Must Read: 'Vogue' to Launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Nike Debuts New Retail Experience for Women

Plus, Salvatore Ferragamo's CEO resigns.
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Michaela Seewald and Fabrice Biundo. Photo: Courtesy of Condé Nast International 

Michaela Seewald and Fabrice Biundo. Photo: Courtesy of Condé Nast International 

Vogue to launch in the Czech Republic and Slovakia 
On Wednesday, Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive of Condé Nast International, announced that Vogue is launching in the Czech Republic and Slovakia under a license agreement with V24 Media, a Prague-based multi-media company. The Central Eastern European edition of the glossy fashion magazine will debut as a multi-media brand in print and online this August with the September issue. Key editorial appointments are yet to be confirmed, but V24 Media co-founders Michaela Seewald and Fabrice Biundo (pictured above) will spearhead the strategic vision for the magazine. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Nike debuts new retail experience and expands sizing for women 
Nike is launching Nike Unlaced, a global digital and retail concept designed to increase female representation within the wider sneaker community. A digital platform will launch in March, while retail spaces will pop-up this summer offering new performance styles, personalized styling and expanded women's sizing for iconic collaborations that have previously been geared toward men. There will also be local product curations by influential creatives from New York, Paris, London, Shanghai and more. You can view images of what the Nike Unlaced space, as previewed in Paris this week, will look like in the gallery below. {Fashionista Inbox}

Salvatore Ferragamo's CEO resigns 
Eraldo Poletto will step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer at Salvatore Ferragamo on Mar. 8, after less than two years with the brand. Since Poletto joined the the company in August 2016, the Italian luxury brand has struggled to increase revenue. Ferragamo did not disclose a reason for his departure and his successor has not yet been named. {Business of Fashion}

Lively raises an additional $3 million in seed funding
Lively, a two-year-old, female-founded, direct-to-consumer lingerie brand, has raised an additional $3 million in seed funding with continued support from its original investors, bringing the total funding amount to $8.5 million to date. The new funds will be used to turn the brand's online-only model into physical retail experiences this year. {Fashionista Inbox} 

Beauty brands made up only five percent of the social media conversation in 2017
A new luxury brand report from social media analytics firm Netbase reveals that beauty brands made up only five percent of the social media conversation in 2017, but their conversations generated a lot of buzz. L'Oréal was the buzziest brand with almost 4 million mentions last year. Unfortunately, the cosmetic label's spike in engagement came from the criticism it received when it fired its transgender spokesmodel in August. {Quartz}

New report calls out high street retailers for poor production practices
Zara, ASOS, H&M, Next and Tesco's are among a slew of brands and retailers that have been called out in a new sustainability report for poor production practices. Changing Markets Foundation, a group that exposes irresponsible corporate practices, conducted this "Dirty Fashion" study, which shows that the aforementioned retailers continue to source their viscose from dirty and dangerous factories that have caused ongoing health and environmental issues in India and Indonesia. {WWD}

Heron Preston wants to make streetwear more sustainable 
When you think of sustainability, a montage of granola and caftan imagery might play out. But buzzy streetwear designer Heron Preston is about to change this narrative by bringing cool hypebeasts into the business of recycling. After hearing about the strides Eileen Fisher has taken to reduce the fashion industry's negative impact on the environment, Preston was inspired to work with the brand to learn its sustainability strategies first-hand, so he could then emulate them in his own future collections. {Glossy}

Photographers on the lack of diversity in street style 
After we, along with a few other publications, brought attention to lack of body and racial diversity in street style photos, Refinery29 and The Cut went directly to the sources — the lensmen themselves — and spoke to them on why street style tends to focus solely on thin, white women. From playing a PR game to blaming magazines and claiming they haven't seen women over a size six during fashion month, they've all got a different reason why diversity in street style is so behind. {The Cut/Refinery29}

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