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Italy’s Diesel Brand Kicks Off WeHo Residency at Fred Segal Sunset



WEST HOLLYWOOD (Apparel News) — Diesel put its name on expanding number of categories, such as fragrance, jewels, watches.

The Italian brand also has long been known for its surreal advertising, but it hopes to remind the world that the brand started out with jeans.

On Jan. 28, Diesel started a residency that will run six months at Fred Segal Sunset in West Hollywood. Featured in the residency are denim focused collections that Diesel collaborated with unique brands.

Diesel Red Tag X A-COLD-WALL features Diesel’s heavyweight denim shaped by the London-based brand’s idiosyncratic style. Looks include a tie-dyed denim shirt jacket and dyed jeans which feature mixed fabric […]

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Home Gyms Selling in Record Numbers During Outbreak



(TMZ) — With gyms across the country closing their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, gym rats are determined not to miss a workout … and it’s a gold rush for home gym retailers.

Home fitness companies across the country are telling us the same thing … their products are selling like hotcakes and sales figures are setting records.

Grant Hayes of California Home Fitness Tells TMZ … they’ve sold in record numbers over the past 4 days, and the weekend figures were 10 times above normal. We’re told the phones are literally ringing off the hook, and it got really crazy after local governments called for gyms to close.

California Home Fitness already hired 3 different delivery crews to meet demand … and we’re told folks are buying everything — dumbbells, benches, treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, even the equipment that had been collecting dust. Dumbbells have been selling like toilet paper.

The demand is so crazy, CHF tells us they’re having inventory issues because the manufacturers are running into issues getting products in from the ports.

Another retailer, New Life Cardio, tells TMZ … sales are so unbelievable, their 10,000-square-foot retail warehouse, which was full last Sunday, is now half empty. The biggest sellers are treadmills and exercise bikes, and demand is causing them to switch to bi-weekly shipments instead of bi-monthly.

Meanwhile, folks at California Fitness tell us … weekend sales were 15 times greater than normal, and the hottest items were treadmills, bikes and free weights. Things are so backed up, there’s a 2-day delay on deliveries.

Another home gym retailer, Fit 4 Sale, tells us the company says weekend sales were 6 times higher than average … everything was selling, but mostly dumbbells, benches and bikes. Fit 4 Sale says demand is also delaying deliveries.

And finally, Johnson Fitness & Wellness Store tells TMZ … sales traffic is getting ridiculous — non-stop calls and around 5 times more business than usual. Same thing here — we’re told folks are buying free weights, treadmills and ellipticals.

The good news … everyone we spoke to said they’re not price gouging. But, there could be some bad news for traditional gyms that rely on memberships … we’re told folks who invest in home gyms usually don’t return to their old workout spots.

Tune in to TMZ on TV weekdays Monday through Friday (check syndicated/local listings)

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Panic Shopping Puts Grocery Workers and Customers at Risk



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by Alexandra Zayas for ProPublica

I grew up in Miami, where swarming the grocery store before a hurricane was a near-annual ritual.

We packed our carts and waited in long lines, but there was certainty, at least in that very moment, that we were safe. The storm had not yet arrived. It was still on the TV screen, a disc spinning slowly in the ocean, behind a cone of uncertainty that meant we might not get hit at all.

Now, we’re shopping in the middle of a hurricane we cannot see. The incubation period for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, is two to 14 days. Experts have predicted some hospitals could start becoming overwhelmed by next week. This means a good number of those future patients are possibly infected right now, unaware, the virus incubating in their bodies and spreading.

It’s why governors across the country have closed bars and restaurants. But grocery stores remain open. So we’re maneuvering past one another in crowded aisles and fighting over frozen food. We’re waiting in snaking lines and exchanging money with tired cashiers, who say they have been working for six days straight and have never seen so many customers in their lives.

Some people can’t afford to buy the recommended two to three weeks of supplies at once, and they have no choice but to keep venturing out. But others are loading up on everything they need, then being tempted, by pictures of empty shelves, to run back to the store for more.

Epidemiologists and doctors have been warning the public for days that braving crowds for any reason is a gamble; if a trip isn’t essential, they say, don’t risk getting yourself sick or infecting others, including store workers who have no choice but to be there.

Reporter Caroline Chen got a call from a very worried woman in the Seattle area on Thursday night. She was working at a grocery store not far from where an Amazon employee had tested positive. She was elderly, in the “at risk” demographic being urged to stay home. But she was stuck working the cash register as people panic-shopped all around her. She had no paid sick leave and said she needed the job to pay rent.

She noted that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee had announced that anyone who got sick, or was instructed to self-quarantine because of a confirmed exposure, would be compensated. But that meant she had to wait until she got sick. She was at a loss for options, she said. “I just want to go home now.”

Two days later, Chen heard from another grocery store employee in the Atlanta area who had similar concerns — not about herself but about her older co-workers. “I work with one elderly gentleman who works four days a week because he can’t afford to retire, but his health won’t let him work more than that.” She said management didn’t want cashiers to wear gloves, saying it would “scare” customers.

I spoke with a woman who works at a big chain grocery store in Kentucky, who said on Sunday that though the company was assuring customers they could use disinfecting wipes on their carts, there were none available. Staff was stretched so thin, no one was wiping down shelves. “My main concern is the sheer amount of people coming in,” she said. “Seeing people buy food that would last them a couple of weeks is way different from what I’m seeing now. People are buying ridiculous amounts of stuff. … People are making multiple trips.”

Mixed messaging from all levels of government is putting Americans at risk and will speed the spread of the coronavirus. No matter what politicians say, public health experts agree. Stay home, even if you feel fine.

You don’t need to panic-buy, said the mayor of Los Angeles, and county commissioners in Las Vegas, and the governor of Utah, and the president of the United States. Food suppliers and retailers told The New York Times that while they’re scrambling to keep up with demand, their supply chain remains strong.

Those who sell food are keenly aware of the risk of transmission. Stores are cutting hours to allow employees to restock and clean. Food delivery services have set up no-contact drop-offs, in which the driver leaves the order without interaction.

If you need to venture out, minimize your risk, said Caitlin Rivers, an epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, whose research focuses on improving public health preparedness and response. She uses wipes to hold open refrigerator doors and tucks away her phone so she doesn’t touch it.

Go grocery shopping at low-volume times, like early morning or late at night, said Tara Smith, an epidemiologist at Kent State University. Try to maintain physical distance as much as you can. “The grocery store doesn’t make you magically exempt from viral spread.”

Dr. Leana Wen wants to make sure people understand the storm is already here. They didn’t seem to get that over the weekend when she saw them in line for diners and Starbucks, and gathered for a children’s birthday party.

“People are looking at the numbers in their communities and saying, ‘Oh, we only have one case,’” said the former health commissioner for the city of Baltimore, who also served as president of Planned Parenthood. “Those are only the cases we know of, but because of extremely limited testing capacity and because of the incubation period, there may be thousands of cases in our community. We just don’t know.”

Alexandra Zayas is a senior editor at ProPublica, a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.

ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism with moral force. We dig deep into important issues, shining a light on abuses of power and betrayals of public trust. Follow on Twitter at @ProPublica 

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Free Pinks Hotdogs: Petals & Peacocks Brand, DollsKill Event- Mar 14



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FAIRFAX DISTRICT — Petals + Peacocks fashion brand have teamed up with LA’s famous hotdog stand Pink’s for a merch release event at the Dollskill store this Saturday, March 14.

Get there before doors open at 11 for your free Pink’s Hotdogs (while supplies last). The first 50 in line will receive an “Xxxclusive Petals x Pinks + Dolls Kill tee” according to their release.

Music entertainment will be provided by Cyber Rodeo as well as Kawasaki + Baby J

The event is at the DollsKill LA store:
11 AM – 3 PM

Petals and Peacocks is an independent lifestyle brand founded by couple, Victoria Velasquez and Ryan Mante.

“Victoria and Ryan continue to create from their life experiences and love for the clothing industry. Speaking to moments and movements that matter NOW, Petals and Peacocks is an all-inclusive brand, speaking to all genders. Not afraid to push boundaries and make bold statements, Petals and Peacocks spreads their message without apologies,” their website states.

Petals and Peacocks has been featured in publications like Nylon Magazine, Seventeen, and V Magazine and seen on celebrities such as Lucy Hale, Janelle Monae, Kehlani, SZA, Kendall Jenner, and Gigi Hadid.

“We are excited to announce we will be donating 5% of every purchase to the nonprofit of your choice, at no extra cost to you! We have a few nonprofits we are highlighting that mean a lot to us, but you’re welcome to choose one that matters most to you if you’d prefer.”

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