Fashion is often shunned by the thinking types. It is considered frivolous, shallow, and materialistic. And so much of it is. But there is something in the word “materialistic” that is not all bad. At its root is something grounded, tangible, graspable. There is something to be said for ownership. In its truest, considered form there is something like strength of conviction in ownership, a passion of sorts, and a deep sense of appreciation. Collecting is the most passionate form of ownership, a pursuit that is not all that shallow if carefully examined. Ownership and collecting are loaded with history and experience, with memory of things past, with respect to those who have created what you own. There is no shame in ownership of garments, and there is no shame in relating to material things, be they clothes or otherwise. In our rental culture, from streaming services to Rent the Runway to constant reselling, the pride of ownership and a sense of care that true ownership implies is diminishing in favor of display. Everything is transient, exacerbated by social media, especially Instagram.
The Iceland-based designer Sruli Recht has been making otherworldly products for many years before ECCO Leather invited him to bring his science fiction mind to its innovation labs. We already wrote about APPARITION, the translucent leather that Recht created there. Yesterday, ECCO Leather unveiled a new material that Recht developed with its team, Dyneema® Bonded…
When Supreme started making clothes in 1994, its ethos was crystal clear. It was a downtown skate brand for downtown skaters.
Last week the Business of Fashion published my Op-Ed lamenting the exodus of creative labels like Thom Browne and Proenza Schouler, who decided to move their shows from New York to Paris.
Closet Case is an multi-brand concept store for menswear, including shoes, eyewear, fragrances, and lifestyle objects from the likes of Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto, Issey Miyake, Song for the Mute, and Juun J among others debuting for the first time in the region.
Last week, Elixir [Timeless] Gallery, located on the Greek island of Mykonos, held an event with the German designer Leon Emanuel Blanck. In addition to the anatomically constructed menswear that Blanck is known for, it was the first ever presentation of Blanck’s womenswear collection. The event also featured an art installation by the designer that highlighted his unique pattern-making process. Elixir now boasts the most comprehensive collection of Blanc’s work for men and women. Please find our photo reportage from the event below.
Like most brands, Visvim, the cult Japanese label created and designed by Hiroki Nakamura, has its Parisian showroom in the Marais.
Last month we hosted the launch party for the Lumen et Umbra x Jonny White capsule collection launch in Paris. Below is our coverage of the event.
We would like to present to you Aleksandr Manamïs’s Spring/Summer 2018 Men’s Paris collection lookbook.
Photography by Aleksandr Manamïs.
The curated vintage website Byronesque, run by Gill Linton, has landed at Opening Ceremony in New York. It is the first time that Byronesque presents menswear, capitalizing on the hot market for vintage Raf Simons and Helmut Lang. The pop-up store also includes some pieces from the short-lived cult London brand Vexed Generation, and a dedicated to room to Margiela’s iconic womenswear pieces. But Linton’s venture is not just about commerce – she sources what she loves, so we don’t expect her hawking vintage Hermes bags any time soon. “I was very careful not to have any filler here,” Linton told us when we visited the space yesterday. The pop-up will go on until July 23rd with stock replenished as rack space allows.