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Must Read: The Future of Brick-And-Mortar Retail, Inside Fashion's Ongoing Fur Debate

Plus, Warby Parker has distributed more than 5 million pairs of glasses worldwide.
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday.

The future of brick-and-mortar retail
Amid thousands of store closures, retailers are betting their future success on a new generation of brick-and-mortar shops that are vastly different from their predecessors. "Next-gen stores have e-commerce built into their DNA, with a goal of seamlessly blending customers' online and in-store experiences," writes Cathaleen Chen for Business of Fashion. "At a minimum, that means continuously rolling out new products and offering amenities that go beyond the merchandise." It also means implementing new forms of technology that make the customer experience seamless. {Business of Fashion

Inside fashion's ongoing fur debate
Faux fur has become more popular on the runway as a growing list of brands and designers go fur-free. But while anti-fur proponents claim wearing real fur is cruel to animals, fur supporters point out that real fur is more sustainable because it lasts longer and is completely biodegradable. As a result, the material remains one of the most hotly debated issues in the fashion world. WWD compiled a list of designers and retailers who are ditching fur and what some are using to fill the plush void. {WWD

Warby Parker has distributed more than 5 million pairs of glasses worldwide
Warby Parker has distributed more than 5 million pairs of glasses to those in need in over 50 countries through its Buy-A-Pair, Give-A-Pair program. VisionSpring, which has been the company's primary partner in its philanthropic efforts, estimates that the millions of glasses distributed thus far will unlock more than $1 billion in earning potential for low-income households by 2021. {Fashionista inbox} 

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