99dresses introduces iOS app
New York – 99dresses is introducing a mobile iOS app. 99dresses offers a virtual “clothes swap party” where women list unwanted fashion items and receive virtual “buttons” they can use to claim apparel items listed by other customers. The item listed is then emailed a prepaid USPS shipping label.
"You can receive a dress, wear it to your friend’s birthday party or wedding, and then re-list it in two seconds and immediately earn buttons to spend on something new," said Nikki Durkin, founder and CEO of 99dresses. “99dresses is offering a sustainable way to shop guilt-free through collaborative consumption. Members of the 99dresses community can raid the closets of women all across America and have access to thousands of apparel items from brands ranging from Zara and Topshop to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alice + Olivia. My overall vision is to create a platform where millions of women can come together to refresh their closets and get their shopping fix without needing to spend thousands of dollars.”
West Elm will spend $35 million on handmade crafts
Brooklyn, N.Y. — Home furnishings retailer West Elm today announced its 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action with a purchasing plan of $35 million in handcrafted products through 2015, a 40% increase in spend during the next two years. West Elm, a member of the Williams-Sonoma, Inc. portfolio of brands, also pledged to make and source these products from businesses adhering to high social responsibility, health and safety standards, meeting local laws, best industry practices and the brand’s vendor code of conduct.
“West Elm has achieved 14 consecutive quarters of double-digit comparable brand revenue growth by listening to our customers, and our CGI Commitment to Action reflects our customers’ passion for handcrafted products, as well as their growing concern for the preservation of cultural heritage and the safety of the hands behind the work,” said West Elm president Jim Brett.
Target debuts C9 by Champion collection
Following the lead of specialty retailers such as Lululemon and Athletica, Target has unveiled an exclusive collection of fashion-forward lifestyle apparel for men, women and children — C9 by Champion — just in time for the fall and holiday season.
Sister publication HellaWella was on hand for the unveiling at one of retailer’s New York City locations. Inspired by high-end brands Lululemon and Athleta, but with cheaper price points (nothing is more than $80), C9 has stepped up its game. This "fashion meets fitness" collection boasts more attention to detail — like ruched capris and cowl neck tops — with bright colors and layers galore. Now you can buy a great-looking workout outfit and not be ashamed to meet your friends afterward for lunch.
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