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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Jun 19, 2019. 22 comments

A Short History of Manly Beauty Products for Masculine Men

A Short History of Manly Beauty Products for Masculine Men

In mid-May, the British makeup company War Paint went viral for a social media rollout that promised makeup “specifically formulated for men.” The brand, which produces concealer, bronzer, and tinted moisturizer, sells their products packaged in slick, black boxes and photographed in the hands of buff, tattooed male models, explicitly targeted men. War Paint’s moment of viral fame earned them...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds May 24, 2019. 19 comments

The Subtle Class Wars of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Lab

The Subtle Class Wars of Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Lab

Goop Labs, a Gwyneth Paltrow retail experience plopped in the middle of Soho, was curiously empty on a bright and sunny Wednesday afternoon, save for a woman and her large grey and white standard poodle, splayed in the middle of the floor as if it owned the place.

The woman, standing at the register, gestured towards a large pile of white fabric that I later understood to be a variety of...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Apr 24, 2019. 24 comments

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help

At UNTUCKit, Clothes Make the Man, and the Man Needs Help

“Men just want to find a fit and then not change from that,” Chris Riccobono, founder of the menswear brand Untuckit (or, as the brand styles it, UNTUCKit), says. “They don’t really want to have to overthink their outfit.”

Riccobono has also found that men don’t like to iron their clothes. That men now typically own, say, 10 casual shirts and one dress shirt, though they’d rather wear the...

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Frida Garza Frida Garza Apr 19, 2019.

Toys 'R' Us May Be Coming Back 

Toys 'R' Us May Be Coming Back 

Toys ‘R’ Us, the kids-friendly retailer with a lovable giraffe named Geoffrey for a mascot, closed all of its stores in June after filing bankruptcy in 2017, striking sadness into the hearts of adults who grew up with the brand, as well as laying off more than 30,000 employees with no severance. It was truly fucked up and depressing, but it may not be the final chapter in the Toys ‘R’ Us...

Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Apr 12, 2019. 16 comments

H&M Is Being Sued for Keeping Track of Employees Using Their Fingerprints

H&M Is Being Sued for Keeping Track of Employees Using Their Fingerprints

H&M is being sued for some bizarre hour-clocking practices that involve collecting employee finger prints.

The Fashion Law reports that under Illinois state law H&M is being sued for violating the Biometric Information Privacy Act (“BIPA”) which prohibits the unlawful collection and storing of biometric information, i.e. fingerprints, retina patterns, DNA. Basically, all the creepy stuff you...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Mar 01, 2019. 20 comments

Marshalls Will Start Selling Online Defeating the Very Purpose of Shopping at Marshalls

Marshalls Will Start Selling Online Defeating the Very Purpose of Shopping at Marshalls

Marshalls, my second-favorite discount retailer chain, is following in the footsteps of T.J. Maxx, and launching an e-commerce site, perhaps in an attempt to survive the forthcoming, oft-predicted retail apocalypse. While anything that allows for the survival of my favorite retail experience is a plus in my book, I’d like to disabuse anyone of the notion that online shopping at Marshalls is...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Dec 04, 2018. 18 comments

The New Ikea 'Store' Isn't Really a Store

The New Ikea 'Store' Isn't Really a Store

Most of the pleasure of going to Ikea is the same as going to any other store: selecting an item to buy and then leaving with said item so that you and your lover might spend an evening arguing over the proper construction of a KALLAX. The new Ikea store, set to open in New York City sometime in 2019, will be just like a regular Ikea, minus one small detail: you won’t be able to actually buy...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Nov 13, 2018. 24 comments

Victoria's Secret and the Slow Death of Retail's Male Gaze

Victoria's Secret and the Slow Death of Retail's Male Gaze

Last week, Victoria’s Secret CMO Ed Razek casually told Vogue that the chain lingerie store doesn’t market to plus-size women, opting instead to “market who they sell to.” “I don’t think we can be all things to all customers,” Razek said . “It is a specialty business; it isn’t a department store.”

This wasn’t surprising given Victoria’s Secret’s history—the store’s size-range has long been

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Apr 04, 2018. 22 comments

Study Suggests Sales Increase When You Don't Treat Your Retail Workers as Cogs

Study Suggests Sales Increase When You Don't Treat Your Retail Workers as Cogs

A new study suggests that unpredictable, inconsistent work schedules—a widespread source of frustration and hardship for people working service jobs, for instance in retail—may not even be what’s best for business.

The New York Times reports on a study conducted by researchers with the company’s cooperation at more than two dozen Gap stores:

The study randomly assigned about two-thirds of...

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Rachel Vorona Cote Rachel Vorona Cote Mar 05, 2018. 21 comments

Mariah Carey No Longer Claims The Most-Played Christmas Song in Retail

Mariah Carey No Longer Claims The Most-Played Christmas Song in Retail

Has Mariah Carey’s festive hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” seemed slightly less overplayed in stores this season? Well! You’re a very discerning customer because, after two decades, it has been bested by The Shins’ cover of “Wonderful Christmastime” as the tune “that will be played in retail the most.”

According to Paste magazine, Carey’s popular song emphasizing romance-born asceticism...

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Kara Brown Kara Brown Mar 04, 2018. 21 comments

Apparently All Those Bed Bath & Beyond 20% Off Coupons Aren't Great for Business

Apparently All Those Bed Bath & Beyond 20% Off Coupons Aren't Great for Business

It looks like the only reason you shop at Bed Bath & Beyond in the first place might be disappearing: The company is reportedly in financial trouble because they’ve conditioned their customers to never pay full price for anything.

I hate to laugh at the misery of others, but that rule flies out the window when it’s a Fortune 500 company with business practices that even I would have raised an...

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Stassa Edwards Stassa Edwards Mar 02, 2018. 24 comments

European Fast Fashion Chain Primark Is Expanding in America

European Fast Fashion Chain Primark Is Expanding in America

Irish retailer, Primark, made inroads to the American market in September, looking to compete with the likes of Forever 21 and current king of fast fashion, Zara. Now the teen-focused chain is expanding its reach into the market by producing low-priced, Instagram-friendly clothes. In Europe, the retail chain is known for its ultra-cheap trendy offerings somewhat on par with H&M, but even...

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Joanna Rothkopf Joanna Rothkopf Feb 28, 2018. 21 comments

'Anyone Who Looks Black or Urban': Tales of Zara's Racial Profiling

'Anyone Who Looks Black or Urban': Tales of Zara's Racial Profiling

According to a new report, Zara—the “fast fashion” clothing company that’s recently come into the spotlight after its general counsel sued for discrimination and retaliation—has a deeply-embedded culture of racial profiling. Surprise, surprise.

The survey, which was conducted by the Center for Popular Democracy, interviewed employees at Zara’s various New York City locations and found,...

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Kelly Faircloth Kelly Faircloth Feb 23, 2018. 7 comments

Macy's Reaches a Deal With Union Just in Time to Dodge a Strike 

Macy's Reaches a Deal With Union Just in Time to Dodge a Strike 

Macy’s has cut a deal with the union representing employees at four of its big New York City-area stores, including the almighty Herald Square flagship, thereby dodging their first strike since 1972.

That’s according to the New York Times, which reports that two big bones of contention were health insurance and the finer points of sales commission. Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Dec 30, 2017. 13 comments

Women Are Losing Retail Jobs to Men

Women Are Losing Retail Jobs to Men

Retail is dying and stores are closing but somehow life—and men?—find a way: according to the Washington Post, analysis of new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that even though the retail industry is shedding jobs like crazy, many of the new opportunities in that sector are going to men, not women.

According to the Institute For Women’s Policy Research, women lost 160,300 jobs...

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Lauren Evans Lauren Evans Dec 20, 2017. 20 comments

Happy Holidays, Retailers Are Still Destroying Unsold Clothes and Blankets Instead Of Donating Them

Happy Holidays, Retailers Are Still Destroying Unsold Clothes and Blankets Instead Of Donating Them

Fucked up reminder: Lots of department stores destroy unsold items instead of donating them.

The Outline picked up a tweet sent over the weekend depicting what appears to be pounds of Eddie Bauer blankets and coats tossed onto the pavement in New York City—not only tossed out, but shredded so they couldn’t be used.

In a statement to The Outline, a spokesperson for Eddie Bauer said that this...

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Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Julianne Escobedo Shepherd Dec 14, 2017. 23 comments

Breaking News: Portland Loves Anthropologie

Breaking News: Portland Loves Anthropologie

Urban Outfitters Inc. has been lightweight struggling as of late, losing money over the past few years and returning a lackluster third quarter. But the company that owns Urban Outfitters, Free People and Anthropologie wants you to know that it’s on the upswing, because there’s a new Anthropologie in Portland, Oregon—and Portlanders LOVE IT!

According to WWD, CFO Frank Conforti spoke of this...

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Ellie Shechet Ellie Shechet Dec 14, 2017. 18 comments

Zara Is Facing a $40 Million Discrimination Suit

Zara Is Facing a $40 Million Discrimination Suit

Three Zara employees have filed a $40 million lawsuit against the “fast-fashion” company, citing discriminatory work practices.

Ian Zack Miller, the company’s former general counsel, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday; also listed as defendants are Dilip Patel, country manager for the U.S., and Moises Costas Rodriguez, Zara USA’s director of expansion for North and South America. According to WWD:...

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Megan Reynolds Megan Reynolds Dec 01, 2017. 9 comments

Forever 21 Faces $2 Million Lawsuit Over Hidden Camera in Employee Bathroom

Forever 21 Faces $2 Million Lawsuit Over Hidden Camera in Employee Bathroom

Forever 21 is being sued by a former employee for negligence and invasion of privacy for allowing a hidden camera to be installed in the employee bathroom, WWD reports.

The former employee, identified only as Jane Doe, worked at a Forever 21 in Providence, R.I., in 2011. The hidden camera was located in a single, private employee bathroom. Doe discovered footage of her using the bathroom on...

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Hazel Cills Hazel Cills Nov 26, 2017. 24 comments

J. Crew to Close 39 Stores As the Retail Apocalypse Continues 

J. Crew to Close 39 Stores As the Retail Apocalypse Continues 

J. Crew announced that the company will be closing 39 stores by the end of January, which is nearly double the number it originally planned to close.

Sales have been falling for J.Crew, with the company reporting that sales at its shops which were open for at least a year fell 12 percent this quarter, according to CNN. J.Crew also lost $161 million in the first nine months of the year, which...

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