Premium Exhibitions has confirmed that due to government regulations it won’t be holding the event as planned from 30th June till 2nd of July 2020.
Due to the coronavirus crisis, in April the dates of the PREMIUM GROUP’s events were provisionally moved from the original schedule of 31 June-2 July 2020 to 28 -30 July. Now, the Federal and State governments have decided to cancel large-scale events with over 1,000 visitors until 31 August 2020.
A statement from Anita Tillmann, Managing Partner of the PREMIUM GROUP:
“We greatly regret the decision of course, especially after the success of our January events. The ban on large-scale events has been around for some time and has been publicly discussed. It hurts us to do it, but we are also conscious of our responsibility. If cancelling our trade shows, conferences and parties contributes to the safety of our customers and visitors, then we have to take this step.We are in close contact with all our brands and partners and have spent the last four weeks discussing possible approaches, concepts and new focal topics for the summer.
The bottom line is that digitalisation is clearly the focus. It’s all about using the time over the next few months sensibly. The timing for brands and retailers is now right – all market participants are aware of the necessity of this.We have been working closely with JOOR, the leading B2B marketplace globally, for around a year, after successfully integrating our own digital platform, Veee.com. JOOR has digitalised the entire procurement process and ensures a seamless, functioning wholesale process on an international scale – both for brands and retailers. We shall shortly be offering webinars on this and can offer our customers an optimal, digital ordering solution so as to use this time of the pandemic efficiently.
Our trade show formats have been about more than just ordering for a long time now. They are about encounters, emotion, inspiration, communication and, finally, the fashion community getting together. Although lots can take place digitally nowadays, it doesn’t replace physically meeting up in person. We have seen this more than ever in the present situation. We are going to work on new concepts for 2021, and we will liaise with the key stakeholders in Berlin and with all others too to ensure we hit the ground running again. We’re taking on the challenge and will come back to the industry when we have news.”
Pinko was one of the first brands to sign on to Shanghai Fashion Week after organizers announced plans to move the entire event online. In under two weeks, Pinko staged a “See Now, Buy Now” runway show, featuring 25 looks from its current collection against a virtual backdrop.
The garments were designed with confident and determined modern women in mind – those who were “ready to take life always by the horns, even in difficult times like these,” said Pietro Negra, CEO and founder of Pinko.
The digital fashion-show experience was very positive, said Negra. “I am especially surprised by the ability to react and implement, in such a short time, an event with a worldwide resonance.”
Participating in the new digital format was a natural decision for the brand, which values innovation and experimentation, he said. The use of digital technologies also allowed Pinko to maintain sales in China and keep customer relationships alive amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Negra said the brand will invest further in livestreaming to build greater interactions with consumers on Tmall. He said particularly in China, where young consumers are highly informed and digitized, brands need to step up efforts to win their attention and loyalty.
“For Pinko, Tmall is not only a sales channel but a vehicle for promotion and awareness,” Negra said
The federal and state governments in Germany have decided, due to COVID-19, to suspend all major events up to and including end of August 2020. This of course will change the situation for Berlin Fashion Week, which was planned to take place end of June, early July.
With Neonyt being a key player in Berlin, and international the leading sustainability trade show, this creates a new situation as the show was planned from June 30th – July 2nd this year. The organisation has thus announced that it will not take place in its current form as the ‘government’s decision have their purpose and everyone’s health comes first – we understand, accept and support that’.
The organisation for now thanks its supporters and exhibitors as it underlines its awareness that a show is a vital place to meet and network as well as its appreciation of the resources and time exhibitors spend for their trade show appearance. “We have not lost confidence that the situation will still relax in a few months and that under certain conditions it may be possible to implement the event at a later date – so we are still examining the possibility of scheduling the event this late summer.” The organisers are also thinking of virtual and digital formats. The non-binding registration for exhibitors at Neonyt is therefore still possible. However, the organisation underlines that the health of its participants, exhibiotrs, visitors and staff are pivotal and all decisions will be made in strong consideration of this.
“We are in close contact with other market participants and the responsible authorities in Berlin. Our goal is to provide the industry with a secure, positive and forward-looking environment as a valuable stimulus for business after the crisis. We therefore do everything we can to create a presentation platform in the second half of the year – in whatever form and at whatever date – and keep you up to date with all developments.”, says Thimo Schwenzfeier, show organiser. Neonyt will not be the only show affected by this decision. Premium Exhibitions with its formats Premium, Seek and FashionTech is scheduled during the same dates and expected to make an announcement soon. This is after shows like Pitti Uomo have already moved their dates to September. WeAr will keep you updated and a full calendar of show events can be found here.
KHARIS AGLAI is an Italian fashion house based in Marche region founded in 2018 by the designer Karisia Paponi. The garments are made through sartorial and artisan procedures, combined with experimental proposals in the choice of fabrics and materials, with a hint of sportswear and a glamorous attitude to everyday life.
The KHARIS AGLAI “Sublime Glamour” collection F/W 2020-2021 is a tribute to everything that the designer Karisia Paponi considers essential in a woman’s wardrobe, a definition of her stylistic dictionary.
The attention paid to everyday life and its moments is explicitly stated by the choice of the development of experimental outerwear: plissé bombers, with a sculpted volume and irreverent character, contrast with the oversized down jacket with adjustable drawstring, original and easy to combine.
The t-shirts by Kharis Aglai, made of transparent pleated organza, give a romantic allure to the entire collection. The choice of the color palette is oriented towards the color blocks, one of the main signa- tures of KHARIS AGLAI, which we find in the suits with oversized double-breasted blazers and in tailored skinny pants. From the pitch black of the outerwear garments, through the shocking pink of the stretch wool suit, toward skin tones to soften and create balance, up to a classy army green that we find in the corset, which KHARIS AGLAI brings back into vogue in a contemporary key. The corset lacing is re-proposed in 90’s leather ankle boots.
The core of KHARIS AGLAI’ s commitment to sustainable fashion is the “Dead stock Editions” capsule collection, which is developed within each collection, in this season composed of three patchwork pieces: the sleeveless mini dress, the long sleeves high neck blouse, the outdoor technic-fancy jacket. These three pieces, made with stock materials, are tinged with other colors, and take a totally irreverent attitude towards the rest of the collection. A touch of jade green embroidered on an aquamarine sequin fabric becomes “delicately explosive” when combined with an iridescent and reflective neoprene fa- bric. A limited series of pieces with high craftsmanship that makes the style of the brand unmistakable.
As the Government’s new ‘home isolation rules’ came into force throughout March, the fashion industry was sent into a whirlwind of unprecedented uncertainty. In a month where Spring buying would typically set in, online clothing sales were down -23.1% Year-on-Year (YoY), according to the latest IMRG Capgemini Online Retail Index, which tracks the online sales performance of over 200 retailers. Digging deeper into fashion sales, menswear was down a staggering -42.9% and footwear was down -32.8%.
Indicative of a very mixed set of results on a category level, the warmer weather and increased amount of time spent in the garden during the lockdown sent online garden sales soaring to +94.4% YoY. Beauty also continued to build on strong February sales, spiking to +36.0%, while electricals recorded March’s third standout performance – surging by +40.2%. In fact, during week 2 of the month when the Government raised the outbreak risk from moderate to high, electrical retailers saw sales jump by +47.7% YoY as consumers turned to home entertainment and raced to set up their offices.
With the category results doing their best to balance each other out, the overall growth for March limped in at -5.1% YoY – well below the 12-, 6- and 3-month rolling averages (+4.5%, +6.7% and -2.1% respectively) but still above last month’s performance by +2.6% (MoM). Perhaps marking the start of stockpiling, March started off with poor online sales for the first fortnight, but seemed to recover in weeks 3 and 4 following the Government’s announcement of official home isolation rules on March 17.
Meanwhile as they are forced to shift more operations into the digital sphere, multichannel retailers outperformed their online only counterparts for the first time since April 2019, recording growth of -4.0% versus -5.5%.
Lucy Gibbs, managing consultant – Retail Insight, Capgemini: “Online sales performance this month is a mixed story, as retailers are faced with a multitude of challenges. ‘Non-essential’ stores closed their doors on the high street which led to the majority of multichannel retailers gaining a boost in online performance in the latter half of the month as consumers channelled their demand into digital. However, the changing demand and customer needs has also polarised impacts on different product categories where the appetite for fashion dropped off significantly compared to garden, home and electrical which are seeing unusually high demand as we spend more time at home.<>
Next month we are likely to see a continued rise in online demand however it has never been more important to listen to consumer needs to respond to new spending patterns, communicate in a way that resonates with the concerns and needs of customers and using datapoints to inform next steps as we navigate through the changes”<>
Andy Mulcahy, strategy and insight director, IMRG: “There is a bit of a myth going around at the moment that online sales are booming. It’s more accurate to say some online retailers are experiencing huge demand, outstripping even that seen over Black Friday, because so many people are in the exact same situation – ie stuck at home. That has created very lopsided demand among product categories.
“People simply don’t have much need for new clothes or shoes at the moment, which is why at the overall level sales growth is down. How and when a stronger balance in demand might be established is a pressing question for retailers currently on the wrong side of that divide.”
Canadian outerwear brand Nobis, has announced its global initiative with which 100% of proceeds from online sales in April will be donated to healthcare facilities at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19.
The program will be complemented with a $ 100,000 donation to hospitals in the state of Ontario. “Nobis,” we, “in Latin has always had a clear importance on the community, we are very proud and grateful to our health workers whose courage and selflessness are a beacon of hope in these uncertain times. Never before has this been necessary support our community. For this reason Nobis is doing everything that is possible for recognize and support the incredible sacrifice of people at the forefront of this battle.” says Robin Yates, Co-founder and Vice President of the brand
Customers who make a purchase from the Nobis.com site during this time will have the option at when checking out, send the donation to an organization of their choice from those mentioned.
The German sustainable label Lovjoi is offering a makeshift mouthguard which is” Made in Germany” from 100% TENCEL fabric by Lenzing. This lyocell fiber has many positive properties and is therefore well suited as a material for makeshift mouth protection:
Lyocell is temperature regulating, anti-allergenic, resistant to mites and bacteria, moisture-absorbing, tear-resistant and durable. The makeshift mouthguard can be washed with laundry up to 95°C or disinfectant. The fiber is also used in textiles in the medical field and in industrial products. Mixtures of polyester and lyocell are already used as work clothing for nursing staff and doctors.
The makeshift mouthguards from Lovjoi are manufactured by hand in their own company in southern Germany and are available in numerous colors and patterns.
The Board of Directors of Pitti Immagine made decisions regarding the calendar of the Pitti Uomo fairs scheduled for the 2020 summer season with a new calendar as below:
Pitti Immagine Uomo no. 98 is confirmed and will move to 2 to 4 September (3 days), once again at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence
Pitti Immagine Bimbo no. 91 is confirmed and will move to 9-10 September (2 days), at the Fortezza da Basso, Florence
Pitti Immagine Filati no. 87 is confirmed and its exact position on the calendar will be discussed at the next Technical Committee, scheduled for April, 8th
Fragranze no. 18 is confirmed with the original dates, 11-13 September, at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence
Super n. 16 is confirmed with the original dates, 24-27 September, at the Padiglione Visconti in Milan
Taste no. 15, which was rescheduled for the beginning of June, is canceled and postponed until the next ordinary dates for 2021 (13-15 March)
Moreover, in agreement with the indications expressed by the Chief Executive of Stazione Leopolda, Agostino Poletto, the BoD of Pitti Immagine acknowledged and agreed with the decision to postpone the first edition of Testo (the event dedicated to Italian publishing already rescheduled for the beginning of June) until the second half of February 2021.
“Over the last few weeks we have obviously been in constant and close contact with manufacturing companies in Italy and abroad” says Claudio Marenzi, President of Pitti Immagine “as well as with other actors operating in the three textile-fashion sectors, including organizations like Confindustria Moda and Camera della Moda Italiana. The strong request that emerged was to maintain at all costs the leading rendezvous like the Pitti fairs which will be the first fundamental instruments to be activated in order to gradually get the entire commercial fashion industry machine going again. And that is what we will be working on non-stop over the next few months. Postponing Taste and Testo to 2021, two events in which our Group has a lot of faith, was a very painful but necessary decision. The objective conditions do not exist for organizing those sort of rendezvous in June, as has already been demonstrated everywhere else”.
The Kingpins New York trade show originally scheduled to take place on June 2nd and 3rd, 2020, has been cancelled due to health concerns and travel restrictions related to COVID-19.
In a statement Kingpins mentioned “Kingpins cancelled its June show in New York as the coronaviris crisis continues to keep people around the world at home in hopes of flattening the curve and reducing the impact of COVID-19 on all of our daily lives. By now, we all know someone affected by this crisis. And, sadly, we are likely to be further impacted as medical professionals work to contain the disease while they treat patients and look for a cure. The scale of the economic impact on us all is impossible to measure. But there is comfort in community and Kingpins has always been about fostering community, working together and looking for ways to innovate our industry.”
On April 22 and 23 Kingpins24 will take place, the online event created to bring the industry together in these uncertain times.
Jeanologia repurposes its technology for sustainable jeans processing to an innovative method for sanitization
Jeanologia, world leaders in sustainable and eco-efficient technology development, has repurposed its ozone based G2 technology, which it uses for the sustainable treatment of jeans into an innovative method for sanitization and disinfecting face protection masks.
Making its technology the last link in the production chain for certain sanitary equipment, before being delivered to the hospitals. Considered an “essential” business by the Spanish government during the COVID-19 crisis, the company is making a great effort, working together with other technology centers and universities in coordination with the government, and acting altruistically.
Enrique Silla, Jeanologia’s founder, has highlighted that “facing the global uncertainty, we have transformed ourselves in record time, showing our capacity for leadership”.
He has also indicated that “after Covid19 eco-sustainable production will become obligatory for everyone. Only the companies that have put people and planet before profits and have a purpose will be able to survive.”
Silla also highlights that at Jeanologia they are experts in producing ozone, “for more than 15 years we have been applying it in the textile industry to make the industry more sustainable”. That’s why with the current situation, where sanitization is primary in combatting the virus, “we have challenged ourselves to transform our G2 technology within the timeframe of only one week.”
For the sanitization process, we take the face protection masks to be disinfected and put them into a hermetically sealed chamber – Sanitizingbox – subjecting them to a determined quantity of ozone. Through advanced oxidation, bacteria is eliminated and the material is disinfected.
Ozone is the strongest antimicrobial disinfectant and strongest oxidant in nature. Once it has been used, it is treated and returned clean to the atmosphere having been converted into oxygen.
The G2 technology transformed into the Sanitizingbox, becomes the key link for sanitization and is capable of disinfecting 15,000 masks a day. The disinfection protocol is certified by the Valencian government’s health authorities and complies with international health and safety specifications.
The founder at Jeanologia has forwarded that “we are going to continue working in this direction with our R+D team because the sanitization of apparel and workwear is demanded by brands and consumers. Only through sanitizing will be able to speed up regaining consumers’ trust, guaranteeing the fast recovery of our industry.”