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.
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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} 

A look back at Baby Phat's definitive fashion moments
Kimora Lee Simmons is bringing back Baby Phat this summer. In celebration of its return, Dazed took a look back at how the brand democratized fashion by making it more affordable, and looks ahead to what the label will become with two well-versed Instagram users — her daughters — contributing to the reboot. {Dazed

i-D spotlights garments that changed fashion 
i-D dug into some of the most important archives to examine pieces that had a significant impact on fashion. Highlights from the magazine's dig include a Vivienne Westwood bustle from Alex Fury's archive – which he found on eBay — and a three-decade-old Katharine Hamnett T-shirt from the designer's personal archive, which was an early example of mixing fashion with politics. {i-D

Marc Jacobs responds to Nirvana trademark lawsuit 
Marc Jacobs is asking a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Nirvana last December that alleged the designer copied its recognizable smiley face icon in the reissuing of his "Bootleg Redux Grunge" collection. Jacobs' lawyers argue Nirvana does not own the copyright to the smiley face design and that there are pronounced differences between the material covered by Nirvana's registration and the artwork used by the brand. {Billboard

Prices for Virgil Abloh's Ikea collection have been leaked
Virgil Abloh's full "Markerad" collection with Ikea hits stores in May, but the price list has already leaked: Pieces range in price from $15 for cushions and the "SCULPTURE" bag to $500 for the "KEEP OFF" rug. The leak also reports that the collection will drop at two exclusive pop-ups ahead of its original release date. {Hypebeast

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