This week, the apparel industry abandoned malls, criticized the see now, buy now model and questioned the environmental effects of clothing manufacturing.
While the battle between brick-and-mortar and e-commerce continues, some property owners are ditching their struggling shopping centers. The Wall Street Journal discussed how mall landlords are handing over ownership to lenders, which is leading to a liquidation problem for retail real estate.
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Some fashion industry members are not onboarding the see now, buy now model. Glossy spoke with several European companies, including Kering, which spoke about how the instant fashion craze clashes with the traditions of luxury labels.
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Magazine editors, not creative directors, could be helming fashion houses in upcoming years. The New York Times explored how the traditional titles of artistic director and creative director could no longer be applicable for certain labels, since content is a top priority in the industry.
Advanced fabric materials, including synthetic spider silk, are making moves in today’s textile market. BF+DA highlighted how synthetic spider silk is a possible alternative for the apparel industry, despite its complex production process.
Inclusive apparel design and climbing access for all are the latest initiatives of Polartec. The U.S.-based textile solutions provider teamed up with Paradox Sports, an adaptive climbing company, and apparel innovation hub Open Style Lab, to launch a documentary about how sports clothing and climbing shouldn’t be limited.
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LVMH is setting its sights on the e-commerce market. Fashionista noted how the luxury conglomerate is starting its own e-commerce website, which will sell labels including Dior and Marc Jacobs, as early as this month.
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North Jersey’s first luxury mall, Shops at Riverside, is receiving a major internal makeover. NorthJersey.com reported that the mall, owned by the Simon Property Group, is transforming with a floating staircase, elevated store ceilings and a VIP lounge to accommodate consumers’ individualized shopping needs.
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The fashion industry’s true carbon footprint remains a mystery. Racked investigated how industry members and the public genuinely don’t know how detrimental apparel manufacturing can be to the planet, due to the circulation of inaccurate information by certain groups.
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Coachella and Urban Outfitters are in a legal conflict. LA Weekly said the California-based music festival is suing the apparel retailer for trademark infringement.
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