Friday, 18 December 2020

Coach unveils Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring collection



Coach has unveiled a new collaborative collection inspired by Disney magic and iconic American pop-art with the introduction of the Disney Mickey Mouse x Keith Haring collection. An homage to American artist Keith Haring’s iconic illustrations of Mickey Mouse from the 1980s, the collection of apparel and accessories includes bags crafted in glove-tanne
d leather topped with Mickey’s ears, and a shearling jacket, totes, and sweatshirts printed with Haring’s artwork. 

Gucci joins Alibaba's luxury e-commerce site to woo Chinese consumers




Fashion label Gucci will open two flagship stores on Alibaba's online luxury shopping platform, underscoring the importance of the Chinese market for high-end brands seeking to reverse a revenue slide due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gucci, the profit engine of French group Kering, is one of the most prized names to join the Tmall Luxury Pavilion platform, which was created in 2017 and now boasts more than 200 brands ranging from apparel to high-end cars.

Nike's free workout apps are key to its high-end pricing strategy




With consumers under lockdown logging into Nike's workout apps and a digital store, the Beaverton, Oregon-based company has been able to gather additional data on purchasing habits, personal information, and exercise routines of tens of millions of people. Between January and November this year, the Nike Run Club app was downloaded 15.4 million times around the world, up 45.3% versus the same period in 2019, according to data firm Sensor Tower. The Nike SNKRS online store app was downloaded 59.5% times more than last year.

Wednesday, 16 December 2020

ILO study finds migrants earn much less than locals, and the gap is widening





The report, “The migrant pay gap: Understanding wage differences between migrants and nationals”, examined 49 countries that host half the world’s migrant workers and found that migrants were earning nearly 13 percent less on average. “What our report shows is that even before COVID-19 migrant workers suffered significant inequality and treatment in terms of wages. And we know that the wage gap not only has widened in the past few years, but migrants continue to be the subject of discrimination during this pandemic”, said Michelle Leighton, chief of ILO’s Labour Migration Branch.
Women suffer double discrimination

K11 Concepts unveils K11 Art Mall II in Wuhan




K11 Concepts has unveiled a new cultural retail destination, marking the first large-scale commercial complex opening in Wuhan since the outbreak of Covid-19. Wuhan K11 Art Mall II, which will welcome a number of first-to-market stores, integrates local culture with sustainability, creativity, and art. It encompasses an innovative design that merges a semi-indoor urban forest, 'Urban Farm', and an ongoing art exhibition, with a diverse retail offering.

Rue21 continues growth plan, refinances with Bank of America




Warrendale, Pennsylvania-based retailer Rue21 has refinanced its existing term loan, increased its available liquidity, and lowered its cost of capital. With the help of Bank of America N.A., the company announced in a press release that it has amended its asset-based credit facility to increase availability to $155 million, which is due 2025.

Niger: UN gravely concerned for safety of refugees, following Boko Haram attack




At least 28 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in the four-hour attack that began late in the evening of 12 December (local time), now claimed by the Boko Haram terrorist group. The town shelters over 30,000 refugees and displaced, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR). Municipal and regional elections in the Diffa region were also disrupted due to the violence. 

Young Champions of the Earth: Indian’s burning desire for energy




Vidyut Mohan has pioneered a portable machine that burns agricultural waste without releasing harmful greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere turning it into charcoal and fertilizer which can be used by farmers in India.

UN documents 375 killings in Colombia in 2020, urges Government action




High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called on Colombia’s Government to take concrete actions to protect the population from the surge in violence inflicted on peasants, indigenous and Afro-Colombian people by non-State armed groups, criminal groups, and other armed elements.

UN experts raise concern over charges against US indigenous leader and rights defender




Nicholas Tilsen, the human rights defender of the Oglala-Lakȟóta Sioux Nation and president of the indigenous-led NDN Collective, is due in court on 18 December, charged with four felonies and three misdemeanors after he and others blocked a road leading to a fireworks celebration event, led by President Donald Trump, which was held on 4 July at the South Dakota site in the Black Hills region. 

Tigray crisis: Humanitarian aid for children must be a priority, UNICEF says




Fighting between regional and government forces began in November, displacing people within the northern province and pushing thousands more to seek shelter in neighboring Sudan. 

Keep focus on South Sudan, UN mission chief tells Security Council




Briefing a virtual meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday, UNMISS chief David Shearer highlighted achievements over the past year, including the successful formation of a transitional government in line with a 2018 peace agreement. 

Cartoonist must be released on medical grounds, urge rights experts




“Criticism of government policy, including through political satire and cartoons, is permitted under the rights to freedom of expression and cultural rights, and should not be criminalized,” the three Special Rapporteurs said in a statement. In their appeal, the three UN Special Rapporteurs said that Ahmed Kabir Kishore – who needs insulin to treat diabetes - should be released immediately, as his health is worsening. 

Syria: Millions displaced, impoverished and traumatized, Security Council hears




Speaking via videoconference, Humanitarian Affairs chief Mark Lowcock said that millions have been left displaced, impoverished, traumatized, and suffering “deep personal loss”. 

Raf Simons launches his own online retail platform: History Of My World




Raf Simons has launched his own online retail platform named History Of My World, in a pathbreaking development by the iconoclastic designer. Simons debuted History Of My World this Wednesday, creating an entity separate from his own eponymous fashion house and brand.
“Distinct from the Raf Simons brand, this new multidisciplinary platform will offer a curation of pieces selected by Raf Simons which will reflect the designer’s point of view, aesthetic and philosophy. These items span home, literature, and clothing, and will include unique pieces, limited edition items, and special collaborations,” Simons explained in a release.

New executive team drives relaunch of Brooks Brothers




Just three months after being acquired by new owners, Brooks Brothers is off to a fresh start under the aegis of Ken Ohashi and Michael Bastian. The former is the venerable US apparel label's new president, while the latter is its newly appointed creative director, following the departure of designer Zac Posen, who had been in charge of style since 2014.

Monday, 14 December 2020

Saurabh Srivastava appointed as new head of Amazon Fashion India



Saurabh Srivastava has taken over from Arun Sirdeshmukh as business head of Amazon Fashion India with immediate effect. “We confirm that Arun Sirdeshmukh, business head- Amazon Fashion India, has decided to move on from Amazon India,” an Amazon spokesperson said, according to ET Retail. “Srivastava, director, consumables and media, who is a tenured Amazonian, will lead the fashion organisation with immediate effect.”

YNAP names Burberry's Nobili to key operations role




Yoox Net-A-Porter on Monday announced that it has appointed a new global operations director with the arrival of Mirko Nobili. The Richemont-owned luxury e-tailer said it’s part of the firm's intention “to drive even greater levels of customer experience and long-term strategic international growth”.

Sunday, 13 December 2020

Trending: Prime Minister of Eswatini Ambrose Dlamini, who was hospitalized for COVID-19, dies at 52



Ambrose Dlamini, 52, who tested positive for COVID-19 four weeks ago, died in neighboring South Africa where he was hospitalized, the country's Deputy Prime Minister Themba Masuku announced on Sunday. Formerly known as Swaziland, the Kingdom of Eswatini, which is Africa's last absolute monarchy, has reported over 6,700 coronavirus cases and 127 deaths among its population of 1.2 million people

New photo of Sasha Obama


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