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1. Fashion Trends Are Often Recycled. Now More Clothing Can Be, Too: “You can do some great design thinking and great production, but if you’re not set up to actively collect product, it’s a little bit in vain, said Stuart Ahlum, the company’s co-founder. To that end, in November, Thousand Fell teamed up with UPS to provide consumers with an easier way to recycle their worn-out footwear. – Read More on the New York Times

2. A gaggle of disruptive brands is deftly targeting consumers born between 1997 and 2012: In most commercial respects, adorkables are a subset of “blands” — those direct-to-consumer upstart startups (Quip, Away, Warby Parker, Casper) that claim to be “unique in product, groundbreaking in purpose, and singular in delivery, while slavishly obeying an identikit formula of business model, look and feel, and tone of voice.” – Read More on Bloomberg

3. RETRO READ: Blanding … What Is It, How Did We Get Here and What Does it Mean Going Forward? It could be argued that brands actually stand to increase the strength of – and the scope of protection for – their marks by adopting this less-is-more approach. As London-based intellectual property lawyer Birgit Clark told TFL, a brand “should always try to register a plain word trademark.” That way, she says, the distinctiveness of the mark “will rest on the word(s) rather than any stylization of those words.” – Read More on TFL

4. Fifth Avenue Retailers See Signs of Budding Revival: Luxury watch and jewelry maker Chopard recently signed a new lease for the Crown Building opposite the Tiffany & Co. store. Toy maker Lego AS moved to a bigger store on Fifth Avenue, where it will occupy 10,000 square feet, or more than double its previous space. Harry Winston signed a deal to nearly double its space on Fifth Avenue. – Read More on the WSJ

5. RELATED READS: Saks Fifth Avenue is Getting the Boot From Bal Habour for Failing to Pay $1.9 Million in Rent, Per Lawsuit … and in other COVID-centric real estate lawsuits: Suffering from COVID-19 Setbacks, Valentino Wants Out of its Fifth Avenue Lease, According to Lawsuit. 

6. The Future Of Fashion: Hello, sweatpants. With scaled-down Fashion Weeks, department stores hurting, and more and more people opting for loungewear rather than workplace attire… where does that leave the fashion business in 2021? – Hear More on NPR