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HOW TIKTOK BECAME HOME TO A NEW KIND OF FASHION INFLUENCER
This piece is great: “While some might write off the platform as a melting pot of memes and dance-off videos, its spirit is more old-fashioned than some might think,” complete “with conversations on sustainability, ethics, trends, fashion history, and design that are often excluded from the traditional influencer landscape that mostly relies on curated images.” r29 // Plus: Who influences the influencers? (Basically, rich people.) adweek
THANKS TO TIKTOK, GAP IS BRINGING BACK ITS BROWN LOGO HOODIE
A vintage version of the brown Gap hoodie — which hasn’t made since the early aughts — went viral on TikTok; now they’re bringing it back, available for pre-order only. gq // Related-ish: The Lesbian Avengers will not be commodified (and least not by the Gap) nyt
MEET THE GEN Z CREATIVES MAKING BANK OFF Y2K BRATZ ART
On Instagram and TikTok, the girls “with the passion for fashion” are back in a big way. i-D
UPCYCLING, DEADSTOCK, RESALE: WILL LUXURY’S “ARCHIVE” TRENDS WORK IN CHINA?
Tbd, “as the primary driver for secondhand purchases among young Chinese consumers appears to be price, not sustainability.” jingdaily// Plus: Why Chinese giants JD.com, Didi, Meituan are turning to stand-up comedy to reach Gen Z and millennials. scmp
MAJORITY OF GEN Z AMERICANS HOLD NEGATIVE VIEWS OF CAPITALISM: POLL
But don’t young people always hold negative views of capitalism? That’s, like, their thing. newsweek // On the other hand (but consider the source): How the Republican Party can win Gen Z — who is less radical than you think. nypost
ALMOST 75% OF BNPL USERS IN THE US ARE GEN Z OR MILLENNIALS
This is so troubling! insider
AS PARENTS FORBID COVID SHOTS, DEFIANT TEENAGERS SEEK WAYS TO GET THEM
And so is this. nyt
Let’s take a brief moment to talk about “Teenage Dream 2,” a new single from country artist Kidd G, who is, in fact, a kid at age 18 and who does, in fact, look like every single boy at my rural Missouri high school. Somehow a Kidd (sic) from Georgia landed a Lil Uzi Vert feature. (Well, he obviously paid him, but still.) I only know this because on Friday, it was the lead track on my Spotify Release Radar — for those who do not use Spotify, this is a weekly playlist that suggests new songs to you based on other songs you listen to. This suggestion deeply offended me (who do they think I am?) and then I listened to it.
It’s…perfect? (I’m biased: “Dance with Me” by Thomas Rhett and Young Thug was one of my favorite songs out last summer.) (And also that I wholeheartedly agree with this.) It’s perfect, but it’s also bad in exactly the way you’d expect a teen country star collaborating with a mumble rapper might be. Give it a listen because it will go viral on TikTok, and you will hear it on the radio.
One last thought: