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March 11, 2016: This Week’s 7 Top Reads

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London, United Kingdown – At the beginning of the week, Business of Fashion (BoF) spoke to Supreme mastermind James Jebbia about the label’s new Paris store and his approach to global expansion. We also examined the colossal Chinese wedding market and the opportunity for Western brands and weighed the case on whether restoring makes sense. Catch up on these stories and more.

1. BoF Exclusive | James Jebbia on Taking Supreme Global

Ben Kadow, Sage Elsesser and Na-Kel Smith at Place De La République in Paris | Photo: Todd Jordan

Ben Kadow, Sage Elsesser and Na-Kel Smith at Place De La République in Paris | Photo: Todd Jordan

In a rare interview, the press-shy founder speaks exclusively to BoF about Supreme’s new Paris store — set to open later this week — and the company’s homegrown approach to global expansion.

2. Bouchra Jarrar Named Lanvin Women’s Designer

Bouchra Jarrar and Lanvin chief executive officer Michèle Huiban | Source: Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar and Lanvin chief executive officer Michèle Huiban | Image: Lanvin

Bouchra Jarrar has been appointed artistic director of women’s collections at Lanvin, the company has announced.

3. Tapping China’s Colossal Bridal Market

A Chinese wedding organised by Weddings by Ling | Source: Weddings by Ling

A Chinese wedding organised by Weddings by Ling | Image: Weddings by Ling

Proportional to their income, Chinese couples spend more than Americans on their wedding, but navigating cultural differences around the occasion can be a minefield for Western bridal brands.

4. The Fashion Gyre and the Ghost of Martin Margiela

Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2016 show | Image: InDigital

Amidst a whirlwind of directions, the real protagonist of Paris Fashion Week was Martin Margiela, whose influence was felt from Vetements to Miu Miu.

5. Does Reshoring Fashion Manufacturing Make Sense?

A craftsman cuts signature Burberry check material for a trench coat | Image: Courtesy

Reshoring — bringing manufacturing back to Europe and the US — can help fashion businesses build their brands and improve agility. But is it worth it?

6. Personal Shopping Services Seek Scale

Image: Shutterstock

A handful of tech-powered personal shopping apps are trying to make yet another white-glove service more scalable.

7. Op-Ed | Whites-Only Policy at Vetements and Balenciaga

All white models walk the runway at Balenciaga’s Autumn/Winter 2016 show | Image InDigital

For someone whose design work has been dubbed ‘revolutionary’ in fashion circles, Demna Gvasalia’s all-white casting is shockingly out of touch with today’s global reality, argues Jason Campbell.

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