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Must Read: 'Ebony' and 'Jet' Photo Archive Will Go to the Smithsonian, How to Build a Successful Brand Outside of a Fashion Capital

Plus, Peter Pilotto to make his Milan Fashion Week debut for Spring 2020.
The final print edition of "Jet" magazine displayed with vintage copies of the magazine. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The final print edition of "Jet" magazine displayed with vintage copies of the magazine. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Friday.

Ebony and Jet magazines' photo archives will go to the Smithsonian 
Four major foundations, led by J. Paul Getty Trust, will pay $30 million for the photo archives of Ebony and Jet magazines and donate the treasure trove of images to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The collection, which is made up of more than 4 million photographs, is considered by some to be the most important visual archive of 20th century African American life and culture. "The archive is a national treasure and one of tremendous importance to the telling of Black history in America," said Ford Foundation President Darren Walker in a statement. {The Washington Post

How to build a successful brand outside of a major fashion capital
Even at the height of the retail apocalypse, many brands are finding a path to success by building national (or even international) names from a base of brick-and-mortar stores nowhere near New York or Los Angeles. Instead of over-the-top and pricey runway shows, these labels have come up with alternative ways to grab the attention of potential consumers, whether through low-budget trunk shows in sorority houses or small presentations at local festivals. Business of Fashion spoke to several brands from Seattle to New Orleans to figure out how they've found success outside of major fashion capitals. {Business of Fashion

Peter Pilotto to make Milan Fashion Week debut for Spring 2020 
After showing in London for the past 12 years, Peter Pilotto will make his Milan Fashion Week debut on Sept. 18 at the Teatro Manzoni. Hugo Boss and Drome will also show in Milan this season. As for the regulars, Prada will stage its runway spectacle in the afternoon on Sept. 18, a Wednesday, instead of the afternoon slot on Thursday that the brand has usually held. Meanwhile, Gucci will postpone and present its collection on Sunday, Sept. 22. {WWD

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What Boris Johnson means for Britain's luxury sector 
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