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SCOTUS update

Metals.com scam

Amazon attrition

At the movies

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Reshaping society

Electric cars make their mark

2019 was the year electric vehicles grew up. From budget Kias to fleets of e-trucks, this was the biggest year for vehicular electrification yet—but several blockbuster launches belie a hard road ahead as automakers are forced to reinvent themselves.

2019 was the year electric cars grew up

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious

Tesla flexed its muscle in the market even as overall EV sales softened. Global automakers have committed $225 billion toward electrification -- well past the point of no return despite 2019's worrying dip in EV sales (at least for cars not built by Tesla). Overall, it was the year things got serious for EVs.Tesla has done the yeoman's work of proving you can sell a million or so electric cars to the masses. Its Model 3 accounted for 1 out of every 6 EVs sold worldwide. Now VW, GM, Ford, and others have painted a giant target on Tesla's back. Let the race begin.

Record low unemployment

Americans locked up abroad

Canopy branches out

Get smart about parenting

Raising a child is hard. But the “parenting is hard” trope, which feeds memes and dinner conversations, can be dangerous. It frames the problem as the individual failure of a single parent rather than as a social issue.

The hardest part of being a parent has nothing to do with raising kids

I always say we have to raise our girls to be brave, not perfect. But it's not enough for parents to try to do this work alone, we have to change as a society because our kids are getting messages from everywhere - media, school, classmates - so it's on all of us together.

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A complete guide to the fashion industry

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  • The fashion industry is increasingly targeting millennial consumers. And that’s accelerating the shift from traditional notions of what luxury is. Today it’s just as likely to be $900 sneakers and $1,500 jogging pants as it is to be a couture runway dress.

    Quartz members this week get exclusive access

    The fashion industry is increasingly targeting millennial consumers. And that’s accelerating the shift from traditional notions of what luxury is. Today it’s just as likely to be $900 sneakers and $1,500 jogging pants as it is to be a couture runway dress.

    Quartz members this week get exclusive access to series of articles on how the traditional fashion playbook has been torn up and rewritten.

    In this piece, fashion reporter Alexandra Mondalek walks through the forces driving the shifts in the industry and who’s thriving. She highlights the disruptive impact of creative directors such as Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Louis Vuitton.

  • Lux is big business, and so is fast fashion. Retailers are increasingly moving to one end of the spectrum or the other, while middle ground brands like J. Crew are getting pushed out.

    What’s next? Membership lays it all out for you.

  • This is the most exciting time in fashion in decades. Formerly stuffy luxury houses are buying up street wear brands and creating high end sneakers and track pants. Sports giants like Nike and Adi are creating runway ready collaborations with the design elite. Instagram influencers hold more sway than

    This is the most exciting time in fashion in decades. Formerly stuffy luxury houses are buying up street wear brands and creating high end sneakers and track pants. Sports giants like Nike and Adi are creating runway ready collaborations with the design elite. Instagram influencers hold more sway than fashion magazines. Pyer Moss is changing the entire silhouette and politics of the runway. The only constant is Anna Wintour - because she’s the GOAT of good taste.

  • Another way the traditional fashion industry is being torn up: slow fashion. As the focus shifts to millennial consumers their values and interest in fair labor practices, transparency and the circular economy will push slow fashion and similar movements forward.

  • Keywords: sneakers, China, Gucci music. (Those will be on the test.)