1. Brands keep changing their logos on us with zero warning. Two weeks ago it was Slack, last week it was Kate Spade, and this week, Zara pulled a logo redesign. Zara’s new look conjures up the heritage and weightiness of a luxury brand with its heavy, all-caps logo, which perhaps signals something about Zara’s ambitions to carve out a place among these luxury fashion houses. – Read More on Fast Co.
2. Retail is broken. Apple's Angela Ahrendts has a plan: “The tragedy in retail is that it has become about numbers. It’s about cost-cutting the way to prosperity instead of investing in your people, and in that environment, big isn’t always good.” – Read More on Vogue Business
3. So ... can anyone tell me what a creative director does? “In any industry, creative directors develop the identity of a brand and establish its creative directives. They’re developing an overall vision: creating a visual language, tone, key messaging.” – Read More on the Outline, which appears to have found some new freelancer writers, following a largescale strike late last year.
4. A new survey suggests that bullying is still alive and well in the fashion industry: "The reality is there are toxic work environments in every industry, but because of our proximity to luxury and glamour, we're expected to 'deal with it' a little bit more because of the perks. Still, you can't pay your rent on perks.” As for bullying: More than two-thirds of people said that bullying is the norm in their work environment, with 81 percent stating that they'd been bullied by a supervisor and 61 percent saying they were bullied by coworkers. – Read More on Fashionista
5. RETRO READ: Fashion Is “an Extremely Wealthy Industry Founded on Unpaid Work”. Romanced by the industry’s outward facing image, an army of young people are routinely working in a largely unpaid or underpaid capacity – or more or less, for “trade,” i.e., in exchange for free clothes – in hopes of “making it” and/or advancing their careers in fashion. – Read More on TFL