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TODAY WE’RE SERVING UP MIDSUMMER DEALS FROM GIVENCHY, VALENTINO AND ALEXANDER WANG

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7 SUMMER LOOKS FROM MADEWELL

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Madewell the Jean Jacket in Pinter Wash

Madewell the Jean Jacket in Pinter Wash

Summer keeps heating up, and if you are looking for outfit inspiration, check out Madewell’s new arrivals. The American fashion brand unveils its latest trend guide starring model Anna Selezneva. From airy dresses to denim separates and cotton tops, these pieces work perfectly for the warm weather months. Paired with sneakers and oversized sunglasses, get ready to own the summer season in style.

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Madewell Khaki Cold-Shoulder Ruffle Dress and Madewell x Surfrider Foundation Top-Bar SunglassesMadewell Khaki Cold-Shoulder Ruffle Dress and Madewell x Surfrider Foundation Top-Bar SunglassesMadewell Side-Button Popover Shirt in Stripe and Veja Esplar Low SneakersMadewell Side-Button Popover Shirt in Stripe and Veja Esplar Low SneakersMadewell Embroidered Breeze Dress in StripeMadewell Embroidered Breeze Dress in StripeMadewell Cropped Anorak Jacket, Ruffle-Wrap Mini Skirt in Expat Olive and Courier Side-Button Shirt in Gingham CheckMadewell Cropped Anorak Jacket, Ruffle-Wrap Mini Skirt in Expat Olive and Courier Side-Button Shirt in Gingham CheckMadewell Ribbed Sweater-Tank in Stripe and Langford Wide-Leg Crop Pants in Light LatteMadewell Ribbed Sweater-Tank in Stripe and Langford Wide-Leg Crop Pants in Light LatteMadewell Side-Zip Bomber Jacket in Old Rose and The Lorimer Mini Backpack. Veja Esplar Low Sneakers.Madewell Side-Zip Bomber Jacket in Old Rose and The Lorimer Mini Backpack. Veja Esplar Low Sneakers.Madewell Side-Zip Bomber Jacket in Old RoseMadewell Side-Zip Bomber Jacket in Old Rose

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End of the road for Vertu

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British luxury mobile phone maker Vertu has been dealing with serious financial woes for quite some time now, but according to Financial Times the brand is shutting shop. The owner of the company has failed to rescue it from bankruptcy after offering to pay creditors just £1.9 million ($2.4 million) of the firm’s £128 million debt. As a result, Vertu’s UK manufacturing operation is shutting down, leading to the loss of some 200 jobs. Exiled Turkish businessman Murat Hakan Uzan purchased Vertu in March this year. Uzan entered into a partnership with TCL, the manufacturer of Alcatel and BlackBerry devices, in June and TCL was to supply Vertu with latest technology as part of the deal, which totaled an estimated $40 million.

But since then, things have gone bad to worse and a report from the Telegraph emerged, citing overdue wages and payments to suppliers, which has forced the owner to liquidate the company. Even though manufacturing is being shut down, Uzan is going to retain ownership of Vertu’s brand, design licenses, and technology. According to the FT, a person familiar with Uzan’s plans says he intends to resurrect the company in the future.

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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO GOES VIBRANT FOR FALL 2017 CAMPAIGN

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Xiao Wen Ju stars in Salvatore Ferragamo's fall-winter 2017 campaign

Xiao Wen Ju stars in Salvatore Ferragamo's fall-winter 2017 campaign

Salvatore Ferragamo goes in a new direction with the launch of its fall-winter 2017 campaign. Photographed by Walter Pfeiffer, the images star a cast of models including Xiao Wen Ju and Aymeline Valade. Vibrant colors and prints stand out in the new advertisements.

Spotlighting the fall season's shoes and handbags, the Italian fashion brand goes for a fresh look this autumn. Suzanne Kollerstyled the shoot with Duffy on hair and Lucio Pieroni on makeup. The campaign also coincides with the hashtag #FerragamoandI, where customers are encouraged to showcase their purchases and style.

SALVATORE FERRAGAMO FALL/WINTER 2017 CAMPAIGN

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Kering Mislabels Chinese-Made Sunglasses as "Made in Italy" Per New Lawsuit

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THE FASHION LAW EXCLUSIVE - Your “Made in Italy” sunglasses may not be quite as Italian as you think, at least not according to a strongly-worded new lawsuit filed against Kering, the parent company of Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, and Balenciaga.  

Selima Optique – which sells its own celeb-favored eyewear, as well as the designs of Kering brands, in its buzzy boutiques in New York, Santa Monica, and Paris – filed suit against the Paris-based conglomerate on Tuesday in a federal court in Manhattan. According to Selima’s lawsuit, Kering is employing a “bait-and-switch scheme” by “deliberately and falsely represent[ing] that their eyeglasses and sunglasses are ‘Made in Italy,’” when “in truth, their products, or substantially all parts of their products, are made in China, and (at best) shipped to Italy for final assembly and packaging, and then exported.” 

To be exact, Selima claims that beginning in September 2016 – shortly after Kering launched its first global sales campaign for Gucci Eyewear after bringing its eyewear production in-house two years prior – Kering began defrauding consumers by “simply replacing the ‘Made In China’ labels [that come with affixed to its eyewear] with ‘Made In Italy’ labels” before selling them to wholesalers, such as Selima, or directly to consumers.

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Not mincing words, Selima further maintains that Kering’s “misleading packaging and labeling,” which is reportedly aimed at “maintaining an air of luxury” around its brands and “justifying premium prices,” not only amounts to false advertising, unfair competition, negligent representation, and fraud. It also runs afoul of the strict Italian law that states that “only products entirely made in Italy (planning, manufacturing and packaging) are allowed to use the label ‘Made In Italy.’”

In light of such widespread “falsity and deception,” Selima has asked the court to allow a huge class of others affected by Kering’s alleged wrongdoing to join the lawsuit and share in the ultimate monetary settlement. As for who might fit into that pool of potential plaintiffs: All consumers and wholesalers that purchased Kering eyewear products “within the United States at any time from September 2016 to the present” and all of Kering’s domestic eyewear competitors to the lawsuit, as well.

Selima’s counsel opted not to comment on the matter, merely stating that its position has been set forth in the court filings.

A spokesman for Kering said, “Kering Eyewear denies all allegations made by Selima Optique, Inc.” The company further maintained that all of its “luxury products are made in Italy and are labeled in compliance with all applicable law.”

A Larger Trend?

Two things make the Selima v. Kering lawsuit particularly striking. First is the position of Kering's fashion brands at the upper echelon of the fashion totem pole - where, thanks to products' price points, consumers often assume they are made in traditional "luxury" conditions (i.e., made in their entirely in brand-owned and operated workshops in France, Italy, or the like). Second is the fact that the potentially hard-hitting allegations that Selima has lodged against Kering are likely not in any way limited to Kering brands. In fact, this type of manufacture-import-relabel production ploy is probably quite pervasive, extending to many other similarly situated brands. 

After all, Selima's suit was quickly followed up by the Guardian's recent revelation that Louis Vuitton makes all but the soles of its footwear in "well-kept secret [factories], their identity closely guarded" in Transylvania, Romania before they are "finished" in Italy and France. As noted by the Guardian, Louis Vuitton claims that its Italian footwear workshops embody “ancestral savoir-faire” in a region “revered for its fine shoe craftsmanship."

While both Kering and Louis Vuitton's parent company LVMH will likely point to one-off discrepancies in their supply chains to explain the allegations put forth in Selima's suit and the Guardian's report, it is difficult not to foresee a potential turning of tides when it comes to the blind adoration - and unabashed trust - for the claims put forth by luxury brands.

At the same time, however, the potentially more likely scenario is that nothing radical will change in the eyes of consumers at all. As Miuccia Prada - some of whose own label's garments and accessories bear tags that read "Made in Romania" or India or China or Peru - announced several years ago, it does not matter where things are made anymore. Or in her exact words, "'Made in Italy'? Who cares? You have to embrace the world if you want to live now.”

As Cathy Horyn wrote for the New York Times in September 2009, "Today, despite 'Made in Italy' promotions, a lot of manufacturing is done outside Italy — in China, Romania and dozens of other countries." And Luigi Maramotti, the chief executive of MaxMara, echoed this notion, saying, “It’s not a scandal if in 10 years clothes are made somewhere else — if we know how to do it. It’s very difficult to explain this to the world because it’s all about slogans.”

You may recall that in an interview with the Wall Street Journal in 2011, Ms. Prada predicted that "sooner or later, [luxury manufacturing will move en masse] because Chinese manufacturing is so good." That time might just be now. As for whether transparent labeling will follow is another matter entirely. 

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LOUIS VUITTON POPINCOURT BAG

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Remember this bag? The Popincourt Bag? It’s back and has been modernized with a new trendy attitude. For those that are not familiar with Louis Vuitton classic handbags, the Popincourt was introduced some time ago, but was discontinued afterwards (around 2009 – 2010). This bag is still loved and carried by many fashion obsessed as it’s easy to carry, but roomy enough to store everything you need

While the original edition was released in the popular Monogram Canvas, the newest edition is added with natural leather trims. The size has also been updated as it’s bigger than the old mini vision. The style has been modernized and is now as chic as it can be. Besides the famous monogram canvas print, the edges as well as the top handles are added with fresh colors. This color creates an interesting contrast and it highlights the bag to make it more attractive. To make it more elegant, Louis Vuitton added an extra pocket with padlock. It also comes with a colorful tag and keybell. The added leather strap with collar studs can be used for shoulder carry or cross body and it can be adjusted or removed.

The design is pretty, but the functionality is flawless as well. Besides the front zip pocket, the exterior also comes with 2 large pockets for instant-access. The bottom features 4 studs so you can drop your bag without much worry.

The interior is made with a flat pocket and 2 smartphone pockets. It’s refined with shiny gold metal hardware too. The latest Popincourt Bag is perfect for the busy woman who needs to structure her stuff, but don’t need an oversized handbag. And now for the details:

Louis Vuitton Popincourt PM Bag
Size: 12.6’ x 8.3’ x 5.1’ (L x H x W) inches
Prices: $2370 USD, $3100 AUD, $3000 CAD, ¥287280 JPY

Louis Vuitton Popincourt MM Bag
Size: 14.1 x 10 x 5.7 (L x H x W) inches
Prices: $3450 AUD

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