In these meager economic times, retailers and consumers are helping themselves to seconds — designer second lines, that is.
Executives from Galliano, Red Valentino, Philosophy by Alberta Ferretti and others cite encouraging progress and future growth potential as retailers devote more floor space to such brands and as consumers seek more bang for fewer designer bucks. These second lines also are building their own retail networks and expanding their product assortments.
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?"