Tengri x Catholic social thought

Tengri is an impressive British newcomer to “feel-good fashion,” a business model reflecting the principles of justice found in CST (see the ideas of Pope Benedict [V&R, Chapter 3]).  Its website echoes Cucinelli (http://www.tengri.co.uk/), as does the company’s interest in Mongolia (http://www.ethicsoffashion.com/cucinellis-travel-reading/).  The video that starts the website concludes with strong Tory emphasis, the company…

Narciso Rodriguez x Max Scheler

The New York Times profiles the well-known designer’s decision to refocus his life and business around family and craft.  The idea of the article is that the fashion industry is finally waking up to the need to balance work and life (https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/07/fashion/fashion-family-parental-leave-narciso-rodriguez-children.html?rref=collection/sectioncollection/fashion&action=click&contentCollection=fashion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront).  I don’t doubt for a second that in a lot of companies the two…

Fashion marketing to the unconscious

Here is a very interesting, short video lecture by Danilo Venturi of the Italian fashion school Polimoda (https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/education/polimoda-lecture-three-branding-the-subconscious?utm_source=Subscribers&utm_campaign=68d172373f-what-makes-a-great-fashion-ceo-anne-chapelle-reboo&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d2191372b3-68d172373f-417297929).   Contrary to H&M’s move to tribalism, niche, and fragmentation (see my previous post), Venturi argues that there are eight archetypes lodged in the unconscious to which fashion should appeal.  Not only will this make for good…

Huizinga on trend. Of course!

I was born a few miles from Morecambe in Lancashire and learnt to do hill starts in a 1965 Morris Minor on the town’s various inclines.  This post is not about the seaside town of Morecambe but my favourite book, Homo Ludens.  V&R Chapter 6 explains Huizinga’s argument about the centrality of play in civilization. …

No escaping Scheler: glypticians illuminate Apple

Glypticians are a discreet part of luxury manufacturing (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/21/fashion/jewelry-gems-carving-cameos.html).  Crafting relief images from stone and gems, glypticians belong to an ancient and rarefied world. Striking in the article is a comment by a Hong Kong glyptician, Wallace Chan, that the craft requires the glyptician to not only make his or her own tools but to…

Dressing UHNWIs: Dolce & Gabbana

The best line in a recent article on Dolce & Gabbana’s couture business: “After dinner, back at Palermo’s Villa Igiea hotel, which had been reserved for those clients who were not staying on yachts…” (https://www.wsj.com/articles/behind-the-scenes-at-dolce-gabbanas-couture-club-for-top-clients-1506527428: annoyingly, The Wall Street Journal puts articles behind a paywall. Sorry).   Dolce & Gabbana is now exclusively a couture…

Dries Van Noten x Shaftesbury x Scheler

A good article on Van Noten (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/t-magazine/dries-van-noten.html) dwells on two things Shaftesbury and Scheler would enjoy: gardens and heritage.   In light of Shaftesbury, in a few blog posts I explored the relationship between flowers and fashion.  According to Hanya Yanagihara, Van Noten’s use of colour is derived from his fascination with flowers and their…

Dear Frances x Pope Francis

Rapidification is a central complaint of Pope Francis (details at V&R Chapter 2).  Here is an article about some fashion companies building the idea of slowness into clothes: in how they are made, how long they last, and suitability for different social events (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/11/fashion/what-is-slow-fashion.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ffashion&action=click&contentCollection=fashion&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront).  Francis approves.