Must Read: Heron Preston Teams Up With Gap, Asos Responds to Factory Accusations

Plus, Tamara Mellon re-launches her label after filing for bankruptcy in 2015.
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Plus, Tamara Mellon re-launches her label after filing for bankruptcy in 2015.
Heron Preston. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

Heron Preston. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines on Thursday.

Heron Preston collaborates with Gap on $500 sweatsuit set
Multi-hyphenate artist Heron Preston is joining forces with Gap on a sweatshirt and sweatpant set as part of the retailer's #DoYouGap campaign, which centers on the themes of individuality and style. The items — including a sweatshirt with an airbrushed eagle and the words "The Gap is an iconic American brand for the people" in red embroidery, and a pair of gray sweatpants with "USA" on the leg — are currently available for pre-order exclusively on Preston's website. {Fashionista inbox}

Asos addresses accusations of poor factory conditions
After a series of allegations against Asos that shed light on poor working conditions in its U.K.-based warehouse, the British e-tailer is attempting to put the accusations to rest with a six-page statement that denies the claims. "I'm disappointed that inaccurate and misleading things have been said about how we manage our warehouse at Barnsley in Yorkshire," Asos CEO Nick Beighton wrote in a statement published on the brand's website. "I take huge exception to the idea that we are secretive and exploit our people. We have nothing to hide and much to be proud of." {Vogue UK}

Tamara Mellon re-launches label
American designer Tamara Mellon is hitting the reset button on her eponymous label after filing for bankruptcy last year. This time around, she's doing things very differently: Her entire range of luxury footwear will be available exclusively direct-to-consumer on her website and will be sold at a more accessible price point than other luxury brands. (From the mainstay "Collection" channel, think $325 for flats and sandals, $350 for leather pumps and $975 for thigh-high boots.) Mellon will also continue to launch new styles throughout the year, eschewing the timeline of the traditional fashion calendar and, additionally, will offer a rotating capsule of more conceptual designs as part of her "Lab" channel. {Fashionista inbox}

Christopher Kane responds to putting Crocs on the runway

Whether you loved or hated spring 2017's breakout "ugly shoe" trend, there's no denying it: Christopher Kane's runway show was Crocs's moment in the sun. The designer is breaking his silence to address the mixed opinions from fashion media — and guess what? He really doesn't care what people think. "I don't think anyone's got the right to say right or wrong, unless they're God, otherwise just shut up," the designer told WWD. "I knew people were going to react in that way, but it wasn't about being controversial. Obviously people do like them, and that's a different customer that I want to grab. I want to include everyone and not be a snob." {WWD}

Coverstory casts transgender model Shay Neary in new campaign
The online plus-size clothing retailer has cast transgender model Shay Neary in its fall 2016 campaign. Neary, 28, is currently represented by New York City-based Trans Models, the first openly transgender modeling agency. {Fashionista inbox}

Meet Forever 21's Do Won Chang
Three years after he immigrated to the United States from South Korea, Do Won Chang opened a 900-square-foot clothing store called Fashion 21 in downtown Los Angeles' Fashion District. Within its first year, the store brought in $700,000 by taking advantage of wholesale close-outs and sourcing merchandise directly from manufacturers. Fast-forward to today, the since-renamed Forever 21 is one of the biggest names in fast-fashion. {Forbes}

Sephora might be coming to the U.K.
The beauty retail giant has its (heavily mascara-ed) eyes on opening in the U.K.; with numerous locations across the pond, here in the U.S. and in France, it's about time. While the news has yet to be confirmed by the brand, eagle-eyed shoppers have reportedly noticed an empty retail space with Sephora branding in East London's Westfield shopping center and, naturally, are freaking out on Twitter. {Grazia}

How many subscription box services are too many subscription box services?
According to Bloomberg, 2,000 sounds about right. Whether you're looking for a monthly dose of beauty products, dog toys, booze or arts and crafts, there's a well-packaged subscription box that offers it. Have we peaked? Maybe. (Probably.) {Bloomberg}

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