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Net-a-porter has named the next up-and-coming labels that will take part in its Vanguard mentorship program.


They include Minju Kim, the Korean designer and winner of the Netflix design competition Next in Fashion; jewelry label JiaJia, and ArtClub, a ready-to-wear label by Heidi Middleton, a seasoned designer previously at the creative helm of Sass & Bide. 

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Despite tough market conditions and a shift toward more cautious shopping, the retailer said it felt compelled to continue its talent-support program — and so did its clientele. 

“For this season in particular, we’ve listened to our customers and it is clear that they want to support individual and independent brands. There is always going to be a place for designers who can give our customers pieces which help them differentiate themselves,” said Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-a-porter, who’s been on the lookout for brands with their own distinct aesthetics, a set of signature styles and commercial acumen. 

“Ultimately, we are looking for brands that we believe have the potential to grow into meaningful businesses with global resonance. The brands we launch each season have been selected because of the impact we think they’re going to have on the fashion landscape,” she added. 

Minju Kim has proven to be one such label: It made its debut on Net-a-porter last season, as part of her Next in Fashion prize, but the traction the designer’s feminine designs had on Net’s site convinced von der Goltz and her team to take the partnership a step further. 

“Despite having found her via Next in Fashion, I loved her collection so much that I would have bought it anyway. Having seen the success from her first collection, with multiple sellouts, we know Minju has the talent and experience to grow and expand within the Vanguard program,” said von der Goltz. 

When it came to ArtClub, it stood out for the way it incorporates artistic references into its mixed-material skirts or ruffled tops, while JiaJia proved a winner in the jewelry market for the spiritual spin of some of its pieces, which incorporate natural healing crystals. 

“We first uploaded the brand in August and have already placed reorders on the best-selling styles, such as the ombré sapphire styles and rainbow bracelets and emerald necklaces,” noted von der Goltz. 

The retailer will tap into its network and its team’s expertise to help brands across all areas of their businesses, from logistics and distribution to influencer marketing. 

“It’s the perfect ecosystem for new fashion talents providing cross-departmental mentorships, practical advice and marketing support. As a global retailer, we have the expertise to nurture brands, not to mention a sense of responsibility,” said von der Goltz. 

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Buffalo Police Department will no longer require names on uniforms

An upstate New York police department will no longer require officers to wear their names on their uniforms.

As a means to protect officers from threat incidents, Buffalo cops will don an identifying number instead of their name as part of a new policy change that went into effect last week, Mayor Byron Brown told WKBW.

The move comes as protestors, who are demonstrating against the police-involved killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, routinely complain about law enforcement encounters with officers who don’t have obvious identification, CNN reported.

Amid heightened tensions between the public and the police, Brown is concerned his officers’ names and other personally identifying information will end up online and used maliciously, the outlet reported.

“What we have seen is some of these doxing incidents are occurring from people that are not in this city, are not in this county, are not in this region, but people in different parts of the country, maybe internationally, that see a name on a uniform and then go to work on the computer. That is inappropriate,” Brown told WKBW.

“I think it’s something that should be illegal, but I also think every police officer that works as a police officer should be identified.”

While doxing has been a growing concern ever since nationwide demonstrations erupted in earnest at the end of May, advocates for police transparency say officers must be easily identifiable because of the power they hold.

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The Buffalo Police Advisory Board, an independent group that pushes reforms within the city’s police department, lambasted the new policy.

“The policy change regarding badges fails to live up to the standards of transparency and accountability to the public that the BPAB continuously calls for. This policy risks further eroding at community trust and safety,” the board wrote in a statement to CNN.

“Relatedly, the decision was made solely by the executive branch without consultation to our board, which is comprised of members of the public, researches best practices for policing reform, and meets regularly with the public at-large for insights on the impact of policing and perspectives on reform.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio previously condemned the notion of covering up a badge number or name, calling it “absolutely inappropriate.”

“The whole notion of why there is badge number and a name to begin with, was, many years ago, determined to help create trust,” Hizzoner said back in June.

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