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Sustainability Comes At a Cost. Fashion Isn’t Paying. | BoF Professional, News & Analysis

Key Insights

  • The BoF Sustainability Index tracks fashion’s progress towards ambitious sustainability targets for the coming decade. It examines public disclosures to rigorously benchmark performance and enable like-for-like comparisons at 15 of fashion’s largest companies.

  • The Index found that while fashion companies are speaking about sustainability more than ever before, actions are lagging public commitments. The average overall score of the companies assessed was just 36 out of a possible 100, with significant disparities between engagement and action.

  • Information about how companies are planning for the substantial investments required to meet sustainability goals emerged as a significant blind spot, with companies failing to match bold ambitions with details of how they plan to pay for them.

Last month Bangladesh-based denim manufacturer Mostafiz Uddin asked some of his customers for help securing a $3 million loan he said he needed to pay for upgrades that would allow him to operate more

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The 8 Headband Trends Fashion Girls Can’t Stop Wearing This Season

There’s no doubt that accessories can make or break an outfit. They’re like a sartorial cherry on top, instantly adding a chic finish to any look. While we’re ready to commit to this season’s It bag and sleek, low-heel sandals to complement our outfits, there’s one accessory that is dominating the fashion industry right now: the headband. A few seasons ago, Prada reintroduced headbands through bold, satin pieces, and we can’t get enough since the debut. Even our go-to style icons like Bella Hadid and Hailey Bieber have been spotted in the beloved accessory, proving that fashion girls are embracing headbands this season.

Yes, headbands have always been a styling piece, but this summer, prepare for a major comeback. From bejeweled and embellished statement pieces to sleek, skinny silhouettes, headbands are getting the revival they deserve. Whether you err on the minimalist side or are a proclaimed maximalist, chances are

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Here’s What It Takes For Fashion Brands To Be Sustainable. Can The Industry Be Saved?

This story was originally published on September 25, 2020.

By now, the fashion industry’s harmful effects on the environment are well-known. With natural resources being used faster than they can be renewed, and more clothing produced by brands (and thrown out by consumers) than ever before, the environmental impact of the industry, as it currently operates, is catastrophic. “In the U.S., 11 million tons of textiles go into landfills every year,” says Kristy Caylor, CEO and co-founder of For Days, a zero-waste, organic line of basics. “When these clothes decompose, they release methane which is more harmful than CO2.”

With this in mind, many fashion brands have been reconsidering their practices over the last few years. In 2015, Mara Hoffman, the founder of the eponymous fashion brand, made a turn for the sustainable. “The switch was prompted by discomfort. When I started to learn about the fashion industry’s

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Why Have Fashion and Beauty Brands Failed to Respond to Anti-Asian Hate?

Fashion brands are expected to be quick to respond to news-making incidents of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and anti-feminism.

After six Asian women were among those killed in the recent shootings in Atlanta, the violence and discrimination experienced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) have become urgently discussed issues. One of the most surprising things was how silent the fashion industry was—particularly luxury brands, of which Asians are the largest demographic consumer.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, reports from the U.K. to Australia have found that hate crimes against East and Southeast Asian people have risen. In the U.S., the AAPI Hate National Report found that verbal harassment and shunning (the deliberate avoidance of Asian Americans) lead the types of discrimination experienced by AAPI people, at 68.1 percent and 20.5 percent respectively. Physical assault is the third largest category; 11.1 percent of respondents reported

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How I Became… TikTok’s Head of Fashion and Beauty Partnerships | Careers, Break Into Fashion

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After CeCe Vu graduated with an economics/finance major from the University of Southern California in 2011, she began a career in investment banking. In a few short months, she recognised it was “not the path for me” and started working for television production company Dick Clark Productions, for which she attended the Golden Globes in 2012.

On the red carpet, Vu encountered her next opportunity in the form of her future boss at Mobli Media — a photo-video sharing app backed by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire before it shut down in 2016. Becoming “truly fascinated by the intersection of digital media and fashion,” she moved to New York to continue her career in social media.

When she was recruited by Musical.ly — now TikTok — to lead their social media team, Vu

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Alex Drexler Knows Where to Turn for Buttoned-Down Advice

In Personal Board of Directors, top business leaders talk about the people they turn to for advice, and how those people have shaped their perspective and helped them succeed. Previous installments from the series are here.

For Alex Drexler, it wasn’t always easy growing up with a famous, super successful father. “As a kid, I’d see his face on the cover of magazines,” Alex said of his dad Mickey Drexler, who, as CEO of Gap Inc. in the 1990s, made khakis and T-shirts cool. “The bar was set very high.”

So much so, that initially Alex wanted nothing to do with fashion. He worked as a bellman at several Ian Schrager hotels and, then, after graduating from Trinity College he enrolled in Cardozo School of Law with dreams of becoming a District Attorney and one day joining the Federal Bureau of Investigations. But law school wasn’t for him, and

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