Business of fashion

This old thing



Jane Birkin - Hermes Birkin bag

I’ve been reading up about the crazy world of status bags and watches and deduced that the only way around the unavailability of ‘It’ Hermès Birkins and Rolex Daytonas is to go the imperfect route. As even pre-loved icons are hard to obtain (mint-conditioned pieces command the highest prices), better to go for the less-than-pristine patina, no?

For me, this aligns with my love of a well-worn leather tote. I just came across a picture on Pinterest of Jane Birkin’s legendary Birkin (above). You know, the one she adorned with personal charms and trinkets – and then auctioned for charity. This bag lived! The picture linked to a ten-year-old old Purse Forum thread on ‘slouchy, floopy, used Birkins’, imploring Birkin owners to share their own photos. (more…)



First look at Wales Bonner SS23



Wales Bonner SS23

Dear Louis Vuitton, please put Grace in charge of menswear already!

The Wales Bonner ‘Horizon Blues’ SS23 collection is a wonderful evocation of ‘European heritage meets Afro Atlantic spirit’. But of special note are the pieces tailored by Old Burlington Street’s Anderson & Sheppard. The camel hair overcoat (serving Fran Lebowitz swagger), the cashmere dinner suit, the DB sleeveless jacket and trousers – pure perfection. (more…)



Atelier Mayer returns



Atelier Mayer Marrakech

“Anyone can come to Marrakech and go shopping. But I’m editing a special collection showcasing hand-craftsmanship.”

She’s back! The wonderful Carmen Haid has revived her brand Atelier Mayer, expanding its original scope from vintage fashion to lifestyle and interiors. Now with the business based in Marrakech, selling a mix of vintage design pieces and made to order items, her range includes bespoke vases, bowls and tableware alongside vintage furniture. (more…)