I live not too far from Westfield shopping centre in Stratford and by some misfortune found myself there the other day. The above is a photo I took of a suit in the window of Zara, it’s truly dreadful! I think it must have been designed for some sort of alien stick insect man, just look at those trousers!
Having had a quick look around at what’s on offer, I’m afraid to say that from a tailor’s point of view, it’s looking pretty dire. Most of the middle range high street retailers like Zara, Reiss and the others were really not any better in construction than Primark, and the ‘top end’ stuff like Hugo Boss was really only marginally better.
Besides noticing the obviously rubbish construction and awful style, I couldn’t help but notice that nothing is made in the UK, everything is made in developing countries like Bangladesh or China, while we Brits spend our time wandering around places like Westfield consuming vast amounts of the utter crap that it offers and at the same time creating nothing. No wonder our economy is up the duff! (I’m no economist but surely OVER CONSUMPTION + UNDER PRODUCTION doesn’t add up?)