Want to know what Band of Outsiders designer Scott Sternberg thinks of the state of the fashion industry? You're in luck. He spoke pretty candidly to Apartamento Magazine recently, and here is some of what he had to say (hint: its not all pretty) ...
Companies are getting too big. "I have 26 employees. I used to do everything myself. It was 10 times easier and more enjoyable. Now I have to socialize with all these people and tell them what I want, which would be much easier to do myself."
Designers are expected to produce way too many collections. "The fashion industry is retarded. It doesn't make sense. There is too much product out there and when you're a wholesale business it's really impossible to resolve. You can't, because if you want to be in a store like Barney's, you can’t just deliver twice a year. You can't just have two runway shows."
Dealing with buyers and press sucks. "There's this layer in fashion in between me and the person buying the clothes, which is the buyers and the press. They're this kind of hilarious community, this council of judges. They love a dog and pony show. They complain about it to no end."
Runway shows are pretty much pointless. “With women’s, they pretty much spend half the year on the dog and pony show ‘cause they’re always looking at collections, we’re always presenting them. We present four times a year and they just sit there and they wait for us to show what we do. Even though with men’s, for example, there’s probably like three editors in the US that like matter, you’re still doing this. You’re still having to go through this because the stores need to know that you did that show or that thing that the press are watching to have some feeling that there’s not so much risk involved with buying all this product from you.”