Business of Fashion

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Coach, Ralph Lauren, Glossier, Unmade, Marks & Spencer, J.W.Anderson

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

1. THE COACH COMEBACK
Coach comeback
Sounds like Coach is killing it with its current revamp. The Robin Report unpacks its recipe for success, which owes a lot to Stuart Vevers’ brand of new youthful (read: millennial) luxury… (more…)

When did Regent Street become Fifth Avenue?

Kate Spade Regent Street flagship

Ahhh, Regent Street, the legendary John Nash-designed crescent that leads to Piccadilly Circus. It’s as English as tea at Fortnum’s and yet, times are slowly a-changing. Stroll along south of Oxford Circus and you can’t miss the imposing hoardings for Coach, Michael Kors and Polo Ralph Lauren, the American megabrands about to take up residence this summer. (more…)

How Levi’s helped define these cool young brands

re/Done upcycled jeans

Oh I do like a happy marriage! What could have been a fraught, competitive relationship has ended in harmony with Levi’s and RE/DONE joining forces recently at Coachella for a bit of a denim-ed up love-in.

If you remember, RE/DONE launched its denim brand last year on the basis of repurposing old Levi’s 501s by re-cutting them into a slightly more contemporary fit. The success of RE/DONE arguably led to the Levi’s 501 revival (ahem, have you seen me in the current campaign?) and happily both brands have seen fit to align in a formal collaboration, rather than compete. (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…)