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Kanye West Designs 'Blexit' Apparel

The performer promotes a 'Blexit' from the Democrats

(Newser) - Black conservatives, rejoice: Kanye has made you a T-shirt. Kanye West's new apparel line—which urges blacks to ditch the Democrats in a so-called "Blexit"—was unveiled Saturday at Turning Point USA’s Young Black Leadership Summit in Washington, DC, a meeting for young black conservatives, per... More »

Haiti President to Meet Obama on US Aid

Rene Preval looking for long-term recovery help

(Newser) - As Haiti struggles with the aftermath of the January 12 earthquake, Haitian President Rene Preval is meeting with President Obama at the White House today to talk about how the US can aid the impoverished island nation's economic recovery. Preval's visit to Washington comes as US lawmakers look into trade... More »

Michael Jordan's Son Could Cost College $3M

Adidas deal predates player with inherited preference for Nike

(Newser) - Michael Jordan’s son wants to wear the shoes his dad made famous when he plays college basketball this season—but if he does, he could wind up costing the University of Central Florida $3 million. Marcus Jordan insists on wearing Nike Air Jordans, but UCF has a deal with... More »

Struggling Gap Heads for China

Apparel company will open first store there next year

(Newser) - With its US business stagnating, Gap is hoping to find a few some new customers—1.3 billion of them. The largest American apparel company is opening its first store in China next year, alongside a new push in international online sales, reports the Wall Street Journal. After booming in... More »

For Buffett, Best Suits Are Made in China

Obscure clothier outfits Omaha sage, Bill Gates—and Hu Jintao

(Newser) - One is America's most famous capitalist, the other leads China's Communist Party. But Warren Buffett and Hu Jintao have something in common—they both get their suits from Trands, an obscure northern Chinese menswear company not open to the public. Buffett, who recently recorded a promotional video for Trands' owners,... More »

Sales of Men's Undies Rebound With Economy

Analyst sees hope in unusual indicator's promising numbers

(Newser) - Amid mixed reports about recession and economic recovery, here's a bright spot: Men’s underwear sales are on the rebound. Believe it or not, that's a reliable indicator, because selling unmentionables is “such a need-based business that it really is a good indication that the consumer hasn't checked... More »

Beverly Hills High Aims to Market Its 90210 Image

Clothing, cosmetics may make up school's budget shortfalls

(Newser) - Beverly Hills High School is considering starting lines of clothing and cosmetics in an attempt to capitalize on the glamorous image perpetuated by television’s 90210 series and famous alumni like Angelina Jolie. A smaller population of school-aged children in the neighborhood has sapped the tax base, leaving it with... More »

Denim Detective Unzips Fake Jeans Biz

Designers hire PI's to protect their bottom lines

(Newser) - Chris Johnson likes collecting women's jeans, but he doesn't wear them—he's one of hundreds of fashion detectives hired by designers to spot knockoffs, the Los Angeles Times reports. Johnson trolls stores and Internet sites for clients like True Religion who want to put counterfeiters out of business. The fakes... More »

Oldest Working CEO Dead at 107

'Papa Jack' Weil, a Denver fixture, was 'to Western shirts what Henry Ford was to cars'

(Newser) - Jack A. Weil, the Henry Ford of Western shirts who was thought to be the oldest working CEO, died yesterday at age 107, the Denver Post reports. “Papa Jack,” as he was known in the Denver community, popularized the Western shirt as we know it. The sawtooth pocket... More »

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