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Why retailers love the term “pre-owned”

by Janet Nguyen Apr 17, 2019
Neiman Marcus is acquiring a stake in Fashionphile, which sells “pre-owned” handbags and accessories.
View of items for sale at The RealReal/Chrysalis Charity Benefit in Beverly Hills, California.
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Rent the Runway turns its attention to the home

by Ashley Milne-Tyte Mar 25, 2019
The fashion rental company has partnered with West Elm to offer home accessories.
Starting this summer, Rent the Runway subscribers will be able to lease looks from home décor retailer West Elm.
Ashley Milne-Tyte for Marketplace

Here's why Levi's is returning to the stock market

by Renata Sago Mar 21, 2019
Levi Strauss & Co. returns to the stock market this week. The 165-year-old company is hoping to sell more than $500 million in shares, which it will invest in broadening product offerings and appealing more to young people. 
Traders, many in jeans, work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on the day that Levi Strauss has returned to the stock market with an IPO on March 21, 2019 in New York City.
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In the age of the selfie, a younger market for cosmetic procedures

by Erika Beras Mar 18, 2019
Botox and injectable fillers are now being marketed to women in their 20s and 30s.
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Why dressing for the red carpet can be a problem if you’re not a size 2

by Janet Nguyen Feb 22, 2019
Those glamorous gowns at the Oscars are usually loaned — in sizes 0 and 2. Who will dress the rest?


Actress Melissa McCarthy wearing Marina Rinaldi at the 2012 Oscars.  
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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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The business of fashion is changing. Some designers have growing pains.

by Rose Conlon Feb 15, 2019
Social media influencers and fast fashion are eroding the relevance of Fashion Week.
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How woven cloth changed the course of history

by David Brancaccio Dec 11, 2018
From Viking sails to international trade, author Kassia St Clair explains how fabric influenced civilization.
Was woolen sailcloth the secret weapon of the Vikings? Above, the Draken Harald Harfagre, a reconstruction of a Viking longship.
Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images for Draken Harald Harfagre

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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Mid-luxury brands say no to discounted goods

by Erika Beras Jul 31, 2018
Ralph Lauren posts earnings bump by leaning in to full priced products
People walk by Ralph Lauren's Fifth Avenue Polo store on April 4, 2017 in New York City.
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