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Fashion News - Monthly Digest February

Digital fashion designers sought for UK’s first degree in virtual couture

The seemingly sci-fi world of digital couture – in which social media users can buy virtual clothing to be worn online, while gamers can dress avatars in flamboyant “skins” – is increasingly being hailed as the next big thing in the industry.

“Digital fashion is disrupting the industry and it was not an option to wait. We really see digital fashion as the future of fashion,” says Prof Jules Dagonet, the head of the school for fashion at the university, where the digital fashion MA course will run from September.

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The Netherlands: the top spot for online retailers to expand logistics

There are a lot of reasons why the Netherlands is such a popular destination for online retailers looking to expand their logistics. For example, the country has a high internet and ecommerce penetration and offers a great infrastructure: there’s Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, the Port of Rotterdam, and many other transport routes to the rest of Europe.

And the share of ecommerce in total retail sales in the Netherlands is growing fast: from less than 5 percent in 2010 to almost 18 percent last year. And the share is predicted to increase to over 23 percent by 2025.

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US consumers continue to spend on home, lifestyle, and retail in 2021

During the first six weeks of 2021, and aided by the government economic stimulus payments, US consumers continued to spend on categories that make their stay-at-home lifestyle more comfortable, according to a report from market research company NPD Group.

Online sales of non-essential general merchandise grew 34 percent in 2020. Small appliances, video games, houseware, consumer electronics, and toys were the industries with the strongest overall growth for the year. They led the e-commerce charge with online gains greater than 50 percent each.

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At Home With 5 Design-Obsessed Fashion Insiders

Working from home spreads among fashion designers. Five creatives tell Vogue how they decorated their remarkable homes.

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