G-Star has appointed its new CEO duo. Patrick Kraaijeveld (former chief commercial officer) and Rob Schilder (former chief operations officer) will take on the roles of co-CEO’s. Both Kraaijeveld and Schilder are long-term employees at G-Star. The brand’s CEO for the past 27 years, Jos van Tilburg, will remain within the company as chairman on the board, focusing on strategic level operations.
Los Angeles based premium denim brand Siwy has announced its first ever collaboration with contemporary art/fashion curators, Lulu Laboratorium Miami and owner/founder Elie Akiba to take place during Miami Art Basel on December 1st till 4th, 2016.
With its electro-eclectic aesthetic, the gallery is well-known for its exhibit and display of creative youthful talents, Lulu Labortorium has recruited artists to design and paint custom artwork on the back of Siwy’s limited edition collector’s denim jacket. Rock and Roll with a modern twist, the denim jackets will be on display at Lulu Laboritorium as part of its Wynwood Stock series of events during Art Basel. The participating artists range from painters, to vinyl and graffiti artists, including Lola Blu , Skott Marsi , Domingo Zapata , Lobyn Hamilton , AP Collection , Jumping Bull , and more.
In conjunction with the partnership, Siwy’s limited edition collector’s denim jacket, created as the canvas for the artists, will be available for purchase at the gallery.
The trouser specialist from Mönchengladbach, Germany, has opened its first store in its hometown.
The brand adopted the theme ‘Buy your pants local’ and opened the retail space in October on 130m2.
The new store should help to test new sales models, which should then benefit Alberto’s retail partners. It almost creates a concept store experience, with cups and other small items being on sale, but with the pant in the spotlight.
The interior design is created around the term ‘flexibility’, modular furniture that can be changed from day to day, a big flat screen can create different moods through movies or greet individual clients, as well as wall space that can feature a different image and therefore change the store’s atmosphere.
Alberto especially focuses on high-quality sales engagement, the sales staff goes so far as to even cycle to the warehouse, should a size be out of stock and needed by a client. Alberto also implemented a loyalty system, which allows entry to exclusive events and opening hours as well as discounts and the chance to participate at a pre-shopping.
On top of this, Alberto wants to revive the historic center of Mönchengladbach and opening the store in its location is the first step in that direction.
Mustang is based on a fundamental denim philosophy, which places naturalness and originality at the forefront. The A/W 2017 collections are supplemented by a perfectly coordinated lifestyle offer, which completes the range of denim with shoes, leather, bodywear and accessories.
The women’s collection is defined by a new generation of stretch materials in the trousers area. The especially feminine fit allows the focus to go on high-waist shaping fabrics. Even in the colder months, the ankle can flash out from the cropped denim and establish itself as an important styling tool for this season.
Ethnic influences from South Africa as well as decorative elements such as embroidery, are mixed with sport-influences from the 90s
This season also has a special focus on the details: buttons, embroidery, zipper and labels have been reinterpreted and give each jeans a distinctive look. Another highlight of this season is Mustang’s "Soft & Perfect" program. For this, high-performance materials have been developed to shape and support the curves of the woman without restricting freedom of movement.
The key pieces for men’s F/W 2017 season are cropped denims made from firm stretch materials. The very authentic fabrics and the loose and shortened fit stand for a really relaxed look – especially nicely implemented with the brand new "Bonneville" fit. Denim jackets with hand-written prints on the back are the main features in the range of tops. Knitwear is all about heavy indigo dyed knits.
Mustang places emphasis on soft cotton qualities in structured optics as well as new fabrics which look like wool but can be worn like denim. The Mustang man combines authentic jeans in shortened silhouette with uni-colored tops and a vintage denim jacket this season He has edited individually. Authentic menswear colors make the palette for this season: navy, khaki, black, grey and some shades of brown and red.
For their A/W 2017 edition, taking place in Florence from January 10th till 13th 2017, Pitti Uomo will hold it around the theme ‘Dance Off’. ‘“Pitti Dance Off” says Agostino Poletto, deputy general manager of Pitti Immagine, “is an invitation to express your body and your own style. The edition will look at the way that dance can present ultimate diversity and freedom, the same way fashion does. Pitti Dance Off will be interpreted with the usual ironic touch, the settings will invade the Fortezza da Basso with a street dance rhythm and in step with its contests, with a set design and layout curated by architect and designer Oliviero Baldini. Pitti Immagine has also launched a special #PittiSign, a small distinctive salute that symbolizes the initials of Pitti Immagine. A gesture destined to spread virally and to be shared on Pitti Immagine’s social networks, identifying the fairs for the winter season.
The theme is interpreted by the new Pitti Uomo 91 digital art project: Pitti Immagine’s collaboration with talented video makers also continues with the production of the digital art project that accompanies the advertising campaign for the fairs.
Salvatore Ferragamo has named Guillaume Meilland as its new menswear design director, heading up all ready-to-wear. Meilland since 2008, held a position as senior menswear designer at Lanvin and prior to that at Yves Saint Laurent and Cacharel.
Meilland will present his first collection for the brand in January for autumn/winter 2017.
Pepe Jeans has acquired 100% of the brand Façonnable, part of the Lebanese group M1 (also the owner of Pepe Jeans itself. Façonnable was owned by US department store Nordstrom up until 2007, when it was acquired by M1. Pepe Jeans will be entirely restructuring the French brand Façonnable, especially in its retail side of business. Façonnable will still be based in Paris, but the design office will relocate to Spain.
Erwin Licher, CEO of Herrlicher celebrated in Munich's Kohlebunker his 70th birthday. Among family, friends, celebrities & press, 3 other guests had their birthday on the same day. Licher gained fame with Freeman T Porter before he started one of Germany's coolest sportswear label Herrlicher. Happy Birthday from WeAr!
The Triennalle Design Museum is hosting until 21st January 2017 the ‘Antonio Marras: Nulla dies sine linea’ exhibition. The latter is an anthological exhibition of works of art executed over the last twenty years, illustrating Antonio Marras’s visual trajectory.
The exhibition’s title – Pliny the Elder’s famous phrase with which he referred to the painter Apelles who “never let a day pass without tracing a line” – alludes to how Marras has always combined his work as a stylist with that of the artist.
Antonio Marras, known as “the most intellectual of Italian stylists”, is renowned above all for creating fusions of the worlds in the creative universe, from cinema to poetry to history and visual art. This last is in fact the focus of the exhibition. The exhibition relates Antonio Marras’s visionary world, highlighting the emotion-driven and intellectual signs that marked important stages in his life.
In the words of curator Francesca Alfano Miglietti, the exhibition is intended as: “a fully-involving experience, a journey into a stimulating, provocative world (stimulating because it is provocative) that is sometimes absolute, sporadically uninhibited”.
American Apparel has filed for its second bankruptcy in just over a year. The company listed assets and liabilities of between $100m and $500m in its bankruptcy filing.
American Apparel’s board fired founder Dov Charney from his position of chairman in June 2014 and sacked him as chief executive in December for sexual misconduct.