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Jenni Avins

Entries by Jenni Avins

The Inaugural Women Entrepreneurs Festival: Building a Better Movement

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 10:15 AM

When I recently agreed to participate in a panel at the inaugural Women Entrepreneurs Festival, I had no idea what to expect. My last official association with a women's group was a short-lived stint in a sorority, and it's only in the last year, since receiving a grant for...

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In Reply to Andy Selsberg's Question: "Where are the Michael Pollans for Clothing?"

(0) Comments | Posted January 25, 2011 | 2:47 PM

"Where are the Michael Pollans for clothing?" Andy Selsberg asked, in an article entitled "Conscientious Clothing" published in this month's Believer. He is, of course, referring to the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, who helped mainstream America's food movement.

To Mr. Selsberg I reply, with all due...

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Fashion, Journalism and Another Social Network

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2010 | 2:01 PM

This week, it seems everyone in America is talking about the value of the social network.

In both the fields I occupy - fashion and journalism - the topic has been bouncing off the walls for some time, as long-standing houses (fashion and publishing alike) struggle to evolve under the...

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'Making It' at New York Fashion Week (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2010 | 11:49 PM

As always at New York Fashion Week, there's been a lot of talk about our city's role in the industry -- now changing as quickly as you can say...

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VIDEO: Historic Threads of NY Fashion Week

(0) Comments | Posted September 7, 2010 | 9:46 PM

Bryant Park was sadly sedate this morning, but Lincoln Center, the new home of New York Fashion Week is winding up for its big debut. As last week's webisode showed, fashion does not rest for the weary -- and historically, that's been the case. Here's a little lesson...

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Calendar Girls (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2010 | 12:31 PM

The fashion industry (or is it the media?) might be pushing us into fall, but it's still summer on the streets of New York! So how come I can't find...

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Of Food and Fashion: Featuring Mina Stone

(0) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 11:32 AM

I ran into fashion designer Mina Stone the other night in the neighborhood, and we were chatting about the NYC Garment District. Mina is known here in New York for her clothes, but also for her cooking. I write about fashion, but I also...

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Can Globalization Be Glamorous? Check Out Brazil

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2010 | 2:21 PM

As is often the case, I've got Brazil on the brain. It's been too long (two years!) since I've been back to that land that I love.

When I studied abroad in Rio in 2002 (above--

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Video: Jenni Avins' Wardrobe Surgery with Junky Styling

(0) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 4:47 PM

I never thought I'd be the sort of blogger to broadcast my own operation, but here goes nothing:

I first heard of Junky Styling from Mathilda Tham -- you...

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Edun Relaunches at Barney's

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2010 | 10:43 AM

Wednesday night was Barney's official relaunch of Edun, the fashion brand Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, established in 2004 to bring trade to Africa. I've been to my fair share of fashion launches and relaunches, presentations and parties, but this one felt like a true celebration--more...

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The Garment District: 38th Street 3 Ways

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2010 | 12:37 PM

Over the past week, I've been attending events surrounding the launch of Made in Midtown, the CFDA and New York Design Trust's sprawling multimedia study of the New York City Garment District, complete with interactive maps, data, photographs and videos from Manhattan's last bastion of manufacturing. Sarah...

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Opening Day at the CFDA Fashion Incubator: A Video Visit

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 5:42 PM

Maybe it's because everyone was dressed up and drinking coffee all day, but the mood at Wednesday's official opening of the CFDA Fashion Incubator, the glossy-floored corridor of 12 glass-walled studios in New York City's Garment District, seemed giddy and full possibility--like Open House at the beginning...

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Sustainability and Swedish Fashion: A New Website and a New Exhibit

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 2:44 PM

The first time I blogged about sustainability and fashion for this site, I was writing from Sweden. That trip - just four days of reporting in Stockholm - was the first step in a journey to define sustainable style, a subject cloaked in mystery. For the last few...

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The American Garmento: An Endangered Species in its Natural Habitat

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2010 | 11:41 AM

Last week Guy Trebay compared New York City's Garment District to a coral reef; Today, have a peek into its nooks and crannies via a few little videos, for a glimpse at the American Garmento--an endangered species in its natural habitat.

Herewith, a post from Closettour's archives,...

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Fashion's Broken Calendar

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2010 | 4:11 PM

They say the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. And the fashion industry has a problem: The calendar is broken.

Grace Coddington admitted it in March. Julie Gilhart alluded to it in April. And Plum Sykes investigated further in this month's Vogue, with commiseration...

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Want to Build a Lifestyle Brand? Build a Lifestyle.

(1) Comments | Posted April 7, 2010 | 2:48 PM

For most bloggers, linking to last week's story is sort of like wearing last season's clothes. But let's be honest, I do wear last season's clothes, and Rebecca Mead's ramble through Brunello Cucinelli's Umbrian kingdom of cashmere, in the March 29 New Yorker is already a classic, much...

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Bags, Tags and Automobiles

(0) Comments | Posted March 31, 2010 | 12:54 PM

This is my favorite purse. It's by Jerome Dreyfuss. I got it in Paris four years ago, and to replace it at the designer's new store in SoHo today would probably cost close to $800. Although it cost a little less then, it is still the most expensive...

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Sustainable Fashion Strategy: Play Hard to Get, Take It Slow

(2) Comments | Posted March 24, 2010 | 11:19 AM

Over several years working in the fashion industry, and countless more wondering what to wear, I've seen the topic of "sustainability," appear with increasing frequency. And while the fashion industry and the media agree on its importance, no one seems able to land on a definition. The Financial...

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