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Bernard Arnault Honored for Promoting French Economic Prestige

SOFT POWER: LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton chairman and chief executive officer Bernard Arnault was awarded for promoting his country’s economic prestige in a ceremony at the French foreign ministry.

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It was one of a series of awards for promoting France’s image around the world, with other categories of prizes including humanitarian efforts, tourism and promoting the French language. The grand prize went to Thomas Pesquet, the French astronaut who has lit up social networks with selfies from outer space.
The jury for the prizes, which do not entail monetary compensation, was made up of French figures in academics, media and culture, and included the French president’s official chef, Guillaume Gomez.
The awards were created eight years ago by a French senator representing French citizens abroad, and are geared toward rewarding the promotion of the country’s image as modern, divers and innovative.

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First Lady Melania Trump to Present Inaugural Gown to Smithsonian

HISTORY LESSONS: Hervé Pierre will be on hand Friday morning when First Lady Melania Trump presents the inaugural gown he designed for her to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
“She asked me if I wanted to be her date, and I said, ‘Oh hell, yes,’” Pierre said with a laugh. “As a foreigner who became an American, to have your gown put in the Smithsonian Museum is a big huge honor. I got chills. I know how in the designer world, there are lots of big egos. I have always tried to manage my ego for many, many years. But in this case, there is nothing to be ashamed of — it’s a big ego thing. I’m really really proud of it.”
David Skorton, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, and John Gray, director of the National Museum of American History, will help welcome 200 guests at the private unveiling in Flag Hall of the vanilla silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown with a slit skirt and ruffled accent trim from neckline to hem. Pierre said, “When you are on Earth, it is important to leave a little mark. My name will be in the museum forever. I’m not a painter. That will

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Reed and Delphine Krakoff on Curating a Home Versus Decorating a House

Known for their beautiful and memorable home interiors, Reed and Delphine Krakoff are finally showing off their work with a new Rizzoli book, “Houses That We Dreamt Of: The Interiors of Delphine & Reed Krakoff,” which they signed copies of Thursday evening at the Rizzoli store in Manhattan.
“Delphine and I had done quite a few projects together and we had always thought about capturing those projects and having them more as a record for us,” Reed said from the signing, which was hosted by Amy Astley of Architectural Digest. “We met Ivan Terestchenko through a different project and he had photographed Pierre Bergé and YSL’s houses, and we loved his work. He photographed one of our spaces and he did an amazing job. What we particularly liked is that he is pretty much on his own; he works with no lighting, no assistant, no stylist, nothing.”
“It’s real,” said Delphine, who is an interior decorator. “It was more of a diary; it’s a true representation of how we live.”
“That’s what was really appealing,” Reed said. “Anything that is in the home — flowers or branches — was there. I wasn’t even around when he was shooting.”
Giving Terestchenko that freedom allowed the photographs

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Ali & Jay Opens First Permanent Store

PROOF OF CONCEPT: Contemporary brand Ali & Jay has moved forward with permanent retail following last year’s pop-up tests.
The Los Angeles label, which shares a parent with Bailey44 in The Bailey Group, launched last year as an entry-level contemporary dress brand that’s sought to fill the gap between fast-fashion and traditional contemporary pricing.
The 700-square-foot permanent store at Westfield Century City will mirror the pop-up concepts the company tested in Malibu and Santa Monica by carrying third-party brands in addition to its own.
“I think that our pop-up’s journey through L.A. was a fun test for us as an L.A.-based brand to explore different neighborhoods,” said Ali & Jay general manager Melissa Niednagel, who added that Century City reflects a central location for shoppers.
The brand is also evolving from being simply a dress line as a result of its pop-ups where it heard from consumers what they wanted. That led to a broadening of the assortment beyond dresses and into more two-piece sets, jumpsuits and rompers. The company also has launched a graphic T-shirt offering under its own label in line with its evolution.
Niednagel said the T-shirt collection “brings to life the strong, empowered feminist voice that’s driving the spirit of the

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Next Management New York Launches Men’s Division

Next Management New York is introducing a men’s division.
According to Kyle Hagler, the president of Next NY, the company has thought about launching a men’s business for a few years, but believes now is the right time.
“We feel like the possibilities in men’s modeling at this point are expansive and there’s the possibility to build out superstars who have long-lasting careers that are just as impactful as their female counterparts,” said Hagler. “I think, with careful strategy and a point of view, we will be able to have men command the same attention and money as the women do. For a long time men’s has been regarded as accessories to a women’s conversation, and that’s changing.”
Next Management New York has tapped Gaspard Lokote Lukali, who previously started Request Model Management, to lead the division.
“Sometimes managers just do what the market commands, and what Gaspard and his team have been great about doing is setting the standard as opposed to follow the trend,” said Hagler.
Prior to launching the division, Next Management NY represented musicians Travis Scott and Diplo. Additions to the men’s roster include Dylan Brosnan, son of Pierce Brosnan; Liam Daniels, son of Lee Daniels, and Skylar Penn, grandson of

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Bethenny Frankel, Delivering Good Join Forces in Disaster Relief

BETHENNY’S NEW PARTNER: Bethenny Frankel is working with Delivering Good, formerly K.I.D.S./Fashion Delivers, on its disaster relief efforts. Frankel’s B Strong program for women and their families in crisis has teamed with Delivering Good to provide gift cards, bank cards and critical supplies to people affected by the recent hurricanes.
Since Sept. 29, Frankel, the reality TV personality and author, has helped the charity raise more than $500,000 for the gift card program, and donations continue to come in. The cards, which allow people to choose whatever they need, help disaster victims replace some of what they have lost. Delivering Good will continue to work with the impacted areas to provide product donations from the fashion, home and children’s industries. Lisa Gurwitch, chief executive officer of Delivering Good, said 90 new donor companies signed up in September alone, and more than 300 companies have donated $22 million worth of products for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
Frankel has been organizing early relief for underserved disaster areas and personally secured donated planes to Puerto Rico loaded with supplies. The expected value of her total effort is $4 million and growing.
At Delivering Good’s Nov. 8 gala at The American Museum of Natural

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Shamballa Jewels Has Opened a U.S. Flagship in Manhattan

Danish brand Shamballa Jewels has opened its first boutique overseas, choosing Manhattan for its newest flagship.
The store is located at 170 Mercer Street in SoHo. The fine jewelry brand, which has a cult following among some celebrities and influencers, especially among men, is known for its signature, custom-beaded bracelets. The company plans to open two additional international flagship stores over the next three years. The additional stores will include one location in London and the other in Paris.
Mikkel Kornerup, chief executive officer and cofounder, said of the New York site, “The U.S., our business partners and collectors here, have been indispensable in the development of Shamballa Jewels throughout the years, and therefore, it was very natural for us to choose this market as the first in our efforts within retail expansion.”
Kornerup’s cofounder is his brother Mads.
The line blends ancient Eastern philosophy and Nordic design. The new SoHo store evokes the look of an Eastern temple, and includes as the centerpiece a floating golden mandala with a hanging lingam. The mandala and lingam are two ancient Easter elements representing the universe and the energy of creation, the company said. The store also features jewelry vitrines along with an array of antique Eastern

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David Yurman Appoints Carey Krug Chief Marketing Officer

David Yurman has appointed Carey Krug chief marketing officer.
Krug joins the jeweler from Ralph Lauren — where she worked as senior vice president of global marketing for Polo Ralph Lauren. This role entailed her overseeing partnerships for the Olympic Games and the U.S. Open.
Prior to Ralph Lauren, Krug served as vice president of global marketing for Donna Karan.
At David Yurman, Krug will be tasked with overseeing ad campaigns, branding, marketing and digital strategies.
Company chief executive officer David Yurman said of Krug: “Carey possesses unrivaled experience in the luxury retail category, as well as a deep awareness of a growing brand’s needs on a global and regional level. I am confident that her talents and vast understanding of the quickly evolving marketplace for luxury goods, will be invaluable for our growth strategy for today, and into the future.”
Krug said in a statement: “It is a rare gift to have creative founders at the helm, an authentic story of artistry and craftsmanship, and an executive leadership team that embraces a forward-thinking, consumer-centric approach to marketing and brand storytelling. David, Sybil and Evan are true visionaries and I look forward to being a part of this iconic brand’s next chapter.”

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Karl Lagerfeld Skewers German Leader in Cartoon Portraying Hitler

GHOSTS OF THE PAST: In his most biting political cartoon yet, Karl Lagerfeld points the finger at German Chancellor Angela Merkel after a far-right party won seats in the German parliament for the first time in half a century.
Lagerfeld blamed Merkel’s decision to let more than one million refugees into the country since 2015 for the rise in support for the Alternative for Germany party, which won nearly 13 percent of the vote in the German federal elections, making it the third-largest party in the country.
The sketch, scheduled to be published on Saturday in the monthly magazine supplement to the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, shows Adolf Hitler telling Merkel: “Thank you very much for inadvertently allowing my descendants to be represented in parliament.” A distraught Merkel asks: “What have I done?”
Lagerfeld has contributed caricatures to the monthly magazine since it was launched in February 2013. Though he does not vote, he frequently targets politicians including Merkel.
“I am beside myself!” he said of the rise of right-wing populism in Germany. “I hoped that something like this would never happen again in my life,” added Lagerfeld, who grew up in Germany under the rule of Hitler’s Nazi Party. “I am ashamed of

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G-III Stock Drops as Calls Grow for Boycott of Donna Karan Brands

G-III Apparel Group’s stock, owner of the Donna Karan and DKNY labels, fell Wednesday following designer Donna Karan’s remarks over the Harvey Weinstein scandal, which she later retracted and apologized for. The stock declined 4.11 percent to close at $26.61 on the Nasdaq.
At the same time, there were growing calls for a boycott of the Donna Karan and DKNY brands, even though Karan is no longer affiliated with them. A Care2 petition also is demanding Nordstrom drop designer Donna Karan’s products. Some 4,939 people have signed the petition.
Julie Mastrine, a spokeswoman for Care2, said they haven’t presented the petition to Nordstrom yet, and expect to keep the petition up for about a week to gather signatures. When told that Karan is no longer involved in the company, Mastrine wasn’t aware of that but said she saw that Nordstrom’s web site sells the Donna Karan Cashmere Mist perfume. “It’s about them being associated with her brand when she’s made these comments,” she said.
G-III acquired Donna Karan International for $650 million from LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton in December 2016. Morris Goldfarb, chairman and chief executive officer of G-III, has declined comment on the controversy. The first DKNY and Donna Karan collections

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Gucci Goes Fur Free, Outlines Sustainability Approach

LONDON – Gucci is saying no to fur.
Marco Bizzarri, chief executive officer of the Italian label, revealed the Italian luxury brand will go fur-free during the fourth edition of the Kering Talk at the London College of Fashion on Wednesday, to the warm applause of the audience of students and industry members.
“I knew that once Gucci decides to go fur free, it will be a real game changer for the industry. So bravo,” said Livia Firth, the founder and creative director of Eco-Age, who interviewed Bizzarri on stage.
The decision marks a major move by Gucci and its creative director Alessandro Michele, and brings the Italian brand in line with the practices of its Kering stablemate Stella McCartney, who has long eschewed the use of fur and leather.
The decision was a long time in the making, according to Wayne Pacelle, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the U.S. In a post Wednesday, he recalled how in 2009 Gucci hosted him for a meeting with its senior leadership in Florence to discuss the use of fur in their products. “At the time, I was greatly impressed by the company’s record of concern for social and ecological issues and its commitment

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La Perla Heading to Macao for Ready-to-Wear Show at The Venetian

BIG IN CHINA: La Perla is heading East for its spring ready-to-wear runway presentation and will be welcoming 200 guests to The Venetian Macao.
The company plans to fly in 20 top models for the Oct. 19 extravaganza, which will include a seated dinner. Paris, Milan and New York have been previous locales, but this month’s event will mark the first time the brand has held a presentation in Asia. With 150 stores internationally, La Perla has 16 in Asia and five concept shops.
Although La Perla does not plan to show its innerwear in China, one of its rivals, Victoria’s Secret, has plans to. A Victoria’s Secret runway show will be held in Shanghai on November.
With no real leader in the field, foreign brands represent 60 percent of the innerwear market in China, according to a report from Beijing-based Daxue Consulting released this spring. Consumers prefer to shop for the category online due to the privacy factor. And those between the ages of 20 and 39 comprise nearly 73.5 percent. Chinese women spend 10 percent of their expenses on innerwear purchases and the sector is growing quickly.
In recent years, La Perla has hosted presentations in different countries. In 2015, La Perla’s

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Misha Nonoo Takes On-Demand Manufacturing to Offer Wider Size Range

BEING MORE DIRECT: Having relaunched the business as direct-to-consumer more than a year ago, Nonoo started to think about on-demand manufacturing four or five months in. Seasonality was an initial motivator to sell straight to shoppers, but sustainability made her seek a manufacturing partner that would spare any fabric liability, take care of marking and grading and ensure cutting and sewing with a two-day turnaround time.
After six factories bid for the direct-to-consumer business, the designer decided on her existing partner — a “very entrepreneurial” Chinese factory owner, who was born and raised in New York City. Once an order is placed on her site, the item is cut and sewn in two days and then shipped directly to customers with U.S. ones receiving their merchandise in three days. “In a way, it’s this idea of going back to old school luxury but almost on a fast fashion calendar. In doing that, I realized that not only would I cut out more inventory, I would also cut out contributing to more waste. I would also be able to offer more sizes,” she said.
Earlier this month she started offering her Easy Eight in sizes from extra small to extra large, and from

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Fendi to Hold Exhibit on Its Relation With Films

TAKE ONE: Fendi is staging yet another exhibition at its Rome headquarters to celebrate its longstanding relationship with the world of movies. Running Oct. 27 to March 25, the exhibit, called “Fendi Studios,” will be inaugurated during the Rome Film Fest. The Palazzo della Civiltà, which houses the luxury group’s headquarters, will be turned into a series of cinema studios comprising a series of interactive movie stages including also a real cinema. The idea is for visitors to be able to enjoy a digital experience that allows to “reinvent” the movies and enter “into the scenes,” discovering Fendi’s storied pieces.
Fendi has created several outfits for international movies, ranging from costumes and furs working with Silvana Mangano for Luchino Visconti’s 1974 film, “Gruppo di Famiglia in un Interno [in English called “Conversation Piece”], to “Evita,” “The Royal Tenenbaums” and “The Age of Innocence.” In another tribute to the house’s history with the cinema, in 2013 Fendi held an exhibition called “Making Dreams” in Milan, curated by Patrick Kinmonth and Antonio Monfreda.
In addition to the exhibition staged at its headquarters, Fendi, as reported, last month signed a three-year partnership with the Rome-based art museum Galleria Borghese. As part of the agreement, the

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Pratt Fashion Chair Jennifer Minniti Links With Artist Beverly Semmes for Carwash Collective

WORKING AT THE CARWASH: Being the chair of Pratt’s Fashion Department hasn’t deterred Jennifer Minniti from creating her own artistically infused clothing.
Through a collaboration with the artist Beverly Semmes, the designer draws from Semmes’ Feminist Responsibility Project. In conjunction with Semmes’ “Bow” exhibition at the Susan Inglett Gallery, the “Carwash Collective” label will debut October 14. They joined forces to establish what is described as a new politic of clothing.
For the Feminist Responsibility Project, Semmes made works on paper that used pages torn from a censored porn magazine as a starting point. Using fabric digitally printed with these altered images, Minniti used engineered cuts and construction combined with Semmes’ rawmark marking. The idea is that they take control of the image, first as a drawing and then as clothing, to relay a feeling of “take back the image.”
Minniti said she first became “enamored” with Semmes’ work as a graduate student at New York University in the Nineties and has been “a huge fan since then.” After landing the chairperson of Fashion Department Fashion Design at Pratt, she learned that Semmes was a professor in the school’s sculpture department. “A mutual colleague introduced us and we connected right away. It’s been

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‘Disrobed’ Author Syl Tang Discusses How Clothing Can Predict the Economy, World Issues and the Future

TANG UNCOVERS FASHION: With her new book “Disrobed: How Clothing Predicts Economic Cycles, Saves Lives and Determines the Future,” Syl Tang puts a lot of stock in clothing.
In the 12 years she freelanced for the Financial Times, she frequently touched upon a similar topic but didn’t have the time to explore it due to word count restrictions. For example, she once wrote a piece about jewelry in the Afghan world and how the department of defense funded some of these companies that were started by women. “But when I would talk to people about linking apparel, jewelry or wearables to other topics, I would see their eyes glaze over a little bit. They wouldn’t connect the dots so I knew I needed to write a book about it,” she explained.
The underlying theme is how “behind the clothing, there is this understanding of the world,” she said. To that point, the cover art for the Rowman & Littlefield book is an unzipped hoodie on a globe of the world. Through her writing, she explores the role that clothing plays in natural disasters, climate change, terrorism, geopolitics and agribusiness.
One element the author found most surprising was “how much research there is supporting

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HSBC Seals Partnership With British Fashion Council Fashion Trust

MONEY TALKS: British fashion designers will now have access to financial advice from the global bank HSBC as part of a new partnership with the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Trust.
As part of the tie-in, HSBC will offer mentoring and financial advice to the recipients of the Fashion Trust’s annual grant, while Daniel Howlett, HSBC’S head of large corporates, U.K. and regional head of client coverage, Europe, will join the Fashion Trust’s advisory board. The existing members include Helen David, Kim Hersov, Rana Tabiat and Nicoletta Fiorucci.
The first designers to work with the bank will be the 11 labels that scooped this year’s annual grant. As reported, the 2017 winners were Edeline Lee, Eudon Choi, Fyodor Golan, Georgia Hardinge, Huishan Zhang, Isa Arfen, Marques’Almeida, Osman, Rejina Pyo, Sharon Wauchob and Teatum Jones. As well as mentoring, the winners will share a funding package that amounts to 450,000 pounds.
Previous participating designers included Mary Katrantzou, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Erdem and Roksanda.
Howlett said that the bank wants to put its financial might behind British designers because of the global appeal of their business and the potential to help them grow further, given HSBC’s wide reach, which he said covers 90 percent of the world’s

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Alexa Chung Presents ‘Prom Gone Wrong’

PARIS — Fog machines, a live band playing cheesy Eighties hits against a gold metallic fringe curtain marked with “Class of 2017,” with one wonky S hanging down. A bunch of kids slow dancing surrounded by knocked-over chairs, an explosion of glitter and confetti, and pastel party balloons stuck to the ceiling.
That was the setting for the Paris launch of the second collection of Alexa Chung’s signature line, dubbed Prom Gone Wrong, held in the hall of the Jacques-Decour high school during Paris Fashion Week.
See all the looks from Alexa Chung’s see-now, buy-now fall 2017 collection here >>
Channeling “Molly Ringwald and Eighties teen flick utopia meets a Tatleresque Liz Hurley when she was younger,” highlights from the young-at-heart see-now-buy-now line, which is already on sale, include a black velvet jacquard suit, fun slogan T-shirts, tailored shirts, oversized trench coats — and Chung’s favorite piece: the “Dorothy” ruffled gingham dress.
Here Chung, whose own look for the night was a black satin bustier dress and chunky pearl choker, talks to WWD about her career path and inspirations.

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Is Lloyd Planning to Exit Kate Spade?

LLOYD’S FUTURE: Is Deborah Lloyd, chief creative officer of Kate Spade & Co., heading out the door? Following closely on the heels of the departure of Craig Leavitt, chief executive officer of Kate Spade, in August, sources say Lloyd is planning to leave the company as well. “We don’t comment on industry rumors and speculation,” a spokeswoman for Kate Spade said.
While Lloyd apparently is engrossed in the resort collection, sources said it was a fait accompli that she would be leaving the company, which was acquired last May by Coach Inc. in a $2.4 billion deal. Coach has commenced a search for Leavitt’s successor and its ceo Victor Luis is leading the business on an interim basis. Susan Hart of Spencer Stuart is reportedly working on the search.
Lloyd, who was hired in 2008, had been executive vice president of product design and development at Banana Republic since 2001. She was vice president of women’s design for Burberry London for five years.
In developing Kate Spade into a global lifestyle brand, Lloyd brought a whimsical, quirky and youthful vibe to the brand and instilled a lot of personality into the product.

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Michael B. Talks Fashion at Piaget Beverly Hills

Watch and jewelry lovers turned out Thursday night at Piaget’s West Coast flagship on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills for a cocktail party and conversation with its U.S. brand ambassador Michael B. Jordan. The “Creed” star attracted a crowd including fellow actors Abbie Cornish, Anna Schafer, Sarah Wright Olsen and “This Is Us” star Lonnie Chavis, as well as Mohammed Sultan Al Habtoor.
In a question-and-answer session with Degen Pener, Jordan discussed his history with Piaget, his evolving style and favorite red-carpet looks. With help from his longtime stylist Jeff Kim, he highlighted his favorite fashion looks from a range of designers including Dior Homme, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Vivienne Westwood Man and Public School.
“Before I worked with Jeff, I didn’t really know how to dress myself. He’s helped me take a lot of risks,” said Jordan of his colorful style and embrace of pattern. His favorite Piaget timepieces include the Altiplano 60th Anniversary Limited Edition timepiece with a green patinated dial worn for the Met Gala and the diamond Altiplano 38mm 900P worn for the Golden Globe awards. On Thursday he wore the Piaget Polo S Limited Edition, which he referenced as his go-to watch for everyday.
As with all his suit

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Vanessa Traina, DECASO Curate Limited-Edition Vintage Home Collection

Two design forces have come together to curate a limited-edition collection of vintage pieces for the home.
Vanessa Traina, executive creative director of the holding company Assembled Brands, and online home decor marketplace DECASO, or the Decorative Arts Society, worked together to put together a collection of more than 60 vintage finds from 15 Los Angeles dealers, including Antique Rug Co., AW Gallery, Dana. John, Den Mobler, East Meets West Antiques, Gallery Girasole, Lumfardo, JW, Paul Marra, Pasadena Art Monkeys, Reform, Rewire, Robert Kuo, Susanne Hollis and UnHeim.
The pieces will be on sale through Oct. 19 at The Apartment by the Line — Los Angeles on Melrose Place.
“It just makes a world of sense for us,” Traina said of the partnership. “We were really looking to give as much attention to our interior community as our fashion community with The Line being a lifestyle brand. DECASO’s marketplace and selection of goods is so vast. It was a great opportunity to do something with a lot of local vendors and a really great and interesting experience to work with vendors that aren’t in our immediate network and take pieces that we wouldn’t necessarily have had in The Line and show them in

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