Manifesto opens Mandarin Gallery Flagship and brings new labels on board

Manifesto opens Mandarin Gallery Flagship and brings new labels on board

After close to four years within the City Hall district, multi-brand concept store Manifesto puts down roots in the heart of Singapore’s shopping precinct, Orchard Road. 

The move for the independent fashion retailer reflects a desire by store founder Walid Zaazaa, to inject Manifesto’s subversive, boundary-pushing energy into the local retail experience. 

In a departure from its monochromatic palette, Manifesto’s new space in Mandarin Gallery envelopes guests in the stark and abstract beauty of the Saharan landscape—think: various shades of sand, and organic rock-like contours. 

Inspired by Zaazaa’s French-Algerian heritage, WY-TO architects opted for natural desert hues to reflect the warmth and hospitality unique to the North African region. The entrance, for instance, recalls a nomadic tent, highlighted in slick LED lights to accentuate the fractal form. 

This restful, modern-minimalist atmosphere underscores the most-loved aspects of Manifesto: its bold fusion of art, architecture, and intelligent fashion in one ever-evolving space. 

The store continues to surprise and seduce with its offering of over 30 brands encompassing fashion, avant-garde streetwear, and lifestyle accessories. 

Coterie Launches Mobile App for Show AttendeesCoterie Launches Mobile App for Show Attendees

Coterie Launches Mobile App for Show Attendees

NY Women’s February Market, opening Monday, February 25th through Wednesday, February 27th, is an elevated fashion showcase comprised of four unique shows: COTERIE, SOLE COMMERCE, FAME, and MODA. Held at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, the show is the premier destination for the most sought-after contemporary and progressive designers and brands in womenswear and beauty.

This season, COTERIE released the official mobile app “COTERIE Show” to better assist attendees to navigate the show floor, search for brands, stay up-to-date with daily happenings and create an agenda by adding events directly to personal calendars. App users will also be able to view the season’s latest brand look books and directly access the Informa and Coterie Instagram’s from mobile devices. The app is available for download on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

On the first day of the show, COTERIE is hosting a panel series, covering ethical and sustainable fashion, the power of brick and mortar, and the effectiveness of influencers.

 COTERIE has also partnered with fashion publication, The Daily Front Row, for “The Daily x COTERIE Fashion Influencer Panel” discussing the relationship between brands and influencers. Influencers Danielle Bernstein (@WeWoreWhat) and Lainy Hedaya (@LainyHedaya), Stylist and Host, William Graper (@William_Graper), NEXT Management’s Digital Brand Strategist, Jennifer Powell, and President of Coterie, Danielle Licata will lead the conversation. 

Day two brings COTERIE’s first-ever live photo shoot to inspire attendee on the show floor. Models will be styled by a stylist using FW’19 apparel and accessories pulled directly from the show floor. Fashion creative and photographer, Mani Zarrin, will be shooting the models throughout the day, while images are being edited and posted to the COTERIE Instagram (@Coterie_Show) in real-time.

Karl Lagerfeld passes away at age 85

Karl Lagerfeld passes away at age 85

It is with a heavy heart that we write about the passing of a legend, Karl Lagerfeld. At (supposed) age of 85, the iconic fashion designer/creative director of Chanel and Fendi as well as own eponymous brand Karl Lagerfeld, passed away this morning.

Known for his trademark signature look of a ponytail, dark sunglasses and high collars, his life and achievements are being praised and celebrated today by brands, industry professionals, celebrities and media alike.

The Chanel website is currently featuring an iconic image of Karl, whilst his own site says ‘Thank you Karl, With Love Forever, Your Team’. And Fendi’s currently states alongside a wide-long shot of the legend “Thank you Karl for the most beautiful journey. With all our love. Your Fendi family”

ISKO fosters awareness with its Responsible Denim event in Paris

ISKO fosters awareness with its Responsible Denim event in Paris

On February 13th, 2019 ISKO hosted the “Responsible Denim” event to share knowledge and experiences on the development of an integrated field-to-fabric approach all along the value chain. An occasion to think about what choices can be made to give shape to a greener and better future.

Highlights of the event that took place in Paris, at 47 Rue des Tournelles, were:

-A special panel to talk about how the denim industry can become more responsible.
-A Responsible Denim Presentation by Lambert + Associates
-A presentation of ISKO Earth Fit, ISKO’s lowest-impact denim collection.
-An educational exhibition with a strong focus on what everyone – brands, designers as well as manufacturers – should be aware of regarding responsibility in the industry.
-The launch of the third Eyether collection, created by Creative Room and François Girbaud with innovative ISKO fabrics.

As the industry still appears to be facing a lot of “greenwashing”, it is important to take a stance in order to achieve the implementation of definite best practices. ISKO brought together five industry experts to provide insight that could help brands make informed decisions concerning responsible products. ISKO commitment towards Responsible Innovation is a longstanding one, deeply rooted in the company DNA. This approach has led ISKO to play a major role in supporting and pushing the industry to raise the bar. During the event, a Responsible Denim Exhibition was featured, intended to shed light on ISKO’s efforts and on the tools deemed essential for the fulfilment of a truly responsible denim vision.

28th edition of Milano Unica

28th edition of Milano Unica

At the 28th edition of Milano Unica, the Italian Textile and Accessories Exhibition, held at Fiera Milano Rho from 5 to 7 February, together with the number of exhibitors (421) similar to the one recorded in February 2018, a substantial confirmation was also confirmed of the number of visiting companies, both Italian and foreign, which were around 6,000. The attendance of Chinese companies was down due to the concomitance of the celebrations of their New Year, to a large extent recovered from the Korean presences and Japanese and the overall good performance of European presences. A result that, considering the general trend of the textile-clothing fairs, confirms the rightness of the choice of the advance in July also as a tow for the winter edition.

During the ceremony the ‘e-milanounica’ project was also presented, the marketplace launched in a pilot version that will be fully operational for the July 2019 edition. The initiative, thanks to the system partnership with Pitti Immagine, pursues the objective to promote the textile-clothing-fashion by extending digital the traditional activities of the fair, through marketing, content and promotion, allowing companies and their customers a constant updating throughout the year.

“The organizational effort, more and more aimed at making Milano Unica an essential appointment in the international panorama of textile fairs, has found a general positive feedback from buyers and exhibitors – said Massimo Mosiello, General Manager of Milano Unica, at the operational guide of the event textile-accessories since the first edition -. Upstream of this result there has not only been an important selection process aimed at guaranteeing high levels of quality of the collections presented, but also the accurate ways in which we have been able to present the various thematic areas and content projects. This work is the fruit of a great team game put in place at the system level, made possible by the indispensable support of the Ministry of Economic Development and the extraordinary collaboration of ICE. A result to which we must also give credit to the commitment lavished by the staff and collaborators of Milano Unica. A special thanks, finally to Japan Fashion Week for the original thematic evening dedicated to the tenth presence of the Japan Observatory in Milan.”

HUB 1922 is born, the new subsidiary company of RUDOLF GmbH. HUB 1922 is born, the new subsidiary company of RUDOLF GmbH. HUB 1922 is born, the new subsidiary company of RUDOLF GmbH. 

HUB 1922 is born, the new subsidiary company of RUDOLF GmbH. 

HUB 1922 is born, the new subsidiary company of RUDOLF GmbH. It will be based in Busto Arsizio near Milan, the capital of Italian fashion.

RUDOLF GmbH has been a leader in the textile chemicals industry for 100 years. The decision to open HUB 1922 has a specific objective: to give life to collaborations with brands and international retailers. And through product innovation, give space to new ideas and useful functionalities at the crossroads of Italian fashion: Milan. 

The task of HUB 1922 is to research and develop innovation primarily for the garment processing industry, denim and beyond. And it will do so with the introduction of its own exclusive elements of diversity: deep scientific knowledge, true environmental responsibility, technical innovation and creativity. 

«The strategic intent is to introduce a whole new approach that embraces both product and concept development. An extraordinarily robust R&D centre that is also a novel marketing and communication channel» says Dr. Wolfgang Anton Schumann, Managing Director of RUDOLF GMBH. He continues: «HUB1922 can count on RUDOLF’s global service, manufacturing, sales and distribution networks as a secure and transparent global fulfilment partner for brands/retailers and their supply chain partners». 

«The idea is to start pursuing ideas that are conscious, necessary and useful» says Alberto De Conti, Head of Fashion Division at RUDOLF Group. «If they meet all those criteria, we won’t hesitate to make them beautiful». He continues: «Emphasis is put on listening attentively to the market and on engineering solutions proactively, even before being prompted». 

Nowadays science plays an irreplaceable role in society: fashion research should focus more on scientific research. HUB 1922 is born for this. To get away from consolidated industrial processes from an industrial point of view, but increasingly incompatible with the environmental point of view. And to give space to every opportunity that can change the state of things and give things a new state: the quality of the product. 

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Magic unites shows with Project Women partnering with conscious fashion campaign

The bi-anual event Magic, by UBM, which takes the US fashion industry to Las Vegas has started with many visitors pouring in. Magic now combines multiple fashion trade shows under one roof. Asides the classic menswear collections in Project and (the more premium lines) in The Tents, one can also discover exciting womenswear lines from all over the world at Project Womens.

This season Project Womens partners with the Conscious Fashion Campaign supported by the United Nation Office for Partnership to drive sustainable development goals set by the United Nations. For this occasion, Project Womens has also published a special lookbook to raise awareness: “We are honored to continue leverage our platform and audience to propel the mission of the Conscious Fashion Campaign supported by the United Nations,” shares President of Womenswear, Danielle Licata. “We are proud to amplify this partnership with first-ever PROJECT WOMENS look book created by Egyptian-Australian dancer and content creator, Mimi El-Ashiry that features several Conscious Fashion labels as well as Australian labels in an exquisite setting.”

WeAr’s team is once again at the Magic shows and reports here live about the brands and booths.

Black Orchid creates a fresh wind in LA’s denim scene

LA based brand Chasor stays on top for tops

Scotch & Soda surprises with a cool booth

Johnny Was shows a very L.A. collection

L.A. based brand Rails shows its collection

Cool for dudes – Robert Graham also launched a womenswear collection last year

Project Womens has special decoration

Hats can also be found at Magic

…as can accessories and cool items for concept stores

Further impressions


Hunting World unveils collaboration with English street artist Ben Eine

Hunting World unveils collaboration with English street artist Ben Eine

Hunting World, the 54-year-old brand collaborates with Ben Eine, a street artist based in London renowned worldwide, regarded as a pioneer in the exploration of graffiti letterforms and for his projects with fashion brands. The collaboration was revealed during the FW2019 fashion week and included T-shirts, hoodies, caps as well as HUNTING WORLD’s iconic bags and small leather goods. 

“The understated timeless style of Hunting World luggage makes the perfect canvas for EINE artwork. It brings a whole new meaning to The Elephant in the Room, interpreting the signature logos and symbols of both brands and creating complimentary contemporary products that will be deemed future classics.” Ben Eine

Launch dates of Hunting World x Eine London collaboration will be announced soon.

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Munich Fabric Start

The international textile and fashion industry kicks off the 2020 Spring/Summer season of Munich Fabric Start. More than 1,000 fabrics, additionals, denim & sportswear suppliers exhibited their latest product and trend developments in 1,800 collections from 29th to 31st January 2019 at the MOC Munich and in the Zenith Area. 

They were complemented by a growing number of service and sourcing providers as well as young brands and start-ups that presented their philosophies and the ideology of forward-looking process solutions as well as solutions for resource-saving material sourcing and their areas of application. 

This dynamic and mutually inspiring exhibitor structure brought about one of the most important international trade fair platforms for sourcing materials and in-depth networking and, hence, for linking fashion with technology with a view to shaping the future.

In terms of trend concepts for 2020 this future is characterised by emotionality, empathy and community. This is expressed by WHAT IS LOVE as a source of inspiration – passionate, playful, pragmatic. Spring.Summer 20 indulges in a rich choice of fabrics, in innovative silhouettes, in philosophical wealth but also in tongue-in-cheek kitsch and – last not least – a new lightness at heart, which is never entirely uncritical. 

The ReSOURCE segment is MUNICH FABRIC START’s enhanced sourcing platform flagging up new dimensions of sustainability for an innovative and future-oriented production. This is how a forum initiated and supported by experts was established that offers comprehensive sustainability solutions. Boasting over 500 articles ReSOURCEshowcases the latest developments in sustainable fabrics and findings as well as innovations in the categories:  RECYCLED | ORGANIC / NATURAL | REGENERATED CELLULOSICS | INNOVATIVE (HYBRIDS & BIOPLASTICS) | LEATHER & ALTERNATIVES | DENIM | GOTS.

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding purchases INVISTA’S Apparel & Advanced Textiles unit

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding purchases INVISTA’S Apparel & Advanced Textiles unit

Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding, one of the leading textile and apparel companies in China, announced that it has completed its acquisition of INVISTA’s Apparel & Advanced Textiles business. The transaction includes all associated assets and contracts. 

The new company will operate as The LYCRA Company, an independent subsidiary, and will continue to manufacture advanced fiber and technology solutions for the apparel and hygiene industries. The LYCRA Company is named for LYCRA fiber, the original spandex/elastane fiber and the company’s best-known product.

“We are fortunate to be purchased by Ruyi, a company that shares our vision and our commitment to delivering high-quality products, technical expertise, and unmatched marketing support to our valued customers,” said Dave Trerotola, chief executive officer, The LYCRA Company. “With the continued investment of Ruyi, we look forward to working with our customers to bring exciting innovations to market. Our new shareholder’s textile and retail experience will be a tremendous asset as we develop differentiated fibers that deliver the lasting performance benefits consumers have come to know and expect from our brands.” 

“We are thrilled to acquire The LYCRA Company and will continue to invest in its innovation pipeline and brands in order to reach our objectives for business growth,” said Yafu Qiu, chairman of the board of Shandong Ruyi Investment Holding. “As a spandex producer ourselves, we have admired the iconic LYCRA® brand for years, and we see the value The LYCRA Company adds to our business. We believe its assets and capabilities are a perfect complement to our own and will help strengthen our position as a world-class, fully-integrated textile company.”