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Weekly Digest – Issue #92

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Fashion history won’t be written in ink. You can’t even use a pen in the library at the Anna Wintour Costume Center at the Metropolitan Museum of Art because of the potential catastrophes. Instead, the biography of fashion is being written in bold exhibitions by Andrew Bolton, the curator in charge at the Costume Institute, who in his 17 years at the Met has become one of fashion’s greatest authors. He has composed not only the most visited exhibition in the museum’s history, but four of its top visited exhibitions of all time.
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Page one of the CFDA’s new sustainability report asks a broad, burning question: “What is sustainability?” The answer tends to change depending on whom you ask. For some of us, sustainable fashion has to do with a brand’s environmental impact; others think social justice is more important; others are focused on preserving artisanal crafts and supporting developing economies; and still more are concerned with animal rights. Truthfully, sustainability is an umbrella term that encompasses all of the above, and then some. That’s why the CFDA guide is coming at such a good time: Sustainability is a complex, multifaceted issue, and understanding it requires serious research and energy—plus even more research and energy to put it all into practice.
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While the US government shutdown is keeping investors in the dark about broader retail trends over the holidays, Adobe Analytics confirmed that online sales posted rapid growth during the period. E-commerce sales jumped 16.5 percent from a year earlier to a total of $126 billion as consumers loaded up on products such as the Nintendo Switch, laptops, streaming devices and Fingerlings dolls, according to Adobe. The company measured online transactions from 80 top US retailers to compile the report.