- With salons closed at-home hair dye is flying off the shelves.
- Glossier has launched its first-ever hand cream, and is donating the first 10,000 tubes to healthcare workers.
- J.Crew and Madewell have partnered to donate 75,000 single-use medical-grade face masks to Montefiore Health System hospitals in New York.
- College student Ashley Lawrence has created a special face mask for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.
- Primark is creating a fund to help pay the wages of the millions of garment workers affected by its cancellation of tens of millions of pounds worth of clothing orders from factories in developing countries across the world.
- Sunscreen sales have been dropping in the US in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic.
- Italian fashion operations begin to reopen with numerous precautions to ensure the health of its employees.
- The next London Fashion Week is going to be held entirely digitally, and will merge its womenswear and menswear shows.
- British brands Oasis and Warehouse are permanently closing all their stores and online shopping with the loss of more than 1,800 jobs.
- Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi has passed away at age 84.
- French brand Saint Laurent has announced it will no longer adhere to the fashion industry’s calendar.
- The World of Monsieur Dior, a short fashion documentary made in 1949, is now available to watch for free on YouTube.
- Here’s a peek at the new Marimekko for Uniqlo collection.
- Canada Goose will stop buying new fur to use in its products from 2022 onwards.
Fun Fashion Fact
Did you know that even though there are countless independent opticians and a good number of specs retail chains all over the world, it used to be only two companies that dominated the world of eyeglasses:
The lenses in our glasses were mostly made by Essilor, a French multinational that controls almost half of the world’s prescription lens business. Your frames were probably made by Luxottica, an Italian company with an unparalleled combination of factories, designer labels and retail outlets.
The two companies joined forces in 2018 and became EssilorLuxottica, of which The Guardian said: “in seven centuries of spectacles, there has never been anything like it. The new entity will be worth around $50bn, sell close to a billion pairs of lenses and frames every year, and have a workforce of more than 140,000 people.”