Archive | April, 2013

Fashion News: Nicolas Ghesquière On Why He Left Balenciaga

29 Apr

Over a series of interviews with System Magazines’ Jonathan Wingfield, Nicolas Ghesquière talks all about his experience with Balenciaga and the key reasons why he decided to leave the brand for good after 15 years of being promoted to head designer in 1997.


Excerpt from the interview:

When was the first time you felt your ambitions for the house were no longer compatible with Balenciaga’s management?

NG: It was all the time, but especially over the last two or three years it became one frustration after another. It was really that lack of culture which bothered me in the end. The strongest pieces that we made for the catwalk got ignored by the business people. They forgot that in order to get to that easily sellable biker jacket, it had to go via a technically mastered piece that had been shown on the catwalk. I started to become unhappy when I realised that there was no esteem, interest, or recognition for the research that I’d done; they only cared about what the merchandisable result would look like. This accelerated desire meant they ignored the fact that all the pieces that remain the most popular today are from collections we made ten years ago. They have become classics and will carry on being so. Although the catwalk was extremely rich in ideas and products, there was no follow-up merchandising. With just one jacket we could have triggered whole commercial strategies. It’s what I wanted to do, but I couldn’t do everything. I was switching between the designs for the catwalk and the merchandisable pieces – I became Mr Merchandiser. There was never a merchandiser at Balenciaga, which I regret terribly.

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OriginalFake KAWS Companion: Incense Stand?

29 Apr


Wether your a fan of incense or not this a pretty dope piece to own. The OriginalFake KAWS Companion incense stand has the signature humanoid on his back which will be sold at OriginalFake store in Japan for approximately $400 USD.

Fashion News: Maison Martin Margiela Opens MM6 Shop in Paris

29 Apr


22 place du Marché Saint Honoré
75001, Paris 

Since the line launched in 1997 Maison Martin Margiela has been expanding, as it should. Keeping the Margiela aesthetics they opened their first European MM6 shop in Paris’ 1st arrondissement. Which is one of the 20 arrondissements of the capital city of France, a place for shoppers who crave eleagnt shops and trendy boutiques in the Les Halles neighborhood. The 80-squre foot meter store has a unrefined and natural look, filled with plenty of wood and white.


Fashion News: Nick Wooster No Longer With JCPenney

19 Apr


After being with the company for less than a year Nick Wooster has decided to leave JCPenney. It has been very clear that JCP has had customer loss over the years, Wooster was brought in to change that. He recently shared his beliefs with the company, of how to gain those clients back.  “I’m going to get in trouble for saying this, but [we need to] make cute shit,” said Wooster. “If we have compelling product, people will come into the store. I firmly believe that’s the job of merchants. Am I done yet?” JCP showed some improvements after a collab with Joe Fresh but Nick will not be sticking around. Not sure where he is headed but, at least we know how he feels. 

Street Style Profile: Stylish Madame

18 Apr

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Street Style Profile: @asvpjosh

15 Apr

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Music News: Jay-Z Open Letter

12 Apr



“Chill with me on the beach”

Street Style Profile: Spring Weather

10 Apr

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Art News: KAWS at Tokyo’s KaiKai Kiki Gallery

8 Apr


On May 2nd to May 29th , KAWS will be showcasing his latest exhibition titled “Ohhh…” in Tokyo, Japan. The well-loved artist will feature a colorful world-wind of Astro Boy pieces along with the Running Chum. 

Fashion News: Hong Kong BAPE Store

5 Apr


‘A Bathing Ape’ is celebrating its 7th anniversary since opening their very first flagship store in Hong Kong. Releasing a collection to recognize this special occasion was only right. The limited items include zip-up hoodies, shark print denim, and “1s camo” print in a vibrant purple, blue, and black color scheme. I think the packaging is the dopest part, including a distinct champagne bottle. The collection is set to be released on April 14, so stop by the Hysan One location in Causeway Bay if your in Hong Kong. 

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