PHI Closing

Discussion in 'Designers and Collections' started by maffam, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. maffam

    maffam Active Member

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  2. Scott

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    why am i not surprised? it was very inconsistent,in general....was incohesive and highly derivative of styles already established by other designers. i don't think it quite found it's identity.

    it really goes to show that power-money can't always keep a good fashion business.
     
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  3. Leeroi

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    I think other than the recession, the fact that Phi collections always look like recycled old collections by other designers made it unappealing and not as sell-able. You could easily go to Banana Republic, H&M, or Topshop and create the same looks as Phi without spending much money.
     
  4. girlalamode

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    So sad, yet another one down. This last year has been so ruthless for design labels.
     
  5. tricotineacetat

    tricotineacetat Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm. While I completely agree that the label has had a few highly disappointing collections under their belt, epitomized by SS'06 and FW'06, I thought Phi has always had a pretty recognizable look and a particular type of clothing they always delivered - highly detailed, impeccably finished, rigorously sharp - In times where people like Helmut Lang are dearly missing and in which Ann Demeulemeester is turning towards a more romantic look, Phi to me always had a refreshingly streamlined, simplified, American perspective on an aesthetic you would normally rather find in a Paris designer's collection.
     
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    saw this coming the very first time i met the team in NY! sad but i found the collections lacking personality and definition...
     
  7. LabelWhore4

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    I'm so sad!:cry: Fall 2009 was PERFECT! I'll miss them.:(
     
  8. LagerfeldBoy

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    This is so unfortunate. Especially when they were beginning to be recognized within the industry. Personally dissapointing since I was beginning to be fond of the brand and it's collections.
     
  9. jeremydante

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    a friend of mine used to be employed by the company & says that they used to spend upwards of $80,000 to have marie amelie suave style the collections. maybe thats where the issue lies. or maybe susan dell is just protecting her investments. everyone tryna save they loot nowadays. billionaire's included.
     
  10. Karen0193

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    I'll miss them,they always had really cool campaigns :(
     
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    I am so upset about this!!!
    I went to that awesome sample sale in September --- the awesome-ness of the prices should have been a hint about their financial situation.

    Alas.
     
  13. mikeijames

    mikeijames no tom ford, no thanks.

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    as if susan dell -- yes, that dell -- could create a fashion house out of wholecloth by just throwing millions and millions of dollars at top models, hit designers, and star photographers. while i LOVED a lot of phi's output, i do believe that we're living in an era where people save their money for a special piece -- and perhaps a piece with a historical name -- and not necessarily for a sleek new look which is what phi offered. when times are good, we might spring a couple thousand bucks for a great cut of pants, but when times are bad, we'll spend that on a pair of "it" shoes and call it a day.
     
  14. TREVOFASHIONISTO

    TREVOFASHIONISTO Well-Known Member

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    yes they were being shot by Meisel
    and for a new company that is risky.
    i liked their clothes and their ads were great
    i better go stop by their store before work
     
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    WWD: the whole story. If a billionaire's wife can't keep afloat, the industry is really in trouble!
     
  16. LolaSvelt

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    I agree.
     
  17. justlooking

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    I completely agree with your whole statement.

    It's sad that they can't recover.
     
  18. MayYing

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    really a pity...
     
  19. Matanah

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    I was incredibly sad when I heard about this, particularly because they were just beginning to be more visible. The details of the collection were always incredible, and the materials and construction were always the highest quality. However, everything was always *top* of the line, so I'm sure the money being spent was insane. I wonder why they didn't try to cut back before letting go completely.
     
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    PHI is last victim of Recession...
     

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