Assocalzaturifici celebrate a highly successful year

Assocalzaturifici celebrate a highly successful year

It has been a very giving year for Assocalzaturifici: the initiatives undertaken in favour of those in need have achieved great results. Starting with Assocalzaturifici partnership with HUMANA People to People Italia Onlus. In a project that went by the name “Even feet can lend a hand”, Assocalzaturifici members donated their unsold products and remainders to the non-profit association. HUMANA then sent the shoes considered appropriate to Africa and reached an agreement with manufacturers to sell the rest of the shoes in its charity shops. The revenues funded a schooling project in primary schools in Chilangoma, Malawi.

According to HUMANA statistics, the partnership with Assocalzaturifici permitted collection of 300 kg of materials: a highly positive result for the environment too, because it means 90 kg of pesticides that need not be used, 180 kg of fertiliser that will not be spread on the land, 1080 kg of carbon dioxide that will not be emitted and fully 1,800,000 litres of water saved.
2,500 pairs of shoes have been collected so far: a result made possible by everybody’s help. CIMAC, our laboratory for testing and certification of fashion and safety footwear, also contributed much of the material in its warehouse, in the conviction that cutting waste by transforming unused materials into a resource for the people that need them most is the best way to provide for the future.

And this is not all the charity work that Assocalzaturifici has done this year. The revenues from sale of the works of world-famous photographer Giovanni Gastel – who curated the “Similitudini” exhibition during MICAM Milano – were all donated to HUMANA.

Lastly, at Christmas time, Assocalzaturifici made a donation to the Cooperative “I ragazzi di Sipario Onlus” in support of its work helping young people with mental and sensory impairments find work in the restaurant industry.
The cooperative has been around for 10 years and now has a tightly knit team of cooks and waiters who work with great commitment and professionalism every day at “I Ragazzi di Sipario” Bistro, serving lunches and pre-dinner drinks and providing a Catering & Banqueting service.

Pitti Uomo 93 closing figures

Pitti Uomo 93 closing figures

The four days of Pitti Immagine Uomo no.93 are coming to an end at the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, with the first final figures that record a significant increase (+ 2.5%) compared to the last January edition, for a total of almost 25,000 buyers arrived at Pitti Uomo (over 600 more than a year ago), and a total number of visitors that exceed the 36,000 attendance.

In terms of figures, foreign buyers recorded a growth of + 4% (almost 9,200 international buyers in total), with excellent performances from Korea (+14%), Russia (+31%),  the Netherlands (+15%), France (+3%), Japan (+3%), United States (+20% in the store number), Austria (+8%) and Portugal; very good the performances recorded by new markets such as Mexico, Australia, Brazil and India; among the northern European countries, a surprising result for Norway and Finland (Finland was Pitti Guest Nation of this edition), but perhaps the most surprising it is the exploit of the whole area of Eastern Europe (Poland thas doubled its buyers, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Slovakia), followed by the Balkans (Serbia, Slovenia and Croatia), ending up in Estonia, in the Baltic area. The numbers of the Italian market are also encouraging (+1.5%), which should result in around 15.750 registered buyers.

The ranking of attendance sees Japan back at the top of the list followed by Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, UK, France, Turkey, South Korea, Switzerland, USA, China, Belgium, Russia, Austria and Portugal.

Liberty Fairs Season X: Quest launches in New York

Liberty Fairs Season X: Quest launches in New York

QUEST, a special section within Liberty Fairs, speaks to the modern gentleman who blurs the lines between luxury sportswear and sartorial dressing. An overwhelming success at Liberty Las Vegas, Quest will dip its toes into the New York market with an intimate group of hand-selected brands.

Liberty Fairs Season X will foster an inspiring environment in which to network and learn about the latest innovations in wholesale, direct-to-consumer and the digital influencer market. This season will bring brand buyers, VIPs, and the consumer together to be the necessary catalysts for change in this competitive and exciting environment.

The Bomboogie Riders Clan projectThe Bomboogie Riders Clan project

The Bomboogie Riders Clan project

The Bomboogie Riders Clan project perfectly interprets the spirit of the Italian brand famous for its winter outerwear. On December 30th Alessandro and Emilio, two guys united by visceral love for two wheels, started from Baldissero (Turin), headquarter of the Bomboogie company, which has always linked its name to the world of motors and motorcycling, heading for the North Cape. The two explorers accompanied by warm, performing and dynamic Bomboogie garments and on board their Enduro motorcycles are challenging the winter, the icy north and the adverse climatic conditions to reach the extreme tip of Norway. The breathtaking landscapes that open up on the Scandinavian peninsula are an invitation to challenge the harsh climate. On Tuesday, January 9th, Alexander and Emilio have reached their goal, the Promised Land. Currently on their way back, their arrival in Italy is scheduled for 14th or 15th January.

The friends of Bomboogie, the people who love motorcycles and travels and the followers of Alessandro and Emilio will be able to follow their adventure, which has become viral on the web, through their personal profiles and of course the social profiles (Instagram, Facebook and website) of Bomboogie brand that from the beginning has supported and encouraged them in this exciting venture.

Winners of the 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize

Winners of the 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize

Matthew Miller and Bodice – from the British Isles and India – were yesterday announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. In addition, the USA’s DYNE was announced the winner of the inaugural Innovation Award.

Inspired by designer and philosopher Dieter Rams, British designer Matthew Miller took the idea ‘form follows function’ to add multifunctional elements for different environments, such as the addition of the garment belt system which acts as a way to turn the garment into an accessory in warmer climates. Miller treated wool in a variety of ways, including innovative treatments to create water resistant fabrics and has erased the need for plastic fastenings by using recycled material, such as waste marble. Using Australian Merino wool ranging from 17.5 to 20.5 microns, the Matthew Miller multi-layered collection reflects the label’s design philosophy, developing the inherent character of each piece.

Bodice was selected as the womenswear winner, praised for technique and manufacturing process. Inspired by her grandmother who used to upcycle saris into quilts, Bodice addressed the issue of consumer waste in fashion with traditional techniques of recycling and cultural beliefs in the spiritual power of cloth to affect our wellbeing. Collaborating with hand weavers and encouraging them to take an unorthodox approach to traditional techniques, Ruchika Sachdeva produced an elegant collection honoring Australian Merino wool and the artisans of her country. Bodice also worked with Bio-Dye in Sawantwadi, central India, which makes all colors from natural sources. The color palette of navy and forest green mixed with pink and green pastels contains natural dyes and are safe for the skin – a nod to the ancient practices of Ayurveda. Completing the label’s holistic approach, Bodice sourced buttons from renewable sources of coconut shell, seashell and wood.

Celebrating innovation in design, Miroslava Duma presented the inaugural Innovation Award – powered by Future Tech Lab – to DYNE. Inspired by learning to snowboard in the 1980s – in a wool bomber jacket – the collection of DYNE’s Christopher Bevans comprised a technical snowboarding wardrobe, complete with an NFC chip in the water-resistant wool jacket to track users in avalanches and ultimately bridge the gap between the brand and the consumer.

Both Matthew Miller and Bodice will each receive AU$200,000 (about $156,000) to help support the development of their business. They will also receive ongoing industry mentor support, Woolmark certification for their winning collection and the opportunity to be stocked in some of the world’s most prestigious department stores and boutiques including Boutique 1, Boon The Shop, David Jones, Harvey Nichols, Hudson’s Bay, Lane Crawford, LECLAIREUR, mytheresa.com, ORDRE, Parlour X, Ssense.com, Sugar and Tata CLiQ Luxury. DYNE will receive AU$100,000 (about $78,000) along with commercial opportunities.

The collections will also be presented for the first time at the British Fashion Council’s LONDON show ROOMS at TRANOÏ WEEK in Paris, January 18-23, at VNH Gallery, 108 Rue Vieille Du Temple, 75003, Paris.

UBM Fashion’s 2018 NY Women’s & Children’s open with VINTAGE@INTERMEZZO AND PETITEPARADE

UBM Fashion’s 2018 NY Women’s & Children’s open with VINTAGE@INTERMEZZO AND PETITEPARADE

UBM Fashion will open 2018 in New York City as the leading marketplace that offers a one-stop shopping experience, beginning with their NY women’s and children’s exhibition. Bringing forth a preview of ready-to-wear apparel, premium accessories and popularly-priced footwear across six shows – Accessories The Show, MODA, Intermezzo Collections, Accessorie Circuit, FAME and Children’s Club provides retailers with a 360 degree look into current and FW’18 trends.

Among the highlights of the three-day event, VINTAGE@Intermezzo will return for the second installment that will grant the public an opportunity to shop unique and rare vintage apparel from much desired luxury brands. The curated section of vendors will feature twenty-one unique dealers.

Katharine Zarrella, Vintage expert and founder of Fashion Unfiltered, the online destination for fashion news, commentary and criticism, will moderate a panel discussion entitled “Modern Vintage Lovers and Extraordinary Wardrobes” with authorities on the subject including Decades Founder & Fashion Director for H by Halston and H Halston Cameron Silver, Stylist & Author, “Tales of Endearment: Modern Vintage Lovers and Their Extraordinary Wardrobes“, fashion collector and stylist David Casavant and co-founder of Morphew, Bridgette Morphew. The talk will be held on Monday, January 8th at 10:00am.

Looking into the children’s market, petitePARADE returns with PETITIETALKS. The event will showcase the top children’s brands in a live presentation, while influencers discuss the evolving childrenswear market on Sunday, January 7th.

A look into Intertextile S/S 2019 trends

A look into Intertextile S/S 2019 trends

Taking place from 14th till 17th of March 2018 at the National Exbibition and Convention Centre in Shanghai, China, here’s a look into the trends to be presented at the Intertextile S/S 2019.

@Sense:
An encounter with an unknown inner sense of beauty, while exploring maximised yet imperceptible appeal buried deep within the self. Natural tenderness comes face-to-face with dignified strength, paving the way for us to nurture a sensitively cool and ultimately soothing attitude. Emphasising serene elegance in profundity and blooming anew with a placid allure.

#Couture:
Creation of a novel and chic couture; exhilarating freshness adorned with a sleek, sporty rhythm – revisiting the origin of elegance. Innocent charm joins with an energetic and playful mode for new revitalisation.

e.native:
Escaping from daily life awhile, let us embark on a journey – exploring our own roots and awakening internal instincts. Celebrating global connectivity, borderless inspiration and multi-art cultures, awash with vibrant, inter-stimulating emotions. Perceive enticing and sensual excitement…imbued with native-inspired human strength and vital pulsation.

New trade event launch in Paris: Welcome Edition

New trade event launch in Paris: Welcome Edition

Jacket Required co-founder Mark Batista and menswear designer Kestin Hare have teamed up to launch a new men’s trade event in Paris called Welcome Edition. The latter taking place from January 17th till 21st will be presented in a showroom-style event, running alongside Paris Men’s Fashion Week. The first edition will showcase around 30 menswear exhibitors who will present their Autumn 2018 collections. The event is not a tradeshow as it will be presenting the brands in private showrooms.

DONNA IDA S/S 2018 Collection with ISKO

DONNA IDA S/S 2018 Collection with ISKO

DONNA IDA has introduced ISKO stretch fabric into 15 denim styles for its S/S 2018 collection. The fabrics are enhanced by a patented technology increasing their recovery level and making it possible for jeans to hold their shape no matter how much one wears them. This innovative textile formula will be included in core DONNA IDA styles and new shapes from December 2017.

ISKO REFORM DENIM:
This uses ISKO RECALL patented technology paired with a unique construction which ensures incredible hold to the body, creating a slimmer silhouette and a more streamlined look. ISKO REFORM HP has incredible elasticity which makes this fabric extremely comfortable to wear.

ISKO BLUE SKIN DENIM:
A patented concept has a pure indigo shade inspired by the rich, supersaturated Japanese indigos; deep but bright cast with a beautiful chip off/contrast effect, its refined brightness makes this pure indigo exceptional. ISKO BLUE SKIN fabric ensures freedom of movement with holding power in all directions. Gravity defying lift and hold, in other words new generation of elasticity.

ISKO RECALL DENIM TECHNOLOGY:
ISKO patented denim technology, ISKO RECALL, ensures jeans never bag out thanks to a superior recovery level.

ISKO POP DENIM:
Features patented technology which offers permanent softness and bright hues giving a sophisticated sheen to your jeans.

ISKO PJ SOFT DENIM:
A smooth, supple stretch fabric that offers the 24-hour comfort of pyjamas which is extra-soft and light. Supported by Modal fibres, ISKO PJ SOFT moulds and forms with every movement of the body, giving an excellent silhouette and fit for a comfortable look that never constricts.

Evolution-Involution-Revolution: Three Decades of Men’s Fashion as Seen by Stefano Pilati to debut during Pitti Uomo

Evolution-Involution-Revolution: Three Decades of Men’s Fashion as Seen by Stefano Pilati to debut during Pitti Uomo

On the occasion of Pitti Uomo no. 94 taking place in Florence from the 12th till the 15th of June, 2018, the new exhibition “EVOLUTION – INVOLUTION – REVOLUTION: Three Decades of Men’s Fashion as Seen by Stefano Pilati” will be inaugurated at Palazzo Pitti. The exhibit is produced by the Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery in cooperation with Palazzo Pitti’s Museo della Moda e del Costume.

The creator and curator of the project (exhibition and catalog) is Stefano Pilati, one of the great designers of international fashion. “EVOLUTION – INVOLUTION – REVOLUTION” is thus a personal reflection on contemporary fashion via a unique artistic approach. It is neither an anthological pathway nor an academic interpretation. It is based on first-hand experience, passing through flashbacks, impressions, collaborations and rejections. Its aim is to immerse the visitor in the multifaceted reality of men’s fashion of the last three decades, depicting its dialectical relationship with a constantly evolving social context.

“For this project on men’s fashion, a theme that has long been overlooked in Italian and international cultural circles, we thought of Stefano Pilati because he was and is one of the leading protagonists in this sphere,” says Lapo Cianchi, Secretary General of Fondazione Pitti Immagine Discovery. “But perhaps most importantly, he interested us and we found his concept of the fashion system to be fascinating – it is eccentric, conflicting and almost cynical. It’s a precise point of view where the obsessions and reflections of a collector merge with those of a designer and an individual who believes in dressing well.