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How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Giving Back for Pride Month 2020

Although the coronavirus pandemic has canceled virtually all in-person Pride Month events, fashion and beauty brands are continuing their commitments to give back and support the LGBTQ+ community.
Several brands are creating rainbow-themed Pride collections to donate proceeds to global organizations supporting the LGBTQ+ community, including GLAAD, the Trevor Project and the It Gets Better Project.
Others are launching larger initiatives to highlight the importance of Pride Month, including makeup brand NYX, which is hosting a virtual Pride March on Instagram, and activewear brand Under Armour, which is offering a grant program to aid LGBTQ+-focused nonprofits that are impacted by COVID-19.
Here, WWD looks at 20 fashion and beauty brands that are giving back for Pride Month 2020.
1. ASOS

Styles from Asos’ Pride Month collection. 

Asos is teaming with GLAAD for the fourth year in a row to collaborate on a Pride-themed collection. This year’s collection centers on the theme of unity, with several graphic T-shirts sporting the word in a rainbow colorway. Other pieces include button-up tops, shorts and sweatshirts ranging in price from $ 29 to $ 69. All proceeds from the collection will benefit GLAAD.
2. Banana Republic

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AB InBev, IMG Partner to Develop Licensed Products for Budweiser, Stella Artois, More Beer Brands

DRINK UP: Through an exclusive licensing deal with IMG, AB InBev will be reaching out to consumers in Europe and the Middle East beyond beer bottles.
The multiyear partnership has been put in place to line up licensed products including fashion ones for Budweiser, Stella Artois, Beck’s, Leffe and other brands. In addition to beer-branded apparel, drinkers and teetotalers alike may have the option of buying licensed food and home and garden products from their favorite beer labels.
The focus on Europe is in line with the conglomerate’s heritage. Anheuser-Busch InBev is the world’s leading brewer. Based in Leuven, Belgium, the company has about 175,000 employees around the globe, including 12,000 in Europe. In addition to its Global Innovation Center in its home city, AB InBev has offices and breweries in 18 European Union member states.
AB InBev has had a bumpy few months financially, as bars, clubs and restaurants shut down due to the pandemic. First-quarter core profit was $ 3.95 billion, representing a 13.7 percent drop compared to last year. Despite its global volume declining by 32 percent in April, company brass recently pointed to green shoots of a recovery in China and South Korea, where businesses are reopening.
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How Independent Brands Are Protecting Themselves Amid the Coronavirus Pandemic

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow and businesses worldwide are being hit, it is the smaller, independent brands and retailers that often are suffering the most.
WWD asked designers and small stores that support them how they are protecting themselves during this unprecedented time, and how they are looking ahead to the coming months. While some have found various ways to cope, others are energized to assist where needed, creating face masks or donating to charities. One common thread is an emphasis on community — protecting employees and factory workers while finding ways to engage digitally.
Here, part one on how independent brands are charging on.
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I’ve been touched very closely by COVID-19. My grandpa died last Friday because of it and my biggest priority is the health and well-being of my family at home and at work, because my team is my family, too. Nothing else matters right now, it’s not a matter of results, numbers, sales.…This is bigger than us and it’s staying home and saving lives. It is an especially difficult time for independent designers and with that we have had to put a pause on some future projects while, as I said, ensuring our

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How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Donating to Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

Fashion and beauty brands are the latest to launch initiatives to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Indie and established names are making donations or raising funds for various organizations that are fighting the impact of COVID-19 on local and national communities.
Several brands, including beauty brands Farmacy and Grande Cosmetics, as well as contemporary fashion label Everlane, are donating to Feeding America, the nationwide network of food banks that is providing meals to children and low-income individuals.
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Celebrity-founded brands are also launching giveback initiatives. Kim Kardashian West’s Skims shapewear brand is donating 20 percent of sales from its cotton collection to Baby2Baby and Lady Gaga’s Haus Labs beauty brand is donating 20 percent of sales to food banks in New York City and Los Angeles.
Here, WWD compiles 19 fashion and beauty brands that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
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Fashion label Alice + Olivia is teaming with No Kid Hungry to combat COVID-19, donating 10 percent of online sales back to the organization.
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Fashion retailer Aritzia is donating all profits to its Aritzia Community Relief Fund, which provides financial support to its employees and overseas partners.
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All the Kardashian-Jenner-West Fashion and Beauty Brands in the Works

Given the sheer number — and popularity — of the Kardashian-Jenner-West family’s fashion and beauty brands, they’ve proven they are a force to be reckoned with outside the entertainment arena, building businesses that compete with the biggest brands in the market. And they’re only just getting started.
In 2019, the reality TV clan marked significant milestones for their respective businesses — most notably Kylie Jenner selling a majority stake of her Kylie Cosmetics brand to Coty Inc. for $ 600 million — and they also laid down the groundwork to continue expanding their empires by filing a number of new fashion and beauty trademarks.
From Kendall Jenner’s first beauty venture to the youngest of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s children getting in on the family business, here are all the Kardashian-Jenner-West fashion and beauty brands in the works.
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Twenty-two-year-old Kylie Jenner arguably had the busiest year out of her entire family. She had one of the biggest M&A beauty deals of the year, selling a 51 percent stake of her Kylie Cosmetics business to Coty Inc. for $ 600 million. Through the deal, it was revealed that

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Off-White, Balenciaga and Gucci Top The Lyst Index of Hottest Brands

THAT’S HOT: Off-White, Balenciaga and Gucci have secured the top three spots as hottest brands in the Q3 latest report by The Lyst Index, the global fashion search platform that tracks and analyzes the behavior of more than 9 million shoppers each month.
Off-White has secured the top spot as the hottest brand, moving up from second place in Q2. Despite announcing his hiatus from fashion, Virgil Abloh’s Off-White made headlines for designing Hailey Bieber’s wedding dress, as well as being one of the labels under license to New Guards Group, which was sold to Farfetch for $ 675 million.
Balenciaga took second place in the Lyst ranking, with Gucci coming in third, the latter slipping two places for the first time after two years of being either first or second.
Other brands that have made it to the top 10 include Prada, Versace, Fendi and Valentino.
Notably, Bottega Veneta has entered The Lyst’s top 20 ranking in the 16th place, climbing 21 places. The brand has made a big push with its accessories offer. Its Pouch bag and strappy sandals have been influencer favorites, while its padded sandal is the number-one hottest product on The Lyst index, responsible for more than 27,000 online searches

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7 Stylish and Sustainable Clothing Brands You Can Feel Good About Wearing

Great style shouldn’t come at the cost of sacrificing your ethical and sustainable values. The global clothing and footwear industries account for about 8 percent of the world´s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a 2018 study from Quantis, a group that studies sustainability. Of course, you don’t want to contribute to that number by buying a closet filled with short-lived, eco-depleting, fast fashion. On the other hand, that stained T-shirt and crusty flip-flops from summers past aren’t doing you any favors.


Three Sustainable Clothing Companies That Are (Figuratively) Killing It

Thankfully, updating your closet and maintaining your consciousness is as easy as supporting companies that do good. These seven sustainable brands with out-of-the-box social, environmental, and ethical responsibility initiatives can elevate your style.

OluKai

Summer footwear can seem like an afterthought if you’re used to wearing a pair of forgettable flip-flops. But when you slide on a pair of OluKai slip-ons or sandals, not only will your feet get the support they need on the boat or beach, but your purchase will actually contribute toward the brand’s impressive social-responsibility mission. The California-based casual footwear brand inspired by Hawaii is a Certified B Corporation, which means it balances profitability with purpose and meets the highest standards of social and environmental performance and transparency. It even has its own Ama OluKai Foundation. Their foundation funds nine organizations with aims of restoring traditional Hawaiian culture and encouraging new growth with nonprofits for everything from at-risk youth, local arts organizations, traditional Polynesian sailing, and the Hawaiian Lifeguard Association. This classic ʻOhana sandal pictured has custom artwork laser-etched on the footbed by Hawaiʻi artist Matthew Tapia.

[‘Ohana Pow! Wow! sandal, $ 75; olukai.com]

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Patagonia

The OG of sustainability and responsibility isn’t one to rest on its proverbial laurels. When it’s not suing the government to protect national parks, the Certified B Corp—which donated its $ 10 million tax refund to environmental groups this year—is consistently challenging the norm, protecting the environment, and creating innovative products. Their new Hot Weather Naturals Hemp Blends collection is the latest example. The Fair Trade Certified pieces are made with organic cotton, Tencel, and hemp (commercial hemp growing has been federally prohibited for almost 50 years in the U.S.). The result? A light, breathable, durable collection of shirts and shorts. The Trail Harbor Polo will keep you feeling dry and looking cool.

[$ 69, Trail Harbor Polo; patagonia.com]

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Outerknown

Plastic bottles and single-use packaging aren’t the only things hurting the environment. Tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics, like polyester swim trunks, enter our waterways each time they’re washed or worn in water—eventually to be consumed by sea life and later ingested by you. Outerknown, founded by pro surfer Kelly Slater (already known for making clothing from recycled fishing nets), has a new line of Australian merino wool trunks called Woolaroo that leave no trace. Before you imagine a thick, soggy sweater soaking up water, know that they’re woven with special technology to make them quick-drying, water-wicking, odor-resistant, and fully biodegradable. Bonus: They’re as easy on the eyes as they are on the environment.

[$ 125, Woolaroo Trunks; outerknown.com]

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SOLO Eyewear

You’ll feel better sliding on these stylish sunnies that not only protect your eyes but also help restore vision to those in need: SOLO Eyewear donates 10 percent of its profits. The San Diego-based brand has helped more than 15,000 people in 32 countries see better by funding eye exams, eyeglasses, and cataract surgeries. The sunglasses are also eco-friendly, made from repurposed bamboo and recycled plastic, which has saved hundreds of pounds of new plastic from being produced each year. Even the sunglass cases and cords are thoughtful: They’re made by a group of female artisans in Panajachel, Guatemala. If that’s not enough, the startup also repurposes packing materials and defective sunglasses for parts.

[$ 89, Guyana; soloeyewear.com]

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United By Blue

More than one million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. And every year around the world, 5 trillion single-use plastic bags are used. In addition to using organic and recycled fabrics, United By Blue takes their commitment to the environment further by organizing cleanups aimed at plastic pollution. Last year, it hosted 45 trash removal events in 21 states, removing more than 500,000 pounds of trash. But that’s just the tip of the pile. The Philadelphia-based company cleans up a pound of trash for every product sold—and currently it’s at 1,756,888 pounds. They don’t sacrifice style for substance, and these chambray shorts made from organic cotton and a blend of new and recycled hemp are proof.

[$ 62, Selby Short; unitedbyblue.com]

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JCRT

Clothes headed to a landfill aren’t the only kind of waste that comes from fabric production. Aside from scraps of fabric left behind on the factory floor, the process requires significant amounts of energy and water. Not so with JCRT, makers of hand-crafted, limited-edition plaid shirts. The brand partners with Resonance’s Factory, which handles everything in its Dominican Republic space, rather than the usual method of sending pieces across the globe for completion. In addition to cutting back on environmentally unfriendly transportation, the factory’s advanced and very precise printing technology uses about two-thirds less material per garment, limiting damaging dye and water usage. Order online and your piece, like this cotton twill shirt, will be made on demand and shipped directly to you.

[$ 95, The Wrinkle In Time Short Sleeve Shirt; jc-rt.com]

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Tact & Stone

The amount of water it takes to create a single cotton T-shirt is pretty shocking—around 650–700 gallons. If you’re a number-driven kind of guy, you’ll appreciate Tact & Stone, an LA-based brand that launched in February 2019. They aim for all-around sustainability, with a modern collection that’s not only stylish but transparent (they share the names of the ethical factories they work with); low-impact (they use organic, recycled, and upcycled materials); and forward-thinking (they engineer garments for a second and third life). A Tact & Stone upcycled pocket T-shirt saves 538 gallons of water, and their French terry hoodie saves a whopping 1,197 gallons. And similar to the circular economy concept used by Taylor Stitch, Patagonia, REI, and The North Face, once you’re done with a Tact & Stone piece, send it back for upcycling and you’ll get a discount on your next purchase.

[$ 95, Palm French Terry Hoodie; tactandstone.com]

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Luxury Brands Are Running Fast With the Sneaker Trend

LONDON — Louis Vuitton was one of the highlights of the men’s spring 2020 season, with Virgil Abloh transforming the secluded Place Dauphine into a tourist destination with an ice cream truck, balloon artists and Eiffel Tower keychains. He also debuted the 508 High-Top LV Trainer — an Air Jordan-like model with cream lilac and blue suede finishing and red nylon laces. There was a new, unnamed running sneaker style on offer, too, and both were accessorized with plastic luggage tags, serving as a reminder of Vuitton’s heritage in travel.
Vuitton has been offering sneakers for a long time, but it was only after Abloh came on the scene that they became as desirable as a Keepall Bandoulière — at least to the streetwear community. Vuitton certainly needed to catch up, considering that Kering’s Balenciaga, Gucci and Alexander McQueen brands have been serving up hot sneakers constantly in recent seasons.
More sneakers than ever were spotted on the men’s spring runways — as well as on the street — even though many designers said the general trend is towards a more “dressed up” style, and away from streetwear. Sneaker designs ranged from collaborations such as Undercover x Nike; Ambush x Converse; Asics

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DIGITAL DOWNLOAD: How DBA Fosters Successful Influencer Brands — Offline

A decade ago, influencer marketing didn’t exist. Now, it’s a burgeoning economy — one largely dominated by women.
Digital Brand Architects knows this economy well. In fact, it helped propel it. The nine-year-old digital talent management agency represents about 170 influencers, many of whom fall within the fashion and beauty categories, and is behind major influencer-retail partnerships such as Arielle Charnas of Something Navy and Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam, both of whom launched clothing collections at Nordstrom.
Engel’s Gal Meets Glam Collection, which launched at 40 Nordstrom doors in April 2018, is said to have done $ 20 million at retail, including direct-to-consumer, last year. It is currently on track to do $ 35 million at retail in 2019, according to industry sources.
Nordstrom declined to comment.
“Our clients drive sales,” said Raina Penchansky, DBA’s chief executive officer. “Period, the end.”
DBA’s influencers are not only experts in content creation, they know how to impact brands’ bottom lines. Engel, Charnas, Rachel Parcell, Aimee Song and Camila Coelho are among DBA’s top sales-drivers. Song and Coelho recently launched their own labels with Revolve — deals that were brokered by Digital Brand Products, DBA’s four-year-old sister agency. Both Song and Coelho’s collections were the most successful launches Revolve

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10 Under-the-Radar Watch Brands That Are Seriously Stylish

They say you can tell a lot about a man by the timepiece around his wrist. For guys all over the world, a high-quality watch is a daily necessity and a key element in their daily ensemble. When designed well, they serve as the epitome of form meets function, adding a touch of style to any outfit while helping keep track of time.

There are tons of best-in-class watchmakers on the market that are quick to roll off the tongue. Beloved brands range from tried-and-true, casual classics such as Timex and Casio, all the way up to high-end investment pieces like Rolex and Patek Philippe. But what about the watches that don’t carry the same clout as the mainstream competition?


The Best Dress Watches for Every Budget

Today, we’re taking a good, hard look at some of the most underrated watch companies in the game. They might not be top-of-mind for the average consumer, but they certainly deserve a spot on your radar. From durable models to take on your next adventure, to stylish designs that are sure to make a statement, each brand is committed to creating timepieces that are as hard-wearing as they are handsome. Here are 10 of our favorites worth adding to your wishlist.

Jack Mason

The Jack Mason brand was born in the heart of Texas back in 2015, but don’t let that fool you. Their in-house team of passionate experts has more than 50 years of combined industry experience. They’ve come a long way since their humble beginnings, driving an airstream through target markets to demonstrate their wares. Today, their sophisticated watches can be found in storefronts across the country, including Nordstrom, Dillard’s and Hudson Bay. With an international perspective, their timepieces blend Italian leather, Japanese movement, and an American work ethic. Their current models come with a lifetime warranty and are curated into six thoughtfully designed collections: aviation, nautical, field, racing, diving and heritage.

Our top pick: Racing Chronograph 40mm [$ 275; jackmasonbrand.com

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Wood In Philosophy

Wood In Philosophy launched in a cozy design studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia, drawing inspiration from the great outdoors and minimalist aesthetics. The family-run company creates trend-forward timepieces using high-quality wood in every model. For a more polished look, check out their newly launched Tidefall Collection, which has sophisticated steel accents. Their Fernweh and Skyline Collections embody a more laid-back vibe, with leather straps and sleek watch faces. The company (soon to be rebranded to DVGNT) also offers customized engraving options to add a thoughtful and personalized touch. Plus, they offer free shipping to orders within the U.S. and Canada, and $ 15 flat-rate shipping to a list of approved international destinations.

Our top pick: McWay Zebrawood and Marine Chronograph [$ 185; woodinphilosophy.com]

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MONTA

St. Louis, Missouri, is known for lots of things: the Gateway Arch, baseball, and great beer. But now, thanks to MONTA, it can add top-notch watchmaking to the list. MONTA was created in 2015 after its co-founders attended Baselworld in Switzerland and felt the industry needed a breath of fresh air. Today, the brand produces four seriously sharp collections that pay homage to the rich tradition of Swiss watchmaking by working exclusively with Swiss manufactures. Painstaking detail goes into every design, which is evident from the first glance. The bracelets, made of 316L steel are durable but comfortable, and every facet of the case is either polished or brushed to perfection. The price tag skews on the higher end, but the superior quality is worth every penny.

Our top pick: Blue Dial Atlas [$ 1,615; montawatch.com

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The Electricianz

Looking for a shocking statement piece that’s guaranteed to inject a jolt of style into any outfit? Then don’t miss the daring designs from The Electricianz, a new Swiss-based company. The brand has already garnered plenty of buzz thanks to their eclectic collection, which is whimsical, wacky, and a bit weird (but awesome nonetheless). Known for their bright colors and exposed skeleton dials, the watches give a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of a mechanical timepiece. But for the less bold, The Electricianz offers some slightly more subdued models (like the The Blackout) that still capture the same edge and personality.

Our top pick: The Cable Z [$ 380; the-electricianz.com

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ROUE

Alex Iervolino was raised with an appreciation for timeless style and classic cars. The combination of his passions eventually steered him toward the timepiece industry and the creation of ROUE―which means “wheel” in French, a straightforward nod to motoring culture. The microbrand made a splash when it launched in 2017. Its retro styles are inspired by iconic looks from the 1960s-1980s. High-precision Japanese quartz movement, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass, and a friendly price point also helped launch the brand’s popularity. Check out their four series, including the CHR, SSD, HDS, and CAL.

Our top pick: CHR One with Black Case and Gunmetal Dial [$ 260; rouewatch.com

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Hamilton Watch Company

With roots in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the Hamilton Watch Company is now headquartered in Bienne, Switzerland. What began as a pocket watch manufacturing company in 1892 has evolved over the generations. Now, they produce a diverse range of expertly crafted timepieces suited for every style—from dignified formal models to rugged military options. Plus, every purchase includes free ground shipping and an official two-year warranty. With nearly 130 years of experience under their belt, you can trust that these Swiss-made beauties are built to last.

Our top pick: Khaki Navy Scuba Auto [$ 707; hamiltonwatch.com]

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Nordgreen

Denmark is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading design destinations, with a time-honored legacy rooted in the space. The philosophy touches virtually every industry, including furniture, fashion, architecture, and more. So it should come as no surprise that the Danes also create stunning timepieces. Nordgreen (“Nord” representing the brand’s Nordic identity, “green” alluding to their commitment to sustainable practices) is a prime example. Based in Copenhagen, the company boasts a handsome lineup of quintessentially Scandinavian watches that embody the sought-after Danish aesthetic, guided by Jakob Wagner―one of the region’s most celebrated designers. With every purchase, a portion of sales goes to one of the brand’s three NGO partners (allowing customers to choose their favorite cause).

Our top pick: The New Philosopher Gold in Brown Leather [$ 220; nordgreen.com]

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Brew Watch Co.

Coffee culture is as strong in New York as the jet-black java found in its countless cafes. And in the city that never sleeps, the sacred coffee break isn’t just a daily ritual, but a way of life. This ethos is exactly what inspired Jonathan Ferrer to develop Brew Watch Co. Independently designed and crafted in New York City, the brand pulls its sleek design inspiration from an unlikely source: the espresso machine. Industrial, efficient, and masculine, it’s easy to draw parallels between the two. Head to the website to explore the cozy collection and learn about upcoming releases.

Our top pick: Retrograph Phantom [$ 350; brew-watches.com]

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Vaer

Anyone in search of a watch that strikes the perfect balance between affordability and durability should set their sights on Vaer. Ryan Torres and Reagan Cook founded the Los Angeles-based brand in 2015 with the vision of creating value-driven watches for the modern man to wear with confidence in any setting. Every watch is hand-assembled and tested in Los Angeles by a team of Swiss-trained technicians. Their impressive collection includes key features like easily interchangeable bands, 10ATM depth rating, sapphire crystal, and Swiss quartz movement. With a dedication to the outdoors, a percentage of sales goes to supporting environmental non-profits. The brand punches high above its price point and is sure to please.

Our top pick: Field White Nylon [$ 175; vaerwatches.com

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Stührling

In-the-know watch enthusiasts have probably heard the name Stührling before (and maybe even own one or two of their own), but they’re still widely under-the-radar to the everyday consumer, despite a storied past. One of the first true internet watch companies, the brand launched in 1999, years before the advent of Facebook, Wikipedia, or the iPhone. Today, they’re still churning out eye-catching designs that are worn on the wrists of more than 15 million customers worldwide. Their extensive array of products includes models fit for every style and price range, from bargain steals at under $ 100 to heavy hitters clocking in well over the $ 1,000 threshold.

Our top pick: The New Celestia 897 Quartz 42mm Classic [$ 195; stuhrling.com]

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How Fashion and Beauty Brands Are Giving Back for Pride Month 2019

As June marks Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, many fashion and beauty brands are coming out to support the LGBTQ+ community in impactful ways.
Several brands are showing their support by creating capsule collections full of rainbow-themed apparel and accessories, donating up to 100 percent of net proceeds to charities that benefit the LGBTQ+ community, including GLAAD, the Hetrick-Martin Institute and the United Nations Free & Equal campaign, among others.
Brands are also tapping famous figures to help spread awareness of LGBTQ+ rights, including H&M, which tapped actress and activist Laverne Cox to front its Love for All campaign, and Adidas, which partnered with a number of activists for its Love Unites campaign, including DJ Venus X and drag performer Flawless Shade.
Read on to see how 23 fashion and beauty brands are giving back for Pride Month 2019.
1. H&M 
H&M has tapped Laverne Cox to front its Love for All collection and accompanying campaign, “Stay True, Stay You.” The collection includes rainbow-laden unisex T-shirts, sweaters, shorts, pants, accessories and shoes and features phrases like “Every Body Is Free to Love,” “Free & Equal” and “Proud.” H&M will be donating 10 percent of proceeds from the collection to the

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Dolce & Gabbana Jumps Back Into Lyst’s Top 20 Hottest Brands Ranking for Q1 

LONDON — The impact of Dolce & Gabbana’s disastrous trip to China last year could be on the wane, with the Italian brand making it back into Lyst’s Top 20 Hottest Brands ranking for the first quarter.
The global fashion search platform revealed Thursday that the brand moved up six places in its latest ranking for the first quarter of the year. Lyst’s previous index report, for the fourth quarter of 2018, saw the brand drop to number 21, following an intense backlash from celebrities, retailers and consumers after a series of cultural gaffes by the house.
In the first quarter, Dolce & Gabbana, which apologized for offending the Chinese, bounced up to 15.
Many predicted the scandal would impact Dolce & Gabbana’s sales, as retailers such as Lane Crawford, Luisa via Roma and Rinascente immediately dropped the brand from their racks and shelves. Based on the latest index, Lyst pointed out that moments of brand turbulence “don’t necessarily dent” consumer demand.
“While big brand moments certainly shape the data (we see spikes from product launches, marketing campaigns and viral social moments), these don’t always affect the baseline of global customer demand for that designer,” said Katy Lubin, vice president of communications at Lyst. “While it seems

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Visa and Mastercard are shuffling the deck in 2019, impacting the way business is done in the world of payments.
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How Beauty Brands Are Banking on Cannabis

Beauty’s obsession with CBD isn’t slowing down.
CBD — the shortened term for cannabidiol — has become one of the hottest ingredients in beauty, popping up in different types of skin care, color cosmetics and wellness supplements as consumer interest in the plant’s purported benefits increases rapidly.
Brands are tapping into cannabis and its many ingredient extracts with varying levels of CBD — including hemp seed oil, which contains no actual CBD  — and now with the upcoming 4/20 “holiday,” brands are attracting customers with a slew of new products that promote relaxation, anti-inflammation and soothing qualities.
Read on to see how 11 beauty brands are cashing in on cannabis.
1. Heretic

Heretic’s Dirty Grass contains CBD oil that is meant to be absorbed transdermally. 

It was only a matter of time before CBD entered the fragrance space. Natural fragrance brand, Heretic, has released Dirty Grass, a “functional fragrance” that combines traditional scent with aromatherapy by using CBD oil, which is said to absorb into the wearer’s bloodstream. The earthy scent also includes notes of pink pepper, lemon, violet leaf and vetiver and retails for $ 85 for a 15-ml. bottle and $ 185 for a 50-ml. bottle.
2. Scotch Porter
For 4/20, men’s grooming brand, Scotch Porter, is hosting

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STREET SIGNS: Why Brands Open Their First Stores in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — The line of kids snaked down the narrow slope on Cochrane Street, waiting to get into a smallish two-story space decked out like an old VHS store from the Nineties.
It was the first pop-up for Drew House, Justin Bieber’s new clothing line, and nobody in line wanted to miss out. While the brand and its beige and yellow hoodies might have been inspired by the San Fernando Valley, it was in the Far East that fans first could snag the gear.
“The turnout was overwhelming to be honest,” said Ryan Good, cofounder of Drew House. “We couldn’t imagine the size of the crowds that gathered. We were truly blown away.”
Further pop-ups in other Asian cities and Western Europe may be in the works, Good said. Hong Kong was done rather “on a whim,” he said.
However, Hong Kong has attracted a slew of brands choosing to make their retail debut far away from the usual launchpads of New York, Paris or London.
In March, Palm Angels by Francesco Ragazzi opened its first global flagship here. Heron Preston showed up for the celebration, recalling the scene a few months earlier when Preston debuted his own first store on the same street.

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9 Makeup Brands That Offer 50-Plus Foundation Shades for Every Skin Tone

Call it the Fenty effect.
While Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty shined a light on the importance of makeup brands offering inclusive shade ranges for their complexion products, many other brands have joined in on the effort, creating foundation shades in more than 50 different skin tones.
Rihanna first launched Fenty Beauty in fall 2017 with 40 foundation shades of the Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. Roughly a year and a half later, the singer has expanded the range to 50 shades and has introduced a complementary concealer also in 50 shades.

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New to the market, Uoma Beauty, created by Sharon Chuter, a former executive at LVMH, Revlon and L’Oréal, is launching in the spring at Selfridges and Ulta Beauty with a 51-shade foundation as its hero product.
After facing controversy over its small — and primarily light —

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Brands, Recyclers and NYC Department of Sanitation Team Up to Recycle Fashion

Starting Monday, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation is teaming with the New York City Department of Sanitation and NYC Economic Development Corp. for a citywide social media campaign titled #WearNext in order to reduce the amount of clothing being dumped in landfills.
An online map created by the NYC Department of Sanitation will guide people to more than 1,100 locations across the city where they can take clothes they no longer wear. Participating stores and other locations across the city will act as drop-off points.
The campaign, which runs through June 12, also encourages consumers to find ways to repair, reuse, resell or swap old clothing, and invites participants to share their stories on social media using the #WearNext hashtag.
Every year, New York City dumps 200 million pounds of clothing in landfills. Globally, 73 percent of the materials used to produce clothing are landfilled or burned at the end of their life, while less than 1 percent of old clothing goes on to be used to make new clothing.
Make Fashion Circular is an initiative of U.K. charity The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and is leading international efforts to establish a circular economy for fashion.
The effort has been initiated by such brands as ASOS, Athleta,

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The 7 Best Customized Hair, Skin, and Cologne Brands for Men

In the grooming industry, 2019 will be known as the year of customized care. More and more brands are allowing consumers to identify concerns and goals as they pertain to skin, hair, hygiene, and more.

 

 

They ask you to complete online questionnaires—some simple, some insanely extensive—and pack their products with ingredients, and even scents, that address your wants and needs on a granular level. After all, if you’ve got curly, coarse, and oily hair as well as dandruff, your shampoo and conditioner should have different ingredients than the guy with straight, fine hair with no flaking. Think of all the possible skincare combinations, too, when you factor in oil levels, age, environmental factors, and more.

Here are seven brands that helped launch the phenomenon, and each company’s approach to customized products. If you’re less than satisfied with your current regimen, it might be time to invest in something tailored precisely to you.


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Function Of

What it’s for: Customized hair care

The Function Of Beauty site prompts you to create your hair profile. Is it wavy, curly, or straight? Is it fine or coarse? Oily or dry, or neither? Next, you input up to five “hair goals”, which could be anything from soothing your scalp to volumizing, oil control to minimizing frizz. This all determines which ingredients go into each product. You pick individual colors for your shampoo and conditioner set, as well as a scent, and the brand even prints your name on the side of each bottle. Costs vary depending on the sizes you order, but if you get 16 oz. bottles of shampoo and conditioner (which should last 3 months), it’s under $ 50.

[$ 49; functionofbeauty.com]

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Curology

What it’s for: Customized skincare

Curology’s online quiz asks about your major skincare concerns and goals, then generates a “superbottle” night cream just for you (once a dermatologist reviews your results). Apply it before you sleep, so your skin’s overnight regenerative cycle works with the product to correct things like acne, signs of aging, or uneven skin tone. You can order the superbottle along with a standard cleanser and daytime moisturizer, too, or just opt for the standalone night cream.

[$ 20 per month; curology.com]

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Clinique

What it’s for: Customized skincare

With the recent launch of iD, Clinique enters the custom skincare game with its own refined approach to the process. First, you pick your base—moisturizing lotion, oil-control gel, or hydrating jelly—then you select your “insert cartridge” from the list of five: fatigue, lines & wrinkles, pores & uneven texture, irritation, or uneven skin tone. Any of the 15 potential results costs comes in under $ 40.

[$ 39; clinique.com]

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Hawthorne

What it’s for: Customized fragrance and hygiene

Hawthorne works with some of the industry’s most sought-after perfumers to create a bunch of different fragrances to match each customer’s personality. You fill out their quiz that factors in things like diet and personal interests, and they set you up with two fragrances: one for “work” and one for “play”, both for a total $ 100. They complement each other nicely, but more importantly, they complement you. And just recently, Hawthorne expanded into scented deodorant, soap, and body wash, too, so you can smell and feel as fresh as each scent you’re “prescribed”—whether you’re wearing it or not.

[$ 50 for two 1.7 oz bottles; hawthorne.co]

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Geologie

What it’s for: Customized skincare

Geologie’s diagnostic quiz is a little simpler than the competition, but that’s not to any detriment: They still address the core things like aging, inflammation, acne, and so forth, with dozens of possible outcomes for the five-product assortment they’ll send you. First they’ll start you on a 30-day trial with the entire set—cleansers for your sink and shower, moisturizers for day and night, and an eye cream. After you test them out, you can order a 90-day supply of whichever products you like best, or all of them if you so choose.

[From $ 30; geologie.com]

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Prose

What it’s for: Hair care

Prose’s quiz asks you questions about your hair’s thickness, length, typical hair fall patterns, oil levels, as well as your diet, zip code (to determine pollution), and more. You tell Prose your goals, what kind of fragrance to plug into the formula, and then Prose generates a product to target your key concerns—with various levels of intensity (like if you’ve got severe dandruff but moderate oil production). They give you the option of a pre-shampoo hair mask, shampoo, and conditioner, all for $ 88, or you can pick and choose the ones you want to buy (for $ 38, $ 25, $ 25, respectively). There’s a hair oil launching in spring, as well, which can then be added to your order.

[From $ 25; prose.com]

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Proven

What it’s for: Customized skincare

Proven is the most complex of the customized skincare companies, since it uses a database called the Skin Genome Project to create its products: The SGP crawls 20,238 skincare ingredients, 100,000 products, 8 million testimonials, and over 4,000 scientific journal articles to identify the most effective and favorable results for Proven’s clients. When you complete their extensive skincare profile—which even factors in the water quality of your zip code—a dermo reviews the data and prescribes a 3-product set, including a customized cleanser, moisturizer, and night cream, all of which have ingredients tailored to your various needs. The 2-month supply runs $ 145, but the steeper cost is worth the upgrade if you want the most tailored fit of all.

[$ 145; provenskincare.com]

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These Are the Brands Addressing the Biggest Insecurities in Men

Confident as any guy may seem, he’s definitely got an insecurity or two. (And in turn, a secret or two.) Maybe that thick head of hair is the result of an aggressive hair-preserving regimen, or perhaps that ultra-white smile is covering up a smoking habit. Perhaps he’s acne-prone and working hard to counter it, and maybe—just maybe—he struggles to get it up in bed. There are many things that can make us insecure, and we’re all going to encounter a few of them in this lifetime.

 

 

So, if you’re experiencing thinning hair, uneven complexion, an imperfect smile, or even erectile dysfunction, check out the brands that are addressing guys’ biggest insecurities, and arming them with the products to correct concerns. And yeah, yeah, yeah, we wish it were as easy as “accepting the matter”, but luckily, science is on our side. With these services, you can look and perform at optimal levels on all fronts.

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For Clearer Skin: Proven 

Proven’s award-winning AI software combines the knowledge of “20,238 skincare ingredients, from arnica to zinc…more than 100,000 products, 8 million testimonials and reviews from over 4,000 scientific journal articles.” All of that to say, they know a thing or two about what works on your skin. Once you plug in all your personal information, like how oily or dry you are, how much you break out, habits, diet, age, and even geography—to gauge water and air quality—Proven generates an entire skincare regimen for you, using ingredients tailored to your skin and goals. At the center of this regimen is a night cream that helps target bigger issues, like aging and acne, as well as a prescriptive daytime cream that can defend against toxins and UV rays.

For Younger Skin: Skinceuticals Custom D.O.S.E.

If you’re concerned about signs of aging—like dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles—then you should be using a serum. They seep into all layers of the skin to correct your complexion and prevent further signs of wear. (Moisturizer, on the other hand, keeps skin hydrated and defends against toxins and UV rays, which can also thwart signs of aging.) Skinceuticals’ Custom D.O.S.E (which stands for Diagnostic Optimization Serum Experience), is one of the best skin correctors available to you: Just visit one of their certified doctors’ offices for an assessment, at which point you’ll be “prescribed” a serum using various ingredients from their roster of super healers. Within a few months, you should notice significant changes to your complexion: namely, a smoother, more youthful, and brighter one.

For Whiter Teeth: GloScience

GloScience sends you all the necessary hardware—the LED mouthguard, the chargeable remote, and the whitening gel—that gets you on a responsible, effective at-home whitening plan. It’s a small investment that guarantees shades of improvement after just a few applications. (Pay close attention to tooth sensitivity and spread apart treatments as necessary.) You can say goodbye to those pesky at-home strips that glide off your teeth, or the exorbitant in-office treatments that strip your teeth of their enamel. After treatment, you can top off your pearly whites with milder daytime GloPop vials, or refill your more potent nighttime supply.

For Straighter Teeth: Invisalign
When it comes to teeth straightening, the name on everybody’s lips is Invisalign. These clear aligners are actually a series of graduated straighteners that you wear all day, aside from meals; in about 12-18 months, your steady progression is complete, and you’ll have a straight smile, no metal adornments necessary. There’s no way around seeing a doctor for this: You have to go in for an initial scan of your teeth to assess any crowding, gaps, overbiting, underbiting, and so forth. Your doc will give you a batch of aligners (for, say, 12-14 weeks), then you’ll go back for additional scans to track your progress and get more sets. It’s as easy as that.

For More Hair: hims

If your hair is thinning, receding, or falling out quickly (or at all, really), then you can consult with the certified dermatologists at hims to find a remedy. They’ll asses your loss patterns and propose numerous solutions, all available as subscriptions via mail. There’s finasteride, the generic for Propecia, which fights the hormone byproduct DHT that causes hair thinning and loss; minoxidil, the generic for Rogaine, which improves circulation to the hair and is particularly effective at thickening and preserving the hair on the crown (less so at the temples); various shampoos and supplements will further prevent further loss. If you experience any problems along the way, just check in with the hims team to alter or stop treatments. When used together, these remedies can restore growth to the follicles that haven’t yet died out (usually you have a couple years to restore growth to inactive follicles, meaning you can only grow back hair that’s been lost in recent years, in addition to drastically slowing the inevitable progression of loss).

For Functional Erections: Roman

Erectile dysfunction affects lots of us. We all get older, we all get nervous…and if it’s a persistent, debilitating problem, then you can get the proper meds to improve your, uh, performance (or at least give yourself a proper shot at it). Roman allows you to speak with a certified specialist, who can assess your need (no visuals necessary) and prescribe you sildenafil, the generic for viagra. You’ll receive it just two days later, and can check in with the doctor if you have any concerns thereafter. Roman’s roster of products is far reaching, and largely in the same vein: They offer postal prescription solutions for premature ejaculation, cold sores, and herpes outbreaks, as well as hair loss, enlarged prostates, and smoking addiction.

For Healthier Hair (and Scalps): Prose

When buying hair care products, you are often forced to target one concern, and never more than that: If you’re a curly haired, oily scalped, thinning-out, color-dyed, dandruff-prone guy, then you have to buy multiple products or pick the most pressing from that roster of issues. Prose is helping you to target any and all of the concerns and goals you have for your hair, by using AI to profile your needs and prescribe the right ingredients for your hair, all the way down to the amount of shine you like and the fragrance you prefer. They even factor in the UV strength, wind power, humidity, and water quality of your zip code, so that you’re getting as customized a product as possible.

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Xgen Unveils V-Day Contest With Baci, Envy, Gurkha Brands

Xgen Products has unveiled its Love Triangle Valentine’s Day Contest with prizes from Baci Lingerie, Gurkha Cigars and Envy Menswear.
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Payless, Sequential Brands Collaborate on Martha Everyday

Payless on Wednesday began offering a limited-edition holiday collection of footwear, inspired by Martha Stewart’s everyday life and style.
The new line, available at payless.com, is — for now — just a capsule collection for holiday. The line was in collaboration with Sequential Brands Group Inc., the brand management firm that owns the Martha Stewart brand.
Sequential’s chief executive officer Karen Murray said the new partnership “complements our strategy for the Martha Stewart brand, which is to create beautiful, high-quality products and make them available at an affordable price where consumers shop.”
Stewart last month partnered with Aerosoles for a separate footwear line called Martha Stewart for Aerosoles. She is also Aerosole’s brand ambassador. The line at Payless is part of the core Martha Everyday brand. The limited-edition capsule at Payless for includes a strappy, stiletto sandal; a flat, kitten-heel mule and two variations of sling-backs. Price points range from $ 29.99 to $ 34.99. Additional styles — casual sandals, sneakers and slip-ons — are on the agenda for spring 2019.
The lifestyle maven said, “Whenever I am designing items for my customers, I always want to give them the best possible product at the most affordable price. When I started designing this line for Payless,

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Back to the Future: Brands Bank on Old Favorites for a New Crop of Shoppers

LONDON — Fashion is having a flashback as retailers plunder brands’ archives and luxury giants revitalize their greatest hits — the Fendi Baguette, the Dior Saddle Bag, the Prada flame and banana prints, to name a few — and mine the past for future profits.
Versace continues to pump out pieces from its successful Tribute collection, an explosion of Nineties gold baroque prints and flashy hardware that debuted in Milan last year on supermodels including Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, Carla Bruni and Claudia Schiffer.
Prada’s flame print has been licking its way across limited-edition tops and shoes, while Mr Porter revived the brand’s quirky bowling shirts in April. The Helmut Lang brand is reintroducing replicas of the original jeans the designer pioneered when he still helmed the brand, while Maison Alaïa is offering reeditions of designs from 1988, 1989 and 1993 on the brand’s web site.
Then there’s Marc Jacobs who, as reported, is this month set to deliver a full-on grunge collection for resort that harks back to his spring 1993 outing for Perry Ellis. Those seminal designs, which famously got him and his partner Robert Duffy fired, cemented Jacobs’ position as a maverick.Fine jewelry and sneaker brands are getting in on the action, too: Last year,

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Laudomia Pucci: How Styling Keeps Brands Fresh Across Generations

LOS ANGELES — “Don’t crush your chiffon, honey,” Neiman Marcus senior vice president and global fashion director Ken Downing advised a model.
The 10 women stood in a makeshift backstage, styled by Downing for an afternoon in-store event at the retailer’s Beverly Hills store on Wilshire Boulevard. They wore pieces from an exclusive Emilio Pucci capsule collection for Neiman Marcus.
Laudomia Pucci, the brand’s image director in town for the event, went to the archives to deliver a fresh spin on seasoned prints originating from the late Sixties and early Seventies for the resort capsule.
“I think the idea here was to have the ‘perfect wardrobe’ for resort escape,” she said. “And, of course, in this store there is not much resort-beachwear. So it’s morning-to-evening in the season. It’s what we call ‘Pucci perfect’ because you just easily put it in a suitcase. It’s light and you have everything. It goes from the beach, swim, caftan, eveningwear. So you can dress it up and dress it down as you wish and it’s styled as you wish.”
It’s all in the styling that allows for brands to remain relevant across generations, Pucci said, offering that the business her father started has remained appealing to younger

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Dsquared2 Revamps the Brand’s First Fragrance and Introduces a Women’s Version  

TIM-BER!: “We’re not killing trees anymore,” said Dean Caten of Dsquared2 at the exclusive launch of the brand’s revamped Wood fragrance, which no longer has wooden packaging.
The men’s and women’s fragrances — brown for the boys and pink for the girls — now takes the shape of a hefty beer bottle.
The 30-ml. bottle sells for 44 pounds and the 100-ml. bottle sells for 75 pounds. The fragrance launches at Harvey Nichols on Monday and the Caten brothers expressed the importance of launching exclusively with the department store.
“It’s important to give an exclusive to somebody because it makes it more important as opposed to coming out everywhere. It’s more intimate this way,” said Dean.
In May, Dsquared2 inked a licensing agreement with Euroitalia for the production and distribution of the brand’s fragrances, and Wood is the first perfume to be relaunched under this new partnership.
The men’s fragrance has been reworked while the women’s is a completely new scent created by perfumer Marie Salamagne. Both incorporate similar base notes such as white wood and ambrox.
“We’ve scrapped all of our other perfumes and since Wood was our first fragrance and our bestseller, we’re relaunching with this,” said Dan.
While the fragrance has been divided into men’s and

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New Report Highlights House of Fraser’s Mounting Debt to Brands

LONDON — Trouble continues to mount at House of Fraser as a recent report by Ernst & Young, the professional services firm, cites that the retailer owes millions of pounds to its creditors, including major luxury brand partners.
The retail chain, which was bought on Friday morning by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley, is indebted to a slew of retailers including Giorgio Armani, Mulberry and Kurt Geiger.
Kurt Geiger is owed 4.9 million pounds, Giorgio Armani 1.59 million pounds, Mulberry 2.4 million pounds, Warehouse 1.4 million pounds and J. Barbour 3 million pounds.
The news follows at the heels of a payment dispute between XPO Logistics, which runs two of HoF’s warehouses, and Sports Direct, who has stopped fulfilling orders for the retailer and who is owed 30.4 million pounds.
As a result, HoF shut down its web site, reportedly sitting on at least 50,000 unfulfilled online orders. XPO Logistics and Sports Direct could not be reached for comment.
The report also shows that HoF made a pretax loss of 4.1 million pounds for the year to Jan. 21, 2018 and in the first quarter to April 28, the retailer witnessed a 7.7 percent drop in turnover with earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

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Marquee Brands Opens Second NYC BCBGMaxAzria Store

The new BCBGMaxAzria store at 77 Mercer Street in SoHo features the brand’s updated modern store concept and layout.
The space totals 5,200 square feet, and is large enough to house the full range of the brand’s extensive product offerings that include sportswear, dresses, shoes, handbags and jewelry, as well as its new denim line.
Diane Bekhor, senior vice president of BCBG Group, said, “We are thrilled to open the new BCBGMaxAzria store in the heart of such an iconic New York neighborhood.” She added that the new SoHo store “represents our new store concept that is bold, contemporary and clean.”
It is the first store opening in Manhattan for the brand since it came under new ownership. Marquee Brands, a brand management firm, acquired the company last year. Global Brands Group has oversight of the new store location. The other BCBGMaxAzria Manhattan store is the original flagship store at 461 Fifth Avenue.
Cory Baker, chief operating officer, said, “Expanding our BCBGMaxAzria retail presence in New York City is a testament to the fashion-focused customer demand for this timeless brand and an exciting addition to our portfolio.”
Baker’s firm Marquee Brands is also involved in two other store openings next month, one for Ben Sherman and

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XR Brands Welcomes Josh Ortiz to Team

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The 15 Best Hair Product Brands for Men

Using hair gel is one of the many ways guys can style their hair. Unlike other hair products for men like pomade and clay, however, hair gel works best when applied to damp hair—great for active guys living an on-the-go lifestyle who don’t have time to wait for their hair to dry—and will create a put-together look that will stay in place all day. But, not all gels are the same. Some brands leave you with white flakes, residue, and a crunchy style that often won’t hold its shape. That’s why we carefully combed through a slew of hair gels for men, and narrowed it down to 15 of the best ones.

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Kim Kardashian West Brands Lingerie Line ‘Kimono Intimates’

Kim Kardashian West drew inspiration for her new lingerie line from a place just a tad outside of Hollywood … give or take 5,520 miles. The company Kim’s charged with spearheading her new lingerie line filed docs — obtained by TMZ — to trademark…

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How Russell Westbrook Is Helping Make Jordan Brand’s New Classics

There’s no one playing basketball right now who can carry on the legacy of Michael Jordan with Jordan Brand. No one, that is, with the exception Russell Westbrook if you ask Shea Serrano, best-selling author of Basketball (And Other Things). “You need someone who is going to dunk on someone and then pose for pictures over them—and then after the game post something on Instagram about it,” Serrano said of the type of player who could fill that void. “You need someone rebellious. Russell is the most rebellious player in the NBA right now.”

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Global Brands Group Inks Licensing Agreement With AllSaints

LONDON — AllSaints, the British contemporary label known for its biker jackets, has signed a licensing agreement with the Hong Kong-listed Global Brands Group to expand its accessories range.
As part of the agreement, GBG will design and distribute men’s and women’s footwear, socks, costume jewelry and cold weather accessories for the brand, starting with the fall 2018 collection. The company plans to distribute the new ranges globally across AllSaints stores and major department stores around the world.
William Kim, AllSaints’ chief executive officer, said that the new deal offers an opportunity to connect with customers across multiple product categories.
Jarrod Kahn, president of accessories and home at GBG, added that the brand’s global appeal offers an attractive opportunity to scale the business through the development of new categories: “With its innovative, contemporary designs and independent spirit, AllSaints is a perfect addition to our strong portfolio of leading consumer brands. As a brand that resonates with consumers globally, we see significant opportunities for growth, and look forward to leveraging our expertise to maximize its potential.”
GBG is part of the Fung Group and manages licensing for several dozen brands including Under Armour, Kenneth Cole, Juicy Couture, Kate Spade New York and Tommy Hilfiger.
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Walpole Unveils Winners of Brands of Tomorrow Mentoring Program

I LOVE YA, TOMORROW: Walpole, the association of high-end British companies, has unveiled the winners of its Brands of Tomorrow program and they include Savile Row tailor Kathryn Sargent, flower delivery service Flowerbx, men’s underwear brand Hamilton and Hare and women’s wear and accessories label Rae Feather.
The brands will receive mentorship from a member of the industry and be able to take part in workshops that will help them with financial planning, distribution, strategy, branding, marketing and business management.
Other brands on the list include Asceno, which does pajamas and swimwear; technical sportswear label Castore; leather goods brands Love or Nothing Baby and Malle London; Method Studio, a boutique creative production house, London-based lifestyle magazine The Jackal and the oil-based skin-care brand Votary.
Sargent, who launched her tailoring brand in 2012, said she is in growth mode. She was the first female head cutter at a Savile Row tailoring house and first female master tailor to have a store on Savile Row.
“We have seen sales and client numbers continue to grow year-on-year,” Sargent said. “I believe we are now an integral part of London’s tailoring scene and hope to capitalize on this by expanding the brand into new associated categories that will

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23 Menswear Brands Making the Next Generation of American Classics

No doubt America’s influence on menswear looms large, with brands that are more like full-blown lifestyles than mere clothing labels, but if there’s one thing people in fashion are obsessed with, it’s what’s next. Luckily, there’s no shortage of labels that are both honoring America’s rich history of menswear design—and steadfastly moving it into the future. Here’s a sampling of the brands—from upstarts to familiar faces who’ve already built a sizable imprint—that prove when it comes to American fashion, the future is bright. 

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23 Menswear Brands Making the Next Generation of American Classics

No doubt America’s influence on menswear looms large, with brands that are more like full-blown lifestyles than mere clothing labels, but if there’s one thing people in fashion are obsessed with,

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Brands Distancing Themselves From Louise Linton Instagram Post

Valentino has no qualms in denying any ties to Louise Linton after the new wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin posted on Instagram an image of herself exiting a government plane and provided a slew of designer hashtags.
A spokeswoman said plainly that “Louise Linton did not receive any gifted merchandise, compensation or loans from Valentino” when asked whether the company had any formal business interest in being tagged in a late Monday post by Linton.
The actress, whose most high-profile role to date is a 2007 appearance on “CSI: NY,” is also not affiliated in any way with and has received no free merchandise from Tom Ford, a brand she also mentioned in her post.
With tags like “#rolandmouret pants,” “#tomford sunnies,” “#hermesscarf,” and “#valentinorockstudheels #valentino,” it seemed like Linton was taking after the growing droves of digital influencers that are compensated for mentioning brands and their products on social media. Instagram is particularly popular for branded influencer-created content.

A screenshot of Linton’s Instagram post, before it was deleted. 

Representatives of Roland Mouret and Hermès could not be reached for comment on the post.
Linton has since deleted the post and made her account private after a response to an Instagram comment critical of

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Brands Eye Fashion Bloggers to Form Genuine Partnerships

As their influence grows, bloggers such as ones from The Blonde Salad to Gary Pepper are increasingly present at recent fashion shows. And designer brands are taking note by forming year-round partnership deals with them.
The fashion bloggers are paid via affiliate marketing arrangements with the brands, which — in simple terms — involves technology platforms that pay the bloggers a commission each time they refer to a brand or retail site.
And it is big business. Forrester Research expects spending on affiliate marketing to reach $ 4.5 billion in 2016.
But it is a tricky endeavor — coming at a time when the fashion industry seems to be seeking a transformation — that requires a high-degree of authenticity between the blogger and the brand, according to bloggers, who add that readers are keen enough to know when a writer is touting a brand just to make a buck versus truly liking the brand or product.
“Followers are smart and it is important to work with brands that [bloggers] truly believe in,” said Heidi Nazarudin of theambitionista.com who is also cofounder of Blogger Babes, which is an association of more than 5,000 lifestyle bloggers. “Followers know the difference, so the [content] must be authentic.”
To that end,

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The Designers Behind Common Projects on the Brand’s 10-Year Success


Peter Poopat and Flavio Girolami rarely like to speak about the brand, but on Tuesday evening, the dynamic duo did a Q&A with MR PORTER editor Dan Rookwood.

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‘Empire’ Builders: Fashion Brands Tap Into Hit Show

Judith Leiber gave her a crystal-encrusted mirror compact that looks like a chocolate chip cookie. Moschino let her stand out among orange-suited prisoners in a gold-trimmed denim patchwork jacket. Baja East sent a $ 5,995 full-length ikat-printed shearling coat that cofounder Scott Studenberg described as “her f–k you look.”
The woman basking in all this attention is none other than Cookie Lyon, who, as portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in “Empire,” has layered sassy one-liners on top of flamboyant style to become the TV character of the moment. When the second season of Fox’s hit series premieres on Sept. 23, Cookie can be seen reveling in a wardrobe stocked with the latest looks from Fendi, Kimberly McDonald, Stuart Weitzman, The Blonds, Versace, Balmain and other luxury labels that are clamoring to be featured on the show.
Indeed, Jana Matheson, creative director of Judith Leiber, predicted that “it’s going to have an effect that’s the same as, if not greater than, ‘Sex and the City.’”
It has always been the intention of “Empire” producers to highlight fashion. “The fashion on ‘Empire’ is bombastic,” said Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director who created the show with writer Danny Strong for Fox, in a preview of the second

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14 Indie Beauty Brands You Need to Know About

Twenty One Pilots, Rosie Assoulin, and The Grand Budapest Hotel—there’s something gratifying about discovering an indie hit before it gets big, and the same goes for beauty brands. Here, 14 under-the-radar beauty companies you’ll want to try right now (you know, for bragging rights).
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Tmall Promotion Underscores Heightened Competition in China For U.S. Brands

DEALS, DEALS, DEALS: Tmall.com created an online frenzy with its latest blowout featuring more than 1,000 fashion brands.
The apparel promotion, held twice a year — one for spring and another for fall — this time around boasts a number of brands exclusive to Tmall.com, including Timberland, Decathlon and Zara.
The retailer sweetened the deal to customers with a same-day shipping option, aided by participating stores that will send items purchased online to a customer’s home.
It’s part of a larger strategy to bridge the online and off-line worlds, said a spokeswoman with Tmall.com parent Alibaba Group.
“That’s a very important strategy for Alibaba Group,” the spokeswoman said. “You have a lot of shoppers sometimes when they order online, they want to go in stores and get a sense of the look and feel of something.”
So customers shopping in-store, can make a purchase online with the scan of a QR code or schedule to have product seen in-store delivered to their homes. The option is available in more than 10 cities.
It’s another point of distinction for the online retailer as competition remains fierce to bring U.S. brands to the Chinese consumer.
The sale — running through Wednesday — comes on the heels of Alibaba’s announcement this

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Endless Summer: Prolong the Warm-Weather Feeling With 4 Surf-Inspired Brands

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Summer Fridays, weekends out East, rooftop bars—whatever you’re pouring one out for as the season draws to a close, chances are a little well-placed retail therapy (and hell, maybe pouring one, too) will go a long way in assuaging the pain. This fall we’ll be looking to a handful of surf-inspired brands that are giving good vibes year-round, right on the money with fashion’s current yen for right-on beach vibes. (Hedi, we’re looking at you.) Less about hard-core performance and more about vintage-inspired appeal, these labels are serving up enough sunny stuff to carry you into the new season without too much anguish—rash guard optional.

 

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4 Greek Brands That Will Help You Complete Your Summer Wardrobe

Whether you’re looking for the ideal summer destination, or scrolling through international news, you are sure to stumble upon Greece. In the midst of its struggling financial situation one may wonder what else the country has to offer besides its rich history, culture, and hospitality? Well, the answer is its fashion scene.

Inspired from their country’s roots, four Greek fashion brands show that it is possible to create and promote something unique in times of financial insecurity. Here are four Greek brands that you should know about:

Ancient Greek Sandals

From Emma Watson to Rihanna, many celebrities choose to elevate their summer looks with a pair of Ancient Greek Sandals. Influenced from the widely-worn traditional leather sandals sold in every corner of Greece, the brand’s designers wanted to create a pair of sandals of high quality that would last for summers and summers. Subtle colors and intricate designs exemplify the brand’s originality, as they combine a long tradition with new fashion trends.

Isapera Sandals

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As the brand’s name reveals, Isapera, which is Greek for “straight ahead and beyond,” is inspired from the traditional Greek sandal model but offers an interesting twist on the classic footwear. Each pair of sandals is unique for its striking colors and multitude of textures. These sandals will amp up any outfit and are the only pair of shoes you will be need this summer.

Koku

A splash of bright color makes these bags essential for your summer travels. Fun designs, delicate crafting and made with care in Greece, Koku bags stand out for their originality. Carry them at a summer festival, on the beach or even in the middle of the city, these lightweight bags are ideal for the warm season.

Callista Crafts

The search is over, we’ve found the perfect bag to carry from day to night. Crafted in Greece, Callista bags stay true to their simple yet sophisticated design with fine Italian leather and signature knots. The bags come in every shape and size and in an array of colors, ideal for all year round.

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Sun Seekers: 8 New Swimwear Brands

Launching a swimwear collection is no day at the beach, but these eight new brands — all designed by women — are making a splash with niche offerings that range from eco-chic to mix-and-match.
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Paris-based designers Claire Mougenot and Virginie Courtin-Clarins, who met at the Edhec Business School, launched Luz in 2014 after discovering a gap in the market: There was no such thing as an eco-friendly swim brand in France at the time.
The collection, produced in South America from organic materials, focuses largely on the one-piece, a style both women felt was overlooked. But their version is considerably sexed up, featuring high cuts and deep décolletés, while conveying a sporty feel heavy on colorblocking. With suits priced from $ 200 to $ 300, Luz hits in the U.S. this summer at The Webster and Marie Eiffel and is also sold online at Cools.com and on Luz’s own e-commerce site.
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Sophia Kim, 23, was so eager to launch a swimwear line that she graduated from University of California, San Diego a year early to use her college funds as seed money. She found a manufacturer in Bali, raised additional financing via Kickstarter, and launched at Miami Swim last July.
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Russell Brand’s New Doc Briefly Addresses Katy Perry Relationship

Katy Perry and Russell Brand have frequently discussed their 14-month marriage since it ended in December of 2011 after Brand sent Perry a text message saying he wanted a divorce. The split was even immortalized onscreen in the 2012 documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me,” which featured Perry’s tearful postmortem on their union.

“If you can believe in something great, I feel like you can achieve something great,” Perry said in the film. “I have that same belief system with everything, from career to my life to my personal life, everything. And I will do everything it takes to not fail. And I did everything it took, but it still failed.”

Three years after that movie, the Brand-Perry relationship is back onscreen, albeit briefly. The couple are shown together in “BRAND: A Second Coming,” a new documentary which had its world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival on Friday night.

While “BRAND” is much more concerned with its title subject, Perry’s presence is unavoidable. In fact, it’s while Brand is married to Perry that he has a sudden epiphany about fame and his place in the world. The comedian is shown visiting Nairobi, where children are digging through a garbage dump loaded with hypodermic needles and other dangerous refuse; the footage is then juxtaposed with Brand discussing a lavish party he attended with Perry. It’s a turning point that pushes Brand away from his ascension up the Hollywood ladder and toward his current place in the lexicon as a political activist.

The film also includes an interview Brand conducted with Perry while they were married, where the singer expresses some trepidation about their relationship (she tells a story about how the Buddha left his wife to search for enlightenment). But Perry says she “picked” Brand because of how his intelligence made her look. The camera remains on after their chat ends, and Perry stages a faux tantrum while Brand playfully admonishes for pretending to break their possessions. “I control the pussy,” she jokes to someone off-camera. (A representative for Perry did not respond to request for comment when contacted by The Huffington Post.)

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Brand has frequently said he enjoyed being married to Perry (“I really enjoyed it,” he said last year), and while “BRAND” doesn’t dwell on their relationship too much, it does include one piece of the comic’s philosophy on human connections.

“I cut people out of my life if I think things aren’t functioning,” Brand says over footage of the 39-year-old visiting his grandmother’s gravesite with his father. “And I think, ‘What am I making this effort for?'”

Brand did not attend the debut screening of “BRAND: A Second Coming,” announcing on Friday that he was “very uncomfortable” watching the film. Neither SXSW Film organizers nor “BRAND” director Ondi Timoner knew of Brand’s decision until hours before the premiere.

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10 Times Luxury Brands Swagger Jacked Classic Sneakers [Photos]

As Nas once said, “No idea’s original, there’s nothing new under the sun.” That idea, in some ways, rings true in fashion — especially in the increasingly popular luxury sneaker game.

After noticing that the upcoming adidas Yeezy 350 Boosts bear an uncanny resemblance to a shoe the company Kanye West previously worked with creates, Hip-Hop Wired decided list it and a bevy of other kicks with swagger jacked designs. Hit the jump for more.

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TOMS and Warby Parker Aren't the Only Buzzworthy Brands

The success stories of both TOMS and Warby Parker have been written and written again, but there are two companies in their shadows that deserve your attention as well: Tortoise & Blonde and BucketFeet.

Founded just four years ago, eyewear brand Tortoise & Blonde has toured the country with musicians, received backing from Urban Outfitters and began building shop-in-shops in multiple Manhattan UO locations. BucketFeet, founded in 2011, has partnered with retail giant Nordstrom, counts Crate & Barrel founder Gordon Segal as an investor, opened a flagship brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Chicago and will launch a summer pop-up in Manhattan later this month.

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Tortoise & Blonde’s first shop-in-shop in downtown Manhattan.

I was introduced to these companies a few years ago while creating the official style segment of the South by Southwest Music Festival. My goal in creating this, then called Style X (read “Style By”), was to celebrate emerging brands that weren’t getting as much attention — and didn’t have as much money — as their well-known competitors. We had runway shows and speakers like the Man Repeller and Huffington Post’s own Anya Strzemien, but the heart of the showcase focused on pop-ups and up-and-coming brands.

Perhaps more than any other brand, Tortoise & Blonde benefitted tremendously from early SXSW exposure. The eyewear company was founded around the same time as the well-funded startup Warby Parker, but Tortoise & Blonde’s founders had a much deeper connection to people’s eyewear choices. While Warby Parker has been led with design and New York cool, Tortoise & Blonde was led by a successful optometrist, Dr. Steven Weisfeld, who serves as CEO with his son Evan as partner.

“We participated (in SXSW) very early in our company’s lifecycle, which was great because it made us start thinking more omni-channel. The e-commerce space was crowding rapidly and it was a great differentiator when raising capital and building out the brand,” said Evan, who ditched a high-paying finance gig to launch Tortoise & Blonde with his father. “We have also seen a higher conversion rate of prospects we meet at events and pop-ups that go on to purchase online versus ads purchased on Google and Facebook.”

Tortoise & Blonde initially met Urban Outfitters on their “Store on Tour” in the fall of 2011, about six months after its launch at SXSW. By the next year, the company launched a program of pop-up shops at existing and opening UO store locations across the country. In June 2013, Tortoise & Blonde launched its first permanent shop-in-shop with UO in their Noho store in NYC and will open two more Manhattan locations in the coming months at the Fifth Avenue and Herald Square UO stores.

“We are firm believers that brick-and-mortar will never truly be replaced by e-commerce. Customers still need to be assisted with purchases, especially with a product like eyewear,” added Evan, who serves as chief operating officer for the young company.

BucketFeet, based in Chicago, is co-founded by CEO Raaja Nemani – who also left the finance industry to start the company – and Chief Artist Aaron Firestein, who discovered his passion for artist-designed shoes while traveling in South America. Today, the company has a growing roster of artists around the world who design shoes that cater to everyone from skateboarding teenagers to soccer moms. (I recently purchased a pair designed by New York artist Jayson Atienza.)

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BucketFeet’s flagship shop in Downtown Chicago.

With international reach and a passion for creativity, SXSW was the perfect platform for BucketFeet to raise awareness for its mission to put artist-designed sneakers on the feet of millions.

“SXSW is a unique event and one that fits within the culture of BucketFeet. It’s not about sales, it’s about connecting with creative people from all industries: tech, music, art, fashion, food,” co-founder Firestein said. “Pop-ups and in-person events have been huge for us. We are a footwear company, so giving people the opportunity to try on and feel our product is priceless.

“We want people (artists and consumers) to see BucketFeet as something much larger than just a shoe brand, and there’s no better way of doing that then by interacting in person.”

Despite a world where it seems it’s e-commerce everything, the role of pop-ups and brick-and-mortar has not fully declined – as evidenced by brands like Tortoise & Blonde and BucketFeet, and more importantly, by the investments of retail kingmakers like Urban Outfitters and Nordstrom. The ambitious model of TOMS is easier said than done, as is getting tens of millions in venture backing as Warby Parker has done. But what emerging brands like Tortoise & Blonde and BucketFeet demonstrate is that there exists a new path to fashion and retail success that looks a bit like the old path: one face-to-face interaction at a time.
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