Yesterday, Reuters posted up a story about Renzo Rosso, the head man at OTB group, which owns the likes of Diesel, Marni and Maison Margiela. As it has been widely reported since his appointment at Margiela, John Galliano's true return to fashion last October has understandably been met with some opposition and apprehension mostly in relation to the strictly anonymous reputation of the Margiela house compared to Galliano's flamboyant and over-the-top nature that in the past has included a dash of anti-Semitism. But if you were unsure about the man's ability to move units, say no more, because according to Rosso, sales at Margiela since Galliano came on board as the creative director are up.
Just how much have the sales jumped? At least 20% according to a follow up statement. Of course, most of the clothes that Galliano designed (two women's collections) haven't hit the floors just yet. The brand's F/W 15 menswear collection reportedly did not involve him. Galliano's first collections were pretty well-received from our understanding of the women's side, so it only makes sense that stores would push all their chips in on the new items. Rosso also let us in on the fact that Margiela has been a profitable business since 2013 and sales have jumped to over 100 million Euros since OTB took on a majority stake in 2002. At the very least, it's good to see one of our favorite brands thriving. Galliano's recent good will tour is clearly paying off.