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How MCM has evolved: From '80s jet-set to '18 street cred

With its first South-east Asian flagship at Paragon, the German leather goods company is focused on one thing: wooing a younger, hipper audience

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Like many European brands, MCM is ageing in reverse. The 42-year-old German label, once known in the affluent '80s for its Cindy Crawford-fronted campaigns and glamorous travel bags for the jet-set, is now aiming for the same market as others - young Asians.

Since its takeover by South Korean entrepreneur Kim Sung Joo in 2005, MCM has morphed into streetwear-meets-high-end-luxury-meets-kitsch.


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Frequently seen on K-pop stars, MCM is now known more for its monogrammed leather stuffed animals, robot-shaped cross-bodies, and heavily studded bags in blinding neons


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This season, the brand kicks the street influence up another notch. Fronted by US-based rapper and producer Rich the Kid and techno DJ and Instagram star Sita Abellan, its collection, inspired by hip-hop, features bomber jackets and bags in the shapes of cassettes and records.

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This story was first published in the October 2018 issue of Her World.