This week the apparel industry contemplated on President Trump’s proposed border adjustment tax, heightened China’s mall visit and dabbled in wearable innovations.
Will “Made in USA” be a boon for apparel companies and designers? The New York Times explored how the border adjustment tax could negatively impact the fashion industry, since most American mills are outdated and domestic production is expensive.
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U.S. exporters are favoring the House Republican tax plan and the Wall Street Journal explained how companies, including Dow Chemical Co., are advocating to push for the “border adjustment” proposal.
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President Trump’s recent executive order, which suspended all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, sparked major disapproval in the U.S. Angelo Paparelli, an immigration attorney, spoke with Fast Company about how President Trump’s executive order could transform employment polices at American businesses.
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Fashion Unfiltered proposed that there was more to talk about besides the number of dresses available for Trump’s inauguration in Washington. The publication urged fashion journalists to take a stand and report on the nation’s political landscape, despite speculation from others about their coverage experience.
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Ralph Lauren is struggling to make a comeback from its ’80 roots. Bloomberg said company’s CEO recently left his post following turnaround strategy differences and the label is working to establish a modern face.
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China’s retail landscape is becoming a hybrid of luxury stores and personalized experiences. Jing Daily addressed how high-end brick-and-mortar brands are refining their flagship spaces to boost traffic and omnichannel activity.
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The traditional fashion season is on it’s deathbed and FashionBeans highlighted how “see now, buy now” is the new norm for popular runway labels.
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Positive Luxury released a new report about how ethics and heritage will be key elements for luxury branding. Luxury Daily discussed how the report supports the luxury sector’s transformation and affinity for more personalized strategy.
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What happened to French Connection? The Telegraph explored how French Connection is experiencing poor sales performance and being urged to shut down by its investors.
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Joseph Abboud had an intimate interview with The New York Times and discussed how the suit remains a classic staple of men’s fashion.
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Milliken debuted its first fluorine free sustainable performance fabric to address consumer demand for more environmentally-friendly garments.
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J. Crew filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division against Wilmington Savings Fund Society, FSB, over a capital structure dispute.
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The Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council awarded Lands’ End the Green Masters Award for the company’s environmentally-friendly efforts, including its partnership with the National Forest Foundation and use of recycled fiber.
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Rebecca Minkoff, in partnership with Avery Dennison and Evrythng, debuted its first smart purse. The #ALWAYSON Midnighter bag comes with a hangtag, which provides consumers with exclusive experiences, including styling services and fashion week invites.
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Scout RFP, a cloud-based strategic sourcing provider, launched two new sourcing tools, Pipeline and Intake, that promote cross-department sourcing communication and supply chain transparency.
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Indochino, a made-to-measure suiting company, is expanding its retail presence in the U.S. with five new brick-and-mortar locations across the country.
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