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Style Notes: Madewell Debuts First Collection Under New Lead Designer; REI To Close on Black Friday

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Madewell's Spring 2016 Look Book

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Madewell debuted its spring 2016 collection — its first under new head of design Joyce Lee — and the bohemian-inspired, light-hearted designs have so far been well-received. Lee succeeds Somsack Sikhounmuong, who, after many successful collections for the brand, was tapped to help sister label J. Crew out of its sales slump in June of this year. [Fashionista

REI wants shoppers to get out of the mall and into the great outdoors this holiday season, which is why the retail behemoth is closing all 143 of its doors on Black Friday. The privately held company is paying its employees to "be outside" during the holiday weekend and has even started its own hashtag campaign, #OptOutside, for the occasion. [Forbes]

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Gucci is collaborating with artists on a new Instagram initiative that mashes up historic art pieces with the fashion house's products and patterns. Titled #GucciGram, the project is another way in which Alessandro Michele is modernizing the storied Italian brand and engaging the younger generation of fashion fans. [Vogue]

Jawbone, the fitness tracking device which monitors everything from sleep patterns to average heart rate, has teamed up with BaubleBar for a stylish 9-piece collection of neutral toned versions of its Up bracelets. Priced between $65 and $85, the collaboration is currently available exclusively at the two retailers. [WWD]

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