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A glamourized industry, the world of fashion attracts professionals but
also makes some people disillusioned. FashionUnited spoke with four men and
women who have worked for major fashion houses tell of their fashion career
disappointments.

In Europe, the clothing sector represents 922,041 jobs (Euratex 2019
figures); in France, it has a turnover of 15 billion euros (source La Mode
Française 2020). Behind these figures, jobs of passion, temporary or
indefinite breadwinners, fulfilling or on the contrary oppressive
positions. Disappointed, exhausted or tired of their jobs, professionals
choose to quit their posts, sometimes rejecting this entire industry which
had nevertheless made them dream. FashionUnited spoke by email with these
fashion workers for whom, at one point, this environment no longer rhymes
with fulfillment. Today, the story of Kamil Owczarek, Polish designer spent
at Armani.

In what industry are you currently working?

Kamil Owczarek: I am currently unemployed. I spend my free time resting
– before that I worked non-stop for over twelve years. I research, take an
interest in new ideas emerging, educate myself on new businesses, digital
products and the younger generation coming into the adult world.

Could you tell me about your professional background?

I grew up in the countryside, in a middle class family. My interest in
fashion comes from my grandmother. She loved to dress up and ordered custom
dresses, furs and shoes. Despite still being interested in art and creative
pursuits, I decided after high school to study law. At that time my
grandmother gave me an old sewing machine which I then tried to master. I
finally quit my studies after the third year, then moved to Warsaw with my
sewing machine and decided to take classes at a fashion design school.

In addition, I worked four years at Emporio Armani as a buyer for the
Polish market. A job that has led me to travel regularly to Milan, to the
Armani headquarters, for weeks of training. I learned a lot about a global
brand and met Mr. Armani. Then I started to think about my own business and
my own brand.

When did you decide to leave the fashion industry and what position did
you hold?

At the end of 2018. I was the co-founder and co-owner of Bohoboco (the
ready-to-wear label ceased to exist in 2020, after 10 years as a fashion
label; today it has become a perfume brand).

Can you detail the reasons that led you to stop working in the fashion
industry?

For many reasons. Particularly because the preparation time of a good
design exceeds its expiration date. It takes longer to sell the collection
than the actual season lasts. The value of my many months of work was
quickly devalued. Fashion loses its value, many customers treat fashion
without feeling, they only wear their clothes once and are always hungry
for new products. I found myself too emotional about my work and my
projects. It was too much for me.

Do you think you will ever re-work in the clothing industry?

In light of current events, I do not yet know what could convince me to
come back to fashion. For now, I’m taking a break and it makes me feel
good. I have a few fashion related projects in mind, but time will tell.

How do you see the future of fashion?

I think fashion will be even more unpredictable. Super exclusive and
mass market brands will maintain their positions. I am not sure about the
future of small businesses.

Right now we’re talking a lot about virtual reality and I think fashion
will start to develop in that area as well. I also recently heard about
virtual clothing for Zoom meetings.

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Fila collaborates with Flock Together initiative on capsule

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Sportswear label Fila has unveiled a collaboration with birdwatching initiative Flock Together in the form of an apparel and footwear capsule, to be exclusively sold through LN-CC.

In a range of hike-wear gear made for urban exploring, the collection intends to bring people into nature and engage with their community. The selection includes a reinvented version of the Fila Trailblazer hiking shoe and two shearling fleece designs.

The colourways of the line are inspired by the Kingfisher bird, with a scannable near field communication (NFC) tag present in the hiking shoe that takes buyers to a dedicated page outlining the best places in the UK to spot a Kingfisher.

Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together

15 percent of all sales of the collection will go towards the Flock Together community fund.

Buying and creative director at LN-CC, Reece Crisp, expressed his enthusiasm over the collaboration in a release, stating: “We’re super excited for LN-CC to be part of this project.

“Flock Together encompasses everything that’s great about community and wellness, two driving forces that are integral to LN-CC too.

“Flock Together’s growth has been both a reaction to, and antidote from, a difficult eighteen months by bringing people together and encouraging outdoor consciousness, so we are honoured to share our platform in amplifying its much-needed positivity while working with Fila in creating this tribute to the Kingfisher.”

Flock Together, founded back in the 2020 covid-19 lockdowns, brings BIPOC together to engage in birdwatching and other nature-oriented activities.

It has previously partnered on an event with Timberland, hosting a range of spoken word presentations at the nature reserve, Woodbury Wetlands. Sponsored by the apparel label, the event aimed to promote the voices in its growing community adjacent to guiding guests through the nature reserve.

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Image: Fila x LN-CC x Flock Together
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