What Emma Watson did next, from child star to fashion sustainability czar

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Watson promoting Little Women in December 2019 - Patrick McMullen
Watson promoting Little Women in December 2019 – Patrick McMullen

Congratulations are due to Emma Watson on her new side hustle. The activist and Little Women star is the newest appointee to Kering’s board of directors. She’ll chair the luxury conglomerate’s sustainability committee, guiding conversations that will affect Kering brands including Gucci, Saint Laurent and Bottega Veneta. 

Watson is one of three new appointees; the others are Jean Liu, president of Didi Chuxing, often described as China’s Uber; and Tidjane Thiam, a former Credit Suisse boss.

“Their respective knowledge and competences, and the multiplicity of their backgrounds and perspectives will be invaluable additions to Kering’s Board of Directors,” François-Henri Pinault, Kering chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “The collective intelligence that comes from diverse points of view and the richness of different experiences are crucial to the future of our organization. I am proud to add such impressive

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Busy Shopping Scenes Only Part of the Picture

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Monday saw throngs of shoppers in England’s high streets, but it’s a stark reality from the distant supply chain workers and factory owners — many still holding out for payment from those same retailers, perhaps on declining hopes.

With stores permitted to reopen on Monday, lines gathered in locations like Oxford Circus outside Apple, Nike, Cos, Kiko and Zara. In another part of town, Westfield London in Hammersmith, teenagers sipped iced drinks and Primark bags, lounging in the sun.

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Eager for sales and anything that didn’t resemble the confines of their living rooms, H&M, Zara, Apple and the clearance stalls at Foot Locker also drew pools of shoppers.

Despite Western retailers sliding up their gates and opening doors to shoppers, things are far from “normal” for apparel manufacturers in Bangladesh, which attributes 80 percent of its exports to the sector.

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Farfetch Introduces Fashion Footprint Tool

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LONDON — Farfetch is forging ahead with its sustainability commitments and introducing a “fashion footprint” tool to help customers better understand the environmental impact of their purchases — and to highlight the benefits of buying pre-owned. The aim is to ensure that sustainability remains top-of-mind for the consumer.

The introduction of the online tool, which will allow consumers to see the impact of specific materials in their purchases and the savings they are making if they choose to buy secondhand merchandise, was informed by a report examining the pre-owned market that was published by Farfetch in partnership with the London Waste and Recycling Board.

The report looks at the growth of the pre-owned market in the U.K., the U.S. and China., key consumer behaviors, as well as “displacement rates,” or the extent to which shopping pre-owned reduces the demand for new-season items.

“The

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Best offers on clothing from Nike, Asos, H&M and more

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From Nike to Whistles, these are the high street discounts you need to know about: The Independent
From Nike to Whistles, these are the high street discounts you need to know about: The Independent

The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses were closed when lockdown was announced on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential retailers can now reopen in England, including clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

Many shops are currently offering generous discounts on stock they’ve been unable

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