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Must Read: Shedding Light on Italy's Shadow Economy, Hedi Slimane Reveals Venue for Celine Debut

Plus, The Modist announces global partnership with Farfetch.
Photo: @prada/Instagram

Photo: @prada/Instagram

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Thursday.

Shedding light on Italy's shadow economy
Some of the most prized and expensive Italian-made garments are sewn and stitched by mostly female workers who have no minimum wage, insurance or legal protections. In an investigative piece for The New York Times, Elizabeth Paton provides an inside look into Italy's shadow economy and speaks with the women toiling at their kitchen tables on what become luxury products. {The New York Times

Hedi Slimane reveals venue for Celine debut
Hedi Slimane will stage his highly-anticipated Celine debut on Sept. 28 at the Hôtel des Invalides. Located in Paris' seventh arrondissement, the Hôtel des Invalides houses the tomb of Napoléon and was the setting for Slimane's Fall 2014 men's show for Saint Laurent. {WWD

The Modist announces global partnership with Farfetch 
The Modist, a Dubai-based e-tailer dedicated to modest attire, is teaming up with Farfetch. This partnership means The Modist will be able to offer its lines to a wider international audience. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Farfetch, focusing exclusively on luxury modest fashion that changes the fashion game," The Modist's CEO Ghizlan Guenez said in a press statement. "We both recognize the complementary nature of our businesses, and with Farfetch's global reach and The Modist's deep understanding of the consumer in the modest-fashion market, we will reach our woman worldwide, bringing her the best of fashion in a relevant and curated way." {Fashionista inbox} 

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When gender fluidity becomes a marketing opportunity
"The embrace of nonbinary identity in commercial realms is far from being a diversity ploy by the fashion industry or yet another trip to gender-bending's reliable costume trunk," writes Guy Trebay for The New York Times in a piece about how brands are commodifying gender fluidity. "Companies are eager to court and capture a generation of consumers in which, according to a report prepared by the J. Walter Thompson innovation group, 50 percent personally know someone who identifies as gender fluid." {The New York Times

The secret behind Boyy bags 
The Bangkok-based designers behind Boyy have cultivated a cult following for their boxy leather bag with very limited advertising and without a PR agency. Instead, the accessory got its must-have status from the industry's leading tastemakers and Instagram stars who have shared street style images of themselves toting around the minimalist accessory to their thousands of followers. The designers, who have thus far self-funded their label, are now preparing for their next stage of growth, which includes moving their operations to Milan. {Business of Fashion

Nike continues to see benefits from Colin Kaepernick ad
The commercial benefits from Nike's Colin Kaepernick ad keep rolling in: Nike sold out 61 percent more of it products in the 10-day period after the campaign was released than in the 10 days prior, according to new research from Thomson Reuters Proprietary Research. But let's also not forget that the sportswear giant's stocks hit an all-time high and online sales were up by 31 percent last week, all thanks to the Kaepernick campaign. {Hypebeast

Gap Inc. to launch new "high-performance" menswear brand, called Hill City
The Gap Inc. collection of brands (including Old Navy, Banana Republic, Intermix and, of course, Gap) is expanding into the menswear space with a new venture, called Hill City. Per a release, the "high-performance" label was created to fill a gap in the marketplace for functional menswear that "doesn't necessarily look or feel technical," from exercise to work to the weekend. "Active is a key growth area for Gap Inc. and Hill City is our response to consistent feedback from customers looking for a premium men's product that combines highly technical fabrications, performance and style," said Gap Inc. President and CEO Art Peck." Hill City is set to launch mid-October at, while pieces from the brand will also be displayed — but not available for purchase — at 50 select Athleta locations nationwide. {Fashionista inbox}

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