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Must Read: Women Buying Their Own Jewelry Is Impacting Holiday Sales, The Rise of Influencer-Driven Beauty Brands

Plus, European fashion wins big with major trade agreement.
Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

These are the stories making headlines in fashion on Wednesday. 

Women buying their own jewelry is impacting holiday sales
For some time, women have been buying their own jewelry and have stopped waiting on men to make the purchase first. Previously, the holidays were an important time for stores to sell jewelry but because of this paradigm shift, retailers are noticing a decline in annual sales coming from the holiday months of November and December. {Quartzy}

The rise of influencer-driven beauty brands
It seems as though every influencer or celebrity has started their own beauty line and many pose the question of whether or not there are too many and if the products in each collection are distinct enough to stand out from the rest. Ulta Beauty currently carries 600 individual beauty brands on its site, and since Glossier's launch, thousands of direct-to-consumer beauty lines have been created. Because of the rise of influencer-driven brands, the appeal of mass-market brands is declining. {Business of Fashion}

European fashion wins big with major trade agreement 
Mercosur, one of the world's most closed-off trading blocs, has just come to an initial free trade agreement, granting access to fashion industries in the EU and South America. The trade agreement will give European brands connections to new customers and allow South American labels entry to the world's largest single market. Though the deal will save billions annually for European businesses, smaller South American labels may struggle in a more competitive market. {Vogue Business

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Kerby Jean-Raymond makes the Time 100 Next List
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Nike Inc. will stop selling sneakers and apparel on Amazon 
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Patagonia launches new collection made from used clothes
Patagonia has launched ReCrafted, a new collection of one-of-a-kind clothes that have been remade from worn pieces that are beyond repair. Crafted in Los Angeles, each product from the collection is upcycled out of three-to-six pieces of used clothing. They include a down jacket, down vest, sweater, t-shirts, a toolkit and four bags. ReCrafted is available on and at Patagonia's Worn Wear pop-up store in Boulder, Colorado. {Fashionista Inbox}

The appeal of super-high waisted jeans
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