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How We Shop: A trip to the mall with a fashion business expert

May 12, 2021
Ever wonder why you keep seeing the same clothing trends in store after store? Or why a certain color is everywhere?
This spring, retailers like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Anthropologie are carrying lots of pinks, pastels and "happy" styles.
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How We Shop: Losing a job

Mar 25, 2021
Here's how one family had to rethink the way they spend money after a layoff.
Cecilia Linton used to make enough money that when her kids wanted something, she could say yes, easily. Getting laid off at the beginning of the pandemic has changed her whole family's relationship with money.
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What is makeup for during a pandemic?

Feb 10, 2021
Social distancing has made some women more aware of what wearing makeup means for them, whether it's peer pressure or self-care.
For some women, makeup provides an escape. For others, it's a social nicety.
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The shoe economy, almost a year into the pandemic

Jan 26, 2021
With so many people staying home in their slippers, shoe sales have fallen dramatically. You can see that play out in neighborhoods.
The pandemic has emptied stores in Brooklyn, New York, that once did healthy in-person business.
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Tell us how you shop

Jan 26, 2021
From online to in-store, an exploration of what we buy, why and how.
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How We Shop: Secondhand

Aug 13, 2020
How one thrifter is confronting the ethics of buying clothes secondhand and reselling them at a markup.
Tagged clothing at a thrift store in San Francisco.
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As shoppers head online, what value does a flagship store bring?

Feb 13, 2020
Under Armour announced it might hold off on opening a flagship store on Manhattan's iconic Fifth Avenue.
Under Armour is reportedly pulling back on plans to open a flagship store on New York City's Fifth Avenue, made famous by stores like Tiffany & Co.
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Another year of "retail apocalypse"? Not quite.

Jan 8, 2020
With more consumers shopping online, the in-store experience remains crucial to keeping brick-and-mortar alive.
Consumers continue to shop online more and more, leading to the closure of brick-and-mortar stores.
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For retailers, holiday shopping was strong. But the way we shop is changing.

Jan 6, 2020
We followed three small business retailers throughout the holiday shopping season. Here's the final word on how it went.
A UPS worker sorts packages to be loaded onto a delivery truck at the UPS sort facility in South San Francisco, California.
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How We Shop: a New Year's shopping fast

Jan 1, 2020
Ever look around and realize you have 17 bottles of hand lotion?
Haley Falconer started the post-holiday season with a shopping fast.
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