Robinsons opens its new flagship store at Al-Futtaim

Robinsons opens its new flagship store at Al-Futtaim

Robinsons has opened its new flagship store at Al-Futtaim, one of the most progressive regional business houses headquartered in Dubai. The latter brought the leading fashion department store Robinsons to the GCC and the Middle- East through a joint venture agreement with the Chalhoub Group. 

The store is redefining fashion retail with its unique interior design featuring vertical gardens on all levels created by Patrick Blanc, the globally renowned visionary designer, as well as an array of natural elements from wood to marble. The visual merchandising is giving a completely new look and feel to the store and inspirational experience to its customers. The launch thematic, “URBAN ROMANCE”, celebrates the greenery and freshness of fashion, a new urban-green attitude with a nod to the Singaporean heritage of Robinsons. 

Spreading on three levels, across 200,000 sqft and with 600 brands, this will be the largest department store in the region giving home to 90 exclusive fashion and beauty brand, as well as John Lewis home collections, available only at Robinsons, on top of the large variety of carefully selected international and local labels.

Hudsons Bay Company announces appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Link as CEO of HBC Europe

Hudsons Bay Company announces appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Link as CEO of HBC Europe

Hudson’s Bay Company has announced the appointment of Dr. Wolfgang Link as Chief Executive Officer of HBC Europe, effective May 1st, 2017. Dr. Link will lead the company’s expansion and growth strategy for the European business including Galeria Kaufhof, Galeria Inno, and the entrance of Hudson’s Bay and Saks OFF 5TH. Reporting to HBC’s Chief Executive Officer, Jerry Storch, Dr. Link will oversee the European management team.

Jerry Storch, HBC’s CEO, stated: “We are pleased to welcome Wolfgang to the HBC family during this new phase of development for our European business, as we prepare to launch two new banners in the region. Wolfgang is an accomplished leader with a proven track record in the retail sector in Germany and throughout Europe. His experience in both digital and traditional channels and profound knowledge of the European market were key in selecting him for this role, and will help foster the expansion and success of HBC Europe, including our significant investment in Germany.” 

Stone Island introduces Prototype Research Series

Stone Island introduces Prototype Research Series

The Stone Island Prototype Research Series are native limited editions. They feature garments in fabrics and/or treatments born from research and experimentation processes that have not yet been industrialized. Dyneema is the strongest and most durable lightweight fibre in the world. This super light yet extremely tough Dyneema Flexible Composite fabric has increased tear, puncture, and abrasion performance.

Stone Island has engineered a ready to dye version by bonding it to an exclusive performance membrane with an ultra-light nylon tela backing. It is a reversible jacket: one side shows the Dyneema face, the other side shows the ultra-light nylon tela which takes the dye color as do all the other nylon components of the piece. The garments are cut and sewn, the seams are entirely sealed by hand with Dyneema re-enforced tapes.

This limited edition is made of 2 sets of 50 items that are garment dyed with 50 color recipes in the Stone Island Colour Laboratory.

Debut edition of Boulevard Pret-a-Sale attracts diverse group of exhibitors and buyers

Debut edition of Boulevard Pret-a-Sale attracts diverse group of exhibitors and buyers

Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale, the brand new trade platform serving the off-price and value retail industry, opened its doors to exhibitors and attendees alike on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017, featuring more than 60 men’s apparel and accessory brands. As the brainchild of industry veterans Arnold and Bruce Zimberg, in cooperation with international trade show organizer Messe Frankfurt, this first-of-its-kind trade show focused on building a business platform for the fastest growing yet under- served segment of the apparel market: off-price retail. 

Over the course of three days, Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale exhibitors showcased a variety of current, past season, and future inventory and made it available to attending buyers at discounted prices. Additionally, select exhibitors provided information on private label services and available FOB factory to retail programs. 

“We’ve curated a tightly edited group of exhibiting brands for our first menswear edition and have been very focused on quality over quantity.” said Bruce Zimberg, Co-founder and Sales Director, Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale. “The biggest challenge off-price retail buyers are facing is repetitiveness across all categories, including menswear. Our ultimate goal is to help these retailers differentiate themselves by introducing them to new upscale brands – both emerging and established.”

Jil Sander names Lucie and Luke Meier as its new creative directors

Jil Sander names Lucie and Luke Meier as its new creative directors

Jil Sander has announced the appointment of Lucie and Luke Meier as its new creative directors. With immediate effect, the couple will create their first collection for the S/S 2018 season. Lucie comes from a position at Dior as co creative-director, also previously working for Balenciaga and Marc Jacobs. Luke has been the head designer for the brand Supreme for a duration of 8 years, before finding his own menswear line OAMC.

Theme for upcoming Pitti Immagine tradeshow: BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS

Theme for upcoming Pitti Immagine tradeshow: BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS

Vital energy and the beauty of flowers has provided inspiration for “BOOM, PITTI BLOOMS”, the leading theme of the Pitti Immagine summer trade shows. 

New creative ideas that blossom just like flowers: improbable, effervescent and ironic. Sometimes in the form of macro inflatable flowerbeds, odd sculptures or flying bouquets. A fantastic world of original patterns blended with colour contrasts on façades, in areas and on objects. 

Layout, creative direction and Fortezza da Basso's setting by lifestyler Sergio Colantuoni. This introduces the overall topic relating to the new digital art project accompanying the exhibitions’ advertising campaign. An Art + Vibes production, directed by Valentina Be, Executive Producer Max Brun and Sound Designer Lorenzo Confetta.

Prosperity Textile Fabrics Named ISPO TEXTRENDS 2017 F/W Top Products

Prosperity Textile Fabrics Named ISPO TEXTRENDS 2017 F/W Top Products

Four denim fabrics developed by Prosperity Textile have been named top products & selections of the ISPO TEXTRENDS 2017 Fall/Winter. The total selection was on display at ISPO MUNICH from February 5th to 8th and then later at ISPO BEIJING. 

ISPO TEXTRENDS is the platform for textile innovations and components. Twice a year, ISPO honors innovative fabrics and components that are used to manufacture sports apparel with ISPO TEXTRENDS. Designers, product managers and media representatives consider ISPO TEXTRENDS a valuable platform for pioneering textile trends and innovations. It also gives designers and product developers a comprehensive overview of exciting innovations, but it is also a unique opportunity for networking and sourcing. 

Mr. Xiang Gu, General Manager of Prosperity Textile, said, “We are proud to have our denim fabrics been selected as the top products & selections of ISPO TEXTRENDS again, for our commitment to innovation and sustainability. Over the years, we have been developing denim with upgraded performances, interesting surfaces, soft touch and eco- friendly ingredients, to meet the growing demand of sportswear and outdoor apparels customers. We will continue our efforts to relentlessly drive the innovation of denim.”

Who’s Next x Citadium launch their pop-up store

Who’s Next x Citadium launch their pop-up store

During Who’s Next trade show, which took place from the 20th to 23rd January 2017, Citadium had the idea to create an exclusive space where 11 young designers could showcase their collections to professionals in the fashion industry. Following the success of the space at the trade show, Citadium has decided to host a pop-up store for these young labels in the heart of its Parisian flagship, Caumartin.

From Wednesday 29th March to Wednesday 12th April the window display at the Citadium Caumartin is merchandised with the collections of these young designers. Afterwards, the collections will be showcased and distributed in the Bordeaux and Marseille branches of Citadium, from 15th May to 4th June.

By highlighting their work and coaching them in business development, Who’s Next and Citadium are coming together in their commitment to discovering young designers and supporting the growth of their brands.

Eastpak launches LAB Collection

Eastpak launches LAB Collection

Eastlake has launched its new premium LAB Collection, focusing on design and a variety of material such as neoprene and mesh. The collection is divided into 5 different categories: Oily LAB, Tailored Lab, Welded LAB, Tech LAB and Neoprene LAB.

Balmain appoints new CEO

Balmain appoints new CEO

Balmain has named Massimo Piombini as its new CEO, effective immediately. Piombini takes over from Emmanuel Diemoz as the brand prepares to position themselves as a larger global luxury presence with their new Qatar owners. The new focus will be on casual luxury and more jersey, denim and knitwear.