Business of fashion

Come to my panel talk – A Just Cause at The Pilgrm Hotel



Jacques Henri Lartigue

“We’ve been living in a world where packaging equals luxury. Now packaging equals waste. People don’t want it any more.” REN CEO, Arnaud Meysselle.

A radical shift is happening in beauty, fashion and, well, lifestyle generally. As REN CEO Arnaud Meysselle points out in The Guardian, consumers are waking up and smelling the (artisanal, transparently produced) coffee in a bid to live more considerately…

Which brings me to a panel event I’ll be moderating in a couple of weeks at The Pilgrm Hotel in Paddington. ‘A Just Cause’ brings together REN’s Arnaud Meysselle (of the above quote), Workshop Coffee CMO Richard Frazier, and Grenson owner and creative director, Tim Little to discuss their takes on cause and purpose and what they’re doing to champion the movement of responsibility. (more…)



On eco-activism, who made your clothes and the third summer of love



Jim Marshall Photography

Are we about to enter the third Summer of Love? All the ingredients seem ripe for the mix; a groundswell of political activism, the legalise weed campaign, plus an overarching peace-n-love vibe from the youth contingent. The last week in London has seen peace protest camps from Extinction Rebellion plot up in Westminster, Oxford Circus and Marble Arch, increasing eco-activism and awareness globally.

When I went to visit the Marble Arch camp on Saturday, it happened to be the same day as the 420 rally, with blazing sunshine, a carefree Glasto vibe and the distinct whiff of weed wafting across from Hyde Park. As with the recent anti-Brexit march, DJs and musicians lent their support to a rotating sound system so the likes of Massive Attack could show solitary to the cause. It was all rather groovy. (more…)



Up close: Dior menswear AW19



Dior menswear aw19 Raymond Pettibon tabard

What a treat to get a close up look at the Raymond Pettibon pieces at the Dior menswear AW19 press day.

Kim Jones excelled himself with couture quality pieces adorned with Pettibon’s artwork including the spectacular embroidered tabard that wowed everyone at the show. You can see a close up below; the phrase, “with their own light and lash I have drawn them” is from an old Pettibon artwork. (more…)



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…)