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Apparel Stories From Around the Web

This week the apparel industry grappled with political views, transformed New York Fashion Week with new technologies and promoted sustainable wardrobes among sports fans.

Functional is the new style norm. The Outline noted how the fashion industry, including boutiques and designers are culling inspiration from blue collar uniforms for their apparel collections.

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Ivanka Trump’s clothing line remains a mystery when it comes to traceability. Racked interviewed Project Just co-founder Natalie Grillon, who indicated that the organization’s investigation found no code of ethics, no human rights policies and no sustainability reports from Ivanka Trump’s supply chain facilities.

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Companies, including apparel brands, have been caught in a standstill in the first few weeks of President Trump’s administration. Fast Company spoke with several public relations experts on what businesses can do to stay neutral at a time of political upheaval in the U.S.

(Related on SJ: Sears Responds to Trump Flap, Ivanka’s Nordstrom Sales Revealed)


VR is the new front seat for New York Fashion Week. On Feb. 17, Coach partnered with Facebook, IMG and Simon Malls to bring a virtual reality fashion show experience to U.S. consumers.

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Repreve, the leading recycled fiber brand made from plastic bottles, is partnering up with the NBA and NHL on a U.S. mobile tour to engage sports fans in environmental responsibility.

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Dow Microbial Control partnered with Middle East retail giant Splash to incorporate Dow’s patented Silvadur odor control technology into Splash’s apparel products.

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Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith is the latest target of President Trump’s supporters. USA Today said Smith was scrutinized by Trump fans calling out his treatment of CNN reporter Jim Acosta at a news conference on Thursday.

(Related on SJ: Retailers Face Off With Trump Over Taxes)

Supply Chain Dive discussed how big data could be an optimal solution for global supply chain problems.

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China’s shipyards are dying out and The Wall Street Journal addressed how many shipbuilders are attributing the problem to the nation’s overcapacity.

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Etsy Studio, the craft site’s new marketplace, is officially here and Fast Company discussed how the new site will foster a more circular economy for material supplies.

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SustainU, a leading producer of 100 percent recycled fanwear collaborated with Major League Baseball on a new Shirt Club for U.S. baseball fans.

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