March 2021


Today plus-size fashion retailer Dia & Co released a State of Inclusive Fashion Report in hopes of illuminating the impacts of 2020 and driving more inclusivity in the fashion industry.

The report opens with a stark assessment of the plus-size landscape from Founder and CEO, Nadia Boujarwah: “With a smaller base of retail options to begin with, the plus-size market, serving 67% of women in America, has been particularly hard hit leaving our consumer with a retail desert.”

The report points out that though 2020 was a landmark year for representation, there was a drastic reduction in options for the plus-size consumer. This may not feel like news to customers in the size 14+ category, who face the schism between campaign and marketing representation and in-store clothing availability.

Some of the report’s key findings include:

  • 100 million women, about 67% of all women, wear sizes outside retail’s mainstream, size 14 or larger
  • $24 billion was spent in plus-size in 2020, only 13% of the overall women’s apparel market
  • Over 30% of plus-size specialty doors permanently closed in the last three quarters of 2020
  • The opportunity in inclusive fashion was over $100 billion at the outset of the pandemic, and Dia & Co believes it is even larger now

Fit remains the top priority for Dia & Co’s community, which is five million strong. As in-store shopping has decreased dramatically, the report asserts, “the key to growth will be a digital experience that allows for fit confidence and discovery to fill the gap left behind by a rapidly shrinking store base.”

The report concludes that Dia & Co remains committed to its roots: “Amazing style is part of a life well-lived.” Whether the fashion industry as a whole will take dramatic steps to serve the 67% of American women who are plus-size remains to be seen.

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With wellness at the top of consumers mind in a post-Covid world, CBD Beauty’s global growth potential is likely to accelerate, but how does this newly legalised ingredient manage the growing pains of oversupply, consumer perception, regulation, efficacy and standardisation?

This months panel 

Stephen Murphy – Co-Founder at Prohibition Partners 

Alexis Abraham – CEO at Cellular Goods 

Alexia Blake – Head of R&D at Cellular Goods 

Mallory Huron – Beauty Editor at Fashion Snoops  

Discuss how to ReThink – CBD Beauty 

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Kelsey Hofeling Deist is no stranger to downtown Great Bend where she is now filling a new position at Renue Salon, Spa and Fashion Boutique, 1419 Main.

A 2018 graduate of Great Bend High School, Deist returned to her hometown last fall and is the new spa and retail coordinator at Renue.

“My husband, Alex, and I are so excited to be back with our family and the friends we grew up with,” Deist said. “There are many awesome aspects to Great Bend and downtown is one of my favorites.

“I helped my dad at Brown’s Shoe Fit where he was the manager,” she explained. “This created some of my fondest memories. I am so blessed to work just down the street from where those memories were made.”

After she moved back home from Park City last October, Deist began working at Renue as the front-desk coordinator. Today, in addition to her administrative duties, Deist serves clients with hair and nail services.

Deist is a graduate of Hays Academy of Hair Design where she earned her cosmetology license and “received business training in the basics of how to operate a salon. This education will be invaluable to me at Renue.”

Since graduation, Deist worked at salons in Great Bend and Newton. She was trained by a National Paul Mitchell Educator who worked at the Newton salon.

“I gained business experience, while expanding my knowledge of hair color and technical skills,” she noted. “I love using these skills to help people realize their beauty, allowing them to feel confident in who they are.”

Deist’s parents are Scott and Karen Reddig and Bruce and Amy Hofeling.

Allene Owen, who served as Renue’s manager since it opened in 2008, said “when Kelsey came here, I knew she was the right person for the new position. She is sharp, catches on quickly and is great with our clients. And she even knows computers. Kelsey is a Godsend for Renue.”

Owen, who has 52 years of experience, is not retiring; she is staying on as cosmetology consultant and serving clients. “I am just stepping back a little. I continue to see my long-time salon clients and welcome newcomers. But I will have more time for golf and maybe some travel.”

A Barton County native, Owen is grateful to MyTown, a local organization that supports new businesses. “They helped Renue and other ventures get up and running. MyTown has been and continues to be great for Great Bend.”

Sheryl Cheely, MyTown board member, said Owen “deserves to slow down a little and make more time for herself. We are thankful she is still taking care of clients, serving as a consultant and mentoring her colleagues.”

Cheely also is impressed with Deist’s “maturity and her ideas for the business. Kelsey is a quick study and knows what she is talking about. She is doing a great job and is good with clients.”


Renue products and services include: all hair-care treatments, along with coloring, permanents and hair extensions; face creams; lotions; facials; manicures and pedicures; nail polishes; body wraps; hot-stone and deep-tissue massages; two tanning beds; waxing; and infra-red sauna for muscle relaxation and toxin release.

The fashion boutique offers a clothing selection for women of all ages. “Many of our pieces can be styled to fit most people’s fashion sense,” Deist said. “It is fun to help women see three different ways they can style a shirt or pair of jeans.”

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Yukon officials will give an update on COVID-19 in the territory on Wednesday morning.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Brendan Hanley will hold a news conference alongside Nicole Morgan, the territory’s deputy minister of Education. The news conference will be streamed live here and on CBC Yukon’s Facebook page.

As of Tuesday, the territory had one active case of COVID-19. It was announced last week, along with another case that had been identified in the territory but involved a non-Yukon resident. That case was not added to Yukon’s cumulative case count.

To date, the territory has seen 73 cases of COVID-19, with 71 people recovered and one person who died. 

Earlier this month, Hanley suggested that some pandemic-related restrictions might be eased in the coming weeks if the risk remained low and residents continued to be vaccinated.

Officials also announced on March 9 that all Whitehorse high school students would likely be returning to full-time in-class learning next month, but they did not set a firm date. Hanley said at the time that planning would be done in the following weeks.

As of Tuesday, 23,674 people in Yukon had received their first dose of the Moderna vaccine. The government’s weekly vaccine tracker says that represents about 67 per cent of the eligible population. Of those people, 11,154 had received a second shot. 

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For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2021

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – Inspired by the smashing success of its tofu-themed holiday gifts, PETA has launched a new line of tofu-based personal-care products, including Shampfu, Curditioner, Tofuthpaste, and Soysturizer.

“Tofu is the most versatile substance in the world, so don’t just eat it when you can also brush your teeth, moisturize your skin, and clean your hair with it,” says PETA Senior Merchandise Manager Tanner Hatfield. “PETA has been turning people on to tofu’s animal-friendly and heart-healthy qualities for years, and we’re soy excited to see it go from the refrigerator to the bathroom vanity.”

For those who prefer to enjoy their tofu the traditional way—internally—PETA offers a library of delicious recipes, such as General Tso’s Tofu, Tofu Scramble, Sweet Potato and Tofu Dumplings, and more. Tofu leaves animals in peace, is packed with protein, contains no cholesterol, and can lower one’s risk of suffering from heart disease, cancer, and numerous other life-threatening health issues. And while swine flu, bird flu, the 1918 influenza virus, and COVID-19 all stemmed from confining and killing animals for food, tofu never started a pandemic.

The group also offers a guide to shopping for cosmetics made with all-vegan ingredients (along the lines of coconut oil and aloe vera rather than bean curd).

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat or abuse in any other way”—opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit or follow the group on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

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HONG KONG, March 31, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — JS Global Lifestyle Company Limited (“JS Global” or “the Company”; Hong Kong: 1691), a leading producer of small household appliances, released its financial results for 2020. Despite the adverse impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Company booked strong performances in 2020, driven by the positive results from its international expansion and new product launches.

In 2020, JS Global reported a total revenue of nearly $US4.2 billion, up 39.1% year-on-year, and it recorded a gross profit of approximately $US1.74 billion, up 54.7% year-on-year. The Company last year booked a gross profit margin of 41.5%, a substantial increase of 4.1 percentage points from 37.4% in 2019.

Meanwhile, the Company’s net profit in 2020 expanded by 372.2% year-on-year to approximately $US402.3 million, and its net profit attributable to owners of the parent increased by about 718.1% year-on-year to about $US344.4 million.

The profit surge was primarily driven by the steady growth of revenue generated in both domestic and overseas markets, as well as the Company’s successful launch of a series of new products last year.

Along with its subsidiaries, JS Global operates through two business segments. Its SharkNinja segment focuses on the Shark and Ninja brands featuring home environment appliances and kitchen appliances which are sold in North America, Europe and Japan, among others. The Joyoung segment offers small household appliances, focusing on kitchen and cleaning appliances, primarily in China.

Strong international expansion

In 2020, with respect to growth through its sales network, JS Global focused on expanding internationally, boosting further growth in the U.K. and Japan. It also successfully tapped into the German and French markets and started working with major retailers in these countries to have the products placed through local sales teams.

JS Global’s revenue generated from sales in North America amounted to $US2.21 billion in 2020, an increase from about $US1.46 billion in 2019. The growth in North America was mainly driven by the successful launch of a series of new products, such as Ninja Foodi™ series of cooking appliances and Shark cleaning appliances. The Company capitalized on the trend of changing shopping habits of consumers during the pandemic and increased its investment in the e-commerce channel which saw significant growth.

As consumers’ buying preferences transitioned from offline to online channels, the proportion of sales on retailers’ online platforms and those dedicated solely to the online channel increased. This reinforced JS Global’s omni-channel approach to distribution, ensuring that it was able to support consumer demand, which remained strong due to increased usage of cooking and cleaning products driven by the ‘stay at home economy’ born out of the pandemic.

In addition, the Company’s Europe business last year booked a revenue of about US$451.3 million, up from $US221.7 million in 2019. The strong revenue growth in Europe was primarily driven by the continuously increasing market share of cordless and corded vacuums in the U.K. The Company has successfully secured additional product placements at key retailers in the U.K., and it has launched the Ninja Foodi™ series of products in the European market, which also contributed to the growth.

Business thriving in China

The revenue generated by the sales in China reached nearly $US1.44 billion in 2020, up from $US1.27 billion in 2019. The sales growth was mainly driven by the launch of a series of popular new products in response to the demand of consumers for health and cooking at home during the epidemic and the Company’s exploration of emerging sales and communication channels such as new retail and online live streaming.

In 2020, the Joyoung segment, which mainly operates in China, achieved stable revenue growth by leveraging the Company’s strength in digital marketing, live stream shopping as well as optimizing operation efficiency.

Going forward

JS Global is committed to driving sustainable long-term growth and strengthening the market position as a global leader in small household appliances through sales network and product expansion. The Company plans to further drive synergies between its Joyoung segment and SharkNinja segment on both the cost side and the sales side.

Additionally, JS Global plans to expand into new product categories, including the personal care category and air purifiers. It will also continue to develop the portfolio within existing categories including additional cookware products, new products within the Ninja Foodi™ series and a new series of cordless vacuums.

About JS Global

JS Global Lifestyle Company Limited (Hong Kong: 1691) is a world leading producer of small household appliances. It ranks fifth globally in the small household appliance industry and third among small household appliance-focused companies. It primarily operates three major brands: Shark, Ninja and Joyoung. The Company’s success is centered around its deep understanding of consumer needs, and is built on its strong product innovation and design capability powered by a global research and development platform, marketing strengths driving high brand engagement, and an omni-channel distribution coverage with high penetration.

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By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The life of Philip Roth was a story. So was the writing of his biography.

Blake Bailey’s “Philip Roth,” a volume Roth had imagined in some form for more than 20 years, comes out April 6. Ever willing to provoke or amplify an argument, the author of “American Pastoral,” “Sabbath’s Theater” and other novels had been thinking of a biography ever since his former wife, actress Claire Bloom, depicted him as unfaithful, cruel and irrational in her 1996 memoir “Leaving a Doll’s House.”

Roth was determined to have his side come out, but wanted someone else to tell it. He first recruited Ross Miller, an English professor and nephew of playwright Arthur Miller, but became so unhappy with what he believed was Miller’s narrow scope that the two had a falling out. So in 2012, Roth brought in Bailey, granting him full access to his papers, his friends and, the highest hurdle, the author himself.

Bailey would have the final say.

“Philip understood what the deal was,” Bailey told The Associated Press, “and mostly abided by it.”

Over the next six years, until Roth died in 2018, he and Bailey were collaborators, friends and sometimes combatants. As Bailey writes in the book’s acknowledgements, their time together could be “complicated but rarely unhappy and never dull.” One moment, Roth might be cracking jokes or cheerfully looking through a photo album of old girlfriends — there were many — and the next he was seething over Bloom’s alleged crimes.

The British author Edmund Gosse once defined a biography as “the faithful portrait of a soul in its adventures through life.” Bailey’s book is more than 800 pages and could have lasted hundreds more. Roth completed more than 30 books and lived many lives in 85 years. Bailey assumes the roles of critic, confessor, psychologist, even marriage counselor.

He traces Roth’s life from his stable but inhibiting middle-class childhood in Newark, New Jersey, to adult years of literary discipline and personal liberties, and his final years of self-imposed retirement.

The “real” Philip Roth has been a quest for countless critics — and the author himself — since his 1969 bestseller “Portnoy’s Complaint” left many readers believing that Roth and his lusting narrator were one and the same.

Which they were, and were not.

“I expected the tasteless jokes and lewdness and so on,” Bailey says of his time around Roth. “What surprised me was the essential benevolence of the man.”

Few literary biographies have been so awaited. Bailey’s book is a meeting ground between one of the world’s most tempestuous and debated authors and one of its most celebrated biographers, whose works on John Cheever and Richard Yates have been held up as models of stylish prose, incisive criticism, thorough research, and a willingness to confront the worst in his subjects without condemning them.

“I thought Blake did a brilliant, incredibly thorough and intelligent and loving job on my father,” Susan Cheever, John Cheever’s daughter, told The Associated Press in a recent email. “Biography is a hard road — all the adjustments of context and character — but I thought he balanced it all just about perfectly and I think it’s a sign of Philip’s genius that he chose Blake as well.”

Most of the early reviews, from Kirkus to The Atlantic, have been positive. Claire Bowden, writing in The Sunday Times, praised Bailey for documenting Roth’s struggle “to be seen as a serious novelist not a sex fiend, fighting his ex-wives, critics and his failing body.” The New Yorker’s David Remnick, who came to know Roth, praised Bailey as “industrious, rigorous, and uncowed.”

Others were more critical. The New York Times’ Parul Seghal found Bailey more interested in gossip than in literature and called the book “a sprawling apologia for Roth’s treatment of women, on and off the page.” Laura Marsh of The New Republic also found Bailey too indulgent of Roth’s vices, from his relationships with women to his resentments against critics, and concluded the result “is not a final winning of the argument, as Roth might have hoped.”

Bailey says his aim was to follow Roth’s motto as an author — to “let the repellent in,” and acknowledge him as a “messy, complicated human being.”

The biographer is as likely to salute “American Pastoral” as to fault such lesser works as “The Great American Novel” and “The Humbling.” In Roth’s memoir “The Facts,” he had his fictional alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman scold him as “the least completely rendered of all your protagonists.”

Bailey was never less than fascinated — even when appalled. Roth had “not a monogamous bone in his body,” he said, could hold grudges as if they were family heirlooms and was often fatally misguided in his judgment of people.

“But there was a side of Philip that was wholly admirable. He had a giant streak of filial piety — towards (Saul) Bellow and (Alfred) Kazin and various writers he admired,” Bailey added. “If a friend of Philip was in distress, he would get on a phone, and he would start organizing support, make sure his friend could pay the medical bills.”

“He was a darling man in many ways.”

Kids rarely grow up dreaming of of becoming a literary biographer, and Bailey, an Oklahoma City native and Tulane University graduate, first hoped to write fiction. He completed a handful of novels, including one called “Bourbon In the Bathtub,” but eventually realized he was more comfortable writing non-fiction, and leaving himself out of the story. His inspirations include the British biographer Lytton Strachey, whom Bailey said regarded humanity as “ridiculous, but also touching.”

Biographies of living subjects — at least living when the project begins — have a long and troubled history. They can range from Kitty Kelly’s unauthorized assessments of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Reagan to countless hagiographies in which the subject has final say over the manuscript. Bailey contacted Roth at the suggestion of James Atlas, whose book on Bellow is often cited as a warning that biographers may come to dislike their subjects.

Asked if Roth’s death made him feel freer to write as he pleased, Bailey responded that Roth “knew the worst (about him) was coming” in the book, citing Roth’s vicious harassment of a friend of Bloom’s daughter and his extramarital affair with a woman identified as “Inga.” Bailey remembered a meeting with Roth a few months before his death, at the author’s Manhattan apartment. Roth was exhausted, barely able to stand, and he was angry.

“I kept asking him questions he didn’t want to answer. ‘It’s not in my interest to answer these questions, so you need to change the subject,'” Bailey remembers Roth saying. “And in the midst of that, he said, ‘You know, this is the best I’ve felt in weeks, you (expletive)’! And he roared with laughter.”

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SYDNEY — IMG will partner with First Nations Fashion and Design, a national voice representing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander designers, to support Indigenous Australian creative talent in a series of initiatives at the upcoming Afterpay Australian Fashion Week, whose resort 2022 collections showcase will run from May 31 to June 4 at Sydney’s Carriageworks venue.

WWD can reveal that FNFD will open the event on the morning of May 31 with a Welcome to Country presentation, which will include a traditional smoking ceremony, along with dance, art and fashion elements.

On June 2, FNFD will then present an Indigenous runway showcase featuring the work of eight designers, including Amber Days by Corina Muir; Aarli by Teagan Cowlishaw; Clair Helen; Ngarru Miimi by Lillardia Allirra Briggs-Houston; Keema Co. by Nickeema Williams; Nungala Creative by Jessica Johnson; Sown in Time by Lynelle Flinders, and artist Grace Lillian Lee, who is also the founder and director of the First Nations Fashion and Design Indigenous Corporation.

From May 31 through June 2, FNFD will also operate a dedicated space within AAFW’s on-site showroom facility The Suites, which will serve as a backdrop for featured Indigenous designers to meet with buyers and media.

Additionally, on June 3, Lee will host a panel discussion exploring the continued growth and industry support of Indigenous Australian models and designers as part of the AAFW: The Talks program.

“We are committed to playing an active role in the advancement of Indigenous Australian designers and leveraging our resources to amplify their voices in the Australian fashion industry and around the globe,” said Natalie Xenita, executive director of IMG’s fashion events group, Asia Pacific region.

“Our country has inspired the Australian fashion and design industry for over 200 years,” Lee said. “Our practices and native landscapes have served as a great source of inspiration. Our people and our land continue to contribute to the growth and development of this nation. We aim to rewrite history by reclaiming our narrative of connection to country through fashion and design. Indigenous fashion is the future of the Australian fashion industry, and what an honor to be featured as the first Indigenous runway show at AAFW’s 25th anniversary, amplifying Indigenous voices for the next generation and chapter in AAFW history.”

IMG’s The Suites will not be FNFD’s only showroom option at the event.

Under a separate partnership with the online showroom, within hours of FNFD’s June 2 AAFW show, the collections of all eight featured FNFD designers will be available for view on, potentially increasing the designers’ visibility to international retailers — none of whom will be flying to Sydney this year, due to ongoing travel restrictions.

According to cofounder and chief executive officer Simon Lock, Ordre’s virtual resort 2021 showroom collaboration with the Australian Fashion Council last year led to direct engagement with 400 of Ordre’s 3,000-strong network of global retail organizations, including Galeries Lafayette, Shinsegae, Intermix, Joyce Boutiques, Net-a-porter and, and generated several million dollars in wholesale orders. The AFC collaboration commenced last May, when the canceled 2020 edition of Australian Fashion Week would have taken place, and showcased the collections of 25 designers.

“Right now, retailers have limited options to attend physical fashion weeks and to attend physical showrooms, so virtual showrooms are proving a great channel to discover new talent,” Lock said. “We’ve seen increased engagement with our global retail network particularly when it comes to reviewing new season collections for new emerging designers.”

Since Australian Fashion Week’s inception in 1996, there has been little Indigenous representation, with only one or two Indigenous brands such as Kooey Swimwear and Desert Designs having previously shown on schedule.

Its profile boosted by the establishment of the short-lived Australian Indigenous Fashion Week in Sydney in 2014, however — which collapsed under debts of 343,000 Australian dollars several months later and was never repeated — the Indigenous fashion sector has since witnessed significant development, with popular fashion shows now key components of Indigenous art showcases such as the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair and the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair.

The past 18 months have seen the launch of FNFD and the latter’s First Nations Fashion Council, as well as the Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair Foundation’s Indigenous Fashion Projects initiative, which last year staged the first National Indigenous Fashion Awards and also unveiled an Indigenous fashion incubator program with the David Jones department store chain.

Neither IMG nor Indigenous Fashion Projects responded to questions about a separate Indigenous fashion showcase that WWD understands IFP is planning to stage at AAFW on June 3, showcasing an additional five designers, including Maara Collective and Ngali.

Headed by former Australian Fashion Council CEO David Giles-Kaye, Indigenous Fashion Projects had originally been due to stage a multibrand show at Australian Fashion Week in 2020, but it was shelved when the event was canceled due to COVID-19.

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