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

Paul J. Carlson
Watson promoting Little Women in December 2019 - Patrick McMullen
Watson promoting Little Women in December 2019 – Patrick McMullen

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

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

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

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My Summer Shopping Budget Is $250. Here’s Exactly What I’m Buying

Paul J. Carlson

When a large part of your job is essentially shopping online and hunting for the best, trendiest and cutest clothes, jewelry and accessories, it can prove extremely difficult to stick to a budget. As a fashion editor, I frequently find myself adding way more to my digital shopping carts than I could ever actually afford. But this summer I’m committed to setting a shopping budget at $250 and actually sticking to it.

This involves much more planning and thinking honestly about the things I need (versus the things I simply want), but that’s just a part of the fun. Some pieces on this list were easy to settle on—like a new pair of bike shorts—while others were harder to pick, like whittling down which of the 40 summer frocks I’ve been lusting after are worth investing in. I knew I’d also want to throw in some bright statement accessories, but

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Zara Is Closing Over 1,000 Stores to Invest in Online Shopping

Paul J. Carlson

Zara is the latest fashion brand to start closing retail stores across the globe due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has kept many shops closed since mid-March.

On June 12, the fast-fashion retailer’s parent company, Inditex, announced its plans to shut down between 1,000 and 1,200 brick-and-mortars over the next two years and divert resources into online sales strategies.

It’s not yet known exactly which Zara locations will be affected, but the closings will be “stores at the end of their useful life” and “whose sales can be recovered in nearby stores and online,” the company said their statement.

Under that plan, Inditex CEO Pablo Isla confirmed the company will “increase the online customer service teams and the dedicated packaging both from the specific online stockrooms and from the stores,” as well as offer customers “uninterrupted service no matter where they find themselves, on any device

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Macy’s Reopening Across Orange County: Newport Fashion Island

Paul J. Carlson

NEWPORT BEACH, CA — Macy’s Department Stores will reopen several stores in Southern California, with coronavirus safety precautions in place, the chain announced Thursday.

Chief stores officer at Macy’s Marc Mastronardi commented on the openings, describing changes the store will undergo amid the coronavirus pandemic. New precautions are in place to keep customers and store workers safe, he said.

“We are now offering curbside pick-up to make getting what you want quick and easy,” Mastronardi said. “Our teams have come together and supported each other and our communities throughout this challenging time, and we look forward to safely serving our customers whenever they are ready to shop.”

For customers shopping in the stores, Macy’s has implemented enhanced safety and wellness procedures to help combat any potential health concerns, complying with the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended protocols, such as:

  • frequent and enhanced cleaning in heavily trafficked areas and on hard

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