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  • Kristina Ezhova

Social Goods | Black Women Dominate September Covers, Retailers Abandon Sweatshop Safety Scheme

This week, a glut of big name magazines have chosen black women to front their September issues, while a German retailers' alliance formed to improve working conditions in Asian factories is crumbling.

The Black Women Are Dominating the September Issues (Evening Standard) "Women who had previously felt underrepresented by mainstream fashion publications have been tweeting and 'gramming the images of Rihanna, Slick Woods and Lupita Nyong'o on the covers of Vogue, ELLE and Porter, in their thousands."

Retailers Abandon Sweatshop Safety Scheme (Handelsblatt Global) "An alliance of retailers formed in 2014 with the aim of tackling the problem is crumbling fast. This year alone, 25 retailers either quit or were thrown out for not honouring their commitments to report on improvements made in their supply chain."

Will Fashion's Body Diversity Movement Ever Go Global? (Refinery29) "According to The Fashion Spot's annual diversity report, of the 30 curve models cast in the fall 2018 shows, only three walked in Paris (two for H&M and one for Alexander McQueen), while none walked in either London or Milan."

Could Rental Fashion Help Us Become More Sustainable? (Harper's Bazaar) "The potential rental retail economy is worth around £923 million in the UK alone, according to research from Westfield. Given the growth of the shared economy and 'generation rent,' Westfield predicts that the rental market will grow among retailers in the future — and they aren’t the only ones that think so."

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