LVMH to buy majority stake in Rimowa

LVMH to buy majority stake in Rimowa

LVMH will be purchasing the majority stake in German travel and carry-on luggage manufacturer, Rimowa. With this for $716 million, the group will put in charge Alexandre Arnault, son of LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault, who will become co-chief executive officer of Rimowa alongside Dieter Morszeck, who will keep his 20 percent stake in the company.

LVMH said the deal between the two companies is expected to be complete in January next year.

Philipp Plein new showroom designed by architect Claudio Pironi

Philipp Plein new showroom designed by architect Claudio Pironi

Outstanding creativity and originality marks the partnership between Philipp Plein, the famous German designer, who in no time at all has scaled the heights of the global fashion world, and Claudio Pironi, the architect whose studio Claudio Pironi & partners is behind the concept for the brand’s flagship stores. In the company of the fashion world’s big players, today marks the opening of the designer’s new showroom, 3000 square metres covering seven floors housing all the Plein lines. 

Set in one of Milan’s most up-market neighbourhoods, the showroom captures the very essence of the brand: explosive, outrageous, rock-inspired and conceived to amaze. The individual brand identities of the Philipp Plein Woman, Man, Junior and accessories lines are reflected to perfection in the customer areas, grouped by merchandise category. 

Ferré and Comte DETTAGLI. Two Great Fashion/Art Expressionists Delve Into Details

Ferré and Comte DETTAGLI. Two Great Fashion/Art Expressionists Delve Into Details

The pure fashion genius of Gianfranco Ferré and the photographic artistry of Michel Comte identify, respectively, two exhibitions part of the bicentennial celebrations marking the arrival in Parma, of Marie Louise of the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine, Austrian archduchess who ruled as Empress of the French and as the Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla.

“Ferré and Comte DETTAGLI. Two Great Fashion/Art Expressionists Delve Into Details” — a project ideated by Alberto Nodolini and produced by Ankamoki — will grace the halls of the first and second floors of Palazzo del Governatore in Parma from September 30, 2016 to January 15, 2017.

The first floor will host “Gianfranco Ferré and Marie Louise: Unexpected Assonances”, an exhibit curated by Gloria Bianchino and Alberto Nodolini in collaboration with the Gianfranco Ferré Foundation, while the second will exclusively feature Michel Comte’s installations in the “Neoclassic” show curated by Jens Remes in collaboration with Alberto Nodolini e Anna Tavani.

Four Marketing acquire outerwear specialists Enfield and Cape Heights

Four Marketing acquire outerwear specialists Enfield and Cape Heights

Four Marketing have completed the purchase of iconic outerwear brands Penfield and Cape Heights from CEO and Creative Director James Barshall. 

Penfield and Cape Heights are distributed worldwide via department stores and premium independents. 

Four Marketing is an international premium fashion agency representing over 30 brands including Stone Island, CP Company, Paul & Shark and Velvet by Graham & Spencer. For each of these brands the company owns the flag ship retail store together with the relevant e-commerce site. Four Marketing also owns the new multi-brand store 18montrose which launched early this year. 

Stone Island introduces Polypropylene Denim collection

Stone Island introduces Polypropylene Denim collection

Stone Island presents Polypropylene Denim; a new interpretation of a classic. Polypropylene, a material with antibacterial properties, is the lightest available fibre on earth. 

Even very bulky garments made in this material astonish for their specific lightness. These denim cloth weaves a polypropylene yarn into an indigo dyed cotton warp. The result is a denim tela with a drastically reduced weight: it has the look of a 19 ounces material but weighs only 10. 

The jumpsuit, the outerwear pieces, the trousers and backpack of the Stone Island collection have undergone the DARK treatment, a manual sanding and light stonewash as well as an enzyme wash. 

The Polypropylene Indigo knit is made by weaving yarns, an innovative technique from the knitwear industry. For this project a yarn was especially created from indigo dyed polypropylene and cotton yarn with chain construction.

The Indigo Fleece features the WASH treatment.

Lacoste presents its annual Holiday Collector edition

Lacoste presents its annual Holiday Collector edition

For its annual “Holiday Collector” edition, LACOSTE takes us on an unusual journey, an idea that came about after Felipe Oliveira Baptista, the house’s creative director, met Jean-Paul Goude. The former gave the latter carte blanche to design not only the logo on limited-edition items – polo shirts, bomber jackets, bags and clutches – but also their packagings and ad campaigns for Christmas. 

Jean-Paul Goude, “graphic artist” as he likes to term himself, left his mark on the 80s and 90s through his work with his muse Grace Jones and the various TV spots he did for brands such as Chanel, Perrier and the Galeries Lafayette. Today he meets the famous crocodile. 

The collection shows a dressed-up and sophisticated, two parading saurians, straight out of Jean- Paul Goude’s imaginary world, are embroidered upon the items of a capsule collection comprised of men’s, women’s and children’s polo shirts, as well as a tote bag, a clutch and a limited edition bomber jacket. This collection will be available in all LACOSTE stores worldwide from November 2016 onwards.

The new Vibram Academy opens in London

The new Vibram Academy opens in London

Vibram, the sector leader in high-performance rubber soles, yesterday inaugurated in London its second Academy flagship store inspired by the Vibram Sole Factor concept. This is a project developed by Vibram to give customers the opportunity to personalise and improve the performance of their footwear with the application of a high-performance Vibram sole. 

The Vibram Sole Factor concept provides an original solution to improve footwear performance, and users can find inspiration from the various possible combinations of compound and colour, with something for everyone: there are oversized but extra-light soles, camouflage versions, soles in EcoStep compound for a sustainable alternative and soles with extraordinary grip. Products that offer the perfect combination of functional design, high quality materials and aesthetics to satisfy even the most creative and eccentric of tastes. 

The new Vibram Academy of London store occupies an area of 60 m2 and offers, alongside the services of Vibram Sole Factor, an area featuring the brand-new Vibram FiveFingers models (five-toed socks are also available), FUROSHIKI The wrapping sole, and Vibram Pet Toys. A space with an open-plan workshop where visitors can get a close-up view of the sophisticated processes employed by skilled footwear specialists.

Crocs SS17 CollectionCrocs SS17 CollectionCrocs SS17 Collection

Crocs SS17 Collection

Crocs, the shoe company from Colorado that started in 2002 and developed a twisted boat shoe into a footwear icon, is now the 10th largest non-athletic footwear company.

With a loyal customer following, it is now expanding its European offices but also its line with its SS 2017 collection.

This season Crocs presents different collections to fully cover their customers’ needs.

Isabella consists of styles created for women and girls, all having a more feminine and less bulky character than the conventional Crocs. The sandals feature different prints, and the flips and wedges are ideal for the warmer weather. For men, the CitiLane Roka Collection is popular, especially the styles that look like a boat shoe with a perforated upper.

Swiftwater is specially created for the customer who shops for every member of the family. The shoes are multi-purpose and combine function and style, offering feminine versions for women and cute styles for kids.

Crocs also introduced special models for the most fashionable customer in its Sloane Collection, which is at a slightly higher price point. It consists of multiple sandals such as black sandals with a hammered metal  upper, which can be worn, without a doubt, at every fashion event.

As a whole, this collection has the Miami feel and shows that Crocs has developed into a brand that, apart from its classic model, also has a big variety and can cater to the retailer’s and consumer’s needs.

 

Milano Unica’s F/W edition to take place in July from 2017

Milano Unica’s F/W edition to take place in July from 2017

Milano Unica is repositioning the F/W edition of its international textile-accessories exhibition to July  2017 from September, following requests from the market and the textile industry. This shift makes Milano Unica, the Italian textiles and accessories trade show, one of the first international textile fairs to be held in the world calendar.

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Nastrificio Victor shows innovation in booth concept at Munich Fabric Start

In the past edition of Munich Fabric Start, Nastrificio Victor, famous for its high quality nastris, showed considerable innovation in their booth concept. 

Rather than just the normal booth size- with some products, a table and a chair- they made it into an experience. A colorful booth, inspired by a tropical theme displaying parrots and flamingos, invited customers into a feel-good atmosphere. 

Attached to this colorful setting were the most recent nastris, for visitors to touch or take samples from. They also showed that creativity has no limits with different animals being construed with their nastris, making them absolute eye-catchers. 

As a whole- it offered visitors not only a destination to make business, but also an interactive platform to experience the entire brand-world and network whilst at the same time taking a moment to relax ,dipping into the tropical feeling for the Nastrifico Victor world.