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Macy's Acquires Story
Business of Fashion, link to full article here.

Story, founded in 2011 by brand consultant Rachel Shechtman, has been acquired by Macy’s, Inc. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, although Story’s West Chelsea outpost will remain open as part of the agreement. Going forward, Story will be a Macy’s sub-brand, not a standalone player like Bloomingdale’s or Bluemercury, which are also owned by Macy’s, Inc. Along with continuing to develop Story, Shechtman will join Macy’s Inc. in the newly created role of brand experience officer, reporting to president Hal Lawton.

This startup is changing the live's of the world's poorest shoe makers
Fast Company, link to full article here.

It’s been five years since Rana Plaza, a clothing factory in Bangladesh, collapsed, killing 1,134 workers and injuring another 2,500.

The tragedy still haunts Patrick Woodyard. Two years before the disaster, he founded Nisolo, a fashion brand with a mission to improve the lives of workers in the developing world. What happened in Bangladesh raised the stakes: “The world was suddenly paying attention to how the things in their closet were being made,” Woodyard says.

The stories about how Rana Plaza workers perished are almost too awful to fathom. One man, Mahamudul Hridoy, recalls being pinned to a concrete pillar and watching his coworker’s skull shattered. And although Hridoy survived, he walks with a crutch, has headaches, and struggles with nightmares. Several other survivors have committed suicide.

Better Late Than Never? The Fashion Industry Is Finally Embracing The Plus-Size Woman
Forbes, link to full article here.

The industry has been slow to learn the lesson, but finally it is taking Gunn’s message to heart. Nordstrom is now expanding its plus-size selections to include 100 brands and integrating them in with its core size range, rather than segregating it into a separate “Woman’s” department, where the shopper is reminded that she doesn’t belong where the real fashion is.

The company, however, said it will still maintain a separate plus-size department for convenience, but its “size-inclusive” initiative will give size 14 shoppers access to the same styles as her size 2 shopping companion. “In our opinion, petite and plus sizes shouldn’t be considered special categories. They’re just sizes,” a company statement said. Now Nordstrom shoppers can select from extended size offerings from inclusive brands like Topshop, Rag & Bone, Theory and J. Crew’s Madewell on the same rack.

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