Jil Sander, the Human, Liked Having Raf Simons at Jil Sander, the House

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"He had great respect for the heritage of the brand," the designer told British Elle (via RCFA). Asked if the industry changed during her hiatus, Sander said, "The past decade was a time of disorientation. Stylistically, fashion moved more backwards than forwards. Economically though, things changed a lot. Globalisation triggered the huge accessories market." And a renewed interest in $570 stoles.