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1. The Take-No-Prisoners Rivalries in Online Luxury Fashion: In the increasingly competitive realm, high-end fashion retailers, like Moda Operandi, are trying to distinguish themselves by promoting exclusive merchandise and being the first to offer it to customers online. They are also aiming to specialize. “Having a distinct point of view is something that can create a unique customer base.” – Read More on WSJ 

2. Harvey Weinstein Is Found Guilty on Two Counts: Harvey Weinstein, the powerhouse film producer whose dramatic downfall over sexual misconduct ignited a global movement, was found guilty of criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree. – Read More on the New York Times

3. The Guilt-Free Engagement Ring Is Here: The toll that producing sparkly gems takes on the environment often goes largely unnoticed, but customers are waking up to the reality that beautiful jewelry often has an ugly side. Each metric ton of gold produced last year was responsible for 32,689 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. – Read More on Bloomberg 

4. RETRO READ: With a Rise in Lab-Grown Diamonds, Disclosure and Questions of Value Become Hot Topics. “Not even perfect replicas, however, will extinguish strong preferences for mined diamonds.” In the short terms, experts suspect that nothing will change, including prices. – Read More on TFL

5. Fast fashion sellers are stealing influencers’ faces: For now, platforms are not proactively dealing with image theft on behalf of influencers. It’s up to the individual to report it. But fortunately for them, they have legions of fans watching feeds on their behalf, and can publicize the misuse of their images when it happens. – Read More on Wired 

6. Millennial Women Made LuLaRoe Billions. Then They Paid The Price: A handful of multi-million dollar lawsuits, mountains of unsold leggings, and families drowning in debt: the tumultuous story behind a multilevel marketing brand that promised millennial women a pathway to financial freedom. – Read More on Buzzfeed