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Racked’s Very Best Longform of 2016

From Supreme to Ralph Lauren, China to Cuba.

The Complicated History of Headscarves

Since ancient times, across so many cultures and for myriad reasons, women have covered their hair — an act tied up in competing notions of freedom and oppression.

Clothes, Communism, and the Cuban Way

Inside Cuba's shopping industry, from the black markets to the country's up-and-coming designers.

The Estée Lauder Beauty Playbook

A story in four case studies.

Nordstrom’s Big Department Store Bet

While its peers are struggling, the retail giant is doubling down on what it does best — and going beyond its American roots.

What Does It Mean to Be a Hip-Hop Dance Champion?

Meet the kids who krump their way to world acclaim.

Tyra’s Big Fierce Outrageous Goals

The supermodel wants women to smize all the way to the bank with her direct sales beauty company. Who wins when Tyra’s on top?

Can Clothes Really Open Up a Whole World?

For Dress for Success, it all starts with a suit.