A Reckoning With the Dark Side of the Restaurant Industry

In the wake of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide, chefs and restaurateurs speak out about rampant stress, depression and substance abuse in their field and ways to fight back.
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The Steel Industry Gets What It Wants on Tariffs

U.S. steelmakers prevailed in their push for the Trump administration to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. The industry also succeeded in a later effort to make some tariffs disappear.
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Los Angeles Leaders Seek Civic Commitment From Tech Industry

The tech sector in Los Angeles has taken off in the shadow of Silicon Valley, but now it is looking to its more famous and successful sibling in the north for lessons on how not to grow.
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Lily Allen: Music industry is ‘rife with sex abuse’

Lily Allen has said the music industry is “rife” with sexual abuse but insiders refuse to speak up.
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Yahoo, Bucking Industry, Scans Emails for Data to Sell Advertisers

The Web giant owned by Verizon analyzes more than 200 million inboxes for clues about what products people might buy—a practice much of Silicon Valley has declared off-limits.
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EU’s Google Fine Threatens to Shake Mobile Industry

When the first Android phone went on sale a decade ago, Google made a bet: Its free operating system would hook smartphone makers. Now that business model may need an upgrade.
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Medicine Assistance Donated to Industry One Inc. by Charles Myrick of American Consultants RX

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Gigi Hadid Tells V Magazine What It’s Really Like to Work in the Same Industry as Bella Hadid

Gigi HadidAs two of the highest paid models in the industry, it would be easy for Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid to form a sibling rivalry. But instead of competing against each other, the two sisters support…

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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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Industry Adapts to Shifting Milan Men’s Fashion Week

MILAN — A shrinking show calendar, currency volatility and macro economic issues at the tail end of a period of local political instability following Italy’s general elections were only some of the concerns weighing on executives on the eve of Milan Men’s Fashion Week.
But on the upside, business is chugging along steadily. Revenues generated by the fashion sector last year grew 2.5 percent to 64.8 billion euros, and exports rose 4.3 percent to 50 billion euros, according to Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana’s Fashion Economic Trends report issued in May. The first half is expected to show 1.5 percent growth in sales compared with the same period last year. Last week, the updated Altagamma Worldwide Market Monitor and Bain & Co. study painted a pretty picture, as the global personal luxury goods industry is expected to grow 6 to 8 percent at constant exchange compared with the 5 percent growth forecast last October for 2018.
“Everyone is hoping to see a modicum of stability, which would allow us to set goals in the medium-term, invest in three-year plans without this sense of anxiety hovering over us,” said Paolo Roviera, chief executive officer of Corneliani. Roviera admitted that business had been affected in the first

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A Watch Industry Grows in Brooklyn

Brooklyn’s intriguing new artisanal watchmakers are offering solid designs for far less than their Swiss counterparts.
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Celebrities, Fashion Industry Commemorate Kate Spade

Kate Spade’s unexpected death Tuesday prompted an outpouring of grief on the Internet from admirers and fashion industry professionals.
Spade’s first accessories label, Kate Spade New York, issued a statement on Instagram that read: “Kate Spade, the visionary founder of our brand, has passed. Our thoughts are with her family at this incredibly heartbreaking time. We honor all the beauty she brought into the world.”

The message, scrawled in white on a black background, was reposted by Spade followers. It received nearly 203,000 likes and 13,000 comments. Another popular commemorative graphic depicted the brand’s spade icon turned upside-down, with a tear dripping from its tip.
Fashion luminaries took to Instagram to express their shock and condolences. Saks Fifth Avenue posted an archival image of Spade, noting: “We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Kate Spade. She was a beloved talent that made an enduring mark on American fashion. Our heartfelt condolences go out to her family — Kate will be missed by many.”

Other posts were issued by the CFDA, The Zoe Report, The Carlyle Hotel (located close to Spade’s home), and former Glamour magazine editor Cindi Leive.
Presidential associate Ivanka Trump also commemorated Spade’s legacy, posting on Instagram as a notice to

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GDC 2018: The 5 biggest game industry trends for 2018

GDC 2018: The 5 biggest game industry trends for 2018These are the biggest trends to follow in the video game industry in 2018.



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Bobbi Brown Is Ready to Slay the Wellness Industry. Nicely.

When you’ve done the makeup of basically everyone in the world except the queen of England, what else could be next?
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Canceled Deals and Pulped Books, as the Publishing Industry Confronts Sexual Harassment

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Now China’s Internet Giants Are Shaking Up the Car Industry

Tech firms Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd.—aka the BATs—have conquered e-commerce and mobile payments on smartphones and now are moving onto their next platform, cars.
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Delivering Good to Honor Three Industry Leaders at Annual Luncheon

HONOREES NAMED: Delivering Good will honor three industry leaders at its annual Women of Inspiration Luncheon fund-raiser on June 6 at The Pierre hotel in New York.
They are Pam Kaufman, president of consumer products and chief marketing officer, Nickelodeon; Carole Hochman, chief executive officer, chief creative officer, director, chairwoman, Naked Brands, and Dr. Taryn Rose, founder and strategic adviser, Taryn Rose.
The featured speaker will be Jodi Kantor, prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times and best-selling author. Last October, she and Megan Twohey broke the Times’ story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of alleged abuse toward women.
Stan Herman is host of the luncheon and the event co-chairs are Karen Bromley of The Bromley Group and Carole Postal of Spotlight Licensing.
Luncheon tickets are $ 350 each and tables start at $ 7,500. For inquiries, contact Lauren Barnett at  Lauren@Delivering-Good.org.
Delivering Good is the charity for new product donations from companies in the fashion, home and children’s industries. The merchandise helps millions of kids, adults and families facing poverty and disaster each year. Since 1985, the charity has distributed more than $ 1.6 billion of donated product through their network of community partners.
 

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Now China’s Internet Giants Are Shaking Up the Car Industry

Tech firms Baidu Inc., Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd.—aka the BATs—have conquered e-commerce and mobile payments on smartphones and now are moving onto their next platform, cars.
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Can the Brits beat a ‘sexist’ music industry?

Brit nominees say more women are needed both in front and behind the mic in the music industry.
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Jaden Smith, Ronnie Fieg Offer Advice to Apparel Industry

LAS VEGAS — This season, Agenda, Capsule and Liberty partnered to present Assembly, a series of workshops, talks and keynotes that addressed various topics or issues plaguing the apparel industry.
On Monday night, Jeff Staple moderated a keynote session with Kith’s Ronnie Fieg and Jaden Smith, the son of Will and Jada Smith, who recently released an album “Syre” and has an animated Netflix series, “Neo Yokio,” a clothing line called Msfts and Just Water, an eco-friendly water company that sells its water in a paper-based bottle.
The talk was sprinkled with a few fun facts and surprise appearances. Smith revealed that the dreadlocks he cut off and took to an award show are now encased in a clear box at his parents’ house, and rapper Fat Joe stood up at one point to thank Fieg for the free Kith product and congratulate Smith on his work. But they also offered some insight for retailers, brands and designers attempting to navigate the changing industry. Here are highlights from the talk:
On deciding which brands to work with:
Ronnie Fieg: “It’s really on a case-by-case basis. Some projects have been more appropriate because of nostalgic purposes like Iceberg. Iceberg in the U.S. is not as

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The Pulse of Men’s Industry Strong at Pitti Uomo

FLORENCE — The energy at the Pitti Uomo show was electric as the industry continued to bask in a solid end to 2017 and was eagerly anticipating further gains this year.
But at the same time, some familiar faces were either late in arriving at the show or dressed in some new duds, since many attendees who started their international journey at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport arrived in Florence without their luggage. The so-called “bombogenesis” snowstorm on Jan. 4 resulted in thousands of canceled flights and even more lost bags, many of which were still sitting on a runway at the airport this week.
But while they may have had to snip the price tags off their spanking new outfits, Pitti attendees made the best of the situation — and helped the local retail economy at the same time before turning to the business at hand, which was to peruse the typical wide variety of fall merchandise ranging from accessories and footwear to luxury sportswear.
Roopal Patel, senior vice president of fashion director for Saks Fifth Avenue, said she was “very energized” by her first visit to Pitti Uomo. “I feel like this is the nucleus of men’s wear on a

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Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Industry Village Kicks Off with Strong Roster

“Echo,””The Orphanage,””Patrol Cars” and “Starve” are among the promising projects which will be presented at the 9th edition of Les Arcs European Film Festival’s industry village kicking off this weekend in the French Alps. The Coproduction Village will showcase 21 European feature films in development which were selected from more than 220 applications received. “Patrol […]

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Milan Men’s Fashion Week Reflects Industry Changes

MILAN — The latest Milan Men’s Fashion Week schedule reflects the changes in the men’s wear industry, according to Carlo Capasa, president of Italy’s Camera Nazionale della Moda.
“The concept of how men’s wear is shown has changed and so has the concept of the calendar — everything is combined together and there is more and more cross-pollination,” Capasa contended. “The shift is real.”
The shows will start on Jan. 12 with the Ermenegildo Zegna evening show and will end on Jan. 15, anchored by the Giorgio Armani and Fendi shows. Overall, the runway shows will be 31 in total.
Capasa said the evolution has led the association to create a new format for the calendar, which now “combines presentations and shows in a single tale that each brand offers in line with its own aesthetic and vision.”
The first chapter of coed shows, as Capasa called it, will take place in January, followed by the second chapter in February. Next month these will include Diesel Black Gold; the Italian brand Isabel Benenato founded by Isabel Vitiello; Neil Barrett; Marcelo Burlon County of Milan; Dsquared2; Daks; Sartorial Monk; Palm Angels; GCDS, and Frankie Morello. A number of brands, including Gucci, Bottega Veneta and Missoni, have chosen to

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Is Photography/Modeling Next Industry to Be Investigated?

IMAGE MAKERS: According to sources, The New York Times is said to be working on an investigative article about top fashion photographers and abuse in the modeling industry, and the story could be coming out soon. Sources said the Times’ team working on the story includes Jacob Bernstein and Vanessa Friedman.
A New York Times spokeswoman said, “As a general rule, we don’t comment on what may or may not publish in future editions.”
“It is apparent that the conversation needs to happen, and this industry as a whole needs to take a really close look at years of tolerated and accepted practices and deal with its consequences. Abuse comes in all shapes and forms, psychological pressure, verbal and sexual abuse being the most obvious,” said David Bonnouvrier, founder of DNA Model Management.
There have been numerous press reports over the last month about harassment in various forms in industries ranging from Hollywood to media to politics. The Times broke the story about allegations involving Harvey Weinstein and sexual harassment, which was followed by an in-depth report in The New Yorker.
Earlier this month, Edie Campbell, one of Britain’s best-known models and a vocal member of Cameron Russell’s online campaign to raise awareness around

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Weinstein Scandal Inspires Models To Share Stories Of Abuse In Their Industry

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Tech Industry Finds Washington Isn’t So Hands-Off Anymore

New scrutiny by Congress of Facebook Inc. over its acceptance of Russian ad buys is just the latest in a string of political challenges facing technology firms, which long enjoyed a hands-off approach from Washington.
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The Comic Book Industry Officially Has No Excuse Not To Hire Women

Thanks to the #VisibleWomen hashtag, which gathers together names and skills of gifted women in the comic book biz.
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Brexit could improve UK films, say industry experts

Film industry experts have hit back at “scaremongering” suggestions the UK film industry could be significantly damaged by Brexit.
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Industry bosses from the Star Wars and Bond franchises have warned the UK film industry is facing a serious diversity issue.
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A Debate Over the Home of New York’s Fashion Industry

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has a plan that would strip the garment district in Manhattan of special zoning protections.
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Stunning Twin Teens With Albinism Take Modeling Industry by Storm

Twins Mara and Lara Bawar, who were born with albinism, are making their mark in the modeling industry.
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How Tech Entrepreneur Tristan Walker Is Reshaping The Skincare Industry

Over three years since Bevel launched, its consumers are “as diverse as one can ask for,” according to founder and CEO, Tristan Walker.

Operated under Walker’s parent company of health-and-beauty brands, Walker & Company, last year Bevel debuted on the shelves of Target and added distribution via Amazon. Consisting of a range of shaving products and signature trimmer, the popular subscription shave system is marketed as a solution for men who suffer from skin-irritation problems.

While Walker started the company to provide shaving tools for the kind of bumps and irritation that are more prevalent among black men, Walker tells HuffPost that since expanding Bevel to retail customers he has noticed more diversity amongst its clientele, which now includes women.

“We’re noticing there are different people who purchase our products offline than online,” Walker said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’ve mentioned in the past, a lot of folks think Bevel is just shaving for black men, but we’ve never said that, and that’s never been our thinking. We’re trying to solve a very important issue that black men and women over-index on, but everyone has.”

Though a majority of Bevel’s online customers are black men, Walker went on to add that their offline demographic is slightly skewed from its target market.

“They’re white men,” he adds. “So it’s a really interesting kind of mix of folks who buy our product, and it hasn’t affected the way that we operate either our online or offline business as a result.” 

Walker’s sharp attention to diversity and America’s census data has also resulted as a competitive advantage for the shaving startup. The Stanford University Graduate School of Business alum notes that a majority of the company’s employees includes people of color and women to mirror Bevel’s consumer base.

To that notion, Walker believes more health and beauty companies should make a concerted effort to tailor their personnel to reflect undeserved markets in America.

“You look at the larger companies elsewhere, they don’t look like or reflect the diversity of America. And they sure as hell don’t reflect the diversity of what America’s going to be like in 20 years,” he said. “This is incredibly important. So that’s how we approach it, and that’s how I hope and think everyone else should.”

As part of Bevel’s ambitions to become the industry’s leading brand for all things grooming, Walker said the company plans to release an additional line of skincare products for men and women with a range of skincare concerns, including hyper pigmentation.

Last year, Bevel received a major marketing push for its Bevel Trimmer thanks to brand ambassador-investor Nas’ lyrics on the chorus of DJ Khaled’s single “Nas Album Done.” For Walker, the hip-hop veteran underscored the company’s instinct to uplift and enrich black businesses.

“By [Nas] saying ‘My signature fade with the Bevel blade,’ everybody knows about Nas’ haircuts. So for him giving us the cosign and taking responsibility for his lineup, that’s significant,” he said. “It’s not only significant, it’s authentic. It makes sense. And also, his message is celebrating black business and empowerment and that’s something that we talk a lot about.”

Following the song’s release, the trimmer was named among GQ’s best grooming products of 2016.

“We’re thankful for that and we’re thankful that we have the partners and investors to do stuff like that on our behalf without our knowing,” he continued. “And we’re only gonna see more of that.”

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FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habit

FTC's case against Vizio illuminates terrible tech industry habitVizio paid a $ 2.2 million settlement. The electronics giant paid up to settle allegations that it installed software on its smart TVs to track what people watched without getting their consent and with only vague disclosure. In doing that, the commission has provided an excellent lesson in how one of the tech industry’s worst habits — what’s called a “dark pattern” interface — can go wrong.



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How the Defense Industry Is Dealing With Trump

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Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong’s Sex Industry

Whispers and Moans: Interviews with the Men and Women of Hong Kong’s Sex Industry


Hong Kong has a bewildering range of sex businesses offering services to suit all imaginable tastes: from the glitzy nightclubs of Tsim Sha Tsui East, through the saunas, karaoke lounges and one-woman brothels of Mong Kok, to the streets and short-time hotels of Sham Shui Po. Chinese-language sex magazines print reviews of individual prostitutes, and promote an ever-widening array of bizarre sexual practices. Even mainstream newspapers engage pimps as columnists. Business appears to be booming – but there are hungry newcomers to this underground economy. How do local prostitutes deal with the ruthless competition posed by an endless supply of girls from mainland China? To find out, Yeeshan Yang spent a year gaining the trust of the city’s sex workers, interviewing nearly 50 hookers, hostesses, toy boys, transsexual prostitutes, mama-sans and brothel owners. The result is an eye-opening book which shows the human side of sex for sale. Whispers and Moans contains tales of easy money, financial ruin and desperate love – and rare first-hand insights into Hong Kong’s huge but hidden sex industry.

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Utah May Soon Allow Residents to Sue the Porn Industry

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Cultural protectionism: how governments attempt to support their national music industry

Cultural protectionism: how governments attempt to support their national music industry


The music industry likes to stress that it currently encounters a deep crisis. While comparable industries could claim the same, the music industry has the advantage that music belongs to culture which is traditionally subsidised and protected by the national government. Therefore, the music industry tends to request either financial or legislativesupport from the government for solving its problems. National music policies have become common since the nineteen-seventies and each state takes a different approach and attaches different importance to supporting its national music industry (Wallis & Malm 1984: 217). This essay evaluates the issue whether governments are able to take effective measures to protect their music industries. Firstly, I will present the various methods that governments use to support the domestic music industry. Secondly, I will introduce case studies to show the measures being taken in different countries. After illustrating the extensive cultural policy in France, the employment of a radio quota is elucidated with the example of Canada. In addition, I will show how Germany makes stronger efforts towards a popular music policy and how countries try to promote their national music through export offices. Consequently, I will show how the European Union makes its first attempts to promote the music of its member states as a common culture in order to strengthen the EU music industry. Generally, this essay concentrates on analysing the popular music industry but it is interesting to note that government subsidies for classical music and the ‘high arts’ are on a much higher scale (Internet src: 8).

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So-called peak demand is a mind-bending scenario that global oil producers are debating and planning for in the decades ahead.
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Virgil Abloh, Tom Sachs on the Fashion Industry, Trump and Creative Processes

“Me in fashion is sort of a joke,” said Virgil Abloh, the founder of Off-White and Kanye West’s creative right-hand man. “I don’t take it that seriously.”
Abloh made the comment during the Apolis’ Speaking Series with Tom Sachs and Barneys New York’s creative ambassador Simon Doonan, who moderated the chat.
The talk, which took place at Apolis’ TriBeCa location, began with 20 rapid-fire questions covering everything from the underwear they wear — Abloh prefers Supreme black boxers while Sachs wears Zimmerli boxer briefs — to how they self-soothe — e-mails for Abloh and Amazon Prime for Sachs. But the discussion eventually moved into deeper territory when they expounded on their creative processes, their feelings about Trump and fashion in general. Here, the highlights.
On creating Off-White:
Virgil Abloh: For me it’s one big art project. And it’s these clothes and the things that I make that are just sort of a means to paint a bigger picture that fashion should have a brand that has someone behind it that cares about different context, different social things and different landscapes.
On hating fashion — but not really hating it:
Tom Sachs: I don’t know if I’m against fashion. I love the way Chanel looks on my wife.

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Trump’s Nafta Plan Would Confront Globalized Auto Industry

The tens of thousands of parts that make up a vehicle often come from multiple producers in different countries and travel back and forth across borders several times. President-elect Trump has vowed to renegotiate the 1994 trade pact.
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How To Make It In The Music Industry

How To Make It In The Music Industry


Making his name as a journalist, Q The Question formed SKE Records, the home of Trel Mack, while running his Q The Question Promotions firm. For the first time, Q The Question is sharing his knowledge and experience in the music industry for those who want to know. His book, “How To Make It In The Music Business: A Guide To Success As An Upstart Company” details his journey from being a college radio personality to amassing over 100,000 views within weeks on YouTube, to being one of the first publicists hired to promote Fetty Wap’s “Trap Queen” record.

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The One Simple Way Millennials are Changing the Wedding Industry

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As Honeyfund turns ten, I’m often being asked to talk about how wedding traditions have changed over the last decade. Perhaps the most impactful change has been a demographic one—this year more than ever, members of the millennial generation are starting to get married. And readers, let me tell you, they are changing everything.

In the spring of 2006 Honeyfund launched a niche wedding registry where less than 5% of couples were registering for a honeymoon, and crowdfunding wasn’t yet a word. Today more than 20% of US wedding couples register for their honeymoon (according to recent data from the XO Group). Even more are turning to Honeyfund as a universal registry solution, where wedding guests can crowdfund anything from a home down payment to a charity fund. After a ‘Shark Tank’ win in 2014 and investment from Kevin O’Leary, Honeyfund is now one the #1 universal wedding registry and one of the top seven wedding registries in the country.

Here’s what we know after ten years helping wedding couples make their dreams come true: For this generation, it’s all about simplicity.

The Simple Life
Today’s brides and grooms strongly believe the simple things are essential to enjoying life—for example, that positive experiences are far more important to a happy life than accumulating things. What’s more, their wedding guests of all generations continue to rave about the chance to give an once-in-a-lifetime experience to honor the young couple’s monumental occasion. From spending time in nearby nature to exploring the globe, a chance to simply “be” in the world appeals to this generation of wedding couples.

Simple Tools
When we started Honeyfund, our vision was to provide a pleasing and easy-to-use website where friends and family could contribute to a couple’s dream honeymoon. Today, we go further with pre-built honeymoon wish lists and easy-to-use universal registry tools. If our users want to add something from the web to your Honeyfund, they can do it with a few clicks of our simple browser tool. If they’ve also registered at another site, Honeyfund automatically matches registries from the nation’s top retail registries to couples’ pages, and seamlessly links givers out to those store registries to make a purchase. All the couple needs to do is click once to confirm. This year we launched the Honeyfund app, which brings the power of Honeyfund into the hands of our user, and allows them to set up and customize their honeyfund in a series of 1-2 minute tasks. As a tech provider, we work harder to make their lives easier.

Simply the Best – For Less
Today’s couple is looking to create a fun and unique wedding — on a realistic budget. Honeyfund’s current and future customers are well connected and engaged with each other via social media, and hence they know more than ever about throwing a fantastic wedding for less. With a quick Pinterest search they instantly know the best DIY flower arrangements, the top money-saving strategies, and the wedding trends that are hot, and not. They are skeptical of the ballooning costs of weddings and of the possibility of being manipulated into blowing their tighter budget. This makes them smart consumers—and thoughtful about aligning their values with those of the companies they do business with.

With their eye on great experiences, not things; because they demand simple tools to make the complex task of planning a wedding easy; and because they know more than ever, ,millennials will change the wedding game by spending less on their weddings. The average cost of a wedding in the US today is about $ 31,000—watch that decline with a Gen Y mindset taking over.

The Next 10 Years
As the founders of Honeyfund, my husband Josh and I strive to be our couple’s “friends in the wedding industry”—an easy-to-use honeymoon budget solution they can trust. In the coming months and years, we’ll be pushed to go further: culling our ten years of wedding-planning experience to offer more resources, expanding our relationships with national travel providers and retailers to save them real money through exclusive offers. And we’ll offer it as simply as we can with the goal to continue to make couples’ once-in-a-lifetime wedding and honeymoon dreams come true.

About Sara Margulis and Honeyfund

Sara Margulis is the CEO and co-founder of Honeyfund and sister-site Plumfund. She writes about wedding gift etiquette, crowd gifting, entrepreneurship and women in leadership roles, as well as inspirational topics like financial freedom, corporate social responsibility and work-life balance. Sara and her husband Josh founded Honeyfund in 2006 after their wedding guests contributed more than $ 5,000 toward their honeymoon to Fiji. The couple launched Plumfund in 2013, expanding Honeyfund’s crowd gifting technology beyond the wedding. Both sites offer 100 percent free options as well as the lowest third-party fees in the crowdfunding industry. With 10 years personal gifting and etiquette experience, Sara’s mission is to ensure that giving feels good.

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Gap Inc. Lines up 20,000-Square-Foot Photo and Design Studio in Industry City

GAPS TAKES A SHOT: Gap Inc. is the latest fashion brand to line up a location in Brooklyn’s sprawling Industry City, a 16-building, six million square-foot complex on the waterfront in Sunset Park.
The retailer has secured a 20,000-square-foot space for a photo and design studio. Creative types will shoot products and finesse marketing materials beneath 13-foot ceilings. The 10-year lease was finalized last month by CBRE Group’s Eric Deutsch and Jason Pollen working on behalf of the San Francisco-based chain and Industry City’s Jeff Fein. Gap executives did not respond immediately for comment Wednesday.
Gap will be joining such other tenants as Malia Mills, Material Wrld, The Line, West Elm, Design Within Reach, AbelCine, David Stark Design and Production and Ball & Buck. The new Gap studio is one of the larger deals of late. In December, Time Inc. moved 300 staffers in its technology, content solutions and editorial innovation departments to a 55,000-square-foot Industry City space. Biotech company Suneris is expanding into a 35,000-square-foot space in the complex.
Approaching its three-year anniversary as an innovative economic hub, Industry City has more than doubled the number of jobs there to 4,100 since its overhaul. The Belvedere Capital and Jamestown-owned property has leased

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Plunkett’s Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Almanac 2015

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Plunkett’s Airline, Hotel & Travel Industry Almanac is your complete guide to this fascinating industry. The exciting new reference book will give you access to the complete scope of the travel industry, including our famous analysis of major trends; market research; statistics and historical tables; airlines; hotel operators; entertainment destinations such as resorts and theme parks; tour operators; the largest travel agencies; e-commerce firms; cruise lines; casino hotels; car rental; train travel; and much, much more. It contains thousands of contacts for business and industry leaders, industry associations, Internet sites and other resources. We cover airline consolidation and discount airlines; travel and tourism trends in emerging markets such as India and China; and China’s rapid development of high speed passenger trains. This book also includes statistical tables, a travel industry glossary, industry contacts and thorough indexes. The corporate profile section includes our proprietary, in-depth profiles of over 330 leading companies worldwide in all facets of the travel industry, public and private. Purchasers will find a form in the book enabling them to register for 1-year, 1-seat online access to tools at Plunkett Research Online, including the ability to view the market research/industry trends section and industry statistics. You have access, at no additional charge, to the very latest data posted to Plunkett Research Online. Online tools enable you to search and view selected companies, and then export selected company contact data, including executive names. You’ll find a complete overview, industry analysis and market research report in one superb, value-priced package.

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This Is The Kind Of Bullsh*t You Face As A Woman In The Music Industry

With the help of women on Twitter, a music critic has shed light on an uglier aspect of the industry she works in.

Jessica Hopper, music and culture critic and senior editor at Pitchfork, sparked a conversation on Twitter when she asked women and “other marginalized folks” among her almost 28,000 followers when they first felt like they “didn’t ‘count'” in the music industry. 

What came after was a disturbing look at what women face in the industry as Twitter users shared their experiences of sexism and misogyny. Many who are musicians, journalists, photographers and crew members explained that they were often not taken seriously and frequently mistaken for groupies or girlfriends.

Others highlighted the crude comments and casual sexism they experienced on a daily basis.

The most unsettling examples of misogyny came from Twitter users who bravely spoke up about being sexually assaulted, and the troubling reactions they received afterwards. 

Though the majority of the responses highlighted sexism in the music and journalism industries, Hopper’s tweet also motivated others to share their experience with sexism in other fields and with racial stereotypes. Since receiving so much feedback, Hopper has shifted the conversation and asked women about their accomplishments in the music industry and other fields using the hashtag #WomenInMusic.

Considering the obstacles they overcame for these accomplishments, these women deserve a round of applause.

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This Is The Kind Of Bullsh*t You Face As A Woman In The Music Industry

With the help of women on Twitter, a music critic has shed light on an uglier aspect of the industry she works in.

Jessica Hopper, music and culture critic and senior editor at Pitchfork, sparked a conversation on Twitter when she asked women and “other marginalized folks” among her almost 28,000 followers when they first felt like they “didn’t ‘count'” in the music industry. 

What came after was a disturbing look at what women face in the industry as Twitter users shared their experiences of sexism and misogyny. Many who are musicians, journalists, photographers and crew members explained that they were often not taken seriously and frequently mistaken for groupies or girlfriends.

Others highlighted the crude comments and casual sexism they experienced on a daily basis.

The most unsettling examples of misogyny came from Twitter users who bravely spoke up about being sexually assaulted, and the troubling reactions they received afterwards. 

Though the majority of the responses highlighted sexism in the music and journalism industries, Hopper’s tweet also motivated others to share their experience with sexism in other fields and with racial stereotypes. Since receiving so much feedback, Hopper has shifted the conversation and asked women about their accomplishments in the music industry and other fields using the hashtag #WomenInMusic.

Considering the obstacles they overcame for these accomplishments, these women deserve a round of applause.

H/T Newsweek

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Maisie Williams Calls Out Sexism In The Entertainment Industry

Maisie Williams, of “Game of Thrones” and being a wise human fame, is unimpressed with the entertainment industry’s “hot piece” roles.

In a profile in the London Evening Standard, Williams opened up about inequality in parts for men and women actors:


There are a lot of roles that come in that are “the girlfriend” or “the hot piece” in a movie or TV series. That’s something I’ve seen first-hand and read all the time. It will say “Derek: intelligent, good with kids, funny, really good at this” and then it will say “Sandra: hot in a sort of cute way” — and that’s all you get. That’s the way your character is described, so going into an audition you are channelling “hot,” which isn’t like a person, that’s not who a person is. That’s what I see and that’s what needs to change. I’ve been lucky enough to play a very great female character from a young age, who is a fantastic role model for girls.

 

It’s the same phenomenon that has been called out by website someladyparts.com, which posts what are unfortunately extremely common sexist casting calls for women. A recent posting on the site reads: 


Seeking: ‘Perfect girl. 21-25. Strictly Blond. Tall. Model Look. topless on top of [male character] … No Nipples.’

 

Get it together, world.

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London Fashion Industry Favorite, Kids Company Charity, Set to Close

END OF AN ERA: Kids Company, the London charity that has long been a favorite of many a British fashion label, is set to close its doors on Wednesday after months of turmoil and the resignation of its chief executive Camila Batmanghelidjh, who founded the charity in 1996. The charity, whose aim was to help vulnerable, inner-city children, is closing over claims of financial mismanagement.
Labels including Fendi, Stella McCartney, Mulberry, Folli Follie and Matthew Williamson have all hosted events or collaborated with Kids Company in the past. Last year, Fendi organized an auction of its Peekaboo bags, designed by celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jerry Hall and Cara Delevingne, in aid of Kids Company. The event marked the opening of Fendi’s New Bond Street store.
In 2013, Paltrow and Williamson hosted a dinner in London to raise awareness for the charity, while in 2010 Stella McCartney hosted a Fashion’s Night Out event for the organization, showcasing creations by children that Kids Company supported. Folli Follie and Mulberry have both produced designs in collaboration with the organization.
Batmanghelidjh founded Kids Company in 1996, with the aim of supporting children, young people and families in need. Batmanghelidjh, who cuts a striking figure, with her

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6 Ways to Improve Your Career as an Artist in the Music Industry

I was walking down the aisle of our local grocery store focused heavily on the items on the shelves on either side while my wife strolled a few paces behind looking at our shopping list. My cell phone rang a familiar ring tone of a close industry friend. “Patrick, I need you to call this number when we hang up. Are you sitting down?”, he asked. I replied, “No. I’m in the grocery store.” He continued to share that Spencer would have a shot at being in a feature film if we could work out the logistics on short notice. Of course my jaw dropped as I tried to pantomime what I was hearing to my wife who was perplexed why I was stalling our evening excursion to talk on the phone. I held my phone out so she should see who was on the line and she waited for me to hang up so I could explain why I had a look of shock on my face. “I have to call the director of a film that starts shooting this coming weekend in Baton Rouge because they requested Spencer to have a cameo and perform one of the singles off his album. I have to call them now.”

My wife had an equal stunned look on her face as she watched me dial. “Aren’t you going to tell Spencer first?” I shook my head and simply replied, “Um, no.”

There it was. A two minute phone call and a 7-day notice to arrange a 15-hour drive to Baton Rouge to appear in a film. We didn’t even know the potential pay for such a thing, but learned it wasn’t bad for a day’s work. But the opportunity, exposure and networking this would create for Spencer was all worth the time and investment to do it.

The longer I am in the ocean called the music industry, the more I’m learning about the moving tides, the sharks, undercurrents, and the opportunities to catch a wave versus the stagnant areas of a lagoon or oxbow. I’ve watched artists get pulled under, swimming too fast and too far away from shore only to not have the energy or ability to make it back. I’ve seen those who are content to build castles by the water’s edge or splash around in the knee-deep tide pools near shore. I’ve also witnessed the giant luxury liners in deep waters who represent the major stars in the industry who have enough money to have a full crew navigate them through the choppy waves to connect with many shorelines throughout their career. As far as metaphors go, sorry to be so funny, but the music industry is simply a sink or swim reality. You have to keep moving either under your own power or using some device or vessel to assist you if you want to remain in the water.

The phone call was nothing I was mapping out or planning to pursue for Spencer. But when the call came, we had to be ready to adjust our current plans to ride a wave that may carry him somewhere beyond his current area of the ocean. Subconsciously, an artist should be prepared to do this. That leads to my first tip to improving your career as an artist.

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1) Practice Being A Contortionist
The difficulty of many artist’s lives is the most valuable resource you have, which is time. Many artists are chained to a regular job or some other life circumstance that makes it difficult to respond when opportunity presents itself. Being extremely flexible (contorting) is not meaning to never commit to anything in hopes of something better, but it’s more about knowing your goals so clearly that when the right opportunity presents itself, you are able to rearrange your life to accommodate. The more you network and meet people along your journey, the more likely one or more of them will call on you someday to participate in an opportunity they refer or have for you. Be prepared to respond to a sudden wave that presents itself.

2) Become A Mind Reader
If you are fully aware of your target fan base, you’ll be more able to focus your energies to meeting their wants and needs. Even though the artistic and creative side of music sometimes causes an artist to remain inward focused, the reality is that without your fan base, you are creating for an audience of one. Take time to connect with your fans through social media, live events, or arrange meet and greets when you can. Unfortunately, knowing who listens to your music isn’t the only goal of knowing your audience. The word KNOWING requires interaction, and that is where your personality and the human side of you can trigger a deeper connection. Taylor Swift is infamous because of how hard she has worked and continues to make personal connections with her fans. That process takes time and in the end it will build a stronger loyalty for your music and artistry.

3) Define Your Makeup
I’m not talking eye shadow here. I had a conversation with a 20 year music industry A&R veteran who shared a great piece of wisdom. He explained that an artist is both creative and entrepreneurial in their makeup. Some are more of an artist than entrepreneur and visa versa. So if you had to make a pie chart of your split, what would that look like? For example, if you find yourself enjoying creating music but also enjoy babysitting your cash flows, then you may have a 50/50 split. Some are 80 percent artist, only 20 percent entrepreneur. The essence of defining this has everything to do with how you spend your time most effectively. If you are more artistic driven, then you will need a team of support around you to handle the business on your behalf. This will mean you are likely going to rely on others to make sure your cash flows are happening. But the trade off is that while you are immersed in your world of creating, you’re paying others out of your income flow to handle the business. If you’re more like a 60/40 split, then that means you’ll have to allocate more time to watching the business side of your career and less time in the studio creating. It’s a very simple formula, but once you’ve been doing your career a while, it is likely an epiphany that could really help you. A great example is if you find yourself more driven as a creative artist split, then you’ll likely want to cozy up to a record label to handle everything else. This seems obvious, but many artists that do this end up regretting the bank balance down the line because the label’s is significantly more than their own. But when you take on the indie artist route so you can keep more of your pot of gold, then you also are the one having to finance everything. So either side has it’s benefits and unfortunate negatives.

4) Develop Your Role As A Politician
As much as you may not like politics, it’s real and not going anywhere. Every business that has any financial upside has politics. It’s naive to take on the attitude that you can avoid it, because either your own team or the people involved in a new opportunity are going to have a myriad of personalities to navigate. I’ve learned the hard way that the words I use in phone conversations, emails, or even texting can help or seriously hinder a relationship. How you interact with industry people, including fellow artists and managers, can seriously impact the path to reaching your goals. It’s a people-centric industry where relationships dictate everything. Knowing how to adjust your expectations and communication role to appeal to the audience you’re in front of (whether on stage or off) can seriously affect your future if you don’t practice flowing with the current that you’re around. There’s a time to go upstream in your career, but that’s usually after you’re well-established and have enough relationships to cash-in on your chosen position.

5) Become A Sprinter
There seems to always be a season of a music journey where the ground beneath you starts to shake and shift. It’s in those times you need to quickly move to solid ground to avoid losing what you’ve built. Usually this involves carefully defining those monuments and stable things around you that aren’t necessarily going anywhere. For Spencer, it has been his faith in God, his family and a few industry peers who have been through the same journey or on the journey with him. Having the ability to quickly rely on those stable places when your career or life are being jolted by circumstances, is essential. A lot of artists become jaded and isolate themselves or burn bridges so much that when troubled times happen, they have nowhere to run. Sometimes the stable people they thought they had, end up not being so stable. Or sometimes they relied too heavily on others to handle their career and when those people are no longer involved, they don’t know what to do. Perhaps the one stable person is you. You are absolutely able to control your own choices even when circumstances may seem that you have no choice. Every choice just has a consequence you have to live with, good or bad. Running quickly to a stable place can often times avoid disaster because you steered clear of certain doom.

6) Beware Of Getting Hooked
While I’m in the midst of a trivial “ocean” metaphor, why not discuss fishing. Most artists, at one time or another, are tempted by amazing lures that many industry related people throw in the water nearby. Some industry types use very attractive bait to gain your attention and it’s very easy to get excited about what is dangling in front of you. First off, the bait has a hook. It always does. As I’ve experienced, you’ll get tempted by bait hundreds of times when you’re starting out. Sometimes it’s logical to take a bite and see what happens. However, the majority of the time you’ll get reeled in… be taken into a place completely out of your environment… and, sadly, get examined for a while and then thrown back in the water. Just like a fisherman, you go to the water with a bucket full of bait and keep fishing until you find the big catch you’re looking for. These industry people are fishing 24/7 and will catch and throw back many artists before they decide to keep a few. As a potential fish, just keep in mind that you should be particular about shiny objects trolling your water and equally be aware that if you decide to put yourself in a new and larger body of water, the bait gets more sophisticated.

While there’s never an immediate knowing of how a decision can impact your career, the longer you’re in the business, the more you learn about how to navigate choices toward hopeful results.

Spencer showed up on the movie set and within 24 hours of hearing the director declare a wrap on the scene and day of filming, Spencer was lying in his bed back at home. The picture of a music career is more of a puzzle being assembled where the shape and quantity of pieces lying in your view over time aren’t always understood at first glance, but as they are assembled, it becomes more obvious how they all interconnect.

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Plunkett’s Apparel & Textiles Industry Almanac 2010

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Will Photo Sharing Change the Wedding Industry

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I often say that I’m glad I got married before I knew anything about weddings and that I hope I stop working with weddings long before my kids get married.

I got married in 2002 having only looked at a handful of wedding magazines. Through a strange twist of fate, a few years later I was part of the wedding world, writing about weddings, giving out wedding advice, and working with wedding vendors to help them grow their business. If I’d known what I later learned about weddings when I was planning my own, I might have been paralyzed by the sheer amount of information available.

Earlier this year, I wrote what I assumed would be my last wedding article. After seven years of writing about weddings, I thought I had said everything I could say. As I’ve said here before, there’s really nothing new and unique about weddings.

Shortly after handing in the article, a friend invited me to be her “plus one” at the wedding of a mutual friend.

I was excited to go to the wedding as a guest, with no ulterior motive, no need to take notes and think about work! Before I even arrived at the wedding I downloaded the photo sharing app the couple was using.

Wedding photo sharing apps have been around for some time, but I generally stick to the social networks for sharing my photos. However, in the spirit of trying new things, I decided to download their app. I had a mixed reaction. I was unsure about the privacy settings and found it difficult to see so many photos of/from people I didn’t know throughout the evening.

Also, after so many years of working with wedding photographers, small independent business owners who rely on referrals and word of mouth for their next clients, I couldn’t help wonder how photo sharing might be changing their business.

I had to admit, I did like the immediacy and intimacy of using the app. I hadn’t been at the pre-wedding parties, but I loved seeing the photos from them. There were some inside jokes from those events mentioned at the wedding, and being able to see the pre-wedding events made me feel like I knew what was going on.

Ironically, a few days after the wedding I got a call from a former colleague now working with Snapshots, a new wedding photo sharing app. She told me what they did, which she described as “an all-in-one photography platform that brings photographers, event vendors, clients, and guests, all together.” It’s like a private cloud for the wedding where every photo, taken by the pros and the guests, gets captured. I realized that Snapshots addressed the exact concern I had for how all this guest photo-sharing was affecting professional photographers. Snapshots benefits couples because now they don’t have to go chasing down friends’ photos and hashtags, and they get to see some of their photographer’s photos right away instead of waiting weeks or months for proofs.

Full disclosure, my former colleague was calling in part to see if I might consider working with Snapshots. So, suddenly, I’m back to thinking about working with weddings again. One of the things I never liked was the way wedding blogs seem to set couples and vendors against each other. So many articles are written as though all couples are cheap and all vendors are trying to cheat them. Truth be told, there is a lot of both in the wedding industry, but what if professionals and money saving changes could work together? Contrary to my previous statement, would that be something new in the world of weddings?

Rather than cutting the photographer out of the process, or making couples and guests feel like they’re sneaking around the professional photographer, Snapshots puts the professional photographer front and center. Photographers set the app up for couples so that everyone can share their photos, giving couples one less thing to do. Snapshots becomes the way that photographers and their clients interact with the proofs after the event.

Since going to the wedding and talking to my friend I find myself thinking about a photo from my own wedding. A photo a guest took with one of those disposable cameras we put on the tables back in the “old” days. The photo is of a friend who is no longer with us, he is holding a drink and smiling broadly.

Our photographer wasn’t crazy about the disposable cameras, he didn’t want to have people in the way taking photos he was trying to take, but that silly snapshot is every bit as important to me as the framed photo of my husband and I kissing that the photographer took. A photographer can’t be everywhere at once, and he never would have gotten that random shot of our friend. With the photo sharing apps available now, today’s couples really don’t have to worry about missing a moment like that.

So maybe I was wrong, maybe there is something new in the wedding world. Maybe it wouldn’t hurt for me to do a little work writing about weddings and wedding photos. After all, by the time my child gets around to wedding planning the newest photo sharing apps will probably be implanted in our brains.

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How to Market Yourself in the Music Industry

I’m a hypocrite. At least I think I may be.

I’ve spent the better part of 30 years in sales and marketing and actually own a marketing company. Yet, I find myself annoyed by commercials and blatant brand marketing campaigns. Perhaps being an insider in the game of marketing has tainted my objectivity and sense of appreciation for the cleverness of it all. But in the end, I fast-forward through commercials on my DVR and find product placements in TV shows and movies to be a bit tacky. I have often asked myself if I have ever really been influenced to make a purchase based on advertising.

The simple answer has to be, “Yes”.

My subconscious awareness of a brand or product puzzles me. I’ve responded to discounts or low price offers in advertisements when it involves a product I’m already interested in buying, usually a commodity like food. But if I’m not already looking for or seeking a product or service, advertising just glosses right past me. At least that’s what I rationalize.

Having said that, I do appreciate clever creative advertising. Watching the Super Bowl for the best commercials is like a holiday event. So I can admit that I am at least marginally affected by advertising.

In the entertainment business, it’s all about advertising and promotion. In fact, the industry doesn’t exist or renew apart from P & A (promotion and advertising).

An artist, actor, model, or perhaps anyone in the public eye will typically need to manage their brand and image with the public and industry. It’s part of the process. It just is.

When I consider all the ways advertisers use to promote their product, service or cause, I am overwhelmed by the conditioning we, a free market society, have been subjected to over the past 100 years or so. Think about it. Nearly everything we experience each day has some promotion or advertising connected with it. Even the most human characteristic has a form of promotion. The outfit we choose to wear, how we do our hair, the personal hygiene products we use are all simply ways we tell the world who we are in the most basic way.

In the music industry, everything an artist does, says, looks like, sounds like, etc. is a direct or indirect form of advertising. The exception being that in the entertainment industry, it is advertising on steroids. It is an industry based on the senses and emotion. Promoting an artist involves engaging the potential consumer with a sensual or intellectual appeal. Guys like me in marketing understand this nuance and we do our best to enter the psyche of the targeted consumer to create a campaign that will attract them to the product, service or cause we assist promoting.

The hardest part of advertising is knowing how to calculate investment of funds and other resources (like time, creativity, etc) versus the measurement of the payback. For business newbies, the term is called ROI, Return On Investment. The magic or silver bullet in marketing is to find the best ROI campaign.

Measuring ROI in the music business can be difficult. Some would look for direct financial returns as the best measurement. Record labels, especially, are concerned about ROI because they function more like a bank now than in the past. They are looking for their investment to make a return in literal revenues. But as a new artist trying to make your way, some marketing investments won’t have a financial ROI, but more of a branding ROI. What this means is that you are investing in spreading your name, talent and creativity to as many people as possible. You’re selling yourself, not just your CD or downloadable music, or concert tickets, or merchandise. A branding campaign is likely the most expensive and most difficult one of all because it doesn’t have a direct measurable ROI at first.

There have been many gigs, media interviews, songs, TV appearances, or just meet and greets that Spencer Kane (my 18 year old artist / actor son) has done the past three years that give him public visibility, but there has been no financial upside in the short term. It’s all been part of the branding campaign. Even having a sponsor for shoes and clothes has often been simply a branding campaign for the sponsor and Spencer at the same time. There’s no real financial upside to it.

One of the more frustrating parts of P&A in the music business involves touring and live events. There’s not really an easy formula for how to fill seats at a venue when you’re just starting out. There’s the whole friends and family angle when you’re just an infant in the process, but that gets old. Promoting your music and brand well enough to get a consumer to pay for a ticket to see you live is simply difficult. There’s no short cut, no secret method. There’s always co-branding where you attach yourself to an existing product or brand that the public already knows (think being an opener for a major headliner), but even that can cost money for a new artist (pay-to-play).

Refining your approach to marketing in the music industry is an ever evolving process. What works for one season, may not work the next. Redefining your image and brand may involve new music styles, new wardrobe or appearance, or even migrating to a different area in the entertainment business. Madonna has always inspired me regarding her ability to reinvent herself for different seasons and audiences. She is still Madonna, but somehow creates a new sound, image, or controversy to get the public to pay attention. Miley Cyrus does it all the time. It’s the nature of the industry.

People’s attention span, especially teens, only lasts so long. The “flavor of the day” mindset is very realistic for younger audiences. However, once they attach their emotions to that flavor, it stays with them for years. I recall my personal emotional tie to songs and bands from my youth. That is why the entertainment industry is so built around youth. It’s the ability to connect emotionally and sensually with your audience that creates business. This is fact.

So here’s a few quick tips about how to market yourself and measure the ROI to some degree.

1) PERFORM LIVE OFTEN

Sadly, with the advent of the internet age, artists think churning out mix-tapes or youtube videos is going to give them their big break. They offer free music for download in an effort to build their brand. While offering “samples” of the product is smart, giving away your product long-term just looks desparate. It creates the image that you don’t value your brand. Beyond that, it’s eventually costing a lot of resources that could be spent elsewhere. Once an artist has a lot of product built up, they need to focus on giving the public a live experience of the product. This is important because it does many things for your career. It helps you learn how to respond to audiences, but also allows audiences to experience more than just the music of an artist. It’s a way to build an emotional connection that is deeper than the melody or lyrics. You’re investing in your brand and building fans that will ultimately pay for your music. Sadly, social media fans don’t easily convert to buyers of your product because they have been trained to expect everything for free. When you’re trying to build a career and earn a living, free doesn’t cut it. So taking every opportunity to perform will eventually create an ROI of product sales in merch at the event or new music you release later on. Performing live may involve a lot of free shows, non-paying gigs, travel expenses, and even some pay-to-play performances. The investment may be costly up front, but it will pay off down the road in revenues.

2) SOCIAL MEDIA

Not to contradict myself, but social media does have a ROI. The investment is the babysitting of posting and upload of content, responding to fans and engaging with them, and the managing of multiple platforms and software. Hiring a social media manager may escalate the ROI, but also may cost you finances to do. The viral effects of social media are proven when the right content or post is made available. But it is important to know that it is more a marketing tool of necessity than one of financial return. It builds a long-term snapshot of the artist and their life, which will give new converts a chance to get to know the artist and their music in short order. The ROI is usually the initial exposure of your music to new fans who may eventually come see you in concert or pay for your music.

3) IMAGING

Please take the time to hire a professional photographer, graphic designer, web developer, producer for music, etc. Many artists fail to realize that their image goes beyond the music they create. It is their wardrobe, the photos they post online, the album artwork, the press photos they furnish, the music videos they create, and even their merch booth display. For a few hundred dollars, for example, you can create a very visually stimulating merch booth at a live venue. It will easily impress fans and even industry folks who attend that you’re serious about your career. Many think spending $ 100 on home printed paper CD label will save them money, but it may be costing them. Take the same $ 100 and spend it on a 5 or 8 foot banner. That visual will attract people to stop by your booth. This is especially true when performing at a large festival where you’re not alone as an artist. A good photographer can be found about anywhere nowadays. Camera gear is relatively inexpensive. Even phones have great cameras. It’s the little things you do with your image in marketing materials that make a good ROI.

4) CO-BRANDING

I mentioned this before, but any chance you get to be a feature on an established artist’s project, or have them featured on yours is brilliant marketing. Appearing at an event with an established brand is also important. This may seem basic, but it is important. The real challenge is that established artists don’t like having parasites around. They don’t want to use their fame and popularity to give you a freebie. Most will want some investment from you in exchange. Don’t be offended. They have spent years and resources building their brand. Imagine being a wannabe chef and asking a national restaurant if you can offer your gourmet recipe to their clients and potentially taking away orders from their own menu. This is the reality of co-branding. It costs money most times but the ROI can be instant popularity. Just listen to radio. Rihanna has done something no other artist has done in history. She has more number one songs on Billboard than anyone. She hasn’t done so alone, she has co-branded the majority of them by being featured or having a proven artist featured on her project. It has created a successful business ROI for her career.

5) PRESS RELEASE

It may seem trivial, but the power of a press release as it relates to marketing is very important. Having media tell your pre-planned news story can be very helpful. Writing a press release properly is very important and paying someone to do that can make a difference in first impressions with the media. You may not have the ability to craft words together or may think you’re a lyrical assassin with words, but having a professional press release writer tell your story is an important investment. Many can also help distribute the press release to the right outlets to cover your story. Sadly, the local newspaper only builds local awareness, and in the music industry, you need to have a regional impact to build serious momentum. The ROI isn’t an immediate financial one in most cases, but more of a brand awareness and can really build strong alliances with media outlets that will likely want to follow your progress over time.

Even though marketing (P&A) is essential, be careful not to get caught up in investing so much in P&A that you lose sight of measuring the ROI. At some point you will look at your bank account and music sales and scratch your head wondering why it isn’t what you expected. Being careful in your investment of P&A and deliberate about measuring the ROI along the way will help you prevent going bankrupt in resources or emotion. The other balance to this is to avoid believing your own P&A and ignoring the reality that your brand or music may just not be desirable by the masses and it may be time to pack it in and focus on another way to earn a living. Sad reality, but one that can save you and those around you some frustration.

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John Oliver Calls Out Sugar Industry, Demands They #ShowUsYourPeanuts

How much sugar are you eating? Odds are you don’t know, and as John Oliver pointed out Sunday on “Last Week Tonight,” it’s because food makers are doing their best to make sure you never find out.

For example, most cranberry products are packed with sugar, and for good reason.

“Cranberries are, I think we can all agree, nature’s most disgusting berry. Cranberries taste like cherries who hate you,” Oliver said. “Cranberries taste like what a raspberry drinks before its colonoscopy — and the industry knows it.”

That, he said, is why even cranberry companies are fighting against adding labels that would disclose added sugars.

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It’s not just the cranberry industry, either. Most food and beverage makers are fighting the proposed inclusion of an added sugars label on food packages. And, if there is a label, they don’t want sugars listed in teaspoons. They want it in grams, which Oliver says is because no one knows what a gram is.

So he’s offering a better solution.

“We are proposing, in the spirit of Halloween, that product manufacturers express their sugar content in the form of candy,” Oliver said. “Specifically, circus peanuts, the most disgusting of all the candies. They taste like an elephant ejaculated into a packet of Splenda.”

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Oliver called on viewers to support this idea by tweeting food makers with the hashtag #ShowUsYourPeanuts.
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A Prisoner of the Balloon Industry

A Prisoner of the Balloon Industry


A ghost story told in first person (“Apparition”), a baby shower with adult themes (“God of This World”), a horrific tale of jealousy and violence based on real events (“Gun”), youthful romance and the loss of innocence (“Cassie”) and a bawdy revisiting of Frank Capra’s Bedford Falls and George Bailey ten years later (“Life’s a Wonderful It”) are just a few of the stories suggesting the range of themes and genres explored in this slim volume. “Lazy Man’s Load” evokes the joys and trauma of father-son relationships, family and failure. “Tzytzyan Ysalane,” excerpted from the author’s novel Crash Dummies, won first prize for prose fiction at Chicago’s Printers Row Book Fair in 2004. The fractal motif of “Mandelbrot 7” (Beautiful Lies) puts the excitement, excesses and fallout of that justly famous and formative decade under the microscope (“Tales of the Sixties”). The title story with which the book ends is an interior monologue in the form of a letter, a reverie on time, love and artistic devotion.

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International Strategies of the Food Retail Industry

International Strategies of the Food Retail Industry


Bachelor Thesis from the year 2008 in the subject Business economics – Trade and Distribution, grade: 1, European Business School London / Regent’s College, language: English, abstract: This research is concerned with the evaluation of factors that contribute towards sustainable competitive advantage in the food retail sector in China. Increasing globalisation encounters problems to market particularities from the macro and micro point of view. This research emphasises on the evaluation of political, economical, social, technological, ecological, and legal factors, the market attractiveness based on the bargaining powers of buyers and suppliers, the transformation of resources into capabilities, and the creation of value along the supply chain of key international market players. The research is undertaken on the bases of cutting edge literature, articles, and journals. It is enriched by the use of primary research in the form of an interview with the general manager of Metro Cash & Carry, the world’s largest self service food and non food retailer. Contemporary studies have been conducted through online sources. The contributing factors for a successful strategic alignment in China are economies of scale and scope. This has been gathered from the analysis and encompasses t the product range and the store format adaptability and excellent procurement logistics with regards to strong supplier relationship management. The store format adaptability arises from excellent local supplier relationship for optimized product fit. The implications of this research derive recommendations in the area of quality and freshness of product assortment, excellent global procurement logistics, political negotiation powers, and organic growth for sustainable competitive advantage for future expansion.

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‘Hard Out Here’: Lily Allen Skewers the Music Industry

If the past few months in the music industry have left you demoralized — what with the white supremacist capitalist patriarchy and all — Lily Allen might make you feel better, emphasis on might. Her single, with the sarcastic refrain “It’s hard out here for a bitch,” satirizes all of it and takes some ugly missteps along the way. In doing so, she reinvigorates an important conversation about satire, race politics, and feminism.

1. Surrounding herself with twerking black women, she makes a reference to Miley Cyrus’ use of women of color as props in her VMA appearance:


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2. She points to the extreme standards of beauty for pop stars, singing the lyrics “You should probably lose some weight/’Cause we can’t see your bones” and beginning the video in surgery alongside a discussion about her “terrifying” post-baby body:


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3. She refers to the “rape-y” lyrics of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” singing:

Don’t you want to have somebody who objectifies you?
Have you thought about your butt?
Who’s gonna tear it in two?

This is a retort to Thicke’s line, “I’ll give you something to tear your ass in two.”

4. She refers to the Sinead O’Connor/Amanda Palmer debate about whether women in the music industry have agency. Breaking the fourth wall, the video features a middle-aged, white male executive in a suit telling her to treat a banana like a penis and showing her and her dancers how to twerk.

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5. Finally, she goes after materialism and product placement:

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Her final lines:

Inequality promises that it’s here to stay
Always trust in justice ’cause it’s not goin’ away

What to Make of It All?

Not everyone is loving this video. Some are arguing that she is using her race and class privilege to take advantage of the debate; her use of women of color as props, for example, is no different than Cyrus’. Even if the frame is satire, the visual is the same.

Some of her lyrics mock rap and hip hop generally, making it a racialized scapegoat for everything that’s wrong in the world, which happens. She sings, “I won’t be bragging about my cars/Or talking about my chains.” In one scene she washes rims surrounded by champagne, in another she mocks the car culture associated with hip hop.

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Even if her satire were straight on, there’s always the risk that people won’t get it, despite the fact that she refers to it directly. This is a serious risk as indicated by the fact that a significant proportion of politically conservative viewers of The Colbert Report don’ t know he’s kidding.

I’ll be interested to see the conversation about the song and video as it plays out. In the meantime, I’m pleased for the reminder that the music industry isn’t monolithic.

First, there are people in the industry that object to racism, sexism, and materialism: Lily Allen, I think, but also likely many of the people who worked with her to make this song and video happen.

Second, there’s money in fighting back. This highly produced single and video would not be here if executives didn’t think it would be profitable. They think there are people out there who are sick of exploitation in the music industry… and they’re right.

Alternatively, this is just a modified version of the same exploitation that Cyrus is guilty of: a feminism that serves white women well, but continues to marginalize women of color.

Watch the video here:

For more writing by Lisa Wade visit thesocietypages.org/socimages/author/lisa/.

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1992 Census of Manufactures. Industry Series. Women’s and Children’s Underwear, Headwear, Children’s Outerwear, Industries 2341, 2342, 2353

1992 Census of Manufactures. Industry Series. Women’s and Children’s Underwear, Headwear, Children’s Outerwear, Industries 2341, 2342, 2353


New – Original publisher: Washington DC: U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Economics and Statistics Administration, Bureau of the Census: For sale by Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., [1995] LC Number: HD9724 .C46 1992 I-23C OCLC Number: (OCoLC)32887942 Subject: Women’s clothing industry — United States — Statistics. Excerpt: …JOBNAME: No Job Name PAGE: 2 SESS: 3 OUTPUT: Fri Apr 14 07: 27: 14 1995 / pssw02 / disk2 / economic / mc92i / 23c / 07txtsum and primary products shipped by establishments in this ga

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Plunkett’s Apparel & Textiles Industry Almanac 2011

Plunkett’s Apparel & Textiles Industry Almanac 2011


The apparel and textiles industry is one of the industries most affected by globalization, and involves complex relationships that are constantly evolving. This carefully-researched book covers exciting trends in apparel and textile supply chains; manufacturing; design; women’s, men’s and children’s fashions; shoes; accessories; retailing; trade; distribution; technologies; and smart fabrics. It includes a thorough market analysis as well as our highly respected trends analysis. It also includes thousands of contacts for business and industry leaders, industry associations, Internet sites and other resources. In addition, this book features extensive statistical tables, an industry glossary and thorough indexes. We are careful to detail the latest developments in global trade agreements, third party logistics and retail chain stores, along with important news from China and other emerging nations. The corporate profiles section of the book includes our proprietary, in-depth profiles of the 350 leading companies in all facets of the apparel and textiles industry. Major retailers, distributors, manufacturers and designers are covered thoroughly. Purchasers will find a form in the book enabling them to register for 1-year, 1-seat online access to tools at Plunkett Research Online, including the ability to view the market research/industry trends section and industry statistics. You have access, at no additional charge, to the very latest data posted to Plunkett Research Online. Online tools enable you to search and view selected companies, and then export selected company contact data, including executive names. You’ll find a complete overview, industry analysis and market research report in one superb, value-priced package.

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