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Fashion Nova responds to criticism over work environments


Earlier in December, the New York Times published an investigative article discussing the work environments and wages for those who work for Fashion Nova, a Los Angeles-based fast-fashion brand catering to the Gen Z shopper.

The article, titled “Fashion Nova’s Secret: Underpaid Workers in Los Angeles Factories,” stated that the brand has been the subject of an investigation by the Department of Labor, stating that the factories supplying Fashion Nova owed 3.8 million USD in back wages to its workers. However, according to California Apparel News, a representative from the Department of Labor said there is not currently an active investigation on the popular brand.

Amid the backlash from the article, Fashion Nova claims wrongdoing, with a statement saying that it fully commits to its employees and has “always followed all California laws in compensating its workforce.” The brand also shared that its vendors each have signed an agreement with the company to pay their employees and subcontractors in “strict alignment with those same laws” and that any vendor found not in compliance is on probation for six months.

Image: Fashion Nova Facebook

Amazon sees record holiday sales with billions of orders

Amazon this week announced its holiday season was record-breaking as billions of items were ordered worldwide, although it did not specify exact figures. Popular departments in the U.S. were toys, fashion, home and beauty with more than half a billion total items ordered.

“This holiday season has been better than ever thanks to our customers and employees all around the world,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO. “On behalf of all Amazonians, we wish everyone the happiest of holidays and a fantastic 2020.”

To cope with demand Amazon added more than 250,000 full and part-time seasonal roles across its global customer fulfilment network, with the company now employing 750,000 employees worldwide.

It was also a record-breaking holiday season for independent third-party sellers – mostly small and medium-sized businesses – with worldwide unit sales seeing double-digit year-over-year growth, surpassing a billion items sold in Amazon’s Stores.

Some of the most popular fashion brands customers ordered in Amazon’s Stores during the holidays include Carhartt, Champion, adidas and Amazon Essentials. Millions of cold-weather accessories for the whole family were ordered during the holidays – from well-known brands such as Columbia, Pendleton and Calvin Klein to Amazon Brands such as Goodthreads and emerging brands such as State Cashmere.

Snow boots, cozy cardigans and knit beanies were a few of customers’ most loved items this holiday season, along with the customer favorite Orolay down Jacket, better known as the “Amazon Coat.”

Customers shopped for winter fashion

Amazon said customers shopped for winter wardrobe additions, with textured coats from brands including Alo Yoga and Daily Ritual, as well as bright puffers from Staples by the Drop and Amazon Essentials proving to be favourites.

Elsewhere leopard print headbands, spotted sweaters and animal prints were popular gifts to give as seen in the Amazon Fashion holiday gift guides.

Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Tom Ford Absent From New York Fashion Week Schedule

The CFDA‘s New York Fashion Week schedule is one of America’s foremost fashion events, showcasing a wide array of domestic and international talent alike, anchored by some of the country’s biggest names. Curiously, three of those household names appear to be absent from this year’s festivities: Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Ford.

It’s less surprising to not see Ford on the list than the other two companies; he announced plans to show in Los Angeles earlier this month. “In my role as chairman of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, my main intent and priority is to globalize and bring attention to American fashion,” Ford explained to WWD. “There is truly no bigger or more prominent stage in the world at any given time than Los Angeles during the Academy Awards.”

Still, Ford’s absence is all the more noticeable given the disappearance of Lauren and Hilfiger, two other tentpole NYFW designers. A Ralph Lauren spokesperson told Fashion Network that the label is “still reflecting on a possible event” for New York, leaving the door open for an event. Meanwhile, Hilfiger is expected to announce a new host city for his ongoing TommyNow program, a seasonal See Now Buy Now runway presentation that recently partnered with Zendaya for a show at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre.

There’s plenty of heavy hitters still on the CFDA’s schedule, of course, like Helmut Lang, Jeremy Scott, The Row, Eckhaus Latta and Marc Jacobs. International brands will also be reappearing at the event, including Palm Angels and Sies Marjan. However, one of the city’s biggest emerging labels, Pyer Moss, will be absent for the February shows, hosting a showroom in Paris during France’s Fashion Week.

View the current state of the NYFW shows on the CFDA’s website, which kicks off on February 3.

This past month, a major French luxury brand took a major American city when Kim Jones and Shawn Stussy delivered Dior’s Pre-Fall 2020 runway presentation in Miami.

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