This is why the older characters on the show stick to unremarkable basics, like the new character Jesse Bloom, played by Transparent actor Jay Duplass, with whom Harper forms a complicated relationship. A fellow American, Jesse’s outfits veer closer to Silicon Valley minimalism: “I’ve just got him in a uniform,” Morris-Glennon says. “Navy and whites. Like a turtleneck or a zip-up top. All extremely expensive pieces but really clean and simple.” The brash and power-hungry young banker Rishi, who Morris-Glennon calls “new money,” is into more obvious signs of wealth, like his Moncler puffer vest and Hermès belt. “He has no problem driving the expensive car, and his nickname is Moncler,” she adds. “He wears Gucci, everything is showy.”
In this way, the fashion on Industry this season communicates heaps of critical information in subtle and quiet ways. Harper, who has now become better acquainted with the class system thanks to Yasmin and Robert, has shifted her dressing accordingly. “You see her with a camel coat, very reminiscent of a coat Yasmin wore during the first season,” Morris-Glennon says. “I just wanted for there to be that almost unconscious copying.” But the character has not changed completely. “Harper’s clothes don’t necessarily fit much better,” Morris-Glennon jokes, “but I wanted her to make an effort.”
Perhaps the biggest function of the fashion on season two of Industry is communicating the weird in-between space the characters currently exist in. They are no longer the people they were when they graduated college, but they’re also not full-fledged adults or hardened bankers yet. In episode two, Robert has a rendezvous with an older and richer woman in a limo. He’s lost in the throes of passion (the relationship violates multiple work-life boundaries), but he does have enough sense to pause and say, “I don’t want to ruin my suit. I just got it.” As Morris-Glennon affirms, it’s a very “new money” thing to say.