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The coronavirus pandemic has meant all non-essential businesses have been closed since lockdown began on 23 March.

It’s had a detrimental impact on fashion shops across the UK. B2B magazine, Drapers reported in-store sales have dropped 84 per cent compared to 2019, and – despite online grocery sales surging – for the rest of the retail landscape things also look bleak.

Debenhams is closing five more stores across the UK, while Oasis and Warehouse have both permenantly closed after administraitors failed to find a buyer, which also includes around 2,000 jobs losses.

That said, prime minister Boris Johnson has announced all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15 June, a move which will include clothes shops, in the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.

As an army of shops prepare to open their doors to the public for the first time in months, many

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FN Will Host Its First Virtual Roundtable Next Week, Examining ‘Outdoor & Fashion: The New Frontier’

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Brick-and-mortar is resuming in some parts of the U.S. and consumers are starting to spend again, but the retail landscape looks different today than three months ago — perhaps permanently. In FN’s latest Executive Smart Talk installment, a group of industry executives will explore the reinvention to come in the outdoor sector.

FN’s senior athletic and outdoor editor Peter Verry will host a virtual video roundtable conversation with industry leaders. Titled “Outdoor & Fashion: The New Frontier,” the event will take place on June 3 at 3 p.m. ET.

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For the industry to succeed in this new environment, brands and retailers must understand how to meet the consumer where they are shopping. While not everyone has resumed the purchasing of non-essentials, there is a growing group of customers for merchants

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‘Little Fires Everywhere’ Author Celeste Ng on Hulu Adaptation and Diversity in Publishing


May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, a time to reflect on how these communities have shaped the history of the U.S. while also examining the struggles and discrimination they have faced in America. Author Celeste Ng joins CBS News’ Elaine Quijano to discuss her best-seller turned Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere,” as well as her journey as a writer and her efforts to bring more diversity to the publishing industry. “One of the things we need

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Trust Us, Denim Skirts Are Definitely Still Cool

Just as a pair of baby blues is essential to any well-rounded wardrobe, so is a denim skirt. Heck, we’ve been wearing them since the 3rd grade (if not earlier). Now that’s loyalty. And while they’ve gone through quite a few transformations over the last however many years — from acid wash midi styles in the ’80s to Abercrombie & Fitch pleated minis in the early noughties — there’s something to say about the fact that we’ve never quite been able to bid them farewell.

Thankfully, the most recent drop of denim skirts doesn’t look anything like the mini skirts you “rocked” at the mall in middle school. Instead, we’re seeing all of the classic fits and dye jobs — some with a teensy bit, but not too much, flair — that remind us why we’ve always rallied behind denim skirts. To make shopping for this year’s jean skirt

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