Tommy x Nadal S/S 2017

Tommy x Nadal S/S 2017

For Spring 2017, Tommy Hilfiger continues to work with tennis pro Rafael Nadal as a global brand ambassador for the brand's tailored collection. Nadal's energy and determination are reflected in the THFLEX Tailored line, which offers high-performance suits made from the Woolmark-certified Merino wool; In the spirit of the motto: Tailored to Move.

Three innovative suits ensure a sophisticated look of relaxed ease: the Performance Suit, the Travel Suit and the Ultra-Light Suit; perfectly adapted to Rafael Nadal's active lifestyle.

Positive results for Obuv Mir Koi

Positive results for Obuv Mir Koi

Attendance was good at the 45th edition of the Obuv’ Mir Koi international footwear and leather goods show, which closed on March 24 at Expocentr in Moscow. The number of buyers was up over the previous edition, and 130 exhibitors (including 18 new entries) were represented in 3200 square metres of display space.

“We are finally seeing an upswing of orders in Russia and the CIS area. Buyers are still prudent, but better prospects are emerging for the months to come, and we look forward to seeing greater stability on the market in upcoming seasons,” says Arturo Venanzi, director and coordinator of Assocalzaturifici's Russia and CIS Laboratory of the Russian event. “We're still far from recovering the level of exports we saw in 2013, but what we were looking for at our event in Moscow has come true: Obuv’ Mir Koi is still an event of central importance for Italian companies working in Russia and the CIS area, the most important event after theMICAM in Milan, positioned towards the end of the season”.

At this edition ITA brought 25 selected customers from a number of regions in the Russian Federation to the event and set up a lounge where Italian exhibitors could network with buyers.

Assocalzaturifici's programme in the CIS area will continue with two additional series of events promoted and organised in partnership with ITA Agency: Shoes From Italy Almaty, from April 5 through 7 in the financial capital of Kazakhstan, and Shoes from Italy Kiev, April 12 and 13 in Ukraine

Launch of Confindustria Moda

Launch of Confindustria Moda

The launch of Confindustria Moda, the new federation of fashion, textiles and accessories, representing more than 67 thousand Italian enterprises that generate a turnover in excess of 88 billion euros and give work to over 580 thousand works, was announced today in Milan. The Confindustria Moda member companies represent outstanding Italian craftsmanship, lead the international markets and in 2016, their exports accounted for 62% of turnover.

Claudio Marenzi, President of SMI – Sistema Moda Italia – since 2013, was voted in as the Federation’s first President, while Cirillo Marcolin, President of FIAMP – the Italian Federation of Fashion and Personal Accessories – and of ANFAO – the Italian Association of Optical Goods Manufacturers – is the Federation’s new Vice President.

Confindustria Moda groups together the member companies of SMI and FIAMP – which comprises AIMPES (the Italian Association of Manufacturers of Leather Goods and Substitutes), AIP (the Italian Fur Association), ANFAO, Assocalzaturifici and Federorafi (the Italian Federation of Goldsmiths and Silversmiths). Membership of UNIC (the Italian Tanning Industry Union) will also be formalised very soon.  The federate Associations will maintain operational autonomy on vertical themes specific to each industry, for example with regard to events and trade fairs, while Confindustria Moda will offer its members, for now, cross-cutting legal consulting services, industrial relations management and a research department.

Moreover, Confindustria Moda has already sealed the purchase of a new site in Milan, which will bring together all the associations, the trade fair events and the offices of the newly-formed Federation. The move to the new site is expected to take place at the start of next year

Uniform for the dedicated S/S 2017 collection

Uniform for the dedicated S/S 2017 collection

The Spring / Summer 2017 collection from Uniforms for the Dedicated brings both uniforms and contemporary classics in structured, lightweight and sustainable fabrics. Other than 100% GOTS certified cotton and linen, outerwear and board shorts consists of a Swedish made alternative to polyester: biological polymer.

The colors run in off-white, dark navy and a saturated green, and selected styles carry a signature unicorn patch as a tribute to the brand’s creative legacy. Some key pieces include deconstructed suits made of textured cool wool, field bomber jackets, tapered and cropped trousers, piqué t-shirts, just to mention a few.

Ever since it's establishment in 2008 by a collective of snowboarders and creatives, Swedish brand Uniform for the Dedicated has been pursuing a holistic approach on how to reduce its impact on the environment: From launching The Rag Bag concept— a shopping bag that turns into a parcel addressed to charities — to launching full suit collections in recycled wool. 

DENHAM Group B.V. and Trendy International Group announce Chinese joint venture

DENHAM Group B.V. and Trendy International Group announce Chinese joint venture

DENHAM Group B.V. and Trendy Fashion Co., Ltd have announced a joint venture agreement, to operate and manage the distribution of the DENHAM brand in greater China — including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan — and drive business growth in the region. 

‘Our joint venture with Trendy International Group will allow us to expand our business in China, building upon the strong momentum we’ve already established in regions like Japan and the Netherlands,’ said Ludo Onnink, CEO of DENHAM Group B.V. ‘China is a large and diverse market where we plan to drive significant and strategic long- term growth. Trendy International Group has fantastic commercial and distribution experience, and we are confident in their expertise and support as we realise the full potential of our brand.’ 

The DENHAM China joint venture will oversee the opening of approximately 40 DENHAM stores in the market by 2020, and safeguard the brand’s positioning in the premium denim segment. The first DENHAM store in China will open in May 2017 in Shanghai Dazhongli, followed by three additional locations this year including Beijing Wangfu Central. 

‘We are proud to have created a partnership with such esteemed and successful leaders in our industry,’ said Jason Denham, Chief Creative Officer of DENHAM Group B.V. ‘Jacky Xu, Chairman of the Board & CEO of Trendy International Group, is an energetic visionary and a pioneer in our field. We had an instant click and a like-minded vision, both on product and how to take our business model in to the future.’ 

‘We’ve identified an incredible opportunity to expand the value and reach of DENHAM in China,’ said Andre Chen, Senior Vice President of Trendy International Group. ‘We believe the brand has huge potential, and we look forward to making this a reality by maximising our well- established infrastructure and regional leadership expertise.’ 

DENHAM will continue to showcase its collections at Lane Crawford stores in Hong Kong and China. 

SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion + Film presents ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’

SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion + Film presents ‘Shoes: Pleasure and Pain’

SCAD Fash Museum of Fashion + Film presents "Shoes: Pleasure and Pain," an exhibition organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that explores the creativity, cultural significance and transformative power of shoes. The exhibition displays more than 200 pairs of shoes, from ancient Egyptian slippers embellished with gold leaf and the seductive signature red soles of Christian Louboutin heels, to cutting-edge designs created by contemporary designers experimenting with new materials and the latest technology. 

In addition to the range of historic footwear, the exhibition also features platform boots worn by Elton John, Princess Diana's shoe lasts, and David Beckham's soccer cleats. Styles by numerous celebrated designers and labels such as Manolo Blahnik, Jimmy Choo, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Nike and Vivienne Westwood, as well as two iconic pairs of shoes from film history — the famous red ballet slippers from the film "The Red Shoes" (1948) and the Swarovski crystal slippers featured in Disney's "Cinderella" (2015) — are also included.

The exhibition is curated around five different themes: ”Transformation," "Status," "Seduction," "Creation" and "Obsession." Designers' sketches, shoemaking materials and historic fashion illustrations provide a deeper understanding of the exhibition's themes. Debuting with the exhibition is "Touching the Sole," a special interactive tactile display that enables visually impaired visitors to engage with replicas of many of the shoes displayed.

Lycra Made To Fit You technology revolutionises the knee-high

Lycra Made To Fit You technology revolutionises the knee-high

Committed to innovation, INVISTA, presents LYCRA MADE TO FIT YOU technology for knee-highs, a new garment construction designed to deliver an improved balance between force and compression, resulting in a product that offers all-round comfort for all sizes, with no garment slippage and less digging in. 

“We are delighted with the outcome of this new technology and the results from our wear test have exceeded all expectation,” states Jane Gwyther, Marketing Segment Manager for Legwear at INVISTA. She continues: “Two out of three non-wearers from our study said that they would now start wearing knee-highs with LYCRA MADE TO FIT YOU technology, highlighting its potential to grow the category and build consumer loyalty. This new technology truly delivers a new standard in comfort.” 

Issey Miyake opens first flagship store in MilanIssey Miyake opens first flagship store in Milan

Issey Miyake opens first flagship store in Milan

Issey Miyake announced the opening of its first flagship store in Italy. Milano has been chosen for the location, and the store will be located in an historic building, Palazzo Reina, at Via Bagutta 12, in the Quadrilatero district. 

Approximately 500m² in size, and spread over the most prominent floors of the Palazzo, it is the first time that Issey Miyake has chosen an historical building for its new flagship store. 

"Design is an act of discovery, making things, making reality, freedom, innovation. Design is work that brings people joy. For me Milano is already the city of all creativity. I am proud to be part of it." Issey Miyake 

The store space is designed by TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA. 

“A unique aesthetic is created when historical townscape and futuristic interior panels come together to express the passage of time. 

We are attracted to a past enriched by layers of history as well as an opaque future not yet realized. The space exists within a 19th century building located near Via Montenapoleone, Milan's sophisticated street famous for historical architecture. It expresses the contrast between history and future showing the many layers of time in the texture of the interior walls juxtaposed with futuristic colored aluminum. 

The floating sculptures of round aluminium are colored like pieces of dyed cloth. The blue, orange and green symbolize the energy of nature, and also delivers a sense of translucency. The essence of design harmonized with technology and handwork is projected into the shop space, reflecting the philosophy of Issey Miyake's creations.”

Pitti Uomo announces J.W. Anderson as special guest for upcoming edition

Pitti Uomo announces J.W. Anderson as special guest for upcoming edition

J.W. Anderson has been selected as Pitti Uomo’s Special Guest for its June 2017 edition and will present on June 14th, its new S/S 2018 collection.

“We have been keeping a careful eye on Jonathan Anderson’s career for several seasons,” says Lapo Cianchi, Pitti Immagine Director of Communications and Events. “Above all, we are drawn to the creativity and eclecticism he expresses in his collections that are further enhanced by high-quality manufacturing and – in menswear — by undisputable sartorial skill. The way he reinterprets elements from the contemporary art scene and from the youth culture, alternating emotional impact (such as out-of-scale volumes) and transgression that are projected towards anticipating the future leaving little room for nostalgia, is very interesting. And his shows are always surprising, with great communicative strength.”

Stories by Parajumpers: The Art of Kayak Building

Stories by Parajumpers: The Art of Kayak Building

Exploring windswept beaches, unspoiled woods and imposing rocks and discovering rare wildlife and the unique heritage of the Inuit and Aleut people, the new episode of Stories by Parajumpers is dedicated to Kiliii Yuan, the founder and owner of Seawolf Kayak, a company that started as a survival school for ancient skills and that celebrates the traditional art of building skin-on-frame kayaks. 

But the beauty of Yuan’s handmade kayaks lies not only in the celebration of heritage, but also in his dedication and passion for state-of-the-art craftsmanship. In order to satisfy the needs of the modern-day adventurer, Yuan took up the challenge to build complex yet easily manoeuvrable shapes of kayaks that are both functional and desirable. All the kayak models undergo extensive quality tests and are each designed with a particular set of needs in mind, such as the functional requirements of long expeditions, fishing, surfing and exploration trips. The five steps of building a kayak seem simple at first glance, and yet they require a high-quality craftsmanship and precision that ensures a lightweight, high tech and long lasting design of premium quality. 

“I spent the majority of my life chasing after my culture and my culture’s tradition,” explains Yuan, whose mission was inspired by his Grandmother’s stories and who dedicates his life to the Inuit and Aleut people from the far north of North America, Greenland and eastern Eurasia ever since. “My ultimate aim is to learn how indigenous people understand nature as a way of life.” he continues, adding that his aim resulted from the willingness to reconnect with the land of his ancestors, while teaching others how to build a kayak in a traditional way, thus making the magical moments of kayaking happen.