Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
info_outline Succession, But For Shoes 10/30/2020
Succession, But For Shoes Beyonce's latest Ivy Park collection has arrived, hallelujah. Ebay will offer sneaker authentication, True Religion is out of bankruptcy, and Ferragamo might be looking for a new partial owner. And we bet you can't guess how many Amazon reviews are suspected fakes.
info_outline Sometimes Makeup is an Emergency 10/22/2020
Sometimes Makeup is an Emergency LuLaRoe owes some people some money, Ascena is selling tween store Justice, and Macy's is turning stores into fulfillment centers. You can get makeup delivered in two hours! Betsey Johnson is doing a collab we love! And there's a new collection we hate with a fiery passion. Come hang out!
info_outline What a Hustle 10/15/2020
What a Hustle We've got a shoplifting case for the record books, Chanel is fighting against global warming in a creative way, and we find out what went wrong at Nanette Lepore. There's a new collaboration we love (hint: Telfar's involved) and one we hate. And we remember Kenzo Takada.
info_outline It's The Ding Dang Episode 10/10/2020
It's The Ding Dang Episode Cardi B has a few new trademark applications, Charming Charlie is back, and California is banning a whole bunch of cosmetics ingredients. Altuzarra is teaming up with Amazon, retailers love collecting your email addresses, and everybody's gotta stop being dumb dumbs when it's Halloween costume time, okay?
info_outline I'd Rather Eat Salt 10/03/2020
I'd Rather Eat Salt Jenna Lyons has resurfaced, Ralph Lauren is laying off a ton of workers, and a bunch of Amazon scammers got busted by the Department of Justice. Lowe's was the big winner at New York Fashion Week, and Marc Jacobs is trying to buy up all the words in the dictionary. And there's a secondhand department store inside a department store.
info_outline The CEO is 3 Kids in a Trench Coat 09/11/2020
The CEO is 3 Kids in a Trench Coat A Louis Vuitton associate got caught running a counterfeiting ring, Adidas has a new eco-friendly shoe collection, and Escada is having problems. Plus, retailers are encouraging store employees to work the polls. Is it a good idea? Come hang out!
info_outline Fyre Sale 08/13/2020
Fyre Sale We've got a new round of retail bankruptcies and abrupt closures, an auction of confiscated souvenirs, and an update on our least favorite snake. Major retailers want you to reinvent the plastic bag, and we discuss whether the "lipstick index" is still relevant.
info_outline Chicken Nugget Money 07/30/2020
Chicken Nugget Money Hearst is testing out a membership model for Cosmo and we've got a new slate of bankruptcies and other business misfortune to share. Tapestry's CEO exited abruptly in a strange situation, and we look at the downfall of Diane von Furstenberg's esteemed business.
info_outline A Perfect Intersection of Disaster 07/23/2020
A Perfect Intersection of Disaster Are handbags obsolete? Can the U.S. Postal Service survive? Will any retail conglomerate remain intact after the pandemic? We ask the big questions this week. Plus, good news about conscious cosmetics and adaptive footwear.
info_outline Excess Baggage 07/17/2020
Excess Baggage Brooks Brothers filed for bankruptcy, as did a few other apparel brands. We dig into problems plaguing Away luggage and Revlon's Flesh Beauty. All Saints is getting a break during its bankruptcy proceedings, you can buy unclaimed baggage online, and Dior is making its next couture collection a miniature one.
info_outline Flying By the Seat of Your Pantsdemic 07/09/2020
Flying By the Seat of Your Pantsdemic Gucci has a new sustainable collection, Kanye's teaming up with Gap, and Everlane's ex-employees are demanding change. And New York Fashion Week will take place over three days, but who will be in a position to participate?
info_outline Dust it Upon Yourself 07/02/2020
Dust it Upon Yourself Dior's Air Jordans are finally (almost) here. Paris and London are moving forward with their fashion weeks in September, and Gucci raised its prices. Valentino is trying to break its lease, while two specialty retailers we like are really going through it. And cosmetic brands are still working on choosing alternatives to talc.
info_outline If You’re Going to be a Criminal Do it Well 06/25/2020
If You’re Going to be a Criminal Do it Well Kanye West is locking down trademarks in a new product space. Former eBay employees are being investigated for conspiracy, and everything at Conde Nast is a hot mess. Plus, Kering has a new board member, and we try to care for a minute.
info_outline Millionaires vs Billionaires 06/18/2020
Millionaires vs Billionaires Has the pandemic changed how we’ll shop forever? Marc Jacobs let go of some high-profile staffers, Kylie Jenner’s billions are in question, and Crayola brought in a cosmetics pro for its new set of crayons. Plus: tax evasion. Come hang out!
info_outline Welcome to the Hot Mess Summer 06/11/2020
Welcome to the Hot Mess Summer We're back and we brought the extra hot tea. Rent the Runway's valuation took a dip, JCPenney and Sephora had a spat, and Phillip Lim has found a new (temporary) online home. And what's going to happen to the fashion calendar now that everything's gone topsy turvy? Come hang out!
info_outline I Hear Purgatory Has Snacks 12/27/2019
I Hear Purgatory Has Snacks Zac Posen's trademark was sold at auction, Kanye West is opening... something in Wyoming, and Everlane's employees are trying to unionize. Dollar General is taking over, Ralph Lauren is missing (from the NYFW schedule) and the basic bitch ruled the decade, whether you liked her or not.
info_outline So That’s a Disaster, But I’m Enjoying It 12/20/2019
So That’s a Disaster, But I’m Enjoying It Prada and L'Oreal signed a big fragrance deal, Fashion Nova garments were allegedly made by underpaid workers in Los Angeles, and a whole bunch of retail CEOs just got canned. Diamond sales are down, and Marc Jacobs threw a big party.
info_outline Let's List Our Enemies Alphabetically 12/12/2019
Let's List Our Enemies Alphabetically H&M is trying clothing rental, Versace is suing Fashion Nova, and Marc Jacobs is countersuing Nirvana. Stussy is partnering with Dior, and a makeup museum is coming to NYC. Can malls survive by catering to millionaires?
info_outline Put on Your Eating Pants 11/28/2019
Put on Your Eating Pants Gucci is investing in ...call centers? Women are buying themselves something special at the holidays, Nike will stop selling on Amazon, and everyone's losing their mind over pants. Italian police discovered a sweatshop, and clothing rental may not be as sustainable as we hope.
info_outline Exploring & Analyzing Your Fashion Options 11/21/2019
Exploring & Analyzing Your Fashion Options This week - Kylie Jenner is $600 million richer after selling part of her company to Coty, gift certificates for Barneys will be honored at a Philadelphia store and Brooks Brothers may have changes on the horizon. An Italian sweatshop may be linked to a bunch of fashion houses and Patagonia opened its first Worn Wear store.
info_outline The Pink Bathrobe 11/15/2019
The Pink Bathrobe Art Peck is out of a job at Gap and Zac Posen closed his business. Virgil Abloh is back at work, researchers have developed a shirt that foils facial recognition programs, and we've got a fashion crime about an allegedly stolen $40 million diamond. And there's more information about The RealReal's authentication practices.