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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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