After more than a decade of toil, American designer Telfar Clemens was finally poised for mainstream success, with a hit bag nicknamed the ‘Bushwick Birkin’ and a cultural message ripe for the times. Then came coronavirus.
Designer Carly Mark sparked conversation about what it takes to make it as an emerging designer in New York when she announced she was shutting her ready-to-wear line and moving to London. On Thursday she held her last sample sale.
With a new heavyweight backer in Italian firm Style Capital — which helped Zimmermann secure a billion dollar valuation — the French contemporary womenswear brand has ambitions to go global. But it sits in a competitive and hard-to-crack category.