1. Kering’s Red-Hot Gucci Brand Is Cooling Faster Than Expected: Sales growth at Gucci slowed after three years of breakneck growth, and French luxury group Kering has been trying to persuade investors that the brand’s growth is simply normalizing and that the decadent wares by designer Alessandro Michele aren’t going out of style. – Read More on Bloomberg
2. Fashion Brands Are Leveraging Educational Events For Community-Building: Psychological studies prove this is an effective approach. Functional magnetic resonance imaging shows that consumers primarily use emotions when evaluating brands, while data also shows that positive feelings serve as a powerful influence factor when it comes to brand loyalty. – Read More on Forbes
3. The Ugly Truth About Amazon Beauty: Amazon is trying to put its best face forward in the beauty industry, but its reputation, counterfeit cosmetics, and bad business decisions stand in its way. – Read More on PC Mag
4. How to Build a Multi-Million Dollar Skincare Brand: Buzzy sunscreen brand Supergoop has expanded its retail relationships and online direct sales presence as well as its sales. In 2018, the firm brought in $40 million in revenue. – Read More on PYMNTS
5. Victoria’s Secret owner, L Brands, has hired outside counsel to review the company’s relationship with accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein: The financier had prior close ties with L Brands founder and Chairman Les Wexner, which included a $46 million donation to Wexner’s nonprofit foundation and living in a New York townhouse once owned by Wexner. – Read More on CNBC
6. A new report says that brands like J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, Forever21, and Carter’s fail to disclose important information about their chemical practices: “Toxic chemicals in textile manufacturing is bad for the planet and workers. And sometimes they remain in the fabric when they are sold, so they could be harming the end consumer as well.” – Read More on Fast Co.