YKK to host 3-day event in honour of Première Vision exhibition

YKK to host 3-day event in honour of Première Vision exhibition

The YKK London Showroom has announced a special 3 day event in honour of the Première Vision exhibition to be held in Paris between 19th and 21st September 2017.  During this time, the Showroom will showcase its latest products, catalogues and samples, and YKK technical experts will be on hand to assist with all enquiries.

YKK’s latest Excella Fin zipper will be on show, a unique product that can be used across all garments, shoes, accessories and luggage, with twenty colours available for the zipper teeth, and six hundred to choose from for the colour tape. The zipper has an innovative finguard structure extending the teeth to the material, ensuring it does not rip from a heavy usage and can be ordered as an open end, closed end or movable piece with two way sliders. It enables a smooth transition when using the zip. YKK’s latest button cap product will also be available, another product created to give users complete flexibility and originality, as the button can be incorporated into the same look and material of any item, including leather, grosgrain and denim. Individuals will be able to customize the cap to reflect their overall vision and also can personalize the product with initials or anything else of their choosing.

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Who’s Next evolves

The recent Who’s Next has officially closed yesterday, with many brand impressions from French brands, like leather jacket label Zapa, or the lifestyle label Bensimon, both of which presenting impressive collections. Also Trench & Coat presented an interesting take on the classic trench-coat and added French flair to it.

But aside seeing French labels, and visitors, there was an increasing international presence at the show. Who’s Next has continued its collaboration with the Japanese department store Laforet.

Laforet’s team showed in an impressive installation some of its brands and brought the Japanese flair to the capital of fashion.

The trade show was separated into 5 areas showing a total of 700 RTW brands that ranged from the German Annette Görz to the Chinese YI Project.

In addition to Who’s Next, the venue also saw Première Classe presenting accessory and footwear brands. Buyers had the chance to combine both shows easily in one visit and get an impression of what the international market had to offer in this area, too.

What has received increasing interest from visitors was the conference area that was organised by the trade shows and was held within the Première Classe area.

From success stories told by leading retailers to tips and tricks how social media can help retailers, or trend talks. This concept offered that retailers can inform themselves over and above their usual buying route and improve their business.

Talking to Aude Chabanier, Who’s Next’s new show director, it became very apparent that the trade show is aiming to be even more international, professional and help the industry in every possible way: from services, to education.

New areas were established where tech fashion start-ups presented their concepts which is ever more important in this changing world.

With these new changes ahead, it will be a highly interesting show to follow on the international trade show calendar.


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CPM Moscow 29th edition with steady visitor numbers, more brands and new strategic steps

CPM Moscow 29th edition with steady visitor numbers, more brands and new strategic steps

The 29th edition of CPM Moscow, from 30th August until 2nd September 2017 at the Expocentre Fairgrounds, came to a successful close with highly encouraging figures: around 22,900 professional buyers (an increase of 7.42% compared to the previous year) from over 50 countries visited the platform in Moscow, which was also attended by 1,300 brands (an increase of 31% compared to the previous year) and 700 exhibitors from 27 countries, all showcased on a gross area of 45,000 m2.

Due to its location, CPM Moscow has represented “EAST meets WEST” for almost 15 years now: “Russia is not only an extraordinary market, but also an extraordinary country. As the leading order trade show for the Eastern European market, CPM Moscow is an extraordinarily diverse pulsating tradeshow that is constantly being further developed. And it all takes place in an extremely fascinating metropolis, which, in terms of its presence and development, is in no way inferior to any other global hotspots,” sums up Thomas Stenzel, Managing Director of the Messe Düsseldorf GmbH subsidiary in Moscow. “So we’re all the more delighted that as of 1 October 2017 we will be completely taking over the tradeshow from Igedo Company Düsseldorf, who will continue to act as co-organiser of the event.”

Report from Munich Fabric Start

Report from Munich Fabric Start

WeAr’s team has talked to some of the brands at Munich Fabric Start to hear first hand from the show’s vibe and find out about the latest trend the brands are exhibiting for this new season.


Coloro – Join the color revolution. Based on a 7-digit code describing Hue, Lightness and Chroma.

Nastrificio Victor enjoys great demand for their fashionable tapes as accessories get more and more important.

Dynamo: Gaetano is happy with the positive response buyers are having towards the new collection. Especially the new yarn dyed structures with wool touch are a runner.

Saving water and energy another key matter at Bossa.

Bossa’s Müge Tunceren comments on the collection: “This new collection we especially put our importance on colors. They are changing their colors after the washing process. The fabrics area also especially soft due to the inclusion of special fibres in the construction process.”

Calik promotes its Fly Jean fabrics in the popular athleisure style

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This Munich Fabric Start kicked off the trade fair cycle for A/W 18/19 and already is in full swing.

Due to last season’s strong visitor numbers, especially also for the third day, the show has extended Bluezone for one more day, 3 days in total. It has also introduced a new format: Apparel Source to bring the industry forward in terms of value chain.

Further, new workshops will be held at Denim Club with talks from the Bluezone experts, after all this area comprises over 100 brands, and workshops covering new developments and trends.

Also Keyhouse, a relatively new format, being introduced a few seasons ago, will be a hub for new technologies, the future of fabrics, macro trends etc. After all, in times of 3D printing and other advanced technologies it is ever more so important to stay informed. Li Edelkoort will hold a trend seminar at Keyhouse the 6th of September talking about key trends for this season as well as for S/S 19.

Parallel to Munich Fabric Start and Bluezone will be Munich Apparel Source, which offers a portfolio of sourcing offices and manufacturing companies including Cut-Make-Trim (CMT) solutions and high-end finished goods production.

The team of WeAr is at the show, talks to the key-players and collects impressions for you. There was a very strong start of the show, with people queuing at the entrance. The show skillfully presented the key trends and also showed that accessories are key. The saying: ‘Simplicity – buy less, choose well’ seems to be meeting the demand of today.

Apax Partners acquires a majority stake in MatchesFashion

Apax Partners acquires a majority stake in MatchesFashion

Private equity firm Apax Partners has acquired a majority stake in MatchesFashion. The latter’s founders, Tom and Ruth Chapman, as well as existing venture capital backers: Scottish Equity Partners and Highland Europe, will retain minority stakes and control in the business.

The deal is said to be expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Carolina Herrera to show her Spring 2018 runway show at MoMA

Carolina Herrera to show her Spring 2018 runway show at MoMA

Carolina Herrera has announced that her Spring 2018 runway show will take place in the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art. Taking place on September 11 at 8pm, the show will take place as part of New York Fashion Week.

CIFF to unveil ambitious expansion of runway concept for its 50th Edition.

CIFF to unveil ambitious expansion of runway concept for its 50th Edition.

For the F/W 2018 edition of Copenhagen International Fashion Fair, the tradeshow will unveil an ambitious expansion of its innovative runway concept. First introduced in February 2017 under the name CIFF SHOWSCENE, the highly curated runway concept originally conceived to offer emerging talent a cost-effective way to produce individual runway shows, will be known going forward as CIFF RUNWAY.

“The Fall/Winter 2018-19 fair (31 Jan to 2 Feb 2018 ) will mark CIFF’s 50th edition and we feel there is no better way to mark the occasion than to reinforce our longstanding commitment to supporting and nurturing emerging talent. Young talents represent the lifeblood of our industry. They take risks, push boundaries and help move our industry forward. We’re thrilled therefore to be expanding our runway show concept and unveiling a series of exciting new services designed to help emerging brands express their vision in highly individualized presentations.”– Kristian W Andersen, Fashion and Design Director

Buffalo to revive its platform boot with Patrick Mohr

Buffalo to revive its platform boot with Patrick Mohr

Buffalo is reintroducing its infamous platform boot style with a revival of this popular 90s style shoe. In collaboration with Berlin-based fashion designer Patrick Mohr, Buffalo will release a unisex line of the shoe towards the end of 2017.

Cotton Made in Africa achieves record revenues

Cotton Made in Africa achieves record revenues

Upon publication of its annual report for 2016, Cotton made in Africa can report positive results for the past commercial year: As the largest label for sustainable cotton from Africa, CmiA certified 30% of cotton production in sub-Saharan Africa. Growing demand for CmiA cotton in the textile industry meant that around 50 million CmiA textiles were put to the market in 2016. Thereby, the sustainable cotton initiative increased its license revenues by 47 percent in comparison to 2015.

Thanks to the boost in sales of CmiA certified cotton in the textile production countries, CmiA could achieve a consolidated revenue of plus 47 percent in 2016. The share of public financial aid in 2016 reached the lowest level of 1 percent. The result substantiates the motto of the sponsoring organization – Aid by Trade. Based on its goals, the foundation was able to increase the effectiveness of its contributed funds by a further percentage point in comparison to the previous year, reaching 72 percent. Successful project implementation in the cotton growing countries.

Above its standard implementation, Cotton made in Africa supports projects by village communities and provides financing. Among the projects are solar power projects for farmer training centers, water or women’s projects. The total volume invested in cooperation projects that have been active 2016 came to 950,000 Euros.