My WhatsApp has been abuzz with the news that Dries van Noten has sold a majority share of his company to Spanish luxury group, Puig.
Dries has famously said that he loves the size of his company, having independent control and isn’t interested in vast expansion. He is respected for not pandering to the fast cycle of fashion and arguably, the appeal of his clothes is that they’re designed with an individual point of view, they age with you and become part of your look. (more…)
It will be interesting to see the evolution of legacy luxury houses as a new generation of company leaders takes over. Rimowa (now owned by LVMH) has placed 26-year-old Alexandre Arnault (son of LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault) at its helm and is already attracting millennials with its recent Supreme and Off-White collabs (I quite like the Off-White see-thru case). LVMH also just installed another son, Antoine Arnault in a role managing image and communication for the conglomerate.
“In 2018, we need more than just classical notions around what constitutes culture to show where we are today. Sneakers, records skateboards, T-shirts — all these everyday items first appropriated by brands like Supreme and now, in turn, being appropriated by high culture, music and fashion players — are becoming major social markers. (more…)
I had a meeting with Phvlo founder Johanna Ho a couple of weeks ago, in which I was transfixed by her brilliant hood-collar hybrid. It’s a chic Sacai-esque waterproof garment with a bib that conceals a zipped-in hood. (more…)