Podcast Pick: The Business of Fashion with Marc Jacobs, Carine Roitfeld, and Sam McKnight

Fashion / May 19, 2020

The lockdown rules have eased but we should still go out responsibility. As much as possible, we should be thankful for the safety of home.

For those in the mood of doing more than just the bare minimum, I would suggest integrating a podcast in your life. These days, the future of fashion, as with many of our regular industries, is at the cusp of a big change.

I always look to fashion for some pioneering ideas. And this time doesn’t disappoint. Listen to The Business of Fashion Podcast to get what I mean.

The podcast features premium guests: insiders of the fashion industry. The latest episode is with Marc Jacobs in conversation with BoF editor-in-chief Tim Blanks.

A quick recap of the episode is here if you’re curious:

“Jacobs revisited his last fashion show at the Park Avenue Armory. “I would be very happy if that were my last show,” he said. New York’s role in global fashion is waning, and the future of live fashion shows in the coming months and years remains uncertain. “We don’t know if there will be much of a fashion industry in New York,” said Jacobs. “Will the people that have the skill still be around?

Furthermore, the waste within the industry, and the flawed system of scheduling and orders has put more of an impetus on designers to slow down. “The idea of being forced to create something and tell a story constantly when it has no soul feels so vacant,” said Jacobs, pointing also to the wasted fabrics and unused products that end up in landfills. “The urge to make things and create things hasn’t gone away… I still have stories to tell,” he added. Maybe how that happens will change.

Digital collections and online shopping aren’t adequate substitutes. “Ordering online in a pair of grubby sweats is not my idea of living life,” said Jacobs, comparing the experience to looking at art online. “I don’t look at a Rothko online and cry.”

The podcast is available here. Get ready. It’s 190 episodes. So you’ll be set for a while. Unless you’re going to binge!


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