Articles Around the Web - January 2021 (Live Feed) - Benjamin Bellwether

Articles Around the Web – January 2021 (Live Feed)

A Bellwether Insight

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Here are a few of our favorite articles from around the web. We will continue to update for the month, so make sure to check back and see what else is happening out there.

Can the ‘Sex and the City’ Reboot Keep Up with Fashion’s Woke Evolution?

It’s been nearly 20 years since Carrie Bradshaw, the protagonist and narrator of the HBO series “Sex and the City,” (SATC) described her penchant for wearing “ghetto gold” to her three equally white girlfriends at brunch as “fun”-not the aesthetic that she envisioned for her engagement ring.

BlackRock Chief Pushes a Big New Climate Goal for the Corporate World

Larry Fink is using his firm’s huge influence to pressure companies to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. A year ago this month, the BlackRock chief Laurence D. Fink wrote a letter to the world’s C.E.O.s with an urgent message: Climate change will be “a defining factor in companies’ long-term prospects.”

Infographic: The Oceans Are Getting Warmer

Annual average temperatures of the oceans’ surfaces have been diverging from the 20th century (1900-1999) average more and more since the 1980s. In 2020, global ocean surface temperatures were 0.76 degrees Celsius higher than that century’s average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

What 6 charts say about the pandemic’s impact on retail

While it’s technically a new year, retailers face many of the same challenges they tackled in the previous one. The pandemic, though missing the element of surprise it had in 2020, is still a critical factor. The vaccine progress provides a proverbial light at the end of the tunnel for retailers, but it doesn’t do away with any of the near-term hurdles they face.

What Fashion Wants From a Biden Presidency

It was the White House that catapulted Prabal Gurung’s label into mainstream American fashion, just shy of a decade ago. First Lady Michelle Obama had worn a twill dress from his Spring 2010 collection to an event at the National Museum of American History.

Closed Prepares to Launch Degradable Stretch

What happens to a jean at the end of its life is front and center in Closed ‘s capsule collection launching in February. The German denim brand teamed with its long-time supplier and collaborator Italian denim mill Candiani to develop a line of completely degradable garments made of stretch denim.

Fashion is NOT the 2nd Most Polluting Industry After Oil. But What Is It?

Oh, journalistic hubris. I had it bad after I published on Racked what I hoped would be the death blow to the oft-cited factoid that “fashion is the second most polluting industry in the planet.” I found no basis for this fact, no research, no compilation of data.

Moved by the Pandemic, Designers Put Sustainability Front and Center in Spring Collections

2020 was chock full of debates over how fashion and the concept of fashion week would change in a post-pandemic world. Conversations about the impending new world began as early as February-a whirlwind time that saw the usual vital energy of Fall/Winter 20-21 Milan and Paris fashion weeks eclipsed by growing fear and uncertainty about Covid-19.

Infographic: Earth is Heating Up

Data from NASA shows the Earth gradually heating up since the late 19th century. Since the year 2000, this trend seems to have accelerated as shown in the visualization of the data released. December 2020 was just 1.34° C colder than the average month recorded on Earth since 1880.

Year Ahead: Bankruptcy Guru on What Fashion SMBs Need to Know

With new coronavirus cases on the rise daily heading into 2021, one concern for struggling small- to mid-size fashion firms and retailers is what tools do smaller businesses have at their disposal to get past the next hurdle as vaccines begin to get rolled out to the general public.

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