Retail Refugees

The Anti-chain Movement
September 1, 2008, 8:45 am
Filed under: Art/Design, Fashion

The Financial Times reported on August 23 about the latest trends for clothing companies and score one for the anti-mass. The trend has shifted towards making elaborate, more customized, and distinctive fabrics. The goal goes beyond creating one-of-a-kind pieces: designers are hoping to make it impossible for mass brands like H&M or TopShop to copy their work when the materials themselves are out of reach. Designers made use of age-old, labor-intensive techniques to distinguish themselves from the knockoffs, many of which appear on shelves before the originals are even produced.

Although Retail Refugees does not support elitism in retail, we do support any movement that makes unique and exclusive products.

Prada fabric artist, James Jean, explains “For me fabric is 90 per cent of the mental work in design,” she says. “It’s where I spend most of my time because the quality of the fabric is fundamental. When I get the fabric done, the show is done, I am at ease.”

(Thank you to Luxist blog for this tip)

Belox is an image of what top quality mohair looks like, and below that is an image of artist James Jean´s work.


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