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Bicester Village Launches Fundraising Campaign For Holiday Season – WWD

LONDON — The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, comprising 11 shopping centers in Europe and China, is launching “The Season of Giving” holiday campaign on Friday, which is also World Children’s Day, to support its Do Good initiative.

The campaign not only wants to light up the holiday spirit for its shoppers but also aims to create a brighter and empowered future for women and children through the program. Through the Do Good program, the retailer has partnered with ten global charities — such as Brides Do Good, Charity Water, IntoUniversity, Make-A-Wish and World Connect — to raise awareness and funds to make a sustainable impact for local and global communities that need support.

Running through early 2021, the holiday campaign will weave events and donation opportunities throughout the outlet centers, providing a platform, both virtually and physically, for shoppers to do good and make a difference.

Holiday decoration at The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. 
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Each center will invite guests to participate in the Do Good program with a series of activities and touchpoints, such as virtual car boot sales, sustainable pop-ups, partnerships with window illustrators and special products by artists. Some villages will offer special tote bags with profits

Tag Heuer to Expand US Stores With Watches of Switzerland – WWD

PARIS — Betting on the potential of the U.S. market, Tag Heuer has forged plans with Watches of Switzerland to expand the store network of the LVMH Moêt Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned label in the country.

Three new stores will open by the end of the year, in the upscale Pennsylvania mall King of Prussia, Roosevelt Field mall in New York and Palm Beach Gardens in Florida, with more planned next year, including a California location.

Watches of Switzerland, which operates 11 Tag Heuer stores in the U.K., was a natural partner for the U.S. expansion, explained Benjamin Beaufils, president of Tag Heuer North America, over a Zoom call.

Watches of Switzerland is a relative newcomer to the U.S. market, with its purchase of watches and jewelry retailer Mayors in 2017. The company has worked to refurbish the retail network, bulk up its digital firepower and add new stores in Hudson Yards and SoHo in New York City.

“This goes with our own vision of how we want to do things in the U.S. — we are trying to streamline our distribution to elevate the brand experience,” Beaufils said. The label has reduced distribution channels in the country by around

Allbirds, Everlane, Supreme Among Remake’s Sustainability ‘Offenders’ – WWD

Human rights nonprofit Remake is building off the success of its #PayUp campaign with the launch of its inaugural transparency report.

And it’s drawing attention to where the industry has erred when it comes to sustainability.

“One of the reasons I believe that we haven’t made much progress on sustainability is for too long the research has been paid for and controlled by brands,” Ayesha Barenblat, Remake founder and chief executive officer said of the Remake 2020 transparency report, which challenges existing brand-funded reports. “Whenever brands don’t meet the criteria, we just change the goal posts.”

The report was built with insight from human rights, climate, water and waste experts with consultation from “un-compromised” university partners such as Timo Rissanen, associate professor of fashion and textiles at University of Technology Sydney, and Lynda Grose, chair of fashion design at California College of the Arts. Importantly, Remake’s ratings are only based on what information is publicly disclosed.

“You can’t just buy your way for a sustainable future,” said Barenblat, challenging how brands and consumers have embraced sustainability in recent months.

True to Remake’s core pillars of “transparency, education and leadership development” — research was funded by the Remake team, including

L.A., California Coronavirus News, Cases Grow, Lockdown Possibility – WWD

Los Angeles is hovering just beyond a second economic shutdown as the coronavirus rapidly spreads throughout the city and the rest of the state.

As cases in the city and county of L.A have exploded over the last month, Mayor Eric Garcetti, amid rumors he will be joining the administration of President-elect Joe Biden, on Monday night implored people to start again acting in many ways as they did in the early days of the pandemic, including mask-wearing whenever outside, stopping all unessential travel and generally staying at home.

“Stay at home as much as possible for the next two to three weeks, except for essential services and outdoor exercise,” Garcetti said in a press conference. “Assume everyone you encounter outside your household is infectious.”

“The situation in L.A. is the scariest it’s ever been,” he added. “Right now is the toughest moment we’ve faced. We have no reason to believe a worst case scenario can’t happen in our city and county.”

Although Garcetti’s words have the same ring as L.A.’s “safer at home” lockdown order from March, right now it is more of a strong suggestion than a legal directive from the local government. However, should the public not

Salt & Straw Releases Fragrance That Smells Like Their Ice Cream Shops – WWD

The nostalgic, sugary smell of an ice cream parlor has been captured and bottled by West Coast’s Salt & Straw. The popular ice cream eatery unveils a unisex fragrance called Whiff of Waffle Cone this month.

It’s a collaboration with perfumery Imaginary Authors, a fellow Portland, Ore.-based company. Tyler Malek, head ice cream maker and part owner of Salt & Straw (with cousin Kim Malek), and Imaginary Authors founder Josh Meyer are behind the creation.

Whiff of Waffle Cone combines notes of vanilla, heavy cream and salted caramel, as well as amyris (an essential oil), orgeat (a sweet syrup made from almonds) and Saigon cinnamon. Costing $28 for a 14-ml. bottle and $65 for a 50-ml. version, the perfume is available in-store now at Salt & Straw and online at saltandstraw.com. There’s also a candle version, priced at $30.

“The fragrance is a natural extension of their respective missions to create products that tell a story or evoke a memory, sense of place or joyful emotion,” said Salt & Straw in a statement.

The fragrance is priced at $28 for a 14-ml. bottle and $65 for a 50-ml. version, while the candle is available for $30. 
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Jessica Henwick on ‘The Matrix 4’ and Her ‘Nancy Wu’ Series – WWD

Riding out much of 2020 in the “Matrix” world isn’t the worst coping mechanism.

“Oh, it’s definitely surreal,” says English actress Jessica Henwick, on the phone from Berlin, where the upcoming “Matrix” movie is shooting.

The 28-year-old arrived in Germany earlier in 2020 and got about one week into shooting “The Matrix 4” with Keanu Reeves, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2nd, Jada Pickett Smith and many more before they were shut down for three months due to the pandemic. Henwick went home to the U.K. to be with family before returning to Berlin, where she’s been ever since.

“I think when it’s still happening it’s hard to discuss,” she says of “The Matrix” experience. “But it’s been pretty insane. It’s a whirlwind, but I’m very grateful to be working in these circumstances and so grateful that we were able to come back to the film, because it was a big fear that when the lockdown happened that we might just stop altogether. So, yeah, I feel very lucky right now.”

Henwick has kept busy this fall, releasing two movies — the apocalyptic adventure movie “Love and Monsters” and Sofia Coppola’s “On the Rocks” — as well as working on the