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The DMA Digest is an edited gathering of information relative to DMA United's business model. With the goal of propelling deal flow and internal awareness, the criteria we use in selecting these topics is reflective of our company philosophy: innovation is born from a polycultural and multi-disciplinarian environment.

Five Minutes With Karen Elson: Candle Sniffing, Met Ball Prep and Jo Malone London

Back in March, Jo Malone London attempted to throw a dinner in honor of Karen Elson — but the New York weather had other plans, and a snowstorm threw a wrench into things. So when the dinner was rescheduled for Tuesday night, perhaps it was no surprise it was all but rained out, thanks to a heavy April shower.

The delay in the event meant Elson, who performed an acoustic set for guests following dinner at Norwood, could chat about her newest music, which was released earlier in April.

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New York Mayor Earmarks $136M for Made in New York Campus

Mayor Bill de Blasio is putting his money where his mouth is.

The mayor unveiled his executive budget for fiscal-year 2018 and it calls for spending $136 million to transform the Made in New York campus at Bush Terminal in Brooklyn into a hub for garment manufacturing as well as film and television production. The campus is expected to support more than 1,500 permanent jobs, he said.

The budget also calls for investing $4 million into rehabilitating a building at the Brooklyn Navy Yard to become a start-up incubator, which would ultimately create 500 jobs.

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Amazon Goes From Shopping to Dressing With New AI Camera

Amazon wants to help you get dressed.

The newly launched Echo Look is a small, stand-alone camera with Amazon’s artificial intelligence, Alexa. It’s voice controlled and equipped with a background blurring effect and built-in lighting, all aimed at giving users the ability to evaluate an ensemble when a mirror just isn’t cutting it.

The camera is made to snap full-length photos and videos of outfits that can be saved or streamed live to your own or a friend’s phone — a process that seems pulled straight from a “Clueless” lover’s dream.

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Mindy Grossman Leaving HSNi to Join Weight Watchers

Mindy Grossman is stepping down as chief executive officer of HSNi to join Weight Watchers International as president and ceo.

Grossman’s resignation will be effective on May 24 and she will join Weight Watchers in July.

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Cupcakes & Cashmere Is Betting Big on E-Commerce

Fashion and lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman has partnered with Digital Brand Products to launch an e-commerce platform for her own licensed products and third party brands.

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A Struggling ESPN Lays Off Many On-Air Figures

The “Worldwide Leader in Sports,” as ESPN brands itself, laid off scores of journalists and on-air talent on Wednesday, showing that even the most formidable media kingdom was vulnerable to the transformation upending the sports broadcasting industry as more and more people turn away from cable television.

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Under Armour Posts Its First Ever Loss

Under Armour Inc. on Thursday posted its first ever quarterly loss as a public company, as its top line suffered from sluggish performance in its key North American business.

Still, results weren’t as bad as Wall Street anticipated and shares jumped 10% premarket to $21.68.

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Will Jimmy Choo Step On Kate Spade’s Sale?

It’s never fun to catch your potential suitor looking at someone else, but that might be the situation Kate Spade finds itself in.

Kate has spent the last few months looking for a buyer, but now Jimmy Choo threatens to step on its toes.

Earlier this week, the luxury shoe brand said it was considering a sale. That means there’s another fancy company in town competing for the attention of possible Kate Spade partners -- namely Coach, which bought another shoe brand, Stuart Weitzman, in 2015.

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Why luxury remains far out of reach for Amazon and Walmart

Amazon owns Zappos and Shopbop, and Walmart is suddenly scooping up e-commerce brands like Modcloth and Moosejaw, but the luxury sphere remains immune to the retail giants’ temptations. Although many brands and retailers worry about the continued rise of Amazon and Walmart — which are currently the two largest e-commerce platforms in the U.S. — those within the luxury space believe their sector, at least, is safe.

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Lydia Polgreen Wants to Bring HuffPost Back to the People

It’s been almost a year since Arianna Huffington announced she would step down from her namesake publication, and almost six month since Lydia Polgreen, the former masthead editor and the editorial director of NYT Global, took her place as editor-in-chief. Many have wondered what Polgreen’s vision for the site would look like, and on Tuesday she revealed it: a sleek black-and-white redesign with a new name: HuffPost. The name, Polgreen explained in a letter from the editor, is a formal adoption of what the publication’s audience has called it for years. And it’s the first step in a new editorial direction that she — the daughter of an African immigrant and a disabled veteran who grew up in Ghana and Kenya and was forced to conceal her relationship with her wife while living in homophobic West Africa — hopes will allow HuffPost to “speak for the whole swath of the American experience.”

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Raf Simons on Diversifying Calvin Klein’s Ads

As the fashion world watches to see how Dior alum Raf Simons will reshape Calvin Klein, at last night’s Time 100 Gala, Simons told the Cut the company hopes to lead the industry in promoting diversity. “I think in this political climate, more than ever, it is important when you have a big voice to speak up,” Simons said. “Being in this position with this brand, which has always stood for diversity anyway, I wanted to show that.”

Calvin Klein recently cast the men of Moonlight and 70-year-old model Lauren Hutton for underwear campaigns. Simons, who was once criticized for whitewashing runways at Dior, said he is committed to diversity across the company’s “runway, message, and campaign.”

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04.26.17

Fern Mallis Named Director of the FIT Foundation

Fern Mallis, a fashion and design consultant and the founder of New York Fashion Week, has been named a director of the FIT Foundation.

The FIT Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that builds long-term support that furthers the purpose of the Fashion Institute of Technology.

As a director, Mallis will serve as a mentor, industry liaison, advocate and philanthropic adviser to advance the mission and vision of FIT.

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J.Crew Reorganizes Top Management and Reducing Headcount

J. Crew Group Inc. has reorganized its top management team and is eliminating 150 full-time and 100 open positions primarily from its corporate headquarters to save approximately $30 million annually.

The company will record a charge of approximately $10 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 for severance payments and other termination costs.

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Goop to Open First Beauty Pop-up

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop is using fragrance to build a beauty presence off-line.

Shiso Psychic (By Goop), an all-day pop-up at 252 Mott Street that opens on April 29, is Goop’s first pop-up dedicated to beauty. The focus is on fragrance — specifically Goop’s Edition 02, Shiso that bowed earlier this month — with the space a play on the scent’s mystical properties.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson Named Face of Gentleman Givenchy Scent

Givenchy has a new gentleman in the house.

The LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned fragrance brand signed on English actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson to be the face of its upcoming new men’s scent, Gentleman Givenchy.

Taylor-Johnson will appear in the fragrance’s advertising campaign — details of which still remain firmly under wraps — starting in August.

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LVMH to Launch Digital Lifestyle and E-Commerce Platform

The luxury conglomerate is dipping a toe into the 'experience economy' with Clos19, a new e-commerce platform for its Moët Hennessy wine and spirits division which will sell experiences as well as products.

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Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush Close to Deal for Miami Marlins

An investment group including former New York Yankee Derek Jeter and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush are negotiating to buy the Florida Marlins baseball team but haven’t yet lined up financing for the deal, according to people familiar with the matter.

Several media outlets, including the Miami Herald, reported Tuesday that the investment group has a tentative deal in place to purchase the team for $1.3 billion from current owner Jeffrey Loria. Bush and Jeter are expected to be minority owners and serve in public-facing roles, while other investors would put up the bulk of the purchase price.

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Huffington Post Shrinks Its Name to HuffPost, in a Step Back From Founder

The Huffington Post is officially nudging Arianna Huffington out of its name.

The namesake site co-founded by Ms. Huffington in 2005 is now simply: HuffPost.

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How Brands Looking for New Audiences Can Avoid Shea Moisture’s Mistake of Alienating Core Fans

Shea Moisture had, by its own account, “really f-ed this one up.”

On Monday, social media exploded as fans of the hair-care brand, which has long catered to African-American women, expressed a shared sense of outrage.

The cause of such discontent was a new ad from the company that featured two white women and one woman of color.

The problem was both simple and deceptively complex: As the brand looked to expand its consumer base, its core audience felt “erased” from the ad[.]

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Sony Has Reportedly Parted Ways With Dr. Luke

After a maelstrom of controversy that has lasted more than two years, Sony has reportedly cut ties with the man at the center of it all. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony has severed ties with the famed producer Dr. Luke, ending a contract with his Kemosabe Records that started in 2011 and was previously expected to expire sometime this year. (Sony has repeatedly come under intense pressure from the “Free Kesha” movement to fire Luke.) In their most recent stint in court, lawyers for Kesha, who has been locked in a legal battle with Luke since 2014 over allegations of sexual abuse, argued that Luke’s tenure at Sony was close to over. What that would mean for Kesha’s future, they said, was worrisome, leaving the standing contract she still has with Kemosabe (which she has been trying to no avail to have dissolved and would implicate her next album) effectively in limbo.

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04.25.17

LVMH Offers to Buy Christian Dior Couture for 6.5 Billion Euros

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton is adding another mega-brand to its fashion and leather goods portfolio.

The French luxury conglomerate said on Tuesday it has made an offer to buy Christian Dior Couture for 6.5 billion euros, or $7.06 billion at current exchange rates, in a move that will make it the second-largest brand in its fashion division behind Louis Vuitton and ahead of Fendi.

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JAB Quits Luxury to Focus on Coffee, Coty, Consumer Goods

Coty Inc. — and coffee beans — have shoved luxury off the shelf at JAB, the multinational giant that’s announced plans to sell Jimmy Choo and Bally as it puts an increasing focus on consumer goods.

The company, parent of consumer behemoths including Coty and Reckitt Benckiser, and coffee brands Espresso House, Baresso and Jacobs Douwe Egberts, unveiled its strategy on Monday in a terse statement that put an end to its decadelong foray into fashion and luxury.

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BCBG Wins Out in Contract Dispute With Lubov Azria

Bankrupt BCBG Max Azria Group LLC is the victor in a contract dispute with its former creative director Lubov Azria.

Azria, also the wife of BCBG founder Max Azria, was suddenly replaced little more than a week after the company filed for bankruptcy in early March and launched a parallel court battle in an effort to keep the brand from rejecting her 2015 employment agreement.

Although she argued the terms of her employment agreement were part and parcel to the terms surrounding BCBG’s 2015 out-of-court restructuring, which saw the Azrias give up 80 percent of their full ownership of the company in exchange for a $135 million capital infusion from Guggenheim Partners, a bankruptcy judge ruled otherwise Monday.

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Burt’s Bees Taps Into Founder’s Life With VR

Burt’s Bees is bringing cofounder Burt Shavitz’s bohemian, live-off-the-land mentality back to life.

Last year, the brand transported the turkey coop-turned-cabin that Shavitz, who died in 2015, had been living in, along with many of his personal belongings, from Maine to Burt’s Bees headquarters in Durham, North Carolina. The cabin was turned into a permanent installation offering tours to the public.

This month, the brand has teamed with Google to create an immersive, virtual-reality experience that allows the cabin to be toured digitally.

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‘Big guys don’t want to be treated like freaks’: the plus-sized menswear revolution

The energy at online clothing store Asos hits you as soon as you enter its art deco London headquarters. The place is youthful, noisy, overwhelming. It is also proudly democratic – in the sense that it wants to offer fashionable clothes for everyone. Not, I suspect, because it is on some great mission to change the world, but because it’s not just perfectly honed young men and women who will pay to look good.

I am getting a guided tour from the company’s brand creative director, John Mooney. He is spearheading Asos’s drive to improve its offering to what might euphemistically be called the bigger man. I am keen on this euphemism because I am one of those bigger men: 6ft 4in tall; 40in-plus waist; carrying a lot of extra poundage. My mother kindly describes me as big-boned; others would say fat.

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HOW FRAME CONQUERED THE WORLD

In 2012, branding gurus-turned-denim visionaries Erik Torstensson and Jens Grede launched a new jean – and lit up womenswear with cult label Frame. The masterplan for 2017? Domination of the men’s market, a seriously cool collection and (maybe) a call from Hollywood.

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HOW TATA HARPER TURNED NATURAL, SUSTAINABLE BEAUTY CHIC

"A Cancer Diagnosis Changed This Entrepreneur's Life" sounds like clickbait. It also just so happens to be true in this case. You see, in this scenario, it wasn't Tata Harper, she of the iconic green glass jars, who was diagnosed with cancer, but rather her stepfather. Watching his struggle with the disease set her life on a whole new path. That's the short version of how Harper went from working in real estate development in Miami to being the proud owner of one of the largest and most recognizable sustainable luxury beauty brandsin the country.

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Hollywood Writers’ Unions Vote to Authorize Strike Against Producers

Unions representing 12,000 Hollywood writers said on Monday that members had overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike, bringing show business closer to its first production shutdown in a decade.

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Writers Guild of America, West, announced the results of an online strike authorization vote in an email to members. The unions said that 6,310 eligible members voted; 96 percent of the vote was in favor of a strike.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. to Retire From Racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr., Nascar’s most popular driver for years, will retire at the end of the season, Hendrick Motorsports announced.

Earnhardt, known universally as just “Junior,” is the son of the Nascar legend Dale Earnhardt Sr., who was killed in the Daytona 500 in 2001. He has won the most popular driver award 14 times.

Earnhardt Jr., 42, won 26 times in the Cup and twice in the Daytona 500.

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Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer to Make $186 Million From Verizon Deal

Yahoo Inc. Chief Executive Marissa Mayer is set to make some $186 million as a result of the internet company’s sale of its core business to Verizon Communications Inc., according to securities filings.

The hefty pay out comes despite Ms. Mayer’s inability to accomplish what she was hired to do five years ago: revitalize the fading internet icon following its struggles with high employee and executive turnover and declines in ad revenue.

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Drake to host first-ever 'NBA Awards' show after the NBA Finals

Drake will host the NBA's first-ever awards show this June.

The Canadian rapper will preside over the June 26 ceremony in New York, which will be televised live on TNT.

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The Unicorn Frappuccino infuriated baristas — but it was one of Starbucks' best decisions in a long time

Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino is officially off the menu — but in just five days, the beverage showed just how powerful a pretty drink can be.

The Frappuccino generated roughly 180,000 Instagram posts in just one week, according to UBS research. The color-changing beverage was perfectly crafted to catch Instagram-lovers' fancy, resulting in thousands of viral photos.

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04.24.17

Karl Lagerfeld to Receive John B. Fairchild Honor

Karl Lagerfeld — one of the world’s most famous, prolific and admired designers — is to receive the 2017 John B. Fairchild Honor at the WWD Apparel & Retail CEO Summit here on Oct. 24.

Named after WWD’s late chairman and editorial director and chosen by its current editors, the honor was introduced in 2016 as part of an annual celebration of creative vision, performance and leadership in the fashion industry. Ralph Lauren was the first recipient.

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Net-a-porter to Launch Cartier’s Panthère Watch Exclusively

Yoox Net-a-porter Group’s ambitions to become a destination for high-end watches and jewelry are rapidly taking shape: WWD has learned that Net-a-porter will be the exclusive launch pad for Cartier’s new Panthère watch.

In a first for both brands, Net will unveil an exclusive pop-up for the latest iteration of the Panthère de Cartier watch well before it goes into Cartier boutiques and other outlets. This is the first time Cartier has partnered with a third-party online retailer for any project.

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Mytheresa.com Teams With Miu Miu on Capsule, Fashion Film

In retailers’ ongoing battle for exclusivity and newness, Mytheresa.com is partnering with Miu Miu to launch an exclusive capsule collection for spring 2017.

The line, a colorful concoction of Miu Miu signatures, features ready-to-wear, as well as handbags and footwear, and will land at Mytheresa.com on April 26. Focusing on bright prints and girly embellishments, the capsule captures the playful spirit that is Prada’s sister label’s signature.

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Jimmy Choo Owner JAB Puts Luxury Shoe Brands Up For Sale

JAB has expanded a push into non-luxury areas focusing on its growing food and coffee operations, while seeking to benefit from a rebound in sales of luxury footwear and accessories.

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Bebe Stores Plans to Shut All Its Shops By May

The struggling apparel retailer announced the closures, barely a month after it said it was exploring strategic alternatives following four years of losses.

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Fashion wakes up to the older woman

When the former magazine fashion editor Alyson Walsh began her blog, That’s Not My Age, nine years ago it was as a reaction to the fact that she “wasn’t seeing anyone that looked like me in the media, and I wanted to celebrate the fact that older people are cool too and you don’t just disappear off the radar once you’re over 40”.

Now 53, Walsh has witnessed a welcome sea change in the ensuing years, with the media seemingly awash with images of women celebrated for their mature years.

Earlier this week, 73-year-old model Lauren Hutton was revealed as one of the stars of the new Calvin Klein lingerie campaign, having appeared on the runway for Italian fashion house Bottega Venetta in September. Last year high-street retailer H&M cast 60-year-old stylist Gillean McLeod to model its swimwear, and this season, 63-year-old New York university professor Lyn Slater, known to her 111,000 Instagram followers as Accidental Icon, is the face of Spanish retailer Mango’s marketing campaign, “A story of Uniqueness”.

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Rent the Runway is the latest fashion brand to bounce from Snapchat to Instagram Stories

Rent the Runway has been hosting two series on Snapchat since August: a virtual try-on that shows how dresses fit on real people (modeled by employees) and Q&A “office hours” with different members of the team. However, when the company looked to launch a social media element for its upcoming sample sale, it looked instead to Instagram Stories.

“Snapchat worked with one-to-one messaging, where we can chat back and forth with customers to answer questions, and try on dresses for them,” said Alyssa Bronander, senior content strategist at Rent the Runway. “Now we’re looking to Instagram Stories to see if there’s a larger audience there that’s interested in engaging [in real time].”

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Netflix to Raise $1.09B Via Debt Offering Amid Rising Content Spending

Netflix said Monday that it was planning to raise 1 billion euros, or $1.09 billion, via a bond offering outside the U.S.

"Netflix intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and strategic transactions," the company said.

In the fall, Netflix raised $1 billion in a similar debt offering.

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Megyn Kelly Will Reportedly Start at NBC in May

Megyn Kelly left her post at Fox News for a new gig at NBC back in January, but she wasn’t expected to start her new job until her Fox contract ran out, in July. However, Kelly was released from her Fox deal two weeks ago, and is now set to start at NBC in May, “Page Six” exclusively reports.

Though she’ll begin formally working at NBC in May, her Sunday-night program won’t debut until June, according to “Page Six.”

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Adidas is getting serious about making sneakers from ocean waste

Adidas is getting serious about its sustainability initiatives and showing that going green doesn't have to make customers blue.

With new ocean-inspired coloring, Adidas is releasing "Parley" versions of its most popular Boost running shoes: the Ultraboost, Ultraboost X, and Ultraboost Uncaged.

Parley is Adidas' partner in the Parley A.I.R Strategy, which turns ocean plastic waste into thread that is woven into running shoes. Each shoe uses an average of 11 plastic bottles per pair and incorporates recycled plastic into the shoe's laces, heel webbing, heel lining, and sock liner covers.

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Rue21 to shutter nearly 400 stores nationwide

Teen apparel retailer Rue21 will shut down about 400 stores nationwide, according to the Associated Press. Calling it a "difficult but necessary decision," the company confirmed it is "closing some stores" in a Facebook post over the weekend.

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04.21.17

L’Oréal Taps Deputy CEO

The appointment Thursday of Nicolas Hieronimus as L’Oréal’s deputy chief executive officer, placing him second in command, has amplified industry buzz over whether he’s the heir-apparent to one day step up to the beauty giant’s top post.

Jean-Paul Agon, L’Oréal’s chairman and ceo, revealed Hieronimus’ promotion to the newly created role during the group’s annual general meeting here. He is currently president of the company’s Selective divisions and in his new post will now also oversee the Consumer Products division.

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Rodarte Fashion Exhibition Headed to Washington

Rodarte will be the subject of an exhibition next year at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. Opening in fall 2018, the exhibition will be the finale to the museum’s 30th anniversary celebrations and the first fashion exhibition it has organized.

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Equinox to Open 11 Rhone Pop-Up Shops on Monday

Equinox is extending its relationship with Rhone.

The fitness company has selected the men’s activewear brand for its first pop-up retail concept. On Monday, April 24, Equinox will open 11 Rhone shops around the country, offering an expanded assortment of apparel and accessories. A special online link has also been created that went live on Wednesday night.

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Zink Magazine Relaunches With Constance White at the Helm

Zink Magazine, the indie fashion magazine founded by Sheriff Ishak in 2002, will debut its first issue on Sunday.

Constance White, a former editor in chief of Essence magazine, is spearheading Zink’s revival in print and digital since it closed last year, and she is working to fine-tune the glossy’s target reader. She told WWD that Zink, which will be revealed at Coachella, is aiming to appeal to the Millennial luxury consumer.



In order to speak to its reader, Zink will highlight fashion, travel, art and pop culture in its pages, with strong visuals shot by established and up-and-coming photographers. That juxtaposition of establishment and newcomer is central to the new Zink.

Case in point: the double cover of the first issue, which was shot by Nigel Barker, features newcomer model Mackinley Hill, younger sister of Taylor Hill.

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Steven Alan Pivots Business to Focus on Namesake Brand

Twenty-three years after opening his first multi-brand boutique on Wooster Street in New York, Steven Alan is restructuring his business to focus on his own collection of apparel and accessories as part of a three-year streamlining plan.

“It’s been a very tough year, pretty much across the board,” Steven Alan tells BoF. “And we were not spared any of that.”

As department stores and specialty retailers come to terms with a radically shifting retail landscape, so too is Steven Alan entering a new chapter. Rumours of a potential closure emerged in January and were not quelled by a notice on the website of site maintenance this week. Employees have expressed fear for the company’s future.

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Coming Soon to YouTube’s ‘What to Watch’: Record Company Promotion

When YouTube suggests to its more than 1 billion monthly users which music videos they should watch next, it bases those recommendations largely on what each viewer has watched already.

Later this year, the video-sharing site—which also happens to be the world’s most popular source of free, on-demand music—plans to add a new factor into the equation: what record labels want those users to hear.

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Why Brands Are Clamoring to Work With Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop

Gwyneth Paltrow’s lifestyle brand, Goop, sometimes gets mocked for its unorthodox cleanses and steams, complex diet plans and high-priced luxury goods, but to the site’s loyal followers, it’s no joke.

Today, the company is announcing its first wellness summit, In Goop Health, which will be held in Los Angeles in June. Tickets start at $500, and speakers include Paltrow, Cameron Diaz, Tory Burch, Lena Dunham, Jenni Konner and Nicole Richie.

The revenues for Goop, which features weekly newsletters with Paltrow’s advice on living your best life as well as an online shop, have more than doubled from 2015 to 2016. Over the past year, the company launched more Goop-branded goods: a clothing line, a collection of vitamins, a fragrance and a book on clean beauty.

Brands are lining up to reach Goop’s readers, who have an average age of 34 and household income of $100,000 and above.

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