The village of Houtouwan on the tiny Chinese island of Shengshan truly is a sight to behold. Once an active fishing hub, inhabitants began to abandon their homes during the 1990s, as it became increasingly difficult for local fishermen to compete with the mainland’s thriving industry.
At New York Fashion Week in February 2015, Sies Marjan was the brand on every editor’s lips. It was the newbie that had great promise. A whole new label, helmed by Dries Van Noten alum, Sander Lak, aided by the business smarts of CEO Joey Laurenti, the founder and president of Goods and Services. The brand’s debut definitely met expectations, with fluid silk silhouettes that were saturated in deep hues of dusty pink, punchy orange and lemon yellow.