WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) — Third Street Lifestyle Center welcomed Eboni Fashions in 2021. 

Owner Contrell Wraggs is a self-employed welder in Wausau who noticed a need for urban, diverse fashions in the city. 

Before now, he would travel to nearby cities in order to find clothing that more fit his style. “Two hours to go get a jacket. An hour and a half to go get a pair of pants,” Wraggs said. 

He started telling people about his idea and eventually was offered a space on the corner of Washington Street and N 3rd street in downtown Wausau.

He met his now, landlord at the Wausau Center Mall as a teen. He worked at a pizza place in the food court where Mark Craig, current General Manager of Compass Properties, was his boss.

Wraggs was the only Black employee in the food court.

“This is an amazing guy who I’ll

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When Kanye West first met a Birkin-slinging Kim Kardashian (all Hervé Leger bodycons and gladiator heels) he saw not only his future wife but a prospective client. Within the space of a few months, the rapper had introduced Kim to Riccardo Tisci, who was then heading up Givenchy, gutting her wardrobe of chunky belts and peplum tops, as he creative-directed a romance cut from black leather and spandex. Kris Jenner may have managed her every endorsement but it was Kanye who transformed the FlatTummyTea reality star into the bonafide style icon she is today. 

Though they are merely two dates into their relationship, it looks as though Julia Fox is set to follow in the same trajectory as Kim. Last night, the actor diarised her latest rendezvous with Kanye for Interview magazine, posing with Ye as he provided a hotel room’s worth of outfit choices for Fox. With the

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2021 was a year of big moves, devastating losses and cautious but optimistic steps towards a return to life as we knew it — which were, more often than not, met with jarring reminders that we’re still in the middle of a global pandemic and that maybe there’s no such thing as a “return to normal.”

A new political administration in the U.S. had immediate implications on the fashion industry, from introducing us to new faces that would become ubiquitous to a return to using clothing as a messaging tool in D.C. Then, brands began reacquainting themselves with the IRL event, growing in scale and head count as the year progressed. Meanwhile, a global supply chain crisis had an impact on companies big and small — and likely will continue to be an issue in 2022 — and the industry mourned the loss of some of their own.

Ahead, we

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“The List” is PAPER‘s definitive roundup of the most important fashion launches of the month. From store openings to new podcasts, collaborations, initiatives, campaigns, pop-ups, capsules and product releases, we’ve curated the most exclusive and special style announcements from around the world. Scroll through, below, to see what’s in store for January.

Saks Launches Game Day Capsule With Top Designers

Ahead of this year’s Super Bowl, Saks has teamed up with top designers including Balmain, Givenchy and Versace on a Game Day capsule of athletic-inspired pieces for the biggest event in sports. “We are at a moment where the intersection of fashion and sports is stronger than ever before, and we are excited to style our clients for the biggest day in sports with an unparalleled merchandise assortment they can’t find anywhere else,” said Tracy Margolies, Chief Merchandising Officer of Saks.

Available now at Saks.com/GameDay

Fai Khadra Launches Sunglasses

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A mountain of discarded clothing, including Christmas sweaters and ski boots, cuts a strange sight in Chile’s Atacama, the driest desert in the world, which is increasingly suffering from pollution created by fast fashion.

The social effect of rampant consumerism in the clothing industry – such as child labour in factories or derisory wages – is well-known, but the disastrous effect on the environment is less publicised.

Chile has long been a hub of second-hand and unsold clothing, made in China or Bangladesh and passing through Europe, Asia or the United States before arriving in Chile, where it is resold around Latin America.

Some 59,000 tonnes of clothing arrive each year at the Iquique port in the Alto Hospicio free zone in northern Chile.

Clothing merchants from the capital Santiago, 1,800km (1,100 miles) to the south, buy some, while much is smuggled out to other Latin American countries. But at

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The fast fashion industry has boomed tremendously in recent years – with Western countries leading the world in consumption and secondhand clothing exports, which are clogging developing countries and landfills with used clothing.

Fast fashion aims to provide consumers with cheap, fashionable garments that are produced quickly and up-to-date on high-fashion trends, often at the expense of laborers and the environment. While social media has certainly accelerated the trend cycle and given consumers increased access to low-priced, fleeting clothing, American overconsumption is not a new fad. It’s been around for decades, and it’s been inching the world closer to irreversible climate damage as Americans donate their clothing and buy more at increasing rates.

A major point of contention at the United Nations Climate Conference – which comes to an end this weekend in Glasgow, Scotland – is the divide between wealthy and developing countries. And just as there is an

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Courtesy of Moose Knuckles

As we head further into fall and inch closer to winter, our wardrobes are getting bulkier and, yes, cozier. Fortunately, this month is rife with fantastic fashion news, curated below for your reading (and shopping) pleasure. Keep scrolling for this month’s hottest drops, launches, and collaborations.


Moose Knuckles and Jennifer Meyer Release Outerwear Collection

Who: Moose Knuckles and Jennifer Meyer

What: Holiday 2021 outerwear collection

Where: Online at mooseknucklescanada.com, in Moose Knuckle stores, and at select retailers including Neiman Marcus and Holt Renfrew

Why: An outerwear collection combining the Canadian craftsmanship of Moose Knuckles with Jennifer Meyer’s eponymous fine jewelry brand has launched new styles to protect you from the cold with a polished vibe. The range consists of 18 pieces that breathe life into the dead of winter with a chic modern flourish. And in the true spirit of giving, a portion of

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Top fashion designer Virgil Abloh, the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear collection, died on Sunday at the age of 41 from cancer, the fashion and luxury house’s French owner LVMH has announced.

Abloh, the American-born son of Ghanaian immigrants who became fashion’s highest-profile Black designer, also worked as a DJ and visual artist and had been at Vuitton since March 2018. He also founded the Italian luxury streetwear label Off-White, in which LVMH took a 60 percent stake earlier this year, and was a former collaborator with rapper and fashion designer Ye, formerly known as Kanye West.

“We are all shocked by this terrible news,” LVMH chief executive Bernard Arnault said in a statement.

“Virgil was not only a genius designer, a visionary, but also a man with a beautiful soul and great wisdom.”

Born in 1980 near Chicago, Abloh and his sister were brought up in Rockford, Illinois.

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Opinion | Fashion writer Ines Fressynet details her personal experiences with the fast-fashion brand Shein in this review.

Colleagues and friends had warned me “you won’t receive all your orders at once, and some of the packages may get lost in the mail.” Apparently, it’s common knowledge that buying from online retailer Shein is always a gamble. But who cares, when you pay less than £20 for a dress, right?

Wrong. One evening in September as I was endlessly scrolling the internet in search of the perfect outfit to wear at a wedding, I accidentally ended up on Shein. Weird, as I don’t usually browse on fast fashion sites, but this time they found me, through the beauty of targeted Facebook ads. At first, I couldn’t believe it. The prices were ludicrous – £8.99 for a blouse, £9.99 for a maxi dress, £22.99 for a coat…the list goes on.


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This week, designer Virgil Abloh’s final menswear collection for Louis Vuitton debuted at Miami Art Basel. The show came just days after Abloh’s sudden death of cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He was just 41.

The son of Ghanaian immigrant parents to the US, Abloh studied engineering and architecture before finding fame as Kanye West’s creative director. Over the course of his career, Abloh dabbled in music, art, architecture and design. But he’s perhaps best remembered for redefining luxury fashion to include chic hoodies and highly covetable sneakers. Senior Guardian fashion writer Lauren Cochrane tells Nosheen Iqbal Abloh’s influence can be seen in the way all of us dress.

Abloh also mentored a generation of black designers; British fashion designer Samuel Ross was one of them. When Ross was just embarking on his career, there were few black role models in the industry. On a whim, he reached

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