Heimtextil 2024: expanded range & realigned sustainability formats

Heimtextil 2024: expanded range & realigned sustainability formats

New international contacts, inspiring business encounters and intensive networking: Heimtextil 2024 records strong registration figures across all product segments. With over 2,600 exhibitors participating, demand exceeds the number of exhibitors at the previous event.

“Heimtextil provides a bundled and therefore efficient market overview of all global trends in the home and contract textiles industry on a central platform over four days. In 2024, we are pleased to be able to intensify this experience with the launch of the new Carpets & Rugs product segment and an increased number of exhibitors,” says Olaf Schmidt, Vice President Textiles & Textile Technologies.

Heimtextil 2024 will be expanded by two new halls: Hall 5.1 for the new Carpets & Rugs product segment and Hall 10.4 for Asian Selection exhibitors in the home textiles segment. Hall 3, which will serve as a creative hub for the Heimtextil Trends 24/25 and exhibitors from the wall decoration, textile design and textile technology segments will also be reopened. In addition, the new Carpets & Rugs product segment, the realignment of the sustainable event formats under the title “Econogy” and the expanded range in the Fibers & Yarns section will provide fresh business impulses.

Heimtextil 2024 is expanding its portfolio with the new Carpets & Rugs product segment. Located exclusively in the new Hall 5.1, it showcases fitted, handmade and custom-made carpets, machine-made woven carpets, mats and dirt-absorbing carpets, as well as rugs and runners. Carpets are traditionally an integral part of Heimtextil, presented in various halls. Starting in 2024, this offering will be permanently bundled at the request of the industry.

For “Asian Excellence” and “Asian Selection”, both the house textiles (10.0-10.4) and home textiles (6.0, 5.0, 6.1) segments have a strong presence at Heimtextil 2024. Quality in all quantities meets private label excellence here.

At Heimtextil 2024, a realignment of all sustainable formats of the worldwide Texpertise Network will be launched with Econogy. Econogy standardizes the evaluation criteria of all Messe Frankfurt textile events for sustainability and clarifies the holistic connection between economy and ecology.

The Econogy offering at Heimtextil includes the Econogy Finder. The directory helps visitors find certified suppliers. Since many years, Heimtextil exhibitors have the opportunity to have sustainability checks carried out in order to be listed in special directories. In the future, these checks will be harmonized across all textile fairs of Messe Frankfurt. Econogy thus creates transparency and comparability across trade fairs with regard to criteria used to select resource-saving products and exhibitors. In cooperation with independent external sustainability experts, the current status of recognized seals and certificates are included and the SDGs are also integrated into the checks.

The Heimtextil Trends have been forming the heart of Heimtextil for many years. They translate megatrends into textile visions. A visit to the Heimtextil Trends is a must for all textile professionals who are constantly expanding their knowledge of textile materials. Under the overarching theme of “New Sensitivity,” textile transformation is the focus of the Heimtextil Trends 24/25, with three approaches showing ways to a more sensitive world of textiles: plant-based production of textiles, supporting textile circularity through technology, and the bio-engineered use of natural ingredients. In addition, the Future Materials curate regenerative materials and designs.

Heimtextil will be held from 9 to 12 January 2024.

CHT officially awarded as ‘top performer’ by adidasCHT officially awarded as ‘top performer’ by adidas

CHT officially awarded as ‘top performer’ by adidas

In its latest evaluation, adidas ranked the suppliers of chemical products and auxiliaries used in the manufacture of its products. CHT is top formulator with 98% ZDHC Level 3 auxiliaries and colorants in its portfolio. CHT is also the supplier of choice in this ranking. On the one hand, this pays off the high innovative strength of CHT’s research and development, and on the other hand, it shows that CHT is the preferred partner for the sustainable chemical treatment of certifiable brand products. CHT is also a leading partner for suppliers of adidas, this means that CHT is confirmed as the leading partner in the textile industry.

With this, CHT Group sees itself in a responsible position as a manufacturer and supplier of sustainable chemical products along the textile value chain. As a foundation-owned company, CHT has this responsibility firmly anchored in its strategy. CHT drives innovation According to its own self-image, being innovative means taking responsibility for the future. For this reason, the Tübingen-based company pursues a strategy of sustainable product ranges in all business areas.

In 2022, the CHT Group generated 77 % of its total sales with sustainably classified products. The company’s own research and development is working ceaselessly to make the entire textile value chain more sustainable. 2 of 3 customers from the manufacturing textile industry benefit from CHT’s comprehensive know-how and the highest technical expertise in machine application. The entire textile industry is now faced with markets and consumers that place the highest demands on sustainably produced textiles, want transparency with regard to materials and production, and demand proof.

Benoit Moutault, Group Vice President of CHT’s Business Field Textile:
“I am proud of this great achievement. Our strategy is consistently geared to the sustainability of the textile value chain, and our efforts have been impressively confirmed here. I am very pleased that this performance is underpinned by a major brand such as adidas. This motivates us to continue on our path to support and accompany our customers in producing more sustainable textiles.”

JOOR raises $25 million to fuel continued innovation

JOOR raises $25 million to fuel continued innovation

JOOR has announced their raise of $25 million in new funding led by Brightwood Capital and Tamarix Capital Partners. Existing investors Macquarie Capital, Battery Ventures, and Canaan Partners also participated in this capital raise.

“At JOOR, the mission remains the same–to drive innovation in service of our clients, and this additional capital will allow us to do just that. We will use these funds to deliver an increasingly enriched platform solution for brands and retailers. Alongside new data-led initiatives, we also plan to build upon the early stage success of our embedded checkout solution, JOOR Pay, and expand our footprint in categories like footwear, sports and outdoor. These enhancements will continue to elevate the JOOR experience, reinforce our position as the world’s most trusted wholesale solution, and help us further empower our brands and retailers to thrive in the global market.”

Stone Island at Frieze London 2023Stone Island at Frieze London 2023

Stone Island at Frieze London 2023

Stone Island has entered a multi-year global partnership with Frieze, commencing at Frieze London 2023, the twentieth anniversary of one of the world’s most influential art fairs. Stone Island is the Official Partner of Focus, the section dedicated to younger galleries at all of Frieze’s contemporary art fairs – London, Los Angeles, New York and Seoul. 

Stone Island offers each of the participating galleries a bursary, equivalent of up to 30% of each exhibitor’s stand fee. The support aids the chosen emerging galleries in Focus, each founded twelve years ago or less, to participate in the fairs. 

The Focus section is a crucial component of Frieze, ensuring that young galleries get to show their artists alongside some of the world’s most established gallerists. Focus creates a platform for emerging artists across generations, cultures and continents.

This year features the works of of Adam Farah-Saad at Public Gallery, Josefine Reisch at Galerie Noah Klink, Jordan Strafer at Hot Wheels and HeidiLeon Xu at Helena Anrather and Jack O’Brien at Ginny on Frederick.

New issue 76 of WeAr Global Magazine

New issue 76 of WeAr Global Magazine

WeAr Global Magazine issue 76 is a special edition of Fashion x Sports.

As always this issue of WeAr delivers you the best in sportswear meets couture, latest designers, new trends and what to look out for. This issue also features a special Sports x Fashion Special explaining how to bridge best the gap between both categories with reports, interviews and outlines as well as great Store features to help your business do the next step.

Available now in digital and print from our bookstore

Loro Piana opens flagship store in Dubai

Loro Piana opens flagship store in Dubai

Loro Piana has reopened its flagship store in Dubai following an extensive renovation. The store is the first in the world to showcase the new Loro Piana concept, inviting customers to indulge in an unparalleled luxury shopping experience.

Located in the heart of Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue, the newly refurbished store now spans two floors with an elevator and a private entrance adjoining the two sections. The first floor is solely for VIP clients with dedicated salons where they can discover the Fall-Winter 2023-2024 collection and an exclusive Dubai Mall Capsule Collection with exquisite comfort and complete privacy. 

The new store concept and interior design showcase Loro Piana’s iconic style, preserving the core elements of natural materials, a warm color palette, signature oak wood and Carabottino marble details.  The renovation is a return to the heritage of the Maison and the legacy of Sergio Loro Piana, reworked in a timeless and thoroughly modern key.  

The façade of the store, inspired by the soft and wavy texture of Loro Piana fabrics, has been reimagined by architects Jun Aoki and Yoshihiko Takeuchi in handmade terracotta ceramic tiles from Italy.   

Better Cotton and Cotton Egypt Association inaugurate renewed strategic partnership

Better Cotton and Cotton Egypt Association inaugurate renewed strategic partnership

Better Cotton, the world’s largest cotton sustainability initiative, and Cotton Egypt Association (CEA), the organisation responsible for promoting and protecting Egyptian cotton worldwide, inaugurated the launch of their renewed strategic partnership at a multi-stakeholder event in Cairo earlier this month.

Uniting key stakeholders from across the cotton sector in Egypt and beyond, the event brought together representatives from Better Cotton, CEA, Better Cotton’s Programme Partners in Egypt (Alkan, Modern Nile and El Ekhlas), and a number of leading Better Cotton Retailer and Brand Members, as well as these members’ suppliers.

At the event, participants discussed opportunities to collaborate and what is required to increase the uptake of more sustainable Egyptian cotton. Attendees also visited a Better Cotton licensed farm in Kafr El Saad, in the north of Egypt, where farmers demonstrated sustainable agricultural practices. Better Cotton Members and others in attendance were able to engage with the farmers and workers, discussing key challenges and opportunities in adopting these practices.

Through a renewed strategic partnership, Better Cotton and CEA aim to further enhance the yields and sustainability credentials of Egyptian cotton while ensuring fair working conditions for farmers and workers.

Rachel Beckett, Senior Programme Manager at Better Cotton, commented: “The event was an important moment to reflect on the progress that Better Cotton and Cotton Egypt Association have made through our partnership so far, and the opportunities for further success going forward. It provided the opportunity for direct dialogue between Better Cotton producers, supply chain actors and key stakeholders from the British retail industry, and it is anticipated that it will result in increased demand for more sustainably produced Egyptian cotton.”

Khaled Schuman, Executive Director of Cotton Egypt Association, said: “I believe that we had a wonderful and fruitful event celebrating years of dedication, collaboration, and hard work that led to where we are today in driving the sustainability of ‘white gold’. The great interest shown today by retailers – and the support we have from all stakeholders in attendance – will pave the way for more success, more production of Egyptian sustainable cotton with Better Cotton’s standards, and more uptake from retailers.”

Design Museum new Barbie exhibition coming in 2024

Design Museum new Barbie exhibition coming in 2024

London’s Design Museum is opening a new exhibition on the history of Barbie next year to coincide and celebrate its 65th anniversary Through a new partnership with Mattel, the Design Museum has been granted special access to the Barbie archives in California.

Three years in the making, the exhibition will explore the design evolution of the famous doll. On view will be rare and unique items alongside other loans and acquisitions.

“Barbie is one of the most recognisable brands on the planet and as we’ve seen recently, her story evolves with each new generation,” said Tim Marlow, director and CEO of the Design Museum.

Luke Radloff wins Azzedine Alaïa Foundation x Orveda fashion prize

Luke Radloff wins Azzedine Alaïa Foundation x Orveda fashion prize

The Azzedine Alaïa Foundation in collaboration with Orveda has announced Luke Radloff as the winner of its fashion prize. The South African fashion designer Luke Radloff, founded slow fashion brand Uni Form in 2019, offers contemporary modular and trans-seasonal pieces that draw references from its location in Johannesburg, South Africa. Luke Radloff uses his local training and combines it with his experience of luxury European brand communication. He has spent time on all sides of the industry, including retail, design, production and creative direction, most recently as founder and Creative Director of UNI FORM.

Radloff and subsequent winners will receive a one-month training programme and access to the foundation’s archives, as well as support from a reference tutor in collaboration with the Parsons School in Paris.

At the end of their residency at the Azzedine Alaïa Foundation, each selected talent will create a mini collection inspired by Azzedine Alaïa and the fashion masters in the foundation’s collection. That fashion collection will then be exhibited at the Foundation Azzedine Alaïa before being presented in the Orveda Maisons around the world.

Givenchy Spring-Sumer 2024 Women’s collection

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Givenchy Spring-Sumer 2024 Women’s collection

Under a sculptural tent fashioned in the grounds of the École Militaire in Paris, the silhouettes in the Givenchy Spring-Summer 2024 women’s collection presented the vision of contemporary elegance of Artistic Director Matthew M. Williams. Inspired by a chrysalis, the work designed by Gabriel Calatrava created an intimate space where draping, hand-painted flowers, lace and pearls all bloomed.

Throughout the collection, the silhouettes oscillate between structure and ease, black monochromes and gracious pastels, thick and diaphanous fabrics. Gentleman’s tailoring is set off by the delicacy of the skin. Plays of layered transparency are sprinkled throughout the collection as gloves highlight the curves of the arms, and pointed pumps are encased in translucent stockings.  Lace volants reveal the beauty of a neckline. Day appropriates evening codes in draping re-energized by flou techniques. Overlays are spliced in chiffon, taffeta, organza or mud silk, a technique for dying silk from river mud inherited from the Ming Dynasty, creating a leathery effect.

Matthew M. Williams shares Hubert de Givenchy’s passion for flowers, which embellish leather and materialize in rose formations, almond green prints or on the bustier of a spring evening gown. Symbols of the ephemeral, hand-painted flowers, including irises, seem to leave their imprint on the skin. Jewels transform the clothing, covering the body in latticed pearl and crystal. Chokers, hoop earrings and rings celebrate the perfect sphere of the pearl, imagining new ways to wear the jewelry. Mules play with ruching, while the signature Shark Lock boot is reinterpreted in an open-toe version. The Voyou line introduces sliding chain straps, and a new trapezoid flap bag is framed by imposing chunky buckles.