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ICYMI: Nike takes the knee, Zegna acquires Thom Browne, Balmain’s CGI models

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past fortnight, including Nike taking the knee.

Colin Kaepernick for Nike

A round-up of everything you might have missed in relevant fashion, retail and tech industry news over the past fortnight.

TOP STORIES
  • Colin Kaepernick’s Nike campaign keeps N.F.L. anthem kneeling in spotlight [NY Times]
  • Ermenegildo Zegna acquires Thom Browne in US$500 million deal [SCMP]
  • Balmain enlists a cast of CGI models for latest campaign [Dazed Digital]
TECHNOLOGY
  • The rise, fall and return of RFID [Retail Dive]
  • Uber narrows its search for international city to host “flying taxis” [The Verge]
  • AR tops list of future shopping experiences [Retail Dive]
  • A Japanese coffee shop will give you free coffee in exchange for your data [Digiday]
SUSTAINABILITY & PURPOSE
  • Stella McCartney’s sustainable new sneakers, as seen by the Earth issue [AnOther]
  • Global Fashion Agenda and Institut Français de la Mode to push for sustainability [Fashion United]
  • Sustainable textile innovation: self-healing fibers made out of squid genes [Fashion United]
RETAIL & E-COMMERCE
  • Supper clubs & art: luxury retail now comes with a side of experience [Forbes]
  • How Sephora focused on data to prepare for Black Friday [ZDNet]
  • Can Amazon win the great streetwear race? [Hypebeast]
  • Are ultrafast labels like Fashion Nova wittingly ripping customers off? [Fashionista]
  • Walmart adds Moosejaw to its website, defending itself further against Amazon [CNBC]
  • Lululemon still has a ‘long runway for growth’ after crushing earnings [Business Insider]
MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA
  • Harvey Nichols rebrands as Holly Nichols in month-long celebration of ‘girls’ [The Drum]
  • How the rise of outdoor influencers is affecting the environment [Racked]
  • Stella McCartney unveils short film “Curtains Up” [Fashion United]
  • Google created a fake pizza brand to test out creative strategies for YouTube ads [TechCrunch]
PRODUCT
  • Chanel launches men’s make-up [Vogue UK]
  • Urban Outfitters is launching its own makeup line [The Cut]
  • Madewell is launching menswear [Fashionista]
  • New Converse x Dr. Woo collab: sneakers that change color with wear and tear [Fashion United]
BUSINESS
  • Net-a-Porter stakes its claim to the next generation of designers [BoF]
  • Tommy Hilfiger’s pivot to Asia [BoF]
  • The rise of giant consumer startups that said no to investor money [Recode]
  • The challenging, emotional remaking of J.Crew [Business of Fashion]
CULTURE
  • Birkenstock CEO says brand turned down Supreme collab [High Snobiety]
  • What it’s really like to be black and work in fashion [The Cut]
  • Dickies are on top of the world. Again. [GQ]
  • Farmland Foods fires back at Supreme with authentic editorial [Hypebeast]
  • Kith announces collaboration with Versace, Tommy Hilfiger, Greg Lauren and more [BoF]

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By Bia Bezamat

Bia Bezamat is a fashion journalist by trade and innovation expert with experience spanning fashion, retail, grocery and hospitality. Originally from Brazil, she is interested in how cultural, behavioral and technological shifts influence how consumers and brands interact with each other. As Senior Innovation Editor and Strategist at Current Global, she helps brands understand changing consumer behaviors and the evolving technology landscape.