Amid COVID-19, L.A. fetish fashion designers are thriving

You might call it the roaring ’20s for some Angelenos, but maybe not in the way you’re thinking. Not everyone spent the last year stuck inside, eating frozen pizzas or making maple syrup or baking bread or catching up on the latest shows on Netflix.

Although the pandemic may have hurt retail sectors, sales figures for niche goods, particularly sex toys and fetish fashion, helped tell another pandemic story.

Sales last year were strong, say L.A. designers of fetish fashion, a category that includes bodysuits, crotchless underwear, bralettes, ball gags and pants made from materials such as leather, latex, vinyl,

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Bachelorette’s Zac Clark, Tayshia Adams Are Wedding Planning

Going to the chapel! Zac Clark and his fiancée, Tayshia Adams, have begun arranging their wedding after getting engaged on season 16 of The Bachelorette.

“Obviously, there’s wedding plans,” Clark, 37, exclusively told Us Weekly on Thursday, April 8, while discussing the Goggins Challenge. “There are plans to get married, but it’s been a wild start to the year.”

The Release Recovery Foundation cofounder revealed that there isn’t a wedding date set at this “very moment,” but said “yes,” there will be one eventually.

Tayshia Adams and Zac Clark on the finale of ‘The Bachelorette’ ABC/Craig Sjodin
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After dire year England’s shops hope for end-of-lockdown shopping spree



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LONDON (Reuters) – After more than three months of enforced closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, non-essential stores in England reopen their doors on Monday, hoping that the escape from lockdown will fuel a trading boom.

FILE PHOTO: A man walks a dog in front of a closed retail unit ahead of next week’s planned reopening, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in St Albans, Britain, April 8, 2021. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: A man wearing a face mask walks past a boarded up retail unit in Preston, Britain, March 9, 2021. REUTERS/Phil
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Best Raspberry Pi Pico Accessories and Add-Ons 2021

When the Raspberry Pi Pico arrived in late January 2021, few realised just how popular the $4 microcontroller would become. In a move which disrupted the status quo, Raspberry Pi released its own microcontroller, the RP2040 and partnered with Arduino, Adafruit, Pimoroni and SparkFun to release many different boards based around this chip.

Just like with the regular Raspberry Pi, an entire ecosystem of accessories has emerged, including:

  • Add on boards which connect to the GPIO of the Pico and provide extra functionality such as LCD screens and RGB LEDs.
  • Shields / Bases that provide interfaces for extra components.
  • Expanders
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Houston designer Nina Magon channels ‘contessa’ style in pink Kips Bay bedroom suite

Interior designer Nina Magon’s reimagining of a bedroom suite in pink, with sexy curves and European style was all for an imaginery countess the Houston entrepreneur conjured for inspiration.

Magon, who recently rebranded her Contour Interior Design into a more identifiable Nina Magon Studio, created the bedroom — “Camera da letto della Contessa” (the Countess’ Bedroom) — for the 2021 Kips Bay Decorator Showhouse Palm Beach.

Kips Bay has conducted showhouse fund raisers in New York for years, and four years ago branched out to Palm Beach, Fla. In October the group held its first fundraiser in Dallas. Magon was

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Tommy Hilfiger’s Family Establishes Fashion Business School at Elmira College

Tommy Hilfiger and his siblings Andy and Betsy have partnered with Elmira College to establish the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Business School, which will combine business education with real-world fashion industry experience. It will be part of its bachelor’s degree in business administration.

The Hilfiger siblings grew up in Elmira, N.Y., where Tommy Hilfiger opened his first local store in 1969 called People’s Place. Hilfiger and his family have maintained their connection to the community through their work and philanthropy.

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“The partnership with Elmira College reflects much more than my personal connection to the area,” said Tommy Hilfiger,

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