The Robots Are Coming for Garment Workers. That’s Good for the U.S., Bad for Poor Countries
Automation is reaching into trades that once seemed immune, transforming sweatshops and bringing production back to America
By Jon Emont | Feb. 16, 2018
Six Fashion Careers of the Future
From consumer psychologists to data scientists, BoF meets fashion professionals working in “careers of the future” to learn about how their work contributes to the industry.
There are few sectors of the economy that offer as wide and interesting a range of career opportunities as fashion.
1. 3D Printing Engineer
2. Consumer Psychologist
3. Data Scientist
4. Fabric Research and Development
5. Sustainability Expert
6. Personal Stylist https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/careers/six-fashion-careers-of-the-future
Consumer confidence hits highest level since December 2000
Michael Sheetz | @thesheetztweetz
• Consumer confidence rose to 125.9 in October, according to the Conference Board.
• The rating is at the highest level since December 2000.
• This accounts for Americans’ views of current economic conditions and their expectations for the next six months. https://www.cnbc.com/2017/10/31/consumer-confidence-october.html
U.S. Consumer Confidence at Second-Highest Level Since 2000
By Sho Chandra | August 29, 2017
A pickup in consumer confidence to the second-highest level since late 2000 provide a basis for steady gains in spending, according to figures Tuesday from the New York-based Conference Board.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CONSUMER CONFIDENCE (AUGUST)
Confidence index rose to 122.9 (est. 120.7) from downwardly revised 120 in July
Present conditions measure increased to 151.2, highest since July 2001, from 145.4
Gauge of consumer expectations rose to 104 from 103
“Americans have had much to lift their moods: optimism about the economy, steady hiring and unemployment at a 16-year low, in addition to contained inflation, home-price appreciation and stock-market gains.” …
“May 20, 1873 marked an historic day: the birth of the blue jean. It was on that day that Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis obtained a U.S. patent on the process of putting rivets in men’s work pants for the very first time.” (levistrauss)
🐮 Manure Couture 🐄
Cow poop clothing could be fashion’s latest eco trend.
By Marilisa Racco
“Would you wear a dress made from cow poop? It sounds like a crazy question, but it could be a legitimate one if Jalila Essaïdi has anything to do with it.
A Dutch artist and entrepreneur based in the Netherlands, Essaïdi has found a way to turn the cellulose in cow manure into a biodegradable fabric called Mestic. And her discovery has caught the eye of fast-fashion retailer H&M, who awarded her a prize of 150,000 euros in their second annual Global Change Awards earlier this month.”…
Is Fashion Ready for the AI Revolution? Artificial intelligence can help businesses align supply and demand, scale personal service and design better products.
…”Online shopping could become a conversation, where the shopper describes the dress of their dreams, and, in seconds, an AI-powered search engine tracks down the closest match. Designers, merchandisers and buyers could all work alongside AI, to predict what customers want to wear, before they even know themselves.”…