Stock Purchase Allows Group to Push Luxury Retailer to Ditch Fur

Stock Purchase Allows Group to Push Luxury Retailer to Ditch Fur

London – After British online luxury fashion retailer Farfetch was listed on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, PETA US became one of its first shareholders – a move that will allow the animal rights organisation to attend the company’s annual meetings and officially urge it to end the sale of fur garments on its website.

“The fur industry is headed for the history books, as modern, high-end designers are saying no to pelts and yes to beautiful and innovative vegan fabrics,” says PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor. “PETA US is taking the campaign against Farfetch’s website of horrors – which includes vile products made from foxes, coyotes, chinchillas, and badgers and even fur garments for children – straight to its boardroom and demanding a ban on fur sales.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” – notes that on fur farms in Europe, in China, and elsewhere, animals are confined to tiny wire cages, denied the opportunity to do anything that’s natural and important to them, and killed by electrocution, neck-breaking, or drowning. Some are even skinned alive. In the wild, animals are caught in steel-jaw traps that slam shut on their limbs, often cutting to the bone, and can suffer for days from blood loss, gangrene, and attacks by predators before being shot or bludgeoned to death.

Opinion polls show that 95 per cent of Britons would never wear real fur, and as top designers including Vivienne Westwood, Versace, Gucci, Stella McCartney, and, most recently, Burberry all have policies against using it in their collections, there’s no excuse for Farfetch to continue to allow unscrupulous labels to peddle cruelty on its site. Last year, PETA commended rival luxury retailer YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP for banning the sale of fur across all of its websites in response to calls from customers. Although PETA has met with Farfetch executives, the company has yet to make the same compassionate and business-savvy decision.

AristoPop:  a new concept of fashion that combines the essence fashion, art and lifestyleAristoPop:  a new concept of fashion that combines the essence fashion, art and lifestyle

AristoPop: a new concept of fashion that combines the essence fashion, art and lifestyle

“AristoPop” is a new concept of fashion that combines the essence fashion, art and lifestyle. A collaboration between Filippo Bruno Tornaforte (the designer who has worked with Ralph Lauren, Luve, Saint Laurent) and Tommaso Zorzi, young and talented Italian TV star that carry at the brand his unconventional and pop touch. 

A concentration of timeless sophistication with creative elements extracted from pop art and beyond. AristoPop is, in fact, a lifestyle. To be AristoPop means to unite tradition with the culture of the innovation of style “in a unique way”. Carefree luxury living; being “vaguely avant-garde”. A mix of London High Society and seventies New York SoHo. In a time when fashion trends offer us colors and extreme representations of wealth and details AristoPop wants to lead to a more aristocratic level. It intends to unite these concepts with real artistic and cultural research carried out into the usability of “spoiled rich people”
who like to have items that may represent a level of upper-class “belonging”, almost creating a “Brand Inner Circle”. 

Every season the brand launches iconic items that is in line with the newest international trends. Furthermore they collaborate with freelance young designers on capsule collections. For the SS19 AristoPop will launch a new iconic bag AMANDA, a big size clutch printed with Matisse, Purdy, paint inspired design. 

Calik Denim introduces new platform

Calik Denim introduces new platform

Calik Denim launches a new platform called “The Ever Evolving Talks”, this should reflect the brand’s desire to inspire and support those involved in the denim and fashion industry. The event will be hosted during Amsterdam Denim Days: Tuesday October 23rd, 2018 and is invitation-only.

The goal is to unite industry leaders and inspire conversation, share Calik Denim’s future vision and continuing to develop, progress, educate and evolve the industry.

The Ever Evolving Talks gather notable keynote speakers including former Apple creative director Ken Segall, Matthew Drinkwater, head of London College of Fashion’s Fashion Innovation Agency, Thimon de Jong, founder of think-tank Whetston along side others discussing topics like innovation, future of wearable technology, the millennial consumer and sustanability.

Part of the audience will be key global denim brands, emerging designers, garment makers, suppliers, fashion schools and – press.

Allegri presents the new modular system

Allegri presents the new modular system

The news for the Allegri Fall Winter 1819 collection is a modular system of dressing, where the super light duvets with Thindown padding are combined with the external shell of raincoat and thermo-welded trench coats. Thindown is one is the first feather fabric in the world, an innovative technology that guarantees maximum thermal insulation, giving the garments an extreme lightness, as well as solving the problem of feather loss. Thanks to Thindown®, Allegri outerwear has a greater thermal insulation, resulting three times warmer than the traditional feather ensuring minimum overall dimensions and a uniform distribution that eliminates the presence of cold spots.

Naveena Denim Mills and Noorism present the most sustainable collaboration ever at New York Denim Days.

Naveena Denim Mills and Noorism present the most sustainable collaboration ever at New York Denim Days.

Naveena Denim Mills teamed up with the repurposed denim brand Noorism to create a sustainable collection for the New York Denim Days Festival. Repurposed from the most sustainable denim fabric ever, HORIZON of Naveena Denim Mills , the collection gives half of the proceeds to charity:water.

The collaboration targets both brands’ common focus for change – water. While HORIZON fabric saves 81% water usage in production, repurposing eliminate the concept of waste and reduces consumption, ensuring endless reuse, repair and recycling.

Furthermore, half of the proceeds from the collection will go to charity:water, a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing countries.

Committed to create an ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly textile and apparel industry, Naveena Denim Mills recently introduced its new product line, the most sustainable ever. HORIZON, an innovative and cutting-edge combination of eco-friendly dyeing and finishing processes, provides the cleanest and most sustainable denim fabric possible.

114th edition of MIPEL

114th edition of MIPEL

Yesterday saw the end of the 114th edition of MIPEL, the third edition under the guide of Danny D’Alessandro, General Director of Assopellettieri and CEO of Mipel, an event that enjoys consolidated collaborations with ICE-Agenzia, Ministero dello Sviluppo economico, Regione Lombardia, Comune di Milano, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana and Camera Italiana Buyer Moda. 

Both the number of exhibitors and the number of visitors grew. For the third time in a row the “sold out” goal has been reached: more than 65 new exhibitors in “SCENARIO”, the reference “hub” for the new generation of leather goods manufacturers. Inside “MIPEL Hall SPAZIO”, the area dedicated to Overseas Manufacturers, placed at Hall 12 and directly connected to MIPEL, the exhibitors have been over 90. 

In relation to visitors, a positive trend is confirmed. Presences have increased compared to those of February 2018 and September 2017 – the best edition ever, before the one just ended – with “peaks” in the first two days of the event. 

It has been registered a positive presence of “domestic” buyers, in line with those of the last editions.Regarding foreign markets, there has been a remarkable numbers of visitors coming from South Korea and Japan – thanks also to the recent and consolidated international promotion initiatives whose latest editions were held in Seoul (October 2017 and March 2018) and Tokyo (July 2018)-, China, Russia and Ukraine (in this case a significant increase, equal to about 10%). The attendance of qualified visitors from the United States and Australia is also excellent. 

The next edition will take place from the 10th to the 13th of February 2019 in FieraMilano- Rho, as always in conjunction with MICAM. 

Coterie starts with new floorplan

Coterie starts with new floorplan

Coterie starts again during this season’s NY Market and WeAr is as always live at the show to give you impression of what is happening.

This time, Coterie is positioned as a ‘townhouse style’ split between level three and level one, with Fame, Sole Commerce and Moda positioned adjacent on the upper level three. Beauty@Coterie remains at level three.

Sunday sees the celebration of the Conscious Fashion Campaign Collaboration (as announced in a previous WeAr global network article), with welcome remarks by Elder Gerrod Smith, Shinnecock followed by a introduction by representatives from ReMode and United Nations.


The show is open today until 7pm September 16th from 9-6pm and closing Monday at 5pm at the Jacob Javits Center.

Stay tuned for some impressions by the WeAr team here.

View from the outside

General Impressions


Entrance to Sourcing @ Coterie

Entrance to Fame

Vintage @ Coterie



Beauty @ Coterie


UBM’s ReMode collaborates with Conscious Fashion Campaign to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UBM’s ReMode collaborates with Conscious Fashion Campaign to support United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

UBM Fashion’s ReMode has proudly collaborated with the Conscious Fashion Campaign and the United Nations Office for Partnerships to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, unveiling an activation with the premier women’s wear trade event, Coterie, held September 15th through September 17th at the Javits Center, NY.

The initiative aims to harness the power of retailers, media and celebrities to embrace impact-driven fashion brands to create positive change and drive conscious consumerism. Supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, the Conscious Fashion Campaign drives awareness and advocacy to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Closing report Munich Fabric Start

Closing report Munich Fabric Start

For three days, MUNICH FABRIC START was the centre of the textile and clothing industry. Just over 20,000 visitors – designers, product managers and buyers of international brands and companies – came to Munich. The event also reached the record level of 1,050 exhibitors. Overall, the organisers can look back on a constant result based on last year’s comparable figures. 

The latest edition of MUNICH FABRIC START from 4 to 6 September 2018 was a unique demonstration of perspectives, innovations, of what is possible and, more importantly, of what is feasible – translated into over 1,800 trendsetting collections for Autumn.Winter 19/20. Supplemented by the spectacular trend and colour forums for fabrics and additionals in the foyer of the MOC as very aesthetically staged product infotainment whetting visitors’ appetites for the collection ranges from the companies exhibiting in the yet again fully booked halls, atriums and studios.

Innovation and sustainability themes were once again among the key aspects at MUNICH FABRIC START. For instance, KEYHOUSE showcases new paths into the future for the sector: from state-of-the-art digitalisation applications and sustainable audience magnets in the Sustainable Innovations area to the smart and networked visions for the world of tomorrow.

Demonstrating the extent of interest in the issue of sustainability were the very well-attended ReSOURCE categories featuring sustainable fabric and additionals innovations, rounded off by expert lectures. Many visitors exploring this theme for the first time were curious and happy to be advised on this topic.

The premiere of the BLUEZONE Festival staged in a street-life setting in the outdoor space around the Zenith venue additionally promoted the trade fair as a community platform. Visitors found the setting here – with its Denim Atelier, stands displaying denim one-offs and street food trucks – ideal for relaxed exchange and inspiration among the otherwise very business-oriented conversations.

The expert conference patterns x.0 on the digitalisation of the value chain was held already for the second time now – as a cooperation between b4b GmbH and MUNICH FABRIC START. Visionaries and movers and shakers at international companies shed light on new perspectives for the digital future heralding in a new era of the fashion systems. The speakers here included Hans Hoegstedt, CEO at Miroglio, Jan Wilmking, CEO at zLabels, Magnus Edholm, CEO at Siemens and Dr. Andres Brill, Managing Partner at b4b GmbH. Serving as the host at this high-calibre event targeting a high-profile audience was once again Holger Knapp, Managing Director at Deutscher Fachverlag.

The next MUNICH FABRIC START will be held from 29 to 31 January 2019. The BLUEZONE will run from 29 to 30 January 2019.

Kinky boots to make a debut at MICAM

Kinky boots to make a debut at MICAM

Kinky Boots, the award-winning Broadway musical, will land in Italy in November, debuting at MICAM.

Inspired by a true story, Kinky Boots tells the story of a young footwear manufacturer, who through a truly “alternative” collection finds a way to relaunch his family business which is in dire straits. 

Presented for the first time in Italy, featuring the music of Cyndi Lauper and the Italian direction of Claudio Insegno, the show tells the story of the strange friendship between the young Charlie Price and the drag queen Lola, whose musical shows become the inspiration for the design of a collection of sensual boots for women, which are, however, able to bear the weight of a man en travesti. Thanks to the collection, the young manufacturer is able to realise his dream of reaching Milan and, specifically, its fair dedicated to this essential accessory.
The desire for redemption, the ability to dare, friendship, and openness to that which is different are just some of the themes that this lightest of musicals, winner of six Tony Awards, presents to its viewers. 

A story so unique and so strongly linked to the world of footwear, that it could only be welcomed with enthusiasm by MICAM, the very fair alluded to by the characters as their desired point of arrival into the world of international fashion. 

For this reason, MICAM wanted to sponsor the debut of the show which, from the end of November, will entertain and move viewers at the Teatro Nuovo in Milan.

Kinky Boots will continue its dialogue with the public again during Fashion Week. On September 21st at 6pm near the booth in Piazza San Babila, passers-by will be surprised by a dazzling dance and will become part of a musical-inspired flash-mob with a group of magnificent Drag Queens led by Lola herself.