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THE DRG STYLE INDEX: Shinola, Michael Kors, Fenwick

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

1. SHINOLA – ACTING SMALL, THINKING BIG

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Shinola’s been in the news a lot lately since it opened its rather lovely little London store on Newburgh Street. What’s most enlightening is the quietly savvy strategy behind it. For instance, who knew that the brains behind it all is Tom Kartsotis who also founded the mass market watch retailer, Fossil? His approach of creating a story around the manufacturing and people of Detroit has helped imbue the two-year-old watch-and-accessories brand with a romance that really resonates with customers. Having quality products (the watches have Swiss movements but are assembled in Detroit), excellent design and a Bruce Weber-lensed campaign help too, but it’s the ‘Made In Detroit’ provenance and storytelling elements that seem to be hitting the mark.

2. MICHAEL KORS LAUNCHES SHOPPABLE #INSTAKORS

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Michael Kors is always one of the first to try out any new social media initiative. So it’s no surprise to hear of #InstaKors, the shoppable Instagram enabler that lets its (highly engaged) followers shop from the app. As with Marc Jacobs, it’s a landing page on the Kors site that customers can register on, then when they ‘like’ a particular Kors Instagram featuring the #InstaKors hashtag, they get an email alert allowing them to shop. Not all brands’ Insta followers want to shop, but as the Kors feed is heavily product-centric, I can imagine a huge number of Kors fans will…

3. FENWICK AIMS FOR EXPANSION

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Fenwick is my secret little retail haven in the West End. Its relatively small size and spacious layout means it’s more manageable than the likes of Selfridges and it has a genteel, unhurried vibe to match. Plus the buy is brilliant at the moment with plenty of Sofie D’hoore (remember I discovered it in this very store?), Jil Sander Navy and Paul Smith to satisfy my inner gentlewoman. Latest news is that profits are (slightly) up and the store is looking at UK expansion, starting with the relocation of its Bentalls store in Bracknell to a new three-floor location in 2017. First though (one hopes), a fully transactional ecommerce site…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl
SHINOLA IMAGE: Jamie McGregor Smith

The DRG Style Index: Marques’Almeida X Topshop, Louis Vuitton, J. Crew, Farfetch Discover, Shinola, Christopher Kane X NARS

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The DRG STYLE INDEX has been on hiatus for a couple of weeks while Fashion Month took over. But it’s back with this week’s round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. ON YOUR MARKS FOR MARQUES’ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP

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Roll on October 9th. Marques’Almeida’s 68-piece collection for Topshop is looking pretty good, with all the M’A hallmarks intact. Shredded denim, delicious true-blue washes, an overall rough-n-ready aesthetic…watch this one fly. (P.S, if you’re eyeing up the parka, be fast, it’s predicted to go first…) Continue reading

Shinola watches arrive at Net-a-Porter

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Shinola klaxon! Yummy new Shinola watches have just landed at Net-a-Porter. The Detroit-based brand is getting a lot of attention at the mo for its leather goods, paper goods, watches and own-brand cola (called Shinola Cola obvs).

I like the classic understatement of these. They’re just masculine enough, without looking overly butch. I like the size too. I have tiny wrists so I can’t get away with those gigantic dinner plate watches that everyone loves. You can buy them HERE.

THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LA GARCONNE, HERMES, LONGCHAMP, SHINOLA

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Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, featuring the brands currently buzzing on on my radar…

1. LA GARCONNE DOES BRICKS AND MORTAR

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Somehow this passed me by, but one of my favourite etailers has gone over to the B&M side. La Garconne, the purveyor of perfectly judged boyish womenswear has opened a physical store in TriBeCa, selling its covetable mix of Margiela, Acne Studios and The Row. Message to La Garconne: London needs you! Continue reading

Resurrecting the spirit of detroit

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There’s a little bit of a buzz around Detroit at the moment – the once-vibrant-now-less-so motoring and manufacturing city.

Shinola is a brand at the heart of Detroit’s resurgence that I discovered last year. It specialises in watches and leathergoods crafted from leather produced by Detroit’s Horween Leather Company – one of America’s oldest tanneries. Continue reading

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