Exploring Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

Calling out cultural appropriation has been a growing trend within the past decade—it’s time to figure out what it exactly means and what is legitimately considered offensive. To make this easier, I will focus mostly on understanding cultural appropriation in context to the fashion industry. What is cultural appropriation? Here’s the definition published by the Oxford University Press: A term used to describe the taking … Continue reading Exploring Cultural Appropriation in Fashion

Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Last Sunday, the French people elected Emmanuel Macron as their nation’s president and took a stand against the growing populist influence. Macron, 39, won 66% of the vote over his opponent Marine Le Pen, the far-right National Front candidate. Although the media labels Macron as a centrist, he identifies himself as someone “of the left” who is willing to collaborate with the right. Le Pen, … Continue reading Understanding the Impact of the 2017 French Presidential Election

Getting Personal: A New Chapter for Fashion Retail

Understanding the Fashion Retail Landscape Many department stores and big brands have announced hundreds of closures happening in 2017. If we’re going to be honest, most of the closures were not terribly surprising. Some companies include inexpensive, fast-fashion brands (rue21 and Wet Seal); classic shopping mall retailers that were once popular in the 1990s-early 2000s (GUESS, American Apparel); and department stores (Macy’s, Sears, Kmart). When … Continue reading Getting Personal: A New Chapter for Fashion Retail

Making Moves from New England

My “weekends” from my full-time job typically fall during weekdays, since retail work hours are not like traditional 9-to-5s. You’ll find me in the corner, hunched over my laptop clicking between 15 open tabs, occasionally pausing to sip a small mint mocha. I lost my headphones during St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Newport, so depending who sits next to me, I learn how to deal … Continue reading Making Moves from New England