Special Items reduce the barriers to entry into the fashion market. We are designer-focused. We do not (and will never) ask for rights to your collections plus we set our margins at double the current industry standard. We are here to push the digital fashion agenda, not limit it. After all, how will we all grow as a digital fashion community together if our designers are held creatively captive?! We’re focused on uplifting and empowering our designers.
Special Items champion the human element of digital design. We want to share their stories, inspirations, and visions of the new world.
Penetrating the physical fashion industry as an emerging designer is hard. It is an uphill battle from unpaid internships, the high cost of living due to fashion houses existing in major cities, nepotism, and the huge upfront costs of starting a label from scratch.
Even if they fight through this adversity, independent designers are being pushed out of the market. Huge oligarchic fashion conglomerates, Zara, H&M, and Shein, have created profit machines based on mass production and minimal expenditure. This is why we’ve seen the rise of stolen designs, cheap fabric and modern slavery! These companies make it incredibly hard for young designers to succeed in an oversaturated market. They undercut the price of misappropriated, unethical designs and further warp consumer expectations of the true value of fashion.