1. Fast fashion: How do you justify selling a £2 t-shirt? MPs investigating the impact of "fast fashion" asked the firms how they could justify such low prices. – Read More on BBC
2. RETRO READ: $20 Jeans, $800 Tees: In Fashion, Prices Are Out of Control. A phenomenon that occurs at both ends of the spectrum, with fast fashion and high fashion entities, alike, the proliferation of such pricing disparity appears to symbolize something significant: Consumers have lost touch with how much garments are supposed to reasonably and responsibly cost. – Read More on TFL
3. Condé Nast, Its Luster Dimmed by Losses, Is Looking for a New Chief: The once-flush publisher of Vogue, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and other magazines, is looking for a new business leader – who will hold the title of global chief executive, a new position at the head of both Condé Nast and Condé Nast International – after years of losses. Robert A. Sauerberg Jr., who was given a mandate to aggressively cut the company’s losses, but failed to meet that target, will continue as Condé Nast’s chief executive until a successor is named, the company said. Condé Nast. – Read More on NY Times
4. The problem with invisible branding: Average consumers typically have no idea they’re interacting with–or being manipulated by–an algorithm. That’s a branding problem. A skeptic might wonder why AI needs branding in the first place. If it’s meant to silently toil away in the background of our lives, why does it need to announce itself? But brand-building has always been key to making impersonal industrial processes, technologies, and corporate organizations relevant and relatable to people–especially in cases where there’s little functional difference between one corporation’s products and services and its competition’s. – Read More on Fast Co.
5. A–Cold–Wall's founder/creative director Samuel Ross is rejecting streetwear’s resale and hype culture. “We have to remember why we’re involved in this industry and just what we contribute to this industry. It shouldn’t be about just siphoning product back to consumers, we have to offer a narrative … I develop around 900 products a year now and it’s important to keep questioning what it is I want each of them to say.” – Read More on i-D