We’re excited to announce that our latest issue of WeAr Magazine is now out & available in print and digital!
WeAr celebrates with its 65th issue the industry and additionally to its normal content, publishes Denim Legends Part II. A comprehensive guide to the best of denim the last 15 years produced. Have a look at the designs, the companies, some reports on the past and future of denim and the list of the 100 most influential people or the denim industry. Sponsored by Artistic Milliners and Denham.
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Although Gallery Düsseldorf the tradeshow has been cancelled, Düsseldorf Fashion Days (DFD) can take place as planned from 27 January to 3 February. During the order week at the turn of the month, trade visitors can place their orders in the more than 600 showrooms according to the appointment system and in strict compliance with all hygiene regulations.
Gallery Fashion & Shoes will be held exclusively as a digital format in January/February – with an extended runtime from 28 January to 15 February. Supreme Women&Men is still in the approval process with the city of Düsseldorf and will issue info on the implementation of the fair soon.
Originally scheduled for 7 – 9 March 2021, Gallery SHOES & Fashion will now be taking place after Easter, from 18 – 20 April 2021, at the Areal Böhler in Düsseldorf. The corresponding Showroom Concept has been moved to 16 – 20 April 2021.
“We believe that this is the best service that we can offer to the industry at this time to ensure that we are able to get at least one physical get-together off the ground in the first half of 2021,” continues Ulrike Kähler.
This announcement does not affect the digital version of Gallery FASHION & Shoes that Igedo Company is organising at the end of January 2021 – the digital forum will run for longer than usual from 28 January until 15 February 2021, including a virtual line-up of accompanying events. “This will ensure a seamless presence for our partners and offers the best possible presentation alternative amid the current situation,” sums up Ulrike Kähler.
With the aim of being able to realise a physical event for the fashion industry in the Spring/Summer 22 season, the team of Munich Fabric Start Exhibitions GmbH worked flat out until the very end to organise the second edition of FABRIC DAYS. The organisers wanted to repeat what was proven in September 2020 with the sales-focused, concentrated business format: That efficient work is possible under the changed circumstances thanks to the highest hygiene and safety precautions.
Unfortunately, the situation in Germany and Europe has not changed fundamentally in recent weeks and thus the physical edition of Fabric Days has been cancelled.
Artistic Milliners, a global leader in denim fabric and garments, has acquired a denim factory in Commerce, California, with plans to invest in the facility to grow the business into a state-of-the-art design and production hub based on Supply Chain 4.0 principles and 360 design development solutions.
Under the new name Star Fades International (SFI), the business continues to provide wash and finishing services to a customer roster that ranges from large international retailers to specialty premium labels.
“This acquisition gives us a strategic foothold in the U.S., in a region with significant geographic and demographic advantages,” says Murtaza Ahmed, Founder at SFI and Executive Director at Artistic Milliners.
“California has historically been an important cornerstone for the international denim industry. In 2021, we anticipate increased demand from international retailers and brands for near-shoring capacity, digital design services and sustainable solutions.
Our investment in this factory gives us a launch platform in the U.S. to meet that demand as we build the factory of the future.”
As the first Pakistani denim company with an operational factory in Los Angeles, Artistic Milliners is raising the profile of Pakistan as a sourcing destination. The new factory expands Artistic Milliners’ global footprint and accelerates the company’s speed-to-market capabilities, while providing design-at-source at a time when businesses have curtailed travel during the COVID-19 pandemic.
LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE has announced last week that it has completed the acquisition of Tiffany & Co. the global luxury jeweler. The acquisition of this iconic US jeweler will deeply transform LVMH’s Watches & Jewelry division and complement LVMH’s 75 distinguished Maisons.
Bernard Arnault, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of LVMH, commented: “I am pleased to welcome Tiffany and all their talented employees in our Group. Tiffany is an iconic brand and a quintessential emblem of the global jewelry sector. We are committed to supporting Tiffany, a brand that is synonymous with love and whose Blue Box is revered around the world, with the same dedication and passion that we have applied to each of our prestigious Maisons over the years. We are optimistic about Tiffany’s ability to accelerate its growth, innovate and remain at the forefront of our discerning customers’ most cherished life achievements and memories. I would like to thank Alessandro Bogliolo and his team for their dedication to Tiffany and their work over the past three years, especially during this challenging period.”
The Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode has confirmed that Paris Men’s Fashion Week and Haute Couture Week will go ahead without invited guests this season due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Fashion houses will still be able to organise live shows with models, “providing that their events take place behind closed doors”.
In addition, brands will be able to organise meetings and presentations, providing strict coronavirus guidelines are respected, with organisers adding that this is “subject to a limit on the number of people present at the same time in a given space”.
Tommy Hilfiger has announced the third edition of the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, which is now open for applications until March 8, 2021. The global programme aims to support young start-up and scale-up stage businesses that promote inclusive and positive change in fashion. Since the Challenge’s inception in 2018, the THFFC has awarded more than €350,000 to entrepreneurs who stand up for what they believe in and are committed to driving change within their communities.
“The Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge spotlights those entrepreneurs who are enriching our industry with their positive influences,” says Tommy Hilfiger. “This year, we want to showcase an even more diverse range of perspectives, ideas and communities by supporting BIPOC entrepreneurs. We have a responsibility to drive change within the fashion industry, and I’m honoured to enable our commitment to inclusivity and equal representation through the upcoming Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge.”
Interested companies are invited to submit their project proposals that strive to create an inclusive value chain in the fashion industry. Applicants will be whittled down to six finalists who will then be invited to develop and elaborate their business plans virtually with the support of a dedicated team of Tommy Hilfiger and social enterprise experts. With appropriate training from an experienced pitch coach, the finalists will present their concept in front of a prestigious panel of judges and a select audience at the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge Finale in early 2022.
For the first time, Tommy Hilfiger has also opened the programme to its customers, who are now invited to join as judges and vote in deciding this year’s finalists. Customers will narrow down the 200 finalists to 50. Each participant will receive at least four applications, which can then be judged via a microsite. Applications to join the judging panel can be submitted to the following microsite until 8 February 2021
“Although the fashion industry has already taken some steps to become more inclusive and diverse, there is still much to be done,” says Martijn Hagman, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger Global. “With the Tommy Hilfiger Fashion Frontier Challenge, we are furthering our commitment to equality and diversity and helping to drive the change we all want and need to see.”
The Danish government has extended existing regulations and increasing corona restrictions meaning that all Danish trade show activity have been suspended until 28 February.
Therefore, CIFF have made the decision to not to host their February edition. CIFF will be back with a strong Summer edition in Copenhagen August 2021.
With this, CIFF is launching CIFF Digital. An online platform designed to inform and connect fashion professionals across the globe.
Offering fresh creative license, the new format provides a comprehensive virtual presentation of the fashion fair’s exhibitors together with new ways to connect online.
“The new digital showcase allows brands and designers to present their latest collections to buyers and journalists virtually when physical contact is limited”, says Christina Neustrup, Director of CIFF, on the new initiative and continues:
“The collaborative online portal is aimed to complement rather than co-opt the biannual fashion fair, fostering knowledge, connection and trade at a time when we need it most.”
TRANOI LINK, the matchmaking platform for designers and buyers, welcomes new partners to highlight the best of young creation.
ALTAROMA, JETRO, ACME and LAGOS FW have chosen TRANOI LINK to present a selection of emerging designers, who will benefit from all the services related to the platform to reach an audience of qualified international buyers. As a reminder, more than 500 buyers have joined the platform, including: Beams, Saks Fifth Avenue, Galeries Lafayette, Baycrews, Rinascente, Merci, Nordstrom, Tootsie…