Miyake opens first menswear store in Tokyo: Homme Plissé MiyakeMiyake opens first menswear store in Tokyo: Homme Plissé Miyake

Miyake opens first menswear store in Tokyo: Homme Plissé Miyake

Homme Plissé Miyake by Issey Miyake is the debut of the designer’s menswear store, having just opened its doors in Tokyo’s Minami-Aoyama area. The interior features a factory workshop, whilst still playing homage to its infamous pleating technique with an in-store press, pleating and sewing machine. The shop space is designed by Tokujin Yoshioka.

In a press release it states: ‘On display to view is our unique method called “seihin pleats (product pleats)”, by which pleats are made in fabric cut and sewn to 1.5 times normal size.’

The Fashion Award 2019 by International Lab of Mittelmoda

The Fashion Award 2019 by International Lab of Mittelmoda

25 collections from all over the world have been shortlisted for the 26th International Lab of Mittelmoda – The Fashion Award contest, taking place on Monday, 16 September 2019 starting at 18:00 at MICAM, the world’s leading footwear show, which celebrates its 50th birthday this year. 

The prestigious location of MICAM was chosen under a new partnership that International Lab of Mittelmoda formed this year with Confindustria Moda, the federation of trade associations representing Italy’s textiles, fashion and accessories industries – including Assocalzaturifici, the promoter of MICAM. 

The 25 talents selected to go on to the final phase in the competition will be judged by the severe panel of judges on Monday, 16 September, and at 18:00 they will present their collections before an audience of fashion reporters, experts and enterprises in a big Fashion Show. 

Alongside the two traditional Overall Prizes (one for Creativity and one for Innovation), the established “Premio Lectra” – presented by the main sponsor of the event – and the “Dondup Prize”, back once again this year and dedicated to sustainability, new Special Prizes will be awarded, including the “Womenswear – menswear Prize”, presented by Sistema Moda Italia; the “Shoes&Bags Prize”, offered by Micam/Mipel; the “Textile&Materials Prize”, presented by MilanoUnica; the “Accessories Prize”, awarded by Mido; and the “Knitwear Prize”, offered by Benetton Group. The new “TheOneSeasonless Prize” will be presented by TheOneMilano. 

Mulberry takes full ownership of its Korean business

Mulberry takes full ownership of its Korean business

Mulberry has taken full ownership of its Korean business, having bought a 40% stake in Mulberry Korea from its partner SHK. This means the house now owns 100% of its company.

Chief executive officer Thierry Andretta said in a statement: “Over the last eighteen months, we have recruited a new management team and taken day to day control of the business in South Korea, an important market for luxury goods where the Mulberry brand has significant growth potential.

‘Very Ralph’ a Ralph Lauren documentary by HBO

‘Very Ralph’ a Ralph Lauren documentary by HBO

This coming autumn, debuting on November 12th 2019, HBO will be releasing a documentary about the iconic American Fashion Designer, Ralph Lauren. The film called ‘Very Ralph’ will showcase the designer in interviews talking about his childhood, his personal life, work-life and career and more. In addition to this, the film also showcases interviews with family, long-time colleagues and fashion industry veterans such as Anna Wintour, Andre Leon Talley, and others.

The documentary is directed by Susan Lacy, an award-winning documentarian’s whose previous HBO documentaries include “Spielberg” and “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.

Pure London showcases S/S 2020 trends and insights from keynote speakersPure London showcases S/S 2020 trends and insights from keynote speakersPure London showcases S/S 2020 trends and insights from keynote speakers

Pure London showcases S/S 2020 trends and insights from keynote speakers

The first two days of Pure London at Olympia London showcased the bold and the brave new collections from fashion’s favourite brands and celebrity designers, alongside thoughtful and insightful talks, catwalk shows and trend presentations.

Kicking off on the Main Stage on Sunday, visitors were treated to a vibrant catwalk show presenting a line-up of the key trends for the SS20 season, in collaboration with Unique Style Platform (USP). USP’s in-depth Future Forecast followed, highlighting the consumer attitudes and big picture cultural drivers that will impact the fashion markets for SS20.

Honest celebrates imperfection and the Japanese concept of Wabi Sabi, an aesthetic that centres around the acceptance and glorification of imperfection. A blend of raw untreated neutrals combine with vibrant colours of the ocean with yellow tinted bamboo.

Limitless is a brave and rebellious attitude, breaking boundaries and exemplified by activists such as Greta Thunberg and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as the new icons for a new generation. A brave palette of neon’s, pink and lilac mix with bitter chocolate and monochrome feature on elevated sportswear mixed with 80s and 90s style tailoring.

A return to handmade crafts drives Ritual, seeking serenity in meaningful experiences. Modern mysticism has led to an otherworldly mood of soft tailoring and floaty layers mixed with contemporary Western touches and boho prairie dresses in a sun kissed palette of peaches and orange.

Brave is about being maximalist, eccentric, bold and unexpected. It means hybrid combinations and unexpected collaborations, rethinking traditional retail and pushing advanced technology. Digital avatars will be the new breed of influencer. More is more with colour with clashing brights and electric combinations mixed with paler tones.

Returning to traditional skillsets such as sewing and re-building the British manufacturing industry were also touted as crucial for future generations. While discussing his love for clothes, making stuff and nurturing British businesses and manufacturers, British fashion designer, owner of Savile Row tailor Norton & Sons, and keynote speaker Patrick Grant said: “We need to change the overall mindset of how we produce and consume. Our British factories help sustain the local economies, we know what is made, by who and when. We have super simple stable supply chains.” Turning to the subject of school uniforms, Patrick added: “I did a quick back of an envelope calculation, and worked out that if you could get half the UK school kids back in a woollen jumper you could re-employ every knitter that had lost their job in Scotland in the past 50 years.”

Commenting on the UK government’s rejection of all recommendations made by the Environmental Audit Committee report into fast fashion Patrick felt there should be stricter regulations to clean up the industry including stricter labelling. He said: “I don’t think the audit committee went nearly far enough; I think that everything we buy that’s made of plastic should be labelled plastic. Because consumers don’t know what polyester or acrylic or nylon are. Virgin plastics should be labelled. You have a picture of a diseased lung on the back of a cigarette packet. This stuff is as toxic as nicotine. Bad fashion is literally killing stuff. If at the point of purchase, you were presented with something that showed you it, some people just might think twice.”

The powers for the members of new Chairman Siro Badon’s team have been decided

The powers for the members of new Chairman Siro Badon’s team have been decided

The assignment of duties and responsibilities to the Deputy Chairmen
was the first step towards the implementation of the new projects in a sector that is constantly evolving Siro Badon’s term as Chairman of Assocalzaturifici for the years 2019-2023 was consolidated with the assignment of the powers to his new Deputy Chairmen.
This step means the executive board supporting the new Chairman at the helm of the Association is now fully operational.

As highlighted by Badon in his inaugural address, the cornerstones of the Association’s activities in the coming years will be Italian manufacturing, innovation in the sector, sustainability of the production cycle, as well as a focus on trade fairs and a close dialogue with institutions.


In accordance with this vision and the articles of association, the Chairman will be responsible for all institutional activities, in particular those involving Confindustria Moda and Confindustria, aside from supervising the organisation of MICAM, an event which is increasingly central to the policies for promoting business in the sector at an international level.

The assignment of the powers to Deputy Chairmen (Federico Bartoli for Training; Giovanna Ceolini for Europe; Pasquale della Pia for digitalisation and sustainability; Salina Ferretti for Asia, America, Seoul, Tokyo and children’s footwear; Giampietro Melchiorri for Russia and the former CIS bloc countries and Emerging Countries) will make it possible to implement the course of action expressed by the Chairman and agreed with the Meeting of Shareholders, while identifying the individuals that will be responsible for the Association’s activities.

ISKO Washing Seminar returns to Italy to share knowledge.ISKO Washing Seminar returns to Italy to share knowledge.ISKO Washing Seminar returns to Italy to share knowledge.

ISKO Washing Seminar returns to Italy to share knowledge.

Sharing values and expertise is at the very heart of ISKO, the leading denim ingredient brand behind people favorite jeans. Since the very beginning the company has relied upon three main pillars – competence, creativity and citizenship – through which the Responsible InnovationTM approach was developed.

On July 18th and 19th, these three aspects were further explored in their many facets in a special Washing Seminar that took place at Creative RoomTM, the company’s design and style research hub based in Castelfranco Veneto (Italy). The two-day initiative gathered representative from international brands such as Diesel, Guess, CP Company, Armani, Teddy, Massimo Dutti, Burton Menswear and Tiffosi.
Day 1 started with Rosey Cortazzi, ISKO Global Marketing Director, and Ebru Ozkucuk Guler, ISKO Senior Sustainability and CSR Executive, giving insight on ISKO’s expertise and knowledge and sharing the vision that allowed ISKO to become leader of the industry.
A trend presentation by Sam Trotman, Denim Dudes, a special workshop focusing on natural dyeing techniques by Celia Geraedts, Blue Print Amsterdam and a visit to the cutting-edge facilities of Everest Tecnologie Tessili srl were also part of the two-day event, an occasion to share values, knowledge and best practices.

SCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 editionSCOOP International Summer 2019 edition

SCOOP International Summer 2019 edition

Scoop in the Summer has just closed its door, taking place in London from 21st till 23rd July 2019! Both days of the SS20 edition brought sunshine to the Saatchi Gallery with collections from inspirational designers.

Recognised by designers, fashion buyers and industry experts as the UK’s leading fashion trade show, Scoop is an exclusive edit of sought-after fashion collections and emerging international designers, many of whom select Scoop as their only trade platform.

With an impressive line-up of the finest premium collections, Scoop is famed for its unique aesthetic. Carefully curating over 250 designer labels around outstanding works of contemporary art, Scoop offers visitors an unique and bespoke buying environment to discover a host of the new season collections.

Karen Radley, Founder and Managing Director of Scoop, has had an extensive and multi-faceted career in the fashion industry spanning the manufacturing, retail and design sectors.

GUESS flagship store in Amsterdam part of its new retail concept

GUESS flagship store in Amsterdam part of its new retail concept

GUESS opened at the end of June, its new flagship store in the Netherlands. The shop is located on the prestigious Kalverstreet in Amsterdam, one of the busiest and most expensive locations in the Netherlands. With a wide range of well-known brands, restaurants, clubs and well-developed public transport, this location is strategically important to the brand’s Northern European expansion.

The store was inspired by abstract art and plays with contrasts between textured, geometric wall features and the floor in woven design. The titanium inserts and minimalistic devices allow for improved visibility of the collection as well as a bright and open atmosphere in the store.

The updated accessories area and extended wall space for GUESS merchandise and pictures presentation provides buyers with a complete and intuitive shopping experience.

The Dutch retail portfolio of GUESS currently includes nine stores and four outlets. The new concept of the GUESS flagship stores, which was launched in May 2019, is part of a worldwide reorganization program that will be extended to other key sales areas next year.

Crash Baggage: bringing buzz to its physical retail experience

Crash Baggage: bringing buzz to its physical retail experience

For its pop-up space in Shanghai, the Italian brand Crash Baggage, is showing its sector how to bring buzz to its physical retail exerience. For its first pop-up in Galeries Lafayette in Shanghai, the company recruited frame Awards 2019, Emerging Designer of the Year, Alberto Caiola to come up with an experience that would speak louder about the brand’s philosophy: “No rules travel, handle without care”.