Daily Links: March 6, 2019

  1. “Resting Rich Face,” Selfies and Social Media: A Look at the Advertising of Cosmetic Procedures – Lip fillers are “as commonplace as getting your hair done these days.” That is what British skin clinic, RTW Skin, declared in a now-defunct ad campaign aimed at encouraging mothers to bring their daughters to see RTW Skin’s “experienced and accredited practitioners” to plump up their pouts. Alongside an image of 3 young women, RTW Skin revealed that “dermal fillers” – non-surgical injections that result in fuller lips – are not only becoming an increasingly popular cosmetic procedure for women of all ages, but are especially in-demand for younger ones. Read more on TFL
  2. Glasses can have a markup of 1,000%. Two former LensCrafters executives revealed why. – Designer frames can cost upward of $400, while standard glasses from a company like Pearle Vision can start at around $80. In recent years, the eyewear startup Warby Parker has stepped into the picture, providing an affordable, attractive solution for shoppers, but glasses from Warby Parker still start at $95. Read more on Vox
  3. The Casual Workplace Dress Code Comes for Goldman Sachs – There are few places on the planet where you can still reliably find Men Getting Dressed in well-tailored suits and hard-bottom shoes. But the last remaining bastions were investment banks like Goldman Sachs, which built up a reputation as the kind of place where (mostly male) masters of the universe flaunted Giorgio Armani suits and $700 Gucci horsebit loafers that were so omnipresent on Wall Street they earned the nickname “Deal Sleds.” Today, though, Goldman Sachs sent out a memo to its employees instituting a new, more relaxed dress code across the company, Bloomberg reports. Call it the new Black Tuesday. Read more on GQ
  4. 5 Female-Led Businesses Shaking Up The Fashion Tech Scene – In today’s soul-crushing statistical update: for every £1 of venture capital investment in the UK, less than 1p goes to all-female-led founder teams. By contrast, all-male founder teams get 89p, and mixed-gender teams get the remaining 10p. Those cherries come courtesy of a report released in London last month by the British Business Bank, BVCA and Diversity VC. As Francesca Warner, CEO and co-founder of Diversity VC, a nonprofit organization promoting diversity and inclusion in venture capital, told Vogue: “It’s an unfortunate reality that all-female and mixed-gender founding teams are getting far less funding than all-male teams. There are numerous reasons for this: there are a relatively low number of senior women in technology who are starting companies, and a comparatively low proportion of the tech workforce are women. Female founders are seen by venture capitalists as less experienced than their male counterparts, even when they have been working for the same number of years in an industry.” Read more on Vogue

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