“One of [Americans’] weaknesses is that we’ve always seen ourselves, and possibly have been thought of internationally — the redheaded stepchild is way too harsh of a way to say it — but kind of as the homely cousin. Part of that’s because we don’t have these heritage houses that have this extremely long history. But is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. I think it makes us nimble. I think this is partially our own existential crisis of, who are we, how do we compare?

“But think of all of the amazing businesses, all the technology, all the everything that has started here in this country and has really shaped the landscape. American fashion too is kind of that upstart, entrepreneurial, trying something, doing things that answer a niche product. Also in this country, we have so many cultural touchpoints that really give a unique point of view.” — Lela Rose

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