Saturday, September 5, 2020

Happy 138th Labor Day America (or 126th when it became an official holiday); With Covid19 and the "Black Swan Effect" are we ignoring the Labor Day fashion trends?

 This is a re-posting of previous annual Labor Day blog posts by AllThingsDigitalMarketing.  (Although this post has been minimally edited with relevant #COVID19 information, some static information remains from earlier posts) 

Happy 138th Labor Day America (or 126th when it became an official holiday)!  

“Labor day is a great American holiday that people celebrate by going out and buying products made in China.” American television host and comedian; Host of CBS Late Show with David Letterman, recently surpassing Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the USA, on the irony of Labor Day

Letterman photo above courtesy of

 I won't be keeping Letterman's famous Labor Day quote (see above) up for next year.  Unless our world rebounds pre-COVID19; however China tariff exclusions extended through the end of 2020.  I do believe in miracles. Do you?

Do you still wear white after Labor Day? Apparently, the answer is a big no for many.

With COVID19 all around the world, I don't think people will be buying much fashion this year. Even Pantone's in on color trending with COVID19 in mind with Classic Blue 19-4052 as their Color of the Year. 

 With #COVID19 there is a global "Black Swan Effect" and worldwide fashion will most likely have very serious consequences perhaps fashionists as we know them will be no longer en vogue'. 

According to The Business of Fashion and McKinsey & Company, "The devastating impact of the virus has decimated the industry, leaving fashion businesses exposed or rudderless across the board..."  More information at "The State of Fashion 2020" report.  (black swan photo to right courtesy

Today is Labor Day. Happy 138th Labor Day America! Let’s admit it, this holiday has been amazingly ironic over the past decade and a half - COVID19 will never be the same.

Imagine American’s celebrating workers, particularly in light of our country’s high unemployment rates which are a lot higher than our government reports. And now with this pandemic there is so much more uncertainty.  

Also, this otherwise beautiful Labor Day and Fall season will go down in history as the most violent disrupting 2020 presidential election year and with major economic and consumer consequences.

Stats and economy aside, all across America, this holiday which was once symbolic for back to school, the end of the summer and the archaic fashion trend – where wearing white after Labor Day is a fashion faux pas – have all been passé for years. Fashion trends rarely pay attention to this rule.

Also back to school shopping is now done during the end of July and month of August.

Labor Day photo left courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos

According to Pantone Color Institute® "Fall 2018: the theme for fall is "Autumnal hues that evoke the feeling of leaves on the forest floor, rich plumage and twilight reveal a modern fall pallette of deep and rich tones and rich tones with outbursts of colorful surprise!"  
(To go directly to Pantone's color spectrum image above, follow the Link above or copy/paste 

Nail Art Inspiration for Pantone 2018 Fall Colors in NYC 

Purple is taking the world by storm for 2018 

"As designers and consumers alike continue to transition away from cyclical trends, and instead focus on self-expressive colors that evade antiquated seasonal structure, we are seeing very notable non-traditional choices."   ~~ Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Color Institute®

Will you be incorporating the Pantone 2018 Color of the Year in work and wardrobe? We'd love to know. Please share your answer in the comments section below.

Labor Day also marks the beginning of bargain shopping and also when sports excitement begins as the NFL and college football seasons begin. 

NFL photo left courtesy of

For the many attentive parents and their children, it's the end of summer reading programs and making sure all of their children's book reports and other assignments are in order!

In a world of digital, it is also a great idea to use the internet for exciting news and interesting ideas.,, and are very helpful sites.

So much happens over the summer and discussing a few books (or just 1)that your child has read, (a simple question will do) is a great refresher and memory exercise. This also best prepares your child for the first day of school.

What about vacation? Talk about a great memory or event during summer family visits and travels.

Back to School photo above courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.

HISTORY (sources: and HISTORY Channel)

One hundred and thirty three years ago (1882), Matthew Maguire, a machinist, first proposed the holiday while serving as secretary of the CLU (Central Labor Union) of New York. Others argue that it was first proposed by Peter J. McGuire of the American Federation of Labor in May 1882, after witnessing the annuallabour festival held in Toronto, Canada. Oregon was the first state to make it a holiday on February 21, 1887. By the time it became a federal holiday in 1894, thirty states officially celebrated Labor Day.

In the United States, Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.

In many countries, the working classes sought to make May Day an official holiday, and their efforts largely succeeded. In the United States and Canada, however, the official holiday for workers is Labor Day in September. This day was promoted by the Central Labor Union and the Knights of Labor, who organized the first parade in New York City.

After the Haymarket Massacre, US President Grover Cleveland feared that commemorating Labor Day on May 1 could become an opportunity to commemorate the affair. Thus, in 1887, it was established as an official holiday in September to support the Labor Day that the Knights favored.

Labor Day weekend: what to do
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Do celebrate Labor Day? What are your plans?

▐■  TimeOut Labor Day Weekend -▐■  In Praise of the American Worker, Life Magazine
▐■  The History of Labor Day, United States Department of Labor

▐■  History of Labor Day, Knights of Labor,

▐■  Labor Day, Wikimedia

▐■  Wear White Immediately -- We'll Show You How (PHOTOS), Huffington Post

▐■  You Can’t Wear White After Labor Day? These 7 Fashion-Tech Founders Say Otherwise,

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