Fashion vs. the Economy: Retail Faces Double Dip

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The economic roller coaster isn’t over — and fashion can just hold on as tight as possible.

As horrible as the first phase of the coronavirus crisis was, it was relatively straightforward (and straight down). Almost everybody was forced to shut down and go home, leading a projected contraction of more than 30 percent in second-quarter gross domestic product and an unemployment rate of more than 11 percent.

Even though the initial shock passed, that sinking feeling hasn’t gone away. No one knows what’s coming next. For retailers and brands, that means

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Fast-Fashion Retailer Quiz Launches Probe Into Leicester Factory

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LONDON — Yet another British fast-fashion retailer, Quiz, has launched a probe into one of its factories in Leicester, England, a city that is quickly making a name as the country’s sweatshop capital.

Quiz, which is headquartered in Glasgow, Scotland, and is quoted on the London Stock Exchange, said Monday it is investigating “an alleged instance of non-compliance with national living wage requirements” in a factory that makes some of its products.

It has also cut ties with the supplier working with the factory in Leicester, a city that remains in lockdown due

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Macy’s Black Friday in July

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Slashing prices on homeware, kitchen items, clothing and beauty products, Macy’s is hosting a Black Friday in July sale with huge discounts that match those you would normally see around Thanksgiving. Brands like KitchenAid, Tommy Hilfiger and Martha Stewart Collection are participating, giving shoppers the opportunity to purchase thousands of high quality

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Sofia Coppola in Marc Jacobs PJs at the Met Gala

There are perfectly good celebrity style moments, and then there are the looks that really stick with you, the ones you try desperately to recreate at home. In ‘Great Outfits in Fashion History,’ Fashionista editors are revisiting their all-time favorite lewks.

You probably wouldn’t guess by looking at this picture that it was taken at the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala. Pretty much every celebrity seemed to have trouble interpreting that particular theme while also adhering to the white-tie dress code. At first glance, you might think Sofia Coppola’s dressed-up PJs wouldn’t quite fit the bill — but if

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As a Black Fashion Editor, My Loyalty to Brands Is Dwindling

PARIS, FRANCE – JULY 04: A passerby wears a blue ripped denim jacket, a yellow bag, a large white paper shopping bag, on July 04, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

People always change when they’re in a relationship. They go from never watching football to being the biggest Cowboys fan ever. Or never being “big on rap” to knowing all the words to Tupac’s songs. When you confront them, they’re often defensive and clap back with “I was always into that!,” as if they have amnesia. Sure, people change for their significant other, but it’s hard

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Buy now, pay whenever? Lockdown lift for online shopping loans

By Nikhil Nainan

(Reuters) – Browsing online during lockdown, Jessica Friend spotted a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses she liked, but the price tag made the 30-year-old Ohio resident think twice.

What persuaded her to click ‘buy’, Friend said, was the short-term credit offered by Afterpay, which split the $260 payment into four interest-free instalments.

Afterpay is among a handful of alternative credit firms which offer small loans, mostly to online shoppers, and make their money by charging merchants a 4%-6% commission.

These buy-now-pay-later (BNPL) firms have benefited from a shift to online shopping during the coronavirus crisis in countries including

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