July 19, 2021


$16 billion swimwear industry highlights Black designers during Miami Swim Week | Business

Although the pandemic didn’t stop anyone from wearing their bikinis and floppy hats in Miami last year, it did press pause on its biggest summer fashion event. But not anymore.

Miami Swim Week returned with dozens of fashion shows scheduled over five days, from last Wednesday to Sunday in Miami Beach. It was the first live, full-capacity fashion event since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Florida’s relaxed restrictions allowed for thousands of showgoers to attend festivities over the course of the week, hosted by various fashion production companies, the main one being Paraiso Miami Beach.

Both legacy brands and

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League x Louis Vuitton. 100 Thieves x Gucci. Video game fashion is a big business.

In the first few months of 2019, representatives from Riot Games and Louis Vuitton were introduced to one another, and they started to talk about esports. A sense of curiosity flourished, and over time, conversations snowballed into a landmark collaboration. As well as physical and digital Louis Vuitton clothing capsules, the atelier created a branded travel case for the “League of Legends” Summoner’s Cup, the $2.2 million prize for the most-watched esports tournament on the planet, Worlds. The branded trophy was put on display at the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

From the outside, the two may have seemed strange

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Are your favourite fashion brands using forced labour? | Business and Economy News

The global fashion and retail industry’s reliance on producing quick-turnaround goods at a low cost through outsourcing and complex, globalised supply chains has allowed forced labour to thrive, workers’ rights advocates warn, claiming that major fashion brands profiting from the model seem reluctant to change.

The apparel sector employs over 60 million workers worldwide, according to the World Bank Group. And while 97 percent of fashion and retail brands have codes of conduct and corporate social responsibility (CSR) standards, such policies are neither effective in preventing forced labour nor in ensuring remedy outcomes for workers, according to advocacy group

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‘Abacaxi’: Indian American Designer Sheena Sood’s Clothing Label is Fun, Sustainable and Inclusive | Business

If you can’t really go on a tropical holiday, try wearing one of Sheena Sood’s outfits, which will automatically transport you to some place that screams fun.

“Mindfully-made clothing inspired by travel, vibrant hues, and the infinite beauty of nature. Balancing bold color, handcrafted techniques, and an innovative play on traditional silhouettes”: This is how the Brooklyn, New York-based Indian American designer describes her clothing brand that is fast gaining recognition.

Just like her sustainable clothing and tie-dye technique, her brand name is unique, too. Called Abacaxi (pronounced as “uh-bah-ka-shee”), the brand is named after the Portuguese word for pineapple,

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The Vibrant Fashion World in Muslim-Majority Countries Is a Billion-Dollar Business | At the Smithsonian

June 24, 2021, 1:29 p.m.

Muslim fashion is big business. Statistics from a 2016-2017 report by Thomson Reuters and DinarStandard, a global strategy firm that focuses on the Muslim market reports that Muslim women spent $44 billion on fashion that year, which represented 18 percent of the total estimated $243 billion spent by all Muslims on all clothing. By 2024, DinarStandard estimates, Muslim consumers will spend $402 billion.

Before it closes on July 11, try to catch “Contemporary Muslim Fashions,” an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. Not only are there dozens

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L.A. clothing designer creates sustainable underwear brand that supports local business

LOS ANGELES — Greatwood Underwear founder and designer Jermelle F. Pitts has been passionate about quality men’s underwear for as long as he can remember. When starting his own underwear line in 2018, the goal was to create a product that is sustainable.

Pitts set out to create a brand that is based locally in downtown Los Angeles. According to Shon Simon, owner of the clothing manufacturer Pitts works with, all of the manufacturing, textiles, waistbands, and fabric are created in Los Angeles. She said, “He’s the perfect candidate for doing it locally.”

One of the highlights to Pitts’ underwear

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Black-Owned Fashion Brands On Running a Business

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The murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police and the resulting uprisings sparked a wave of support—some of it genuine, much of it hollow—for the Black community. The response from the fashion industry ranged from posting black boxes on Instagram as a clumsy, superficial display of solidarity to creating grant initiatives like the Designers Hub, founded by Bethann Hardison with help from the CFDA. Publications churned out list after list of Black-owned brands to support—which, for many, meant a major boost in sales.

The question now is: Will that support endure? As the

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Unique jewelry designer works to expand local business

ROANOKE, Va. – A Roanoke business owner is working to take her unique brand of hand-crafted jewelry to a national audience. A local business competition could help her win the money needed to expand.

Tamara Dennis is the owner Priss E. Nerd. She is the designer and creator of her tiny works of art that have grown quite popular across the Roanoke Valley. The majority of her pieces are cute, quirky earrings she designs to catch the attention of our inner nerd and everything we fan-girl about.

“We firmly believe that everyone has a little bit of nerd inside of

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Threads Ramps Up Fine Jewelry Business

LONDON — It’s been a strong year for fine jewelry — particularly for Threads, the social shopping platform that sells luxury via Instagram and WhatsApp and has a no-inventory business model.

The retailer’s model meant it could quickly adapt to the overnight lifestyle changes that came with the outbreak of COVID-19, and continue servicing its community from home. There might have been obvious shifts, like an increase in athleisure content and sales, but when it came to the fine jewelry category, appetite didn’t just stay consistent but grew stronger. Sales were up 80 percent compared to 2019, according to the

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