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Curse breaker? Cowboys’ luck turns after black cat runs on field – NFL Nation

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones is superstitious. Coach Jason Garrett claims he is not, but he has been known to follow the same routine, such as wearing the same sweatshirt day after day.

When a black cat ran on the field in the second quarter Monday, things certainly did not favor the Cowboys, with quarterback Dak Prescott‘s first pass of the game intercepted, wide receiver Randall Cobb losing a fumble and place-kicker Brett Maher missing a 54-yard field goal attempt to the left.

But after the cat scampered off the MetLife Stadium field, the Cowboys’ luck changed, and they were fortunate enough to leave with a 37-18 win, having outscored the Giants 34-9 after the feline left the field.

A 5-3 mark at the NFL season’s midway point is significantly better than 4-4. This was a key matchup for the Cowboys with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles (5-4) winning two straight entering their bye week. Sunday’s Week 10 game against the Minnesota Vikings (6-3) only gets more important.

Prescott threw three touchdown passes after seeing his first pass of the night intercepted and has won eight straight games against division foes. Considering that the Cowboys’ easiest path to the postseason is through the NFC East, that ought to mean something.

Describe the game in two words: Jets-like. Is that two words or one? Regardless, this will not go down as one of the Cowboys’ finer performances. In fact, it looked a lot like the 24-22 loss to the previously winless New York Jets on Oct. 13.

Buy Elliott’s performance: Ezekiel Elliott has rushed for more than 100 yards in three straight games and is finding his groove, finishing with a season-high 139 yards Monday.

Elliott might have needed some time to get into the flow after spending training camp in Cabo, Mexico, during a contract holdout, but he is getting stronger at the right time. He has five 100-yard rushing games this season, putting him on pace to surpass the most 100-yard games he has had in a season, with seven in 2016 and 2018.

He has 24 100-yard games in his pro career, tying him with Larry Johnson and Adrian Peterson for 11th-most in a player’s first four seasons since the 1970 merger. Pro Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith has the most in Cowboys’ team history through a player’s first four seasons, with 25.

With the way Elliott is trending in 2019, he might tie that mark next week.

Promising trend: In the first six games of the season, the Cowboys had two takeaways. In their past two, they have seven takeaways, with safety Xavier Woods creating two against the Giants with a second-quarter interception and a third-quarter fumble and Jourdan Lewis returning a fumble for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys turned the Woods takeaways into two field goals. They had four takeaways in the Oct. 20 win against the Eagles and turned those into 21 points.

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Hannah Brown Has the ‘Comeback of the Season’ (RECAP) – TV Insider

Last week on Dancing With the Stars, we sadly said goodbye to Queer Eye star Karamo and his pro partner Jenna Johnson, leaving only seven remaining couples left in the competition.

Tonight, after the individual performances, the couples go head-to-head with one another in honor of “Dance-Off Night” for the chance to earn bonus points. Read on to find out who was eliminated and which star earned the first perfect score of the season!

Sean Spicer’s dance

The former White House Press Secretary had an extra challenging week as he had to practice and perform with a brand new pro dancer. His regular partner, Lindsay Arnold, sadly lost her mother-in-law and flew home to be with her loved ones during this difficult time. But the show must go on, and Jenna Johnson, who previously paired with Karamo, stepped in temporarily.

Spicer and Jenna performed a nautical inspired number to “Come Sail Away” by Styx. Overall, the judges were still not impressed with his technique, but his ability to adapt to a new partner last minute certainly deserves some credit.

“We keep throwing you off the boat and the viewers keep throwing you a life preserver,” joked judge Len Goodman, playing off of the theme of the dance. “Sean I respect your effort, well done.”

“You don’t have many Jazz bones in your body, do you?” added Bruno Tonioli. “When it comes to fish out of water, nobody does it better.”

The new pair earned two 7s and a 6, totaling 20 out of 30.

Lauren Alaina’s dance

After earning her highest score of the season last week, the country star had her work cut out for her. This week, she and Gleb Savchenko performed an upbeat Jive dance to “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. Complete with high knees and sharp kicks, it’s no surprise the judges were pleased.

“The king himself would’ve loved this performance,” Bruno said, but stil called out the singer for making a few technical errors. “At this stage in the competition, you really have to be careful not to make those mistakes, but it was still a great performance.”

Though Lauren welled up a bit in fear that her missteps could cost her the competition, Len reassured her, saying that she “deserves” to be there.

Even with the mistakes, the Southern belle earned 8s across the board, totaling 24 out of 30.

Kel Mitchell’s dance

The former Nickelodeon star danced a high-energy Salsa to “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan, who also starred on All That back in the ’90s.

“The way you move Witney, you are leading! She’s trusting you. All that and a bag of chips,” Carrie Ann Inaba said.

“Plenty of junk in the trunk, those hips were going to town. As Carrie Ann said, what I like: You were large and in charge,” Len added. Bruno couldn’t agree more, saying Kel is the “always the main attraction.”

And the positive sentiment reflected in his scores — including the first 10 of the season — two 9s and a 10.

Ally Brooke’s dance

The popstar performed a Paso Doble to her own song, “Higher” in a captivating performance that blew the judges away.

“It was a mix of good technique and high performance and that is an irresistible combination. Well done,” Len said. Carrie Ann agreed, calling Ally a “friggen superstar.” “My mind is blown and you better work, honey,” she added.

Ally’s phenomenal performance earned her a perfect score (first one of the season!), which brought the popstar to tears. “I literally cannot say how happy I am. It’s so special to be able to sing and dance to my own song. I’m just so thankful,” she said.

Hannah Brown’s dance

After a rough week with tough criticism from Carrie Ann, the former Bachelorette returned to the dance floor with a mission to be connected to her performance. This week, she performed the Quickstep with pro partner Alan Bersten to “American Girl” by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and redeemed herself tenfold.

Bruno called her performance a “game-changer,” as the reality star truly looked like she was having fun and living in the moment. “It was just beautiful, my darling.”

Carrie Ann got out of her seat to give Hannah a hug after the incredible performance. “You were open-hearted. Every time you come on this dance floor, it’s an opportunity to be your fullest self and that’s all I was trying to encourage. And I know it was hard last week but I’m so proud because that was the comeback of the season.”

The 25-year-old earned two 10s and a 9, totaling 29 out of 30.

Kate Flannery’s dance

After landing in the bottom two last week, the actress had a lot of work to do. This week, she danced the Jive in matching outfits with Pasha Pashkov to “Heatwave” by Linda Ronstadt.

Len, who always has positive feedback for Kate and Pasha week after week, continued as usual: “You two are an absolute joy for me to watch and that was such a joyful performance. I look forward to seeing you both come back every week. It was not your best, but it certainly not your worst.”

The Office star earned 8s across the board, totaling 24 out of 30.

James Van Der Beek’s dance

The Dawson’s Creek star performed a Contemporary dance to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey, a song that reminds the actor about the difficult, early stages of his career.

After the beautiful, captivating performance — which left the audience in tears — the actor ran out into the audience to hug his parents, whom he credits for his career in show business.

The judges referred to his performance — which earned him a perfect score — as “absolutely exquisite,” “flawless,” and totally compelling.”

Dance-Off Round

In the dance-off round, every star (with the exception of James, who is exempt due to having the highest cumulative judges’ score throughout the season) was paired up with another to go head-to-head. The winner of each round earned an additional two bonus points.

Kel vs. Ally

The actor and popstar competed against each other, dancing a Jive performance to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen.

Len was pleased with both performances, calling them “terrific.” Carrie Ann agreed, adding, “You guys were both on fire, this is really hard. You certainly don’t make our job easy.”

Overall, Kel came out on top, with votes from Carrie Ann and Bruno.

Sean vs. Kate

The underdog competed against the actress with a Cha Cha to “Everybody Dance Now” and although Kate is a more technical dancer, Sean certainly brought the fun.

Not surprisingly, Kate won the dance-off, with votes from all three judges.

Hannah vs. Lauren 

In a battle of the Southern belles, the reality star competed against the country singer, performing the Salsa to “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You” by Gloria Estefan.

“You guys brought the A-game. It’s like the battle of the titans,” Carrie Ann said. “You guys, I can’t believe neither one of you have done these dances before. That was an amazing showcase of I don’t know what. The girls are in it to win it.”

Though both ladies absolutely killed their performances, it was ultimately Hannah who won the dance-off, with votes from all three judges.

Who was eliminated from Dancing With the Stars?

Everyone thought Sean was the obviously choice for elimination, he was the first one called as safe tonight — to even his own surprise. It was Ally and Kate left in the final two tonight, with Kate being the one unfortunately sent home.

Dancing With the Stars, Mondays, 8/7c, ABC

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Microsoft Surface Pro X review: ARM processor hurts app compatibility

The Surface Pro X is the computer Microsoft has tried to make for at least seven years. It is the computer Microsoft hopes will be the platform on which the future of Windows 10 is built. It is a beautiful, well-made hybrid tablet device that looks better than any other computer I’ve tried in at least the past year.

The entire reason for the Pro X to exist is as a platform to show off how Windows could run on an ARM processor — specifically one co-developed between Microsoft and Qualcomm. If you want to participate in that grand experiment, it will cost you: the base spec with a keyboard costs $1,138.99 while the model I’m testing runs $1,768.99.

Unlike previous attempts at ARM, Windows itself runs quite well on the Surface Pro X. But like previous attempts, Microsoft hasn’t done enough to offset the compromises this aspirational computer asks of customers.

It’s a computer built for a world that doesn’t exist — and I don’t know if I can add “yet” to the end of that sentence.

After four years of sticking to the exact same design for the Surface Pro line, Microsoft finally updated it for the Surface Pro X. It’s virtually the same size as Surface Pro tablets you’ve seen before, just subtly wider and thinner. Microsoft also went with black anodized aluminum, which looks sick as hell the first time you see it. But just as we found on the black Surface Laptop, it picks up fingerprints immediately and persistently.

The most important change Microsoft made to the classic Surface formula was to trim down the bezels, especially on the left and right. That gives the Surface a 13-inch touchscreen in a body that normally would have a 12.3-inch screen.

The PixelSense touchscreen looks good. It’s 2800 x 1920 pixels, which means it maintains the classic 3:2 aspect ratio Microsoft has gone for on many of its devices (and which is the Correct Aspect Ratio). It’s not the brightest screen around — it maxes out at 450 nits. (I will note that my colleague Tom Warren had a unit arrive with cracked glass, however.)

There are differences from the Surface Pro 7. The Pro X is thinner, lighter, and doesn’t have (or need) any fans. The power and volume buttons have moved to the sides of the tablet, an acknowledgement that few people bother using Surfaces in portrait mode. There’s no microSD card slot, but you can pop open a door to access the SIM card slot and replaceable SSD (though it’s an uncommon size).

There’s no headphone jack, but Bluetooth performance with headphones is thankfully fine — I had no issues using it with my AirPods, anyway. Microsoft also has gone with two USB-C ports, one Surface Connector port, and nothing else. I’m glad to see Microsoft has finally embraced USB-C and while I know some people will bemoan the lack of USB-A, I’m not one of them. You can use either of those USB-C ports to charge the laptop, transfer data, or connect to an external display, but like the Pro 7 and Laptop, the Pro X does not support Thunderbolt 3 speeds on either port.

There are two keyboard options, each of which costs extra on top of the base price for the Surface (which is annoying — who doesn’t buy the keyboard?). There’s the traditional $139.99 Surface keyboard — which I didn’t test — and the so-called “Signature Keyboard,” which comes bundled with the new Slim Surface Pen for $269.99.

The Signature Keyboard is clever because the little flap that folds up to magnetically attach to the screen for stability has a slot for the new Slim stylus Microsoft makes. The whole setup is actually really clever — the stylus magnetically snaps into place and starts charging immediately. It makes it much, much more likely that you’ll actually have it with you at all times instead of lost at the bottom of your bag or back at your desk.

There is a trade-off for all that cleverness, though, beyond it costing more. The keyboard has just a little more wobble than a classic Surface keyboard when you’re using it on your lap. And it can also make it hard to tap items on the task bar at the bottom of the screen — or even see them, depending on how you’re sitting. Those trade-offs might be worth it to you if you depend on having a stylus.

I am admittedly not a heavy stylus user, but the new $144.99 Slim Pen (also not included in the box) seems nice. It could get a little tiring to use over several hours because it is, as the name says, slim. But it does all the stylus stuff you could ask for: it supports pressure and angles, has two buttons, and also lets you flip it around to use the top of it as an eraser.

Mainly, Microsoft hasn’t messed with the traditional Surface formula, which I think is good. The edges are a little more softly curved, but the kickstand still firmly adjusts to any angle you could ask for. There are two front-firing speakers flanking the screen and they get very loud and sound better than your average laptop.

Instead, that classic Surface formula has been refined and improved. I really do think this is the best-looking computer I’ve used in the past year. I even think it looks better than the iPad Pro — which has a superior screen but a soulless industrial design. And compared to the Surface Pro 7, the Pro X just looks so much better.

The Surface Pro 7’s design is four years old now, and so the Surface Pro X is the redesign we’ve all been waiting for. But that redesign comes with something else: that new ARM processor and all the compromises it entails.

We’ve seen Windows computers with ARM processors before, but the Surface Pro X is something a little different. The whole push to get Windows running well on ARM processors makes perfect sense to me. Although ARM processors still can’t maintain top speeds like Intel chips can, they whomp Intel on battery life and LTE compatibility. And frankly, there’s a lot more development and innovation happening over on the ARM side of things.

Mostly, ARM processors are used on phones and tablets. On Windows PCs, they’ve run fairly poorly so far. So Microsoft co-developed a processor with Qualcomm to improve the graphics performance over and above what Qualcomm’s 8cx could do. Microsoft’s version of the chip is called the SQ1, and by and large it performs better than my expectation.

Not that my expectations were very high — other ARM laptops have been dog slow. But the core of Windows 10 runs just fine for me. It’s the full version of Windows 10, by the way, not some RT or S version. At the extreme, I have had several apps open — including two different browsers with a dozen or so tabs open in each — and nothing ground to a halt.

There are still occasional, confounding slowdowns, especially when waking from sleep. In general, I just didn’t have as strong a feel for what would and would not bog down this computer — with an Intel chip, I know what to expect.

But it wasn’t fast, certainly not as fast as an equivalently priced Intel device would be. Still, the main problem with this ARM chip doesn’t come from slowness with Windows itself, but with many of the apps.

I need to give some brief context about why app compatibility is a thing on the Surface Pro X. The fact that the following paragraphs are even necessary is a little damning.

When a developer codes an app, it needs to be compiled, which optimizes the code in several ways. One of those ways is ensuring it is designed for the right processor. Before you even consider the Surface Pro X, there’s a four-part matrix you need to learn. On one axis you have 32 bit versus 64 bit — it refers to a class of processor, and of course 64 bit is faster. On the other axis you have ARM versus x86 — that’s the architecture, and x86 is what Intel runs.

With me so far? Well, because the Surface Pro X runs a 64-bit ARM processor, the apps that run best on it are 64-bit ARM apps, of which there aren’t very many beyond what Microsoft itself has made and a smattering of others in the Microsoft app store. (Since Windows on ARM is so new, we can skip over worrying about 32-bit ARM apps.)

Most Windows apps are compiled to x86, though. So Microsoft built an emulation layer for Windows to run them. That emulation layer is able to run 32-bit Windows apps, but not more modern 64-bit apps. Luckily, most of the apps you’re probably wondering about right now are still available in 32-bit versions.

The big one is Chrome. It runs on the Surface Pro X, but I wouldn’t say it sprints. It is discernibly slower than the 64-bit ARM version of Edge on this computer — that’s been true even on Intel computers, but it’s a little slower here. Still, totally usable.

In fact, most of the apps you’ll use day to day are 32-bit x86 apps and they tend to run just a step behind what they’d be on an Intel computer. That includes Microsoft’s own Office apps, by the way, as well as the beta version of the next big update for the Edge browser that’s arriving in January.

More intense apps like Photoshop do technically run on this computer, but they’re so slow they may as well not. Microsoft says that Adobe is committed to creating 64-bit ARM versions of its Creative Cloud apps, but there’s no timeline for when that’ll happen.

Gaming is — quite literally — a non-starter. Fortnite or Xbox Game Pass games simply aren’t installable and while you can install Steam, good luck running anything you download from it. The only gaming that’s possible here are the casual games you’ll find in the Microsoft Store, like Angry Birds 2.

The problem gets worse, though: 64-bit x86 apps won’t run at all on the Surface Pro X. That ironically means some of the most advanced Windows apps can’t work here. It’s particularly depressing for me because Adobe Lightroom (both Lightroom Classic and the more modern Lightroom CC) can’t be installed on the Surface Pro X and several of the popular alternatives from indie developers are also only available as 64-bit x86 apps.

Everybody has one or two apps they absolutely need to do their job. With the Surface Pro X, there’s no real way to know if it will run well (or at all) without doing a ton of research ahead of time. Dropbox, for example, only works as an insular “S-Mode” app and can’t sync your files automatically.

Heck, even Microsoft’s own app store doesn’t properly filter out incompatible apps when you visit it from this computer. You can (and I did!) buy apps in the Microsoft Store and only find out after the fact that they’re incompatible. Microsoft promises that it will fix this issue, but for now consumers are left to their own devices to figure it out.

If having an ARM processor causes all of those app compatibility problems, why would anybody choose an ARM-based Windows computer? The first benefit is that it allows this device to be thinner and lighter than even a low-power Y-Series Intel chip would likely allow. The second is that it’s much easier to integrate LTE. Even though it seems like a minor thing, I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve been thankful I didn’t have to fight with some saturated Wi-Fi networks to get phone tethering working.

The third and most common reason to get an ARM Windows computer is battery life. Here, though, I have strange news to report: it’s okay, but it’s not stellar. Other ARM computers promise 20-plus hours of battery, but Microsoft promises a much more modest 13 hours of “typical device usage,” which includes some portion of downtime and keeps the screen at only about one-third of its max brightness.

I didn’t get to 13 hours, but I did get around five to six hours of active use each of the four days I tested it so far — more in the later days as Windows settled down and I started working more within its limitations. By Microsoft’s metric, which includes “a mixture of active use and modern standby,” I’d say I got around nine or 10 hours.

That’s not atrocious by 2019 Intel laptop standards, but the promise of ARM is that I wouldn’t need to be reaching for a charge by mid-afternoon, and I definitely needed to. Especially at the prices Microsoft is charging, I was hoping for more.

The good news is that Microsoft’s claims around fast charging are totally real. With the Surface Pro X in standby, I went from five percent to 55 percent battery life in just 30 minutes. It was fast when I was using the device as well. You’ll only get those speeds when charging with the included 65W adapter, however.

Microsoft has a very strong, clear vision with the Surface Pro X. It’s a thin-and-light tablet with no fans, the processor architecture that could help Windows 10 compete with the iPad Pro, and an operating system that’s more open and flexible than iPadOS. These are all things I want to exist in the world, and it’s exciting that they are all real and instantiated in the Surface Pro X.

The ideas are exciting, but not exciting enough for me to recommend anybody pay money for them. The apps simply aren’t ready yet — either because they don’t work with this processor or because they’re too slow on it. Buying this machine is essentially making a huge bet that the Windows app ecosystem will rally to support a new Windows initiative in short order. Very few people have won that bet in the past 20 years: just ask the developers of Windows Phone and Metro / Modern / Microsoft Store / UWP apps.

You should never buy a gadget today based on the hope that the software will come tomorrow. That rule applies to the Surface Pro X more than usual because the investment is so large. For the near $1,800 you’d have to spend to get the Pro X model I reviewed, you would be able to buy a Surface Pro 7 kitted out with equivalent RAM, storage, keyboard, stylus, and an Intel Core i7 processor that would be loads faster and also be compatible with all Windows apps.

Is getting a thinner device with LTE, a bigger screen, and the happy feeling you’re living slightly further in the future worth the app trade-off? Maybe for a sliver of people who can afford to buy very nice things to do Office, email, and browsing tasks. This is a CEO’s computer, not an engineer’s computer, and certainly not a computer for the rest of us.

The Surface Pro X is the best-looking computer I’ve used all year. But we don’t need to look at computers, we need to use them.

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Noname Says New Album Will Arrive Next Year

Chicago artist Noname has taken to Twitter to announce her next album. “I don’t really talk about my music much on here,” she wrote earlier tonight, “but I’m dropping an album 2020 if anybody’s interested.” Find her post below.

The as-yet untitled project will mark Noname’s follow-up to her 2018 LP Room 25, which featured contributions from Ravyn Lenae, Smino, Saba, and more. Since releasing Room 25, Noname has dropped one-off singles “Room 31” and “Room 32.” She’s also launched a book club and formed Chicago supergroup Ghetto Sage with frequent collaborators Saba and Smino.

Find out where Room 25 landed on Pitchfork’s List feature “The 200 Best Albums of the 2010s.”

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Independence Day’s Roland Emmerich Admits That Resurgence Shouldn’t Have Been Made

Roland Emmerich acknowledged during a recent interview that the main reason he decided to do Independence Day: Resurgence was because he wanted to “make a movie exactly like the first.” But things became complicated when Will Smith, who played Captain Steven Miller, one of Independence Day’s main characters, dropped out of Resurgence in order to play Deadshot in Suicide Squad. Emmerich continued:

So if Will Smith had stayed on Independence Day: Resurgence, maybe the original version of this sequel would have done gangbusters at the box office. But that’s not how things panned out, and in retrospect, Roland Emmerich believes he should have just set Resurgence aside after that setback rather than continue with a quickly-assembled, subpar script.

As Roland Emmerich also noted in his interview with Yahoo, he’s not a fan of sequels in general. The man has an extensive filmography that includes Stargate, 1998’s Godzilla, The Patriot and White House Down, but Independence Day: Resurgence marks the only time that he’s helmed a follow-up to one of this past movies, and the experience ultimately did not end well.

Independence Day: Resurgence featured a mix of characters returning from the original Independence Day, like Jeff Goldblum’s David Levinson and Bill Pullman’s Thomas J. Whitmore, and brand-new players, like Liam Hemsworth’s Jake Morrison and William Fichtner’s Joshua T. Adams. The events of Resurgence set the stage for a potential third movie that would see humanity heading into space to assault the homeworld of the antagonistic aliens, who were identified as “Harvesters.”

But if you think we’re getting Independence Day, you have another thing coming. Not only was Independence Day: Resurgence met with a lot of negative critical reception (it ranks at 29% among critics on Rotten Tomatoes), it only made $389.7 million worldwide off a $165 million budget.

Throw in the fact that the Independence Day property now rests at Disney due to the 20th Century Fox merger, unless there comes a time when the franchise is given the full reboot treatment, it’s reasonable to assume that it’s now a relic of film history. But maybe there’s an alternate universe out there where Roland Emmerich’s original take on Independence Day: Resurgence was released to the masses, and Independence Day 3 came out this past summer.

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From Billie Eilish’s Matching Set to Amandla Stenberg’s Pleated Number, These Are the Best Celebrity Outfits of the Weekend

Some celebs serve up serious fashion on the daily, but for many, the weekends are celebs’ time to shine — and this one was no different. With lots of events going on across the globe, including our annual Teen Vogue Summit in Los Angeles, the 2019 LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci, and MTV’s EMAs in Seville, Spain, there was no shortage of star power or fashion as some of our favorite stars took to the red carpet.

From gowns to pants suits, sweater dresses to satin pants, here are some of our favorite celeb style moments from the weekend.

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Mulberry and Acne, The Unlikely Couple | Intelligence, BoF Professional

LONDON, United Kingdom — What does a British heritage brand, known for its craftsmanship and practical handbags, have to gain from a partnership with a Scandinavian fashion house with a streetwear edge?

Fashion collaborations — from the high-low mix of Karl Lagerfeld and H&M, to Supreme’s tie-up with Louis Vuitton and Moncler’s Genius Project —  remain a clever tool to drive excitement, traffic and new consumers to brands.

A tie-up between leather goods focused Mulberry and Swedish luxury label Acne Studios is a little more surprising.

Design elements from both brands — like Mulberry’s buckle straps and Bayswater shape, and Acne’s twisted knot design and salmon-pink colour — have been married together in the 17-piece collection, which ranges from a £90 keyring up to the £1,295 Musubi Bayswater in Oak. The products will be stocked in both brands’ key stores and websites, selected wholesalers and digital partners, including Farfetch, Selfridges, Nordstrom and Tmall.

But the collaboration makes good business sense for both brands.

For one, Mulberry could do with an injection of cool. It has a heavy weighting towards the British middle market where it is sold in department store chains popular among older generations and is widely stocked (it has 55 sale points in the UK alone). Mulberry sales slipped 6 percent last year, pushing the business into the red.

Sales have recovered somewhat, but collaborating with Acne, which has more elevated, limited stockists like Harrods and MatchesFashion, as well as credentials with a younger customer base, will expose Mulberry to a new fashion-forward shopper that is needed to boost its relevance.

“We have been friends with the team at Acne Studios for a long time and we share many of the same qualities,” Chief Executive Thierry Andretta told BoF over email. “For Mulberry it allows us to bring something fresh and innovative to our customer that adds a twist to both our brands.”

Innovating is key to keeping up with the pace of newness as desired by a social-media obsessed young generation, and Mulberry, while tapping trends like mini-bags and limited edition offers with its new artisan studio at its Somerset factory, is competing in a crowded marketplace. Digital is core to their growth plan — already accounting for 22 percent of sales — and the tie-up will offer some kudos to the brand on social media.

Andretta wouldn’t be drawn on the longevity of the collaboration but said that working with other brands is on the cards. “We are incredibly proud of our factories and the world-class quality of our in-house craftsmanship…. [We] are always open to exploring new opportunities.”

Opportunity for growth in Asia is also a factor to the collaboration. Andretta has signalled the region as the brand’s biggest growth market, where it has taken back control of its franchisee business, opened more stores and invested in influencer-led campaigns, including a catwalk show in Seoul last year. Partnering with Acne, which already has a huge following in Asia (Chinese shoppers account for its largest consumer demographic) and sold minority stakes to two Chinese-focused investment firms last year, will undoubtedly help.

But what’s in it for Acne, which typically forgoes large marketing budgets, influencer spend and paid media in favour of word-of-mouth, guerrilla postings and a product-centric approach to Instagram?

Acne’s leather goods offering — typically the highest-margin product category for luxury brands — is small in comparison to its peers. Analysts estimate that Acne, which started as a creative collective in 1996 with denim, broadening out to womenswear and menswear, garners only single-digital percentage revenue from handbags, leather goods and sunglasses. Saint Laurent, by comparison, brings in 69 percent of its revenues from leather goods.

“Bags is a relatively young product category for us, and it is obviously a very crowded market,” said Mattias Magnusson, chief executive of Acne. “Mulberry have created some of the most iconic bags of our time and we were really keen to marry them with our design.”

Acne only began offering handbags to its wholesale accounts from Spring Summer 2018, a year after launching their Musubi twisted knot line, made in Italy from calf leather and priced from £550 to £1,200, just below most luxury players. They also have a cheaper Baker shopper tote, colour-blocked utilitarian bags from its Blä Konst denim line and the streetwear-inspired Face line of sports bags.

Occasionally Acne does enter into collaborations, like last year’s tie-up with Nordic outdoor heritage brand Fjällräven, whose functional backpacks, sleeping bags and down jackets were given an Acne design update. But they have been limited.

“It was great to see that the features of our Musubi bags could look great also on the iconic [Mulberry] Bayswater,” said Magnusson, adding that more bags are coming. “We have a lot of things in the making also outside of the Mulberry project,”

Natalie Kingham, buying director at Matches Fashion, said Acne has a strong following and a fashion edge. “Not all brands are able to translate into accessories, but Acne have done,” she said. “It takes a lot of development. We’ve stocked their bags from the first season and they’ve done very well.”

For Acne, Mulberry brings craftsmanship and expertise in leather goods. The British brand makes half of its products in two owned factories in rural Somerset, where this collection was produced. Craftsmanship, quality and durability have been core to their business since it started in 1971.

“Both brands deserve consumer attention, in my view, and would stand to gain from the cooperation,” Bernstein analyst Luca Solca said. “Mulberry has been in the background for a while, and Acne provides a sharp streetwear complement.”

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South Florida’s Alexis Yetna out for season with knee injury

The University of South Florida announced Monday that sophomore forward Alexis Yetna is out for the season after suffering a left knee injury in Friday’s practice.

A redshirt sophomore, Yetna led the American Athletic Conference in both rebounding (9.6 per game) and double-doubles (15) last season.

A 6-foot-8 forward from Paris, Yetna also averaged 19.3 points per game last season.

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Report: Cardinals, Ozuna to discuss multi-year contract

The St. Louis Cardinals and free-agent outfielder Marcell Ozuna reportedly plan to meet in the next 10 days to see if a multi-year contract can be reached, a source told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Ozuna received a $17.8-million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Monday. The 28-year-old slugger is now tied to draft-pick compensation, and he has until Nov. 14 to decide if he will accept.

The two-time All-Star slashed .241/.328/.472 with 29 home runs and 89 RBIs during the regular season for the NL Central champions. In the playoffs, Ozuna went 9-for-21 with a pair of homers in the NLDS to help the Cardinals reach the NLCS before being swept by the Washington Nationals.

St. Louis didn’t extend qualifying offers to its other four free agents – catcher Matt Wieters and pitchers Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, and Tony Cingrani. However, the team is interested in bringing back Wainwright and possibly Wieters, Hummel reports.

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Donald Trump expected to attend LSU-Alabama game

President Donald Trump is expected to attend Saturday’s showdown between No. 1 LSU and No. 2 Alabama.

The Federal Aviation Administration is advising that Trump will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for the game. Sources told ESPN’s Chris Low that Alabama officials are preparing for President Trump to potentially visit.

It will be Trump’s third visit to a high-profile sporting event in as many weeks.

Last week, he attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, D.C.; he then traveled to New York on Saturday to watch UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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