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The Weekend Review // 010
What happened in menswear this week.
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This week we unpacked why Gucci is the hottest luxury brand on the market for Gen Z and Millennials. What impresses me most is their creative director. Frankly, he just tries shit (and has a really great eye too—that helps). But it’s also the leadership.
You can’t emphasize enough how important it is to have people in charge who actually understand the demographic and audience they’re selling to. It’s why Gucci is winning. Give it a read.
Atoms launches a ton of new color ways for their sneakers (navy, yellow, green).
Jeni’s Ice Cream drops new pink hoodies. They’re rad.
Aimé Leon Dore and Clarks Originals (yet again) team up. This time with Nas.
GANT’s new lookbook in the English countryside is so dope.
Sustainable packaging just leveled up with this T-House x New Balance collab.
A throwback, c/o GQ: Step back into airport style. Daaamn, people were fly!
Digging a little deeper…
We’re already looking for the new Supreme out here, which is hard to do, because they’re an anomaly. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t brands who emulate elements of Supreme’s success. This is a great breakdown by the man, Jerry Lu, where he looks at how Madhappy is leveraging community, experiences, and content in a way that’s captured Gen Z. Worth the read.
Alex, his son, has been quietly building his own brand for years, called Alex Mill. A lot of folks likened them to a more upscale version of what J.Crew wanted to be for Brooklynites, except AM actually won over those boujee Williamsburg dwellers.
The article is paywalled, so here’s the lowdown: In a recent reflection piece, Alex, his dad (Mickey), and their lead designer, Somsack Sikhounmuong (formerly of J.Crew) opened up on the thrills and challenges of building a brand, and they laid important things to consider when building a brand.
Here are the bets they’re making:
Smart physical retail is key.
Be thoughtful with wholesale relationships.
Go the extra mile with great email campaigns.
Slow, meaningful growth is better than fast, expensive growth.