Business of fashion

Raf Simons on design, desire and the pace of fashion



Raf Simons Kvadrat

Raf Simons has pivoted to textile design. Kind of. Well, as a practitioner who doesn’t like to pigeonhole himself, that’s one of his focuses at the mo. Caroline Roux profiled him in this Observer story on the work he’s doing for Danish textile company Kvadrat, which was just shown at Milan Design Week. (Sidenote: we love our ‘Kvad-Raf’ cushions!) Here’s his thoughts on the sped-up pace of fashion. (more…)



The DRG Style Index: Gentle Monster X Huawei, Patagonia, The Face, Lululemon and more



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

GENTLE MONSTER X HUAWEI WEARABLES
Gentle Monster Huawei
Just when you thought ‘wearables’ had died a death, up pops a new slew of tech-cessories. This time they hinge on audio-enabled eyewear, rather than screen-centric devices. Example: Bose’s Bluetooth-enabled audio sunglasses, which contain a microphone and speakers to cut down on screen time. And Gentle Monster’s collab with Huawei (above), which does the same thing. (more…)



Business of beauty: Hermès is launching skincare and make-up



Hermès launching skincare and make-up

Not sure why I never saw this coming. Hermès is building out its beauty offer with skincare and make-up due to launch in 2020. It already has a great line of ancillary scented bath products – soaps, shower gels, body balms – which are so beautifully giftable and serve as perfect entry portals to one of the last true luxury fashion brands.

‘Obviously, we hope to have the biggest scope possible. We are trying to do it humbly and cautiously, because it’s a big market that’s already full of strong players, and therefore we have to find our place in it,” said Hermès chief executive officer, Axel Dumas. It’s certainly a crowded place but Hermès is planning a slowly-slowly strategy with limited availability to start with, mostly in its own stores. (more…)



The DRG Style Index: Goop, Lacoste, Estee Lauder, Fred Perry X Le Kilt and more…



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

I WENT TO THE GOOP STORE AND I LIKED IT
Goop Westbourne Grove London store
I finally ventured into the Goop London pop-up store on Westbourne Grove to see what the fuss was about. I didn’t feel bombarded; I did see lots of stuff I wanted to buy. A set of amethyst-coloured tumblers, French Girl eye oil, lots of ecru-coloured cazhmere. Nothing ground-breaking, just comforting lifestyle porn at its best. Apparently it’s now a permanent fixture. (more…)