Invista's Cordura brand in partnership with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is bringing the first in a series of eco-innovations to Techtextil, driving the future use of new sustainable textiles. Based on the combination of the long-lasting durability of CORDURA fabrics combined with the bio-based performance of Susterra membranes and coatings, the first cutting-edge innovations resulting from this collaboration are on display at INVISTA Stand G25, Hall 4.1 at Techtextil, May 9-12, 2017, in Frankfurt, Germany.
“We continue to look at ways that we can benefit the environment as part of our innovation continuum – and CORDURA fabrics can do this by helping to increase a product’s utility and durability,” explained Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA brand and marketing director. “As the textile market continues to look for innovative solutions to help reduce its environmental footprint, we want to provide long-lasting products that need to be replaced less often. Through our recent collaboration with Dupont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra brand, designers of apparel, footwear and gear will have access to a wide variety of durable fabric technologies that incorporate high performance coatings and membranes based on plant-based materials."
Bahrain-based fund Investcorp, which acquired a stake in the company in June 2016, along with the Corneliani family, decided to potentiate the management of its American subsidiary to implement the brand’s leadership in one of the most crucial international markets. In particular, Corneliani has announced the appointment of Maurizio Mantovani as its Americas Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
In his new role, Mantovani reports to Corneliani Chief Executive Officer Paolo Roviera, and has the goal to confirm the brand as a leading player in the luxury men’s wear arena in the American market by boosting the brand’s wholesale network and retail business. In order to further reinforce the American sales and commercial department, Corneliani has appointed Sean Hieter as Senior Vice President of Sales.
The new appointments reflect Corneliani’s new strategy aimed at innovating the company while respecting its unique, rich heritage. A stronger attention to the international markets, along with the research for the best and most engaging customer experience are the pillars of the path defined by the Corneliani family and Paolo Roviera to stimulate the brand’s growth. While restructuring its wholesale network, Corneliani will focus on the retail expansion and on the launch of an online store next year.
Milliner, Justin Smith will be exhibiting his forthcoming ‘Gold’ collection of hats under his brand, J Smith Esquire, in the YKK London Showroom from the 16th May – 24th June.
Smith is notorious for his creative hat designs, showcasing strong skills in millinery craft and tradition, producing well made, durable pieces, with a client portfolio that includes A-list celebrities. The anticipated ‘Gold’ collection, taking three years to develop and involving extensive global travel for Smith to source materials and evolve ideas, officially launches in June 2017. Six pieces from this range will be on display exclusively in the YKK London showroom in May, demonstrating how YKK’s fastening solutions helped Smith achieve his creative vision; used in a decorative manner to creative unique showpieces.
Materials, textures and understanding how these can be translated into something wearable have also been key inspirations for Smith in the creative process, pushing boundaries of millinery craft whilst maintaining the British tradition of hat wearing.
The exhibition at the showroom and launch of the ‘Gold’ collection coincides with the first of Smith’s teaching workshops at Pinewood Studios. He says, “I am proud that my brand, which I started from scratch, continues to prosper with the minimum of compromise and that I am still able push myself in my technical accomplishments and to fulfil my dreams.”
Beyond and the students of NABA- Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (Milan’s New Fine Arts Academy), have together kick-started a creative project for the Milan Design Week, sharing the endless search for new creative ideas and made-in-Italy high quality – of which they are the highest expression.
A team of Fashion Design students designed an original FW 2017-2018 trainers collection of 10 models that make a statement.
With their creations, they wanted to represent Beyond trainer in a collection which harmoniously blends women’s and men’s fashion items, resulting in unisex footwear that breaks all fixed rules and promotes an original contemporary look.
With the technical and manufacturing support of shoe factory Elisabet, designers have put an emphasis on details, colours, and mixed materials, for an original and balanced collection, ideal to enhance all outfits.
One of the most popular sections at Pitti Uomo, Touch! expresses the eclectic spirit of the contemporary man's wardrobe, with an innovative and internationalist approach. For this edition of the show,Touch! is presenting at the Padiglione Medici for the first time, a strategic location within the main show, creating a new line of continuity with sections such as L'Altro Uomo and Unconventional.
INVISTA owners of the LYCRA brand, along with Cone Denim and its parent company, International Textile Group have announced that INVISTA has purchased Cone Denim’s and ITG’s dual core patent portfolio. The patent estate covers a broad variety of dual core yarns, fabrics, and garments made from those fabrics, which are sold in the U.S., China, and most recently, Europe. The purchase is effective immediately.
“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Cone Denim’s development of its dual core patented innovation, trademarked as SGENE® technology,” says Steve Maggard, Cone Denim’s senior vice president of operations. “Cone’s SGENE® technology integrates a stretch fiber, such as LYCRA® fiber, with an inelastic control filament. Cone is pleased to collaborate with INVISTA to provide a global platform to take this technology to the next level and will continue to produce yarns and fabrics made with the SGENE® technology under a license from INVISTA.”
Last month, Cone Denim’s dual core patent was granted in Europe and is now part of the INVISTA patent estate. “The granting of the EU patent marks another milestone in dual core technology and should provide new opportunities for INVISTA’s customers,” Hegedus said. Over the next several months INVISTA will be meeting with its customers and other fabric producers to discuss its expanded dual core patent estate and license requirements.
DENHAM the Jeanmaker has just opened its first store in China, located in Shanghai’s new HKRI Taikoo Hui Mall. The store showcases DENHAM’s collections for men and women, with the opening being an extensive rollout of DENHAM stores across China, reflecting the brand’s greater strategic commitment to expansion in the Asia region.
Designed by DENHAM’s in-house team, the 160-square-metre store combines a clean, gallery-like aesthetic with authentic character and décor. Furnishings have been imported from Europe, including recycled and salvaged pieces like sewing machines, vintage lamps, and trolleys reworked into tables. The floor is made of wood that was reclaimed from a French farm, while walls are made from a special indigo concrete that has been developed exclusively by DENHAM. Graphic art includes the latest work by Anthony Burrill, a renowned English printmaker known for his eye-catching use of text and typography.
Furthermore, DENHAM commissioned Shanghai-based studio JoMo Design to custom create a cash desk using vintage American yardsticks. Founded by furniture makers Moritz Spielberg and Jonas Merian in 2015, JoMo Design fuses contemporary design with uncompromising craftsmanship for signature collections and bespoke creations.
The DENHAM Shanghai store has a full Service Co., which offers a hand-wash laundry service and a custom sewing area where DENHAM jeans can be hemmed, maintained and repaired for life. The change room features DENHAM’s unique 360-degree fitting mirror, which makes it easy for shoppers to see precisely how jeans look and fit, from all angles.
ISKO to share its planet-conscious vision of denim and fashion at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2017
On May 10th a select group of contestants of the Denim Design Award of the 2016 edition of ISKO I-SKOOL will put on a Dynamic Exhibition of the projects that had led them to the finale of last year’s contest – but with a twist: they have been revamped to reflect environmental sustainability. The students have re-thought their designs under a more conscientious approach, using Tonello’s treatments and the concepts from ISKO EARTH FIT for this special task. ISKO EARTH FIT is the green platform by ISKO that has already received two important recognitions: the Nordic Swan Ecolabel and the EU Ecolabel, for several of the platform’s products. The “responsible” outfits will be evaluated by very prestigious jury composed of fashion experts.
On May 11th, ISKO will host a breakdown session dedicated to “Technology innovation”, with Marco Lucietti. The group of experts will explore the new frontiers of the promising technologies that will change industry’s methods like 3D printing, robotics in cut and sewing factories and much more. They will give insight into the very near future from a courageous and critical perspective, examining the possibile social consequences that this kind of revolution might produce.
LVMH is launching a multi-brand e-commerce site inspired by its exclusive Parisian department store Le Bon Marche. The new website called "24 Sevres" is named after the Rue de Sevres location of Le Bon Marche, will offer fashion, cosmetics and luggage products from LVMH's own portfolio as well as brands from outside the group.
LVMH, controlled by French billionaire Bernard Arnault, announced the new site would go live on June 6th in more than 70 countries.
International knitting show, PH Value, with intertextile, will open on 11-13 October, in Hall 3 of National Exhibition and Convention Center ( Shanghai).
PH Value was officially launched in 2007, and named as China International knitting Fair (with brand name PH Value). The Fair is sponsored by China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC ) and organized jointly by the Sub-council of Textile Industry, CCPIT and the China Knitting Industrial Association. It aims to be an international business and communication corporation platform in knitting industry, and composed by Exhibition, Forum, Fashion Show, New Product Launches, etc.
As a trade promotion and business platform, "PH Value" is committed to the knitting clothing and accessories, covering the full range of knitted products, including sweater, T-shirt, lingerie, underwear, loungewear, sportswear, hosiery and socks, knitting accessories and etc., showing the latest developments in product and technology, coupled with fashion highlights in trend forecast. It created a unique platform for the exhibitors to meet potential customer, explore new market opportunities, and learn the next season's trend. After years of operation, "PH Value" has become a "barometer" of the economic climate for China's knitting industry. In addition, the exhibitors will share more than 100,000 professional visitors synchronically with intertextile and CHIC shows, plus the targeted direct-link matching activities for these exhibitors and buyers at home and abroad.