In a challenging economy, streetwear brands are forging back-office partnerships with an eye toward growth.
After several years of explosive growth, the streetwear business is entering a phase of natural selection. No longer can a few graphic T-shirts earn a pair of entrepreneurial kids designer credibility nor will a 100-square-foot shop establish a streetwear collector as a retail expert.
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?"