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Sometime in the early Aughts, when I was a wet-behind-the-ears WWD business reporter, a colleague replied to some silly thing I'd said by looking aghast and asking, "Don't you know? Fashion is all about the shoes and the bag."

The shoes and the bag.

I didn't know then how right she was, in both sartorial and business terms.

Every once in a great while the fashion industry hits a sleepy patch and a week passes when nobody says much of anything -- at least in a public forum that we can scrutinize.
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