Talking Points: A Weekly News Review

October 19, 2012 BY CAPSULESNEWS

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Words by Brett Bevege

GLOBAL: Levi's Unveils Waste<Less

This week, American heritage denim brand Levi's unveiled their all new, eco-friendly collection Waste<Less, which is set to hit stores in January. While many high end designers (Vivienne Westwood, most predominantly) have spearheaded a company-wide stance against the usage of climate change inducing production procedures, there's no doubt that the impact of a brand such as Levi's on a global scale will be of more significant effect. The collection, which will include a variety of staples from the Levi's family such as the 511 Skinny Jean and a men's trucker jacket, will incorporate the usage of recycled plastic into their denim production. According to Levi's, "the colors of the brown beer bottles and green soda bottles help add a unique undertone to the denim."

GLOBAL: Nike Drops Lance Armstrong / Releases Video Explaining the 'Just Do It' slogan

In the latest development in the famed American cyclist's fall from grace, the sportswear giant has officially de-throned Armstrong as a spokesperson for the brand. In a statement issued yesterday, Nike stated that Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him." We think that this decision sends an excellent example to aspiring athletes around the world, not to mention reinforces the celebration of the existing ones who have not used illegal substances to further their career. In other (slightly more upbeat) Nike news, the company released a video that explains their now iconic slogan 'Just Do It.' Watch the inspiring video below:

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USA: Target + Neiman Marcus Holiday Collections

Not dissimilar to the recent Margiela for H&M collection, the July announcement of a Target and Neiman Marcus holiday collaboration undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows. In this ever-growing trend of high meets low, however, the two retailers has once again proven that this strategy is a winning combination for the companies and consumers alike. This week, the pair unveiled their c0-branded collection for the upcoming holiday collection, featuring a wide range of designers and products. Prices are expectedly low, ranging from $7.99 Rodarte wrapping paper to a $129.99 Thom Browne blazerthat's correct, it is that eclectic and that cheap. Other designers in the range include Marc Jacobs, Oscar De La Renta and Jason Wu. Furthermore, the campaign was shot by Craig McDean and features Karlie Kloss sitting in a giant swing. We cannot wait for this one to hit.

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FRANCE/SCOTLAND: Chanel Saves Jobs, Acquires Barrie Knitwear

In their latest big sister rescue effort, French luxury house Chanel has acquired the Scottish based heritage knitwear production company Barrie. This is not the first time that Chanel has offered a helping hand to a suffering company in their neck of the woods, a strategy that was implemented to re-cultivate and if necessary, purchase companies on the chopping block. In 2002, the company saved seven Parisian ateliers specializing in button, feather, shoe and embroidery production who were being threatened with closure. These acquisitions have saved hundreds of jobs over the years and in this latest instance, over 176 employees in the Scottish production facility can sleep knowing that they still have a place to call work for years to come.