“People are thinking about what they spend and why they spend it. And I think our values are more to do with sustainability, that’s what you buy from Marimekko, you don’t just buy for the season. Our design value is that whatever you buy you can have for a long time.” Marimekko international sales director Päivi Lonka on the cheering news that Marimekko plans to open more stores despite the recession
I was a bit alarmed after I wrote my Liberty post to find people misquoting me as saying Liberty was definitely on its last legs. Yikes. I honestly didn’t mean to spread that rumour and to make amends I can report that Liberty is fighting the recession with a brand new overhaul to be unveiled on Valentine’s Day. Highlights will include a scarf hall, two floors of womenswear and new-to-Liberty labels Cacharel, Balmain, Josh Goot and Aquascutum.
I’m most excited about the bazaar on the ground floor – whatever will it look like? The Liberty blog is the place to read all the as-it-happens news. For starters, they have reported that their allocation of Nike x Liberty high-tops will arrive on 14th Febuary and when they’re gone, they’re gone.
“In times of recession, creativity rises. It’s time to dress up again, it’s great to be back.” Pam Hogg on the news that she is showing at London Fashion Week. (Wonder if she’ll get Siouxsie Sioux up on the catwalk…)
Another ace effort from the monthly Observer Woman supplement. Love the wee piece on Susie Bubble (not bothering to link to La Bubble’s site. If you don’t know who she is there’s no hope!), Sarah Mower’s Marc Jacobs article and especially the Make Your Own Designer Outfit section. Yep, Observer Woman hooked up with Vivienne Westwood (How to make your own Viv dress), Paul Smith (how to customise a vintage shirt), Jade Jagger (fashion your own bracelets with a handful of safety pins and charms) and Martin Margiela (how to make a waistcoat out of…newspaper) – all very eco meets chiconomics!