1. What to do when your new company name is shared by a gang of criminal fraudsters: Textivia, a marketing agency, was in the midst of a rebrand when it learned its soon-to-be name, 3VE, was also the code name of an alleged multinational fraud ring. “Pretty instantly we knew the brand was dead.” – Read More on Fast Co.
2. Nike, Lululemon, and Gap want to cash in on a major trend of men caring more about their appearance: Business intelligence firm Gartner L2 estimated that in just two years, revenue growth of men's clothing will surpass that of women's clothing. This data is backed up by Euromonitor International, which estimated that men's lines will outperform women's over the next six years. – Read More on Business Insider
3. Miuccia Prada’s Take on Freedom of Speech, Cultural Appropriation: “I increasingly think anything one does today can cause offense … Those who are offended are offended, so I don’t know how we can solve this problem. Surely, I feel like not saying anything, not doing anything, so I don’t have any problem. Because then the famous web hate is massive.” – Read More on WWD
4. How Nigerian design trio 419 is challenging what African fashion means today: The fabrics used within the designers’ collections are crafted by artisans from across the African continent. But at the same time, they are distinctly ‘un-African’, a far cry from the wax prints implicitly expected by a stereotype-fueled Western fashion audience. The silhouettes of their collections, which often have more in common with Yohji Yamamoto than with dashikis, contribute to what amounts to ‘fashion fraud’, an indiscernible forgery of high fashion that liberates African diaspora fashion from the toxic limitations of what we think it can be. - Read More in i-D
5. Online sales boost luxury goods group Richemont’s earnings: Online sales surged from $67.67 million to €796 million. Prior to the acquisition of YNAP, the group’s online sales contributed only 1% to total sales, but now make up close to 18%. “As luxury consumers began spending more online, brands were left with no choice but to adapt to their customers’ new purchasing patterns.” – Read More on Business Day