PETA buys shares in fashion brands amid coronavirus market downturn

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis by acquiring stock in multiple fashion companies.On Tuesday, leaders at the animal rights organisation seized upon the market downturn caused…

Activists at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have taken advantage of the coronavirus crisis by acquiring stock in multiple fashion companies.

On Tuesday, leaders at the animal rights organisation seized upon the market downturn caused by the covid-19 pandemic to buy up stocks in Ralph Lauren, Urban Outfitters, and Guess, among others.

A minimum number of shares have been purchased – just enough for PETA representatives to attend annual meetings and influence management decisions.

PETA executive vice president Tracy Reiman explained that the organisation is specifically focused on banning wool, mohair, and cashmere.

“PETA is heading to the boardroom to pressure retailers from Ralph Lauren to Urban Outfitters not to sell items that animals suffered and died for,” she commented.

In recent years, members of the group have investigated many supplies to the fashion retailers and alleged that practices are often sorely lacking. In 2018, an expose of the mohair industry in South Africa, available to view on YouTube, revealed Angora goats were thrown across the room, cut, and needlessly slaughtered for their valuable fibres.

Cashmere farms in China and Mongolia were reported to be similarly abusive to animals, with goats screaming in pain as hair was torn from their bodies.

“Today’s kind consumers want to support companies that share their values and sell chic and comfortable vegan sweaters and coats only,” added Reiman.

Other brands targeted by PETA in the initiative include Burberry, Tapestry, Inc., the parent company of Coach, Kate Spade, and Stuart Weitzman, Under Armour, and Capri Holdings, which incorporates Michael Kors and Versace.

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Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein among designers closing stores over coronavirus fears

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and E…

Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein are among the high-profile designers closing their stores over growing coronavirus fears.

It was announced on Tuesday that PVH Corp., the brands’ parent company, will temporarily shutter all their stores in the U.S. and Europe until 29 March.

“Health and safety remain our top priorities,” chairman and chief executive Manny Chirico said in a statement. “This is an unprecedented and rapidly changing situation to which we will need to continue to adapt.”

Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Free People are also among the retailers closing their doors, alongside sportswear giants Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, New Balance, and Vans.

High street giant H&M announced on Tuesday the closure of all its stores in the U.S. and Canada until 2 April, and all employees will receive full pay despite the shutdown.

“H&M’s top priority is maintaining the health and safety of all its colleagues and customers,” the brand said in a statement. “We have been diligently following the latest recommendations made by local governments and the relevant health authorities and have been agile.”

And Tapestry Inc., parent company of brands including Coach, Kate Spade and Stuart Weitzman, have shuttered all their stores across North America and Europe.

While physical stores will be closed, the brands will still be taking orders on their websites.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and taking the appropriate actions to protect the safety of our employees, customers and communities,” chairman and chief executive Jide Zeitlin said in a statement.

There are more than 6,500 cases of Covid-19 in the U.S, with 116 deaths. The virus has infected almost 200,000 people across the world since the outbreak began back in December, and nearly 8,000 people have died.

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Billie Eilish launches new Urban Outfitters collection

Billie Eilish has launched her unique merchandise collection with Urban Outfitters.The Bad Guy hitmaker has teamed up with executives at the high street and online retailer for the exclusive 16-piece line, which also includes vinyl copies of her single…

Billie Eilish has launched her unique merchandise collection with Urban Outfitters.

The Bad Guy hitmaker has teamed up with executives at the high street and online retailer for the exclusive 16-piece line, which also includes vinyl copies of her singles.

Featuring a palette of outlandish prints, lime green, black and tan, the collection includes T-shirts adorned with Billie’s face, along with a replica of her signature bucket hat, joggers, neon shorts, a balaclava embroidered with her name, a black ski mask and even a face mask so fans can copy her offbeat onstage style.

Prices range from $16 (£12) to $69 (£54), and the Urban Outfitters Exclusive Billie Eilish Collection is available now.

The 17-year-old is no stranger to collaborating with a fashion brand. Back in May, she appeared in Calvin Klein’s #MYCALVINS campaign alongside the likes of Kendall Jenner and Shawn Mendes and collaborated with fashion label Bershka on a capsule collection in August.

Billie is known for her edgy style, often wearing baggy trousers or shorts and long T-shirts, and showcased her talents with designers at the label on a range, with pieces featuring lots of black and acid brights.

Her last collaboration in September was with leather luxury goods brand MCM, releasing a range of unisex vegan merchandise. Billie’s limited-edition collection, which featured a green oversized hoodie, a black long-sleeve T-shirt, and a white short-sleeve T-shirt, was on sale for just two days at a pop-up event in Berlin, Germany.

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Betsey Johnson’s Urban Outfitters collab is live

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summe…

Betsey Johnson has launched her Urban Outfitters ‘90s revival line weeks after undergoing open heart surgery.

The eccentric designer has partnered with the U.S. store on a 10-piece throwback collection that’s a direct reflection of her spring/ summer 97 runway show.

Made up of slip dresses, romantic cuts and even a prom-inspired gown, the collaboration went live on Monday, much to the delight of fashion fans.

“Betsey Johnson x Urban Outfitters is live! We’re, like, so excited to introduce a collection of playful dresses inspired by our 1997 collection, available now exclusively at UO,” the designer wrote on Instagram, next to an image of a pink slip dress with a tulle hem and covered in red hearts.

Talking to WWD about the launch earlier this month, Betsey explained she was inspired by her daughter Lulu for the original line back in 1997, and that it was a mix between feminine whimsy and rebel rocker, blending together ruffled looks with a rocky edge.

“I just love how women — and men — today have brought those fun, funky looks back to life,” the 76-year-old smiled of how ‘90s fashion has made a comeback.

Prices range from $79 (£61) to $350 (£270).

Urban Outfitters’ chief merchandising officer of women’s and home Gabrielle Conforti commented that the brand’s core customer was born in the ‘90s.

“We’re excited to give them the opportunity to experience the iconic Betsey designs updated for today,” she added.

Betsey underwent heart surgery in early April, and recently told MailOnline she was relishing a “second chance at life”.

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