Business of fashion

Quote of the day: Gauthier Borsarello



Cassie Mercantile vintage showroom in Esquire

“In the past, people would go to their tailor and have two suits made for the year. Ten shirts, a coat, a couple of pairs of shoes and that was it. I think people are coming back to this way of thinking and consuming, whether they’re buying new or vintage. I think, to be honest, people are tired of all the shit out there.”
Vintage expert, Gauthier Borsarello, Esquire

This is a great feature in the recently redesigned UK print edition of Esquire. (more…)



Raf’s reset for SS20



Raf Simons SS20 Christina Fragkou for Dazed

I didn’t see the Raf Simons SS20 show irl, but I watched it on Instagram Live – is that not the same but almost better? Except instead of chatting to your seatmate after the show, you read the reactions of other Raf-heads (and then check Tim Blanks’s review to fill the missing knowledge gaps).

So accordingly, the Raf Simons SS20 show was a resetting, or returning back to basics of sorts. (more…)



Gentlewoman style: Ami Paris AW19 womenswear



Ami Paris Aw19 womenswear

Ami Paris is going large on womenswear. For SS20, the French menswear brand just showed a full women’s collection as part of a co-ed runway show in Milan and according to BoF, womenswear actually informed the men’s design for the season too.

Ami Paris has featured womenswear in its collections for a while, but mostly as scaled-down carbon copies of the men’s pieces. While there are some strong looks in the new SS20 collection (like this one), I think I prefer the simplicity of Ami’s classic garconne look. (more…)



On Farfetch, circularity and the business of positivity



Graduate Fashion Week 2019 Farfetch Conscious Design Hub

Heads up! There’s a trendy new buzzword in town. Forget diversity, authenticity and sustainability; ‘positivity’ neatly encapsulates all three and can be moulded at will to suit the subject. The British Fashion Council has a positive fashion initiative, there’s a great website dedicated to Positive Luxury and it’s the tagline I use on here for anything related to considered fashion or beauty.

On which note, there was a palpable positivity at London’s graduate showcase, Graduate Fashion Week (GFW) last week. Now in its 28th year, something felt different this time – it seemed buzzier, less scrappy and had the ego boost of support from industry heavyweights including LVMH and Farfetch. (more…)