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Bloomberg Businessweek
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Fashion & Beauty

Kyma Sandals

THE CHARACTERISTICS Kyma was founded in 2014 by two brothers, Deno and Alex Mantas. Born in Texas, they relocated to the island of Patmos as children and followed their family into the footwear business. Each pair of their luxury sandals is handmade in Greece using the country’s traditional approach. Alex, the brand’s designer, travels to various locations—every model is named after a different island, from Antiparos to Santorini—for inspiration before creating a shoe. The upper straps are made with natural vegetable-tanned vachetta leather, and every Kyma sandal has a blue sole—in Greek, kym
Ad Age
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Fashion & Beauty

Old Navy Succeeds By Saying Bye to Celebs and Hi to Fashion

With more brands than ever tapping celebrity ambassadors for their marketing (think the overly creative pairings of Ice T and Geico, Steven Tyler and Skittles and Kobe Bryant and Turkish Airlines) Old Navy is trying the opposite approachand it's working. Six months after giving up its three-year-old "funny girl" campaign, starring the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Elizabeth Banks and Amy Schumer, in favor of a colorful, yet celebrity-free approach, the Gap Inc.-owned brand is seeing sales rise and increased consumer engagement. "We're feeling really good about the 'Hi, Fashion' campaign and ha
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Gorgeous Photo Series Shatters Stereotypes About What It Means To Be Beautiful

Zuly Garcia is not here for traditional ideas of womanhood. And with her recent photo series “Flores Políticos”, she is rewriting what it means to be a woman of color in the United States while also representing her indigenous roots. After watching her friends struggle with the pressures of European beauty standards, she saw a need to show a different kind of beauty, one that was inclusive to those who looked like her. A diversity in entertainment study conducted by the University of Southern California found that between 2014 and 2015 just 2% of TV and film speaking characters were coded as