Digital Start-ups Offer Concrete Solutions to Fashion Industry

Danica G. Bivens

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In a moment defined by uncertainty, the search for innovative, efficient solutions seems to become more urgent than ever for fashion and luxury brands that want to safeguard and even grow their businesses during the global economic downturn caused by the coronavirus.

When it comes to finding practical solutions to problems, digital start-ups are increasingly appearing to be the right partners to help established, in many cases very traditional, companies  navigate the future.

“In this period, I’ve really seen that brands are actively looking for digital solutions, which a few months ago would have found many difficulties to be considered by the market,” said Giusy Cannone, chief executive officer of Fashion Technology Accelerator. “Companies have finally understood the potential of digital solutions, which have become a priority. Before the crisis, the problem was not technological, but cultural.”

“The digital transformation of Italian

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25 black-owned beauty and fashion brands to support now and forever

Danica G. Bivens

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of police brutality, many Americans are mourning, protesting and standing in solitude against centuries-long racial injustice.

Powerful ways to support monumental platforms such as Black Lives Matter include learning through literature about race and privilege. You can also make sure to do your part in voting throughout election season, find ways to authentically amplify black voices that need to be heard, and last but certainly not least, put your money where your mouth is by financially backing black-owned businesses during this triggering time.

MORE: Black businesses hit hard by COVID-19 fight to stay afloat

There are a wide variety of black-owned businesses that are often underfunded, lacking access to capital as well as loans and have been disproportionately disrupted by the coronavirus crisis.

The number of black-owned businesses has fallen by 40% during the pandemic, according to The Washington Post.

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Upcycling Is The Coolest Part Of The Ethical Fashion Movement

Danica G. Bivens

Would you pay $1000 for a hoody? What about if it was a hoody assembled from scraps of fabric that had been left behind in the process of making another, likely cheaper piece of clothing, would you buy that? Should a hoody made in this principled way command a higher-than-average retail value, or does the fact that it was born of ‘waste’ materials mean that it should cost less? And what would buying it say about you? Are you helping to solve the problem of clothing waste by buying offcuts, or are you just buying more clothes?

A wave of ethical, ecologically empathetic design is rolling through the fashion and beauty industries – including Everlane, Pangaia, Veja, and The Ordinary – and ‘big’ brands can’t afford to ignore the tide. According to the latest report from campaign group Fashion Revolution, big brands (those with a minimum turnover of £320million)

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Is JCPenney Going Out of Business

Danica G. Bivens

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  • JCPenney filed for bankruptcy on Friday, May 15.
  • In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, JCPenney announced that it would close nearly 30% of its stores.
  • This summer, 154 stores will close.

    JCPenney recently celebrated its 118th birthday, but its latest financial news has shoppers wondering how much longer the struggling department store chain will keep its doors open. In wake of the coronavirus crisis, J.C.Penney Company, Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, joining retailers like J. Crew and Neiman Marcus.

    This doesn’t come as a surprise, though. JCPenney was struggling long before the pandemic due to a rise in online shopping and the threat of big-box retailers like Walmart and Target. They even closed six stores earlier this year and posted a 5.5% decline in sales for the first three months of 2019. Since the start of 2011, the retailer has closed

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