We saw Jordan Brand release the Air Jordan 12 Michigan during the Summer of 2018 and now it looks like the brand will debut the ‘Michigan Home’ edition during Fall 2019.
Coming dressed in a White, Amarillo, Metallic Gold and Midnight Navy color combination. Currently images have yet to leak of this Air Jordan 12, however it appears they will feature a Michigan Wolverines color scheme. Its possible that this release could not have any ties with the school, but more details will be on the way.
Air Jordan 12 Michigan Home White Amarillo Navy Release Date
Expect the Air Jordan 12 ‘Michigan Home’ to release at select Jordan Brand retailers and online at Nike.com during the Fall 2019 season. Retail price is set at $190. Once we have more info we will make sure to update you.
Air Jordan 12 Color: White/Amarillo-Metallic Gold-Midnight Navy Release Date: Fall 2019 Style Number: 130690-147 Price: $190
Update 9/14: With a release expected to take place in October, the ‘Michigan’ Air Jordan 12 is either scrapped or pushed back. Once additional information is available we will make sure to update.
Note: Images of the ‘Michigan Home’ Air Jordan 12 is a photoshop representing what the release could look like.
Nike Sportswear is set to launch a new Little Posite One which features graffiti like print.
This Nike Little Posite One comes dressed in a Wolf Grey, University Gold and Black color combination. Highlighted with Grey across the Foamposite shell while Black leather lands on the eyestay and heel. In addition we have Blue on the Swoosh and heel tabs while Golf lands on the 1 Cent branding. Other details includes graffiti style Nike text on the carbon fiber plate and across the liner.
Nike Little Posite One Graffiti Release Details
You can expect the Nike Little Posite One ‘Graffiti’ to release at select retailers including online at Nike.com on October 18th. Retail price is set at $180. Below you can check out more images which will give you a closer look.
Nike Little Posite One Color: Wolf Grey/University Gold-Black Release Date: October 18, 2019 Style Number: 644791-009 Price: $180
Recently we showcased Kevin Durant’s upcoming collaboration with YouTube and now we have a new KD 12 releasing that comes highlighted in ‘Blue Gaze’.
Looking closer this Nike KD 12 features a Blue Gaze, Photo Blue and Blue Tint color combination. Highlighted with a Teal translucent upper while a darker shade of Blue lands on the base and Swoosh logos on the panels. White hits the liner and midsole, Grey runs across the tongue while a Teal translucent outsole completes the look.
Nike KD 12 Blue Gaze Release Details
You can expect the Nike KD 12 ‘Blue Gaze’ to release at select retailers and online at Nike.com on November 1st. Retail price is set at $150. Continue to scroll below to check out more images which will give you a closer look.
Nike KD 12 Color: Blue Gaze/Photo Blue-Blue Tint Release Date: November 1, 2019 Style Number: AR4229-400 Price: $150
This year, as well as in 2020 we will see more color options of the Yeezy Boost 700 release and one that we have showcased is the ‘MNVM’ iteration.
This adidas Yeezy Boost 700 features a Orange throughout. Although images have yet to leak, the MNVN shade of Orange covers the upper and lands on the mesh, suede overlays and leather. Other details includes 3M Reflective accents and a Cream shade on the rubber outsole which finishes the look.
adidas Yeezy Boost 700 MNVN Release Details
Expect the adidas Yeezy Boost 700 ‘MNVN’ to release at select retailers and online at adidas.com during Fall/Winter late or early 2020.
South Beach vibes land on the Nike Air Max 270. Shown above, this new colorway of the model comes dressed in a Pure Platinum/Pink Blast-Aurora-White color scheme.
Said to be a women’s-exclusive colorway of the model, this Nike Air Max 270 features a Platinum Grey upper complimented by the White on the Swoosh logos and midsole as well as the Pink and Teal accents on areas such as the laces, insoles, Air unit and part of the outsole.
Out now, find the Nike WMNS Air Max 270 at select retailers and Nike.com for the retail price of $150.
Typically covered in mesh, nubuck, and leather, adidas switches things up on the adidas Ozweego for the Fall as we take a look at two new colorways that take on a #CozyBoys look.
Coming in two different color options of Clear Brown and Clear Granite, the three stripes ditches the array of materials on the upper and gets hit with a full neoprene construction. Even though the upper is now composed of only one material, adidas did a good job of hitting the shoe with raised areas and folds/crevices that allow us to distinguish the different components of the sneaker. Slightly contrasting rubber midsoles and black rubber outsoles cap off the look on these two new colorways of the adidas Ozweego that are available now at select adidas retailers and online for $140.
Next up for the Nike Shox R4 is this clean colorway done in a Black and Royal color scheme. The Shox-equipped model comes dressed in a Black synthetic molded upper paired up with the mesh on the tongues. Royal detailing can be found on the embroidered Swoosh logos the tongue, lining, toe, parts of the heel and the Shox unit on the sole.
Out now, find the Nike Shox R4 Black Game Royal at select retailers such as Jimmy Jazz for the retail price of $140.
The Nike Air Force 1 Low undergoes a bold and luxe makeover courtesy of this Yellow Snakeskin print placed on the upper. Shown above, this iteration of the Air Force 1 Low starts off with a Yellow textured snakeskin print noted on the toe, side panels, and heels. Even more Yellow (without the textured snakeskin print) can be found on the suede overlays. Hits of Tan leather are spotted on the tongue tag and heel tabs, while Black hits take care of all the branding hits. Yellow laces and a White rubber sole round out the main features of the shoe.
You feeling these? Look for the Nike Air Force 1 Low Yellow Snakeskin to release very soon at select retailers and Nike.com.
Reebok is joining forces with Tokyo-based brand BlackEyePatch as the two brands have cooked up a collaborative colorway of the Reebok Daytona DMX II.
The BlackEyePatch x Reebok Daytona DMX II takes on a Black, Vita Blue, and Silver Metallic color scheme as the shoe takes on a black base that is then overlayed with white textile mesh. Metallic Silver leather overlays add a striking appearance to the shoe with debossed branding on the lateral mudguard, Reebok branding on the tongues, Japanese kanji on the heel, a black midsole, and a translucent rubber outsole finishing things off.
You’ll be able to get your hands on the BlackEyePatch x Reebok Daytona DMX II at select Reenok retailers on October 18th for $120.
Nike just unveiled their newest model dubbed the Nike Ghoswift. Said to be a part of Nike’s D/MS/X collection, the Nike Ghoswift is influenced by early ’90s London rave culture.
This first colorway of the model comes dressed in a White, Black, and Dynamic Yellow color scheme. Standout details on the shoe include the sleek race lines and its all-over puff-print that nods to the artwork of dance posters for added texture and depth. Below you will find a soft foam used for the sole that manages to flow effortlessly on to the upper for a perfect match.
Out now, find the Nike Ghoswift on Nike.com for the retail price of $100.
Fall vibes are very evident on this new colorway of the Converse Chuck 70 Hi. Switching out the traditional canvas construction we see on the upper, this Converse Chuck 70 Hi instead gets covered in a buttery suede construction all throughout the upper in an appealing Midnight Turquoise. Additional details include the signature Converse All-Star patch on the medial ankles, silver eyelets, white on the laces and rubber toe, and an off-white rubber midsole for that vintage look. This Midnight Turquoise suede colorway of the Converse Chuck 70 Hi is arriving at select Converse retailers now.
The sport-inspired version of the New Balance 997 (known as the 997s) has been given a a grown and sexy sophisticated look for the Fall of 2019 as we bring you a look at two new colorways that take on premium materials. Coming in two different colorways of Black/ Sae Salt and White/Sea Salt, these iterations of the New Balance 997S come with a mesh and suede construction on the upper and are highlighted by the use of textured Saffiano leather on the toe box, midfoot, and heel. Down below we see ENCAP REVEAL and ABZORB midsole cushioning on the sole unit. Peep both pairs above and scoop them up now directly from New Balance for $120 each.
There’s a new Air Max 1 on the scene and the shoe is highlighted by new branding. Taking on an array of colors throughout the upper, this Nike Air Max 1 starts off with white mesh paneling that can be seen on the toe and ankle collar. Next we see black leather overlays on the side panels with a safari-like texture seen on portions of the leather upper. For a burst of color we see a bright blue nubuck mudguard along with pink accents on the upper eyelets and branding. The highlight of this Air Max 1 is the script Swoosh branding on the side panels done in white, grey, black, and pink. A white rubber midsole and a black and pink rubber outsole finish things off. Look for thus “Script Swoosh” colorway of the Nike Air Max 1 to release in the near future for $130.
A new Spring/Summer-inspired colorway of the Nike Cortez has surfaced which is sure to gain some attention. This women’s colorway of the timeless classic from Nike starts off by being covered in a smooth white leather construction all throughout the upper which is then contrasted by the addition of Coral Stardust on the Swooshes and the branding on the tongue, Gym Red on the tongue tag and heel tab, blue on the inner liner, and Chrome Yellow hitting on the midsole. A white rubber outsole finishes things off proper on this women’s Cortez that is available now at select Nike retailers for $70.
Thanks largely to Henry’s unquestionable work ethic, charisma, and an innate desire to embarrass his critics, “The World’s Strongest Man” soon found his groove in the world of sports entertainment, improving year after year and subsequently dishing out a world of pain to his many WWE opponents before finally hanging up the boots in 2017.
Now working closely with WWE as an ambassador and coach, Henry still travels far and wide. When we talked exclusively on the phone to the man once known as “Sexual Chocolate,” it was late in the evening in Sydney, Australia, ahead of a big tour beginning there on October 21. But despite the long haul, Henry was in great spirits, greeting us with an enthusiastic “Well, hello there!”
Your list of accomplishments in powerlifting, weightlifting, and Strongman competition is nothing short of extraordinary. What motivated you to be the best?
It was pretty easy for me, because I was angry at everybody that I was competing against. I felt like I needed to prove, and I needed all the work that I did to be seen. I’ve always been an entertainer, long before I started wrestling. I had to win, so I went out there with reckless abandon and tried to entertain as much as I could.
Now at 48 years young, does your approach to training differ from when you were, say, in your 20s?
Oh yeah, I never go above 130 kilos [286 pounds] in anything [now]. I squat, deadlift, bench, anything with a lighter weight. I’ll try to do as many reps as I can in the shortest timeframe. My workouts usually take 45 minutes at the most, and I’m dripping with sweat. Then I stretch, and I do cardio for 30-45 minutes. I have a recumbent bike and a regular upright bike. I do a little bit on the elliptical, but I prefer the bike.
Taking in large amounts of calories required for strength training at competition level can be a real challenge. We’ve all seen the meals that Eddie Hall eats on social media. You had to balance that around traveling when you were starting out with WWE. That must have been no easy task.
You know, when I was competing, it was just like a [means to an] end, just like Brian Shaw, Bill Kazmaier and all the greats. You had to eat at a level that was just not comfortable. It became work to eat. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve decided to not eat like that, and that’s resulted in me losing 110 pounds.
Many people will have seen the HBO documentary on the life of Andre the Giant, and viewers had a great deal of sympathy for some of the discomfort, particularly around traveling, that Andre faced. As a big guy yourself, can you relate to some of those issues?
Most definitely. Travel is the hardest part of pro wrestling for the big guys. We spend so much time in little tiny cars for four and five hours, and then on little buses for five and six hours, or on a plane.
I came over here to Australia on the plane for 16 and a half hours. It’s very difficult when you are a man of my stature, but you have to tough it out, that’s the thing about our [pro wrestling] business. I’ve been very blessed to be able to have a career for 25 years.
WWE is back in Melbourne on October 23. You wrestled a huge match there back in 2002 teaming with Randy Orton to face D-Von Dudley and Batista. There was a massive crowd, more than 56,000 watching live. Do you have any memories of that night?
I do. I remember that the crowd was so unbelievably loud and I enjoyed it. Randy was a new wrestler at the time, and I was trying to help him get acclimated to what it was like being in front of a huge crowd like that.
You may be retired, but you are still very much part of the WWE family, serving as an ambassador and working with the crew. Do younger talent approach you for advice?
I work with our talent development. I want to be a part of having my fingerprints on the future of pro wrestling. I’m able to talk to all the younger wrestlers now and give them the life lessons and the travel lessons that I’ve learned. And so far, so good.
I’ve not had one person reject what I am trying to teach. That speaks volumes for who we pick as talents. I think the important thing is to tell wrestlers to enjoy the [WWE] journey, and that it is important for the fans to have a connection with the talent.
You’ve worked really hard to show that wrestlers are among some of the greatest athletes in the world. With SmackDown reaching brand new audiences on Friday nights, what can some of the critics of pro wrestling learn that they might have missed?
Kurt Angle was an Olympic Champion. I was the best lifter that was ever born. People like Shelton Benjamin and Brock Lesnar don’t come along very often. Brock Lesnar has been a world champion in pro wrestling and MMA. [They’re the] best in the world.
Randy Orton is an unbelievable athlete. Kofi Kingston is a really, really athletic guy with incredible balance. Those guys have so much to give, and they have given so much, for people not to know, or look up, or read what they are talking about, or just going by what they’ve heard from somebody else.
If those people live under a rock, and don’t know that pro wrestling is sports entertainment, and they feel like they are “breaking news” when they say that pro wrestling is not up to par, I haven’t got time for those people. I love the fans, the people that love our business who introduce you to their sons, and to their daughters. They want to share how much joy they get [from WWE], those are the people that I want to be around.
In regard to SmackDown, you have been involved in so many great moments on the show. You must be so proud of how well the show is doing 20 years on.
I’m very proud. I remember the first SmackDown show. It’s such an honorable feeling to have SmackDown go to Fox. The biggest sports network is going to see wrestling in that same platform, I’m very happy.
WWE tours Australia from October 21-23, and SmackDown airs live on Fox every Friday night (check your local and international listings). For information on WWE Network, and to get your first month FREE, visit WWE.com.
It’s been 25 years since writer-director Kevin Smith debuted his Silent Bob persona in Clerks. A lot has happened since then: Kevin became a father, he cheated death, and the Marvel superfan assembled his own Avengers-esque crew of memorable characters—called the View Askewniverse—that all return for his latest flick, Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. So is it a reboot or a remake? We’ll let the man himself explain:
Kevin Smith: As you can imagine, this is the weirdest interview I think I’ve ever done in my life. More unexpected, I guess. I have no muscles and I know nothing about fitness.
M&F: Well, we’re gonna talk about your weight loss in a bit, but first, let’s talk Jay & Silent Bob Reboot (in theaters Oct. 15). There’s a hilarious scene in the new movie where Brodie from Mallrats (Jason Lee) explains to Jay (Jason Mews) and Silent Bob the difference between a reboot and a remake. So what’s the difference?
A reboot is when, you know, a studio takes a property and puts it out there in the hopes of getting your money. But they do it in a way that appeals to you as a fan. Whereas a remake is when a studio doesn’t really care how the audience feels about the original. So they just keep the title, f**k up everything else—and ruin both movies in the process. Three years ago, I wanted to make a movie called Jay & Silent Bob Reboot that’s going to make fun of remakes and reboots and sequels—while being all three at the same time. It took us a minute to get there because first we have to find money, and then I had a heart attack.
I don’t get that cast unless I have the heart attack. If we tried to make the movie three years ago, we probably don’t pull that cast together. But post-heart attack, you call up people and be like, “Hey man, you want to come to New Orleans for two hours to shoot a movie?” And they’d be like, “I don’t know, dude, New Orleans is far.” And I’m like, “Bro, you do remember I almost died of a heart attack?” And then they would instantly be like, “All right, I’m coming, I’m coming.” The heart attack was almost like our casting agent!
This thing is one big nostalgia bomb that’s meant to go off in your face and heart. And so to have people who were in the original, like, not just Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, which we’re directly sequelizing, but also mini-sequels for Clerks, Mallrats,Chasing Amy, and Dogma, as well…That felt great. Suddenly it became, you know, this View Askewniverse class reunion picture and it came at the right time because I’d almost died. And also it’s the 25th anniversary of Clerks this year. So everything just felt like the timing worked out so sweetly.
I had a vegan kid at my house [daughter Harley Quinn Smith, who co-stars as Jay’s love child]. I never really thought about doing it myself until I had 100 percent blockage in my left anterior descending (LAD) artery. My doctor told me it’s called the Widowmaker because in 80 percent of the cases of a 100 percent blockage like I got, the patient always dies.
The next morning, the nutritionist was like, “You might want to think about a plant-based diet because it’s been proven to cut cholesterol.” And my kid was in the room, and she was like, “Dad, do it—please.” So I said, I’ll try it for six months, man, because clearly eating the way I wanted to eat after 47 years nearly killed me. That was over a year and a half ago. It’s been very easy to stay vegan.
What’s the secret to sticking to a diet?
I had to find a very thin path for veganism because I just don’t like f***ing vegetables. So you know, I’m like beans are vegan—that’s great. Chickpeas are vegan—that’s great. Peanut butter is vegan. You start making a list of the vegan things you can eat and stuff. Oh, I actually became a Weight Watchers ambassador! I’ve lost over 70 pounds.
What about workout-wise?
We live near Runyan Canyon, which is a great location for hiking. It’s a straight incline for most of it. So that’s become a big part of my regimen every day.
So did you put Chris Hemsworth in your movie as inspiration?
Kate Middleton channeled Cinderella in sky blue as she and Prince William arrived today in Pakistan for a royal tour.
Middleton sported an ombré Catherine Walker dress over matching, slim-fitting pants.
For footwear, the Duchess of Cambridge selected Rupert Sanderson’s Malory pumps. The shoes featured a shiny leather upper, a pointed toe and a slim stiletto heel.
Both Catherine Walker and Rupert Sanderson are British brands that frequently rotate into Middleton’s wardrobe. The duchess is known for her support of designers from her home country.
Of course, Middleton also is keen to make fashion choices in honor of the places she visits. The royal accessorized her look with drop earrings and a clutch from Zeen — a Pakistani label.
Since marrying Prince William in 2011, Middleton has been an international style icon. The pieces she wears often sell out — especially when they come at an accessible price point.
“There has long been a contingent of Kate fans drawn to her classic choices and penchant for British designers,” explained Elizabeth Holmes, a longtime style reporter and author of the forthcoming book “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style.”
Apart from Rupert Sanderson, go-to shoe brands for Middleton include Jimmy Choo, Gianvito Rossi and Penelope Chilvers.
Running marathon distance in less than two hours seemed impossible, but Nike-backed Eliud Kipchoge did just that on Oct. 12 in Vienna.
The 34-year-old Kenya native ran 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds on a closed course at an event dubbed the Ineos 1:59 Challenge. But because of several factors, the accomplishment is not considered a world record.
Regardless, the running community — and Nike, his longtime sponsor — has applauded Kipchoge’s feat and publicly shown support for the marathoner.
With the mark set, FN shares why it’s not considered a world record and looks into the historic career of Kipchoge.
Why Kipchoge’s Mark Isn’t a World Record
Some reports stated his use of 36 pacemakers in alternating groups is one reason the IAAF governing body won’t call the sub two-hour mark a world record. Other reports said the event being held on a closed 6-mile course instead of an open event is responsible.
This Was Kipchoge’s Second Attempt to Break the Two-Hour Barrier
The event on Oct. 12 wasn’t the first time Kipchoge attempted to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours with Nike. The first attempt — dubbed Breaking2 — was on May 6, 2017 in Monza, Italy. The effort was solid, but Kipchoge missed the target, running the distance in 2:00:25. At the time, Nike stated it was the fastest time accomplished for that distance, although it was not recognized as a world record.
The Nike Shoes Kipchoge Wore in Vienna Aren’t on the Market — Yet
The running shoes Kipchoge laced up for the event aren’t available for purchase. Nike confirmed before the sub two-hour attempt Saturday that he would wear a future edition of its Next% marathon shoe.
He Holds the Men’s Marathon Record
Despite the sub two-hour mark not being recognized as a world record, he still is No. 1 in the books for men. Kipchoge ran the Berlin Marathon in 2018 in 2:01:39, which is considered the official men’s world record marathon time.
He’s Been Setting Records Since His First-Ever Marathon
It’s rare for any athlete to step on the scene and be the best, but one could argue Kipchoge did just that. In his debut, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg in 2013, Kipchoge won with a time of 2:05:30. It still stands today as the course record.
Kipchoge Is a Highly Decorated Marathoner
If you’re participating in a marathon alongside Kipchoge, you’re likely not coming in first place. The athlete’s World Marathon Majors resume is next-level. He won Chicago in 2014, finished first in London four times (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and Berlin three (2015, 2017, 2018). Also, he took home the marathon event gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
This past weekend’s highly-anticipated release of the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 6 collaboration proved to be so limited that even Travis Scott himself had to address his fans following its launch. If you’re still on the hunt for the coveted shoe, here are a few options that you can consider.
As a refresher, the limited style is executed in an olive green hue covering the entirety of the premium suede leather upper; it’s accented by vibrant Infrared details on the tongue and on the heel. The shoe that retailed for $250 is now going for as little as $740 on StockX. As usual, the common sizes ranging from 8.5 to 11 are more expensive, with prices reaching upwards of $1,400. Resale stores including Stadium Goods and Flight Club are also carrying an abundance of sizes but are a bit more costly than the aforementioned marketplace with an average price of $1,600. The kicks were also available for fans with smaller feet including grade school, pre-school and toddler sizes with prices ranging from $130 all the way up to $800 based on the sizes.
In related news, Scott has a new Nike Air Force 1 Low collab also rumored to drop next month, which he gifted a pair to a lucky fan at the Made in America music festival last month.
The Chinese sportswear company’s share price has more than tripled year-to-date — and it’s likely getting a new nudge in recent weeks stemming from the NBA’s fallout with China.
Li-Ning, which trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, saw its shares jump by around 4% last week, as traders appeared to become bullish on the brand after several Chinese companies severed ties with the NBA and state TV decided not to show pre-season NBA games.
The NBA-China conflict started earlier this month when Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeted out support for protestors in Hong Kong, who are demanding for territorial independence from China.
Likely in anticipation of heightened interest in the Chinese Basketball Association and a rise patriotic buying, traders seem to be further betting on Li-Ning. The firm’s shares today closed up 1.17% to HK$25.85 per share — but, overall, are triple the HK$6.84 price they traded for at this time last year.
It’s not just Li-Ning that has seen a share bump amid the NBA-China scuffle — and other probable factors in China such as its growing consumer appetite for branded wares and an expanding middle class. Rival sportswear giant Anta has also enjoyed a sizable boost year-over-year — with shares doubling to HK$70.05 today over HK$31.30 this time in 2018.
Both Anta and Li-Ning have taken China’s side in its NBA feud: Anta announced it would cease a contract renewal process with the league and Li-Ning is purportedly no longer affiliating itself with the Rockets. But the NBA-China conflict also puts into question high-profile partnerships between the sneaker brands and big-name NBA stars — including a lifetime Li-Ning deal for Dwyane Wade (formerly of the Miami Heat) and a 10-year contract between Anta and Golden State Warrior Klay Thompson that expires in 2026.
Meanwhile, analysts have conjectured that the conflict could be bad news for Nike — which is China’s leading athletic company with a 22% market share, according to a 2016 Euromonitor report.
“Based on what we know, I do not see much danger to Western brands’ sales,” Matt Powell, senior sports industry advisor at The NPD Group told FN. “But if the situation gets worse, they could be pulled into the fight and see sales impacted.”
Notably, Chinese sportswear brands are getting a boost amid the backdrop of a U.S.-China trade war that has seen tariffs placed on billions of dollars worth of imports from either country.
The two countries reached a partial deal late last week — putting a pause on a planned increase from President Donald Trump that would have bumped tariffs on $250 billion worth of Chinese goods from 25% to 30% effective today. But a fourth tranche was rolled out by the U.S. Sept. 1 — imposing a 15% levy on $112 billion worth of goods — and another $188 billion of Chinese product will be subject to tariffs beginning Dec. 15. Meanwhile, China has retaliated by slapping American products with duties ranging from 5% to 10%.
A new study by global technology company Pitney Bowes shows that the growth of e-commerce has caused an increase not only in consumer shipping, but also in manufacturing shipping volume. Instead of just directing a larger proportion of product toward e-commerce channels, brands are manufacturing more product overall and selling directly to consumers.
“Manufacturing shipping is largely driven by B2C growth,” said Jason Dies, EVP and VP of sending technology solutions at Pitney Bowes. “The rapid penetration of e-commerce and the ability of small businesses to cheaply develop a web presence has caused many smaller manufacturers to sell their products directly to consumers.”
Parcel volume has more than doubled over the last five years, with year-on-year growth of 17%. Pitney Bowes forecasts that global shipping will surpass 100 billion parcels by 2020 and 200 billion by 2025. Manufacturing shipping volume is predicted to experience a 6.5% compound annual growth rate. Simultaneously, e-commerce revenue is expected to continue to grow; the U.S. accounts for 38% of global parcel shipping revenue, amounting to $119 billion.
But the proliferation of new DTC brands has coincided with growing awareness of environmental impact. The carbon footprint of shipping is a concern to many sustainability-minded brands, but eliminating shipping itself isn’t a possibility. Instead, Pitney Bowes recommends that companies explore ways to improve shipping efficiency. That allows a brand to continue to ship a high volume of product without compromising brand values.
“[There are] numerous ways to be environmentally friendly, such as reducing waste by choosing the right box for a given order; getting hubs closer to clients, so trucks spend less time on the road; and consolidating items into a single order whenever possible,” said Dies.
Introducing these practices also benefits a brand’s bottom line — reduced packaging means lower costs, as does shorter transport times. Faster shipping has also been shown to be a consistent driving factor in customers’ decision to purchase, which gives a greater incentive to move inventory closer to the consumer. For brands, fortunately, shipping services are also investing in these types of solutions.
“The trend we see is that all carriers are focused on efficiency, especially around last mile delivery, while trying to meet growing consumer expectations to be faster and free,” said Dies. “Carriers are trialing new strategies to deliver the best customer experience, to keep costs down, boost productivity and generate profitability, such as forming partnerships, designing next-generation sending technologies and developing last mile innovation.”
After weeks of back and forth, bankrupt luxury retailer Barneys New York is expected to firm up a potential agreement with a stalking-horse bidder on Tuesday that could allow it to stave off a liquidation.
According to court filings on Thursday, Barneys was wrapping up talks with “multiple bidders” as it moves toward the later stages of discussions with a potential buyer. Then, on Friday, the high-end department store received an extended deadline that bought it until Tuesday to solidify a deal with one such bidder — although an Oct. 24 auction could reportedly shake things up.
Speculation around potential Barneys’ suitors has been heating up for weeks: New reports today suggest Authentic Brands Group has prepped a nearly $270 million bid after Liberty Fairs trade show owner Sam Ben-Avraham’s supposed offer broke down.
In a September interview with FN, ABG confirmed its interest in buying the beleaguered department store chain out of bankruptcy.
“There is truth behind that; we are backing the new lenders,” ABG founder, chairman and CEO Jamie Salter said at the time. “They have a backup bid from us for the intellectual property, but we’ve got to wait until Oct. 24 and see who comes and who doesn’t come. Based on that, we’ll decide how far we play.”
ABG, which was named FN’s Company of the Year in 2018, already counts more than 50 brands across the fashion, lifestyle, sports, entertainment and media sectors — including Vince Camuto, Nine West, Frye and Aeropostale — and has been aggressive in the acquisition game.
“ABG has consistently proven an ability to see value through brands where others have not,” said William Susman, managing director at advisory firm Threadstone Partners. “Barneys’ brand is synonymous with being fashion-forward; I can only imagine what ABG could do with this iconic name. They are a great buyer, and when they put their mind to it, usually successful.”
Now, ABG’s reported new offer, according to a Wall Street Journal report, would give it permission to license the Barneys New York name to fellow luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue, which is reportedly in talks to open Barneys departments in some of its stores and take over Barneys’ website. ABG is also in discussions with Barneys landlords to keep some stores open, per WSJ.
“Barneys has a lot of equity regardless of where it landed in its progression,” explained Farla Efros, president of consulting firm HRC Retail Advisory. “If it is to be sold, it will be worth more [as a whole] and allow for the ability to truly streamline, keep some flagship stores and focus on its exclusive customer-oriented brand.”
An assembly of fashion executives led by Ben-Avraham had also been pursuing a reportedly $220 million bid to take control of the department store chain. According to a WSJ report on Friday, other members of the group include Intermix founder Khajak Keledjian, Reformation founder Yael Aflalo, Theory co-founder Andrew Rosen as well as Ben-Avraham’s brother and Scoop co-founder Uzi Ben-Avraham.
Another report from FN’s sister publication WWD noted that factoring and finance company Hilldun Corp.’s CEO, Gary Wassner, was facing off with Ben-Avraham to snap up Barneys.
The storied retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Aug. 6, securing $218 million in financing that allowed it to continue operations. Barneys, a Manhattan mainstay for nearly a century, has struggled amid skyrocketing rents and shifting consumer demands that have weighed heavily on its margins.
Over the past month or so, it shuttered units in Las Vegas, Chicago and Seattle, and it closed some warehouse locations and smaller concept stores as part of its restructuring plan. The company received court approval to continue paying employee wages and honoring customer orders as it works toward meeting its financial commitments going forward.
Chiara Ferragani is making a new push toward sustainability.
The influencer-designer’s eponymous apparel and shoe collection, as well as her website The Blonde Salad, announced a ban on disposable water bottles at their Milan headquarters in a joint statement issued today
The move will divert the use of roughly 3,500 plastic bottles annually between her companies, according to the statement. To replace the disposable bottles, employees at the offices will receive treated water through a partnership with international water filtration company Culligan, joining its Italian branch’s #Plasticfreewater campaign.
“The real revolution starts now, are you ready to follow the greenest trend of the moment?” The Blonde Salad wrote in the statement.
Ferragni’s efforts come amid a wave of sustainable steps taken by the fashion industry. As brands seek to capture environmentally aware millennial and Generation Z consumers, they’re taking steps toward sustainability in stores and office buildings as well as through the supply chain process.
More than 150 brands signed onto the Kering-led Fashion Pact at the G7 Summit last August, pledging the elimination of single-use plastic and the use of renewable energy sources. Kering took its commitment a step further in September, when the luxury conglomerate announced it would go 100% neutral across all its brands and throughout its supply chain.
Eco-consciousness dominated the conversation throughout Fashion Month as well — including in Ferragni’s home base of Milan. In the Italian city, Gucci staged a carbon-neutral runway show, Lewis Hamilton and Tommy Hilfiger showed a range of all-vegan footwear, and high-end resale platform Vestiaire Collective unveiled a pop-up shop in collaboration with the Green Fashion Awards.
Queen Elizabeth II wore her favorite pair of shoes for ceremonial engagements today as she delivered a speech during the official State Opening of Parliament in London.
The 93-year-old shimmered from head to toe with a white dress embellished in sparkling beading in ornate patterns and the glimmer extended down to her feet, where she had on silver metallic T-strap pumps. The shoes have a semi-round toe on a block heel. Her jewelry also matched the outfit’s luster, including a necklace with giant baubles and a crown featuring diamonds and pearls.
While the Queen performed her duties in London, her grandson Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton, performed duties of their own.
The royal couple landed in Pakistan today at the start of their five-day tour of the country.
To no one’s surprise, the Duchess of Cambridge arrived looking impeccably chic in an ombré blue Catherine Walker dress and matching pants. Completing the look was a pair of Rupert Sanderson pumps in nude. The luxury label’s Mallory pumps incorporated a pointy profile on a 4-inch stiletto heel. The shoes retail for nearly $600 at the current exchange rate on Rupertsanderson.com.
We truly cannot wait for the arrival of sweater weather—chunky knits, cozy cashmere cardigans, and burgundy sweaters of all kinds are speaking to us at a whole other level for fall 2019. Because we’re always on the hunt for cool new ways to wear said toppers, we simply can’t get enough of the #sweaterweather posts popping up on our feeds. Trust: We’re double-tapping away faster than you can imagine on the below burgundy sweater outfits because they are just that good and swoon-worthy.
Curious to see what’s currently inspiring? Then you’ll want to keep reading to see exactly how some of our go-to fashion girls are wearing these crimson sweaters. From the one denim wash that just looks best with the rich hue (it might not be what you think) to another color combo we guarantee you didn’t think to try (Elle Woods would probably wear it, actually), ahead, 11 burgundy sweaters to buy ASAP and exactly how to wear them.
Wear the sweater with a patterned skirt.
Nothing beats the coziness of a longline cardigan.
It’s like dark-wash jeans were made to be worn with burgundy sweaters.
Contrast textures by pairing a fuzzy burgundy sweater with a leather skirt in the same shade.
The loose-fitting V-neck sweater will be your best friend this fall.
Sweater-and-shoe coordination? It’s a thing.
Team a burgundy sweater with fire-red pants for a cool color combo.
You probably didn’t think to wear burgundy and pink together, but you totally should.
When it comes to getting dressed in the morning, sometimes it’s easiest to wear outfit formulas that you know are foolproof and can rely on again and again. I tend to approach my outfits with this formula method in mind and gained some new inspiration for go-to looks from the street style scene at fashion month. Many of the looks I liked could be described as “boring,” but they’re endlessly chic and breathing some new life into what I’m wearing right now.
Each of these fall outfit formulas includes wardrobe essentials that you probably have in your closet already—utilizing basics like oversize blazers, knee-high boots, straight-leg jeans, suiting, and low heels. Here, find fresh ideas for how to wear these pieces with outfits that are perfect to wear everywhere from the office to post-work drinks. Go on to see the best fall outfit formulas to wear right now—these will no doubt dominate what fashion insiders will be wearing for the season ahead.
Working on the talent side of things here at Who What Wear, I get particularly thrilled when the fall season rolls around, as it’s during this time of year that I really get to celebrate the up-and-coming talent I’m most excited about. Last month, it was all about the ladies poised to make it big with notable television projects (anyone else obsessed with The Politician yet?!), but now it’s time to focus on the wonderful ladies in film (and one special woman on Broadway) who we can’t stop talking about.
Before you break out the popcorn, let us help you get better acquainted with these five women, whose projects range from the highly anticipated next take on Little Women to an important true story of an Indian warrior queen. There’s also the exciting new female lead from the next chapter of the Terminator series (for all you action film lovers out there), the ridiculously talented women stepping into Tina Turner’s shoes, and a new scream queen taking on a Stephen King adaptation. With talent in spades and cool projects to boot, these ladies have been placed firmly on our radar and should definitely be on yours too.
Ahead, we asked the women to give us the details on their upcoming projects and also give us a sneak peek of the items they’re eyeing for fall.
WHAT: When I see the words “warrior queen” in a film title, my first thought is Heck yes! Much to my delight, The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is so much more than just an action-packed tale; it’s the true story of a real-life superwoman. Devika Bhise is the inspiring force behind the project, serving as the film’s executive producer, co-writer, and star, while her mother, Swati Bhise, is the director. The goal: to bring the incredible story of Indian queen Rani Lakshmibai to a global stage. You’ll definitely want to keep an eye out for this one, which is coming to screens in November.
The Warrior Queen of Jhansi is an important story for audiences to see today because… “We live in such an exciting time where female superheroes and new kinds of female protagonists are entering the cinematic landscape, so I think it’s important to tell true stories of real-life superheroes, as well. Not many people know the story of Rani Lakshmibai, and sharing it with a global audience may inspire people to learn about all of the extraordinary women throughout history who have changed the world against all odds. Telling these stories reminds all women that we have the strength, courage, and determination to break down barriers that women have been breaking for decades before us and certainly will be for decades to come.”
The best part about working with my mother on this project was… “Having absolutely no formality on set. There’s a huge amount of trust and intimacy required in an actor-director relationship, and having my mother in that role took that to another level. Our interests were always aligned, and even through our disagreements we had a very clear end-goal in mind, which removed any of the clutter that can get in the way of the work. We had both been developing this project for so long that we really had to count on each other not to sink the ship!”
The most challenging part of this role was… “Definitely speaking in 19thcentury Hindi and Marathi. As an American, I knew there would be a lot of scrutiny about my dialect, so I practiced with the most discerning critic I knew: my grandmother! If it didn’t sound perfect to her, I wasn’t ready for the take.”
The women I look up to in Hollywood are… “Julianne Moore, Emily Blunt, and Frances McDormand. I admire them deeply—they carry themselves with tremendous grace and humility, are striving toward real progress and inclusion within the industry, and their performances are always flawless! I met Emily Blunt at a premiere a couple of years ago and was properly gobsmacked!”
The stories I want to tell as an actor are… “The ones that encourage people to see the world from a different perspective.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “The nine-yard nauvari saris I wore for this film! They had to start hand-weaving the saris one year before we started production, with intricate pearl inlay or fine lace and gold thread hand-stitching. There’s nothing like carefully being draped into a heavily embroidered sari fit only for royalty, jumping on horseback, galloping toward camera, and praying nothing rips!”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A bathrobe. I have a few silk kimonos that I bought in Japan that I live out of. I rarely wear real clothes in my apartment and usually get comfy the second I walk through the door.”
When it comes to fashion, I’m a total sucker for… “Cheetah print! I have the most fun when I’m wearing animal prints. It makes you feel primal and outrageous all at once, which is why I’m so thrilled that so many designers are coming out with animal-themed lines this fall.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: My first introduction to Abby Quinn was a few months back while watching the film After the Wedding. In it, Quinn plays Julianne Moore’s daughter who gets caught up in a doozy of a plot twist involving Michelle Williams. (It’s a good watch, I highly recommend.) But that was simply the beginning of noteworthy projects to come for this fresh face. You can also find Quinn making the most of her final days of high school in the comedy Good Girls Get High and hanging around the March sisters in Greta Gerwig’s adaptation of Little Women. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough to keep Quinn busy, she is also joining the Mad About You TV series reboot.
The thing that surprised me most about Julianne Moore while working together on After the Wedding was… “That she and her husband, Bart Freundlich, who directed the film, are both very good at using Snapchat.”
My first thought reading the Good Girls Get High script was… “This is hilarious, and even if I don’t get the part, I know it will be one of my favorite movies of all time when it comes out.”
The best part of filming this project was… “Getting to work with the director Laura Terruso and also working with Stefanie Scott, who is now one of my very best friends.”
Greta Gerwig’s take on Little Women is… “Spectacular and incredibly heartfelt.”
The most valuable lesson I learned from Greta Gerwig as a director is… “How important it is to collaborate and to listen. Greta really gives actors the space to create and to bring their ideas about a character or a scene to life. She gives the actors the freedom to explore and to invent. This way of working created a very exciting energy on set.”
As an actor, the characters I love to play are… “All very different from one another.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “My all-corduroy outfit in Landline.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A large jean jacket and Mary Jane Doc Martens. I will usually find an outfit that I love and then wear it for a week straight. So if I’m being honest, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing whatever I was wearing the day before.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: While I realize musical theater doesn’t necessarily fit under the film category, sometimes you have to make an exception when someone truly special comes along, and that is Adrienne Warren. On November 7, Tina—the Tina Turner Musical will open on Broadway (after a successful run in London’s West End) and Warren will reprise her role as the eponymous singer. The Tony nominee received critical praise for her performance, and when you hear her belt out Turner favorites like “River Deep” and “Mountain High,” you’ll understand why. Basically, what I’m saying is it’s time to secure tickets and book a trip to NYC stat.
I’m most excited to bring Tina—the Tina Turner Musical to Broadway because… “It is a homecoming for Tina! I believe her American fans have missed her presence and music.”
The one thing you can expect from this show is… “Power! Power in the music, power in the emotional journey, power in the dancing, etc.”
Working with the legendary Tina Turner on this project has been… “Life-changing. I am so blessed to have spent time with her, and in that time I learned so much.”
My favorite Tina Turner song to perform is… “‘We Don’t Need Another Hero.’ I’ve grown to love singing this song. It has one of my favorite bridges of all time.”
The most nervous I’ve ever been on stage was… “Performing Tina for Tina Turner. Do I even need to explain?”
The most confident I’ve ever been on stage was… “Performing Tina on a normal show day. This role requires all the confidence I can muster up. It’s the most difficult yet most rewarding role I’ve had in my career thus far.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “All of my incredible custom dresses designed by the incomparable Ann Roth, while performing in the Broadway production of Shuffle Along.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “Mom or boyfriend jeans.”
When it comes to fashion, I’m a total sucker for… “Statement jackets or dusters.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: When the Terminator: Dark Fate trailer hit the interwebs back in May, fans lost it over the return of Linda Hamilton as franchise favorite Sarah Connor. But there was another female lead grabbing my attention: Natalia Reyes. A household name in Latin America, the Colombian actress is set to make her U.S. debut with this role. And although details are still under wraps surrounding her character, Dani Ramos, we’re excited to see what she brings to the franchise.
Terminator: Dark Fate in five words is… “Epic, exciting, action, relevant, and diverse.”
Joining Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger to tell this next chapter was… “Such a surreal experience and an honor. Meeting those legends and the human beings behind them was unforgettable.”
I can’t reveal much about my character Dani, but what I can say is… “She is a brave young Latina, a go-getter, she says what she thinks, and does everything for her family. She’s now the one being chased by the new Terminator.”
This being my first American role, the thing that surprised me most working in Hollywood was… “The scale of this production. Having 600 hundred professionals behind the scenes was impressive.”
The actor/actress I’m dying to work with next is… “Meryl Streep.”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “The beautiful indigenous dresses I wore for Birds of Passage, a movie we premiered in Cannes last year. They were all handmade and full of colors and symbols of the Wayuu culture.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “Jeans, sneakers and a faux-leather jacket.”
The people and/or fashion accounts I love to follow on Instagram are… “Fashion Revolution (@fash_rev) is a really useful platform that has made me more conscious and gives great data about the fashion industry. FashionKind (@fashionkind) ‘cause luxury can also be sustainable. Disfunkshion Mag (@disfunkshionmag) for those who like a colorful boho style.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…
WHAT: I’m usually the person covering my eyes during a scary movie, but come October I do enjoy throwing on a horror film or two—’tis the season, after all. Considering that, might I recommend Netflix’s In the Tall Grass, based on the Stephen King and Joe Hill novella? While the film will have you avoiding any kind of grass field for the foreseeable future, it happens to be a great introduction to Laysla De Oliveira, someone you will be seeing quite a lot of over the next few months. The Canadian-Brazilian actress is also starring in Guest of Honour, which premiered at the Venice and Toronto film festivals last month, and will appear again on Netflix with the series Locke & Key, due out next year.
The best part about premiering Guest of Honour at the Venice and Toronto Film Festivals was… ”Getting to witness some of my dreams coming true while being able to celebrate it with family and friends. Also the clothes. THE CLOTHES!”
I love this film because… “It challenged me. I would say Veronica’s personality is very different from my own, so to be able to explore the depths of that with a director like Atom Egoyan was a very fulfilling acting experience.”
Next I have In the Tall Grass, which is sure to have audiences… “Mowing their lawns!”
The scariest moment for me filming In the Tall Grass had to be… “Being hidden in actual 10-foot tall grass waiting for Vincenzo Natali to call ‘action’ while I hear what I assume was some type of creepy creature getting closer to me by the second. No acting required when he called ‘action.’ I definitely ran for my life.”
The stories I want to tell as an actor are… “Any stories with compelling women where their truths are being told.”
The actor/actress I’m dying to work with next is… “There are so many I’m inspired by, but I would probably faint if I got to work with Julia Roberts. She was my idol growing up. That laugh!”
My favorite outfit I’ve ever worn for a project would have to be… “All of my outfits for Netflix’s upcoming Locke & Key were pretty epic. There’s this one YSL trench coat, in particular, that had me feeling some type of way. I think of it often.”
However, if you catch me off-duty, chances are I’m wearing… “A bodysuit/T-shirt, jeans, and chunky sneakers.”
The people and/or fashion accounts I love to follow on Instagram are… “I don’t think you can go wrong with any of the Vogue accounts. Also Law Roach, who I now get to call my stylist, is a total fashion guru. And last but not least, @dog makes me so happy.”
My fall wardrobe would not be complete without these three pieces…