Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
info_outline Welcome to the Show 02/27/2021
Welcome to the Show New York Fashion Week happened, but was anyone paying attention? We have answers about what Bottega Veneta is doing (or not doing) on social media, and what's going to happen between Adidas and Reebok. Plus, Century 21 is planning a comeback, Gucci is having a small struggle, and Rebecca Minkoff is on OnlyFans?
info_outline Fashion Crime Alias 02/20/2021
Fashion Crime Alias Rihanna's Fenty collection has been put on hold, buy now pay later (BNPL) is coming for us all, and companies with adaptive clothing are running into ad problems on Facebook. Plus, we figure out what the heck a "pully top" is, and dissect a big 'ol fashion crime involving Nike, pop-up shops, and a guy named Frank.
info_outline Diamonds in the Streets 02/12/2021
Diamonds in the Streets LuLaRoe is paying $4.75 million to settle a pyramid scheme lawsuit, and the guy who robbed Kim Kardashian wrote a book. Nike has a new adaptive sneaker, Donna Karan got COVID, and Ulta has a new diversity initiative. Plus, what will Uncle Jeff Bezos do next?
info_outline Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts Fashion 02/06/2021
Good Ol' Raisins and Peanuts Fashion Fendi's latest collection has a literary connection, men are wearing suits to work from home, and Gorpcore is here to take normcore up a notch. L'Occitane filed for Chapter 11, Belk is getting ready to file for bankruptcy, and we discuss a small Twitter battle between two retailers.
info_outline The Woodland Creature Hair Salon 01/29/2021
The Woodland Creature Hair Salon Christian Siriano launched an interior design firm, Sotheby's is going to sell sneakers, and Christopher & Banks is shutting down. L'Oreal won't use animal fur in its cosmetic brushes and there are more Ferragamo sale rumors. Plus, we've got a fashion crime and some whistleblower news.
info_outline Thank You, But What? 01/23/2021
Thank You, But What? American Apparel cut back its American-made option, Barney's is moving into Saks, and Sephora is implementing anti-racism measures. The Row is selling its research archive, and Kering is helping restore a 600-year-old Italian site. Come hang out!
info_outline Uggs at the Drive-Thru 01/17/2021
Uggs at the Drive-Thru Alexander Wang has responded to allegations, JC Penney ousted its CEO, and Bottega Veneta's social media accounts are missing. Meanwhile, a major fashion editor is partnering with Ugg, a makeup artist was named a Dame, and we've got a new fashion crime (movie) to watch.
info_outline Shaq Attack 12/26/2020
Shaq Attack Anna Wintour got a promotion. Kering is being investigated for tax evasion, and we may have found the worst (alleged) snake of them all. Plus, Thomas Pink shut down. Hugo Boss has a new collaboration in the works, and you'll never guess who might want to buy Reebok.
info_outline Let's Go to the Kohora 12/10/2020
Let's Go to the Kohora British department stores are falling apart, Sephora is moving into Kohl's, and Ascena sold Ann Taylor on Thanksgiving. H&M got in trouble for surveilling employees in Germany, and we've got good news about Louis Vuitton paying indigenous artisans. Come hang out!
info_outline That's Called Diversifying 12/04/2020
That's Called Diversifying Alber Elbaz is planning a new collection, H&M thinks it can scale its textile recycling operations, and Bebe is...buying a furniture store? Plus, we discuss retail worker pay during the pandemic, Brideside's abrupt closure, and lagging luxury sales.
info_outline Our Favorite Things 11/27/2020
Our Favorite Things Whether you're shopping for gifts or browsing for yourself, we've got lots of suggestions. Listen in for some of our favorite things to get and receive, including free and low-cost options. Come hang out! Then check out our latest blog post at www.popfashionpodcast.com for details and links.
info_outline A $400 Million Dollar Discount 11/06/2020
A $400 Million Dollar Discount It looks like the deal is back on for LVMH and Tiffany. Meanwhile, Adidas is thinking of selling Reebok, while Jason Wu is prepping a beauty line at Target. Plus, a new magazine has an unusual perspective. Come hang out!
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.