New Tool From NYU Confronts Economics of Apparel Sustainability – WWD

There’s a new apparel sustainability framework in town — developed in collaboration with partners Eileen Fisher, Reformation and REI.

On Tuesday, NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business announced its open-sourced “Apparel Industry Sustainable Strategies Framework” based on its Return on Sustainability Investment methodology launched with other sectors two years ago. The project was funded by HSBC Bank USA’s foundation.

As part of the framework, the Center for Sustainable Business identified eight key strategies for making the apparel industry more sustainable, uncovering more than 60 best practices to address environmental, social, and governance-related issues.

“Companies need to understand the business case,” said professor Tensie Whelan, founding director of NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business. “The monetization is critical due to COVID-19 because these companies are really struggling.” The framework, through a set of strategies, proves the urgent business case for sustainability in the apparel industry.

Key strategies outlined include: reducing chemical impact, improving water management, improving energy management, investing in the reduction of material waste, implementing sustainable raw material sourcing, investing in circularity and innovation, investing in employee and supplier well-being, and investing in sustainable brand marketing and communications.

The Center for Sustainable Business team approached sustainably minded clothing brands like

Polo Dropping Vintage Gifts, Experiences for Holiday – WWD

Ralph Lauren has come up with a novel gift idea this year. Starting on Wednesday, shoppers who visit the Polo app will find an exclusive selection of holiday gifts titled 7 Days/7 Drops.

As the name suggests, the company is offering a selection of limited-edition product and one-of-a-kind experiences only available on the app for a week. The idea is to further engage with Polo fans by offering gifts that can’t be found anywhere else.

Day one will be vintage hand-painted Polo Bear shirts — only 15 unisex shirts will be available that were hand-painted by Thailand-based artist Cin, also known as WI-JITR. They will retail for $825 each.

The second day is Styling Session 9, an opportunity to work with a senior member of the Polo design team to create a look through a private session at one of the company’s stores in New York City or digitally over Zoom. The $2,500 experience includes a credit of that amount to spend on seasonal pieces as well as advice on integrating signature Polo looks into a wardrobe.

On day three, 20 men’s and 20 women’s vintage sweaters will be offered for sale for assorted prices. The sweaters were pulled from

What’s on Retail’s Wish List This Holiday? – WWD

Despite the strain of the pandemic, consumers have shown an eagerness for the season of giving ­­— even if it means doing nearly all of their shopping online. Though as recent reports have shown, shifts in what is on everyone’s wish list this year look a bit different, too, with gifts for pets proving to be a leading category alongside clothing, electronics and gift cards.

As the holiday shopping season peaks, industry executive leaders share their plans for giving, what they have on their list, and what has been learned from a holiday season like no other.

Suzanne Silverstein, president at Seven For All Mankind. 
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Suzanne Silverstein, president at Seven For All Mankind

“My advice is to be optimistic about the future, this pandemic is a moment in time. Embrace change and we will get through this. By this time next year, we will have ‘returned to life.’ As an early holiday gift, we had a new kitchen island installed. We’ve been cooking much more as a family during the pandemic and, hopefully, we will after as well. For my 15-year-old son, Jacob, a sterling silver Tiffany monogrammed money clip. He never asks for anything but

Tony Hsieh, Zappos Co-Founder, Dies at Age 46 – WWD

Tony Hsieh, the luminary who revolutionized the shoe business and established a unique corporate culture along the way, has died at age 46.

Hsieh’s family confirmed his death Friday night in a text message to friends, noting that Tony’s generous spirit touched the lives of countless people and that he left an indelible mark on the world.

The executive died from injuries sustained in a Connecticut house fire, according to press reports citing a family lawyer.

Hsieh, a serial entrepreneur, co-founded Zappos in 1999 and grew it into a blockbuster business before selling it to Amazon in 2009.

Delivering happiness was the executive’s mantra. As he built Zappos, Hsieh’s chief goal was to redefine the meaning of company culture. From the beginning, his singular vision set the company apart as a pioneer in footwear e-commerce and corporate America.

“The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,” said Zappos chief executive officer Kedar Deshpande in a note to employees on Friday. “We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend. Tony played such an integral part in helping create the

Best Cyber Monday Fragrance Deals of 2020 – WWD

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Cyber Week is well underway and this year, beauty enthusiasts have been treated to an overabundance of savings and deals from the industry’s best brands and retailers. If you’re in the market for a new signature scent or are shopping for someone that is, there are plenty of fragrances on sale during Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Featuring classic scents from fan-favorite brands such as Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein and Versace from retailers including Amazon, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and more, shoppers are being met with plenty of options that will delight even the most sensitive and particular of noses. And, if you’re trying to cross off some names from your holiday shopping list, there are some festive gift sets that will make some perfect presents as well. Hurry, these offers won’t last long; keep scrolling to shop the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday fragrance deals.

1. Vera Wang Eau De Parfum Spray

Featuring romantic notes of mandarin, lotus and iris, this exotic-yet-feminine fragrance

Consultancy Eco-Age, Sustainable Platform Good On You Join Forces – WWD

MILAN — “In the world of sustainability now more than ever the expression ‘divide and conquer’ has to apply,” Livia Firth told WWD, meaning that everyone has to do their part in order to foster a more sustainable fashion landscape.

Building bridges and joining forces was the rationale behind the latest partnership Firth’s consultancy Eco-Age has forged with Good On You, a platform that audits and ranks fashion brands according to their sustainable achievements.

As part of the tie-up, Eco-Age will leverage the Good On You methodology to assess its clients’ progress as “an excuse” to push them to do better, while in turn the platform will direct brands with very low rankings to Eco-Age to accelerate their sustainable journey.

“Every partnership that works needs to make sense for both partners, so you have to work with people who are like-minded and with whom you are aligned in your mission. That is the number-one [priority],” Firth said about the partnership.

Sandra Capponi, cofounder of Good On You, agreed. “It’s really about partnering for change. To truly shift the dial on sustainability in fashion, we need to align and to collaborate. The issues are so complex and wide-ranging, and people are