Sies Marjan shuttering amid Covid-19 pandemic

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion. However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the…

Fashion label Sies Marjan is closing down.

Founded by creative director Sander Lak in 2016, the New York City-based ready-to-wear brand was known for its evocative use of colour and proportion.

However, Lak announced on Monday that he was shuttering the business as a result of financial difficulties in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

“As a young independent company, we were significantly impacted by Covid-19. With a heavy heart, we have made the very difficult decision to close our business,” he said in a statement released to editors at WWD. “What we have worked on has been a dream come true. Thank you to everyone who has given their time and talent to Sies Marjan over the years. We have built a singular brand whose legacy is not just in the clothes and collections, but within each person who contributed along the way.”

The Sies Marjan website and Instagram page have already closed.

Lak previously worked for the likes of Phillip Lim, Balmain, and Dries Van Noten before heading to the U.S. to launch his own label. Backed by Nancy and Howard Marks’ holding company Deia, the Dutch designer won the CFDA Award for Emerging Talent in 2018, having been nominated for the same prize a year earlier.

The news comes as a number of brands have indicated plans to restructure amid the Covid-19 crisis. Executives at Diane Von Furstenberg are reportedly cutting 75 per cent of staff members and closing the majority of stores, while John Varvatos filed for bankruptcy protection last month.

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Phillip Lim wants fashion industry to ‘reassess and readjust’ following coronavirus pandemic

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restric…

Phillip Lim is hopeful that the fashion industry will “reassess and readjust” once it reopens following the coronavirus lockdown.

Fashion houses such as Versace, Chanel, and Valentino were shut down in February as Italy and France imposed strict restrictions on people’s movement in an effort to stop the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and other countries, including the U.S., followed suit from March.

While Lim and his fellow designers have been working from home on upcoming collections to prepare for when the fashion industry reopens once again, the 46-year-old thinks it’s time for a much-needed transformation.

“What we all understand from this is that everyone is connected. We all need each other, we will be better as collaborators instead of competitors,” Lim told Teen Vogue. “My hope is that when we come out, we all take our time to really reassess and readjust, and then try to imagine an industry and a world that we are proud to be a part of and that we play a role in it.”

And he urged other designers to continue to create amid the uncertainty of the Covid-19 restrictions, as he believes it’s a “pivotal moment” in fashion.

“We have to continue to create. This is who are. Throughout history, whenever there were pivotal moments, it was always because of people creating, people pushing against, people fighting out of necessity,” Lim explained. “I pivot the creativity on different subjects whether it be cooking, planting, books to read, just different ways of engaging. It’s all part of that creative conversation.”

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Martha Hunt engaged

Martha Hunt is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Jason McDonald.The model revealed the news in a sweet post on Instagram on Wednesday, showcasing her stunning cushion cut diamond ring in a series of pictures, with one snapshot also including her husban…

Martha Hunt is engaged to her longtime boyfriend Jason McDonald.

The model revealed the news in a sweet post on Instagram on Wednesday, showcasing her stunning cushion cut diamond ring in a series of pictures, with one snapshot also including her husband-to-be.

“I have a secret…” the 30-year-old captioned the images.

Martha seemingly confirmed that Jason popped the question while the couple was holidaying in The Bahamas, as she tagged the photos’ location as being on the picturesque Caribbean island.

“Love you both so much,” fellow model and close friend Gigi Hadid commented, while several other famous faces also offered their congratulations, including Lily Aldridge and writer Cazzie David.

“@cazziedavid got a ring on it!!” Martha replied.

While Queer Eye star Antoni Porowski joked: “WHAT IS IT?!? WHAT’S THE SECRET?!! DON’T LEAVE ME HANGING!!” and designer Phillip Lim wrote, “wowowowowow! congrats! love you!!!! so frikin happy for you guys!! #cutestcoupleever (sic).”

The Victoria’s Secret Angel and Jason have kept their relationship under wraps since meeting on a photoshoot back in 2015 and have only made a handful of appearances on one another’s Instagram feeds.

However, the photographer was quick to share the happy news with his followers and posted two touching black-and-white photos, including one in which Martha modelled her engagement ring.

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Phillip Lim talks new cookbook: ‘Cooking is like designing’

Phillip Lim says his new venture into cookbook writing is not so different from designing.The fashion star released kitchen tome More Than Our Bellies earlier this year, with photos by Viviane Sassen, and in a chat with American Esquire, he compared hi…

Phillip Lim says his new venture into cookbook writing is not so different from designing.

The fashion star released kitchen tome More Than Our Bellies earlier this year, with photos by Viviane Sassen, and in a chat with American Esquire, he compared his two career paths.

“Both are about being prepared, having the courage to try, and the flexibility to pivot and be spontaneous when necessary,” he mused. “I am not a trained chef, so I make it up as I go along much of the time. My recipes are not carefully measured or exact; they are always influenced by my mood and what I am craving that day, so they are always a little bit different, and that’s the fun part!”

Inspired by his food memories as a child and the meals his mother cooked for him, the American designer, who is of Chinese descent, put together a book full of recipes he came up with to fit into his every day life.

Lim recently put his skills to the test during a cooking class for New York’s Bergdorf Goodman’s new in-store series Designers Off Duty, which showcases the hidden talents of fashion stars.

“I began cooking for myself because I missed home, my mom, and memories of our time together. It was a process of trial and error—of going to the store, picking out ingredients, and trying to recreate recipes that I remembered from growing up,” he said of how his passion started. “There was no road map, so it was experimental and a lot of fun.

“At this point, I would say I prepare 90 percent of my own meals. And this is from a man who ordered take-out three meals a day, every day, up until five years ago.”

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