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In The Name of Cleanliness

Reflections on Milano Fashion Week: A Blend of Style, Substance, and Identity

Milano Fashion Week unfolds in the name of cleanliness. Style cleaning, image cleaning, and even people cleaning.

A distinct narrative emerged amidst the flurry of runway shows. One characterised by themes of neatness, precision, and authenticity. Cleanness of designs accompanied by a less showy audience. It’s a mood that permeated many collections, reflecting a need to restore brands’ identity.

Fall/Winter 24-25 Milano Fashion Week

Designers such as Fendi embraced this ethos, presenting a collection defined by immaculate tailoring and modern elegance, with precise references to its heritage.

But also Prada was in this flow: fluttering ribbons and bows contrasting with mannish blazers and maxi skirts. A lot of grey. Military silhouettes accented by marine hats, feathered or in velvet.

Antonio Marras‘ homage to Eleonora D’Arborea stood out. A historical figure who lived between 1300 and 1400, seen as a national heroine of Sardinia. Marras’ collection has exuded opulence. Elaborate silhouettes, intricate embroideries, and textured fabrics evoked a sense of bygone grandeur. The spectacle captivated audiences with its unique blend of history, theatrical performance and defile.

Our heart breaks for MM6. Unfortunately, it seemed to have lost its way. Once, it was synonymous with avant-garde innovation under the helm of Martin Margiela. This runway looked like Diesel. In fact, the collection felt disconnected from its original identity. One might say Martin Margiela is no longer there, which is true, but Margiela is still the brand name. Therefore, shouldn’t we expect a certain continuity?

FW24.25 Moschino by Adrian Appiolaza

Moschino‘s new creative director, Adrian Appiolaza, made a promising debut, infusing a sense of contemporary flair. The designer honoured the brand’s iconic codes, mixing wearable silhouettes in a game of basics and boldness. Bravo Appiolaza! Even for bringing a message of peace on the runway. In fact, we applaude designers who use their platform to support important causes.

Yet, a sense of dystopia looms in the fashion industry. Brands celebrate new collections in the name of cleanliness and restoring their identities. Yet they all feature too many outfits. Furthermore, yesterday, a major TV news report was all about vintage fashion. Entirely!

One might wonder, what are the new clothes for?

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Creativity or Reality?

Exploring the Struggle to Sustain Fashion Amidst Economic Collapse

These days, we are here with one eye on creativity, or the dream as we like to call it in fashion, and one on the tragic reality surrounding us. In other words, we are trying to strike a balance between maintaining the fashion business and witnessing a world that falls apart.

As we are currently reviewing collections, we would love to stay focused only on the creative side of fashion. Therefore, delve into volumes and silhouettes, hand-detailings, materials and colours. Also, N.Y. Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, or lookbooks we receive. Yet, we cannot ignore the sobering reality that surrounds us. With each passing day, we are bombarded with news of industry giants facing closures, layoffs, and financial uncertainty.

creativity or reality

Navigating turbulent times

We explored the issue of the leather goods compartment in Florence, which is stuck. Consequently, 250 manufacturers are at risk of downsizing or closure. Furthermore, the latest news reveals that 26 Galeries Lafayette affiliated stores are at risk of administration under control. Also, Nike is about to fire 2% of its global workforce, so 1.500 people will lose their jobs. The data, beyond depressing, shows the picture of a collapsing system. Piece after piece. Field after field. Indeed, it is also the case of “The Body Shop,” which filed for bankruptcy, so 2.000 will be jobless. And these are just a few examples.

The fashion industry’s battle for survival

While navigating such adversity, the question is: creativity or reality? Dreams or facts? Perhaps we can ignore that the economy is crumbling. And more people are losing their jobs. But ultimately, who do brands make garments for? Who will buy expensive clothes? The truth is, the economic collapse is reshaping consumer behaviour. It might be that consumers’ preferences will shift towards lower prices, ignoring any sustainable and ethical aspects. So, the percentage of those shopping niche products will be thinner.

In light of the failure of the existing system, it becomes imperative for fashion businesses to embrace change. As we navigate the unprecedented turbulent times the fashion industry is facing, it’s important to remember that adversity breeds innovation. In times of crisis, the ability to pivot and adapt becomes essential. Therefore, fashion businesses must be open to reassessing their strategies.

And if adversity breeds innovation, now it’s the time for it!

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Florence Luxury Leather Goods in Stagnation

No Orders, Overproduction Trap Leads to Thousands on Furlough

It is concerning that Florence luxury leather goods compartment is experiencing stagnation.

Specifically, “Il Corriere Fiorentino” titled: “in Florence the luxury district is stuck: no orders from the brands and 4.000 workers on furlough.” The article says that it’s been many weeks that the area of Scandicci is on alert. The fact has been discussed for a few months but hasn’t officially emerged due to the social safety nets. However, the latest data from the syndicates exceeds the level of concern. Moreover, it seems that around Florence, warehouses are packed with unsold goods and can no longer contain them for space reasons.

What caused the leather goods stagnation in Florence?

Apparently, the perfect storm hit the luxury leather goods field: inflation and international crises reversed more on the middle class, the main target of accessible luxury leather goods. As a result, 250 companies that typically produce for luxury and affordable luxury brands are now facing the threat of downsizing or closure. On the contrary, it’s interesting to notice that the fast fashion area in Prato is thriving. There’s no sense of sustainability, but with low prices, people don’t care about being sustainable.
Also, the mechanization of production implemented to churn out more pieces in less time represents another possible cause.
Currently, there is an ongoing negotiation between the representatives of the workers’ unions and the most important international fashion brands that make production in the area.

A brief background

The Florentine leather tradition is renowned worldwide. Upon fully embracing the capitalistic framework, companies planned the relocation to China to maximise profit. Please forget the “made in” labels… Then, COVID-19 dismantled this system by interrupting production chains and long-distance delivery. So, we witnessed the re-shoring: brands repositioned production in Italy. Yet not to reward or develop artisanal production but rather for large quantities and numbers. In other words, the scheme tells a story of mass production and eternal growth. Now, the mechanism has jammed.

In conclusion, the stagnation of Florence leather goods compartment has resulted in a huge surplus of luxury and affordable handbags in storage. Perhaps the fashion industry can put down the mask of sustainability.
So, we wonder, how can brands still plan their fashion business on overproduction? How consciously do brands approach the new Fall/Winter 24-25 sales campaigns releasing numerous new items?

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The Most Exclusive Fashion in Milano

Independent Designers & Japanese Fashion

At suite123 you can find the most exclusive fashion in Milano and get it delivered to your door wherever you are. In fact, we meticulously curate a niche fashion selection from global independent designers. Also, with a profound passion for Japanese fashion, we ensure a distinct representation of unique Japanese designers in our brand mix.

As pioneers in discovering new and emerging designers, we pride ourselves on introducing them to a discerning audience. Independent minds who appreciate unique garments and niche fashion.

Our ethos revolves around the principle of #buylessbuybetter, offering an exclusive selection that transcends borders and fosters genuine connections.

The most exclusive fashion in Milano

Fashion values

We are ultra-careful in selecting brands that share our core values. So, we prioritise good design, high-quality materials, and skilled craftsmanship with a particular emphasis on attention to detail. Moreover, we exclusively promote brands with an ethical approach to business, valuing fair labour practices and environmental sustainability.

Above all, we prioritise designers who understand the importance of producing in limited batches, contributing to a shift towards a more sustainable fashion industry.
That is a fundamental point, assuming we don’t just want to play with marketing claims, a widespread practice nowadays.

Timeless, genderless, and ageless fashion

Our selection challenges the conventional norms of the fashion industry and societal expectations by transcending the constraints of time, gender, and age. We encourage individuality and self-expression through styles that are not bound by fleeting trends or restrictive categorisations, fostering inclusivity and empowerment for all who engage with us.

Discover made-to-last garments. Let us guide you to explore garments crafted to endure, becoming cherished pieces in your wardrobe for a lifetime.

Experience a personalised shopping service:

We will help you find the perfect pieces tailored to your unique style. At our core, we highly value your privacy in all our services.

Shopping in Milano

Even if you’re not in Milan, you can still indulge in the suite123 experience. Contact us to schedule a personalised video call appointment and enjoy our private shopping service, with the most exclusive fashion in Milano delivered straight to your door.

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The Fashion We Love

The Alternative Choice For Modern Humans

At the heart of our manifesto lies a simple truth: the fashion we love embodies values beyond mere aesthetics. More specifically, the aesthetics reflect the values.

The fashion we love
Marc Le Bihan dress

The fashion we love is the reflection of independent minds, individuals who embrace a philosophy that transcends trends and superficiality. Individuals who think. In other words, fashion that captivates us serves as a mirror of autonomous spirits, those unique individuals who adopt a mindset that goes beyond the fleeting whims of trends and the shallowness often found in the industry. These are individuals who engage in deep thought, who ponder and question, and whose style is a testament to their intellectual independence.

The fashion we love is about embracing:

  • good design
  • quality materials
  • skilled tailoring and craftsmanship
  • couture in the heart
  • made-to-last
  • in limited quantities
  • ethical approach
  • respect for people
  • respect for the planet

In a few words, it’s about less, much less, but better. No quantity can ever replace the value of a well-made garment.

It’s a conscious choice to support brands that align with our principles, brands that make thoughtful garments. And by doing so, we contribute to making a change in the fashion industry. In other words, we contribute to a more ethical and sustainable industry.

In the end, you know what? The alternative exists! And it’s already here. Can’t you see it?

How to purchase our selection:

Drop us an email or WhatsApp for orders or any further information. Also, you can book your private shopping experience in person or via video call.

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From Milano, our fashion selection #formodernhumans is available for international delivery.

Exclusive Fashion
Our selection intentionally offers limited pieces to ensure uniqueness and a sustainable approach 🖤

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