Month: September 2020

Working Wardrobes picking up the pieces after blaze

Customers with armloads of clothing cycled through the Working Wardrobes thrift shop in Costa Mesa at a steady pace Monday morning, taking advantage of a 99-cent special. For a little more, but less than $20, they could also buy pinstriped ladies’ suits by Ann Taylor or Kate Spade kitten heels — the kind of smart, better-label designers that can make a worker look and feel like a professional.

These are the kinds of looks that the local nonprofit Working Wardrobes, which provides “the dignity of work” to people in need with career training and wardrobe services, has specialized in for

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Walmart Grows Its Fashion Presence

On Sept. 21, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) launched Free Assembly, a new private-label clothing line for men and women. The fashion brand will be available online and in 250 stores, offering elevated style essentials at value prices. The new brand aims to offer timeless staples that have staying power. The retail company tapped Dwight Fenton, the former lead designer at Bonobos, to lead the brand. Fenton also designed for Old Navy, J. Crew, and Vineyard Vines.

Model wearing a Free Assembly top.

Image source: Walmart.

The new fashion destination

Denise Incandela, SVP Women’s Group, Elevated and Online Brands, wrote about Walmart’s goal to become a

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Armani, Ferragamo Premiere Short Films at Milan Fashion Week | Entertainment News

By COLLEEN BARRY, AP Fashion Writer

MILAN (AP) — To show or not to show: Each Milan fashion house had to make a difficult decision how to reach the fashion public this season under the safety constraints imposed by the coronavirus.

Italy’s fashion capital — one of the top four runway cities in the world — has worked hard to maintain a near-real fashion week, with 23 live shows, coming after New York, which was mostly virtual, and London, where designers mostly met with small groups of editors. Paris will be the next city to test the waters with live

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Millennials, Gen Z Could Save Holiday Shopping

The retail ecosystem has been turned upside down over the past six months as changes big and small rippled through the segment worldwide in response to the pandemic.

Consumers shifted their buying preferences nearly overnight, and an expert panel recently joined Karen Webster for PYMNTS’ latest “On The Agenda” discussion to look at how retailers must ready themselves for the digitized landscape of the future.

The panel — Purity Cosmetics CEO Ric Kostick; Afterpay Co-founder and U.S. CEO Nick Molnar; and Apricot Lane Boutique CEO Patrick Stewart — agreed that the

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A shooter is in the mall. Firing. Panic. Everyone calls 911. What happens next?

The concept is simple.

“In an active shooting situation, you have to make sure the killing is stopped first,” Lopatcong Township police Chief Jason Garcia said last week, after a shooting scenario began to play out with gunfire at Lehigh Valley Mall in Whitehall Township.

No one was wounded or injured after shots were fired in that mall and eventually police went store to store and guided everyone to safety. No one has been charged in the ongoing investigation.

For many years, Garcia’s department shared the now-defunct Phillipsburg Mall with Pohatcong Township police. He was one of several first-responding officials

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