Family affairs, YSL drops ‘Y’, Inside Savile Row, Kickstarter’s growth story, The New Guard

Joseph and Karen Altuzarra | Source: Opening Ceremony

Mum’s the word for designers (FT)
“As a new generation of young des­igners challenges the usual definition of ‘family business’ by turning to their parents, especially the mother, as employees, understanding such familial tropes and how they may affect their corporate partnerships is increasingly important.’We call it a ‘reverse succession’, and we are seeing it more and more.'”

YSL set for name change (Telegraph)
Yves Saint Laurent will drop the ‘Yves’ from their name, the brand has confirmed. Newly-appointed creative director Hedi Slimane is keen to ‘thrust Saint Laurent into a new era modern.'”

Savile Row tailors open doors into exclusive world (Reuters)
“Michael Skinner and a tiny coterie of colleagues are intimately familiar with the physical details of rock stars, royalty and some of Britain’s most famous historical figures. But don’t expect him to start dishing out the gossip, because absolute discretion is a professional hallmark of the tailors on Savile Row in London.”

A Big Push to Get Going (NY Times)
“Since Kickstarter’s founding in April 2009, more than two million people have pledged over $250 million to projects in fields like art, film, technology, comics, games, fashion, food and publishing.”

A Changing of the Guard (NY Times)
“Romain Brau, a founder of the avant-garde-and-beyond Antwerp store RA, where the most mainstream designer on the menu may be the Belgian conceptualist Walter Van Beirendonck, depends on creativity and young talent to lure the most curious of shoppers. London is often the place where he finds them.”