1. Introduced on a MaxMara runway in 2013, the $3,500 Teddy Bear coat went on to sell thousands, earn millions for the brand and inspire a host of copycats. It shows little sign of slowing down. – Read More on the NY Times
2. The payoffs of plus-size: Womenswear designer Tanya Taylor reveals how she profitably expanded her label to include extended sizing. Fashion brands are increasingly finding success in the plus-size clothing market, which is expected to do £26 billion in sales by 2020. According to Plunkett Research, 68 per cent of US women are a size 14 or above. – Read More on Vogue Biz
3. Some of Claire's makeup contains asbestos, a mineral linked with cancer, and shouldn't be used, the Food and Drug Administration says: The Food and Drug Administration said it issued the warning because it said Claire's refused to comply with its request for a recall, and that the agency doesn't have the power to force one. – Read More on CBS
4. Amazon is the top destination for buying beauty: 71 percent of 2,500 consumers in a new survey said Amazon is their top online destination for buying beauty products, according to the results outlined in the Stella Rising Glimmer Report - Searching for Beauty. Sephora and Ulta tied for second place. – Read More on Retail Dive
5. Would you rent pillows and blankets? Rent the Runway is betting on it: Rent the Runway has found that customers are willing to rent almost anything the brand makes available. Are blankets and throw pillows a step too far? – Read More on Fast Co.
6. RETRO READ: The Future of (Sustainable) Fashion is Not About Buying, It's About Renting. Rentals are an innovative business model that gives clothing and accessories a longer shelf life, and at the same time, also reduces material use and carbon emissions - all without forcing consumers to feel short-changed when it comes to the adoption of new trends in light of fashion's agenda of consistent change of style. – Read More on TFL