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Designer Democracy: Rushing to Better for Big Volume and Riches

Better sportswear is suddenly chic, attracting the likes of Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Nicole Miller and Ron Chereskin to its volume-oriented realm.

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Still, Burke said he thinks this pool of new designers looking at better have a lot to bring to this market, which he described as stale and “less than inspiring.”

“It’s rather positive in that sense,” he said. “But it changes the perception for the designer consumer. I can see why they’re doing it and it could be quite successful. But there might be the idea that all of a sudden, if someone like Manolo starts doing a $200 shoe, then the $400 shoe doesn’t have the same sort of cachet.”
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