Whos Next and Premiere Classe will be exploring the theme #GIRLSQUAD

Whos Next and Premiere Classe will be exploring the theme #GIRLSQUAD

Who's Next & Premiere Classe have chosen to explore a societal theme and place it at the heart of the trade shows for the January edition. Through the prism of the #GIRLSQUAD, the trade shows retain their utmost important values: creativity, commitment, freedom of expression and team spirit.

Around this powerful theme, Who’s Next & Premiere Classe are reinventing themselves in order to offer a unique and complete experience, 100% led by girl gangs. With a selection of exclusive brands and pop-up stores, guest influencers, a music programme, a unique scenography… Who’s Next and Premiere Classe are offering a complete and inspired interpretation of this truly urban revolution.

The Trendy and Urban areas of Who’s Next, will be presenting women-led brands,The Fame area will exclusively present the new ‘Pièces’ project, developed by Julia Van Hagen* & her team of exceptional women. ‘Pièces’ unites 5 craftswomen who work with ceramics, textiles and are involved in the art industry.

As for the Premiere Classe trade show, it will welcome the famous fashion Dress Code Festival, via a selection of accessory, ready-to-wear and lifestyle brands.

Mustang enters partnership with Legwear product segment of camano

Mustang enters partnership with Legwear product segment of camano

From January 1, 2017, denim specialist MUSTANG will be granting the exclusive production and distribution license for the Legwear product segment to camano in Pleinfeld.

“We are extremely happy to enter into a partnership with a tradition-rich brand like MUSTANG, which is also brand leader in the denim segment,” claims Burkhard Stuhlemmer, CEO of camano GmbH & Co. KG. “With MUSTANG we will extend our licensing portfolio to include a significant market segment and consequently further build our retail competence. This will allow camano to strengthen its position as an innovative and competent retail partner.”

The first delivery of the MUSTANG Legwear Collection is planned for Fall/Winter 2017. A small collection selection will be presented to a professional audience in January at the Panorama in Berlin.

ALBERTO Winter 2017 collectionALBERTO Winter 2017 collection

ALBERTO Winter 2017 collection

Menswear

Warm, super soft wool and flannel pants are making a comeback and feature prominently in ALBERTO’s collection for winter 2017. Keeping with the times also means changing the cut of its pants – sometimes subtly, sometimes radically.  Deluxe denims are also a must-have for the coming season. It isn’t only the cut and sophisticated details but also the elaborate washes, ingenious surface treatments and high-quality Italian fabrics that make the collection stand out. 

The coming winter, these classic cut wool pants made of high-quality Italian fabrics containing fine silk and Spandex will be making a comeback. Rough on the outside, ultra-trendy on the inside – the Mönchengladbach-based pants tailors from ALBERTO have created a characterful cotton line for the winter season that is ideal for men who want to make a statement. ALBERTO’s Smart Ceramica and Cosy Pants will again bridge the gap between casual and elegant. ALBERTO’s denim line for winter 2017 are off the vintage styles which are deliberately rough and tough with elaborate destroyed and repaired elements and cool 3D crease effects, while triple-dyed pieces give fashionable used styles that extra flair with extra color depth and ultra-comfortable stretch fabric. ALBERTO’s Premium Business Jeans segment is a symbiosis of traditional denim culture and pure luxury fashion

Womenswear
ALBERTO’s winter 2017 women's collection focuses entirely on wool and Ceramica, Retro, rock chick, sporty, cozy and even luxurious, ALBERTO has created all kinds of variations that strike a perfect balance between subtle and tough.

Next winter, ALBERTO woman will be relying on a combination of colors, cuts and patterns for its extensive new interpretation of the modern urban casual look.  ALBERTO woman is once again introducing a lot of newcomers for winter 2017. The PPT styles appear as plain T400 satin Superfit pants with sophisticated seam effects in the dye, some featuring Baroque-style floral flocking and fine vintage dyes. Cool cotton and extra-comfortable jersey prints bring rock and roll back to fashion with camouflage and leopard prints, animal jacquards in matching shades, elaborate coatings, woven Lurex stripes and abstract three-tone allover patterns. Asymmetric dividing seams and appliquéd metal zips give a hint of high fashion. The absolute highlight is a series of stylish pants made of soft, flowing velvet with floral and paisley allover prints.  The next winter season is all about Ceramica which is gentle on the skin, crease-resistant, easy to iron and able to regulate temperatures. For winter 2017, ALBERTO woman presents a denim range that bridges the gap between the beginnings of this precious blue commodity to the present day, featuring a mixture of elaborate used treatments and state-of-the-art fabrics. ALBERTO woman’s colors for the next winter season are extremely subtle. Deep black, military and earth shades create a harmonious, restful look accentuated with pastel rosé and mint, opulent royal blue, muted red, light berry and glamorous silver nuances.

Pantofola d’Oro launches Custom Made projectPantofola d’Oro launches Custom Made project

Pantofola d’Oro launches Custom Made project

The Italian footwear brand Pantofola d’Oro 1886 launched the exclusive Custom Made project in selected stores presenting the clientele the iconic PdO Gold sneaker belonging to the brand’s archives dating 1967. Receiving advice from the company’s artisans, the clientele has the possibility to personalize the shoes in the colour, eyelet, laces, lining and sole. A special personal touch can be given with the own signature or monogram embroidered on the shoes that are delivered fifteen days after the order is placed.

The project started in October with a three-day collaboration in London’s Carnaby Street and continued at Isetan in Tokyo and November at La Rinascente in Milan lasting one week. The following will take place in Singapore from 10 to 14 March 2017 and at fifteen other stores in Italy throughout next year.

Based in Ascoli Piceno in the footwear region Marche, the company celebrated this year its 130th anniversary. The original production focused on wrestling shoes and football boots that still belong to the brand’s production alongside the high-end quality handcrafted leather and canvas/leather sneakers. As CEO Kim Williams explains “We believe that our custom made service can make the difference, creating the exclusivity of a product that cannot be found online. The connection with the clientele and retail is furthermore absolutely crucial today as well as the quick delivery of the items”.

Tommynow show to take place Los Angeles for February 2017

Tommynow show to take place Los Angeles for February 2017

Tommy Hilfiger has announced that it will host the TOMMYNOW Spring ’17 fashion show in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The west coast runway event is a continuation of the brand’s commitment to innovation and the democratization of the runway, including new partnerships and a celebration of local talent that builds on the Fall ’16 “Tommy Pier” experience in New York.

This will be the brand’s second in-season, immediately shoppable fashion show, and will present the looks from Spring ‘17 Hilfiger Collection, and the TommyXGigi collaborative capsule, the second collection designed together with supermodel Gigi Hadid. 

“The casual, cool, chic look that is leading the fashion world this season was born and bred in L.A., and I knew this show would feel at home on Venice Beach. In September, TOMMYNOW led the democratization and reinvention that is taking place in our industry right now and I’m excited to bring the full excitement and energy of our runway shows to L.A. this season. The Spring ’17 collections were designed with a clear West Coast spirit, and Gigi and I have loved fusing elements of her California lifestyle and a music festival atmosphere into the second TommyXGigi collection.” – Tommy Hilfiger

Highlights at the upcoming edition of Pitti Uomo 91

Highlights at the upcoming edition of Pitti Uomo 91

The 91st edition of Pitti Uomo, taking place on the 10th till 13th of January 2017, marks a step forward in the fair’s evolution. With its events and continually changing geography, Pitti Uomo captures the new vibrations of fashion and transforms them into original projects, beyond the concepts of fair and fashion week. The protagonists will be the great traditional firms that are projecting themselves towards the future, the new fashion talents and the brands that are on the way up, right up to the new worlds of menswear, even in a geographical sense.

The upcoming edition is expecting a total of approximately 1220 brands with 44% coming from abroad. Some highlights are big international brands which will launch their projects:

Z Zegna with the official premiere of the collection designed by Alessandro Sartori, the new creative director.Tommy Hilfiger, at Pitti Uomo for the first time, will present a precise selection of the Fall 2017 men’s collections inside an extraordinary hi-tech installa<>tion. Paul Smith will also be present at the Fortezza, with the PS by Paul Smith contemporary collection. 

Woolrich Inc. and Woolrich Europe Announce Merger

Woolrich Inc. and Woolrich Europe Announce Merger

Woolrich Inc., America’s oldest outdoor clothing company and one of the world’s leading manufacturers of outdoor lifestyle apparel, and Woolrich Europe, licensee of the trademark for Europe and Asia, owned by W.P. Lavori in Corso, jointly-announced today the completion of an agreement to merge into Woolrich International, a new holding company responsible for leading and accelerating the future growth and development of the Woolrich brand, both in the North American market and worldwide.

The newly-formed company, Woolrich International will be headquartered in London and will coordinate the operating offices in New York City, Woolrich Pennsylvania, and Bologna and Milan, Italy. 

Woolrich International, at the end of the 4 years strategic plan, aims to be listed through an IPO in a prominent international stock market with the purpose to sustain the second growth phase on the emerging markets with superior potential. The execution of the IPO will be evaluated even considering possible strategic alliances which can accelerate the implementation of the 2017-2020 plan. 

Local businesses set to challenge Amazon,adding 4bn to High St sales

Local businesses set to challenge Amazon,adding 4bn to High St sales

Ahead of Small Business Saturday (3rd December , retail tech start-up NearSt, which makes finding items in local shops easier than buying on Amazon, has today expanded its offering to consumer electronics, DIY goods, health & beauty products, sportswear, stationery, toys and gift shop services. The astronomical growth in ‘near me’ searches (over 146% year-on-year1) means NearSt are now best placed to revitalise local shops on UK high streets, who can add over £4bn in sales2 by connecting the items they sell to the smartphones of people searching for them nearby.

NearSt’s technology, called NearLive, enables any shop to set-up and start selling real-time inventory to shoppers through its website/app and directly in Google Search in less than 10 minutes. Shoppers simply search for something they want, see where it's in stock nearby, and in a few taps order it for 1-hour delivery or instant collection.

Replay launches Touch jeans

Replay launches Touch jeans

Replay has launched a new model of jeans where the fabric gives the wearer a second skin effect. The jeans called ‘Touch’ provides performance through stretch-ability same as the Replay Hyperflex model, whilst taking it a step further and giving its wearer a one size slimmer effect. Due to the ‘Recall’ fabric technology by ISKO, no creases appear when wearing the jeans either. The latter have a feminine finish with buttons and rose gold finishings.

All four fits are skinny but give variety in a cropped, low-waist, high-waist and super high-waist styles. Colour palette comes in indigo blue, grey, black and white.

La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit event

La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit event

International luxury lifestyle and polo brand La Martina will is hosting its first ever brand and retail conference in Milan today and tomorrow. La Martina Brand Evolution: Brand & Retail Global Summit is a two-day event for La Martina retailers, exploring the evolution of the retail industry by bringing together the world’s most renowned experts in retail business, digital transformation and beyond. 

With the ever changing landscape of the global economy, the retail world is constantly challenged to adapt to emerging markets and trends. The guest speaker line up for the inaugural event includes a raft of industry leaders who will take on these themes:

&middot          Frances Corner OBE, Head of London College of Fashion

&middot          Giovanni Gagnoli, CEO of Bain Italy<>

&middot          Piers Fawkes, CEO & Founder of PSFK

&middot          Brian Solis, Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group

&middot          Francesco Morace, sociologist and writer

&middot          Simone Moro, alpinist and adventurer

Lando Simonetti, Founder of La Martina, says of the global summit: “We have learned so much over the past few decades and we want the opportunity to share our experiences with the industry. At the end of the day we are all in the same business and the changing economy impacts us all; this Global Retail Summit offers a platform for new ideas and new ways of thinking."