their denim, Popular Science detailed an alternative that requires a basic level of sewing skills. Click here to read the full DIY article.

Ralph Lauren Releases Fashion Tribute to Rachel Green from ‘Friends’

“Friends” fans now have another reason to get excited: In honor of the show’s 25th anniversary, Ralph Lauren launched a line inspired by the character Rachel Green. For those not familiar with the show, Green—played by Jennifer Aniston—began working at the fashion label during season five of the series. The line, aptly named “The One Where They Wore Ralph Lauren,” is a nod to the show’s quirky naming conventions. Click here to read the article on CNN.