Twenty years ago, mass market retailers could get almost any premium fragrance they wanted. Some were secured through “alternative sources,” often thought to be products lost off trucks or diverted through backdoors of warehouses. In some cases, manufacturers themselves sold the goods to alleviate inventories. Recently, retailers have discovered difficulties securing some fragrances, especially Chanel, Dior and Gucci.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"