The long pandemic has exacerbated wage and worker safety issues that the next administration could address through policy and appointments.
The men’s wear retailer is expected to emerge from bankruptcy before the end of the year.
The line had previously been exclusive to J.C. Penney.
The filing in New York only pertains to the American operations of the Italian accessories company, which sees a return to business in the U.S. with a stronger and leaner structure.
A Texas bankruptcy court approved the sale to landlords and lenders, agreeing it was the retailer’s only viable option to stay in business.
The retailer heads to a hearing Monday on its deal with landlords and lenders, while shareholders have raised questions about value.
The discourse around cultural appropriation in commercial fashion and intellectual property law offer some watchdog mechanisms.
The retailer and majority first-lien lenders have settled with a minority lender group, and agreed to have a sale hearing next week.
Brands promoted voting initiatives and collections in an election year beset by the pandemic and the president’s attacks on the voting process.