Business of fashion

Is Haymarket about to get hipster-fied?

Will St James's Market and Dover street market bring hipsters to Haymarket?

Don’t go thinking Dover Street Market is the only fashion store that’s pitching its tent in Haymarket. Joining it this summer is Jigsaw, which has a new 1000 sq ft flagship opening to house its menswear, womenswear and The Shop at Bluebird concept store. A joint venture between London’s Crown Estate and Canadian firm Oxford Properties, the shopping destination dubbed ‘St James’s Market’ (below) will transform two historic blocks near Haymarket into five flagship stores, plus office spaces and a public square. (more…)

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: VETEMENTS, SAINT LAURENT, COMME DES GARCONS, TOPSHOP, MULBERRY

It’s been a busy week for fashion with Vetements, Comme des Garçons and Saint Laurent dominating the feeds. And a sad loss for design with the shocking news of the passing of architect Zaha Hadid. Here’s my latest DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, rounding up the brand stories that grabbed my attention…

1. THE OTHER GVASALIA
Vetements CEO Guram Gvasalia of Vetements interviewed by Sarah Mower
“Today, I don’t consider Louis Vuitton to be a luxury brand. Yes, the quality is luxury, but if you can go to the store and get whatever you want, it’s not luxury.” Guram ‘brother of Demna’ Gvasalia, the CEO of Vetements, was interviewed by Sarah Mower two weeks ago, giving a candid insight into the nitty gritty of fashion and retail. 1Granary published the best bits… (more…)

Quote of the day: Calvin Klein

calvin klein is writing a book

“I used to get great pleasure discovering models, finding young women and men who had never modeled before, and took them on trips around the world. But now, it’s the world of the Kardashians, and people are interested only in how many followers a model has on social media and that’s how they negotiate her or his fee. I am happy that I built a global brand without social media.”
An enlightening interview with Calvin Klein, WWD

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Pop Swatch, Apple Watch, Nike Air Max, Issey Miyake X Iitala

Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. POP SWATCH RETURNS
Pop Swatch returns
While some watch brands work out how to solve the wearables conundrum, others do what they do best. Example: Swatch, who has just announced the return of the Pop Swatch. Last seen adorning fashionable wrists in the 1990s, these jumbo-sized chunky-faced watches will be coming to a Swatch store near you on 28th April. (more…)