July 31, 2021


Black Fashion Industry News From This Week That’s for Everyone

Photo by: Jason Nocito

Photo by: Jason Nocito
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More often than not, the Olympics opening ceremony is tacky but overwhelmingly bland; an oxymoron, if you will. The ceremony doesn’t always reflect the grace and pure talent that come with being an Olympian—but Telfar Clemens’ “collection” of Liberian Olympic uniforms checks all of the boxes.

The debut of the Olympics “double[d] as a runway show for Telfar.” While the brand has had many drops and collaborations since the pandemic began, this is the first time the designer has presented a show since before 2020. Liberia only has three athletes competing this year,

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A Virtual Gem Awards Toasts to a Resilient Year for the Fine Jewelry Industry

Last week, the Jewelers of America celebrated its annual Gem Awards event virtually, a response to the ongoing global pandemic.

The digital event — which honored the outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches — awarded image architect Law Roach with the Jewelry Style Award and John Kennedy the Lifetime Achievement Award. It also took a heartfelt look back on the watch and jewelry industries’ responses to COVID-19, and paid tribute to the legacy of Tiffany & Co.’s Elsa Peretti.

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Renting fashion can be green, argue clothes renters | Fashion industry

The fashion rental industry has challenged the findings of a recent high-profile report that suggested renting clothes is “less green than throwing them away”, based on the environmental impacts of transportation and dry cleaning.

The study, published by the Finnish scientific journal Environmental Research Letters, assessed the environmental impact of five different ways of owning and disposing of clothing, including renting, resale and recycling.

“We believe that rental needs scrutiny to make it as ‘green’ as possible, but we’re worried that encouraging people to throw clothes away doesn’t help the industry, let alone the planet,” says Tamsin Chislett, CEO and

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$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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Australia Invests Big in Its Fashion Industry | News & Analysis

When Australian Fashion Week wound up in Sydney on June 4, the biggest event of the season was yet to come. Two weeks later, industry leaders were summoned to the city’s Powerhouse Museum where the New South Wales (NSW) state government announced that it would spend around AU$500 million (US$380 million) to turn the complex into a fashion and design hub.

“We’re resetting what a museum can and should be, not just for a community, but for an industry,” said Powerhouse chief executive Lisa Havilah. “We’ve looked at how we can support the fashion industry in multiple ways, increasing the

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What is gender-fluid clothing? Fashion industry experts explain.

So, what is gender-fluid clothing?

Gender-fluid clothing has no agreed-upon definition in the fashion industry — it’s easier to explain its purpose. In essence, gender-fluid fashion isn’t limited by the traditional “menswear” and “womenswear” binary. Instead, the idea is that any given outfit completely disregards the association between pants and men, skirts and women and so on. In fact, some experts say gender-fluid clothing has little, if anything, to do with the brands, designers and retailers that create them. Instead, they argue, any piece of apparel can be gender-fluid if its wearer so chooses.

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Etsy buys secondhand clothing app Depop to tap into gen Z | Fashion industry

Etsy is buying Depop, the British secondhand fashion resale app, for $1.6bn (£1.1bn) to tap into the fast-growing trend of generation Z young people reselling clothes online.

Announcing the deal on Wednesday, Josh Silverman, the chief executive of Brooklyn-based Etsy said he expected the resale craze would continue long after the recovery from the pandemic, and that it would be led by Depop’s “passionate community” of fashion-conscious young people. “This [gen Z] is an enormous demographic and it’s the trendsetter demographic,” he told analysts on a call to discuss the deal.

More than 90% of Depop’s 30 million users

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China Disappeared H&M From Its Internet, Splitting Fashion Industry Group

A debate over how much to push back against the Chinese government has set off a conflict inside a prominent coalition that guides much of the world’s cotton production.

The Better Cotton Initiative, a collaboration among big brands like

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environmental groups, farmers and human-rights organizations, has for years worked to bolster the global apparel industry’s access to sustainably produced cotton.

But the Chinese government’s recent attacks on the group and one of its leading members, fast-fashion giant

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AB, have raised concerns about whether BCI’s fashion

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How Women Of Color In The Cannabis Industry Are Fighting For Equality

Despite its enticing sandalwood scented, millennial pink packaging, the trillion dollar American wellness industry has historically been complicit in the systemic oppression and exploitation of people of color. The burgeoning cannabis industry is no different, particularly for women of color in the cannabis space. The global uprising throughout the pandemic brought with it a renewed perspective about how institutions accumulate power and profit through the labor and ideas of Black, Indigenous, and people of color. Whether it is the selling of overpriced turmeric lattes with spices unethically sourced from parts of India, the burning of over harvested white sage, or

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