Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize Awards

Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize Awards

Tom Ford and 52HZ are offering $1.2 million to the innovators who create the best replacement for thin-film plastic: one that can be used in everything from polybags to single-use etc. The Tom Ford Plastic Innovation Prize is a two-year competition, followed by three years of support for competition finalists designed to incentivise the development and adoption of these alternatives to thin-film plastic. 

The prize will catalyse the use of scalable, biologically degradable thin-plastic alternatives through an open innovation process, rigorous scientific and technical analysis, and in-depth partnership and facilitation activities.

The first round of the competition involves an initial submission where teams will be required to complete a detailed Submission Template outlining their innovation and describing how it aligns with the competition criteria. Up to 10 competitors will be selected as finalists and share in a milestone prize award of $200,000 to encourage the development of their technologies. Finalists will participate in the final round of the competition by providing samples of their materials for third-party lab testing. Prize winners will be selected based on a review of these results plus supporting materials. Three prize winners will share in a prize pool of $1 Million in investment capital and then move into the Accelerator phase of the competition.

Pitti Uomo 100 is coming in July 2021

Pitti Uomo 100 is coming in July 2021

From 30th June until 2nd July at the Fortezza da Basso, Pitti Uomo’s 100th edition will take place.

The events calendar, the guests, and the special projects are being finalised currently, but it has been confirmed that the setting will be very different from the usual: a new concept of distances, movements, interactions, and the enhancement of the Pitti 100 sign. And as always, the center of attention will be the best international brands that at each edition choose Pitti Uomo to express their vision of today’s and tomorrow’s fashion.

The collections will be organized into three macro areas, three special itineraries dedicated to the different souls of menswear: Fantastic Classic (the evolution most innovative and contemporary versions of the evolution of classic style), Dynamic Attitude (where a passion for the outdoors meets sportswear and streetwear), Superstyling (a focus on the new stylistic codes that anticipate trends). In addition, the fair will present independent exhibition spaces where brands can express themselves and show their collections.

To inspire real change in the world of fashion, Pitti Uomo 100 will present the third edition of Sustainable Style, a special project that has attracted the attention of the press and key buyers since its launch. Giorgia Cantarini, fashion journalist and curator of the project, will present a new selection of innovative brands that create and produce according to eco-responsible criteria. Sustainable Style is one of the projects supported by the collaboration between Pitti Immagine and UniCredit, focusing on sustainability and innovation.

Pitti Studios, an entirely new project will launch at the summer editions of the Pitti Immagine trade shows. Pitti Studios is a content production service (photos, videos, and storytelling) designed to enhance the brands’ proposals in a cross-channel perspective social and digital media on Pitti Connect and the exhibitors’ platforms.

Avery Dennison launches Digital Care Label in partnership with AmbercycleAvery Dennison launches Digital Care Label in partnership with AmbercycleAvery Dennison launches Digital Care Label in partnership with Ambercycle

Avery Dennison launches Digital Care Label in partnership with Ambercycle

Avery Dennison, a global leader in innovation and materials science, branding, and manufacturing, has announced its partnership with Ambercycle, a Los Angeles-based, post-consumer garment recycler. The collaboration demonstrates Avery Dennison’s complete digital care label solution. This sees intelligent care labels being attached to Ambercycle’s garments. The labels feature a QR code that links to an app offering a digital experience that details how that specific garment was produced and how it should be looked after. The app is powered by Avery Dennison’s powerful data platform.

Legally, all garments sold must have a physical care and content label to communicate product information, such as washing instructions and material composition. This information is not just helpful for consumers, it is also vital for recyclers and resellers as it allows them to easily identify what the garment is made of after the original owner has disposed of it. 

Avery Dennison’s new digital care label solution is a significant innovation as it allows for traceability and transparency across the supply chain. In addition, new digital revenue streams become possible for the brand as additional products can be marketed to the consumer via this new direct-to-consumer touchpoint.

Ambercycle, Avery Dennison’s first partner for its digital care label, converts end-of-life textile ‘waste’ into new yarns for apparel brands and manufacturers. Its garments are created from polyester textiles that were destined for landfill, but are instead broken down to a molecular level, turned into pellets, and then spun into Cycora yarns which can be processed by garment manufacturers in the same way as virgin yarns.

This partnership is the first in a series of innovation-based collaborations that underscore Avery Dennison’s commitment to a circular apparel supply chain and support its 2030 sustainability goals.

LVMH publishes consolidated report on social & environmental commitments

LVMH publishes consolidated report on social & environmental commitments

LVMH has for the first time published a consolidated report on its social and environmental commitments and initiatives. Opening with an editorial by Bernard Arnault, the report details the many initiatives that embody LVMH’s strong commitment to responsible growth against the backdrop of the global health crisis. This consolidated approach provides a clear overview of the Group’s actions and facilitates engagement with stakeholders.

The social and environmental responsibility report concludes with a section called “In Finer Detail” dedicated to the Group’s social and environmental responsibility governance, social and environmental indicators, responsible sourcing policy and other significant metrics.

London Fashion Week June 2021 digital-first event

London Fashion Week June 2021 digital-first event

The British Fashion Council (BFC) has announced that the next edition of London Fashion Week will take place from Saturday 12th to Monday 14th June 2021. London Fashion Week will combine menswear and womenswear collections and run as a digital-first event on www.londonfashionweek.co.uk with a number of Covid-secure physical activations in line with Government guidelines.

London Fashion Week September 2021 will run from Friday 17th to Tuesday 21st September, with a combination of physical and digital activations, marking a long-awaited cultural reopening of London.

Taking place after the Institute of Positive Fashion Forum (IPF Forum), a thought leadership event bringing together key voices from the fashion industry and beyond on June 10th, London Fashion Week will emphasize the three IPF pillars: Environment, People and Community & Craftsmanship.

Frankfurt Fashion Week launches digital FFW STUDIO

Frankfurt Fashion Week launches digital FFW STUDIO

Due to the ongoing global pandemic situation, Frankfurt Fashion Week will be taking place digitally from July, 5-9 and will launch FFW STUDIO – a digital streaming platform that offers curated and unique insights into trade shows, conferences, experiences as well as arts & entertainment. Always highlighting their key motifs of sustainability and digitisation while inspiring and stimulating new discussions.

“Now it’s time to look ahead. We set out to make Frankfurt Fashion Week and its ecosystem the driving force of the fashion and textile industry and to add relevant future issues to the industry’s agenda. And we still have our sights set on achieving this. For example, the new Frankfurt Fashion SDG Summit presented by Conscious Fashion Campaign in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and “The New European Bauhaus – Workshop of the Future” conference inspired by the European Union’s “New European Bauhaus” initiative, organised by the Fashion Council Germany in cooperation with Frankfurt Fashion Week, promise a high-profile digital offer. This means that, even under these challenging circumstances, we will live up to our intention of completely reinterpreting a Fashion Week in Frankfurt and providing new momentum for transforming the future of the fashion industry,” says Detlef Braun, Member of the Executive Board of Messe Frankfurt. “It breaks my heart to have to cancel our tradeshows, conferences and events, as well as the planned collection presentations and shows, for the third time in a row. Let’s make no mistake here: the repercussions for the fashion industry are dramatic. But we are left with no other choice but to face up to the facts, take the necessary actions and plan the physical elements of a Frankfurt Fashion Week – which we are all looking forward to so much – for January 2022. For July we will now pool all our strengths to fulfil our responsibility to the sector digitally and without a get-together in person: in the FFW STUDIO, we will offer inspiration, while highlighting and discussing the topics of sustainability and digitisation at the highest level in corresponding formats. It’s about creating a kind of pre-season taster of our vision of a new Frankfurt Fashion Week, despite COVID,” says Anita Tillmann, Managing Director of the Premium Group. “Now more than ever!”

MICAM Milano to take place physically in September 2021

MICAM Milano to take place physically in September 2021

“The government’s recent announcement of a date for starting physical trade fair events again makes us cautiously optimistic about the future,” says Assocalzaturifici and MICAM Chair Siro Badon. “Starting up this virtuous system again, at the service of enterprises and the exports that result from trade fairs, means relaunching the whole industry on world markets,” explains Badon. “We’re working on an edition concentrated in a new three-day formula rather than the usual four days, guaranteeing perfect safety under protocols developed with Fiera Milano. MICAM is the first business opportunity of decisive importance for our member companies, a privileged venue for negotiating orders and opening up opportunities for growth and penetration of new markets. It is essential for relaunching a crucial sector of Italian industry and our economy, a sector of production that suffered great difficulty in 2020 as a result of the pandemic”. 

While awaiting the resumption of physical trade fairs, MICAM has reinforced its digital event. MICAM Milano Digital Show was held from 8 March to 8 May 2021 with the participation of more than 90 brands; over 5,000 buyers from all over the world visited the platform and used it to conduct business. This digital tool will continue to be an essential part of an advanced strategy for adaptation to the changes on the market requiring planning, organisation and an ability to continue restocking and renewing the product assortment more frequently, rapidly presenting new products to customers at various times throughout the year. 

“We’re happy with the second edition of MICAM Milano Digital Show,” comments MICAM CEO Tommaso Cancellara. “We implemented communication initiatives focusing buyers’ attention on the brands in the platform. More than 5000 buyers registered, visiting over 35,000 pages and generating almost 2,000 requests to connect with brands; traffic was 60% higher than in the previous edition. We noted a lot of interest in winter footwear, particularly boots and ankle boots, but also on comfortable shoes and sports footwear, demonstrating that the pandemic has truly changed the way we work and live our lives. In addition, the range of goods on offer was flanked by top-quality virtual content thanks to MICAMX, MICAM’s laboratory for innovation in footwear. Over the eight weeks we broadcast more than 50 presentations based on the 4 pillars of MICAMX: sustainability, trends and materials, the future of retail, and art, fashion heritage & future. MICAM Milano Digital Show will continue in the seasons to come, alongside the physical trade fairs that are so important to our industry”. 

MICAM Milano’s physical edition will take place from 19 to 21 September 2021 at Fiera Milano Rho.

Fashion Takes Action x WeAr Magazine discussion panel

Fashion Takes Action x WeAr Magazine discussion panel

Fashion Takes Action is a non-profit established in 2007, with a mission to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness, research and collaboration. Since 2014, their World Ethical Apparel Roundtable, or WEAR conference and webinar series, has brought together the entire fashion system to learn, network and collaborate. Each month, they address the barriers to sustainability through their WEAR webinar series.

On May 19th, 2021 at 12 PM – 1 PM (EST) WeAr Magazine’s Shamin Vogel will moderate the discussion session around Luxury and Innovation: The benefits of bio-based fur.

The panel will be between DuPont’s Sorona, Ecopel and a brand partner which adopted their new faux fur Koba. Dupont is leading the way to sustainable faux fur production as global innovation leader, who recently created one of the first commercially available faux furs that is made with plant-based materials, known as Sorona®. This innovative new material is pushing the boundaries of fashion, by providing brands and consumers with a product that considers both the environment, and animals. This material can be mechanically recycled which, unlike real or synthetic furs, supports the circular business model. This panel will explore how this innovative new material is pushing the boundaries of fashion, by providing brands and consumers with a product that considers both the environment and animals.

Register to attend via the link.

Browns (re)launches Browns Focus

Browns (re)launches Browns Focus

Browns has relaunched Browns Focus, the once physical home to new talent within the Browns family. This new initiative will celebrate Browns’ legacy of supporting new talent and the ongoing commitment to nurture innovative designers and creatives.

Released as a series of concepts driven by Browns’ design community, to celebrate both their individuality and creativity, Series One will launch as a program of digital creative experiences and exclusive capsules produced in collaboration. The line-up includes womenswear designers Commission, Conner Ives, MAXIMILIAN and Mariah Esa alongside menswear designers Bianca Saunders, Labrum, LUEDER, Saul Nash and TSAU.

Drawing on the idea of future icons, Browns looked not just to ‘icons’ in the world of fashion, but to designers who are icons in their communities. Joe Brunner, Menswear Buyer Next Generation said, “what was arguably just as important if not more important, was that they needed to have a voice on topics such anti-racism, social inequality and mental health. These conversations are incredibly important to Browns and we wanted to be a vehicle to drive these narratives forward through our community.”

With the recent opening of the new flagship Browns Brook Street, the relaunch of Browns Focus highlights the continued endeavours to champion the community celebrating the collaborations that go beyond product, bringing both local and global talent to new and established customers – pinpointing each designer’s unique story as well as overarching message of creativity.

Upcycled by Miu Miu in collaboration with Levi’s

Upcycled by Miu Miu in collaboration with Levi’s

Upcycled by Miu Miu continues to pursue a sustainable ideology, now giving new life to pre-loved denim in collaboration with Levi’s. A selection of classic denim pieces is re-fashioned by Miu Miu, seen through the brand’s maverick and determinedly playful eye and worn by Miu Miu muses, the actor Emma Corrin and models Lila Moss and Georgia Palmer, all portrayed by Johnny Dufort. 

A celebration of iconic garments, this project includes vintage MADE IN USA men’s 501 jeans and Trucker Jackets from the 1980s and 1990s. Born out of American workwear and, from the mid-1950s onwards, a symbol of youthful rebellion, these iconic pieces have been customised and personalised by Miu Miu, in a play between masculinity and femininity, and aimed squarely at an equally free-spirited Miu Miu woman. The vintage denim is hand-embellished with instantly recognisable Miu Miu crystal, pearl, floral and all-over diamanté embroideries, puffed sleeves and bold leather patches featuring Art Deco-inspired intarsia motifs. Jeans are cut off to the thigh or finished with ivory silk duchesse turn-ups while the Trucker Jackets are adorned with oversized white lace collars. 

The iconic Levi’s backpatch is re-invented in Miu Miu pink and carries the brand’s logo alongside. The finishing touch is a specially commissioned Miu Miu carrier bag stamped with the Levi’s logo in return. 

Upcyled by Miu Miu in collaboration with Levi’s will be unveiled in London Selfridges and Shanghai IAPM mid-May. Afterwards, the collection will also be available online at miumiu.com, 18 select Miu Miu stores worldwide and Dover Street Market Los Angeles.