I was on a plane traveling to Asia when I was flipping through the channels to see what to watch. I came across this CNBC documentary that was about J. Crew and I figured why the hell not…maybe it would put me to sleep. Turned out it was quite interesting and consequently no sleep for me.
Fast forward a few years; J. Crew has been making fashion headlines lately for all the wrong reasons: off target designs and declining quarterly sales. I decided to write this review because it details the inner workings of J. Crew and gives some insight into why J. Crew is having issues now. Onwards!
Rise, Fall, Rise Again
CNBC has a show called CNBC Originals (yes, I know, not very original) that delves into various topics from business profiles to various hot button issues. CNBC Originals decided to do a profile on Mickey Drexler and J. Crew in 2012 due to the phoenix-esque rise of J Crew. The piece was called J. Crew and the Man Who Dressed America.
In honor of Anna Sui’s event I wore a boho look to the show.
I have to agree with my designer, Tiffany. I am not a fan of the new venue. It just seems blah compared to the character of Bryant Park. My offices are right next to Bryant Park and I used to love walking home from work and running into models and celebrities dashing in and out of the tents.
Anna Sui and the Runway
Yesterday was the penultimate day of the New York show where I had the chance to see Anna Sui’s Spring 2016 Collection.
New York Fashion Week was a little bit different this year. The event was hosted for the first time ever at Moynihan Station which is quite a departure from previous venues at the Lincoln Center and Bryant Park.
The tents of NYFW Bryant Park.
The event moved from Bryant Park because of the popularity and sheer volume of people wanting to attend shows. If you are a local New Yorker, you may recall when the event was hosted at Bryant Park, there would be a host of temporary tents that looked anything but fashionable.
Supposedly, the event moved from the Lincoln Center venue because of a dispute/lawsuit with residents over the private nature of the event on public park land.
Not a VIP? Get in line!
Before I jump into this movie review, I want to say that this movie was disturbing. I work in the fashion industry and this movie sheds light into the dark parts of the industry that are rarely spoken about. Since I do work closely with my supply chain, I travel quite a bit to Asia but even I didn’t know the extent of exploitation that is going on until I saw this film. That being said, I am going to try and leave the social commentary out and do a straight up review of this documentary. Onwards!
The True Cost (2015)
The True Cost is a 2015 documentary by up and coming director Andrew Morgan.
The film delves into the raw material sourcing and manufacturing within the fashion apparel industry to uncover the true cost of fashion. If you are not into documentaries this description may sound dry. However, let me just throw some eye popping numbers that came from the filmmaker:
- 1 out of 6 people in the entire world work in the fashion industry in some shape or form
- The fashion industry is the number 2 polluting industry (number 1 is oil)
- In the 1960s, 90% of the apparel was made in the USA; in 2015, less than 3% of the apparel is made in the USA with most being outsourced to developing countries
- As early as 20 years ago, fashion brands would buy for 2 seasons; now fashion brands buy for up to 52 “seasons”
If you are at all interested in fashion whether that is through wearing it, reporting on it, or working in the industry, you should definitely consider watching this movie.