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Random Fashion Thoughts (Part 3: Style farmer strikes back) - our general discussion thread

whorishconsumer

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European sizes don't really exist either. The most common sizing is Italian (what is usually called european) but french sizing is one size lower (i.e. a 41 french is a 42 italian).

French sizing: Each point represents 0,666cm
Italian: same but +1 to the final size
UK:each point is 1/3"
US: I think it is +0.75 men +2,75( women added to UK but I think it varies because fuck you that's why.
Japan: straight up lenght in centimeters., just check where they measure and you're good to go
Thus confirms my longheld suspicion: French sizing does exist.
 

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To complicate things, some French shoemakers use UK sizing for their shoes (e.g. 9 not 43).
 

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To complicate things, some French shoemakers use UK sizing for their shoes (e.g. 9 not 43).
I think Berluti and JM Weston both did that but I may be mistaken, haven't shopped there recently. There's the sizing of who makes the shoes, where the name brand is based and where the boutique is based and all this stuff can interact in the most annoying way possible.
 

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To complicate things, some French shoemakers use UK sizing for their shoes (e.g. 9 not 43).
Corthay uses American sizing which I find baffling. (Technically they use their own sizing per last, which mostly seems to correspond to American sizing. Sneakers seem to correspond to UK sizing though. 🤷)
 
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This may have been discussed elsewhere but from his IG account is looks like Aaron Levine was just recently let go as SVP of design for mens and womenswear at Abercrombie. A&F may not be exactly be an SF approved brand but I liked the direction they were going in the last few seasons with the camp collar shirts, retro polos, shorts, heavyweight flannels, etc. Looking forward to see what he does next.
 

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This may have been discussed elsewhere but from his IG account is looks like Aaron Levine was just recently let go as SVP of design for mens and womenswear at Abercrombie. A&F may not be exactly be an SF approved brand but I liked the direction they were going in the last few seasons with the camp collar shirts, retro polos, shorts, heavyweight flannels, etc. Looking forward to see what he does next.
I'm actually scheduling an interview with him right now. If anyone has questions they want asked, let me know.

I'm a big fan of his work, his personal style, and his IG page. Since he's been designing clothes for so long, I'm planning to ask him the usual questions around what he thinks is the future of brick and mortar, the middle price tier of fashion, and sustainability/ the pace of fashion. If people have other ideas for questions, I'd love to hear them.
 

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Isn’t all that stuff coming back Hilfiger, Champs etc
I suppose in a general way - yes. Lots of brands returning to those styles. I guess I just look at Levine as someone who is a little more plugged into the type of fashions I follow than the people running some of the other brands in that similar mass-market-mall-brand category. For the first time in like 25 years I found myself seeing things at Abercrombie that actually looked cool. For me, this often means I can test out a style I am new to or have marginal interest in without spending a lot for the experiment.
 

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I'm actually scheduling an interview with him right now. If anyone has questions they want asked, let me know.

I'm a big fan of his work, his personal style, and his IG page. Since he's been designing clothes for so long, I'm planning to ask him the usual questions around what he thinks is the future of brick and mortar, the middle price tier of fashion, and sustainability/ the pace of fashion. If people have other ideas for questions, I'd love to hear them.
That’s fantastic and I think those type of questions are perfect for someone with his experience and insight. Looking forward to reading the interview!
 

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I'm actually scheduling an interview with him right now. If anyone has questions they want asked, let me know.

I'm a big fan of his work, his personal style, and his IG page. Since he's been designing clothes for so long, I'm planning to ask him the usual questions around what he thinks is the future of brick and mortar, the middle price tier of fashion, and sustainability/ the pace of fashion. If people have other ideas for questions, I'd love to hear them.
He seems to be really into thrifting. I'd be curious to hear more about that and how it has informed his own designs. It would be interesting to hear if any specific thrift finds were particularly inspiring for him.
 

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I'm actually scheduling an interview with him right now. If anyone has questions they want asked, let me know.

I'm a big fan of his work, his personal style, and his IG page. Since he's been designing clothes for so long, I'm planning to ask him the usual questions around what he thinks is the future of brick and mortar, the middle price tier of fashion, and sustainability/ the pace of fashion. If people have other ideas for questions, I'd love to hear them.
I’m sure it has something to do with my own perspective on this industry, but I’m always very interested in understanding if and how designers like APL think about (multi-brand) retailers and their role in building brands, finding the right balance between wholesale and DTC to ensure their style is incorporated and interpreted beyond the glossiness of brand lookbooks and a tight control on image.
 

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Wait, wait, wait...

You’re saying that if I shave my head and keep the beard, I’ll look like someone who fists twinks in a Berlin nightclub?

And this is...the first association someone not Fuuma will have?
 

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I'm actually scheduling an interview with him right now. If anyone has questions they want asked, let me know.

I'm a big fan of his work, his personal style, and his IG page. Since he's been designing clothes for so long, I'm planning to ask him the usual questions around what he thinks is the future of brick and mortar, the middle price tier of fashion, and sustainability/ the pace of fashion. If people have other ideas for questions, I'd love to hear them.
Hearing how mid-tier stores like Abercrombie think about trends and forecasting would be neat.

1.) How do they evaluate trends?
2.) Under what circumstances do they begin thinking a high fashion trend could be more mainstream?
3.) What sources do they use to ensure they're staying ahead of the curve?
4.) How do they spot a trend early on?
 

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