Tea with Kristopher: Month of February 2019

The month of February arrived; love was in the air, the runways were reborn with the latest collections from New York Fashion Week, and the tea was still flowing hot. Fashion tends to be a bit sleepy after the New Year, but as soon as February hits, it’s guns ablazing. New York Fashion Week brings industry professional together and tongues are wagging.

Spice Tea

The Latin American arm of this major publishing house could be closing. This would be a sad moment in the history of fashion media, and the worst part is they could be seriously closing, like not just ending print, but no digital, either. The dreams of many young Latin American fashion journalists could be squashed if this happens.

Hot Tea

Style Fashion Week is coming to an end. The organization was not in a financial place this season to show during New York Fashion Week. What was once a mecca for independent, younger designers and freelance models was no where to be seen for the fall 2019 New York Fashion Week season. Could it make a comeback?

Industry Trade Tea

The NYFW: Men’s show dates this year were met with the ire and disdain of those involved in the menswear tradeshows in Vegas. Many blamed the CFDA for not taking into consideration that the dates overlapped, and how this isn’t a good look for New York’s menswear market if there is dearth of menswear industry people at the three days of men’s shows. Come summer, NYFW: Men’s is said to be aligning with resort season, so we’ll see how this will pan out.

Lemon Zinger Tea

A major women’s fashion brand is experiencing financial challenges due to expanding. While they still have a strong customer base, they are looking at scaling back brick and mortars and ways to cut costs. Sometimes being overly ambitious can be too dangerous. Slow and steady does win the race.

—Kristopher Fraser

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