Today’s Fashion Headlines: Kate Bosworth Style Thief App, Retailers Open Tech Labs, Rana Plaza Building Owner Charged

July 15, 2014 • Fashion Blog, Fashion News

kate bosworth, style thief, fashion app, Sam RussKate Bosworth Lunches Style Thief App

Kate Bosworth is launching an app called Style Thief. She is partnering with Sam Russ(pictured above) the app’s creator, who is the daughter of American Rag co-owner and Style Thief chief executive officer Larry Russ. The app allows people to snap a photo, do an image search for a fashion item and buy it. Style Thief uses the term “Snap & Steal,” and is tapping into the popularity of street style, the fact that people love taking photos on phones and the growing importance of mobile commerce. This app idea is not new, but perhaps with Bosworth’s name behind it Style Thief will become a hit.

Retailers Set Up Competitive Tech Labs

Retailers have opened up “labs” in hopes that a techy start-up vibe will attract the right talent to generate the next big thing in digital commerce. These incubator programs want to actively grow the next generation of savvy brands from online roots. Retailers are following the money since consumers are into the digital realm. Over the past three years, Nordstrom and Wal-Mart, as well as American Eagle Outfitters Inc., Sears Holdings Corp., Target Corp., Kohl’s Corp. and shopping center giant Westfield Group, have been building their own internal tech labs filled with engineers who can speak retail. Nordstrom’s Lab is in Seattle and Sears’ is in Hoffman Estates, Ill. and stayed close to home, while Wal-Mart went right to the center of the tech universe and set up a lab right in Silicon Valley.

Bangladesh Building Collapse, Owner to Be Charged

Bangladesh’s anti-graft agency will file charges against the owner of the building that collapsed last year killing more than 1,130 people, most of them garment workers, in a construction violation case it was said on Tuesday. The April 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza, built on swampy ground outside Dhaka, ranks amongst the world’s worst industrial accidents and sparked a global outcry for improved safety in the world’s second-largest exporter of ready-made garments. Last month, the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case with police accusing 17 people of breaching regulations over the construction of the building. Then the commission did not list building owner Mohammad Sohel Rana as his name did not appear in documents covering ownership of the land and design approval, but his parents were listed. “Rana’s name will be included in the charge sheet as his involvement has been found in a further investigation,” commission spokesman Pranab Kumar Bhattachajee told Reuters. Rana was arrested after a four-day hunt shortly after the building collapsed, apparently trying to flee across the border to India and is currently being detained.

– Carol Calacci

Source & Photo: WWD

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