What for you were the big stories of 2021?
I think it is important to break it down into two buckets of brands. There are the megabrands — Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermès, Chanel, Cartier — who are getting more and more market share. When you buy those brands, you are buying into heritage and classicism; products which will never be marked down, and which are a must. Black Floral Chiffon Dress Ruffle Sleeve They offer the forever classics, there is an element of comfort to them, which is reassuring when so much is unknown these days. That bucket is full of big winners.
In the other bucket, we’ve the independent and lesser known brands which we’ve been exploring and supporting; it’s all about their creativity and their rarity. We had an amazing year with Rick Owens, as well as The Row. Someone like Grace Wales Bonner has made great progress. Casual Butterfly Sleeve High Waist Chiffon Chic Dress We did well with Supriya Lele. Casablanca is very exciting, for both genders. And we’re working with more DTC brands like House of Sunny, which has done really well for us. Essentially: basics aren’t a thing. It’s about more of a statement. Or the forever classic.
And there has been a whole new wave of sexy architectural dressing, like Nensi Dojaka. With all of this…there’s almost like a uniform now, where people will start the day in a more casual way, thinking about how they want to keep in shape, and as the day goes on it evolves completely to something that’s much sexier. Black Faux Leather Dress Dion Lee, which I define as architectural dressing, has done well. So too has Simon Porte Jacquemus, who is going from strength to strength. Casey Cadwallader at Mugler is doing a fabulous job as well.