A Captive Audience


Is Haute Couture the new Diversity in Fashion?
August 2, 2011, 1:19 am
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Article by Abigail Doan in EcoSalon, July 20 2011

This is not the first time I have seen someone proposing haute couture as a version of sustainable fashion.  This article interesting likens the very strict codes that govern the certification of haute couture to the codes that govern certification of organic or labour rights standards.

The writer acknowledges the elitism inherent in haute couture but wonders in regards to  its 500 odd customers:

“Perhaps there is a philanthropic nature to the women who collect and invest in couture creations in the same spirit that blue-chip art is handpicked from galleries or costly film projects are backed by individuals who believe in a story that must be told and shared. “

The very presence of haute couture gaurantees and encourages diversity within the fashion industry;

“In many instances, we really cannot overlook the fact that cultural preservation, and in turn, timeless fashion methodologies are sustained by the very presence and persistence of the haute couture shows.”

“The idea that fashion of this sort might be a source of national pride rather than a copyright embarrassment or garment factory nightmare, is something to view as a thing of promise.”



The Sartorialist: My Cleverley Cordovan Shoes in Progress
May 26, 2011, 1:05 am
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The Sartorialist: My Cleverley Cordovan Shoes in Progress.

Love this made to measure process.  I wonder if all customers receive updates on the progress?

George from Cleverley sent me these snapshots of my cordovan shoes in progress.

I’m both excited and nervous about having them finished. The design process is a lot like making a photograph – technically, it’s not that difficult – however, does the finished image/product convey what you originally envisioned?

I want these shoes to look great with grey flannels but also dark navy denim. The more I think about it, the success will lie in the sole of the shoe (wow, that’s kind of a play on words). If the sole is too thin and refined it will miss the ruggedness that is a hallmark of cordovan. If the sole is too thick and clunky (which is currently the trend) it will miss the whole reason for creating my own vision. Even though the process is more than halfway done, it seems the most tricky decisions are yet to be made.