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Mark Fast Knitwear Designer Embraces Diversity of Size & Budget

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Mark ‘Faster’ – Knitwear Designer Embraces Diversity of Size & Budget

Designer Mark Fast is a graduate of world-renowned fashion school Central St. Martins in London, England. He is known for creating knitwear garments with elaborate cobweb designs. The young designer has had fantastic success and pieces from his namesake collection demand wholesale prices up to $2,400. 

A trademark of Fast’s clothing is that it is extremely body conscious. That is, his tops, dresses, and skirts put every curve and line on display. But the designer’s skintight aesthetic doesn’t mean that he only designs for stick-thin models. On the contrary, Fast’s Spring/Summer 2010 show featured models of various sizes – from very thin to plus-sized. Each model wore the trademark figure-baring garment, thereby communicating the designer’s embrace of different body types. 

Now Mark Fast is encouraging a different type of diversity – of budget! A lower priced line called Faster will be available in New York City stores in the Spring 2010. The line will include tube dresses, leggings, and cropped tops and will be priced from $25 to $400 wholesale. The new line is especially well timed in an economy when many consumers are being more frugal with their fashion spending. 

“The concept here is accessibility,” said Fast. “These are things you can wear with the main collection, as underpinnings, or by themselves.” The name Faster is appropriate for more than one reason. “The main collection is done on domestic machines, with a person knitting one dress at a time,” he explains. “[Faster] is done with a factory in Italy.”

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