Rick Owens meets Kris van Assche, ASOS’ future, Madewell remade, Mulberry profits surge, Talking to Tim Blanks

Kris Van Assche by Paolo Roversi | Source: Interiew Magazine

Kris Van Assche By Rick Owens (Interview)
“The last two years have marked a subtle turning point for the 35-year-old Van Assche, who has weathered the early storms, turned back the critics, and started to carve out his own territory. But as he confesses to Rick Owens, beneath his organized, controlled surface lies a quiet intensity that continues to fuel his work.”

The height of fashion (Marketing Week)
“‘If you bought the first Harry Potter film, then you are probably going to buy the next one… But if you’ve bought a pair of red shoes there’s no certainty over what you are going to buy after that.. It’s more about understanding a customer’s preferred brands, styles and price point, then engineering that to a point where the product served to them is relevant.’”

Madewell, but Remade How Well? (NY Times)
“Around the turn of this millennium, Mr. Drexler… presciently intuited a groundswell of consumer yearning for traditional American dry goods and bought the rights to, though not the physical remains of, Madewell, a brave little workwear manufacturer in New Bedford, Mass.”

Mulberry profits surge as fashion group expands (BBC)
“Luxury fashion group Mulberry has reported a sharp rise in profits as the boom in luxury goods continues to defy the economic gloom. Pre-tax profit for the year to March jumped to £23.3m from £5.1m a year ago… ‘Strong demand in all markets has continued into the new financial year and the outlook for the Mulberry brand is positive.’”

The Sound of Style | Tim Blanks (AnOther)
“‘I’ve been doing what I’ve been doing for such a long time, but people don’t really know that much about me,’… Blanks rose to prominence celebrating and disseminating shows on video for Canada’s Fashion File, an international cult that gave thousands of viewers an insight to the world’s most vibrant catwalks, opening a closed-door culture.”