What it’s Like to Work at a High-End Mall During the Holidays, Why All Watches in Commercials Are Set to 10:10, and Inside NYC’s Dover Street Market


Today in collaboration news: ASOS has teamed up with House of Hackney on a collection called “Dalston Tart.” “I particularly love the grungy Dalston girls, and the fashion students who live in the area, who provide continuous inspiration,” HoH Creative Director Frieda Gormley said. “East London is still a really exciting place to be, a melting pot of different cultures, people and music. The gentrification of Hackney isn’t the death of east London. Having lived here for over 15 years it has been amazing to see how it has changed and evolved.” [Telegraph]

The other side of the register: There’s a fascinating first-person account in this week’s New Yorker penned by a sales associate at a store in a luxury mall outside Philadelphia (King of Prussia, anybody?). She writes: “Every day, I serve a parade of affluent customers: a perfectly coiffed eleven-year-old girl, carrying half a dozen shopping bags, who launched into a deeply nuanced assessment of her own skin, for which she ended up purchasing fifty dollars’ worth of high-end creams; a man in his late twenties, no older than I am, wearing a pair of shoes that cost more than my monthly rent. Then there was the kindly middle-aged woman who stopped by on a whim and picked up everything I suggested without a moment’s hesitation.” [New Yorker]

Things I’ll never get tired of: Japanese street fashion, especially from Harajuku in Tokyo. [Guardian]

It’s about time: Okay, this is brilliant. Have you ever noticed how in the vast majority of watch commercials and ads, the hands are set to 10:10? [Numberphile]

Web to print: Style.com isn’t the only digital property that’s launched a print mag. Net-a-porter is about to launch Porter, a women’s print magazine coming to a mailbox near you this February. The publication will be headed up by Robin Derrick, formerly the creative director of British Vogue. It will be 300 pages and will be published six times a year. [WWD]

Books as gifts: For the fashion bibliophile in your life (yes, that’s a real thing), why not pick up one of these fantastic tomes for the holidays? [Chicago Tribune]


Filson comes to Aspen: I don’t know about you, but I can never get enough Filson. The lifestyle brand opened its first Aspen store last week—a 900-square-foot shop that stocks the brand’s Seattle-made luggage, leather accessories, and apparel. It’s the fourth Filson store in the world, after Seattle, Portland, and London. Hello, what about New York! [Glamour Inbox]

Getting into retail: Fashion and social networking site Stylecaster gets a redesign this week—including an e-commerce launch, which allows users to buy stuff after trying it on, on the internet, that is. [Techcrunch]

Complaints dept. Scott Sternberg of Band of Outsiders has a few thoughts on how the fashion industry can get its act together and become less wasteful and chaotic. “There’s this layer in fashion in between me and the person buying the clothes, which is the buyers and the press,” he says. “They’re this kind of hilarious community, this council of judges. They love a dog and pony show. They complain about it to no end.” [HuffPo]

More Rei please: Susie Menkes takes a good hard look at the imminent opening of Dover Street Market in New York City’s Kips Bay neighborhood—December 21st! It’ll be six floors on Lexington Avenue which will house a Louis Vuitton pop-up for the first three months on the ground floor, a Prada store up top, and everything in between. “In conceiving seven floors and the interior design of each space, I took no notice of the traditional need to separate by category, by sex, by lifestyle or by age,” Rei Kawakubo told Menkes. “And by designing a transparent elevator that pierces all seven floors through the middle of the store, I have tried to make the whole shop as if it is one shop — one total experience.” [New York Times]

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