Happy Wednesday and welcome back to The Spin. Today we check out the German textile industry's response to Trump's tariffs, examine the impact of so-called "super fakes", and check back with Dapper Dan. There is also a good prospect of Fenty getting into panties. Enjoy the read and feel free to share! Best, Ulrike


Saber noise. The German Fashion association fears (paywall; in German) an escalation of punitive tariffs between the EU and the US, which would be costly to everyone. Following President Trump's plan for new steel tariffs, the EU threatened a 25 percent import tax on companies like Levi's and Harley-Davidson, prompting these brands to urge caution. The US is 16th on the list of the top German textile export markets, far behind Switzerland, Austria and France.


Look closer. Counterfeit handbags are getting increasingly difficult to distinguish from the real things. In some cases, these so-called "super fakes" are being produced by the real brands' actual sourcing partners, sometimes they are just made with particular care. They also get to market faster than ever, increasingly changing hands online, and putting a lot of pressure on authenticators at re-sellers like Rebag and The RealReal.


Contemporary twist. Luxury shoe label Roger Vivier has named Gherardo Felloni Creative Director. Felloni joins the Paris-based company from Italian fashion label Miu Miu, where he was responsible for footwear, leather goods and costume jewelry. Previously he also worked for Christan Dior and Prada. At Roger Vivier Felloni succeeds Bruno Frisoni, who's been with the label for more than 16 years and showed his last collection in February.

Harlem hustle. In the 1980s, Daniel Day aka Dapper Dan gave the New York hip hop scene its signature style. Now, the controversial tailor is back, thanks to a "cultural appropriation" controversy that played out on Twitter and resulted in an unlikely new deal with Gucci. Since Gucci provides the materials, the designer is now able to fully concentrate on the creative - planning to further raise the bar on the Italian brand's standard.

Board walk. Willy Bogner continues to downsize its board. Following the departure (paywall; in German) of CEO Alexander Wirth, whose position was adopted by Chairman and Chief Design & Marketing Officer Andreas Baumgärtner in November, COO Jon Jarlgaard and Christian Ender are now leaving (paywall; in German) the Munich-based sports company. Enders position of International Sales Manager will be removed from the board and refilled. The second remaining executive board member is CFO Marcus Breyer.


Expanding focus. Luxottica has acquired a 67 percent stake in the Japanese eyewear company Fukui Megane for an undisclosed sum. Fukui Megane, which is specialized in titanium and gold frames, provides Luxottica access into the world of Japanese production. In turn, the Italian eyewear manufacturer plans (paywall) to re-create a productive center of excellence in Fukui, bringing the Italian and Japanese artisan schools under one roof.

Fenty's panties. US pop icon Rihanna is reportedly working on a lingerie line for California-based TechStyle Fashion Group. The platform-driven fashion company owns several star-powered brands including Fabletics, which is linked to Kate Hudson; ShoeDazzle, JustFab and FabKids. Neither Rihanna nor TechStyle are commenting, but according to sources first samples have already been produced.


Moody blues. As part of its Obsessions series, the digital news outlet Quartz thoroughly examines the ins and outs of indigo, from the first scraps found in Peru to the invention of synthetic indigo in 1880 and the effect of dyeing on climate change. Even India's largest airline, IndiGo, whose attendants dress in fashionable blue, gets a mention.


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