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    End of December
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    They have already started interviewing, I think ;)

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    LONDON, United Kingdom — For Adrian Joffe, president of Comme des Garçons International and retail guru behind Dover Street Market — a shopping mecca in London’s Mayfair that’s part brand flagship, part luxury bazaar — building a fashion business is more like tending a garden than tuning an engine. “Rei Kawakubo created the company on the basic value of creation and everything else branches from that one root she planted. Creation stagnates without change. So you have to constantly grow and change, that is our goal. It’s natural, yet it’s also controlled.”....

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    Going around museums and galleries, seeing films, talking to people, seeing new shops, looking at silly magazines, taking an interest in the activities of people in the street, looking at art, travelling: all these things are not useful, all these things do not help me, do not give me any direct stimulation to help my search for something new. And neither does fashion history. The reason for that is that all these things above already exist.

    I only can wait for the chance for something completely new to be born within myself.

    The way I go about looking for this from within is to start with a provisional ‘theme.’ I make an abstract image in my head. I think paradoxically (oppositely) about patterns I have used before. I put parts of patterns where they don’t usually go. I break the idea of ‘clothes.’ I think about using for everything what one would normally use for one thing. Give myself limitations. I pursue a situation where I am not free. I think about a world of only the tiniest narrowest possibilities. I close myself. I think that everything about the way of making clothes hitherto is no good. This is the rule I always give myself: that nothing new can come from a situation that involves being free or that doesn’t involve suffering.

    In order to make this SS14 collection, I wanted to change the usual route within my head. I tried to look at everything I look at in a different way. I thought a way to do this was to start out with the intention of not even trying to make clothes. I tried to think and feel and see as if I wasn’t making clothes.

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    The new outpost in their universe, DSMNY, opening 12/21/13.

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    http://newyork.doverstreetmarket.com...her/index.html

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    Yay, Rose Bakery!
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    nice read..............i didn't know she was in her 70' though.
    I like that. there are too many people who once they past 60 begin to talk stupidly about retirement, people should remain active, creative and productive as long as they are around and health allows it. thats why I like Karl Lagerfeld
    “You know,” he says, with a resilient smile, “it is a hard world for poets.”
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    I completely agree... I think you have to keep stimulated and challenged to stay sharp and retirement and the cut off of stimuli that can result in is imo what can lead to senility.

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    Looks great! I just realized the quote I posted from an email in the DSM thread was actually in reference to this (all wood) so I'll repost it here. I would've stopped by today if I realized it was now open, only got an email that said "coming soon" so far. So did they move out f/w merch already and have just the new season stuff?

    I love this quote as an artistic manifesto, it could also describe very accurately my way of working as a composer. Distill a single idea in a powerful way to maximize impact in reaction against the increased complexity of the world.

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    ^ It looks like they moved out all the FW stuff...they were selling all of it at something like 40% off before the renovation.

    I like this idea of other designers carrying other brands though, because it seems as if they would be chosen for sharing a similar aesthetic and thus work well together, as well as exposing "less-informed" customers to lesser known designers.

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    ^Darn! There were several things I was waiting to go on sale, of course I didn't get an email about that.

    Anyway, sorry for shopping related topic in this thread. Space looks great can't wait to check it out, Rei for mayor of NYC!

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    nice, looks just like you'd expect it to

    the TB space looks cool
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    Yeah, that was my fave! A miniature replica of his Tribeca shop.
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    Rei Kawakubo interviewed by Paul Smith (yes...) in 1995:
    http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/...ady-of-fashion
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    Quote Originally Posted by gin soaked boy View Post
    Rei Kawakubo interviewed by Paul Smith (yes...) in 1995:
    http://www.dazeddigital.com/fashion/...ady-of-fashion
    Just another example to illustrate that interviewing Kawakubo is an exercise in futility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Faust View Post
    Just another example to illustrate that interviewing Kawakubo is an exercise in futility.
    Have you ever tried to set one up yourself? You should go for it, see if you can get anything else out of her.

    She comes accross as almost rude in that interview. She agrees to be interviewed by Mr Smith, who always seems like a lovely guy, and then just ignores most of his questions, or hits him with the usual stock answers (apart from the one about her liking greasy British breakfasts).

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    She has responded to several of my questions via email for the CdG perfume article I wrote for our third issue. I know better than to ask for an in person interview. Although, perhaps I might be one of the several people who might do her justice.

    I know she comes off as rude, but I really do think it's a combination of inane interview fatigue, fashion banality fatigue, language barrier, caution, etc. Adrian is the diametric opposite of her. We chatted for over an hour.
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