The Boohoo Disaster, Explained

Until recently, Boohoo was one of the fastest-growing online retailers in Britain. The company is known for its $6 bikinis, skintight mini dresses and collaborations with social media and reality TV stars like the Kardashian sisters and “Love Island” personalities. But this week Boohoo became the newest face of worker exploitation, after revelations about conditions…

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Are Robots Coming for Models’ Jobs?

. Style Points is a new weekly column about how fashion intersects with the wider world. Traditional fashion shows weren’t working, the designer felt. They were too stuffy and exclusive, not in step with the rhythms of the technology-savvy present. So he decided to do something a little different. This sounds like a scenario that…

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8 Questions From a Disease Detective on the Pandemic’s Origins

For decades, Dr. Daniel R. Lucey, an infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University, has crisscrossed the globe to study epidemics and their origins. His attention now is on the Covid-19 pandemic, which first came to public notice late last year in Wuhan, China. Its exact beginnings are sufficiently clouded that the World Health Organization has…

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One Perfect Peach

Good morning. I’m firmly of the opinion that you get one really good peach a year, if you’re lucky, if you don’t live in the South or next to a peach orchard. One peach, soft and juicy and sweet. That’s something to treasure. When I get one, I eat it slowly, with joy. Of course…

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Reflections of a Wedding Singer

By Rachel Anne Warren The fourth wall is strong enough to keep a huge guy from acknowledging when he crashes into the bandstand, spilling his drink equally on me and into the monitor, the thud of a heavy metal microphone hitting the floor. I am invisible, physically close but seemingly far and on display. From…

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Garden Design Ideas

When Bill Noble first saw the Vermont property that would become his garden, it looked overwhelming. “It was a gorgeous landscape, spectacular, but it was huge,” he recalled thinking on that day nearly 30 years ago, when he looked out from the deck behind the modest 1830s Greek Revival farmhouse, across hayfields and forests, to…

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Designing a Garden? You’ll Need a Plan

When Bill Noble first saw the Vermont property that would become his garden, it looked overwhelming. “It was a gorgeous landscape, spectacular, but it was huge,” he recalled thinking on that day nearly 30 years ago, when he looked out from the deck behind the modest 1830s Greek Revival farmhouse, across hayfields and forests, to…

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On Some Planes, Empty Rows While Passengers Crowd Together

On a June 30 flight on American Airlines from Dallas to Newark, Joy Gonzalez, an aviation engineer based in Seattle, found herself seated at a window with two older passengers beside her in the middle and aisle seats. In order to gain more social distance, she and the aisle passenger both moved to seats behind…

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They Splurged on Fancy Clothes Before Quarantine. Now What?

In the weeks before the pandemic, Anthony Longhi, 28, a self-described shopaholic who’s a sales associate at Celine in Paris, found himself smitten with a pair of black leather Yves Saint Laurent pants. Their four-figure price felt indulgent, and he hesitated to buy them. Then came the news that France was about to go into…

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Visa Waivers, Vouchers, Flight Discounts and Other Travel Lures

In some countries where Covid-19 cases are receding, governments are attempting to entice travelers to help save battered tourism industries with offers of discounted flights, vouchers for local attractions and free entry to tourist sites. A few are even offering to pay travelers’ medical expenses if they are infected with the virus. For now, Americans…

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