The Business of Fashion explains why shoe startups are making sneakers from wool.

I enjoyed reading how these Italian women have moved into the decidedly out-of-fashion trade of the shoe-shining business, once exclusively the domain of men, and made it hip.

Meet Tom Lonergan, the Birkenstock doctor. This sixty-something retiree living in Ohio saw his mail order Birkenstock’s repair business double in orders two years ago. I chuckled reading this:

“As for Lonergan, he’s not too worried that a new ‘It Sandal’ will destroy his business. “The people who’ve been loyal wearers are really good customers,” he says, “Plus, there’s always the dogs. People love Birks, but dogs love Birks. I probably get three phone calls a week where the dog has destroyed a pair.”

Fab Links from Our Members

Aquamarine thought this was a fascinating read about an older model. So inspiring.

L’Abeille is reporting sad news: Jacob, Laura, and Smart Set are joining Danier in closing.

Sally suggests how to wear black with intention, thereby creating a unified look. Angie likes Sally’s rich “black in neutral mixes” best. Fabulous necklace.

Angie also loves the ethereal integrity of Sylvia’s asymmetrical and layered pastel outfits here. Graceful, soft, pretty, on trend and gorgeous in motion. It’s a timeless look at any age.

Deb wants to share this article about 100 Years of Legendary Lips.

La Belle Demimondaine was delighted to find this Audrey Hepburn-style capsule wardrobe, and wishes she could find one inspired by Sophia Loren.

RoseandJoan came across an amusing slideshow which shows the height of fashion in the year you were born.

Jenn just discovered Likely, a brand conceived with selfies in mind.

Kari recommends Bois de Jasmin as one of the best fragrance websites because it contains beautifully written articles about everything impacted by scent.

Bernard62 recommends Austin Reed as a good source for buying menswear.

Vildy got a laugh out of this Guardian article asking if you can really wear pyjamas to a party.

Last year 13-year old bow tie entrepreneur Moziah Bridges made TIMES 30 Most Influential Teens List. Robin is cheering this young man one with all she’s got.

Shevia enjoyed this farewell letter to minimalism.

UmmLila directs us to this interesting read about The New Way Women Are Dressing for Work.