KANE CAN

Plaza Watch International - - Display Case Fashion -

Wun­derkind Christo­pher Kane has been the toast of fash­ion­able Lon­don ever since he sent out a se­ries of in­tri­cately con­structed frocks on the Cen­tral Saint Martins MA grad­u­ate cat­walk in 2006. The mav­er­ick’s sen­si­bil­ity is not only cel­e­brated among hip­sters and in­dus­try in­sid­ers, it has also grabbed the at­ten­tion of French luxury pow­er­house Pin­ault Print­emps Redoute (PPR), which went on to ac­quire a 51% stake in the brand in Jan­uary 2013. Sig­nif­i­cantly, this is the first time a con­glom­er­ate has in­vested in an emerg­ing name since the start of the re­ces­sion. Who said Lon­don’s young tal­ent lack com­mer­cial viability? Christo­pher Kane look from the spring/sum­mer 13 col­lec­tion. Price upon re­quest. Avail­able at Net-a-porter.com

Alice Walsh, designer of Alice Made This, the cuff­link brand of the mo­ment.

What is your favourite watch?

– It has got to be a vin­tage Rolex, a clean and sim­ple one. Th­ese pieces fea­ture beau­ti­ful crafts­man­ship, pre­cise me­chan­ics and a life­time of time-telling. I also loved Rolex’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Dis­ney on the Mickey Mouse se­ries; a bold state­ment mas­ter­minded to reach a new con­sumer group.

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