Arket

Are expensive jeans worth it?



Toogood denim

Jeans. So utilitarian. So egalitarian. Yet so bloody difficult to nail! Are expensive jeans worth it? Should you pay more then £100 for a pair? Surely denim is considered a workwear fabric, ergo it should be cheap as chips. Yes, but no.

There’s denim and then there’s denim. Japanese denim is beautiful – dense, dark, rigid but made in Japan so relatively expensive. Stretch denim to me is not really denim. (It’s usually cheap and prone to sagging, and don’t get me started on jeggings.) And modern mass produced denim is nothing compared to vintage denim. (more…)



The DRG Retail Index: Zara, COS, H&M, Ikea X Virgil Abloh



HM conscious exclusive

Here’s our latest retail round up celebrating experimentalism and innovation on the high street. From the latest social campaigns to exciting new collections and retail formats, we’re watching… and shopping.


ZARA DOES AR

Zara Studio Collection SS18
Augmented reality (AR) shopping ‘experiences’ have been gaining momentum over the last couple of years, (we liked Burberry’s doodle one the most!) and now it seems, Zara has also got the AR memo. (more…)



Buy it now: trouser jeans



Me+Em wide leg jeans
I’m very pleased with my new Arket trouser jeans. I wanted something smarter than my runaround 501s and Nudies and these fit the bill. They’re in a rigid indigo denim, quite high waisted and straight through the calf so they can be worn over heeled boots. And they’re a mere £55. (more…)



Arket’s curated archive wardrobe is a breath of fresh air in the toxic world of fast fashion



Arket women knitwear in the London Regent Street store

In an age where sustainability in fashion and provenance in food are starting to define how we choose to consume products, it’s refreshing to see a company building longevity and durability into a brand concept from the ground up. DRG retail editor, ALISON FARRINGTON reports.

Arket is a new retail brand from Swedish fashion giant H&M, but it is about as far away from ‘fast fashion’ as it’s possible to be. (more…)