Posts for May 2008
Prepare to babysit your boyfriend after he drinks himself into a self-medicating stupor. After the Spring/Summer 09 season, Rykiel Homme will be no longer. After 18 years the label's finally closing down because, says Nathalie Rykiel, it contributes little to the overall capital of the Rykiel brand. We don't really know what we would do if the news were that the women's line were folding. No, this will probably never happen, but it does strike a sensitive chord.
With all the Splendids and LaRoks of the world, thriving on sequins and jersey pullovers, we feel a little sad that a brand so sophisticated can't justify its own existence. It's a business, we have to remember, and one were a comparison between Rykiel Homme and LaRok is, fine, slightly inappropriate. But, c'mon! It just doesn't seem right. The only thing this does do, however, is build a sense of anticipation for another exciting season of shows, one where brands fold, where they're accepted into the canon, where they inspire so many knock-offs that our younger siblings are wearing the latest trends before we even return to New York. That's the marvel of fashion after all, you know, it's always changing.
Around the same time those Ksubi shades sold out everywhere, we saw them in abundance on Canal Street. Is a street vendor on Canal Street the epitome of a downtown trendsetter? Kind of, but by default. Most likely those shades were mass produced at the same time, perhaps even in the same factory, as those coveted fifty odd pairs of original Ksubi shades.
So, whatchu gonna do? Well, for starters you don't buy anything you suspect is a fake (and if you buy those horrible Steve Madden knock-offs, well, that's your own problem). You can also clap your hands to the fact that eight people, and 1,113 boxes of counterfeit goods, were seized yesterday in Queens.
That's two forty-foot trailer trucks worth of Lacoste, Izod, and Tommy Hilfiger bags. The raid was a result of case that started back in 2000, which is, according to Peter J. Smith the Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent in charge of New York City (by the way, doesn't that sound like the. coolest. job. ever.?) eight years of, "taking a little piece of information and building on it". He said of the work involved in capturing these importers, "You do your surveillances, you make your purchases, you get your seizures at the border, you run money through their bank accounts to see where it comes back to.". All we can say is, happy Friday fashionistas.
In choosing an economic system, Deng Xiaoping sady it doesn't matter if the cat is black or white so long as it catches mice. Apparently Chinese capitalism is catching a lot of mice as Coach is betting it will grow to a $250 million dollar retail presence as it grows from 15 points of sale to over 50 in five years time.
Times may be tough but we always go back to our favorite shoe brand.
We like to think it is all of the discount Marni we purchase that is helping Yoox get to its 2009 IPO.