Happy Wednesday and welcome back to The Spin! Today we take a look at Gen-Z’s favorite brands and retailers, present another round of interesting fashion collaborations, and take you behind the scenes of Marc Jacobs’ wedding to Chad Defrancesco. Enjoy the read and feel free to share! Best, Ulrike


Gen-Z loves Amazon. US Teenagers spend an average of $2,600 on clothes and food each year, and about half of them call Amazon their favorite e-tailer. Lululemon and Ulta are also high on the list. Among apparel brands, Nike continues to hold (pdf) the top spot in clothing (and footwear), followed by American Eagle, Adidas and Forever 21, while Vans has emerged as the fastest growing footwear label.

Trouble in paradise. About half of female workers at Vietnamese garment factories are reportedly sexually or otherwise harassed. Alleged abuses range from groping and slapping to rape. The names of factories and their clients have remained confidential, but experts expect that European and US-based brands are included. About 2.8 million people work (paywall) in Vietnam’s apparel industry, over 80 percent of them women.


Jil's great outdoors. Italian fashion house Jil Sander (paywall), which is owned by Japanese Onward Holdings, is launching the Jil Sander+ performance and denim line. The first collection is going to be developed with coat maker Mackintosh. It will feature (image gallery) down jackets, capes, parkas and trench coats as well as knitwear, accessories, bags, boots and mohair blankets. Materials include moleskin, recycled cashmere, silk and Japanese denim.

Expert fashion. Walmart-owned online retailer Eloquii just launched a neon-colored, make-up inspired capsule collection with make-up artist Priscilla Ono, as well as a second collaboration with luxury designer Jason Wu. Sizes range from 14-28. In addition to Eloquii’s sales points, the Jason Wu/Eloquii collection (image gallery) is also available at Nordstrom, Stitch Fix, Rent the Runway and Gwynnie Bee.


Going down in style. US discounter Fred’s, which just filed (paywall) an application for a new logo, has tapped liquidation advisor Malfitano Partners. In addition to the planned shut-down of about 179 stores, additional closures are being considered (paywall), although bankruptcy does not seem imminent. Amidst the turmoil, COO Nathaniel Klein has left (paywall) the company after only two months on the job.


New horizons. The two-year contract of Digel board member and CEO Michael Berngruber has not (paywall; translated by Google) been renewed. Berngruber, who joined the German menswear specialist in November 2017 from Berlin-based fashion label Camp David, will leave (in German) the company immediately. In the past, he also worked as VP Tailored Clothing at Tommy Hilfiger and head of creative management at Hugo Boss. Until a successor is found, Berngruber's responsibilities will be handled internally.

From Puma to Ahlers. Ahlers AG, the company behind brands like Pierre Cardin, Otto Kern, Baldessarini and Pioneer, has named (paywall; translated by Google) Wolfgang Weber Managing Director for IT, procurement and logistics of its subsidiary, Ahlers Zentralverwaltung GmbH. In this newly created position, the former Puma Manager will assume overall responsiblilty for the Herford-based company’s supply chain, effective immediately.


Marc's nuptials. Last Saturday, New York’s designer Marc Jacobs has tied the knot with Char Defrancesco. The wedding reception, which was held at The Pool, drew (image gallery) a slew of stars, super models and fashion folk including Boy George, Debbie Harry, Christina Ricci, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Donna Karan as well as performers, drag queens and paparazzi. Invited guests received a white sweatshirt, embroidered with two otters embracing above a heart and the words “Don’t Float Away.”


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