The jury’s still out for me as far as Philip Lim is concerned. It looks like nice stuff but it’s very much in the American minimalist tradition which I find really tedious and somewhat lacking in edge. It’s the kind of stuff which depends on a masterful cut and sumptuous fabrics to really work – and with no UK stockists for Philip Lim (as far as I know) I’ve not seen any of it up close, so I couldn’t comment on whether this is the case.
Anyway, shortly I’ll be able to view first hand some of this Next Big Thing’s designs as the much talked about
collaboration with Birkenstock will shortly be available. Seven men’s
designs – mostly Roman inspired sandals – will be available through the
Birkenstock website and the Covent Garden store here in London. I’m liking what I’m seeing…