Eugene Rabkin sits down with Karlo Steel, founder of New York boutique Atelier, for over a decade a beacon of avant-garde, largely European fashion, which is set to close at the end of the year due to mounting financial pressures.
Ignoring the plus-size fashion market is not only socially backward, it’s a missed business opportunity, argues Michael Kaplan.
With China set to overtake the US as the world’s largest apparel market by 2017, the Asia-Pacific region is producing more and more high-calibre design talents producing highly creative collections at commercially savvy price points, observes Joseph Quartana, former buyer at Seven New York and the creative director of contemporary e-tailer Inverted Edge.
As the Christmas season approaches, millions of Westerners will flock to charity shops to donate their second-hand clothes. But the multi-billion dollar global market for used clothing is not what it seems, posing difficult questions for those hoping to do good by donating, argues Tansy Hoskins.
Should small fashion labels accept painful payment terms from prestigious retailers in order to gain greater brand visibility, credibility and sales?
In the wake of Rana Plaza, it’s clear that voluntary self-inspection of garment factories by brands and retailers is not enough to avoid terrible human tragedy. Workplace health and safety standards must be set and enforced by the workers themselves, argues Tansy E Hoskins.
No longer confined to the fringes of fashion, the goth aesthetic is being mined by a wider spectrum of designers, observes Eugene Rabkin.
Fashion must react quickly to changes in technology and make do-it-yourself, 3D-printable designs in order to avoid a coming flood of infringement and, instead, benefit from the rise of 3D printing, argues Rose Auslander, a partner in the Intellectual Property department of Carter Ledyard & Milburn LLP, a Wall Street law firm.