Style Notes: 'Nylon' Cuts a Third of Print Staff; Instagram Reveals Why It Can't #FreeTheNipple
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On Sunday, Nylon magazine confirmed 13 layoffs from its print staff as a result of consolidating and reorganizing. The cuts shrink the magazine staff by one-third; however, in a statement, CEO Paul Greenberg noted that the layoffs allow the glossy to beef up its growing digital sector. Earlier this year, Nylon's sister magazine, Nylon Guys, went all-digital, with many speculating that Nylon may have the same fate. [WWD]
Instagram founder and CEO Kevin Systrom has finally addressed why the nipple will never quite be #Free on Instagram. While speaking at an event hosted by Dazed Media, he cited Apple's community guidelines as the reason for censorship. In order to keep the 12-and-up age rating, Instagram must adhere to a certain level of modesty. If the nipple were to be set free, the app would have to up its age rating to 17+, and it would likely lose users. [Business Insider]
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As of yesterday, the Net-a-Porter and Yoox merger is complete. The Yoox Net-a-Porter group, headed by CEO Federico Marchetti, also appointed a new president to replace Net-a-Porter founder and chairwoman Natalie Massanet, who announced her resignation from the company in September. Alison Loehnis, who formerly was president of Net-a-Porter, has been named president of the Net-a-Porter group and will oversee Net-a-Porter, Mr Porter, The Outnet and Porter magazine. She will report directly to Marchetti. [Fashionista]
While the reactions of politicians to the finalization of the Trans Pacific-Partnership agreement run the gamut, retail leaders (from the National Retail Federation to the Retail Industry Leaders Association) throughout North America are singing its praises in hopes of its passage. The historic agreement — the largest regional accord to date — would phase out more than 18,000 tariffs as well as other import barriers. The U.S. fashion industry imports $22 billion in textiles, apparel and footwear from the 11 other affected countries annually, and exports roughly $14.25 billion. Expect the TPP to be a huge talking point in the looming election year. [WWD, The New York Times]