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Reading List: May 7 2017

Welcome back to our Sunday reading list. The weather's starting to get nice, so grab a pair of your favourite shades, find yourself a nice park bench and read on. This edition features an interview with designer/DJ/everyman Virgil Abloh.

"The Bunka Method(Business of Fashion)
From Hiroko Koshino, Junya Watanabe and Jun Takahashi (Undercover) to Junichi Abe (Kolor) and Hiromichi Ochiai (Facetasm), an influx of progressive designers followed. Yet, for all their avant-garde shapes, high-tech fabrics and radically different fashion philosophies, they had one thing in common: their roots can be traced back to Bunka Fashion College

"Carhartt Is the Uniform of Both the Right and the Left" (Racked)
Straddling these two ends of the political spectrum and oddly uniting the worlds of rural and urban America is Carhartt. For those who work (or used to work) blue-collar jobs, Carhartt is an actual functional part of their wardrobe.

"Imagining the Retail Store of the Future" (New York Times)
'The holy grail now for retailers is creating digital empathy. No one can really guess what the future will look like. But those who are using technology and data to create bespoke shopping experiences that recognize every person is different, and with different needs, are more likely to come out on top.'

"How Facebook Groups Fill the Void Left by Streetwear Forums" (Highsnobiety)
Of course the youth of today have access to one big tool that previous generations did not: social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and the like allow access to previously niche information at an unprecedented rate.

"Virgil Abloh and His Army of Disruptors: How He Became the King of Social Media Superinfluencers" (W Magazine)
Circumventing the gatekeepers is something Abloh has experienced firsthand: When, in 2009, he attended one of his first fashion shows, Comme des Garçons, as Kanye West’s creative director, he considered himself an outsider.

Sunday Reading List: Week of March 26, 2017

Welcome back to our Sunday reading list. Here's some of our favourite articles of the week. Sit back, grab a cup of coffee or tea, and enjoy.

“'Gosha is Gosha': Mr Rubchinskiy on his Standout Success" (AnOther)
Typically, catwalk shows are a performance – and thus, a fantasy world – within which a brand peddles its wares. But Rubchinskiy brings this element of documentation and reality onto the runway too, claiming that sometimes it’s the best place for it.

"We Have No Idea How Bad Fashion Actually Is for the Environment" (Racked)
“Fashion is one of the most resource-intensive industries in the world, both in terms of natural resources and human resources."

"Raf Simons: Material Boy" (Amuse)
"The designer talks about his new Kvadrat textiles, the shock of colour and how art is like drinking Coke Zero"

"Inside the Cult of Nike, the Reigning Champion of March Madness" (W Magazine)
"Not that all Nike products are worn by—or designed for—Olympic medalists or NBA champs. Most are bought “just to look cool,” as ­Hatfield puts it, and some never leave their box. Yet their functionality fuels their popularity in the booming athleisure market."

"How Drake’s More Life Connects Music Across The Black Diaspora" (The Fader)
"For those of us who have always known that the best British music comes from the marginal corners of our communities, it’s exciting to see homegrown talent catapulted onto the world stage, but it’s even more exciting to think about what comes next. For the U.K.’s music scene, a Drake co-sign is an entry point into the international mainstream."