The Genteel
April 12, 2021

Anna Lee Boschetto

While it would seem that fashion and food only team up when another stain-fighting detergent hits the market, that's about to change. A prominent clothing retailer has joined forces with a premier food publication and a foodie website to promote one of summer's juiciest collections.

By Anna Lee Boschetto

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Anna Lee Boschetto

Toronto Canada

A writer and editor, Anna Lee Boschetto contributes to The Genteel from Toronto. Known for her moonlighting stints in the glamorous world of fashion retail, the culmination of her varied experiences and insatiable curiosity has fuels her desire to take a fresh perspective on a range of topics from fashion to fitness and everything in between. Her writing has appeared in a variety of publications including Canadian Living, Chloe and Clean Eating. She lives in Woodbridge with her husband and two children.

Beyond her recent marriage to Giovanni Ribisi, British model Agyness Deyn has been keeping a low profile; but that's about to change thanks to her recent collaboration with Dr. Martens. As her collection of footwear, accessories and apparel for the famous boot maker hits the market, Deyn sports her designs in the brand's latest campaign flick.

By recently sponsoring the British Fashion Council's Fashion Forward initiative, eBay continues to gain ground in the fashion sphere. But beyond supporting emerging British designers, the deal signals that the online auctioneer has more in store on the fashion front.

Helmut Lang's collaboration with online art retailer, Grey Area, offers customers the ultimate fashion boutique-cum-art gallery experience.

In the world of retail, H&M promises fashion and quality at the best price. But with greater awareness surrounding the working conditions of H&M's suppliers in Bangladesh, production may soon become more costly. As it happens, the retailer is raising its own bar in an effort to become more socially responsible. But, there may be a few forks in the road before the company reaches its destination.

Last holiday season, Karl Lagerfeld joined forces with Sephora; this year, he's painting a colourful, manga-inspired picture by teaming up with one of the make-up industry's most iconic brands.

Rammed with flagship stores and designer studios, Istanbul continues to grow into a top destination for fashion-minded travelers. But while the city's Nisantasi district has traditionally been the fashionable place to be, Galata is emerging as a mecca of eclectic shops with one particular retailer leading the way.

With a massive new 40,000 square foot studio space in Brooklyn, coupled with the promise of employment opportunities, Amazon is leaping into the business of fashion. But can Amazon can convince high-end brands to join them?

Once a highly-regarded fashion house on the cutting edge of the Paris catwalk, Emanuel Ungaro is poised to reclaim its rightful status on the runway next season. With the appointment of a young designer as creative director, coupled with a new distribution deal, the house is hoping for a revival in the making.

The collections of Indian-American designer, Bibhu Mohapatra, are selling in luxury department stores across America. But with his new Design Bank initiative, Mohapatra aims to promote the artists and craftsman of his birthplace Odisha, whose fabric designs continue to inspire his fashion career.

Once the site of triumphant imperialism, Rome's crumbling Colosseum is a visual representation of an Italian economy in disrepair. But with prominent Italian fashion brand Tod's stepping up to fund the monument's reconstruction, both the cultural landmark and the country's economy may rise again.

While he shakes the hands of Hollywood's glitterati, President Obama is still grappling to convince Americans that he has their backs. With the economy on shaky ground, perhaps it wasn't the right moment for Vogue's editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, to emerge as Obama's grand dame of fundraising. Or maybe the Democrats know something the rest of us don't.

As tomorrow's trendsetters may be today's unknowns, Zappos, the enigmatic online retailer, is bringing up-and-coming designers to the forefront through its Emerging Designer Program. Anna Lee Boschetto talks with the program's latest recipient, Chicago-based milliner, Tonya Gross.

As Brazil's economy continues to grow, its fashion designers are making their mark on runways around the world. But while Brazil's market is favourable, it's not free of challenges for designers wanting to propel themselves into the global marketplace.

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