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It’s Less of a Hassle to Wash Laundry by Hand Than You Think

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Right about now, thousands—even millions—of city dwellers are likely finding themselves in a predicament. That pile of dirty clothes is growing, but going to the laundromat doesn’t exactly jive with staying indoors. If you’re not lucky enough to have an in-unit washer and dryer, figuring out how to do your laundry at home in this period of isolation can be a challenge—but it doesn’t have to be a drag. It just takes a little more time and strategizing than your normal routine. Follow the advice of Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, cofounders of The Laundress, and you’ll tackle that pile...

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Cancellations, Longer Terms Could Take Out British Clothing Suppliers

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As merchants call off orders and lengthen payment terms amid the COVID-19 pandemic, fashion industry suppliers in Britain are cautioning that they could be taken out. Suppliers to one fashion chain with over 400 British shops were told last week that they would not receive payment for orders currently being made, the Financial Times reported. U.K. Fashion and Textile Association Chairman Nigel Lugg said, according to the outlet, “The majority of major retailers are extending payment terms and there are widespread cancellations even of orders in progress.” Lugg continued, “Terms are routinely being taken from 60 days to 120 or...

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Retail Brands Abandon Clothing Orders Amid Drop In Demand

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Retailers are halting and calling off attire orders as Western shoppers remain in their residences and shops close because of the coronavirus pandemic. The move jeopardizes millions of manufacturing positions in Asia and comes as China exhibits signs of bouncing back from the depths of COVID-19, The Wall Street Journal reported. Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association President Rubana Huq implored merchants to pay for products that they had ordered through a video. More than 4 million laborers could lose their positions if merchants don’t support manufacturing facilities. She said, according to the report, “This is a social chaos we...

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Supply Chain Startup Zilingo Makes US Push

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To roll out operations in the United States as it grows its supply chain business that links apparel brands with suppliers as well as factories, Singapore-based fashion technology firm Zilingo is designing a $100 million push. The startup is bringing offices to Los Angeles and New York and hiring product as well as sales teams as it drives an effort to get more U.S. manufacturers and brands on its platform, The Wall Street Journal reported. The startup says it has 800 employees and plans to grow its U.S. team to over 100 from 17 in the next year. Its supply...

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4 signs it’s time to get rid of old faithful—your beloved, falling-apart bra

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I remember the very first time I retired a bra. Purchased in the the tween section of Target, what was once a beautiful neon-pink number with gold stars had degraded into a faded, stretched out shadow of its former self. Even though the garment brought me heaps of discomfort (boo you, underwire), it was hard to say goodbye. The bra had loved me faithfully; now, I had to let go. The circle of (undergarment) life should repeat itself every six to eight months, according to Jessica Pfister, vice president of lingerie brand Le Mystere. “When your bra is worn out,...

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