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A quick look at new report ‘The Road From Principles to Practice'

Economist Report A look at the latest report from The Economist Intelligence Unit on today’s challenges for businesses in respecting human rights - and what this means for fashion companies.

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Fashion Buying Goes Online: New Digital Tools & How-to Tips

Raven + lily necklace Find out why it's time to re-think your seasonal buying trips and how new online tools can help you discover exciting brands and source products to stock in your shop, more efficiently than ever before. Image: Raven + Lily

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What would a common set of global standards look like?

good work worldwide This year could see unprecedented aligning of social and environmental policy and standards at the international level that would have a huge impact on how companies operate, where and how they source. Here we compare and contrast the five leading frameworks set out by the UN, ILO, OECD and IFC.


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Quickfire Q&A

5 minutes with... Maxine Bédat, Zady.com

Maxine is the retail buyer and co-founder of US-based online lifestyle destination, Zady.com

Maxine Bédat

As we’re about to enter the height of buying season, we’d love to find out a little bit about your buying process for Zady.com. How do you find new brands or products to stock?

There isn’t one typical way we find a new product. Every product we carry is the result of a sort of scavenger hunt. We might discover a company making the finest alpaca in Peru and they might tell us about a company making the best staplers in Germany. We’re always on the lookout during our travels or even right here in New York.

What makes a brand or product really stand out from all the others? On the other side, what do brands often get wrong?

What makes a brand stand out is its integrity. Integrity touches many elements. Are the materials the very best they can be? Is the design going to stand the test of time? Is there thought behind the selection of materials? Brands that try to be trendy or are derivative get it wrong. The ones that get it right are creating product that the team behind it truly want to see in the world. That’s exciting stuff.

When you’re on a buying mission, how do you know what brands or products will sell

We are lucky that products across the board are well supported on Zady. There isn’t one criteria we look for. We just ask ourselves do we want to live with this piece for at least the next decade? If the answer is yes, it’s generally a good fit.

What are your spring buying plans? Any events, brands or new projects you’re excited about?

We are excited to introduce shoes with our friends Véja. They are a sneaker company made in Brazil that completely align with our ethics and our aesthetic. But that’s just one, we have to keep some secrets.

How would you feel about taking part in an online-only trade showcase featuring sustainably-made fashion brands?

Of course. As a buyer you should have your eye to the future, and sustainability is the future, luckily.