Must Read: New York State Assemblyman Fights Nail Salon Reforms, Alber Elbaz Threatens Lanvin Management

And luxury companies are adding chief digital officers to their executive ranks.
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And luxury companies are adding chief digital officers to their executive ranks.
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These are the stories making headlines this Monday.

Former nail salon reform advocate changes position after receiving financial support from nail salon owners
Just a few months ago, New York State assemblyman Ron Kim, who represents the enclave of Flushing, Queens, had a hand in crafting a bill to protect nail salon workers after horrifying reports of abuse surfaced. But less than a month after Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the bill, Kim became one of its largest critics — he even helped nail salon owners strategize by connecting them with a lobbying firm where he used to work. His main complaint has been that nail salon owners are being unfairly singled out by having to buy wage bonds, which ensure that workers are paid after they successfully sue for wage theft. However, Kim's sudden change might be more financially than morally driven: Nail salon owners have raised about $60,000 in total for Kim. {The New York Times}

The rise of chief digital officers in fashion
Luxury businesses have finally begun integrating digital into their core growth strategies as sales have slowed in Asia. Most notably, LVMH hired Apple's former Senior Director of iTunes Ian Rogers as the company's first chief digital officer this past summer. But what kind of role do CDOs actually occupy in fashion? Will they be transformative or ambassadorial, in the sense that their roles merely signal a company's intention to invest more in digital? {Business of Fashion}

Alber Elbaz urges Lanvin management to stop blaming his creative work
Alber Elbaz is contesting Shaw-Lan Wang and Michèle Huiban's claims that his designs are to blame for Lanvin's stagnating sales. The designer, who dispatched a letter to the owner on Monday, blamed weak management for weaker sales and went on to state that he'll seek either legal action or grant a long interview to protect his reputation. {WWD}

Apple adds "Shopping" category to its app store
Just in time for the holiday shopping season, Apple has added a dedicated "Shopping" category to its App Store. The "Shopping" app will also include apps indirectly related to shopping, such as ones that helps consumers find coupons, deals, etc. {TechCrunch}

Moncler revenue up 25 percent
Moncler SpA reported revenues of $623.2 million ending Sept. 30, up 25 percent from the same period last year, thanks to strong performances in the U.S. and Asia. Moncler currently operates 166 stores; it plans to open two more by the end of the year. {WWD}

André Leon Talley chats with Kim Kardashian
In episode five of the Vogue podcast, André Leon Talley chats with Kim Kardashian about her mobile game, her favorite places to eat in Paris and redoing her closet to look like a Saint Laurent store. {Vogue}

How climate change will affect the availability of luxury materials
Climate change is bound to impact the availability of resources, and according to a new report by Kering and nonprofit consultancy BSR, the luxury items that are most at risk are cashmere, extra-fine cotton, vicuña, silk, cow leather and sheep leather. (In case you're wondering what vicuña is, it's wool from a llama-like animal found in the Central Andes.) {Quartz

MIT gets in on 3-D printed footwear technology
Well, it looks like Adidas isn't the only company interested in 3D-printed footwear. MIT's Self-Assembly Lab is woking on "The Minimal Shoe," which is designed to match the contours of the feet. It is still a work in progress, but essentially, the idea would be to 3D print lines of plastic on a stretch of textile and have the fabric mold into the shape arranged by the plastic lines once cut. {Quartz}

Furla hires CEO of Americas
Furla has appointed Scott M. Link as its CEO of Americas and Francis Sango as the vice president of wholesale. Link has over 20 years of experience in the industry at several companies, including Gap, Polo Ralph Lauren and French Connection. {WWD}