Pitti Uomo is an extraordinary Surprise Box, a container of ideas and news to open and change from season to season. At the Fortezza da Basso, in a set design curated by the lifestyler Sergio Colantuoni, the new theme THE PITTI BOX presents a multi-sensory journey “in-and-out of the box”. As a welcome, the Infinity Box, a special video-art gallery with high energy potential curated by Visual Fodder; the Park Box dedicated to sharing food and relax with the Soup Bar, the Pasta Bar, a large central fire and much more; the Recharge Box to recharge the batteries, the Silence Box to allow 5 minutes of unmissable “switch-off”; and again Out of the Box, ten large nature photo-windows from the Reda archive, inviting us to look beyond and listen to a message of responsibility towards nature.
The Pitti Box is a tribute to a feature common to all the Pitti Immagine fairs: that they are “Surprise Boxes”, extraordinary receptacles of ideas and innovation to be opened up every season in order to present the latest vibrations between fashion and lifestyles.
The WeAr team wishes their readers, clients and visitors a very happy holiday season! May these days bring you happiness, love and joy.
The WeAr team
Zalando, the German online retailer, who just announced its cancellation of the Bread && Butter event in Berlin has further bad news.
On Monday, Dec. 17th 2018 Zalando slipped 18% on the stock market. This is almost the lowest level, since its stock market debut 2014. Bad numbers in fashion retail are given as a reason. ASOS, the UK competition to Zalando was equally shocking the market with a turnover and profit warnings.
ASOS made a significant decrease in the fashion environment responsible. Its shares lost around 38% in London. In light of ASOS problems, also shares of Hugo Boss, adidas and PUMA lost. Since months bad news from the fashion retail segment are making the round. Last week Sportsdirect and Superdry published bad news and so did in Germany Tom Taylor.
We got used to bad news by classic brick-and-mortar retailers, but now even online retailers like Zalando and ASOS are getting under pressure.
By February 2019 Dondup will launch its first D/Zero sustainable jeans capsule as part of a project aimed at redefining its own identity as premium forward-thinking denim brand. The project was developed as a collaboration with premium denim manufacturer Candiani Denim and Chicco Barina, head of design, Dondup, a longtime insider of the jeanswear industry as well as the owner of creative consulting agency Black Studio.
“The new D/Zero capsule collection offers 100% Made in Italy organic cotton T-shirts and a selection of six jeans treated with sustainable, traceable and certified washes and carrying water-printed graphics on their inner surface. The jeans are made with Candiani Denim fabrics produced according to eco-friendly manufacturing processes that employ Kitotex and Indigo Juice, exclusive treatments using 50% less water and 70% less chemicals than the production of standard fabrics. By adding special certified treatments and finishing on this special selection of denim garments, Dondup can save an average of 75% water, 20% chemicals and 58% energy, as verified by E.I.M. software by Jeanologia.”
The retail-program ‘Altogether to Munich’ supports starting immediately sport-retailer from the UK, Italy, Spain, Austria, Poland, Switzerland and Scandinavia with their planning for ISPO Munich.
This ‘no trouble’ package includes registration and hotel booking to setting of appointments and trade-show walks in their own language and everything that retailers need in order to gain a good market-overview.
This program is an extension of the ‘Club ISPO France’.
ISPO will be taking place in Munich February 3rd-6th.
German company Handstich, known for its high-quality outerwear collection, has signed a new distribution agreement. Ben Botas and his agency BEN&. based in Düsseldorf and Munich will take over its distribution for Germany and Austria starting Autumn/Winter 2019.
Handstich will start its wholesale season with Pitti Uomo 8th of January in Florence and will focus on its expansion in the international market. It will further present its collection at Premium during Berlin Fashion Week. “Handstich is already positioned as an important brand, thanks to our efforts and that of our distribution partners. Today we start a new level which is stamped with our values and our ever newly interpreted own brand DNA.”, says André Berger, owner of Handstich.
The Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town is a top destination for Fashionistas.
Over the past two centuries, The Vineyard has evolved into one of the most environmentally-friendly, progressive hotels in Cape Town. It is a seven acre facility, home to a diverse range of fauna and flora and in its midst is the original house built in 1800, which has merged with contemporary design making it a classy accomodation choice. For those who plan something special: the Vineyard also offers itself as an event location from weddings to company retreats.
Star of the new FW 18/19 collection, the exclusive cashmere-lined denim by Richard J. Brown offers new contemporary style for a warm, sophisticated Christmas. Entirely lined in cashmere and silk, the RJB 5-pocket wraps the wearer in precious softness. The elegant, distinguished Richard J. Brown denim was created for those who won’t give up a personal, dynamic look even in the coldest winter weather.
Not just jeans, but true trousers created with quality fabrics and embellished with unique details combined in an original way. Unlimited colours and materials chosen for tags, labels, buttons, rivets and lining at the centre of a versatile scheme that favours the utmost personalisation like the Tokyo model created for the contemporary, spirited man who favours a slim fit or the Jacklyn model for women who want the latest trends and prefer a closer fit.
Available in landmarks of style like La Rinascente in Milan and Rome, Lodenfrey in Munich, Boon the shop in Seoul, Salon le Chic Select – Takashimaya in Tokyo, Cavour in Oslo, Pauw in Amsterdam, and Cashmere and Silk and Bosco dei Ciliegi in Moscow and Sanahunt in Kiev.
The January edition of Top Drawer has announced the launch of MR.— a dedicated area designed as a concept store, showcasing an exclusive edit of the hottest, out of the ordinary men’s fashion accessories and jewellery.
With the menswear market set to outperform womenswear globally by 2020, MR. has been developed in response to industry demand and will present the UK’s most dynamic display of design-led accessories, jewellery, grooming and lifestyle products for gents.
As the first lifestyle buying show of the year, Top Drawer’s MR. is committed to bringing the latest offerings and newest brands to the most influential buyers with its impactful and enticing curation of what customers will be seeking next. Arne Jacobsen Watches, Mr ELK, Il Bussetto, Anchor & Crew, Thomas Clipper, Double00, Orbitkey, Mahi Leather and Secrid are amongst the brands on display.
Only a few more months to go until the next MICAM, the international footwear show coming up at Fiera Milano (Rho) February 10 through 13 next year. Following a number of initiatives around the world intended to establish contact between Italian footwear makers and the world’s biggest markets, MICAM prepares to come back to Italy in an event-packed show with a bold personality.
There are plenty of preparations underway for this important event, and a number of strategies are being put in place behind the scenes which – just like a pair of top quality shoes – combine a knack for understanding the demands of the market with plenty of imagination and creativity, indispensable traits for anticipating trends in consumption with an innovative charge.
In order to offer the best possible response to the demands of the companies and professional dealers, MICAM has organised an in-depth analysis of its exhibitor database, in line with its visitor profiling initiative, comparing the figures collected over the past six editions of the event (from February 2016 to September 2018).
The analysis had four key goals: mapping exhibitors’ categories, origins, interest, and frequency of participation in the event (identifying faithful returning exhibitors and new exhibitors); coming up with actions for promoting the event (such as new marketing, promotion and retention programmes focusing on the various different exhibitor clusters identified); improving a number of organisational aspects (the layout of the pavilions and stands); and comparing analysis of the MICAM exhibitor dashboard with the results of customer satisfaction surveys.
Art, the creativity that will be the key to MICAM 87, shifts the focus from the conflicting “sinful” sentiments associated with the covetous desire to possess a pair of quality shoes to the object itself. The slogan “Be inspired by Art, ye who enter” underlines the discovery of the object as work of art, a template for joy and completeness for all those capable of appreciating it, bringing new life to everything around it.