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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Pent-up demand is helping The RealReal grow

Apr 26, 2021
Julie Wainwright, CEO of the luxury consignment store, says in-person shopping "makes sense for our business."
"We believe we're going to be a pandemic recovery story," says Julie Wainwright, founder and CEO of The RealReal. Above, she speaks at Vanity Fair's 2017 Founders Fair.
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"The past couple of months have been pretty crazy": How one clothing business grew in 2020

Dec 28, 2020
As her collections continue to sell out, Wanek is adjusting to increased demand for her clothing.
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The economic power of royal fashion

Nov 17, 2020
In this book excerpt, veteran style journalist Elizabeth Holmes writes about how Meghan Markle used fashion to respond to media criticism.
The royal family celebrating the Queen's 90th birthday in 2016. Color is an essential part of Queen Elizabeth II's wardrobe, writes Elizabeth Holmes.
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High fashion in Italy faces "strange," uncertain times

Nov 3, 2020
The owner of a hand-embroidery business in Milan describes how the pandemic has affected her work and life.
Models are seen backstage at the Drome fashion show during the Milan Women's Fashion Week on Sept. 26.
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In this time of comfort-at-home fashion, Crocs are having a moment

Oct 28, 2020
The footwear brand has seen an uptick in sales during the pandemic, and has capitalized on branding collaborations.
A sample of Crocs shoes on display in a midtown New York City shoe store in February 2007.
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How clothing can be a 'tool of resistance'

Jul 14, 2020
From the suffragette movement to the Black Panther Party and "Black Lives Matter” T-shirts worn by protesters today, social movements and clothing go hand in hand.
Protesters with "Black lives matter" T-shirts at the San Francisco Hall of Justice in 2014.
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Can made-to-order fashion change how we shop?

A slate of startups are working to make custom clothing, fast.
Models walk the runway during the Marco De Vincenzo fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week.
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How synthetic fabrics became mainstream

Nov 29, 2019
A series of very successful marketing campaigns led to our closets being dominated by fabrics like polyester and Lycra.
A dress fitting circa 1930, when synthetic fabrics were new to the market.
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Crocs, yes Crocs, are cool again

Nov 29, 2019
If you didn't know, now you know.
As teenagers embrace "ugly" fashion, 2007's hottest shoe is trending.
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