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Violent protests push tactical gear market to answer for extremists

Images of citizens dressed like soldiers – wearing bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets and combat boots – have been thrust into the spotlight following the U.S. Capitol riot Jan. 6 and civil unrest in the streets of America last summer. 

Now companies that manufacture and sell military-grade gear face an ethics quandary: Business may be booming, but at what cost? Some say it’s out of their hands. Others are trying to distance themselves from the extremists.

“Many of these people aren’t serious about buying duty gear, they’re doing it for show and don’t represent the body armor community in any way,” said Nick Groat, CEO of Safe Life Defense, whose company has been accused of serving up ads to extremists on Facebook. 

Market analyst Technavio reports the tactical and outdoor gear industry is growing globally by about $1 billion in revenue each year, with increasing demand by private security firms, outdoor

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Fashion’s Big Lifestyle Push

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LONDON — Fashion has always flirted with homeware, but COVID-19, an accelerator for many industry trends, has pushed the category to new heights.

Lockdown has forced some fashion diehards to swap their outfit-of-the-day photos for interior-of-the-day ones, filling their homes with fantastical tablescapes, Gucci pillows and Anissa Kermiche’s tongue-in-cheek Body Language vases.

“People used to only think about how to dress to impress, but they now need to dress their homes, which became accessible to many more virtual eyes. That has undeniably helped [build] our brand awareness on Instagram: Everyone was posting their favorite item and a community was born, without the need to run a marketing campaign,” said Anissa Kermiche, whose ceramics, shaped to resemble women’s body parts. have become one of Instagram’s latest sensations.

According to Isabelle Dubern-Mallevays, the former creative director of Dior Maison and cofounder of luxury design platform

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