Raf Simons Closes His Clothing Brand After 27 Years
New week, new brands to note. Well-loved fashion designer Raf Simons has made the list this week after he announced that he’ll be closing his eponymous brand after 27 years. "I lack words to share how proud I am of all that we have achieved," Simons says in his Instagram post. The latest Spring/Summer 2023 show will be its last. The news boosted the label’s search activity by 71%, and if you’d like to shop its designs, its Fall/Winter 2022 collection is available online now.
As the weather’s getting colder, this round’s list comprises a series of winterwear labels that will get you warm and cosy for the season. Second on the list is Inuikii (+67%), a luxury footwear brand that’s designed in Switzerland and handcrafted in Europe. Its top categories go to boots (65%) and slide sandals (30%). It recently launched its Fall/Winter 2022 collection which features an array of stylish yet functional boots, but that’s not only it. Every single design is made with sustainability in mind. Case in point: the durable and waterproof Bananatex material that can be found in the collection.
Moose Knuckles continue to make waves for the third week in a row, as the Canadian luxury brand enjoyed a 52% increase in search activity this round and also gained over 3K new followers on Instagram. Its top theme goes to coats and jackets. It teamed up with Telfar for the second time to launch a 24-piece capsule line that features outerwear and accessories that are made for winter.
With more and more people heading to the mountains for ski trips, eyewear label Koo is also on the radar with a 51% boost in search activity. Its trendy snow goggles are a must-have. A ski outfit is never complete without cool, striking outerwear, and Cole Buxton (+52%) is another brand to note. Its Fall/Winter 2022 collection, in particular, features sleek outerwear that makes a bold statement. According to our data, 25% of its categories go to bottoms in the restock market.
The last month of the year saw more partnerships lined up, such as the Opening Ceremony x Dickies collab. A combination of the former’s signature eye-catching details with the latter’s classic utilitarian aesthetic, the collection has pieces that you can buy now and wear forever. The release led to an increase of 53% in search activity for the brand.
Lastly, British jewellery brand Missoma (+50%) has made the list for a number of reasons. Firstly, it recently opened its very first pop-up store at London’s Covent Garden, and secondly, its team-up with art school Central Saint Martins on an initiative dubbed “The Deadstock Project” that repurposes deadstock jewellery and waste metals into new designs.