Finance writer Lisa Rowan and retail journalist (and former stylist) Kaarin Vembar discuss fashion news, pop culture, business, and creativity.
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.
info_outline Mix and Match Runway Shows 11/07/2019
Mix and Match Runway Shows Alexander Wang has a new talk series and it's set in a weird place. H&M's CEO has feels about consumer shaming. Nike promised not to take Arctic shipping routes. Amazon was selling clothes from factories deemed too dangerous by other retailers. Ferragamo will present at Milan's Men's Fashion Week. Why is Louis Vuitton setting up shop in Texas?
info_outline Fashion Detective Sommelier 10/31/2019
Fashion Detective Sommelier We've got more details in the downfall of Forever 21. LVMH wants to buy Tiffany & Co., there's a wacky fashion crime from inside a Sephora order, the NCAA is going to let college athletes get paid for their likeness, and Swatch and Calvin Klein are breaking up. Click here to get Shoptagr for free and be entered to win $500!
info_outline The Case of the Botox Bandits 10/17/2019
The Case of the Botox Bandits California is banning fur, people are stealing Botox, the co-founders of EOS are battling, and Bermuda shorts might be back. Plus, workers making Lululemon apparel have made some shocking claims about their working conditions.
info_outline Flamin’ Hot New York Fashion Week 09/12/2019
Flamin’ Hot New York Fashion Week Virgil Abloh is getting sued, Target is fighting tariff price increases, and New York Fashion Week events are going cuckoo bananas. But beyond the parties and gimmicks, we have lots of opinions about this new round of runway looks.
info_outline Haute Mess Beauty Products 08/30/2019
Haute Mess Beauty Products Would you buy used beauty products? Will Amazon sellers donate their unsold goods? Will Revlon survive a potential shareholder sale? Will retailers figure out how to make clothing recycling products work? We have so many questions this week, so come hang out.