Zilingo Cuts 12% More Jobs as Online Fashion Shopping Plummets

Ira A. Johnson

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Zilingo Pte, a fashion tech platform backed by Temasek Holdings Pte, has cut an additional 12% of its total workforce as it extends cost-cutting measures to deal with Covid-19 fallout, according to a blog post.

The latest cuts come on top of a 5% headcount reduction around April. The company helps small fashion outlets across South and Southeast Asia get online, market and deliver their goods, but it said the coronavirus outbreak has already led to a quarter of those businesses closing doors.

To rein in its own costs, Zilingo is downsizing marketing, sourcing and support teams in the U.S., Australia, Singapore and Indonesia. The leadership team is taking a 30% pay cut, most employees will shift to working from home at least part of the time and some regional offices will be let

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How Should Fashion Entrants to China Approach COVID-19 Rebound?

Ira A. Johnson

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LONDON — Everybody wants a slice of China’s booming luxury and fashion market, especially after the coronavirus put a stop to many businesses around the world.

It’s indeed fascinating to hear stories about how loyal Chinese consumers would queue outside Chanel and Hermès stores moments after the pandemic was contained and spend a record-breaking sum of money on high-price items, and how Burberry’s 100 limited-edition Pocket Bags in collaboration with Mr. Bags sold out within seconds on his WeChat mini-program.

McKinsey predicts Chinese consumers will account for 40 percent of the world’s luxury spending by 2025, but the growing demand is likely to be trapped in the country until 2021 due to pandemic disruptions. Because of this, China’s retail market is expected to overtake the U.S. and become the world’s largest as early as this year.

But the reality is far

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Last-Minute Red, White and Blue Fashion That Will Ship Before 4th of July

Ira A. Johnson

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Can you believe that the Fourth of July is on the horizon? We truly can’t either. Although celebrations will look different this year, some of Us may still be looking to embrace festive fashion — even if it’s just for a socially distanced backyard picnic.

Shop With Us: Hurry! You Can Still Grab This Flag Face Mask in Time for 4th of July

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Chances are, you’ve had a lot on your mind and the upcoming holiday weekend wasn’t at the top of the list. If you’re looking for gear to rock, we’ve rounded up some items you can order on Amazon that will still ship in time.

These Peekaboo Sheer Socks

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A little pop of patriotism on the feet is all you need. Team with denim

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BET Awards Celebrate Black Designers and Stir Calls for Fashion Industry Change

Ira A. Johnson

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There wasn’t an actual red carpet, but Sunday’s virtual BET Awards was an impressive showcase of Black style nonetheless, starting with host Amanda Seales, representing all Black-designed clothing, jewelry, hair-care and makeup brands, including a custom gown by Los Angeles-based rising fashion star Claude Kameni.

“We wanted to tell a story of Black creativity, pay homage to iconic moments of Black style, and amplify the work of these Black fashion innovators,” said Seales.

“The BETs are our Oscars, our Grammys, our everything, where we are able to show ourselves and have fun and show off,” said her stylist Bryon Javar of the 13 looks, using pieces from Pyer Moss, Romeo Hunte, Sergio Hudson, Sister Love, Brother Vellies, Grayscale, Bishme Cromartie, Dapper Dan-Gucci and more, and paying homage to iconic moments in Black style history, from Hilary Banks’ Nineties power wardrobe in

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