Sep
 25
 2017



Christopher

Hello,

Welcome to a new workweek and this Monday edition of The Spin. Prior to the conclusion of Milan Fashion Week last night street-style photographers banded together to get a fair wage and Amazon made a major investment in Indian retail. And it seems that a more casual approach to dressing now applies to the dead as well. Enjoy the read and here's to a great week ahead! Best, Christopher



brands

Finito. The latest edition of Milan Fashion Week concluded at La Scala last night with the first ever Green Carpet Fashion Awards, a star-studded ceremony that celebrates (in Italian) eco-friendly Made in Italy fashion and is produced by the Camera Nazionale della Moda in collaboration with Eco-Age. Among the honorees were model Gisele Bündchen and Chiara Vigo (paywall), who has kept up the age-old tradition of making thread from mussel shells. Highlights of MFW included the debuts (paywall) of Lucie and Luke Meier at Jil Sander and Paul Surridge at Roberto Cavalli and Donatella Versace revisiting her brand's 1990s archives and reuniting the supermodels of that era on the catwalk.


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Fed up photographers. About 40 street-style photographers have banded together to form an "unofficial union" (paywall) to prevent influencers and fashion brands from using their shots for commercial and promotional purposes without compensating them. The group, which calls itself The Photographers, will no longer tag the person or brand on Instagram and instead use the hashtag #NoFreePhotos. They have also vowed to use the tag as a response when their shots appear without payment.



Abloh x Rimowa. Although it has not been formally confirmed by either company, it seems that Off-White designer Virgil Abloh has teamed with LVMH-owned luggage brand Rimowa for a forthcoming collaboration. On Saturday, Rimowa CEO Alexandre Arnault, son of LVMH head Bernard, posted (paywall) a picture on Instagram of two bags reading "Personal" and "Belongings" with the caption "Hey Virgil Abloh, coming for you straight out of the factory."





retail

Amazon invests in India. Taking another step toward its goal of global domination, Amazon announced on Saturday that it has purchased a 5 percent share of Indian retailer Shoppers Stop for $28 million. As part of the deal, Amazon experience centers where customers can test products will be set up in the store's 80 extant physical shops across India and 20 more Shoppers Stops, which sell everything from clothing and cosmetics to appliances, will be opened in the next four years.



Happy holidays? Retail forecasters in the US are predicting a jump in holiday sales there this season and say they could grow by 4 to 4.5 percent compared to last year. Deloitte anticipates that revenue will be $1.04 to $1.05 trillion between November and January.





markets

Good Morning, Vietnam. Vietnam's growing economy and large millennial population are causing fast fashion companies to view the country as a new consumer hotbed instead of just a place for inexpensive manufacturing. H&M opened its first store there this month, following Zara, which opened in Ho Chi Minh City last year. Uniqlo, Topshop and Mango are also expected to land there soon. Millennials now make up one-third of Vietnam's population and GDP per capita now stands at $2,300.





tech

High-tech neck. California-based accessory company Opter Life has created a wearable and stylish "smart" bamboo pendant that vibrates when the wearer has bad posture and has six other features that alert when he or she is getting too much sun exposure, sitting too long or sleeping irregularly, for example. Called Pose, the item will launch on October 3 on crowdfunding site Indiegogo and is the latest development in the booming wearable tech sector, which is expected to grow 16.6 percent annually through 2021.





last

Casual corpses. The British press is reporting an interesting "fashion" trend: More surviving family members are opting to dress their deceased loved ones in everyday wear such as jeans and sports jumpers instead of the traditional suits and dresses. One funeral director estimates that about half of the bodies she prepares are now laid out in "comfy" outfits instead of more formal options.







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