Slow has never been so chic. Designers, even those at the largest fashion houses, where punishing speed is the norm, are pushing back against the pressure to deliver new products at an ever-faster clip. Alessandro Michele, the magpie designer of Gucci, is feeling the burn. In his notes for last month’s show in Milan, he implored attendees: “Resist the mantra of speed that violently leads to losing oneself. Resist the illusion of something new at any cost.” That’s a message plenty of up-and-coming designers are spreading, too. Often they’re forsaking traditional retail schedules and creating staples made to last and, often times, available year-round. Here, a look at some who are leading the charge.
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