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Studio Nicholson white jeans

Never not looking for a new pair of white jeans. Looks like something good is coming from Studio Nicholson

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IMAGE: Nick Wakeman/Studio Nicholson
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Retail reset: is Nike’s House of Innovation the answer?



Vogue Paris Nike by Geordie Wood

While it’s doom and gloom in the world of retail (Selfridges is letting 450 staff go), I can’t help believing that there’s still life in the physical retail model. And now is the perfect time for some fresh thinking.

Nike has just built its new Paris flagship, a ‘House of Innovation’ (below) serving as a temple for its most loyal worshippers. As it moves away from the wholesale model to focus on selling directly to these loyalists from its own stores, its goal is to focus on full price products that die-hards don’t mind paying for.

Sounds like a good move. Despite being decidedly unsporty, NikeTown has always been one of my favourite retail destinations. Cathy Sparks, global vice president and general manager of Nike Direct stores hinted that Oxford Street’s NikeTown store will be next for the House of Innovation treatment.

Nike House of Innovation Paris

In other retail news, what happened to curation? A Continuous Lean has this deep dive into how to make J Crew great again, reminiscing about its game-changing days of perfectly chosen brand collabs. Unfortunately, too many competitors leapt onto this playbook bandwagon and J Crew failed to maintain its pace ahead of that curve. Now that retailers are dropping like flies, it would be a good time to see some truly selective buying to help stores stand out in the market. Maybe it’s time for buyers to trust their instincts and not just what’s trending on Instagram.

And another reason online isn’t the be all and end all: bots. Vogue Business reports on the nightmare scenario for accessible luxury brand, Telfar. No sooner had it restocked its signature $150 bags online, than a swarm of bots bought them all and instantly ‘flipped’ them at twice the price, crashing the Telfar site in the process. Not luxe!

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IMAGES: Nike by Geordie Wood for Vogue Paris; Nike House of Innovation Paris
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On my radar: anti-leather bags



Rue de Verneuil

I used a tote bag for the first time in months last week. Like practically everyone else, I’ve not commuted since March, so I’ve been getting by with pockets for my daily walkabout, or a compact J&M Davidson camera bag if I’m going further than the coffee shop at the end of my road.

But last week I went to meet up with a friend and needed a bigger bag for the mask-brolly-sweater gubbins I had to carry with me. And a leather tote was too heavy for the 90 minute round trip (I’m still not doing public transport). So out came my trusty canvas tote; lightweight, a decent size, and automatically imbued with a summer city-break vibe.

I put the canvas tote in the same bracket as straw totes for summer. They always signify a kind of Jane Birkin barefoot energy, especially with accompanying sunnies and stripy Mariniere. Canvas and straw bags also happen to chime with an overarching movement towards non-leather bags. Or minimal leather at least. Every luxury bag label of note seems to have a variation of a leather-trimmed canvas cross-body bag, for example, while the best totes I’ve seen are mostly canvas with a leather patch detail or pocket, or a pair of handsome handles made of tan leather.

Saint Laurent definitely got the cross-body bag* memo, while Valextra* and Loewe* tick the tote boxes. And Rue de Verneuil (above) is my latest canvas tote obsession, with dozens of varieties in style and size.

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IMAGE: Rue de Verneuil
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The culture of fashion: Dior SS21 menswear ‘portrait of an artist’



Dior SS21 men Amoako Boafo

Some more menswear SS21 highlights. On the maximalist craft tip, Dior hit the top notes again with a fab collab with Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo. (See the collection video here.)

Dior’s creative director Kim Jones first met him last year during Art Basel Miami. Boafo was the artist in residence of the new Rubell Museum, opposite Dior’s fall show venue. As Jones’ artist collaborations are now a mainstay of his collections (tying in nicely with Mr Dior’s gallerist past), it made perfect sense for the two to collaborate. Jones already has a connection to Africa having grown up in the continent, while Boafo has a connection to fashion, with his fantastically wardrobed portrait sitters always dressed in attention-grabbing prints and colour combinations. (more…)