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1. Undeterred By Virus, Chinese Buyers Want Luxury Liquor and Bags: The current bounce – or rebound – in the Chinese consumer demand will help global luxury-goods makers mitigate the sales hit in the U.S. and European markets as these nations continue to battle the virus. – Read More on Bloomberg

2. Fashion production’s more flexible future: manufacturers appear to be more willing to cut back collections and consider factory innovations that allow them to more easily meet consumers’ demands. That is likely to reduce revenues this year and into the next — a fact that is largely unavoidable for most brands — but could better preserve profit margins and reduce the unsustainable overflow of fashion goods that no one wants or needs. – Read More on Vogue Biz

3. Allbirds debuts its first running shoe. To succeed, it must face rivals like Nike and the challenges of a pandemic: Allbirds, known for its comfy wool sneakers made out of sustainable materials, has been working on perfecting the running silhouette for years, said Allbirds co-founder Tim Brown. Allbirds expects to release additional athletic shoes in the future. – Read More on CNBC

4. How the face mask became the world’s most coveted commodity: In the age of Covid-19, the equivalent of sensible shoes may be the simple surgical mask or the home-hemmed cloth. The gaps in their weave are big enough for the virus to pass through, but they do at least protect others from the wearer’s sneezes and coughs. – Read More on the Guardian

5. Online Fashion Sales in the U.S. Recovered in April After Tanking in March: The fashion and apparel industry took a punch from Covid-19 in March when online retail sales plummeted by 30 percent. But now, new data shows that revenue has resurrected globally this month, rising 21% higher than the same time last year. – Read More on AdWeek

6. Not fashion but telling none-the-less: Harry & David Decides Its Stores Won’t Reopen After Coronavirus. The parent company of Harry & David, the gourmet fruit seller known for its gift baskets, has decided to permanently close most of the brand’s bricks-and-mortar locations in the U.S. and focus on an e-commerce future. – Read More on WSJ