Designer Profile – kumi xu


  ‘If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.’ – Tom Ford.   This was a quote designer Kumi Xu shared with us when we asked her to describe her eponymous label which launched at the end of last year. For such a nascent project it is evident that Kumi has taken this advice to heart. We caught up with the Sydney based designer to find out more about her experience in fashion and what it takes to get a new label off the ground.   Leiden: Tell us about your ethos. Kumi Xu: kumi xu is a focus on… Continue Reading

Shopping for Good: Rebel Muse Sends Hope


  It’s April, which means a couple of things in Canberra. Autumn is settling in, trans-seasonal pieces are working their way into wardrobe rotations and we are waiting for Anzac Day to roll around so that we can turn our heaters on. As thrilling as all that is, April is also the birthday month of one of our local faves, fashion boutique Rebel Muse. After two years of killer parties (who could forget the boutique’s first birthday party at eightysix or their second, at Lazy Su) Rebel Muse is once again getting ready to celebrate. To mark the entry into… Continue Reading

News Round Up – The Latest News From Around the Internet


  Fashion High Snobiety 2 Years After They Broke the Internet, It Looks Like Nobody is Buying Vetements Alec Leach, 29/3/18 ‘For the fashion industry, the brand’s irony, massive silhouettes and edgy styling were a breath of fresh air, but for the rest of the world, Vetements will be forever the brand that broke the internet when its $200 DHL T-shirt dropped in 2016. But what about today?’ Read More   WWD Vetements’ Guram Gvasalia, Buyers Say Highsnobiety Story Is Fake News Aria Hughes, 30/3/18 The chief executive officer along with buyers from Saks Fifth Avenue, Harrods, Jeffrey New York and more… Continue Reading

I Have a Bone to Pick with Who What Wear


  Nearly every day an email from American style site Who What Wear drops into my inbox. For the most part, my morning scroll through my email inbox before I head off to the gym leaves me feeling informed and often inspired, but when it comes to emails from Who What Wear I generally end up pissy. And it’s because of article titles like this:   ‘5 Items That Make Women Scientifically More Attractive to Men’ ― because of course the whole reason I get dressed in the morning is to be more attractive to men. ‘15 Items All Men… Continue Reading

News Round Up – The Latest News From Around the Internet


  Fashion Business of Fashion Is a Revolution Finally Coming to Feminine Care? Tamison O’Connor, 8/3/18 ‘A flurry of fashionable fem care startups are taking aim at Tampax.’ Read More   The Fashion Law Julie Zerbo, 15/3/18 UPDATED: H&M Calls Foul on “Vandal” Graffiti Artist’s Threat of Lawsuit‘According to H&M’s newly-filed lawsuit, Jason “Revok” Williams, a famous Los Angeles-based graffiti artist, sent H&M a cease and desist letter, alleging that the Swedish fast fashion giant had “included [his] original artwork in an advertising campaign for H&M products without his permission or knowledge.”’ Read More   Fitness  Planet Ark News The… Continue Reading

H&M is in trouble again – A Threat to Artist’s Rights


  It’s been a turbulent start to the year for Swedish fast fashion retailer H&M. After coming under fire for racial insensitivity in January (an image of a young black boy in a ‘coolest monkey in the jungle’ jumper posted on their e-commerce website led to widespread backlash), H&M is in trouble once again, this time over graffiti. Here’s what went down as explained by Julie Zerbo at the Fashion Law: ‘Jason ‘Revok’ Williams, a famous Los Angeles-based graffiti artist, sent H&M a cease and desist letter, alleging that the Swedish fast fashion giant had included (his) original artwork in… Continue Reading