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Have you ever browsed for clothing on Amazon and wished you could try something on before checking out? If you live in Los Angeles, you’ll soon be able to.

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Few industries are as tangled with buzzwords as the fashion industry. Clothing brands, rightly concerned about their tremendous effects on the environment, are eager to call their collections “green” or “sustainable.” But making tangible changes in how clothing is produced and distributed has been a struggle.

On Tuesday, L.A.-based startup Ambercycle announced it raised a $21.6 million Series A round to try to tackle the problem. The funding comes from fashion heavyweights including H&M (which has used its technology in recent collections) and online fashion and shoe retailer Zalando, among others. It will go to ramping up production of the company’s fiber regenerative technology, which it created and piloted in a manufacturing plant downtown.

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Fast-fashion retailer Fashion Nova will pay $9.3 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it told customers to "Expect Your Items Quick!" yet repeatedly failed to ship orders on time and then illegally denied them cash refunds.

The case against the company that counts Kylie Jenner and Cardi B. among its partners marks the largest settlement the commission has received in a mail order rule case and sends a signal to other direct-to-consumer companies, said FTC attorney Ken Abbe.

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