>Pandemic leads to jeans sales slump
As many continue to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, jeans are probably not their first choice for a day's outfit.
Many people are opting for clothing that's both functional and comfortable - maybe a blazer or blouse on top and pajama pants or leggings on bottom - so that they can look presentable on work video calls and be comfortable while at home.
Several denim-focused retailers - True Religion, Lucky Brand, and G-Star Raw - have already filed for bankruptcy since the pandemic began.
Prolonged store closures and a shift toward casual clothing proved damaging for retailers primarily selling jeans.
"But even though the pandemic has complicated this trend, it may be too early to call this the death of jeans," said Maria Rugolo, apparel industry analyst at the NPD Group.
"Jeans are never going to go away. They've been a staple for over a hundred years," Rugolo said. "It's definitely something to learn from the pandemic as far as how to adapt to these elements of comfort that consumers are looking for."
>UK 'cycling, walking revolution'
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has unveiled plans for a "cycling and walking revolution" that, if fully realized, could recalibrate the way people move around towns and cities.
The move comes as authorities attempt to boost public health by capitalizing on people's renewed interest in traveling by bike and on foot during the coronavirus pandemic.
当局试图利用新冠疫情期间人们对骑车和步行重新燃起兴趣的契机来增进公众健康。The plans, which are specific to England, are to be funded by ￡2 billion.
Wide-ranging in their scope, they include initiatives such as: providing cycling training to children and adults if they want it; developing an extensive network of protected bike routes; and creating "low-traffic neighborhoods."
In addition, the UK government will pilot a project in some areas of "poor health rates" to encourage doctors to prescribe cycling to patients through a bike lending program.
The government released 50,000 vouchers worth ￡50 to enable cyclists in England to repair their bikes and get them back on the road.
>Work from hotel latest trend
Many US workers have had no choice but to adapt to working from home in recent months since offices shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And for many, the lack of structure and boundaries is taking a terrible, emotional toll.
A new option awaits if you want to shake up your WFH routine: Work from a hotel.
A special program titled Work Perks aims to reposition some of 94-year-old Hotel Figueroa's 268 rooms as day-use offices.
According to Managing Director Connie Wang, the set-up launched in June and is a great opportunity for work-at-home warriors to get out of their houses and spend workdays in clean, quiet and socially distanced spaces that come with high-speed WiFi, unlimited printing privileges and free parking.
Wang said that the 350-square-foot rooms sell for $129 per day, with an option to extend to an overnight stay for an additional $20.
>Air travel to stay grounded
Global air travel won't recover from the COVID-19 crisis until 2024, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced.
国际航空运输协会近日宣布，全球航空业要到2024年才能从新冠肺炎危机中恢复。That's a year later than the airline body's previous projection.
The group, which represents 290 airlines, blamed the sluggish recovery on a number of factors, including a lack of consumer confidence, the decline in business travel, and fresh coronavirus spikes in the US and elsewhere.
The association says that scientific advances in fighting COVID-19, including the development of a successful vaccine, could allow for a speedier recovery.
But for now, the future is looking bleak.
"In many parts of the world infections are still rising," said IATA's Chief Executive Alexandre de Juniac. "All of this points to a longer recovery period and more pain for the industry and the global economy."
With airlines struggling financially, governments will need to continue relief measures to stop carriers from going under, said the airline group.
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