The Isetan Mitsukoshi Group welcomes about one million international shoppers annually at its twenty-four department stores in Japan. At the Isetan Shinjuku Main Store, sales to international shoppers in fiscal 2017 increased by about 30% from fiscal 2016, breaking past records. The sales to international shopper’s share reached over 10% of total store sales.
Given the fact, The Isetan Mitsukoshi Group enhances Inbound marketing as one of an important corporate strategy. In order to provide the same level of hospitality and convenience to international customers as already provided to Japanese customers, and to make the shopping experience more enjoyable, the store will enhance tax-free support and will provide better service to international customers.
In addition to the Tax-Free Counter on the sixth floor of the Main Building, a new Tax-Free Counter will be installed on the second basement floor of the Main Building, thereby raising the number of tax-free counter location in the building to two. A new counter for issuing Guest Cards will also be installed on the second basement floor, expanding the scope of services.
To promote multilingual digitalization and enhance in-store language support, the number of handy type automatic translation devices will be doubled to fifty with support available for 74 languages (English, Chinese, Korean, Thai, etc.)
CORDURA has launched its redesigned website, which features several new interactive tools designed to make sourcing CORDURA fabrics easier than ever before. A fabric technology explorer allows users to search for CORDURA fabrics to meet their specific needs, and a mill locator helps identify relevant fabric suppliers and sources for fabric samples.
In addition to the fabric technology explorer and mill locator, the new site also offers focus pages with technical fabric information curated to help educate designers of military/tactical equipment, workwear, footwear, bags/packs, motorcycle gear, and active/outdoor apparel about relevant CORDURA® fabric options by end-use.
“One of our biggest goals for the design of the new website was to create a seamless and intuitive user experience that promotes both inspiration and education for our value chain partners and prospective customers about how to integrate head-to-toe CORDURA fabrics into their offerings,” said Mallory Faust, digital marketing manager at CORDURA brand. “The development of these tools was heavily influenced by conversations with our customers about what inspires their fabric sourcing decisions.”
Stone Island has launched its new Iridescent Coating Tela gear. The garments will be on sale from this Thursday and are made using iridescent nylon canvas that’s been bonded to a golden pink polyurethane film to create strong aesthetics of military details and functionality. The outerwear, fleece and knitwear contain Reflex Mat, a reflective nylon canvas with a matte coating which is made with thousands of glass microspheres.
Coterie, the New York-held premiere women’s fashion event, is partnering with the Australian Fashion Council to introduce Australian brands to the U.S. market.
On October 9th, Coterie will host a seminar in Sydney in the Central Business District to present a detailed overview of how to successfully enter the U.S. market as an Australian brand and give information as to how to exhibit at Coterie.
Brands will be invited out of the fashion, beauty and skincare market for Coterie and Beauty@Coterie. The letter being a growing market as reported in the latest WeAr #56.
Danielle Licata, Women’s Fashion Director and VP of Coterie states: “Australian brands have been increasing in popularity over the last 5 years and Coterie has helped to grow their footprint in the North American market.”
Coterie already had a range of Australian brands exhibiting at the shows amongst others Bec and Bridge, Camilla, One Teaspoon and Alice McCall. The partnership with the Australian Fashion Council will enable brands to receive even further support in their venture to enlarge their distribution.
Additionally, the February 2019 edition of Project Women’s, taking place in Las Vegas during MAGIC, will have a focus on Australian brands in its OASIS section.
Avant Toi has collaborated with Araike Severino Da Silva, a young Italo-Brazilian artist, photographer and Capoeira teacher on a capsule collection. Each garment is like a participant in a roda de Capoeira, in which personalities encounter and collide, participating in the pleasure of sharing. Where rules are the basis on which to build your own game, involving others.
The theme is a series of faces which depict different expressions and moods: complex studies of the human being, realized with the hand-painted technique of single-stroke drawing. Masterpieces of the ability to examine the depths of human emotions, summarizing them in an apparent confusion which is also a comprehensive picture that always remains true to itself.
These drawings have been digitalized and printed on the snow white of cotton jersey t-shirts and on fleece sweaters and pants fused with knitted fabrics through needle-punching. All the portrayed faces have also been combined in one print on candid garments in stretch silk; jacket, pants, shorts and t-shirt, and on the fresh t-shirt dress in cotton jersey; a texture that reveals itself unexpectedly light even while maintaining its suggestive emotionality thanks to its soft touch.
Araike also offers a variation on the theme, a portrait made with a thick brush for a three-dimensional effect on cotton jersey tank tops and t-shirts. The colours of the collection are are absolute: black and white.
From the 15th till 17th of January PREMIUM will return with implemented changes and strong focus on the following: Each PREMIUM brand will define its key looks and key stories in order to attract buyers, to inspire them and initiate a mutual dialogue.
In order to create the ideal conditions for this communicative approach as operators, PREMIUM will implement cross-segments and establish new brand realms based upon core criteria such as pricing, image and market relevance. Consequently, the floor plan will be restructured. There will be a specific PREMIUM Sophisticated Contemporary hall for brands in the upper price range. All other halls will be adjusted according to stylistic genre for PREMIUM Contemporary brands. This way PREMIUM is aiming to actively steer buyers and brands in their respectively relevant directions again, providing orientation and guidance.
The PREMIUM business shows further on emphasize Commerce, Content & Community as pivotal topics with a cross-segment mix of contemporary fashion and lifestyle brands.
With the acquisition of a minority stake in Liberty Fairs Fashion Group, the aim is to further boost existing events, create competitive market segments and develop new formats in Europe and the US. As of February 2019 the Liberty Fairs event will take place in downtown Las Vegas, which is where the first PREMIUM GROUP show will take place. As for New York City the team is working on a new concept for the womenswear segment.
The implemented concept strategy starting in January as well the internationalization in cooperation with the Liberty Fairs Fashion Group underlines the forward-thinking development process and the continuous innovation activities of the PREMIUM GROUP.
As of January, the hall plans will be redefined and the segments mixed. New brand realms will be created and arranged in a fresh way within the eight halls at STATION-Berlin based upon pricing, image, positioning and distribution strategy.
The focus will be on the key look of each collection. Each brand has to present its key style, a key item or story on its booth accordingly. The aim is to capture and retain attention, to inspire and actively initiate a dialogue. It is critical and absolutely essential to include an appropriate presentation on what the brand stands for, the story it wants to tell and what makes it unique. Booths should look inviting and appealing in order to promote a dialogue at the stand itself and to encourage visitors to stay for a longer period of time. Conversations should take place where the brand stories are told and where trends are displayed.
Ghost Pieces are totally monochromatic. Even the STONE ISLAND badge has been created in a special monochromatic version to blend with the garment.
Within the AW ‘018 ‘019 Collection the concept is explored on jackets, knits, sweatshirts, bermudas and trousers, made for the first time also in beige.
Outerwear is in Nylon Cotton 3L, an exclusive 3 layers stretch performance fabric, or in Tank Shield featuring Multi Layer Fusion technology, material made through a revolutionary lamination process, implemented this season with a new coupling technique that adds elasticity to the garments.
Digitalization, eco-responsibility, technical and high-performance developments, transversal know- hows … Première Vision Paris put innovation at the heart of its latest edition, which took place from 19 to 21 September. An edition dedicated to the autumn-winter 2019-20 collections marked by new developments to help guide professionals facing the industry’s new challenges including
• The successful launch of the Première Vision Marketplace
• With a successful launch, the new SPORT & TECH resource, dedicated
to exhibitors’ sport and technical offer,
• The various initiatives put in place to enrich the manufacturing sourcing
offer: The Sourcing Connection
• Developed across 1,000 m2 and praised for the unique character of its complete scope of materials, finished products, services and conferences, the Smart Square, dedicated to eco-friendly production and creation
This edition welcomed 55,497 visitors from 124 countries – an attendance at the same level as that of September 2016, but down 8.3% versus September 2017, which had experienced exceptional growth in terms of visitorship.
British Fashion Council launches China Partnerships Strategy in Shanghai with Ambassadorial President David Beckham
The British Fashion Council’s Ambassadorial President David Beckham has launched the organisation’s China Partnerships Strategy. The latter was launched at a lunch attended by existing and potential new key partners, invited by the BFC and Mr Beckham. Guests included Xia Ding, President of JD International Fashion; Paul David Haouzi, President & Executive Director Trinity Group; Claire Chung, China General Manager Yoox Net-A-Porter, Patrick Tsang, Chairman Tsang Group and Judy Liu, Managing Director China Farfetch.
The lunch, hosted at The Middle House Shanghai confirmed £500,000 worth of deals including JD.com and Ruyi’s co-sponsorship of the BFC/GQ Designer Menswear Fund, JD.com’s support for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and support from Britain’s Department of International Trade. In addition to deals done, the BFC continue to explore the next stage of their innovative partnership with VIP.com and their long-term partnership with Fung Retailing Group.
The development of the BFC’s China Fashion Business Network is a key pillar of development for the next 12 months, and many attendees at the lunch pledged their support to assist the BFC create a network of credible partners across investment, licensing, manufacturing, property, communications and retail in China.
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.