Why Are Bloomingdale's Workers Going On Strike? Here's A Few Theories

Not a lot of news outlets seem to be paying attention, but workers at the flagship Bloomingdale's by Central Park are maybe about to go on strike. The sticking point, apparently, is the introduction of a new health plan "with the goal of providing more choice," and the union doesn't like that idea; "neither side,"… » 4/29/08 1:30pm 4/29/08 1:30pm

How I Conquered My Cystic Acne, In (Just!) 17 Painful Steps

Fighting acne is like fighting war. There is collateral damage. Things get worse before they get better. Whole villages of innocent, noncombatant pores stand in the line of our chemical weapons. And like war, fighting acne can be "controversial." Last week our Sephora Spy, Jasmine made an offhand comment about how… » 3/04/08 3:00pm 3/04/08 3:00pm

I Work Here To Feed My Sick Fancy Product Addiction; The Least I Can Do…

Remember life before Sephora? When lipstick was lipstick and foundation didn't need to be "primed"? Well, ever since the the Berlin Wall fell, Pakistan developed nukes and "cosmeceuticals" joined the Oxford English Dictionary (okay, not really, but!) the world of beauty has been much more complicated and perilous to… » 2/21/08 3:00pm 2/21/08 3:00pm

If You Go To Work For American Apparel, Can You Really Expect Dov…

Just when you thought a day could not pass without a post on American Apparel, the best worst company in America, we get this alarming tidbit courtesy the New York Post: one of the sexual harassment cases against chronic masturbating abusive perv-with-a-heart-of-gold-lame-leggings American Apparel founder/CEO Dov… » 1/08/08 12:30pm 1/08/08 12:30pm

Sales Clerks At Fancy Stores: What Is Up Their Butts Anyway?

Americans are purchasing luxury goods at the lowest rate in three whole years, and luxury goods stores are fighting back with a sophisticated new method to determine whether customers are enjoying their shopping experiences, reports today's Wall Street Journal. The method is called "facial coding," and it involves… » 11/01/07 4:30pm 11/01/07 4:30pm

Working At American Apparel Is All It's Coked Up To Be

When last we chronicled our adventures working retail, a boring high school job at an Indiana Hollister store culminated in a stockroom orgy. So you can imagine what it's like working at American Apparel. Or maybe you can't! Anyway, because the chain has once again been in the news for, once again, objectifying young… » 10/29/07 2:00pm 10/29/07 2:00pm

Hollister: Sort Of Like "Girls Gone Wild", Only With Girls Too Young…

It's Fashion Week, and we know how much that means to you all, but we thought we'd throw a bone to Jezebel readers who'd trade their newfound understanding of Vena Cava for a decent glass of vino. This is the story of Hollister, a powerful branch of the Abercrombie & Fitch youth retail empire and the sort of work… » 9/06/07 6:20pm 9/06/07 6:20pm