PROJECT TOKYO, previously MAGIC Japan, will take place on March 27-28, 2019 at Tokyo International Forum. The Tokyo International Forum is highly regarded for its architecture and sits between Marunouchi, Tokyo’s central business area and the Ginza shopping and entertainment district.
Unlike MAGIC Japan, which encompassed a broad mix of categories from men’s, women’s, children’s, footwear, accessories and sourcing, PROJECT TOKYO will serve as a highly curated event focusing on men’s and women’s advanced contemporary, denim and accessories, including Japanese, European and American brands.
“We have continued to generate momentum from the Asian market through MAGIC Japan and look forward to delivering a more focused, curated event that our customers have been asking for and that best serves the industry,” states Christopher Griffin, President, International Business Development for UBM Fashion.
Additionally, PROJECT New York, which takes place at the Jacob Javits Center in midtown Manhattan and serves as the leading men’s fashion trade event in the U.S. will host and introduce 5 Japanese menswear designers to the U.S. market. PROJECT Las Vegas which houses both men’s and women’s contemporary brands will also host 5 womenswear designers during MAGIC which is held at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
ReMode’s inaugural edition brought together over 1,000 participants, both days, representing all sectors of the fashion industry including thought leaders, top brands, retailers, technology providers, finance partners, and NGOs. Partnering with schools and educational institutions around the world, ReMode’s content reached a global audience with an additional 1,000 participants viewing ReMode’s sessions via live stream. Attended by 115sponsors and exhibitors, and 100 press and journalists, ReMode’s debut served as an innovative platform for collaboration, network building, and opportunities for growth and partnerships across the industry. 80% of ReMode attendees actively used the AI-powered ReMode networking app to make over 2,700 connections and 1,600 meeting requests.
After two days of panel discussions, workshops, and sessions, recurring themes around how to scale sustainable supply chains, adopt new technologies, authentically connect with customers, and create engaging retail experiences consistently emerged. Over the course of ReMode, sessions were scribed in real-time by a visual graphic artist allowing attendees to reflect and make connections throughout the sessions and experiences happening simultaneously at ReMode.
Closing out day one of the event, ReMode presented the ReMode Fashion Awards, a celebration of the solution providers and brands at the forefront of innovative platforms, disruptive technologies, and sustainable practices in the industry. Winners were selected across ten categories by an elite jury selected for their expertise in fashion, technology, and sustainability. Entries in each category were judged based on creativity, sustainability, and consumer experience. The 2018 ReModeFashion Awards winners include:
Best AI Solution: Heuritech
Best Blockchain Technology: Arianee
Best Cross-Border Ecommerce Solution: Flow
Best Customer Experience Solution: EverThread
Best Design Technology: Euveka
Best Digital Wholesale Solution: INTURN
Best Financing Solution: Affirm
Best Sustainable Manufacturing Solution: Nineteenth Amendment Smart PLM
Best Virtual and Augmented Reality Solution: Allure Systems
Sustainable Brand of the Year: Reformation
German retailer Manufactum celebrated the opening of its 11th store in Hannover, Germany.
The retail space stretches over 600m2 and through three levels. Once entered customers can find groceries and kitchenware, whereas the lower floor shows garden and office articles as well as furniture. The first floor then displays fashion and beauty and on the top floor is a restaurant.
Manufactum started being a catalogue and developed from there its retail houses, it aims to invest into high-quality and sustainable products since 30 years.
The store wants to host in the future regular events and seminars as well as workshops with the aim to elevate the store to a destination, adding to a growing number of successful brick-and-mortar stores that aim to deliver experience and quality to an established and growing customer base.
Amongst others it carries brands like Armor Lux, Ecoalf, Lanius, Haikure and Engel Sports
Manufactum Warenhaus Hannover
Opening: Mon-Sat 10am – 7pm
For the first time in Russia, the Moscow Kremlin Museums presents a retrospective exhibition with pieces of high jewellery art by world-known Italian Maison BVLGARI, which history dates back more than a hundred and thirty years. Over four hundred unique pieces of high-end jewellery from the Bulgari Heritage Collection, as well as pieces from the private collections from around the globe, will be on display at two exhibition halls of the Kremlin museums — the Exhibition Hall of the Assumption Belfry and the Exhibition Hall of the Patriarch’s Palace.
The formation of such an original style of BVLGARI in all its variety is represented by works created during many decades, beginning with the earliest silver items, accomplished in Neo-Grec tradition by the founder of the family business Sotirio Bulgari in the 1870s and 1890s, including luxury pieces of the 1950s and 1960s —La dolce vita epoch, as well as extraordinary works of the 1970s and 1990s. The exhibition is on until 13th January 2019.
Menswear trade show Jacket Required has announced that it is adding two new sections to its line-up for its upcoming edition taking place in January 2019. ‘Introduces’ and ‘Living’ are the sections where visitors will find new talent and homeware products alike.
Taking place at The Old Truman Brewery in London on January 23rd and 24th, the new ‘Introduces’ platform will showcase Jacket Required’s breakthrough talents of the new season and future contemporary classics. These emerging designers will sit alongside its international line-up of contemporary menswear, selected womenswear, footwear, accessories and lifestyle products.
The ‘Living’ section will offer a selection of contemporary products and accessories from some of the most progressive interior design brands.
At the recent Denim Days in New York City, a panel of experts solidified the notion that denim is entering a new era of sustainability—one that prides minimizing water use just as much as ushering in the latest trend.
Speaking on a panel moderated by Lenzing director of global business development for denim, Tricia Carey, industry experts including, “The Godfather of Denim” Adriano Goldschmied, 3×1 founder Scott Morrison and Reformation director of denim and special projects Jordan Nodarse spoke about denim’s shift and what to expect from a greener blue-rooted industry.
Putting it plainly, Goldschmied said, “We’ve realized that our industry doesn’t have any future at all if we’re not seriously thinking about sustainability.” Carved in Blue caught up with some bluebloods in the audience to hear their insights into the discussion.
Beyond just the discussion of sustainability, innovative concepts emerged from the talk, too. “What struck me as new from this discussion was Adriano‘s point that there should be a Silicon Valley-esque global innovation hub for our industry…and it should be in Los Angeles because California is arguably the birthplace of the jean,” said Michelle Branch of Markt & Twigs. “The indigo culture certainly exists. And there’s loads (pardon the pun) of talent there. Not to mention that it would help to keep the existing denim economy in LA alive. It’s an intriguing idea!”
For Denimology managing editor Lisette Geller, the panel took things even one step further for her. “The most impressive and probably the most important issue for the whole world is and should always be sustainability. Especially with denim that used to go through a lot of chemical processing,” Geller said. “But the most impressive mind-changing thing happened after the ‘official’ talk. When I spoke with Jordan about connecting and asked for his card, he said he’s ‘paperless.’ What an amazing flash—I never had thought about this in terms of business cards. Just bank statements and recycling newspapers and boxes. No more printed business cards for me.”
“ What a highlight to New York Denim Days to have three generations of denim designers explain their design philosophy. With so much passion for the blue world, I enjoyed hearing their responses to the question ‘ If you were not in denim industry, what would you be doing?’. For Scott it was an architect; Adriano said something in technology; and Jordan quickly responded the music industry. I am pleased they are blue-bloods!, “ stated Tricia Carey from Lenzing.
ISKO hits ReMode, the LA-based platform promoting growth and sustainability, to foster networking and knowledge sharing by showcasing its active commitment towards responsibility. The leading denim ingredient brand set the agenda with several activities:
- Impressive sculptures made of ISKO Earth Fit denim by the artist and fashion designer Lucy James showcased at the ISKO booth.
- The new Eyether capsule collection, created in collaboration with François Girbaud, was unveiled at the ISKO booth.
- Garments made of ISKO Arquas innovative fabrics were on display at the Trend Gallery special section.
- ISKO took part in the “The Future of Denim” panel. Denim with a Conscience – Responsible innovation and ISKO Earth Fit
Nature, beauty, and responsibility turned into inspiring denim art. ISKO innovative fabrics are the ideal materials to shape into life the mindful creativity of Lucy James, artist and fashion designer: with an experience designing and developing menswear collections, Lucy combines conceptual fashion with art and music and is now creating projects related to sustainability in the fashion and textiles industry.The collaboration with ISKO sparked three nature-inspired denim sculptures – a coral, a wood, and a feathery wing –, which have become the focus of the new ISKO’s “Denim with a Conscience” campaign. These are made entirely of denim fabrics from ISKO Earth Fit, the top-end ISKO collection when it comes to a fully integrated responsible approach and the only one worldwide to have been awarded both the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and EU Ecolabel certifications. The ISKO Earth FitTM line, which embraces articles from all the ISKO collections, uses innovative and responsible fibers such as organic cotton, recycled cotton and recycled polyester from PET bottles.
Responsibility for ISKO goes beyond just using low impact materials, extending to its entire culture and systems. ISKO is the first denim manufacturer in the world to obtain pre-certified Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for the Life Cycle Assessment (LCAs) of all its 25,000+ denim fabrics, meaning there is full transparency about the environmental impact of all fabrics in the collection. These EPDs have been used to create independently developed Product Category Rules (PCR), which will help, for the first time ever, to have standardized assessments for denim across the industry.
In May 2018, COMME des GARÇONS announced “a new brand using the CDG symbolic logo signifying Forty Years of COMME des GARÇONS creation”. The brand launched with a preview capsule, ‘CDG BREAKING NEWS’. A dedicated CDG e-shop shipping exclusively to Japan followed in July.
From 27th October, physical CDG retail spaces launched within DSM Beijing, London, Los Angeles, New York and Singapore as well as COMME des GARÇONS Hong Kong and Seoul. Also opening are two standalone brick-and-mortar CDG stores in Tokyo and Osaka.
The Denim Window is a showcase of denim innovation where denim connects companies to brands and promote the denim industry through events and showcases.
When you walk into The Denim Window you will have the opportunity to learn about all the steps involved in creating a final garment. In this one place, you will find fabric mills, garment makers, chemical suppliers, fibre producers, trims.
Each company showing at The Denim Window will be the only one for a particular product category and geographic area so as not to create competition but rather stimulate great collaborations. Silvia Rancani, the curator of the showroom, both coordinates a collection’s calendar and presents rend directions for the participating companies in order to make a cohesive environment for events and one-to-one meetings.
“I would like to create a casual and cozy environment where people of denim hangout, either producers or designers will get in touch and share knowledge” – Silvia Rancani
Sophisticated streetwear is the essence of the new Man Spring/Summer 2019 Collection by DROMe. Taking further concepts that started with F/W 2018, it continues to portray a man that looks for his own style and not fading trends. Everything from hooded sweatshirts, sporty jacket, raincoats and bombers: essential shapes are revised with unexpected details and flashes of strong colours such as orange, electric blue and yellow. Modern manufacturing techniques are employed to redefine the classic elegance that recalls the heritage of the made in Italy: the contemporary taste meets the traditional handcrafting.