Value suiting, Online sales double, Shanghai counterfeits, William’s missed moment, Preserving Prada’s show sets

Brooks Brothers Spring/Summer 2011 | Source: Brooks Brothers

A Hard-Working Suit (WSJ)
“There are more suits priced between $500 and $700 that include features once found typically on more expensive suits: fine Italian fabrics, modern cuts and narrow lapels. The goal is to attract younger men who increasingly want the current fitted, formal styles as opposed to the boxy suits and more casual officewear of their dads.”

Online clothing sales double (Telegraph)
“Over a third of consumers have brought some of their clothes over the internet in the last year, proving that internet fashion shopping – once dismissed as something that would never take off – has come of age. Last year £4.3 billion worth of clothes were bought over the internet, a growth of 152 per cent in the last five years.”

Eye On Shanghai, The Fakes (Jing Daily)
“China is the world production center for counterfeit goods (it is estimated that 85 percent of the world’s imitations are made here). Foreign businesses are lobbying with the government to halt this black beast of a market, to deter significant dents in figures related to employment and gross national product. These are just some of the complex concerns at hand, alongside child labor and copyright infringement.”

Fit for a (future) king (FT)
“Oh, the missed opportunity! Does the royal family not care enough for the British tailoring industry to want to take this singular moment to promote it? After all, retail analysts Verdict are predicting the royal wedding could boost the UK economy by around £620m – and shouldn’t men’s wear get a piece of that?”

Prada Fondazione: Rotor’s ex limbo (Dazed Digital)
“Amidst the clothes, models, celebrities, and theatrical staging, the literal nuts and bolts holding up a fashion show, the sets are often one of the least notable elements of the spectacle. Art collective Rotor specialise in bringing forth the remnants of a world that, after a moment of meaningful splendour, is discarded.”