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How the Fleece Vest Became the New Corporate Uniform
"A focus of a snarky Instagram account, the uninspired gray fleece vest is an inescapable presence in cubicles around the country. So how did this ho-hum uniform overtake the suit as the corporate outfit of choice?"

via: The Wall Street Journal

Annoyed by Restaurant Playlists, a Master Musician Made His Own
"How Ryuichi Sakamoto assembled the soundtrack for Kajitsu, in Murray Hill, and what it says about the sounds we hear (or should) while we eat."

via: The New York Times

The Fashion Industry Is One of the Biggest Supporters of Modern Slavery Across the Globe
"For a few years, the idea that the fashion industry was the world's second-most polluting industry circulated constantly, repeated in endless articles and sustainability summits. While that fact has turned out to be impossible to prove, a new report suggests one that's just as dark: The fashion supply chain funnels more money toward modern slavery than any other industry besides tech."

via: Fashionista

How Shopify Drives Innovation Through Culture
"The e-commerce company rode the wave of the retail industry's transition to digital commerce and mobile platforms. The nature of its product means the company cannot rely on short-term vision."

via: Retail Dive

How E-Commerce Is Transforming Rural China
"JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business."

via: The New Yorker

Influencer Marketing Lessons from Fashion Nova and Zara
"As Fashion Nova, Zara and KKW Beauty top InfluencerDB’s best-performing brands report, what can fashion learn from their partnerships with influencers?"

via: Business of Fashion

How Kering is Ushering in a New Era for Sustainable Fashion
"During the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, Kering – the luxury conglomerate that owns Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Brioni and other prestigious labels – was christened the most sustainable textile, apparel and luxury goods company. Kering’s CEO François-Henri Pinault has made forward-thinking strategy on sustainability a priority, and he found an ambitious visionary – with a background in engineering and French politics – to implement the necessary measures: Marie-Claire Daveu."

via: AnOther

How Can Fashion Embrace the Circular Economy?
"When industry leaders have an unusually frank and anonymous conversation about sustainability, what does it reveal? Uncomfortable questions about class, control, hypocrisy and anxiety over jobs, to name a few."

via: Business of Fashion

From Workwear to $2,000 Luxury, Jeans Tell a Quintessentially American Story of Class Aspiration
"Created for California gold miners, blue jeans have come a long way since 1873, when Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained US patent #139,121 for their sturdy, riveted work trousers. Over the next century, denim transformed from workwear to cowboy cool to rebel chic. And throughout this evolution, blue jeans have maintained their aura of Americanness and authenticity."

via: Quartz

A Meeting of the Minds: When Eames Met BAPE
"In 1999, Los Angeles-based Modernica began carrying on the tradition of painstakingly crafting mid-century modern furniture designs, including the iconic side chair by Charles Eames. It was actually Diamond Supply Co. founder Nicky Diamonds that introduced the idea of custom-printed fiberglass chairs. They’ve since become a canvas for artists like Futura, Takashi Murakami, Cleon Peterson, and Jim Krantz—and also a limited-edition collectible from brands like Undefeated, Anti-Social Social Club, and of course, BAPE, which released a series of camo-printed side chairs in 2016."

via: Highsnobiety

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