Allbirds unveils sustainably-made flip-flops

These flip-flops are sandals you can feel good about splurging on.

Forbes says footwear brand Allbirds has launched a selection of flip-flops made from sustainable Brazilian sugar cane that aims to replace “plastic foam in traditional shoe soles, which is often made from dirty oil and is highly polluting.”

The launch of these sustainable soles follows a string of other notable releases, such as unveiling kids sizes called Smallbirds and making a line of “‘tree’ runners and loungers made from eucalyptus fiber,” Forbes says their latest launch allows customers to “purchase interchangeable straps at $15 for the Japanese-inspired flip flops, which are available in four summery colorways.” The sandals themselves cost a cool $35.

Only available for a limited time, Forbes says the technology used to created these flip-flops — called Sugar Zeffers — may have a bigger impact on footwear going forward, with the company planning to make the technology available to other shoe manufacturers.

“We know there’s interest within the industry, but what we’re hopeful for is that it will expand beyond that,” co-founder Joey Zwillinger told Forbes. “There’s something about sugarcane-derived adhesives in solar panels that pieces together a green cycle that is really special.”

 

Iceland to require gender pay equality

Iceland is leading the way for women to achieve equal pay in the workplace.

According to Fortunethe country marked International Women’s Day by “becoming the first country in the world to require that businesses prove they offer equal pay to their employees.”

Mandatory for both public and private companies, Fortune says the law mandates that all companies that employ more than 25 staff members to secure a certificate that confirms their commitment to pay equity “‘regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, or nationality.'”

With Iceland pioneering this move toward pay parity, let’s hope other countries begin to follow suit.

Rent the Runway arrives at Neiman Marcus

If you’ve ever wanted to achieve high-fashion looks without having to pay a high price, Neiman Marcus is about to make your dreams a reality.

According to InStyle, luxury fashion loaner Rent the Runway is partnering with the department store to make shopping for designer looks even more accessible. Opening in select Neiman Marcus stores across the United States — starting with the Stockton Street location in San Francisco — InStyle says the inclusion of Rent the Runway stores within Neiman Marcus stores “allows customers to borrow parts of their look from Rent the Runway, then purchase other item to complete it from Neiman Marcus’s giant inventory.”

Not only do customers get the chance to decide which items to rent or purchase to complete their looks, InStyle also says Rent the Runway will offer appointments with stylists who will select pieces for your look based on your online customer profile. Other features of the collaboration will include the ability to secure last-minute rentals and an in-person customer service area for help with orders and returns.

Ready to rent the runway with Neiman Marcus? Forbes reports that the first location opened on Nov. 18, while future locations will be unveiled throughout 2017.

Roitfeld x Uniqlo delivers accessible fashion

When a former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris teams up with a major global retailer to produce a capsule collection, you know the results are going to be nothing but fashionable.

According to Glamour, Carine Roitfeld partnered with Japanese retailer Uniqlo to release her third collection for the brand on Oct. 27. The 43-piece line features a range of timeless, yet edgy pieces, reports Glamour, such as pussy bow blouses, pencil skirts and menswear-inspired outerwear.

Designed by Roitfeld and Uniqlo’s Design Director, Naoki Takizawa, Glamour says the collection boasts four themes: “Black Wardrobe,” “Military Mix,” “Fit and Flare” and “Leopard Lover.”

These motifs may just be based on Roitfeld’s own wardrobe, reports ForbesNoting that the collection has a “certain French je ne sais quoi about it,” Roitfeld told the publication that the collection is, in fact, all about herself.

“It’s the way I’m dressing,” she said. “It’s my dream wardrobe.”

So just how much will the “dream wardrobe” of the former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief set you back? Glamour says that pieces in the collection start at $10 and go up to $200.

To shop the collection, click here.

Schumer earns spot on Forbes’ Highest Paid Comedian List

Considered one of the funniest, most authentic voices in comedy today, Amy Schumer is certainly making a name for herself with her fearless brand of humor. But that isn’t the only way the 35-year-old comedian is finding her name in the spotlight.

According to ELLE, Schumer was recently ranked fourth in Forbes‘ list of highest paid comedians for 2016. Earning an estimated $17 million last year, ELLE says the feat marks the “first time the business magazine has included a woman on this list.”

Contributing to her place on the list is her successful television show, Inside Amy Schumer (which airs on Comedy Central), as well as her ongoing comedy tour and the $8 million book deal she signed to produce New York Times bestseller, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, reports ELLE.

Other contributions to her total earnings came from her role in her hit feature film, Trainwreck, says ELLE, as well as her part in Bud Light’s Super Bowl spot.

 

 

Williams highest-paid female athlete

With a host of titles under her belt, it would come as no surprise to hear Serena Williams touted as one of the best tennis players in the world. But recently, the tennis superstar achieved a different level of success.

According to Glamour, Williams was named the highest-paid female athlete by Forbes — a feat that has happened for the first time in her career, allowing her to surpass 11-year titleholder Maria Sharapova. While Glamour reports that Williams has defeated Sharapova in every match they since 2005, Sharapova has persisted in out-earning her over the years mostly because of sponsorship deals. But Williams finally won this match as well, earning $28.9 million in 2015 while Sharapova earned $21.9 million that same year, says Glamour.

Among her illustrious career, Williams has not only managed to secure 21 Grand Slam titles, Glamour says she has also “earned more than $77 million in prize money, launched her own fashion line, and opened two schools in Africa and one in Jamaica.”

With all of these accomplishments to her name, Glamour points out that Williams is still drastically underpaid when compared to male athletes. “Despite holding court as one of the world’s greatest athletes for nearly two decades, Williams comes in at number 40 on Forbes list of the world’s highest paid athletes and trails the top-ranked Cristiano Ronaldo by nearly $60 million,” reports Glamour.

Known to speak out on the issue on pay inequality, Williams once fired back this way after fellow tennis player Novak Djokovic said male tennis players should argue for money:

“Novak is entitled to his opinion but if he has a daughter — I think he has a son right now — he should talk to her and tell her how his son deserves more money because he is a boy.”

 

 

Forbes announces top self-made women

There’s a world of women out there that have worked their way to the top of their respective industries — that’s what Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women reminds us.

Announced on June 1, the magazine’s cover features nine of the list’s top-earners, including clothier Nasty Gal‘s Sophia Amoruso, Hewlett Packard‘s Meg Whitman and makeup company NYX‘s Toni Ko.

In the top 10 self-made successes were “Doris Fisher, cofounder of the Gap, who came in at number three with a net worth of $2.4 billion, and Jin Sook Chang, cofounder of Forever 21, who was ranked number nine with a net worth of $1.9 billion,” according to WWD. Also in the top 10 was Oprah Winfrey, who settled at the No. 2 spot with a net worth of $3.1 billion, says WWD.

Out of the list’s top 60 earners, several come from the fashion world, including Tory Burch, who holds the 19 spot with a net worth of $750 million; Donna Karan, who sits at No. 31 with $450 million net worth; and Diane von Furstenburg, who holds the No. 43 spot at $340 million net worth, according to WWD.

The list also has a good showing of women in the technology industry, with WWD reporting that women like “HP’s Meg Whitman (number 6 at $2.1 billion); Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg (number 14 at $1.4 billion); Yahoo’s Marisa Mayer (number 33 at $430 million), and YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki (number 40 at $350 million)” occupy a portion of the rankings.

But, sitting atop the list is Diane Hendricks, the owner of America’s largest wholesale distributor of roofing and siding ABC Supply, who is worth almost $4.9 billion, according to WWD and Forbes.

To decide which women make the list, Forbes says that while all women had to have made the majority of their earnings in the United States and be citizens or longtime residents, they also have to have a minimum of a $250 million net worth to be considered. The net worth values were compiled with help from outside experts.

Forbes also considered other factors in composing the list, explaining their methodology this way:

“In cases in which women started businesses with, and still share with, their husbands, Forbes assigned them half of that combined wealth. Forbes calculated the stakes in public companies using stock prices from May 13, 2016. For entertainers, they based estimates on net lifetime earnings.  Real estate, art and other assets were also factored in where applicable.”

 

 

Rihanna and Dior partner for new line of sunglasses

With summer fast approaching, finding stylish sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright sun is a must. Luckily for you, Rihanna has a brand new line of shades just in time for those blindingly bright summer days.

According to Forbes, the “Work” singer struck up a partnership with Dior to create a line of sunglasses called, “Rihanna.” The limited collection includes futuristic designs and a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find something you like.

While her new line of sunnies with Dior is exciting, it’s not the first time Rihanna has worked with the fashion house. Forbes reports, “Last year, the Barbadian pop singer starred in a campaign for the company, which included photo spreads that were seen around the world and a commercial entitled “Secret Garden” that was shot at Versailles.”

Rihanna has also been a longtime fan of Dior, as InStyle says she is a “regular fixture in the Christian Dior front row,” and has often worn their designs for performances.

Although Rihanna’s new collection of shades will not be available for purchase until next month, the singer has taken to Instagram to share photos of the forthcoming styles with her followers, offering an inside glimpse at the sleek, avant-garde looks from the line.

So how much will a pair of Rihanna’s sunglasses set you back? Only between $840 and $1,250 per pair, says Forbes. You know — pocket change.

But if you can swing the hefty price tag, be sure to stop by a Dior store next month to make your stylish purchase.