The BoF China Summit

The BoF China Summit

The BoF China Summit is an invitation-only event that brings together a dynamic group of business leaders propelling the fashion industry forward. With this year’s theme focused on Modern Entrepreneurship, expected are candid conversations about changes happening in the entrepreneurial journey and valuable insight drawn from the startup experiences of inspirational speakers across the luxury, retail, tech and beauty sectors within China’s fast-moving fashion industry. The event is taking place on March 28th, 2019 in Shanghai.

Key speakers are as follows:

·         Shangguan Zhe, creative director, Sankuanz

·         Andrew Wu, group president of Greater China, LVMH Group

·         Ganesh Srivats, chief executive, Moda Operandi

·         Lauren Santo Domingo, co-founder & chief brand officer, Moda Operandi

·         Edison Chen, co-founder, Clot

·         Gary Shi, brand account general manager, Xiaohongshu

·         Cai Chongda, chief executive, Magmode

·         OIB China, founder & general manager, Wu Zhigang

·         Benny Dong, beauty vlogger & founder, Croxx

Eastman announces post-Premiere Vision Paris partnership with C.L.A.S.S.

Eastman announces post-Premiere Vision Paris partnership with C.L.A.S.S.

Global speciality materials provider Eastman, the maker of sustainably-sourced Naiaä cellulosic yarn, announces a new partnership with Milan-based C.L.A.S.S. (Creativity Lifestyle And Sustainable Synergy) in the wake of Première Vision Paris, the international apparel textile exposition, where Naiaä showcased over 100 new on-trend fabrics from over 20 partner mills. Naiaä joins C.L.A.S.S. to support the fashion industry’s shift toward the “circular economy,” the economic model characterized as a collective awareness of social and environmental values throughout the fashion ecosystem. 

“Responsible innovation means embracing new business models and encouraging businesses to take a broader approach at all phases of fashion creation to ensure that environmental responsibility is embedded throughout fashion development and production,” said C.L.A.S.S founder Giusy Betoni. 

With Naiaä, Eastman integrates sustainability and fashion in a way that supports the circular economy by providing designers with a viable eco-conscious choice of material. Made from bio-based wood pulp, Naiaä is a best-in-class example of responsible innovation, because it is sustainably sourced and has inherent luster and a silky hand that create comfortable, luxurious fabrics. 

Eastman demonstrated its dedication to sustainability at Première Vision by showcasing the sustainable production process of NaiaTM from responsibly sourced wood to end of life. Eastman used FSC certified wood in the construction of the booth and upcycled NaiaTM fabric swatches into small bags as giveaways. 

Gallery SHOES to return for the fourth timeGallery SHOES to return for the fourth time

Gallery SHOES to return for the fourth time

For the fourth time, a fully booked Gallery SHOES will be opening its doors from 10-12 March 2019 – and is proving to be a whole lot more than just a functional order platform for shoes and the accompanying collections. In a very short time, Gallery SHOES has become a competent industry get-together for the European shoe business that provides visitors with a wealth of useful information: this makes it unparalleled and unique, and not only in Germany.

  • Over 9,500 professional visitors are expected to attend this strong event with over 500 brands and around 350 exhibitors, which is rounded off by an impressive line-up of accompanying events and the striking industrial backdrop of the Areal Böhler venue.

  • “The event is making dynamic progress with extremely positive developments,” sums up Igedo Managing Director and Gallery SHOES Project Director Ulrike Kähler. “Awaiting professional visitors at the fourth edition are new, exciting brands including firm favourites like Clarks, but also plenty of exciting newcomers like EYS, BNSM (Basics Natural Spirit in Motion) and Mythoo. We are allocating, for example, the ‘Halle am Wasserturm’ to 40 brands including Cinque Shoes and Colmar Footwear, including 15 new brands such as Alba Moda, Manas and Womsh from Italy.” 

Also very much in tune with the times is the accompanying line-up of events, which is making a significant contribution to the event’s appeal as a meeting place for international manufacturers and buyers from neighbouring European countries, as well as the press and media.

Plus: The topic of sustainability in leather production will be the focus of a presentation by OEKO-TEX. And the award ceremony of the HDS-L Junior-Award, which honours outstanding achievements by young talents who are showing their innovativeness in the production of shoes: under the motto ‘Sport meets fashion – open minded’, the focus this year is on finding new, creative ideas for sports sandals. The wealth of in-depth information will be complemented by the HDS-L press conference, an absolute must-attend for the international trade press, and the MODEUROP Fashion Forecast, as the official trend fashion platform of the DSI, the German Shoe Institute. In addition to the lectures, FASHION TREND POOL will also be represented with a ‘Trendbox’ dedicated to the overriding topic ‘Checks combined in a sporty way with elements from Memphis design’ to provide visitors with inspiration and ideas for the store window design of fashion looks at the POS.

CHIC Shanghai to return with a new consumer structureCHIC Shanghai to return with a new consumer structure

CHIC Shanghai to return with a new consumer structure

From March 12 to 14th, 2019 CHIC China International Fashion Fair, Asia’s largest and most important fashion and lifestyle fair will return and showcase 1,365 national and international exhibitors with 1,453 brands from 16 countries. In the context of falling global growth rates, China remains the world’s largest retail market in 2019, with forecast USD 5.6 trillion in retail sales, surpassing the USA by USD 100 billion this year. 

The new consumer structure is integrated into the whole fair design at CHIC and this year ́s slogan is “Hi Me”, which was launched in cooperation with WGSN. It reflects the young Chinese consumer, the economic powerhouse in the country. The exhibitors’ offer is increasingly focusing on the ‘egotists’, who act individually, fast and set the latest trends. 

The designer section IMPULSES is fully booked, CHIC-TAILORING celebrates its premiere at the upcoming CHIC and presents high-quality bespoke collections; GREEN FASHION is a key topic at the fair, with more and more manufacturers presenting sustainable collections in all segments of CHIC. In particular, the manufacturers of baby and children’s clothing are expanding their ecological offer to meet the consumer demand such as CHIC-KIDZ exhibitor GRASS AND WOOD DYEING ALLIANCE that is famous for its environmental dye technique offering healthy clothing for the cherished youngest generation. CHIC- KIDZ will also be presented for the first time as a separate section at CHIC as show-in show. Other group participations come from Korea with the show-in show PREVIEW IN CHINA, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Individual exhibitors come from Canada, including the premiere of Joseph Ribkoff, from Belgium, Ecuador, India, Japan, Poland, Switzerland, the UK and the USA. 

CHIC-YOUNG BLOOD show-in-show is the platform for well-known Asian streetwear labels. Wookong, Pace, Jelly Lin, Coffee, CRUCIAL among a total of 61 brands use CHIC as an essential marketing platform. 

CHIC drives exchange of market info and gives expert insights into the latest developments in the market. CHIC TALK provides visitors and exhibitors with expert speeches and seminars on the state of technology in the fashion business. Topics are „Driven by Data and AI, It Starts From the Consumer Experience — the Transformation of Clothing Enterprises In the Data Era”.

YòKo: a new concept of product borrowed from the traditional Japanese sandalYòKo: a new concept of product borrowed from the traditional Japanese sandalYòKo: a new concept of product borrowed from the traditional Japanese sandal

YòKo: a new concept of product borrowed from the traditional Japanese sandal

YòKo is a new concept of product borrowed from the traditional Japanese sandal. The Japanese flip-flops. Made of high-quality anti-abrasion, lightweight microporous, available in an infinite range of colors and combinations. It is totally “Made in Italy” consisting of high-quality artisan laboratories. Two versions that differentiate the beautiful season from the winter one. For the FW, a microfibre matelassé contributes to a thermal seal. A tribute to the Orient, to Japan, its elegance, its culture and its traditions, here interpreted the key fashion and with great contemporaneity

For the summer, the footrests directly on the rubbery material with grooves that offer braking and pleasant well-being on contact. Some of the most significant boutiques in our country have purchased the product that will be on show from next March. Prices? “YòKo” is between eighty-five euros and one hundred euros as the final price to the consumer.

The launch covers simultaneously the season SS19 and the next FW19.20. The “YòKo” woman dominates the proposal, it differs in height and for the research on the materials that include: “3D” “Lurex” “Silk Velvet” and “Chenille” in summer. “Ecofur” “Boucle” “Lurex” and “Silk Velvet” for the winter. The “YòKo” man is imagined in a domestic version, for the garden, the edge of his pool. More limited, the height includes “3D” and “Silk velvets” in spring and summer. “Silk velvets” for the winter. In this last version always with support on matelassé in microfiber. The kaleidoscope of colors of both the microporous and the upper features of the upper gives the possibility of endless combinations that change from ultra chic combinations to really rock fashion proposals.

The company was founded by 3 business partners: Luigi Conti, Settimio Fazzano and Maurizio Ciambella and is based in the former Miss Sixty Headoffices in Chieti (Italy).

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Coterie show in full swing after first day

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

From inspirational purposes to brand watch and innovations, the tradeshow has it all. Presenting elevated contemporary apparel, accessories and footwear for women, every booth is designed to bring a fresh perspective on upcoming trends.

Furthermore 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!

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 Karl.com 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.