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Muse & Heroine to Expand Consumer Reach

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MILAN — The Muse & Heroine sales agency is the latest beauty player adopting a direct-to-consumer approach.

Founded in 2018 by Janine Knizia and counting physical showrooms in Milan and Paris, the agency will launch an online store on July 19 to offer its signature cherry-picked selection of emerging clean beauty brands.

“The current COVID-19 crisis has served as a call to action for self-care, well-being health. We are what we consume. Now more than ever, customers want to be sure [about] what they’re buying and whom they are buying it from and that’s why it’s the perfect moment to launch my direct-to-consumer platform,” said Knizia.

The founder toyed with the idea for a long time, but she said trying to fit the implementation of the platform in her hectic life was no easy task.

“Pre-coronavirus, I was almost traveling three weeks out

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Schakowsky Chairs Hearing On Price-Gouging, Consumer Protections

EVANSTON, IL — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky blamed the Trump administration and “Big Tech” for allowing fakery and fraud to run rampant on the internet during the coronavirus pandemic, while online price-gouging continues thanks to a weak federal government response.

Schakowsky, chair of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee, convened a remote congressional hearing Thursday from her Evanston home titled, “Consumers Beware: Increased Risks During the COVID-19 Pandemic.”

“Despite the Trump administration counting on the private sector to play a key role in the response and recovery, Big Tech has allowed fraud, fake news, fake reviews, and counterfeit and stolen products to thrive on their platforms,” said Schakowsky. “Price-gouging has continued mostly unfettered on platforms because of a weak and uneven federal response.”

Schakowsky was the lead sponsor of the COVID-19 Price Gouging Prevention Act, a bill she introduced in April that would make

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