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1. North American Shoppers Slowly Return to Stores After Lockdowns: Visits to U.S. and Canadian retailers have risen for two straight weeks. For the week ended May 15, foot traffic to shops was 92 percent below the same period a year ago, compared with a 95 percent falloff in the previous seven days. – Read More on Bloomberg

2. Fashion Week Isn’t Cancelled — It’s Happening on Animal Crossing: Right now, fashion’s most powerful global platform is a video game. Nintendo’s real-time life simulation game (launched on 20 March) enables fashion designers to virtually showcase new or existing collections in the form of downloadable outfits, designed within the game. – Read More on British Vogue

3. RETRO READ: With the Video Game Market on Track to Reach $300 Billion, Luxury Brands Want to Make Real Money from Virtual Clothes. The market for video games, as a whole, is a big one. As of 2018, it was worth $43.8 billion, according to comScore data, which is greater than the estimated $28.8 billion figure tied to television and film streaming services. – Read More on TFL

4. Iris van Herpen Imagines a Fashion Future in Which Clothes Are Only Made on Demand: Sustainability has become such an important factor within every industry, and fashion has to catch up by … using the knowledge of other industries and start partnering with them to improve fashion’s footprint and to change the way the whole system is working. Ultimately we have to look at a system where mass production isn’t the way to make things.” – Read More on Vogue

5. What will be the future success of fashion retail in the digital age: “The technical work of combining data with inspired marketing should not be underestimated in today’s fashion market. There is a complex task to create and drive a new consumer conversation in the twenty-first century.” – Read More on Forbes