Proving that not even the billionaire backing of Howard and Nancy Marks can stave off the financial effects of the coronavirus, Sies Marjan revealed Monday it is closing its doors after five years. And just like that, another bright light of New York fashion — and New York Fashion Week — is gone.
What a difference a few months makes. In February, Sies Marjan designer Sander Lak seemed finally to have settled into a next-gen headliner position, with a collection shown against the backdrop of the Manhattan skyline that ticked off the boxes of showmanship, high-style, wearability and sustainability, with an arty tie-in to a Rem Koolhaas exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum to boot. But the one-two punch of the Barneys New York bankruptcy (the U.S. department store had the early exclusive on the label) and COVID-19 proved too much for the internationally