News Roundup – December 2018 2


  Fashion Business of Fashion Chanel Is Banning Exotic Skins: Here’s Why Brian Baskin, 4/12/18 ‘The Parisian fashion house announced Monday that it would stop manufacturing products made from snakes, crocodiles, lizards and more, citing difficulty obtaining responsibly sourced skins. What does this mean for its bottom line, and for the industry at large?’ Read More   Business of Fashion Op-Ed | Why Chanel’s Exotic Skins Ban Is Wrong Daniel Natusch, Rosie Cooney, Tomas Waller and Grahame Webb, 6/12/18 ‘While well-meaning, the French luxury house’s move to stop manufacturing products made from snakes, crocodiles, lizards and other reptiles will hurt… Continue Reading

News Roundup – December 2018 1


  Fashion Business of Fashion Condé Nast to Merge US and International Arms to Form Global Company Chantal Fernandez, 27/11/18 ‘Bob Sauerberg, chief executive of the American operation, will step down after a global CEO is found. Jonathan Newhouse will become chairman of the board of directors.’ Read More   BBC News Fast fashion: ‘How do you justify selling a £2 T-shirt?’ 27/11/18 Big-name retailers have defended selling clothes for £5 or less, saying their ability to sell clothes so cheaply is down to business models. Read More   The Sydney Morning Herald ‘They had us fooled’: Inside Payless’s elaborate… Continue Reading

Rethinking the Black Friday Sales


  Lately every time I open my email or scroll through Facebook someone is telling me to get ready for Black Friday because a bargain is coming. This morning, I have been greeted with over 50 emails about Australian Black Friday sales. Fresh off the heels of Singles Day in China, comes Black Friday and its sister, Cyber Monday. This typically four-day weekend retail bonanza kicks off the holiday season, with 30% of the entire seasons sales last year taking place on Black Friday. This year  the sales have started earlier and the sales numbers are tipped to surpass previous years. In 2016,… Continue Reading

Christmas table setting with Terri Winter from top3 by design


  Just like that another Christmas has snuck up on us. With the countdown now on it is well and truly time to start preparing. Sourcing the perfect gifts, cleaning the house, planning a meal; while Christmas is a time for meaningful connection with our loved ones, it can quickly become overwhelming with so much to do. We can help you with at least one task on your list, possibly two. Terri Winter, founder of retail concept store top3 by design, is no stranger to setting a beautiful, thoughtful table.  We caught up with Terri ahead of a Christmas Table… Continue Reading

Clothes and Accessories made from Recycled Materials


It’s National Recycling Week so what better excuse to celebrate fashion and accessories labels who are making products from recycled materials. If you haven’t already, check out our ode to recycling, it’s got lots of information about recycling, links between gender and recycling, and tips for what can and cannot be recycled.   Made from recycled plastic Girlfriend Collective’s core fabric products are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. RPET is made from post-consumer water bottles. Try ShopMate to ship them from the US.Shop Now.     Mr Tumbuktu makes active wear from recycled bottles and fishing nets. Shop Now.  … Continue Reading

National Recycling Week – An Ode to Recycling


  The past two evenings I have been struggling to write an ode to recycling. I wanted to mark National Recycling Week with a witty musing on the subject however, after devoting a total of four hours to the task, all I came up with was some flat, poorly written 346 words on soft plastics. I still gave it to our copy editor to edit, half-hoping he wouldn’t think it was quite as bad as I did, but of course he confirmed — it was total rubbish. He mentioned that in trying to come off as witty I had made… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Thunder Thighs


  Nobody knows their way around a men’s shirt quite like Bronwynne Jones. After acquiring them, she unpicks them and turns them into something brand new. Spurred to create clothes that suited her tricky to buy for body shape, her aptly named label Thunder Thighs is now helping many other women enjoy clothes that fit and flatter their bodies. We caught up with Bronwynne to find out more about her journey into fashion, why sustainability is important to her and what’s next for Thunder Thighs.   Leiden: What made you decide to start your label Thunder Thighs? Bronwynne: Like many… Continue Reading

Understanding Camp – A Deep dive on the 2019 Met Gala theme


  ‘The ultimate Camp statement: it’s good because it’s awful.’ – Susan Sontag, 1964   Each year, on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala raises money for The Costume Institute while launching a new blockbuster exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with a sumptuous model and celebrity filled extravaganza. The theme of the 2019 Met Gala has been announced and it’s an interesting one. Unlike previous themes such as an investigation of the intersection between fashion and Catholicism, or China through the looking glass, this year’s theme of ‘camp’ is far more open to interpretation.   What… Continue Reading