Walmart enters fashion resale market with thredUP partnership

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where custome…

Walmart is gearing up to make a major splash in the fashion resale market.

Executives at the U.S. retail giant have announced they are partnering with the team at online thrift store thredUP on the new venture, which will include a website where customers can find nearly 750,000 pre-owned items across women’s and children’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and handbags.

Regarding the collaboration, Denise Incandela, head of fashion for Walmart U.S. eCommerce, noted that the initiative was the perfect way for Walmart to begin tapping into the market for pre-owned and sustainable fashion.

“The resale prices are outstanding, and we are thrilled to offer our Walmart customers the opportunity to reuse garments. Items have been carefully evaluated and selected by thredUP for sale based on their overall quality and condition,” she said. “Only pre-owned garments and shoes deemed ‘new’ or ‘like new’ by thredUP are available on Walmart.com. ‘Gently used’ accessories and handbags are also available.”

In addition, shoppers will be able to take advantage of Walmart’s free shipping threshold on orders of $35 (£28) or more and free returns to Walmart stores or thredUP.

And Jenn Volk, director of product management at thredUP, is delighted to be reaching out to a whole new demographic.

“We are excited to join forces with Walmart to power a sustainable, secondhand shopping experience unlike any other. From Calvin Klein and Nike to Coach and Michael Kors, this digital partnership enhances Walmart’s fashion offering with fresh brands at amazing prices that their customers will love,” she added.

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Drew Barrymore hit with lawsuit over cushion designs

Drew Barrymore has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by a fabric designer over a cushion pattern.The Hollywood actress first partnered with executives at Walmart on the Drew Barrymore Flower Home collection back in March 2019, with the lin…

Drew Barrymore has been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit by a fabric designer over a cushion pattern.

The Hollywood actress first partnered with executives at Walmart on the Drew Barrymore Flower Home collection back in March 2019, with the line comprised of decor and furniture pieces.

However, editors at TMZ reported on Thursday that Barrymore is facing a lawsuit from the team at Rule of Three Studio, who have claimed that she copied their Turkish Plume patterns on a cushion design.

Lawyers for the design studio have alleged that they started selling their version, which retails for between $315 and $565 (£250-£443), back in 2015, while the cushion in Barrymore’s range was launched last year.

They are suing both Barrymore and Walmart, and in court documents, requested that the company stop sales of the cushions and asked for all profits from the design as well additional damages.

The Santa Clarita Diet star and her representatives have not yet responded to the lawsuit.

Drew Barrymore Flower Home is the latest addition to Barrymore’s lifestyle empire, with the 45-year-old having first unveiled a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner in 2013 before going on to expand the line to include fragrance and eyewear.

“Drew Barrymore Flower Home is a whimsical, unpretentious collection of furniture and decor,” a Walmart spokesperson said of the designs at the time of the launch. “Inspired by Drew’s own personal aesthetic – and her ability to draw from every genre, style, and era – these gorgeous furnishings and must-have accents help you create a home that truly feels like an amazing mosaic map of yourself and your life.”

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Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez launch frozen food brand

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have helped launch a new brand of frozen meals. The superstar and her sportsman fiance have given their backing to Tiller & Hatch Supply Co., which offers high-quality, healthy and affordable meals designed for electr…

Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez have helped launch a new brand of frozen meals.

The superstar and her sportsman fiance have given their backing to Tiller & Hatch Supply Co., which offers high-quality, healthy and affordable meals designed for electric pressure cookers.

The first line, which launched in Walmart stores across the U.S. and on the Tiller & Hatch website on Monday, features eight “restaurant-quality” dishes including farfalle pasta with marinara, ground turkey to coconut chicken stew, and soups. None of the meals contain artificial flavours, colours, or added MSG, while the meat contains no added hormones or antibiotics.

“This is an option we wish had been available to our families growing up,” said Rodriguez in a statement. “We are committed, like Tiller & Hatch, to doing good. This partnership offers us the opportunity to provide affordable and nutritious meals to families across America while making significant charitable contributions to shelters and food-based charities across the country.”

And Sean Kane, co-founder of Tiller & Hatch, commented that partnering with Alex and Jennifer was a “natural fit”.

“We are redefining the frozen meal – eliminating time in the kitchen and maximising time at the dinner table making family memories over delicious meals, all at a reasonable price,” he said. “(Alex and Jennifer) both understand the importance of family time and are committed to making healthy and nutritious meals available to all families, which is the foundation of Tiller & Hatch.”

The company, which was also co-founded by Jay McGraw and Jennifer Pullen, plan to offer organic meals and options for specific dietary requirements in the near future.

They will also be donating a portion of the proceeds from all sales to a variety of shelters and charities working to fight hunger.

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Hilary Duff wishes she could pull off unconventional lip colours

Hilary Duff won’t be buying into the trend for boldly coloured lipsticks anytime soon.The Younger actress is known for her ability to pull off just about any beauty or style trend and recently unveiled her first make-up collection in partnership with N…

Hilary Duff won’t be buying into the trend for boldly coloured lipsticks anytime soon.

The Younger actress is known for her ability to pull off just about any beauty or style trend and recently unveiled her first make-up collection in partnership with Nudestix.

While Hilary enjoys experimenting with products and formulas, she has now shared in an interview with Glamour magazine that she will never be caught rocking green or blue lip colours.

“You see it in the magazines, and I feel like it’s very runway or great for editorial, but maybe you couldn’t pull it off in real life,” she said of the trend, before adding: “But I think it would be really fun.”

Hilary did go on to explain that she doesn’t mind a swipe of hot pink or tangerine lipstick, especially when she’s on vacation. Elsewhere, the mother-of-two named an eyebrow mishap as her biggest beauty regret.

“I went through a phase where I basically had jet-black eyebrows-and still as a blonde. Jet-black eyebrows!” the 31-year-old recalled. “I love a big brow. I live for a big brow, but now the tone of my brows is a little more toward my hair colour.”

Hilary is currently promoting the Bring It to the Bin campaign in association with Unilever and Walmart, with the initiative designed to make it easier than ever for consumers to recycle with ease and confidence. Regarding the concept, the star shared that she is determined to teach her children Luca, seven, and Banks, 10 months, to have good habits.

“As a mom, I always try to set a good example for my kids and that means teaching them to be conscious of their environment and taking an active role in preserving it. We recycle together and make conscious choices to incorporate reusable items into our daily life,” she said in a statement. “I hope this initiative inspires other families to recycle a little more each day. One choice you make differently is a step in the right direction for the future of our planet.”

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Bebe Rexha collaborating with Sinful Colors on nail polish collection

Bebe Rexha is launching a range of nail polishes with Sinful Colors. The 29-year-old singer has teamed up with bosses of the American nail polish company, which is owned by cosmetics giant Revlon, to become their latest brand ambassador and to release…

Bebe Rexha is launching a range of nail polishes with Sinful Colors.

The 29-year-old singer has teamed up with bosses of the American nail polish company, which is owned by cosmetics giant Revlon, to become their latest brand ambassador and to release the Velvet Obsession collection, which is comprised of eight lacquers with a velvet matte finish.

“Guess who got their own nail line!!! First collection that’s out is called Velvet Obsession,” Bebe wrote on Instagram as she announced the collaboration. “These colors are matte but with a silky rich finish and dramatic vampy shades perfect for the fall. I know for sure you can get them at @walmart!!”

On her Instagram Stories, the Meant to Be star shared a video montage of all the shades, such as deep purples and pinks, and added in a caption, “My nails have always reflected my style – they’re a big part of how I express myself whether I’m on stage performing or out with friends. That’s why I am soooo excited to join the @sinfulcolors_official family and bring some of my own nail colors and looks to life!”

Bebe also posted a video showing the shades on a nail display wheel and Sinful Colors’ new cardboard cosmetics display, which feature her face and signature.

The singer, who is always showing off a different nail colour or shape on social media, also selected three limited-edition shades as her favourites – Glam N’ Roses, a pink, Dark Romance, a dark purple, and Twisted Obsession, a lighter purple. The nail polish bottles for these feature stickers with the words “Bebe’s shade”.

The Velvet Obsessions Collection, which retail for $2.99 (£2.47) each, are available now in Walmart stores, and will be available at Walmart.com from 12 August.

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Artist suing Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart over heart design in clothing collection

An artist is suing Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart over a heart design used in their clothing collaboration.Last year, the talk show host joined forces with the U.S. retail giant to launch EV1, a 60-piece collection featuring T-shirts, bomber jackets, jean…

An artist is suing Ellen DeGeneres and Walmart over a heart design used in their clothing collaboration.

Last year, the talk show host joined forces with the U.S. retail giant to launch EV1, a 60-piece collection featuring T-shirts, bomber jackets, jeans, leisurewear, bags, and footwear, all priced under $30 (£25).

New York-based street artist Julian Rivera filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Walmart bosses and DeGeneres on Monday and claimed his “love” design was copied without permission on several items of clothing from the EV1 collection.

According to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Rivera said he has “diligently controlled distribution of his work in order to protect his reputation”, and alleged that people may think he has falsely struck up a deal with Walmart.

“People who recognised his design in the EV1 Collection would have concluded that Rivera ‘sold out,’ diminishing the value of his work and reputation,” his attorney Jeffrey Gluck wrote in the complaint.

Rivera sent a cease and desist letter to Walmart bosses in May, and earlier this month the retail giant’s lawyers “asserted that it had not copied the Design, that its own graphic was quite different, and that the Design was only minimally creative.”

The artist is suing for copyright infringement and unfair competition and is seeking an unknown amount of monetary damages. He also wants any pieces of clothing featuring his artwork to be recalled.

A Walmart spokesman said to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement on Tuesday that they “respect the intellectual property rights of others” and will “respond appropriately with the court”.

A representative for DeGeneres has yet to comment.

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Drew Barrymore partners with Walmart on home decor line

Drew Barrymore has partnered with Walmart on an extensive new home decor line.The Hollywood actress first launched a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner in 2013, and has since gone on to expand the collection to include fragrance and eyewear. No…

Drew Barrymore has partnered with Walmart on an extensive new home decor line.

The Hollywood actress first launched a range of cosmetics under the Flower banner in 2013, and has since gone on to expand the collection to include fragrance and eyewear.

Now, Drew has partnered with executives at the U.S. retail giant on a 220-item range of decor and furniture, which will begin rolling out online and instore on Thursday (28Mar19).

“Drew Barrymore Flower Home is a whimsical, unpretentious collection of furniture and decor,” a Walmart spokesperson said of the designs. “Inspired by Drew’s own personal aesthetic – and her ability to draw from every genre, style, and era – these gorgeous furnishings and must-have accents help you create a home that truly feels like an amazing mosaic map of yourself and your life.”

Utilising bright colours and a bohemian feel, furniture pieces include chairs, sofas, and tables, while Drew’s eclectic taste is also apparent in floral print dinnerware sets, glass light fixtures, quirky wall art, bookends, mirrors, and vases.

Items are priced from $18 to $899 (£13 – £685), with pieces separated into three categories; Eclectically collected, Modern tropical, and Vintage florals.

Drew took a hands-on approach to the process, right down to creating original patterns for furniture. The mother-of-two is very pleased with the final result, and in an interview with WWD, insisted that anyone can recreate her interior set-ups in their own homes.

“I love art everywhere, art on top of books and bookshelves with picture lights, and pillows and pops of colour everywhere,” the 44-year-old smiled. “I wanted to create rooms that were very easy to understand, and things are going to go together, but it’s not all one note. I hate one note. I’ve always been turned off by the designer-y look.”

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Sofia Vergara named her denim designs after female family members

Sofia Vergara named her latest denim designs after the women in her family.The Modern Family actress recently unveiled a new size-inclusive clothing line with Walmart, with the range called Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara.Comprised of 100 pieces, the coll…

Sofia Vergara named her latest denim designs after the women in her family.

The Modern Family actress recently unveiled a new size-inclusive clothing line with Walmart, with the range called Sofia Jeans by Sofia Vergara.

Comprised of 100 pieces, the collection includes a variety of jean fits, including the Gloria flare and the Paula jogger, with Sofia now sharing that she paid homage to those closest to her with the names of the items.

“The women in my family are exactly the people (who) shop at Walmart,” she told StyleCaster. “So, I convinced them to let me use their names in each of the designs of the jeans, because they’re all so different, and I wanted to make a jean that would fit everyone.”

Sofia’s fashion line also contains denim jackets, dressy tops, and graphic T-shirts.

Yet, it was most important for the brunette beauty to have all of her pieces priced at $40 (£30) and under, as she knows affordability is key for so many shoppers.

“I am a big shopper. I love clothes. I love shoes. I love make-up—hair,” the 46-year-old said. “And many times, I think, oh, this is super expensive, and I know that this could be a lot cheaper or more affordable.”

Walmart executives plan on unveiling new products each season, and will continue to offer sizes ranging from U.S. 0-20 (U.K. 2-24) in jeans, skirts, and shorts, and extra-small to triple extra-large in tops.

And Sofia is thrilled with the line, especially because she practically “lives” in jeans anyway.

“From going to the store, or to a business meeting, or to a night out partying, jeans are a must-have item for women,” she said in a statement. “I wanted to design a line of great-looking jeans, perfect for daytime casual or dressed up for (a) night, and fun tops, that are comfortable and affordable.”  

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Sofia Vergara: ‘Things are changing in the fashion industry’

Sofia Vergara is thrilled that “things are changing” and the fashion world is becoming more inclusive for curvy women.The Modern Family star is famous for her enviable hourglass figure, which she frequently shows off in jaw-dropping ensembles on the re…

Sofia Vergara is thrilled that “things are changing” and the fashion world is becoming more inclusive for curvy women.

The Modern Family star is famous for her enviable hourglass figure, which she frequently shows off in jaw-dropping ensembles on the red carpet. Sofia also looks chic on her down days too, with jeans among her favourite casual items to wear, and has now used her fashion expertise to create a new denim line for Walmart, Sofia by Sofia Vergara.

The collection features nearly 100 items, such as jeans, denim jackets and T-shirts, and comes in sizes 0 to 20, or extra-small to triple extra-large, with prices no higher than $40 (£30).

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight about the range, Sofia explained that she is excited to have a part in making the fashion industry more accepting of a curvier lady.

“Things are changing for us. I think it’s great,” she smiled. “You have so many more options to look for different sizes and shapes that you know will work for you… It’s easier now, but I think it’s important to know your body and to know what makes you feel sexy and cute and comfortable.

“I think it’s important to always work with what you’ve got. Look at yourself in the mirror and realise what the best thing is that you have going on for yourself. If you have a great pair of legs, if you have a small waist, wear high-waisted jeans or skirts… Work with what you’ve got, and don’t focus on the other stuff that you cannot change, so you can find a balance and like yourself.”

Sofia was determined to include a range of sizes in the range, at a low price point, as social media enabled her to find out that’s what people want.

The 46-year-old also opened up about her own sense of style, telling ET: “I try not to be too crazy with fashion. I don’t have to wear whatever’s on fashion right now, but I like to wear things that I feel go well with me, with my body type. Jeans are always the best choice for me. I think you can never go wrong with a good pair of jeans. I really like classic pieces.”

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Plus-size retailer Eloquii to be acquired by Walmart

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand. Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal fo…

Executives at Walmart have confirmed plans to acquire plus-size retailer Eloquii.

Founded in 2011 as part of The Limited, the fashion label re-launched online in 2014 as an independent direct-to-consumer brand.

Eloquii has gone on to build up a loyal following amongst shoppers, with Jason Wu and Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James partnering on capsule collections with the company, and on Tuesday (02Oct18), Walmart bosses announced that they are looking to buy the business for an undisclosed amount.

“I’m thrilled to announce our plans to acquire Eloquii,” said Andy Dunn, senior vice president of digital consumer brands for Walmart eCommerce. “Known for its trend-driven, fashion-focused assortment, Eloquii is all about great-fitting and great-looking apparel specifically designed for women U.S. size 14 and up.”

The deal is expected to close later this quarter. In addition, Eloquii chief executive officer Mariah Chase, her executive team and 100 employees will continue to be based in Long Island City, New York and Columbus, Ohio but will now be overseen by the American retail giant’s e-commerce organisation.

Regarding the partnership, Dunn commented that plus-size women’s apparel is a $21 billion market and represents one of the fastest growing segments in women’s fashion.

And though more than half of women aged 18-65 in the U.S. wear size 14 or higher, these customers have been historically under-served, with clothing limited by its lack of fashion, lack of fit, or both.

“Today we stand in solidarity with (plus-size shoppers) by acquiring a brand whose sole focus is to exceed her expectations,” he added. “I’m so excited to welcome (Eloquii) to our team and look forward to amplifying the Eloquii experience even further.”

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