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Welcome to this final edition of The Spin prior to the Christmas holidays. Today you'll hear how real fur sneakily made its way into several fur-free stores in the UK, read how style is surviving in San Juan, Puerto Rico and see why Jimmy Choo is being criticized for launching a very badly timed new video. Enjoy the read, feel free to share it and have a very merry long holiday weekend. Best, Christopher


The real deal. At least five retailers in the UK – including TK Maxx, Boohoo, Amazon, Groupon and Miss Bardo – have been caught selling items made with real fur that was labeled as faux. An investigation by Sky News and Humane Society International revealed that the items were made with actual rabbit, fox or mink and all the stores, some of which have fur-free policies, have now removed the merchandise in question. The stores blamed foreign suppliers for the mislabeling.


Canadian comeback... Toronto Fashion Week is getting a boost for its next edition February 5 to 7. The organization that runs the official event has partnered (paywall) with Re\Set, a previously offsite alternative featuring smaller and edgier designers, to put all the shows under one roof. Toronto Fashion Week made its official comeback in September after being shutdown by then owner IMG Canada in 2016.

...and a Puerto Rican one too. Although more than 45 percent of the island still lacks electricity after Hurricane Maria wreaked havoc there three months ago, fashion week in Puerto Rico aka San Juan Moda has returned and will conclude its four-day run today. The shows featured the talent of local veteran designers and fundraising efforts for hurricane victims by the first lady of Puerto Rico and other celebrities.


Booing Choo. In a time when sexual harassment is a hot topic, Jimmy Choo is generating flack for its new video ad staring Cara Delevingne. In it she walks down the street in a red mini dress and Jimmy Choo boots and smiles as she is catcalled by men telling her how good she looks. People on social media have slammed it as sexist and "tone deaf."

Royal welcome. Australian designers Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo and their label Ralph & Russo have become household names overnight thanks to Meghan Markle who wore one of their $75,000 gowns in the newly released engagement portraits of her and Prince Harry. Now based in London, the pair launched their label 11 years ago and plan to open 10 of their own boutiques soon.


Wearables rise. A new report by International Data Corporation predicts that the wearable technology market will nearly double by 2021 from 113.2 million shipments in 2017 to 222.3 million. While fitness-oriented wristbands such as Fitbit are currently the bestselling items in the category, it is predicted that watches will soon outpace them. Smartwatch sales are expected to grow from 31.6 million now to 71.5 million by 2021.


Winning Walmart. Walmart is testing two new strategies, a personal shopping service that supplies recommendations and would allow purchases to be made via text messaging and a new physical store model that doesn't have cashiers. The latter would be similar to rival Amazon's Amazon Go stores concept which has not been rolled out yet.


Model citizens. has announced the winners of its annual Model of the Year Industry Awards. More than 250 industry insiders crowned Adwoa Aboah and Paul Hameline as Female and Male Model of the Year respectively and Cindy Crawford's daughter Kaia Gerber as the Female Breakout Star. Non-industry readers of the site however gave top honors to Bella and Gigi Hadid, Cameron Dallas and Breakout Male to Kaia Gerber's brother Presley.

Another Boselli presidency. Mario Boselli, who headed Italy's Fashion Chamber aka Camera della Moda for 16 years before stepping down in 2015, has been named the new president of the Italy-China Institute, a 46-year-old organization that promotes the cultural relationship between Italy and China. He remains (in Italian) the honorary president of Camera della Moda.


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