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Pre-Orders Changing the Retail Game

There are many benefits of online shopping, including avoiding many of the pains that consumers often experience with typical brick and mortar shops. From excessive traveling to picking from a limited quantity, it is no wonder online shopping grew by 13% in 2013. However, select online retailers are even sweetening the deal by utilizing a pre-order business model, giving customers the option to find exclusive, often limited-edition clothing for a discount—the trade-off being customers must wait a little bit longer for it. Pre-order business models give customers influence on future trends, as well as providing start-ups with a better inventory forecast and cash flow.
From designer fashions to must-have men’s footwear, here are three online retailers that are utilizing pre-order business models:
Beckett Simonon: This leading online retailer of men’s footwear recently announced that their Spring collection, featuring Cognac Suede Derbies, Burgundy Monkstraps and more, will …

Culottes in Style

Do you really know the meaning of "Culottes"?

Culottes is a word that originated in the French language. Historically, "culottes" referred to the knee-breeches commonly worn by gentlemen of the European upper-classes from the late Middle Ages or Renaissance through the early nineteenth century. This style of tight trousers ending just below the knee was first popularized in France during the reign of Henry III (1574–1589).  Culottes were normally closed and fastened about the leg, to the knee, by either buttons, a strap and buckle, or by a draw-string. 

The women's fashion industry commonly takes words that have historically been used to describe men's garments and uses them to describe an entirely different garment, often creating confusion among historians and history students and readers. For example, currently, the term "culottes" in French is now used to describe women's panties, an article of clothing that has little or no rela…