A whale of a tail.
- Editor’s Note
- The Office Hours Interview
- Around The World
1. EDITOR’S NOTE
Hello, and welcome to what would normally be the first paid newsletter of the month. But you’re getting it for free!
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After this month, paid subscribers will be getting perks like additional podcast episodes, the opportunity to participate in Office Hours Live conversations, a lot more playlists, special articles and resources, and maybe even a (physical!) gift or two. Basically: if you like what you see this month, we guarantee it’s going to get even better.
Speaking of paid memberships.
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2. THE OFFICE HOURS INTERVIEW: LAUREN SHERMAN
Lauren Sherman is a writer and editorial strategist focusing on the fashion and retail industries. (Sign up for her weekly newsletter.) Currently, she’s the Business of Fashion’s New York editor. You’ve likely seen her work in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Elle.com, Yahoo Style, Racked, Marie Claire, Style.com, Women’s Health, InStyle, Newyorker.com, Nymag.com and many other publications. If all of this isn’t impressive enough for you, she recently became a mom!
We talk about The Thong Song’s impact on fashion (no, seriously), why the fashion industry doesn’t get thought of in the same way that other cultural industries do, the reality behind most fashion brands when it comes to finances, and why designers like Virgil Abloh and Kerby-Jean Raymond (of upstart fashion brand Pyer Moss) represent a shift in how the industry “sells clothes”.
3. AROUND THE WORLD
- The good folks at New York Magazine (shout out to my beloved Craig “PULITZER PRIZE-NOMINATED” Jenkins! Proooooud of youuuuu) asked me to share thoughts on newsletters.
- Speaking of Craig, he talked to Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (aka the guys responsible for making you shake your butt for 40 years, and counting) for Vulture.
- A must-read piece on sexism and the advertising industry.
- It’s rare that something as common as a new alternate jersey for a baseball team causes anything resembling news, but it appears fans of the San Francisco Giants are beyond pissed at these new duds. (Pun intended)
- The Black Experience in Graphic Design: 1968 and 2000
- What is consumerism doing to us?