Welcome to this Thursday edition of The Spin. Today we're investigating WeWork's plans to enter the retail sector and the newly important CXO executive role in retail. In addition, there's news about the new Moncler collection, the return of anti-fur activists and fashion's newfound appreciation of more mature models. Enjoy the read – and your day. Best, Christopher


Widening reach. WeWork, the shared office-space company whose revenues are expected to exceed $2.3 billion in 2018, is looking to expand into retail. It is currently looking to hire a vice president to launch a "new retail experience" and someone to create a merchandising strategy for apparel. The startup made headlines in October when it purchased department store Lord & Taylor's NYC Fifth Avenue flagship property from parent company Hudson's Bay.


Experience necessary. The rather newly created executive role of chief experience officer, or CXO, has become an increasingly influential and powerful one in retail of late. Now often just one notch below the top-dog CEO role, CXOs such as Adam Brotman, who was recently poached from Starbucks by J.Crew, are now responsible for creating dynamic in-store experiences for customers. Bonobos and Foot Locker are among the brands that have recently added a CXO to their management teams.


Fur-or. Like so many other things in fashion that come, go and then reappear, radical anti-fur protests have made a dramatic comeback during the world's fashion weeks of late. However, some say these once again very vocal animal rights activists are terribly misguided these days, hence their recent disruption of Mary Katrantzo's show in London despite the fact that Katrantzo does not use real fur. Other protestors were onsite (PETA blog) at Milan Fashion Week the other day to rally against designers who use fur and angora.


Pure genius. An early highlight of Milan Fashion Week, which launched on Tuesday and runs through Monday, was the unveiling of Moncler's new "Genius" collection series on opening night. The buzzed about presentation featured the first looks created by an octet of eight well-known designers such as Hiroshi Fujiwara, Palm Angels and Craig Green.

Eyes on the prize. Two companies, Sequential Brands Group and Authentic Brands Group, are said to lead the list (paywall) as the potential new owners of Nautica now that parent company VF Corp has officially put the brand up for sale. Karen Murray, the CEO of Sequential Brands, is the former – and longtime – president of Nautica so the purchase would be something of a homecoming for her. She made the career switch only last year.

Gay celebration... Dutch menswear brand/retailer Suitsupply's just launched promotional campaign for spring 2018 is all about gay love and features male couples in very obvious PDAs. Although the images may have a negative impact where same-sex love is still taboo, the company's CEO, Fokke de Jong, says, "The attraction between people is an important part of fashion advertising" and adds that such a campaign was "long overdue." Suitsupply currently operates more than 90 standalone stores on three continents.


...and grey celebration Models over the age of 60, including 89-year-old Daphne Selfe, who has modeled since the 1960s, are "busier than ever" according to one agency booker, who says there is indeed a so-called "greynaissance" happening in the fashion world at present as it increasingly embraces diversity. One of the top examples of this age-inclusive trend is 69-year-old Maye Musk, mother of Tesla founder Elon Musk, whose catwalk career has recently skyrocketed.


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