Sterling Ruby the Special Guest at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96

Sterling Ruby the Special Guest at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96

Sterling Ruby will be the Special Guest at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96, taking place in Florence, from 11th till 14th June 2019. The American artist famous for the multifaceted nature of his work that spans painting, ceramics, collage, video and photography, sculpture and installations, as well as textiles and garments, will present the first collection by the S.R. STUDIO. LA. CA. brand at a special event scheduled for 13 June 2019.

“We have been very interested in the work of the artist Sterling Ruby for a long time” says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine’s director of communication and events, “endeavors which are suspended between different areas with, at the center, a heterogeneous project dedicated to reinterpreting American workwear. This alone would be enough to justify Pitti Uomo’s invitation to host the debut of the collection that will convey the project on to the fashion market. But Sterling Ruby is also one of the protagonists of the powerful and creative Los Angeles artistic scene that still moves between a thrust towards experimentation free from the burdens of success and competition and an adherence to industrial models of cinema, music, entertainment…and, naturally, fashion.”

Ksenia Schnaider x ISKO to present new eco-denim collection made of ISKO Earth FitT responsible fabrics.

Ksenia Schnaider x ISKO to present new eco-denim collection made of ISKO Earth FitT responsible fabrics.

Tomorrow, om March 28th, ISKO and Ksenia Schneider are going to present a new eco-denim collection made with ISKO Earth Fit responsible fabrics. The event will take place at Museo del Novecento (Piazza del Duomo 8 – Milan), from 6.30 pm to 9 pm.

TENCEL to host media kick-off event in honour of Earth Day

TENCEL to host media kick-off event in honour of Earth Day

This year, TENCEL is hosting a media kick-off event on the 3rd April 2019, in honor of Earth Day. The event will be held at Hudson Yards, New York where attendees can learn more about the Earth Day initiative, listen to a 30 minute panel discussion on the future of sustainable fashion & textiles.

The New School to host the 71st annual Parsons Benefit

The New School to host the 71st annual Parsons Benefit

The New School will host the 71st annual Parsons Benefit, honouring visionary figures in fashion, technology and the arts that embody the university’s commitment to creativity, innovation, and sustainability. The evening recognizes acclaimed singer, songwriter, artist and designer Pharrell Williams; Julie Wainwright, Founder and CEO of The RealReal; and Katrina Lake, Founder and CEO of Stitch Fix with the Parsons Table Award, and Michael Preysman, Founder and CEO of Everlane, with the Frank Alvah Parsons Award. The Parsons Benefit will take place on May 20, 2019, at Pier Sixty, New York, New York.

 These honorees will be celebrated for their numerous contributions to fashion, entrepreneurship, and sustainability, as well as their deep commitment to supporting future generations of artists and designers. Under the leadership of Julie Wainwright, Katrina Lake, and Michael Preysman, their respective companies are positioned at the intersection of fashion and technology. They have embedded innovation throughout their businesses, challenging and advancing our ideas about fashion’s role in contemporary culture. These concepts of the transformative power of design are at the core of The New School and Parsons’ mission and curriculum.

“We are thrilled to be honouring Pharrell for his substantial contributions to the music and fashion industries and The RealReal, Stitch Fix, and Everlane for their unwavering commitment to innovation and sustainability in fashion,” said Joel Towers, Executive Dean of Parsons School of Design. “Parsons was founded upon the idea that design can change the world, and these exceptional honorees are reimagining the creative and commercial landscape in a way that will positively impact the industry for years to come.”

1989-2019: Thirty years of menswear as seen by Pitti Uomo

1989-2019: Thirty years of menswear as seen by Pitti Uomo

On the occasion of Pitti Uomo n.96 (Florence, 11-14 June 2019), the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery presents ROMANZO BREVE DI MODA MASCHILE – A SHORT NOVEL ON MEN’S FASHION, an exhibit showcasing thirty years of menswear from 1989 to the present as seen through the eyes of Pitti Uomo. Passing through the halls of the Palazzo Pitti Museum of Costume and Fashion one by one, Olivier Saillard will recount the history and evolution of menswear, the intersection of Made in Italy with guest designers, and the fashion talents from the international contemporary scene together with the experiences of leading menswear entrepreneurs. ROMANZO BREVE – A SHORT NOVEL will be an exhibition, a permanent collection and a book/catalog to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pitti Immagine. Opening 10 June – until 29 September 2019

Made in Italy shoes go to Russia represented by 130 companies

Made in Italy shoes go to Russia represented by 130 companies

Constantly monitoring strategic markets for Italian footwear exports remains high amongst Assocalzaturifici’s priorities. Because of this Obuv’ Mir Koži, the international exhibition of footwear and leather goods organised at the Moscow Expocentre from March 19th to 22nd, continues to be a reference point in the world of international trade fairs dedicated to the sector. 

130 Italian brands will be present at the event that, over four days, will present the Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 collections to buyers and members of the trade from the Republics of the Russian Federation and the states that gravitate in the commercial orbit of the Eurasian giant – like Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Obuv’ Mir Koži, in fact, after Milan’s Micam remains the most prestigious international showcase and guarantees excellent visibility to Italian footwear companies, as well as reflecting the vitality and fervour of a market that pays great attention to the creativity, quality and craftsmanship that goes into a product – all factors that have always characterised our “know-how”. 

In 2017, more than 6.3 million pairs of Italian shoes were exported to Russia, for a total value of 380 million euros. In the first eleven months of 2018, Italy exported 5.2 million pairs, worth 316 million euros (down to 11.5% compared to the same period in 2017). Despite the unfavourable trend, Russia confirmed itself as the sixth reference market in terms of value and the eighth for volume in the world ranking of destination countries. 

Fashion Box reports on a decidedly positive 2018

Fashion Box reports on a decidedly positive 2018

Fashion Box, the company that owns the Replay brand, has experienced a decidedly positive 2018. With revenues of €237.9 million and EBITDA of €21.7 million (up 21% on the previous year), the Group is set to accelerate its pace of growth in 2019. Fashion Box is historically an internationally-oriented company, as exports account for 85% of its total sales. 

In view of its international expansion, last year Fashion Box entered into a strategic partnership arrangement with Reliance Brands Limited for distribution in India of Replay casual wear, footwear and accessories. The agreement, which came into being concretely with the deliveries for Spring/Summer 2019, will be based on a multi-channel distribution, with retail stores – with the opening of 2 flagship stores in Delhi and Mumbai in the next few months, as well as mono- brand stores and shops-in-shop in the most prestigious malls of the country – and through key e- commerce players in India. 

Japan deserves a special mention, as the brand continues to grow through highly selective distribution in the main local department stores. 

The Company’s growth plan also leverages on the Joint Venture entered into in December with Fashion Company for the distribution of the clothing, footwear and accessory lines in some of the main markets of Eastern Europe. The Joint Venture, majority-owned by Fashion Box, will become operational in Fall/Winter 2019 and expects to develop markets for the Replay products in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Romania, both through the opening of 8 mono-brand stores by 2021 and the development of the wholesale channel. 

In addition, Fashion Box is paying great attention to the Latin American market, which today for the brand is no longer just an opportunity but a tangible, important and fast-growing reality. Thanks to 5 mono-brand stores and 2 outlets opened between April 2017 and December 2018, Brazil is currently the main market for the brand in Latin America. Replay Jeans do Brasil is also active in the wholesale channel and distributes the Replay brand through a network of 200 multi- brand retail stores in the country. 

Another important market is Colombia, where, in addition to the two mono-brand stores opened in Bogota and Medellin at the end of last year, the Company will inaugurate 5 retail stores by 2022 and will continue with a wholesale distribution, which is already operational, serving multi-brand stores in strategic locations throughout the country and high-level accounts. Replay is also present in Paraguay, with a store in Asuncion and a corner in the department store of Ciudad del Este. 

In the European market Replay continued its own strengthening, with a double-digit organic growth rate in the wholesale channel, and particularly brilliant results in Northern and Central Europe, thanks to a very positive sell-through in the last few seasons. 

Givenchy will be the Guest Designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96

Givenchy will be the Guest Designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96

Givenchy will be the Guest Designer at Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 96, taking place in Florence from 11th till 14th June 2019.

“It is a huge honor for us to host the runway debut of the Givenchy men’s collection under the creative direction of Clare Waight Keller” says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine’s director of communication and special events. “A strong, modern and elegant vision: it is the perfect project for Pitti Uomo. I am certain that the atmospheres and spaces of Florence will offer Givenchy further aesthetic and symbolic motivations for concentrating on men’s fashion”.

Stone Island S/S 19 printed heat reactive_thermosensitive fabricStone Island S/S 19 printed heat reactive_thermosensitive fabric

Stone Island S/S 19 printed heat reactive_thermosensitive fabric

For S/S 2019, Stone Island presents its seasonal camouflage which is thermosensitive and replicates a particular morphing, digitally elaborated to create an optical illusion at a distance, emphasised by the printed Heat Reactive fabric.

The garments are in cotton ripstop, printed with a permanent colour and three colours that react with temperature changes. The printed pattern considerably mutes and morphs when exposed to heat.

 

ISKO celebrated opening of its new state-of-the-art distribution center with a 360° Denim Seminar

ISKO celebrated opening of its new state-of-the-art distribution center with a 360° Denim Seminar

A culture of an all-around improvement is what defines ISKO’s approach to denim production, allowing the thriving of technological and creative potential of the company and its resources. 

On March 6th and 7th, the world leading ingredient brand hosted a 360° Denim Seminar to share its vision and expertise with key industry players, brands and designers. As the name suggests, the initiative was an all-out experience that took place right on the grounds where ISKO denim happens: the factory’s headquarters. 

Here a special highlight was the opening of its new state-of-the-art distribution center. This space – 40 meters high, 80 meters long and 45 meters wide – and has 128,000 cells/ locations, each is able to contain a fabric roll that can hold up to 500 meters of material. Seven automated robots process every single order, in a controlled environment where oxygen levels are kept at 16,4% to prevent oxidation and fires. As normal oxygen levels in the air is 21%, no human beings are employed here. 

The two-day event covered denim from A to Z, providing tools and know-how on everything from fiber to final garment. The occasion was a chance for the audience to learn about new fashion trends and ISKO’s latest sustainable achievements through its commitment to Responsible Innovation. ISKO keeps being at the forefront in terms of competence, creativity and citizenship.