Questions by Carrie Buchwalter.
Answers by gravitypope buyer Robert Kirkwood.
What is Gravity Pope's mission?
Our mission is to provide our markets with leading contemporary brands, in the most beautiful stores, with relaxed, conscientious service. We donâ€™t put on any airs, and we like to take the pretentiousness out of the sales experience for our customers.
Who is the Gravity pope customer?
Our customer has great taste, and appreciates quality and design above audacious branding. They are trend-aware, but not trendy. They are men, women, young and old.
What inspires the store and products from season to season?
Weâ€™re always looking for better brands and products. We try to push our assortment to a new level every season, and bring our customers along with us. We always want to bring in something amazing, something not being offered in our markets.
What are your favorite labels?
Stephan Schneider, Robert Geller, Paul Smith, Jil Sander, Raf Simons, Acne, and Fiorentini & Baker.
Describe your personal style?
Iâ€™m really attracted to quality â€“ great fabrics and beautiful construction. I love wool. Iâ€™m not loyal to one particular aesthetic, but I look for the best execution of whatever â€œlookâ€ Iâ€™m going for. I also have a bit of a practical streak, and end up buying things I know Iâ€™ll get a lot of use out of.
How has Gravity Pope and Louise inspired you?
Working for Gravitypope and for Louise has been a great experience. Louise has always been willing to take risks, and itâ€™s very exciting for me to be able to find new brands and new products, and to be encouraged to do so. My own personal style has really evolved working for Gravitypope, and Iâ€™ve learned to appreciate great design and quality. The other great thing about Louise is that she has a great perspective on fashion â€“ we buy and sell beautiful, exclusive, expensive product, but at the end of day, itâ€™s just clothes. She keeps it real, and Iâ€™ve learned a lot from that.
What are 3 timeless pieces that everyone should have in their wardrobe?
Cardigan, straight-leg raw indigo jeans, and a great leather jacket. This is true for men and women. And splurge on the leather jacket.
Whats can we expect from Gravity pope for SS10?
More great fashion of course! Weâ€™re extremely excited to introduce Hussein Chalayan to our stores â€“ heâ€™s a real visionary in the industry. Cacharel, the great French fashion house, has been reinvigorated by Cedric Charlier, former designer at Lanvin, and weâ€™re excited to bring in his first collection with them.
What makes Gravity Pope such a haven for exclusive labels? How does it stand its own?
We have a reputation for being a leader in our markets. We bring in a lot of small, new or unknown collections that we really believe in and we stay true to them. We take the time to grow a loyal customer base, even if it takes several seasons, and I think this speaks to our integrity as a retailer.
Any parting words of wisdom?
Just remember, as Louise would say, in the end itâ€™s just clothes.