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Patagonia put its money where its mouth is by refusing to sell to clients that destroy the environment.

When the anonymous creator of the hilarious "Midtown Uniform Instagram page  moved from Los Angeles to Murray Hill in New York City, they were shocked by the number of residents — many of whom work in the finance industry — that wore the same outfit: button-down shirt, a pair of slacks, and a Patagonia fleece vest.

“On my way to work each day, I noticed dozens of guys rocking the uniform,” they told Esquire. “Frankly, I was a little shocked. I didn't realize it was such a thing.”

Well now it looks as though the finance bros in Midtown may be getting new wardrobes, because Patagonia is ditching corporate clients in the finance industry to focus on clients that align with its new mission to “save our home planet.”

The corporate change went public after Binna Kim, president of the communications agency Vested (no relation to the clothing type), attempted to place a Patgonia order for a client and was rejected by a third-party vendor.

“Patagonia has nothing against your client or the finance industry, it’s just not an area they are currently marketing through our co-brand division,” the statement read, according to Kim's screen shot.

“While they have co-branded here in the past, the brand is really focused right now on only co-branding with a small collection of like-minded and brand aligned areas; outdoor sports that are relevant to the gear we design, regenerative organic farming, and environmental activism," the statement continued.

“I’m not too surprised that Patagonia is taking a closer look at how their brand is being used, and probably trying to not let Patagonia be synonymous with the ‘finance bro,’” Kim told BuzzFeed News.

According to the statement, Patagonia is now turning down potentially lucrative deals from clients that engage in economically-damaging practices, even if they're a business, political group or religious organization.

This landmark decision by Patagonia to protect its outdoor-friendly brand is a smart business decision. However, it’s also a great example of a company backing its brand promise and putting its money where its mouth is to protect the planet.

10/10. The Mayyas dance.

We can almost always expect to see amazing acts and rare skills on “America’s Got Talent.” But sometimes, we get even more than that.

The Mayyas, a Lebanese women’s dance troupe whose name means “proud walk of a lioness,” delivered a performance so mesmerizing that judge Simon Cowell called it the “best dance act” the show has ever seen, winning them an almost instant golden buzzer.

Perhaps this victory comes as no surprise, considering that the Mayyas had previously won “Arab’s Got Talent” in 2019 and competed on “Britain’s Got Talent: The Champions.” But truly, it’s what motivates them to take to the stage that’s remarkable.

“Lebanon is a very beautiful country, but we live a daily struggle," one of the dancers said to the judges just moments before their audition. Another explained, “being a dancer as a female Arab is not fully supported yet.”

Nadim Cherfan, the team’s choreographer, added that “Lebanon is not considered a place where you can build a career out of dancing, so it’s really hard, and harder for women.”

Still, Cherfan shared that it was a previous “AGT” star who inspired the Mayyas to defy the odds and audition anyway. Nightbirde, a breakout singer who also earned a golden buzzer before tragically passing away in February 2021 due to cancer, had told the audience, “You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” The dance team took the advice to heart.

For the Mayyas, coming onto the “AGT” stage became more than an audition opportunity. Getting emotional, one of the dancers declared that it was “our only chance to prove to the world what Arab women can do, the art we can create, the fights we fight.”

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