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Style Notes: Ivanka Trump Boycott Picks Up Steam; Carven Designers Leave Brand

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#GrabYourWallet Picks Up Steam as Customers Continue to Boycott Ivanka Trump's Fashion Line [The Cut]
Shannon Coulter, a digital and brand strategist, is encouraging shoppers to boycott Ivanka Trump's eponymous fashion labels given Trump's continued support of her father in the election cycle. Though there have been calls to boycott the brand in the past few months, Coulter's hashtag #GrabYourWallets has helped the movement pick up steam. In addition to not purchasing Trump-affiliated goods, she also suggests anti-Donald Trump consumers call retailers that carry various lines (Nordstrom, Dillard's, Marshalls, Amazon) and asking them to stop.

Carven Designers Exit Brand [Vogue]
Alexis Martial and Adrien Caillaudaud, the co-creative directors hired by Carven only 18 months ago, are exiting the brand. The pair, which succeeded Guillaume Henry, now at Nina Ricci, were tasked with bringing a fresh, young perspective to the brand. However after only four collections, the designers and the brand made the "mutual decision" to part ways.

Nanette Lepore Sues Licensing Partner Blue Star Alliance [Fashionista]
Fashion designer Nanette Lepore is suing her licensing partner, Blue Star Alliance, claiming that the manufacturer has tarnished her reputation by churning out "shoddy products." Lepore began working with Blue Star Alliance in 2015, with the aim of taking her brand global. In the lawsuit, Lepore claims that the company was producing items without her approval, including pieces that were unsafe, such as luggage allegedly made with carcinogenic materials. Lepore is seeking $735,000 in damages and attorney fees.

Teenage Syrian Refugees Allegedly Working in Clothing Factories for Zara, ASOS [BBC]
The BBC conducted an undercover investigation which found teenage Syrian refugees in Turkey making clothing for fast-fashion brands including Zara, Mango, ASOS and Marks & Spencer. According to their findings, teens as young as 15 were being underpaid to work 12-hour days producing goods which were then shipped to the U.K.; the refugees were reportedly hired by a third party, who paid them in cash. All brands involved say they "carefully monitor their supply chains" and don't tolerate underage workers. 

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