KEYHOUSE by MUNICH FABRIC START – From Poetry and Ideology to Digitalisation.

KEYHOUSE by MUNICH FABRIC START – From Poetry and Ideology to Digitalisation.

As a think tank for fashion tech, smart textiles, sustainability and innovation, KEYHOUSE offers concrete approaches for a future-oriented textile and fashion industry. Taking place from 3rd till 5th of September 2019, It spans the spectrum from technology to sustainability, from digitalisation to new material resources and manufacturing processes. The mindset of ‘democratic’ research projects, inspiring collaborations and networks as well as high-tech product and process development reflects the pulsating mood of KEYHOUSE at MUNICH FABRIC START. Creating alternative materials from unusual resources, instructions for a new approach to textiles and clothing and the rediscovery of traditional crafts – the SUSTAINABLE INNOVATIONS Forum will showcase it all.

The HighTex Award will be presented for the 7th time. The MUNICH FABRIC START Innovation Prize honours outstanding initiatives and commitment in the fields of intelligent process solutions, innovative highlights, biotechnology, digitalisation and sustainable innovations.
‘We present the HighTex Award in recognition of outstanding achievements and, at the same time, as a motivation for innovative research projects and thus as a sustainable contribution to a clean future and conscious use of resources.’ Frank Junker, Creative Director, MUNICH FABRIC START 

Candidates are assessed according to the following categories: High-Tex, Technology, Smart Fibres, Sustainability, Resource Efficiency, Finishing, Functionality, Health and Circularity Process. An essential principle here is process realisation and marketability. 

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RÆBURN AW19 collection launch

RÆBURN have launched their AW19 collection with their first drop now live with products that were crafted at their RÆMADE lab. Part of RÆBURN’S RÆMADE in England collection, each item below is one of a maximum of 50 in existence, and individually numbered.

RÆBURN is a collaborative, creative fashion studio where daily design meets painstaking production, alongside monthly events, discussions and workshops. Paramount to the RÆBURN philosophy since 2001 is RÆMADE – reworking surplus materials, products and artefacts into completely new designs. Every RÆMADE piece is a limited edition, cut and reconstructed in England.

IMPACT: the new sustainable fashion event hosted by Who’s Next

IMPACT: the new sustainable fashion event hosted by Who’s Next

Taking place from the 6th till 9th September 2019, IMPACT is the new sustainable fashion event hosted by Who’s Next, in Paris. The trade show will focus on the following questions:

-Does the rise in second hand clothing mean the end of creation
-Can slow fashion keep up with trends
-Is responsible production just a consumers’ fantasy?
-Innovation is everywhere – but at what costs

IMPACT will bring together manufacturers, brands, young designers, retailers and consumers, in order to answer these questions through 4 areas of commitment:

-Slow is Beautiful: Encourages controlled and responsible production, distribution and consumption. Slow is less, but better.
-Made By: Values responsible, transparent production and the know-how of the entire production chain; from raw materials to fabrics to the final product.
-The Future is Now: Brings together Green Tech and fashion to drive this change with innovation.
-Old is the New Black: Promotes second hand clothing, recycling and upcycling.

Ganni opens flagship store in London

Ganni opens flagship store in London

Danish fashion brand Ganni has made its debut into the UK with the opening of its new Flagship store at 36 Beak Street in Soho, London. The latter is part of Ganni’s global expansion and comes just months after the brand announced it would be opening 2 US flagship stores in New York and Los Angeles this autumn.

Decor is provided by a handful of artworks, vintage ceramic pots and striped rugs that are made from upcycled fabric from previous Ganni collections. Brightly-hued stools by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto have also been dotted throughout.

Garments are suspended from simple silver-metal clothing rails that curve at the corners. Accessories like shoes and handbags are presented on large chests of drawers crafted from recycled plastic waste – they nod to Ganni’s new in-store Take Back scheme, which allows customers to drop-off their unwanted clothing and shoes. They will be sorted, recycled and fed back into the textile or footwear industries by closed-loop recycling company I:CO Any profits made from the scheme will be also donated back to I:CO’s research projects.

Condé Nast announces leadership restructuring


Condé Nast announces leadership restructuring


As part of Condé Nast’s management restructuring, Anna Wintour has been named global content advisor, an addition to her existing role as US artistic director and editor-in-chief of Vogue US which will add oversight of Vogue International to her responsibilities. Wolfgang Blau, president of Condé Nast International, has also added international and chief operating officer to his title. Pamela Drucker Mann, formerly chief marketing officer of Condé Nast, has been named global chief revenue officer and president, US revenue. Jamie Jouning has been promoted to chief client officer.

Dr. Jeanette Loos appointed as Global Head of ISPO Group at Messe München

Dr. Jeanette Loos appointed as Global Head of ISPO Group at Messe München

Dr. Jeanette Loos has taken over the newly created position of Global Head of ISPO Group at Messe München. Her responsibilities include the strategic development of the entire ISPO portfolio, the strengthening of synergies between the individual stationary and digital ISPO platforms and the optimization of ISPO Group processes. In her function, she reports directly to Tobias Gröber, Business Unit Manager Consumer Goods Fairs at Messe München.

PROJECT WOMENS joined forces with Create & Cultivate  to bring educational panels to Magic

PROJECT WOMENS joined forces with Create & Cultivate to bring educational panels to Magic

Project Womens, the leading women’s contemporary fashion event, partnered with leading online platform and conference for millennial women in business, Create & Culrtivate and hosted a series of educational talks for attendees during MAGIC in Las Vegas, August 12th-14th at the Las Vegas Convention Center.  

Create & Cultivate known for their female empowered conferences with speakers such as Kim Kardashian, Martha Stewart, Chrissy Teigen, Jessica Alba and many more – hosted a two-day pop-up event. Taking place onsite at PROJECT WOMENS, they brought their roster of talent and industry experts to discuss topics such as “How Create & Cultivate Harnesses the Power of the Working Millennial Woman,” and “Creative Collaboration: How to Team Up for a Successful Collab That is a Win-Win.”

“The collaboration between PROJECT WOMENS and Create & Cultivate will give MAGIC attendees never-before-seen access to conversations with the most relevant women in business.  Merging female empowerment with fashion insights, our goal is to create an authentic educational experience that inspires our brands and retailers to take their businesses to the next level.  Create & Cultivate is the perfect partner to make that happen.  They are a powerhouse,” says Kelly Helfman, President of PROJECT WOMENS and West Coast Women’s. 

“I’m thrilled to bring Create & Cultivate programming to PROJECT WOMENS this summer. PROJECT WOMENS and Create & Cultivate share a like-minded mission and we both offer women educational content to help them thrive in their career and business.  Combined, we’ll be able to better serve women in the global fashion industry,” shares Create & Cultivate CEO and Founder Jaclyn Johnson. 

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Magic Las Vegas – back to the roots

This year’s Magic Las Vegas is hosted in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Contrary to the past years, the iconic US menswear show will take place in the location they once were in many decades ago. The Convention Center is just South of the strip and easily reachable. Part of the show has been taken place there for some years and shuttles have been operating between the Mandalay Bay Hotel, where Project, The Tents and Project Woman was hosted, to the Convention Center, where Magic, as well as Sourcing, took place.

This year, all 12 Magic shows will be hosted under one roof, making them easier to access for buyers and cater for a more efficient experience overall.

Making its inaugural appearance since the recently announced initiative and ongoing partnership with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), the CFDA X PROJECT initiative hosted a hand-selected group of menswear designers in Las Vegas that will live within the PROJECT N:OW community in the newly created section called N:OW LAB, a concept space that will rotate and evolve each season. Designed to showcase creativity, diversity, and highlight new perspectives, the area intended to challenge the status quo, inspire positivity and spark innovation.

PROJECT Las Vegas also marked the debut of a new brand showcase from its sister show PROJECT TOKYO within PROJECT’s N:OW neighborhood where Japanese fashion will be introduced in an unconventional way. Attendees will have the chance to meet some of Japan’s most influential designers who are new to the U.S fashion scene and are pushing the envelope of design & style through a mix of youth-driven aesthetic and progressive denim/workwear. Featured Designers include BONUM, Flutten, Graph Zero, Onemade, and SurReal.

WeAr is covering the show and hereby is supplying, as always, some impressions.

Farfetch Acquires Brand Platform New Guards Group

Farfetch Acquires Brand Platform New Guards Group

Luxury online retailer Farfetch acquired Italian fashion holding company New Guards Group on Thursday in a $675 million deal. Farfetch now owns 100 percent of the Milan-based parent company of luxury streetwear brands including Off-White (founded by fashion designer and Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director Virgil Abloh).

The acquisition of New Guards augments Farfetch’s strategy to be the global technology platform for luxury fashion, empowering individuality, and connecting creators, curators and consumers. New Guards is a brand platform that has launched several global luxury fashion brands, with a proven track record of identifying and nurturing some of the most culturally relevant emerging brands, designers and creative directors in the sector. New Guards provides the resources and expertise to transform early stage brands into profitable, high growth businesses, driving rapid, profitable growth for New Guards itself.

“The brands of the future will have three core elements. First, a creative tastemaker able to leverage digital channels to engage a global community; second, best-in-class design, planning and manufacturing; and third, direct-to-consumer global online distribution, complemented by a connected wholesale presence in the most prestigious physical boutiques,” Farfetch CEO José Neves said in a statement. “

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Vestiaire Collective set up a lending lounge at hotel Skt. Petri

Copenhagen Fashion Week: Vestiaire Collective set up a lending lounge at hotel Skt. Petri

In line with Copenhagen Fashion Week, which closes its doors today on August 9th, 2019, Vestiaire Collective (curated by Alexandra Carl, Stylist and Fashion Director of RIKA magazine) offered a lending lounge at hotel Skt. Petri consisting of a selection of pieces from Vestiaire Collective’s global wardrobe as well as beloved Danish brands such as GANNI, Stine Goya, Soulland and Brøgger. 

With the initiative, Vestiaire Collective aimed to raise awareness of a conscious, circular approach to fashion where the lifespan of a garment is extended through resale and reuse, playing into Copenhagen Fashion Week’s shared values of sustainability.

“I’m really excited to team up with Vestiaire Collective on this initiative to improve the cycle of clothes, the longevity of designer pieces and to raise awareness to the responsibility we have. Especially as tastemakers and influencers we should embrace the opportunity to not just promote upcoming collections and pieces available for instant purchase, but actually highlight incredible existing designs as well and make them just as exciting and desirable to consumers,” states Alexandra Carl, Fashion Director RIKA magazine and curator of the lending lounge.

“We are very excited to partner with Vestiaire Collective and together strengthen the reach and impact of our shared vision of sustainability in the fashion industry. Copenhagen Fashion Week is currently on a journey to intensify our sustainability efforts — both as an event and as an industry platform, and joining forces with a pioneering and inspiring international company like Vestiaire Collective opens up for many interesting opportunities in relation to the further development of our fashion week,” states Cecilie Thorsmark, CEO Copenhagen Fashion Week.