BoF spoke to the precise and sculptural London-based designer Thomas Tait in the hours before his Autumn/Winter 2013 show, just as the components of his creative vision — including lighting, sound, staging, venue, and of course, the collection itself – were all coming to life.
“Prada SpA, an Italian maker of $1,150 studded leather slippers, reported a 29 percent increase in full-year sales, led by demand in Europe and Asia.”
“A fashion business website, spawned from a personal blog of a former management consultant from his flat in Notting Hill, has raised £1.3m in funding from a group of investors.”
“Once the fashion world got over the shock of learning that Carine Roitfeld was quitting her role as editor of Vogue Paris in late 2010, all eyes were focused beadily on what the ultra-chic fashion maverick would do next.”
“From e-commerce to social media strategies, fashion brands are trying to ensure their technological efforts are as cutting edge as the hardware on their handbags. And nowhere has that focus been more profound than at Burberry, the British heritage brand founded in 1856.”
“Until recently, global brands generally came from the US, western Europe or Japan. Now a new breed of emerging-market company is challenging more developed rivals with both value and premium products. They are especially competitive in technology and fashion, where consumer tastes and lifestyles change quickly.”
“What a fashion brain the designer must have to have conceived all these original ideas, executed them in his tiny East London studio and offered them as a gift to his new owner, François-Henri Pinault, chairman and chief executive of the luxury group PPR.”