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Must Read: Inside Fashion's Waste Problem, Why Luxury Brands Are Reducing Their Prices in China

Plus, how major e-commerce players use personal shopping to court the 1 percent.
Photo: Ryan McVay/Getty Images

Photo: Ryan McVay/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Tuesday.

Inside fashion's waste problem
Earlier this month, Burberry admitted to destroying millions worth of unsold products, leading many to wonder if other big-name designers and brands engage in the same wasteful practices. The secretive nature of the industry makes it difficult to quantify the scale of the problem, but with global production now exceeding 100 billion garments a year, environmental activists say retailers need to be smarter about production and more transparent about their supply chain in order to avoid "potentially catastrophic" environmental damage. {BBC

Why luxury brands are reducing their prices in China 
Burberry, Gucci, Hermès and Louis Vuitton all reduced their prices in China this month and other brands are expected to follow suit. The price cuts are a result of the Chinese government's policy to reduce import duties and VAT on consumer goods, which officially came into effect on July 1. In a new piece, Business of Fashion explores how the price cuts will impact the bottom line and predicts what luxury brands will lower their prices next. {Business of Fashion

How major e-commerce players use personal shopping to court the 1 percent
For online retailers like Net-a-Porter and Moda Operandi as little as 1-to-3 percent of clients can account for up to 40 percent of revenue. Therefore, these sites are continually competing with one another via digital innovations, private dinners and more to give the Birkin owners of the world a more intimate personal shopping experience. {Business of Fashion

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How anime helped Generation Y cultivate a person style 
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How American Eagle got political to win over Generation Z consumers 
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Brandless secures $240 million in Series C round 
Brandless, the direct-to-consumer e-commerce startup offering a wide assortment of household, clean beauty and food products each at the magical price of $3, raised $240 million in its latest funding round, led by Softbank Vision Fund. The company launched last summer and said the investment will help accelerate its mission to "make better stuff accessible and affordable for more people." {WWD

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