Welcome to another episode of Pop Fashion! This one’s a little different – our recording got screwed up by the super moon and various technical difficulties, so for the first time in 142 weeks we had to scrap an episode.
We feel awful. But we couldn’t just SKIP a week with all of you. Gosh.
So, here are the topics we discussed in mini episode 142:
Nasty Gal filed for bankruptcy: After years of fast growth followed by a lot of rumors about employee happiness and how well the business was really doing, Nasty Gal has filed for chapter 11 protection. One of the major expenses cited in the filing was “high occupancy costs,” indicating that keeping two California brick-and-mortar stores open might be costing more than originally anticipated.
American Apparel filed for bankruptcy…again: American Apparel says it will operate as usual in the United States, but the brand is still looking for a buyer to take over this, frankly, complete shitshow. Who wants to buy a company that’s filed chapter 11 twice? Meanwhile, Gildan Activewear has purchased intellectual property rights and “certain assets” from AA for $66 million cash. Because I guess Gildan is still working on that t-shirt pattern it’s been slamming out for decades? #confused
And a note about politics… we haven’t discussed the 2016 campaigns much on our show. This was a conscious decision once we realized after a while we tended to steer away from U.S. politics. (Let’s be honest, we considered our show a place of respite from the nonstop news cycle.) But now that the election is over. we know that it’s impossible to completely separate the business and ethics of fashion from the new administration. So we’ll be tiptoeing into this territory with caution as situations arise.
In Actual Fashion News, Stella McCartney has released her first menswear collection. After an awesome collaboration with Adidas, the brand is prepping to release this funky and fun menswear set next year. We’re excited to see how dudes pick up on Stella’s aesthetic.
And there were a few topics we didn’t get to in the second recording of this week’s show, but still wanted to share with you:
Waterless razor: Say hello to the Venus waterless shaver. It’s got lotion in the handle, and it’s meant to be disposable. We are intrigued, and Lisa thinks this razor should be stocked in the birth control aisle at drugstores. You know, for all those times you go on a date and you say “I’m not going to shave my legs so it doesn’t get sexy” and then you’re like “oh damn I really should have shaved my legs.”
Zara’s rat dress: So allegeeeeedlyyyyy a woman found a rat sewn into the hem of her Zara dress. We’ve looked at the black-and-white photos (first of all, why are the photos only black and white?), and have come to the following expert conclusions: 1) that’s nasty. 2) it’s hard to tell what was actually in that dress but it was something nasty 3) yeah we would sue too
Welspun is in more trouble: You might remember the story of Welspun “Egyptian cotton” sheets sold at Target. Now Bed Bath & Beyond has joined the list of stores that no longer sell Welspun products because an independent audit couldn’t confirm the origins of Welspun’s supplies. BB&B is offering returns to dissatisfied customers. Walmart has also stopped selling Welspun sheets.
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