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Zara expands second-hand platform to 14 European countries
Fashion

Zara expands second-hand platform to 14 European countries

Spanish fashion retailer Zara is expanding its service to sell, repair or donate second-hand clothes in several European countries from December 12, the company said yesterday, as the market for used apparel grows. The service called ‘Pre-Owned’ is already available in the United Kingdom and France through Zara’s stores, its website and a mobile app. It will now launch in Spain, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Finland, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal. The chain’s owner, Inditex, previously said it aims to extend the life of customers’ Zara clothes, and help reduce waste and raw material consumption. Other fast fashion brands, such as Zara’s main competitor H&M HMb.ST, also offer products for resale. — Reuters ...
Temu, Chinese Fast Fashion Retailer That is Overtaking Shein
Fashion, Finance

Temu, Chinese Fast Fashion Retailer That is Overtaking Shein

Chinese fast fashion giant Temu has emerged as the dominant force in the Japanese and South Korean app markets, surpassing its competitor Shein following a successful expansion into Western markets. Goldman Sachs, in an Oct. 4 report, stated, "Temu has rapidly expanded its footprint beyond the U.S. and into a number of international geographies and we believe it is now available in 40+ countries … where we continue to see opportunities for growth in the quarters ahead." The investment firm estimates that Temu, owned by PDD Holdings, now generates more than $1 billion of monthly transaction value and anticipates continued growth into the second half of 2023. In contrast, media reports suggest that its rival, Shein, was on track to hit $30 billion in transaction value in 2022. ...
Do you want your clothes to shrink our forests?
Fashion, Opinion

Do you want your clothes to shrink our forests?

Do you know what you’re wearing? I don’t just mean if it’s a shirt or a jumper, or whether it’s designer or fast fashion. I’m talking about the fabric — and its source. Cotton is fairly recognisable, and many know wool comes from sheep. But do you know that linen is made of the blue-flowered flax plant? That cashmere and mohair come from different breeds of goat, while angora comes from a type of rabbit? And polyester and polyamide are made out of oil? Perhaps the least well-known origin story, and one of the most significant for the climate and biodiversity crises, is that fabrics such as viscose, lyocell and modal were once trees. These materials, known collectively as man-made cellulosic fibres (MMCFs), are made of dissolved wood pulp and account for just over 6% of our cl...
NASA’s new spacesuit will be designed by luxury fashion house Prada
Fashion, Innovation/ Technology

NASA’s new spacesuit will be designed by luxury fashion house Prada

Credit: Axiom Space According to a statement released by Prada and Axiom Space, the two companies will work together to create NASA's new spacesuits for the Artemis III mission in 2025 so astronauts can fly in style. The Artemis III mission will send a woman to the moon for the first time, making it the first crewed lunar landing since Apollo 17 in December 1972. "We are thrilled to partner with Prada on the Axiom Extravehicular Mobility Unit (AxEMU) spacesuit," Axiom Space's CEO Michael Suffredini said in its press release. Credit: Axiom Space "Prada's technical expertise with raw materials, manufacturing techniques, and innovative design concepts will bring advanced technologies instrumental in ensuring not only the comfort of astronauts on the lunar surface, but also the...
Sephora Will Contribute All Proceeds From Rare Beauty Products to the Brand’s Rare Impact Fund
Fashion

Sephora Will Contribute All Proceeds From Rare Beauty Products to the Brand’s Rare Impact Fund

On October 10, Sephora will give 100% of all Rare Beauty product sales at its retail locations across the world to the Rare Impact Fund in support of its nonprofit partners working on young people's mental health. The action is a sign of support for World Mental Health Day, a day set aside internationally for raising awareness of, advocating for, and promoting global mental health. Selena Gomez, the actress and singer who founded Rare Beauty, established the Rare Impact Fund in 2020. Its goal is to lessen the stigma attached to mental health and increase young people's access to mental health services and education worldwide. “I created the Rare Impact Fund with the goal of increasing access to mental health services and education for young people, which is something I wish I...