Coach Gets A Name Change

According to the Associated Press:

To better incorporate all of the brands it now owns, the storied Coach company of New York is changing its name to Tapestry.

The luxury goods company that came to prominence in the “Mad Men” era now owns brands like Stuart Weitzman and Kate Spade & Co. as well. CEO Victor Luis said Wednesday that the name Tapestry is more inclusive.

Coach acquired Stuart Weitzman in 2015 in a deal valued up to $574 million. It spent $2.4 billion for Kate Spade this year, seeking to broaden its appeal.

“We are now at a defining moment in our corporate reinvention, having evolved from a mono-brand specialty retailer to a true house of emotional, desirable brands,” Luis said in a company release.

A website with the new name, which becomes official at the end of the month, is up and running.

The change is part of Coach’s pursuit of younger shoppers who may not feel the same draw to store windows on Manhattan’s 5th Avenue.

Coach began as a small workshop in Manhattan in 1941, and became a fashion powerhouse in the early 1960s though innovate designs.

Coach Inc. will also be changing its ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange from “COH,” to “TPR.” Shares of the company declined more than 2 percent to $39.11 in morning trading.

This sucks! The name is wack and plus ill STILL be rocking my COACH bags til the straps fall off

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Black Girl Magic Slaying The New York Fashion Week Runway

The lack of diversity and black models in the fashion industry is a topic that’s been written about numerous times. Season after season, there just never seems to be enough of us strutting down the catwalk, despite the plethora of brown and black models.

But this season is looking much better and im loving it! Binx Walton has already opened and closed one Fashion Week’s most coveted shows, Tom Ford, and Selena Forrest and Lineisy Montero have already walked. Check out the sprinkling of #blackgirlmagic down the runway. 


Texture On The Runway

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Creme of Nature during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Creme of Nature during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: Models walk the runway for CurlFormers during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Creme of Nature during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Carol’s Daughter during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Carol’s Daughter during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: The McClure Twins walk the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway for Cantu during Texture On The Runway, presented by NaturallyCurly, powered By Sally Beauty at Gotham Hall on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images for NaturallyCurly)


GCDS Fashion

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Model Teyana Taylor walks the runway at the GCDS fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the GCDS fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: Model Jazzelle Zanaughttil walks the runway at the GCDS fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the GCDS fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the GCDS fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 2, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Albert Urso/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)


Indonesian Diversity Fashion

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Catherine Njoo SS18 during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Catherine Njoo SS18 and handbag by Doris Dorothea during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Catherine Njoo SS18 during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Catherine Njoo SS18 during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)

Project Runway

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Project Runway fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

Cushnie et Ochs

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway for TRESemme at Cushnie et Ochs NYFW during New York Fashion Week at Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for TRESemme)


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Cushnie Et Ochs fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway at the Cushnie Et Ochs fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery 1, Skylight Clarkson Sq on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images For NYFW: The Shows)

Galtiscopio

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway for Galtiscopio – Runway – September 2017 during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Galtiscopio)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway for Galtiscopio – Runway – September 2017 during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Galtiscopio)

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 08: A model walks the runway for Galtiscopio – Runway – September 2017 during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 8, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images for Galtiscopio)

Barli Asmara SS18

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Barli Asmara SS18 during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)


NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway wearing Barli Asmara SS18 during the Indonesian Diversity fashion show during New York Fashion Week at The Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Indonesian Diversity)

Sachin & Babi SS2018 Collection

NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 07: A model walks the runway at the Sachin & Babi SS2018 Collection during New York Fashion Week on September 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

Topless Woman Protest at Kanye West’s “Multiracial Women Only’ Model Call

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Over the weekend, Kanye West tweeted out a NYC casting call for “multiracial women only” to model his forthcoming Yeezy Season 4 collection. The request immediately drew protests both online and IRL, however, thanks to its wording.

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And while white people crying “reverse racism” were definitely a component of the backlash, the more relevant dialogue came from POC who called out the inherent colorism, or the implication that dark skin does not meet “traditional” beauty standards, that pervaded West’s phrasing:

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One such person was a woman who appears to go by the name “babyscumbag” on her social media, and who showed up to protest the casting this weekend with “They want black features not black girls” scrawled across her chest. She also held a poster that read, “‘multiracial only’ = lightskin only…you ain’t slick, Ye”, as well as a quote from West’s 2006 Essence interview, in which he says multiracial girls are referred to as “‘mutts’.”

Now, she’s resurfaced online with a detailed post explaining why exactly she did what she did.

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“This is an indictment of not just Yeezy but the entire fashion and beauty industry in which there is a racialized hierarchy of beauty which is a ubiquitous symptom of the legacy of colonialism,” she wrote. “Regardless of whether Yeezy does choose to include darkskinned women in the end, the coded language of the casting call was clear and a part of a broader problem of colorism in the fashion industry.” And a systematic problem she mentioned is evident from the chances of girls walking down the runway depending on the deepness of their skin color.
She also wrote that this specification for “multiracial only” implies that “Black can only be beautiful when ‘MIXED’ with another RACE.”

“There is a history of wanting to dilute the Blackness of one’s children because of the longstanding stigmatization of Blackness,” she said, adding later that, “The lighter you are the more beautiful you are considered.”

However, babyscumbag notes that at the same time, non-Black women have begun to desire Black features “in a brutal and corrupt form of irony.”

“It’s just facts that Black women are constantly told they are too dark, lips too big, hair to ghetto for all professions,” she pointed out. “Only to see these same features or styles on non-Black women receive praise-(braids, gap teeth)-obviously the problem isn’t the style but the color of the women wearing it.”

Which all leads back to why she did it in the first place: as a means of highlighting how pervasive the Eurocentric beauty standards stemming from white supremacy and colonialism still are.

“It’s not just about fashion it’s about understanding how racism, and white supremacy dictates our understanding of reality,” she finished. “T hese are toxic ideologies need to be unlearned and #ITsAPROCESS.”

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