Pitti Immagine announces Summer 2021 dates

Pitti Immagine announces Summer 2021 dates

The PItti Group has announced the dates of its 2021 Summer Fairs. They are as follows:

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Pitti Immagine Uomo 15 – 17 June 2021

Pitti Immagine Bimbo 23 – 25 June 2021

Taste 27 – 29 June 2021

Pitti Immagine Filati 30 June – 2 July 2021

Fragranze 17 – 19 September 2021

Super 23 – 26 September 2021

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“While work continues with excellent results on the Connect digital platform which will remain online with the winter collections and special events, until the first week of April, we are opening registrations for the next summer cycle, in order to give companies some clear reference points for scheduling their activities, in the full awareness that, between now and the summer, we will all have to carefully follow the evolution of the health situation.  We will act promptly whatever the circumstances.” -Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine

Peek & Cloppenburg* launches “Click & Meet” appointment shopping in storesPeek & Cloppenburg* launches “Click & Meet” appointment shopping in stores

Peek & Cloppenburg* launches “Click & Meet” appointment shopping in stores

Peek & Cloppenburg has launched “Click & Meet” appointment shopping in its stores. After almost three months in lockdown. Peek & Cloppenburg KG, Düsseldorf has examined and implemented the decision for its stores and is able to reopen 63 of 64 P&C stores in Germany.

ANSON’S, the men’s outfitter belonging to the group also welcomes its customers in all 18 stores, in all stores with appointments.

“Our sales staff have been waiting a long time for the day when they can do their job again, advise our customers personally and see colleagues again,” said Dr. Stephan Fanderl, member of the management board responsible for sales.

The appointment process at P&C and ANSON’S begins immediately. In the online shops of the fashion companies, customers can book an appointment for 45 minutes of shopping in their favourite sales outlet with just a few clicks. With the written confirmation of your appointment, you arrive at the shop at the desired time. Employees at the entrances check the appointment and the long-lost browsing through the fashionable variety can begin. Not only new trends from the spring collections await customers, but also attractive offers of winter merchandise. P&C and ANSON’S have also created a solution for spontaneous decision-makers. By scanning the QR codes on the shop windows or entrance doors, the customer is taken directly to the appointment booking page of the respective store and can spontaneously sign up for a free slot. Booking by telephone is also possible.

MICAMX and MICAM Milano Digital Show kick off

MICAMX and MICAM Milano Digital Show kick off

From yesterday up to the 8th of May, MICAM Milano Digital Show will provide viewers from all over the world with a comprehensive and solid platform on which to do business.

MICAM Milano Digital Show brings the new products for Autumn/Winter 21/22 and the best of the in-season Spring/Summer 2021 collections to the market with more than 100 brands meeting the thousands of buyers who registered on the platform.

“The pandemic has greatly accelerated the process of digitalisation that was already underway and that we have been working on for years – says Siro Badon, Chair of MICAM and Assocalzaturifici. Through the MICAM Milano Digital Show, we want to give the footwear sector our support in the digital transition process and help companies move towards a new way of doing business – one that is particularly useful at present, seeing as current travel restrictions make international sales campaigns impossible. Integration between e-commerce and physical stores is increasingly strategic, not just for our own sector but for the whole of ‘made-in-Italy’. Digital platforms have proved necessary for the disposal of stock, and we’ve also had to change the way we do training by activating webinars on specific subjects, since at the present moment our companies need technical expertise as well as a cultural evolution. First and foremost, within the company itself: getting to grips rapidly with these innovations is a vital strategic lever if we are to avoid being overwhelmed by the new market dynamics. We have achieved a universally- recognised level of excellence as regards our know-how and craftsmanship, and now we have to reach the same level as far as the technological aspect is concerned”.

OTB Group acquires Jil Sander brand

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OTB Group acquires Jil Sander brand

The Italian fashion group, OTB is the parent company of many brands including Diesel, Maison Margiela, Marni and Viktor&Rolf and has agreed to acquire Jil Sander from Japanese company, Onward Holding.

Financial details regarding the purchase have yet to be revealed.

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibitionSneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibitionSneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibition

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street exhibition

The Design Museum in London is launching its new exhibition focusing on sneakers this May, featuring designs by Nike, Adidas, Puma, Converse, Balenciaga, Comme des Garcons and Y3, Kanye West and more…

From trainers originally designed for specific athletic activities like the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star, the Puma Disc, and Nike Alpha fly Next%, discover how sneakers such as the Reebok Instapump Fury, the Vans Half Cab and the Asics Gel Lyte III have become cultural symbols of our times.

Take a journey through the design process behind some of the most technically inventive shoes of today with the Adidas FutureCraft.Strung shoe-making robot designed by Kram/Weisshaar, Satoshi, a brand using blockchain certification and the world’s first biologically active shoes developed by MIT Design Lab and Biorealize for Puma.

Then delve into the lucrative resale market that is currently valued at $6 billion in data visualisations from Stock X, before reliving the streetwear staple’s high-fashion reinvention including sneakers by Balenciaga, Comme des Garçons and Y3 and runway looks from A-COLD-WALL* and Craig Green.

Uncover the icons and collaborations that have shaped the sneaker scene over the years from Michael Jordan and Run-DMC to Kanye West, experience visuals and graphic work from Jamel Shabazz, Grace Ladoja, Simon Wheatley and Reuben Dangoor, and meet the designers working to make the industry more sustainable, Stella McCartney, Helen Kirkumand Alex Taylor.

Kering and Conservation International launch Regenerative Fund for Nature

Kering and Conservation International launch Regenerative Fund for Nature

Kering and Conservation International have launched the “Regenerative Fund for Nature” to transform 1 million hectares of farms and landscapes producing raw materials in fashion’s supply chains to regenerative agriculture over the next five years. As an important step in achieving Kering’s commitment to have a net positive impact on biodiversity by 2025, the 1 million hectares under the new Fund is on top of Kering’s goal to protect an additional 1 million hectares of critical, ‘irreplaceable’ habitat outside of its direct supply chain, equalling the transformation of 2 million hectares in total. The Regenerative Fund for Nature will provide grants to farmers, NGOs and key stakeholders who are on the frontlines of developing and scaling agricultural change on the ground.

Scaling the quantity and quality of natural, regenerative raw materials for the luxury and fashion industry is one of the key goals of the Regenerative Fund for Nature.  Essentially, we are providing funds to groups that can directly trigger change at the farm-level, ultimately transitioning one million hectares to practices that work in harmony with nature,” said Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering. “As an industry, luxury and fashion can support this pivotal lever of change and help transform agriculture to meet climate goals and stem biodiversity loss.’”

Seventy Venezia launches its e-commerce

Seventy Venezia launches its e-commerce

Ca’da Mosto, the company based in Scorzè in the province of Venice, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020, which represents a milestone for the family.

Pierpaolo Tegon, CEO of Ca’Da Mosto, with Francesca Tegon, Creative Director, and Giovanna Tegon, Business Relations Manager, work alongside Sergio Tegon, the Founder, who is still an all- encompassing and inexhaustible part of the company, to manage and develop the business. 2020 was a year in which the company never stopped and continued to plan for its business: it was the year that saw the launch of the Seventy Venezia e-commerce website. This was a move that spoke of the buoyancy and performance of a company that has blazed a trail over the last half a century since it was founded and that knows how to find the right answers to this new challenging era of doing business.

This rebirth for Seventy Venice coincided with ceaseless and continuous planning. The company believes in an omnichannel approach, in the mixing & matching of on & offline channels as an inseparable part of the need to experience the purchasing process, which should be experiential, emotional and sensory. Thus with the deep interaction between these two levels, the company wishes to share its mission and the content of its creations with its increasingly broad clientele in order to maintain and elevate the offline experience in its brick and mortar stores, which are not – and will be less and less so in the future – mere containers for its products, but rather places for having experiences. The changes that took place in 2020 have accelerated the development and use of digital channels. It was in this context that the modernisation of our business processes took shape, leading to Seventy Venezia’s new website and e-commerce store. Our partner in this project was Filo Blu SpA, a Veneto-based company with solid expertise and an aptitude for “bespoke” projects in the digital sphere, with widespread and established international reach and offices in Venice, Milan, New York, Prague, Shanghai and Hong Kong.

“Despite this unusual period, we have continued to operate by taking full advantage of the digital channels and the great potential offered by these channels, also thanks to the overwhelming passion that drives us as entrepreneurs, to our staff and to the wonderful work that we do. We have undeniably entered a new and different phase in terms of the concept of doing business and this unforeseeable health emergency has led to the extraordinary acceleration of many of the processes that were already in the pipeline”, said Francesca Tegon, Ca’ Da Mosto Creative Director, who, along with Sergio Tegon, Founder, Pierpaolo Tegon, CEO, and Giovanna, Business Relations Manager, sits at the helm of the historic Veneto company.

MICAM Milano returns with Digital Show

MICAM Milano returns with Digital Show

MICAM Milano is ready to return in digital form: from 8 March to 8 May the virtual doors of the MICAM Milano Digital Show will open once again, with the aim of offering dealers from all over the world a comprehensive and solid platform on which to do business.

Following the first edition in September, which was attended by over 2500 international buyers and showcased 154 brands and over 53,000 products, the forthcoming MICAM Milano Digital Show will present trends for F/W 21/22 and all the latest developments in the quality footwear sector.

The MICAM Milano Digital Show provides brands and buyers with a platform enabling them to meet and communicate with each other easily and effectively. Buyers will be able to browse collections in a user-friendly environment, ask to be connected with the brand, choose between linesheets and product catalogues, personalise and finalise orders directly on the platform. International footwear brands, for their part, have privileged access to MICAM Milano’s worldwide community and can take advantage of its promotion channels to acquire new contacts, invite clients directly to the platform and use the most advanced digital management tools to customise their products. An experience that is entirely geared towards facilitating business.

Adidas launches new ‘Watch us Move’ initiativeAdidas launches new ‘Watch us Move’ initiativeAdidas launches new ‘Watch us Move’ initiative

Adidas launches new ‘Watch us Move’ initiative

Adidas has launched, alongside new activewear collections, a new long-term initiative, ‘Watch Us Move’, focused on supporting and celebrating women from all walks of life.

Formotion is the first of these new product collections to be released and is their most supportive activewear to-date. Created by an all-female design and development team, the collection was designed based off of three key insights: feedback from our global athletic community highlighting the need for a feeling of support, comfort and confidence; data conducted from body mapping and motion research; and technologies used in shapewear industry.

The activewear collection uses engineered knit technology, anchored around new graded zonal compression. Crafted to the female body, the smart, strategic placement of compression zones of varying intensities around the waist and hips helps to sculpt and support, whilst high-stretch knit used in other places enables freedom to move without restriction in high-impact conditions.

Additional performance innovations include our Aeroready fabric which helps keep the body dry and comfortable, as well as PRIMEGREEN, the series of high-performance recycled materials developed as part of our ambition to end plastic waste. Garments made with PRIMEGREEN use a minimum of 40% recycled content.

Richard J. Brown S/S 2021 collection

Richard J. Brown S/S 2021 collection

Richard J. Brown S/S 2021 collection focused on a desire for nature. A desire for simplicity and virtuous pleasure. The scent of grass, the contact with the warm and vital soil, the coolness of a green shelter. Short trips, day outings riding in a fast convertible with the wind in your hair. A wicker basket, the harmony of a table filled with joy and games among friends. Freely outside and inside every strong emotion. In the heart of the beauty of those places embraced by the warmth of our beautiful country…

“No compromise and the maximum attention to our people and our production chain. With confidence we continue to be flexible and close to our Customers.” For Christian Rossi, owner, and creative director of About srl, commitment and responsibility are the primary focus behind the RJB development. “High quality of the denim product, precision and originality of the services, customised projects and new generation tools continue to be the cornerstones of what will be a more and more international future”.

The art of making and tailoring intersect the exploration of the lightest and softest fabrics with shades that evoke the pleasure of living a better life in close contact with nature and the places we cherish. Memories, images and dreams come alive again in cotton and silk denim for a pleasant sensation of freedom, and in the most performing bi-stretch cotton, ideal for the most demanding adventures or even just to move around in maximum comfort. Among the cornerstones like bull denim, cotton and linen or cotton and silk fabrics, and lyocell, the great revelation of the SS20 collection, available in truly unique shades, the new solaro effect gabardine stands out, amazing outside, but even more so inside, thanks to the pleasant effect of shades and lights.