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post #16 of 17
not sure why they moved once again, but i would think that times are a bit tough and from the few photos i've seen, the new location certainly appears to be much smaller.

i always enjoyed my visits to Atelier. not being from NYC, i found each visit to almost feel like a pilgrimage, especially for one that enjoys and appreciates fashion and clothing. with regards to those that have commented on the SA's, i've always found the staff to be helpful and knowledgeable, however, for better or for worse, i do think this is more of shop for enthusiasts

the most interesting bits about the interview is how clearly passionate Karlo is regarding clothing. its always nice to hear from those that can appreciate the craft, rather than just saying "this looks great". i could not agree more with many of the comments he made regarding the state of the industry and over time, as the economic climate continues adapt, i'm interested to see what changes a shop like Atelier will have to make in order to survive. times are changing.

his comment regarding Margiela was also interesting, but i personally must say that after mr.margiela left the house, you almost get a sense that there's a breath of fresh air amongst the remaining designers. good or bad (the collaborations have certainly been suspect), every fashion house experiences changes, and so far i've seen more good than bad - generally speaking.
post #17 of 17
Re. Margiela, since a few people have mentioned it - certainly, the house had put out a lot of pieces designed to have commercial appeal - for example, I am in wonder if how many different materials and treatments they can apply to the German Army Trainers and the 5-zip jacket - but a lot of pretty interesting stuff has come out as well - I really liked the disco 70s meets space age collection from a few seasons ago.

It is true that for a while, Margiela men's looked a lot like "Cool graduate student", which suited me fine, being a graduate student at that time, but it probably wasn't that interesting for a fashion nerd, on the whole. Wearable, and a good uniform (I wore my 5-zip to go down to the gym today), but not really challenging. There were of course still the signatures, like the whitewashed stuff, the slightly oversized jackets that have the lapels straight out the 80s, and the pieced together garments in the 0 10 line (I really liked the sweatshirts and belts constructed this way.

That said, a lot of the materials don't feel as special as they used to. Or maybe I'm just seeing this through some rose colored glasses from the past, and have to get into my older stuff and say "wait, this was pretty much the same."
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