The latest version of the Open Apparel Registry (OAR) -- a free, open source tool mapping garment facilities worldwide -- went live today, following a beta release in 2018 and a series of improvements based on user feedback. Companies can use the tool to update their address book, find new suppliers […]

Google has established an Advanced Technology External Advisory Council (ATEAC) to consider ethical issues around artificial intelligence, facial recognition and other emerging technologies. The group, which has seven members, will hold four meetings in 2019 and publish a report based on the discussions […]

Fashion rental service Rent the Runway is being sued by smaller competitor FashionPass, according to WWD. FashionPass claims Rent the Runway has “embarked upon a wrongful, anticompetitive scheme” by “coercing” top suppliers to sign agreements which prevent them from selling merchandise to other clothing […]

Modest e-tailer The Modist has received strategic investments from Farfetch and Annabel Investment Holding, the private equity company of Nicola Bulgari, Vice-chairman of jeweler Bulgari Group. The announcement comes less than a year after The Modist secured 15 million US dollars (approximately 11 million […]

The fashion industry is not known for its social and environmental compatibility. On the contrary: The fashion industry is the second biggest consumer of water and is responsible for 8-10 percent of global carbon emissions - more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined, as the […]

French department store Galeries Lafayette has ambitious expansion plans for its presence in China: The iconic department store chain is planning to open around ten new stores in China by 2025 and achieve revenues of one billion euros (1.13 billion US dollars). "We are targeting around 10 stores in […]

Losing Ken Downing as senior vice president and fashion director isn't the only adventure in Neiman Marcus Group land right now. The company has announced a transaction support agreement (“TSA”) with lenders representing more than 55 percent of the company’s term loan and holders of more than 60 percent […]

Industry Model Mgmt, a growing boutique women's modeling agency, has announced the opening of their newest office in Miami, Florida. Founded by Federico Pignatelli, The Industry Model Mgmt is a division of Pier 59 Studios. "The Miami opening is part of a period of terrific growth for the brand taking […]

After the Dutch Bretoniere Group filed for bankruptcy on 9th March, it found a buyer in RNF B.V., which also owns fashion brand Mexx. This means good news for fans of women’s shoe brands Fred de la Bretoniere and Shabbies Amsterdam, as they are currently being relaunched. Now, the Bretoniere Group and […]

CNBC has reported that Amazon is aggressively blocking ads for products that lose money. As Amazon works on proving to Wall Street that they can turn a serious profit, they are taking efforts to benefit their bottom line, which now includes blocking money losing products from advertising on their site. […]

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