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New York Fashion Week slims down to five days

by Meghan McCarty Carino Sep 6, 2019
The event generates $600 million, but critics said it had grown too big and unwieldy.
A model walks the runway for the Elie Tahari show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on Sept 5.
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The Big Book

Who will end fast fashion?

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 5, 2019
An excerpt from Dana Thomas' "Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes" looks at Amazon's push to become a leading apparel retailer.
Shoppers browse through racks of clothing at a department store in 2010 in New York City.
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The Big Book

Cheap clothes aren't disposable

by Bridget Bodnar and Elizabeth L. Cline Aug 22, 2019
Elizabeth L. Cline follows up on her book about the high cost of fast fashion with a guide on creating a sustainable and ethical wardrobe.
A woman peruses Thrift Town in San Francisco, California.
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The smiley face business is booming thanks to the fashion industry

by Kai Ryssdal and Daniel Shin Jul 8, 2019
Wall Street Journal fashion editor Jacob Gallagher explains what's driving the million-dollar smiley face licensing business.
Fashion designer Jeremy Scott arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2014 at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
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Sustainability, while fashionable, is a challenge for the industry

by Lindsay Christinee May 15, 2019
The drive for environmental sustainability will need to pick up if it is to match the industry's rapid growth.
A craftwoman passes by pieces of leather on October 12, 2018 at the Louis Vuitton leather work factory in Juilley, western France. Fashion giant LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton has signed a five-year biodiversity partnership with UNESCO, committing to an ambitious set of environmental goals.
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Remembering Karl Lagerfeld, a creative force in the business of fashion

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Feb 19, 2019
The fashion house Chanel announced its creative director died today.
Karl Lagerfeld before the opening of his photo exhibition entitled 'Little Black Jacket' at the Grand Palais in Paris, France on November 8, 2012.
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Trade showdown

The next round of tariffs will hit the U.S. fashion industry

by Kai Ryssdal Sep 17, 2018
"There aren't a lot of places that can replace China," says Julia Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association.
A patternmaker works on a garment in New York City in 2014.
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The fate of fashion in the trade war

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Aug 22, 2018
Apparel prices will rise a bit faster if the administration follows through on proposed Chinese tariffs, one expert says.
Proposed tariffs target apparel, including handbags and backpacks.
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Sneaker wars: Adidas overtakes Jordan brand

by Reema Khrais Sep 26, 2017
Adidas has moved past Jordan brand as the second-most popular sneaker in the U.S., according to market research firm NPD Group.
A general view of Adidas sneakers during the Adidas AlphaBOUNCE Stylelab at Duggal Greenhouse on July 23, 2016 in Brooklyn, New York. 
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As retailers suffer, Nike wants to just sell things itself

by Aaron Schrank Jun 29, 2017
The shoemaker is cutting its workforce and will sell in its own space.
Shoppers exit the Nike SoHo store in New York City.
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