Zalando shares tumble

Zalando shares tumble

Zalando, the German online retailer, who just announced its cancellation of the Bread && Butter event in Berlin has further bad news.
On Monday, Dec. 17th 2018 Zalando slipped 18% on the stock market. This is almost the lowest level, since its stock market debut 2014. Bad numbers in fashion retail are given as a reason. ASOS, the UK competition to Zalando was equally shocking the market with a turnover and profit warnings.
ASOS made a significant decrease in the fashion environment responsible. Its shares lost around 38% in London. In light of ASOS problems, also shares of Hugo Boss, adidas and PUMA lost. Since months bad news from the fashion retail segment are making the round. Last week Sportsdirect and Superdry published bad news and so did in Germany Tom Taylor.
We got used to bad news by classic brick-and-mortar retailers, but now even online retailers like Zalando and ASOS are getting under pressure.

Dondup partners with Candiani on D/Zero Denim launch

Dondup partners with Candiani on D/Zero Denim launch

By February 2019 Dondup will launch its first D/Zero sustainable jeans capsule as part of a project aimed at redefining its own identity as premium forward-thinking denim brand. The project was developed as a collaboration with premium denim manufacturer Candiani Denim and Chicco Barina, head of design, Dondup, a longtime insider of the jeanswear industry as well as the owner of creative consulting agency Black Studio.

“The new D/Zero capsule collection offers 100% Made in Italy organic cotton T-shirts and a selection of six jeans treated with sustainable, traceable and certified washes and carrying water-printed graphics on their inner surface. The jeans are made with Candiani Denim fabrics produced according to eco-friendly manufacturing processes that employ Kitotex and Indigo Juice, exclusive treatments using 50% less water and 70% less chemicals than the production of standard fabrics. By adding special certified treatments and finishing on this special selection of denim garments, Dondup can save an average of 75% water, 20% chemicals and 58% energy, as verified by E.I.M. software by Jeanologia.”

ISPO Munich expands its international offering

ISPO Munich expands its international offering

The retail-program ‘Altogether to Munich’ supports starting immediately sport-retailer from the UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Scandinavia with their planning for ISPO Munich.
This ‘no trouble’ package includes registration and hotel booking to setting of appointments and trade-show walks in their own language and everything that retailers need in order to gain a good market-overview.
This program is an extension of the ‘Club ISPO France’.
ISPO will be taking place in Munich February 3rd-6th.

Handstich expands distributionHandstich expands distribution

Handstich expands distribution

German company Handstich, known for its high-quality outerwear collection, has signed a new distribution agreement. Ben Botas and his agency BEN&. based in Düsseldorf and Munich will take over its distribution for Germany and Austria starting Autumn/Winter 2019.

Handstich will start its wholesale season with Pitti Uomo 8th of January in Florence and will focus on its expansion in the international market. It will further present its collection at Premium during Berlin Fashion Week. “Handstich is already positioned as an important brand, thanks to our efforts and that of our distribution partners. Today we start a new level which is stamped with our values and our ever newly interpreted own brand DNA.”, says André Berger, owner of Handstich.


Monthly Travel Tip: Vineyard Hotel

Monthly Travel Tip: Vineyard Hotel

The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town is a top destination for Fashionistas.

Cape Town itself is not the epicenter of fashion, but one of the nicest possibilities to escape winter and get fresh inspirations. Never mind if one looks onto the streets or into the bar, one will be filled with new life and energy that can inspire your design process or buying decisions.
One of the best ways to do so is to travel by private jet directly to Cape Town international and to stay in the fantastic Vineyard Hotel in Newlands.
As most tourists prefer to stay at the sea side of Cape Town, insiders prefer the back-side, due to its sheer beauty and sometimes different weather.

Over the past two centuries, The Vineyard has evolved into one of the most environmentally-friendly, progressive hotels in Cape Town. It is a seven acre facility, home to a diverse range of fauna and flora and in its midst is the original house built in 1800, which has merged with contemporary design making it a classy accomodation choice. For those who plan something special: the Vineyard also offers itself as an event location from weddings to company retreats.

Exclusive cashmere-lined denim by Richard J. Brown

Exclusive cashmere-lined denim by Richard J. Brown

Star of the new FW 18/19 collection, the exclusive cashmere-lined denim by Richard J. Brown offers new contemporary style for a warm, sophisticated Christmas. Entirely lined in cashmere and silk, the RJB 5-pocket wraps the wearer in precious softness. The elegant, distinguished Richard J. Brown denim was created for those who won’t give up a personal, dynamic look even in the coldest winter weather.

Not just jeans, but true trousers created with quality fabrics and embellished with unique details combined in an original way. Unlimited colours and materials chosen for tags, labels, buttons, rivets and lining at the centre of a versatile scheme that favours the utmost personalisation like the Tokyo model created for the contemporary, spirited man who favours a slim fit or the Jacklyn model for women who want the latest trends and prefer a closer fit.

Available in landmarks of style like La Rinascente in Milan and Rome, Lodenfrey in Munich, Boon the shop in Seoul, Salon le Chic Select – Takashimaya in Tokyo, Cavour in Oslo, Pauw in Amsterdam, and Cashmere and Silk and Bosco dei Ciliegi in Moscow and Sanahunt in Kiev.

Top Drawer announces the launch of MR.

Top Drawer announces the launch of MR.

The January edition of Top Drawer has announced the launch of MR.—
a dedicated area designed as a concept store, showcasing an exclusive edit of the hottest, out of the ordinary men’s fashion accessories and jewellery.

With the menswear market set to outperform womenswear globally by 2020, MR. has been developed in response to industry demand and will present the UK’s most dynamic display of design-led accessories, jewellery, grooming and lifestyle products for gents.

As the first lifestyle buying show of the year, Top Drawer’s MR. is committed to bringing the latest offerings and newest brands to the most influential buyers with its impactful and enticing curation of what customers will be seeking next. Arne Jacobsen Watches, Mr ELK, Il Bussetto, Anchor & Crew, Thomas Clipper, Double00, Orbitkey, Mahi Leather and Secrid are amongst the brands on display.

MICAM upcoming edition in February 2019

MICAM upcoming edition in February 2019

Only a few more months to go until the next MICAM, the international footwear show coming up at Fiera Milano (Rho) February 10 through 13 next year. Following a number of initiatives around the world intended to establish contact between Italian footwear makers and the world’s biggest markets, MICAM prepares to come back to Italy in an event-packed show with a bold personality.

There are plenty of preparations underway for this important event, and a number of strategies are being put in place behind the scenes which – just like a pair of top quality shoes – combine a knack for understanding the demands of the market with plenty of imagination and creativity, indispensable traits for anticipating trends in consumption with an innovative charge.

In order to offer the best possible response to the demands of the companies and professional dealers, MICAM has organised an in-depth analysis of its exhibitor database, in line with its visitor profiling initiative, comparing the figures collected over the past six editions of the event (from February 2016 to September 2018).

The analysis had four key goals: mapping exhibitors’ categories, origins, interest, and frequency of participation in the event (identifying faithful returning exhibitors and new exhibitors); coming up with actions for promoting the event (such as new marketing, promotion and retention programmes focusing on the various different exhibitor clusters identified); improving a number of organisational aspects (the layout of the pavilions and stands); and comparing analysis of the MICAM exhibitor dashboard with the results of customer satisfaction surveys.

Art, the creativity that will be the key to MICAM 87, shifts the focus from the conflicting “sinful” sentiments associated with the covetous desire to possess a pair of quality shoes to the object itself. The slogan “Be inspired by Art, ye who enter” underlines the discovery of the object as work of art, a template for joy and completeness for all those capable of appreciating it, bringing new life to everything around it.

PROJECT TOKYO to launch March 2019 at the Tokyo International Forum

PROJECT TOKYO to launch March 2019 at the Tokyo International Forum

PROJECT TOKYO, previously MAGIC Japan, will take place on March 27-28, 2019 at Tokyo International Forum. The Tokyo International Forum is highly regarded for its architecture and sits between Marunouchi, Tokyo’s central business area and the Ginza shopping and entertainment district.

Unlike MAGIC Japan, which encompassed a broad mix of categories from men’s, women’s, children’s, footwear, accessories and sourcing, PROJECT TOKYO will serve as a highly curated event focusing on men’s and women’s advanced contemporary, denim and accessories, including Japanese, European and American brands.

“We have continued to generate momentum from the Asian market through MAGIC Japan and look forward to delivering a more focused, curated event that our customers have been asking for and that best serves the industry,” states Christopher Griffin, President, International Business Development for UBM Fashion.

Additionally, PROJECT New York, which takes place at the Jacob Javits Center in midtown Manhattan and serves as the leading men’s fashion trade event in the U.S. will host and introduce 5 Japanese menswear designers to the U.S. market. PROJECT Las Vegas which houses both men’s and women’s contemporary brands will also host 5 womenswear designers during MAGIC which is held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

ReMode’s inaugural editionReMode’s inaugural edition

ReMode’s inaugural edition

ReMode’s inaugural edition brought together over 1,000 participants, both days, representing all sectors of the fashion industry including thought leaders, top brands, retailers, technology providers, finance partners, and NGOs. Partnering with schools and educational institutions around the world, ReMode’s content reached a global audience with an additional 1,000 participants viewing ReMode’s sessions via live stream. Attended by 115sponsors and exhibitors, and 100 press and journalists, ReMode’s debut served as an innovative platform for collaboration, network building, and opportunities for growth and partnerships across the industry. 80% of ReMode attendees actively used the AI-powered ReMode networking app to make over 2,700 connections and 1,600 meeting requests. 

After two days of panel discussions, workshops, and sessions, recurring themes around how to scale sustainable supply chains, adopt new technologies, authentically connect with customers, and create engaging retail experiences consistently emerged. Over the course of ReMode, sessions were scribed in real-time by a visual graphic artist allowing attendees to reflect and make connections throughout the sessions and experiences happening simultaneously at ReMode.

Closing out day one of the event, ReMode presented the ReMode Fashion Awards, a celebration of the solution providers and brands at the forefront of innovative platforms, disruptive technologies, and sustainable practices in the industry. Winners were selected across ten categories by an elite jury selected for their expertise in fashion, technology, and sustainability. Entries in each category were judged based on creativity, sustainability, and consumer experience. The 2018 ReModeFashion Awards winners include:

 Best AI Solution: Heuritech

Best Blockchain Technology: Arianee

Best Cross-Border Ecommerce Solution: Flow

Best Customer Experience Solution: EverThread

Best Design Technology: Euveka

Best Digital Wholesale Solution: INTURN

Best Financing Solution: Affirm

Best Sustainable Manufacturing Solution: Nineteenth Amendment Smart PLM

Best Virtual and Augmented Reality Solution: Allure Systems

Sustainable Brand of the Year: Reformation