Hussein Chalayan Doesn’t Mind That Gucci Never Invested in Him

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A model presents a creation by Cypriot-born British designer Hussein Chalayan during the autumn-winter 2010/2011 ready-to-wear collection show on March 7, 2010 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/Francois Guillot (Photo credit should read FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Hussein Chalayan Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/2010 AFP

Gucci Group apparently toyed with the idea of investing in Hussein Chalayan's label a few years back, but it ended up falling through. Which is a good thing, he says: "For me, our brand doesn't subscribe to the corporate machine, but financial issues are always the hardest part of the business ... There is a difference between being a creative and being a businessperson, and I'm glad that it didn't happen. I believe things happen for a reason and if it did go through, I would have been sucked into a money-making corporate machine." [Vogue UK]