CHIC Shanghai will present from 25th till 27th of September 2019 more than 690 exhibitors from 10 countries and regions on more than 60,000 square meters at the NECC in Shanghai for the September issue its edition.
China’s strong domestic market is expected to boost retail sales this year by 3.5% to approximately $ 5.3 trillion, despite trade conflicts with the US. With a market share of 54.7%, China also remains the world’s largest e-commerce market. This positive trend is reflected in the CHIC: all the exhibition areas are fully booked: the four CHIC YOUNG BLOOD show-in-shows, CHIC-KIDZ, CHIC-TAILORING and Korea preview, as well as the nine trade fair segments.
The established Sustainable Zone has a special appearance: Sustainable development, green innovations and ecological supply chain solutions are the focus of attention at two places at the fair.
In FASHION JOURNEY international brands showcase in country pavilions (Italy, Korea, Hong Kong etc.). International individual exhibitors also present themselves in the different exhibition segments. The professional visitor management and matchmaking offered by CHIC enables international participants to participate efficiently in trade fairs. The trade fair is rounded off by comprehensive insider information at CHIC TALKS.
The 88th edition of MICAM, the international footwear exhibition promoted by Assocalzaturifici, came to a close this week at the Rho Fiera Milano. The event was attended by 44,076 trade visitors, including 60% from abroad, who were able to peruse a wide range of exhibits offered by 1303 companies.
Attendance figures showed a 0.94% increase in individual visitor numbers compared with February 2019. In particular, dealers from abroad rose by almost 2% while there was a 0.55% drop in the number of Italians.
On the international front, substantial numbers of visitors from China and Hong Kong were seen, due to the fact that the show did not coincide with holidays in those countries; as well as a 10% increase in attendees from Switzerland. Traditional European markets substantially held up while a double-digit drop in visitors from Russia (-12.85%) and Ukraine (-8.68%) was seen.
MICAM 88 was the first edition under the guidance of the new Chair Siro Badon: “Trade fairs continue to provide our companies with a great opportunity to do business and, seeing the results, we are proud of the success of this edition which confirms MICAM’s standing as the world’s leading footwear trade show”. “Our association – continues Badon – will continue to help our companies internationalise their business, using every possible means to bring together quality products and buyers who are capable of appreciating them – with particular reference to the Russian and Ukrainian markets which, as was already forecast prior to the event, are shrinking”.
The edition which has just concluded marked an important anniversary: fifty years since the first edition of the fair. A symbolic and pivotal moment for the industry which is undergoing a significant transformation, both as regards the production process and the whole ethos surrounding footwear, including the way it is perceived by the final consumer.
MICAM also represented an opportunity to relaunch Italian-made footwear at a time when our shoe manufacturing districts continue to experience difficulties, by showing that Italian fashion creations are not only extremely well-made but also an iconic part of our country’s culture. An aspect reiterated by Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, on the occasion of his visit to the fair, during which he announced a series of initiatives to promote internationalization and fully exploit the fashion system’s potential.
Amongst the various novelties presented during this edition of MICAM, the one that aroused particular interest on the part of trade visitors was the PLAYERS DISTRICT. This new exhibit area was created to provide a showcase specifically for sports and outdoor shoes, a segment that is increasingly attracting the attention of buyers and consumers and that requires manufacturers to invest continually in research and technology. A number of exciting collateral events, such as the MICAM Trophy, were held in this lively new area, which is to be developed further for the February edition.
The It’s Shoe Time exhibition in the Fashion Square was a huge success. Set up to celebrate the trade fair’s fiftieth anniversary, it took visitors on an immersive journey through time, tracing the way life-styles – as reflected in shoe fashions – evolved from the Seventies to the present day.
After wowing trade visitors at the fair centre, the exhibition will transfer to MUDEC where it will be open to the public from 19 to 22 September, free-of-charge: a unique opportunity to present the ‘footwear culture’ and MICAM to the wider public present during fashion week.
The special feature of the ALBERTO collections is their versatility. A Swiss artist now put this aspect in the limelight: from 200 ALBERTO trousers, Simon Berger created an impressive art installation. Sophisticated draping of the pants created an oversized face. An artistic highlight that will fascinate viewers as of today, 19th September at ALBERTO dealer LOEB in Bern, until 30th September 2019. The ALBERTO face can be admired on the first floor on a newly created pop-up area.
The owner, Dominique Mifsud, is impressed by the unconventional work of Simon Berger and had the idea for the trouser installation. “Fashion and art are related, they are amazing, they surprise and fascinate, they stage and attract attention,” says Dominique Mifsud, “I personally think this installation is great because it puts a completely new relation on pants fashion and literally a face on it The ALBERTO face joins a number of prominent predecessors: musician Ray Charles – who was copied from an old piano. James Bond actor Daniel Craig – his face was made from a Jaguar XJ. Or Albert Einstein, which is made up of colorful auto parts. The artworks are all anamorphoses. So works that open up to the viewer only from a specific angle.
The British Fashion Council has announced that Giorgio Armani will receive the Outstanding Achievement Award at The Fashion Awards 2019, on Monday 2nd December at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Giorgio Armani will be awarded for his outstanding contribution to the global fashion industry, his creativity and vision of timeless style and care for detail, that have provided such inspiration to so many in the industry.
As the Chairman and CEO of the Armani Group, one of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle design houses and among the few with a sole owner directly involved in all strategic decisions concerning style and design, Giorgio Armani has overseen the growth of the label from a ready- to-wear brand to a luxury fashion empire. His fashion philosophy, vision of style as lifestyle, together with his entrepreneurial ability, are the basis for the success of the Armani Group; including the Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, and A/X Armani Exchange collections.
Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award. With more than four decades in the business, Mr Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed. We look forward to celebrating with him in London in December.”
DuPont Sorona gathered sustainable food and fashion leaders from across the country for thoughtful conversation around the slow food and fashion movements on Angel Island outside of San Francisco, Calif on September 11th. Experts from industry brands such as Banana Republic and Gap, NGOs such as Fair Trade USA-Apparel and the Outdoor Industry Association, and members of the media discussed how the slow food and slow fashion movements can influence each other to drive a more circular economy.
“We know that thoughtful discussion and meaningful collaboration – even across industries –drives real change. With this in mind, Sorona brought together experts from the slow food and slow fashion movements to discuss how our industries can learn from each other and become more sustainable,” said Renee Henze, Global Marketing Director for DuPont Biomaterials. “By consuming food that is good for people and the planet, and manufacturing, selling and buying clothing that is sustainably-sourced, durable and fashionable, we all can work together to promote and drive a more circular economy.”
The event featured a sustainable fashion show with models outfitted in apparel manufactured with the Sorona fiber, DuPont’s 37 percent bio-based material used in a variety of apparel applications from ready-to-wear, to luxury, to outerwear. Thought leaders, such as 2 time-Olympic skier Kaylin Richardson and James Beard award nominated photographer, Eric Wolfinger, were amongst the models highlighting Sorona apparel that contained fashions from brands such as Helly Hansen, Royal Robbins, prAna, Tommy Bahama, The North Face, Taylor Stitch, Club Monaco and more. Over locally sourced food and wine, guests also received a talk from experts at San Francisco’s Marine Mammal Center and a tour by an Angel Island Park Ranger.
The current MIPEL edition, the international event dedicated to the B2B market of bags and fashion accessories, is taking place under the guidance of the new President of Assopellettieri, Franco Gabbrielli. Many news and collaborations will be presented thanks to the contribution of Gabbrielli who, already at his nomination at the end of June, declared that among the priorities to direct efforts there would have been the renewal of the MIPEL fair, which must focus more and more on quality, young people and innovative ideas.
“I joined the organization when MIPEL116th edition was already mostly planned but we have already brought several interesting innovations that I am sure will be appreciated by visitors and exhibitors; I’m already thinking about the next MIPEL117 to complete the path of renewal I have in mind”, says Gabbrielli.
The event, organized by Assopellettieri with the support of ITA-Italian Trade Agency and MISE, renews its commitment in favor of environmental sustainability and social responsibility.
Next edition, MIPEL116, which is currently being held in pavilion 10 of FieraMilano-Rho from 15 to 18 September, in conjunction with MICAM and HOMI (15 and 16 September) continues the path begun last season, based on awareness of the supply chain and consumers on sustainability.
At MIPEL116 all the special projects are linked together and united by the common denominator which is sustainability. This is how the consumption of plastic bottles will be compensated by the creation of drinkable water wells for the most unlucky populations and in raising awareness of visitors and exhibitors to recycle them properly; part of the carbon dioxide produced in the days of the fair will be compensated by trees planted in another area of the world, an activity that will also support local economies, ensuring farmers and workers with work and food.
The environmental sustainability promoted by MIPEL116 is highlighted also from the promotion of virtuous means of transport such as the tram, dedicating a special project to it.
The innovative range of MoveX CORDURA NYCO stretch fabrics from Sapphire Mills offers a specifically engineered enhanced stretch solution that provides the chemical resistance and dimensional stability required for garments subjected to higher temperature washing. Developed as a result of extensive testing and trials to maximise and utilise stretch potential through the fabric manufacturing process, the MoveX range offers the comfort of cotton, the durability of nylon and excellent stretch and stretch-recovery properties. This makes it an ideal solution for the creation of flexible, comfortable, hard-wearing garments with long-lasting performance. With MoveX CORDURA NYCO fabrics designers can bring to life workwear that meets the endurance challenges of a wide range of environments and the flexibility requirements of daily work activities.
Redress Design Award 2019 Winner announced, as Hong Kong’s leadership in sustainable fashion continues to grow
Environmental charity, Redress presented the finale of The Redress Design Award 2019 (the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition), where Maddie Williams from the UK won first prize and with this, the opportunity to create an up-cycled retail collection for sustainable fashion brand REVERB, under the JNBY Group, one of Mainland China’s largest fashion houses. Focusing on Redress’ mission to reduce waste in fashion, the high-spectacle event, attended by 1,000 fashion VIPs and industry experts, served to spotlight the critical need to educate designers to address the global textile waste crisis.
Winning designer Maddie Williams applies up-cycling and reconstruction techniques to reclaimed textiles, yarns and secondhand clothing, weaving them into zero-waste pieces that she constructs into her garments. Maddie draws on the vast loss of biodiversity, planetary health and our humanity in her winning collection. “Taking my catwalk competition collection into a commercial up-cycled collection will be a steep learning curve and I’ll be trying my best to keep sustainable, circular principles at the core of what I do! This is our time to tackle the environmental problems that we have inherited – we won’t get another chance!”
International judge Tillmann Lauterbach, Creative Director, REVERB of JNBY Group, said “REVERB is committed to making sustainable fashion go mainstream. Working with Maddie, we want to give consumers more access to desirable sustainable fashion, particularly in Asia, where waste is a tremendous issue that needs to be addressed immediately.”
Redress focuses on educating designers because 80 percent of a product’s environmental impact is laid down at the design stage. This ninth competition cycle, with Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region as the Lead Sponsor, attracted hundreds of applications from designers in 43 countries and builds upon Redress’ 120 global fashion university partnerships, and 186 Alumni designers from 27 countries, of which 50 have launched their sustainable brands. Redress’ work continues to cement Hong Kong’s leading position in driving sustainability in fashion.
This year’s finalists, from Hong Kong, India, Australia, Canada, UK, Israel, Spain and Germany, created collections using sustainable and circular design techniques, up-cycling widely-available waste materials, from unwanted workers’ uniforms and saris to defective camping gear and bedsheets. With a new educational focus on innovation in raw materials, the finalists also incorporated sustainable fabrics from Eastman Naia into their Grand Final collections.
Zalando has announced the launch of a four-week pilot that aims to test reusable packaging for customer deliveries. 10.000 customers in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland will receive their Zalando orders in bags that can be used over and over again. This is yet another measure for Zalando’s ambition to become the leading platform for sustainable fashion in Europe.
Reusable packaging is a fresh concept for e-commerce, but could quickly become the new standard for shipping, as two environmental problems are being tackled at the same time: carbon dioxide emissions and waste. Unlike disposable packaging, reuse keeps materials out of the waste stream and extends the life cycle of the original raw material. By eliminating waste and reducing the production of packaging, carbon dioxide emissions are potentially reduced by up to 80 percent. In a first pilot project, the extent to which reusable packaging can be integrated into existing logistics processes will be tested.
The special packaging is a change for Zalando customers. On the one hand, the unpacking experience is different from that of the classic package, on the other hand, a more intensive engagement with the packaging is required. In order to be able to reuse the packaging, it has to be added to the cycle again. This means that even if Zalando customers do not want to return anything, the packaging must be returned. However, an international consumer survey with 4,000 participants from spring 2019, shows that there is a willingness to do this; 83 percent of Germans and 67 percent of Finnish participants are trying to reduce the quantities of plastic in their daily life. The use of reusable packaging could contribute to this.
The packaging is presented in our upcoming 60th issue of WeAr if you like to get more information.
Equipped with a clear mission, PANORAMA Berlin is relocating to Tempelhof Airport from January 2020. In light of the far-reaching changes sweeping through the fashion industry, the relevance of conventional trade fair formats as we know them is being questioned.
PANORAMA Berlin established itself as the leading tradeshow of Berlin Fashion Week in a very short time. And parallel to this, a plethora of additional purchasing channels have emerged for consumers in the retail sector in the last decade, both offline and online. Today’s consumers want to feel that they are understood and that they are be- ing met halfway when it comes to their values and attitudes.
This is where PANORAMA Berlin’s REBEL WITH A CAUSE comes in. 50% of the brands represented in bricks-and-mortar retail will no longer be around in the next ten years and new innovative ideas are already in the starting blocks! The brands and retailers who have understood that they need to make consumer values and attitudes the focus of their strategy are the ones who will be successful tomorrow.
Standing still is going backwards, simply trudging along with a “same old, same old” attitude just doesn’t cut it anymore. And that’s what PANORAMA Berlin is rebelling against. Consumers these days want clear messages and emotional experiences.
Even though the answers might sometimes hurt, we will ask the questions that help us achieve success in the future. Why are we always looking back at the past? Why are we afraid of making decisions? Why are we not concentrating on our strengths? Where’s all the courage gone?
At Tempelhof Airport, the new PANORAMA Berlin is offering space to brands that dare to challenge established structures and who realise the importance of value- oriented consumer behaviour.
The new PANORAMA Berlin is putting the spotlight on the consumers and calling for a collective uprising against the “same old, same old” mentality.