In times like these, craft is king. Rightfully fed-up with factory farmed nosh and booze closer in its chemistry to urine than wine, there's been a shift in values, and of course, our clothing is far from exempt.
As such, designers are paying closer attention than ever to their manufacturing practices. No longer is it acceptable to farm out factory-produced tat at extortionate prices - the discerning consumer expects more, and by all accounts, we're willing to pay for it.
West London department store Harrods have picked up on the trend, and in celebration of the return to tradition, they've teamed up with regular Esquire contributor and renowned photographer Rankin to produce a book showcasing some of the movement's key exponents.
From fashion world monoliths such as Armani and Paul Smith, to relative newcomers Kim Jones and Thom Browne, "Couture in the 21st Century" in all its monochrome glory, is a decadent celebration of a timely return to craft in the world of fashion.
Sir Paul Smith
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