In the fashion world, autumn means a reset. It’s now that industry folk begin their whirlwind circuit of womenswear shows. It’s also the time when everyone packs away T-shirts and seersucker shorts and begins stocking up on long coats and layers in interesting materials. Many people mourn the fact that the mercury is beginning to dip and beach holidays are over. But for those of us who like clothes, autumn – and especially September – is prime time.
As we embrace the new season it’s worth reflecting on how the industry is faring. At Monocle we’re interested in great design talents, of course, but also in the business of fashion. In the fourth and final issue of our Autumn Fashion Special newspaper we profile markets that are ripe for opportunity, such as high-end childrenswear and well-made uniforms. We also take a clear, sharp look at the biggest topics. Everyone is talking about sustainability and customisation: we lift the lid on these movements by visiting Grailed, a dynamic player in the booming luxury-resale sector, and Glent, a technology-savvy bespoke shoemaker from Spain.
“Buying less but better” might now seem passé but we have always championed designers who create pieces that last; you can see some of our favourite styles in our outdoor-themed menswear shoot in the Swiss Alps, as well as our womenswear shoot. Plus: read about slow-fashion thinking in our interview with celebrated designer Marco Zanini, who has just launched his own brand. For this and more, our Autumn Fashion Special is on newsstands tomorrow.