Whilst walking down a desolate Princes Street in Edinburgh during lockdown, I noticed every single high street shop closed up.


The lights were off, but in the window displays and on the shelves, it seemed like nothing had changed. Retail was only on pause, still covered in signs proclaiming the arrival of new ranges and styles, with row after row of brand new clothes just sitting and waiting the return of consumers.


Walking past these stores, each with their own piles of stock, made me ponder what’s coming next? Would the ‘season’ just be scrapped, somehow not ‘new’ enough anymore? Was all of this unworn clothing somehow tainted as ‘old’, and would another ‘new’ season be along right after it? It made me think what it really means to have something new – and whether ‘new’ is actually better?


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