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Q&A's

What are the major Gen Z customer segments for fashion? I know many shops across micro-communities/niches but are there identifiable major segments?

Fashion

"Well, I’m not sure. I can’t speak for others, but my theory is that many Gen Z don’t buy fashion according to, say, function or luxury, but rather look and aesthetic. If I had to separate them into groups, I’d say at least urban/ hype fashion, soft/ femme fashion, alternative (like alttok, e-girl/boy, etc.) fashion, 'VSCO' (aka popular/ trendy) fashion, and sports (comfort wear/ lounge/ athletic) fashion."

"I also can’t necessarily speak to the data on specific segments but speaking more anecdotally, I think my friends and I tend to purchase a 70/30 breakdown of vintage and new clothing and definitely tend towards retailers like Uniqlo for basics. Any more premium or luxury purchases tend to be accessories, footwear, outerwear, etc."

"Trends come in a circular fashion -- right now it’s the Y2K/McBling era. In terms of how they shop, it depends - there are those who shop fast fashion (i.e. Shein) and follow trends that they see on TikTok. Then there are those who don’t (lol). This group is more aware of the environmental effects of the fashion industry and make it a point to shop eco-friendly (i.e. thrifting/shopping ”sustainable) and support BIPOC small-business owners."

Are skateboarders still outsiders?

"Not at all. I think if you look at the popularity of brands like Noah, Palace, Supreme, even Aimé Leon Dore the aesthetics of skaters are very much in. Not sure how much or if it translates to actual skateboarding all the time though…"

"They are very much on the inside now. However, they are more like a subculture than a fringe culture."

"No, not in the least."

Do you like weed?

"Not anymore, but I think there definitely is a larger trend around turning to psychedelics and mind-altering products, especially following the pandemic, as a means of escape and introspection. For instance, Gen Zers are increasingly experimenting with microdosing shrooms and LSD, and there has been more research rolling out about their mental health benefits as well."

"I don’t really. But while I’m glad to see the destigmatization of weed, CBD and psychedelics, I think we should start to have conversations around what has essentially become the gentrification of these substances."

How do they workout?

"During COVID I took advantage of virtual classes a lot! I would try all different ones that held classes on Zoom that ranged from $8-$15 dollars. Most of the proceeds went to COVID relief which was really nice. Now living in a big city I use Class Pass which is an app that allows you to buy a certain amount of credits each month that you can use towards workout classes all over your respective city."


"During the beginning of the pandemic when gyms were closed I started running more often, but eventually injured my knee which put me out for a while. I felt recovered enough in the past year to start a membership at a local LA Fitness, but then injured my ankle quite severely and had to cancel my membership there. Since then I’ve moved to NYC and haven’t had an active workout plan. I do hope to get back into some sort of routine, and that will probably consist of in person classes or solo workouts, although there aren’t many gyms close to my apartment. For now I’m just trying to walk as much as I can."

"Since the pandemic, I began doing all my exercise online. Youtube is where I get all my exercise workouts. I was at first skeptical about following fitness influencers; however, after testing a few workouts and actually seeing results, I’ve changed a few of my thoughts. If I’m not exercising, then I just walk a bunch."

"I run outside in all seasons and spend a lot of time walking around with friends on the weekends. Big fan of walks as hangs! But I’ve played soccer or tennis as well if friends of mine asked me to. I really would love to develop a regular routine, or maybe do yoga or something else that’s more mindfulness focused, but I just can’t stick with it..."

What's the better, simple way for home buying?

"To be honest, it’s not really something I’ve thought about as of now. I think I’m really far off from owning a home—and I think, if anything, concerned as to whether I’ll actually be able to afford one."

"^^ I’d also add that other factors—like younger generations getting married less, moving locations and jobs more—makes home ownership feel a little less aspirational. As far as a better, simpler way, I think it’s a tough question. As an older Gen Zer, I think the ’08 housing crash plays a factor, and I’m a bit wary of promises like “a better simpler way to make one of the biggest financial decisions of your life.”

"The simplest way to home buy is to have generational wealth or have a high paying job."

What's your favorite brand?

"Not really a brand at all (which might be the point), but I like everything that MSCHF does. The extent to which they’re so tapped into culture and hit so well on human tensions means that each of their drops are genius."

"Despite all the recent hate, my favorite brand has got to be Robinhood for simplifying stock trading for young retail investors like myself."

"I don’t have a favorite brand. I think I have different moments where I pay attention to brands at specific times when they either come out with a cool collaboration or when they stand up for a social cause, but for the most part, I am more interested in people."

"^^Agreed! As of now, I’m into brands that feel genuine and create memorable moments."

"In terms of brands I’m following: tiny studios/design stores like Beverly’s and Crosby Studios. In terms of brands that never let me down: the drugstore beauty/skincare brands like Cera Ve, e.l.f."

What is the most premium brand you’re interested in? Why?

Luxury

"I’m a sucker for Apple, if we’re counting them as a premium brand. I just really like clean, sleek design and technology. I've also been really intrigued by Frank Ocean's new jewelry brand, Homer. Is it out of my price range? Yes, of course, but I've been constantly flipping through the zine for visual inspo, and I love the playful aspect of each of the pieces he rolled out."

"Nicer cookware brands like Alessi and Le Creuset. From a design standpoint, I like the weight of them—they're sturdy, built to last for the kitchen. I also like the idea of investing in my home for the long run, and not necessarily taking the path of least resistance."

"Lately it’s been Gucci and Coach. I’m into their vintage style bags."

"I’ve really been into Jacquemus. Their IG feed is perfect, and I’ll take all of their super impractical bags in every colorway, please!"

"Vintage couture from Moschino, Versace or Vivienne Westwood. Also weirdly mattresses?"

"Miu Miu! I think it has to do with being nostalgic about the 2010s (which I’m more excited about than the Y2k trend, personally) and the “it girls” I love to follow who made it popular (and still wear it) like Alexa Chung and Chloë Sevigny."

"Prada. Their clothes aren’t too loud in print or too ‘trendy’. Most of their pieces are timeless and versatile!"

What's the next, cooler iteration of the newsletter?

Entertainment Social

"I think having a guest cultural curator would be cool to have and see what moments they choose to highlight"

"Zines and newspapers are having a moment. Thinking of The Drunken Canal here. Also, am I the only person who thinks subscription boxes and mailers—especially in the beauty space—might bring around a snail mail revival?"

"I subscribe the Nudge (they text you about fun things to do in your city) and I think some kind of direct-to-text newsletter could be fun - like a gossip blog that just texts you breaking news real-time."

"I think secret location/exclusive events might make a comeback. It’s kind of big now, but there is a group called Junior Varsity that puts on parties, and you can only get in if you RSVP via text. Also seeing more events/parties where you need to ask to be on the list, rather than buying tickets"

Which beauty/skincare brands are successfully messaging inclusivity to Gen Z?

"Fenty feels like an obvious answer, their first drop stands out as the beginning of the mass inclusivity when it comes to shades of makeup. Their social presence also feels more Gen Z than a lot of other brands."

"Sephora!"

"Topicals, Alleyoop-- just their branding and aesthetic *chef’s kiss"

Where do you look for fashion inspiration?

Fashion

"My older brother (27) was & always a big inspiration to me, fashion-wise. He was around the early streetwear scene, before OOTD drops on TikTok."

"Also my older brother. Also IG fashion girls. Also Pinterest."

What’s with the Y2K obsession?

Fashion

"I’m pretty sure it’s Depop’s fault but I can’t really say I know the exact source."

"We are trying to redefine what “hot” looks like! So take our peak style growing up but make it inclusive"

"Reusing and recycling what we already have."