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Montreal makes it move into the U.S. with new partnership in Las Vegas tradeshows

After the dust has settled from the buzz of the Magic tradeshows, UBM Fashion has unveiled the launch of its new partnership with Mmode. Through this collaboration, Montreal's market has officially made its move into U.S. territory.

Known as the Metropolitan Fashion Cluster, Mmode's partnership with the organization i meant to bring in 60 Montreal fashion industry brands to the North American tradeshow market, according to WWD. During the cluster of tradeshows, UBM partnered with Mmode to show off Canada's top fashion city as a profitable market. "There are groups all over the world that are trying to help their brands reach the U.S. market, and Montreal is actually the number-three fashion center of North America after New York and L.A.," Mike Alic, managing director of UBM Fashion, told the publication. "It’s always had a strong presence at MAGIC."

UBM Fashion brings Mmode to Las Vegas

The Quebec-based companies were showcased across a 1,200 square foot area of the show floor. The space had FW18 collections including womenswear, menswear, foot, furs, outerwear, denim, children's, activewear, and accessories. Some of brands highlighted were AJG Apparel, Au Noir, U Group, Yoga Jeans, Gorski Group, Alfred Cloutier, Raffinalla, and more, according to GlobeNewsWire.

Due to this new alliance, Montreal is able to expand its customer base through the slew of customers that come over from all over the nation and internationally. There are over 85,000 visitors that come to the trade shows, according to a report by the Review Journal in 2017. By bringing in these Canadian brands, the Las Vegas show is able to showcase one of the largest existing markets in the U.S. through this trade show format.

Photo Source: UBM Fashion

CIFF soon to be in Paris

The just concluded Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), which took place last week from 31st January to 2nd February 2018, did not miss the opportunity to announce an upcoming edition this June in Paris.

"Upcoming. CIFF in Paris... Stay tuned. 20 - 26 June 2018" announced a sign at the entrance to the largest and longest-running fashion fair in Northern Europe. The show organisers have had an eye on Paris for a few seasons but it looks like this year, the idea is finally going to materialise.

According to the organisers when speaking to FashionUnited at the show, it is a 'save the date'. However, no further details are available for now. Fact is that the six days chosen will coincide with Men's Fashion Week, which will run from 20th to 24th June, also with Who's Next from 23rd to 25th June, Man / Woman from 21st to 25th June and Tranoï from 22nd to 24th June. This should position CIFF Paris well in the fashion calendar.

The bi-annual show welcomes nearly 2,000 brands across more than 60,000 square meters of exhibition space and can certainly build on their pool of past exhibitors when reaching out to them for the June show in Paris. According to Fashion Network, the organisers have started approaching Scandinavian brands about the June project and dates.

Over the past five years, CIFF has become a major bi-annual destination for the international fashion industry and has reinvented the trade show concept and earned a reputation for being one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative sales platforms.

Part of CIFF are two specially curated areas - RAVEN for cutting-edge menswear and RAVEN Projects for designers and artists to explore the synergies between fashion and other creative disciplines. Segments within womens- and menswear are Essentials for conceptual womenswear brands and accessories, Future Classics for womenswear, ready-to-wear and accessories, Premium for well-established and contemporary premium brands, Sleek for design-driven premium womenswear brands and Urban for strong international premium brands for men with a particular focus on streetwear and denim.

CIFF is also known for promoting Skandivavian labels and talents, which it does through its Style Setters segment for established and contemporary womenswear brands from across Scandinavia and beyond as well as the Style Setters Bungalow for premium womenswear brands from across Scandinavia and beyond. Lab focuses on unisex contemporary ready-to-wear and fashion-forward streetwear brands from innovative, emerging and established design talents.

After the Paris edition, the next CIFF Copenhagen will take place from 8th to 10th August 2018 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.

Photo: CIFF

CIFF soon to be in Paris

The just concluded Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF), which took place last week from 31st January to 2nd February 2018, did not miss the opportunity to announce an upcoming edition this June in Paris.

"Upcoming. CIFF in Paris... Stay tuned. 20 - 26 June 2018" announced a sign at the entrance to the largest and longest-running fashion fair in Northern Europe. The show organisers have had an eye on Paris for a few seasons but it looks like this year, the idea is finally going to materialise.

According to the organisers when speaking to FashionUnited at the show, it is a 'save the date'. However, no further details are available for now. Fact is that the six days chosen will coincide with Men's Fashion Week, which will run from 20th to 24th June, also with Who's Next from 23rd to 25th June, Man / Woman from 21st to 25th June and Tranoï from 22nd to 24th June. This should position CIFF Paris well in the fashion calendar.

The bi-annual show welcomes nearly 2,000 brands across more than 60,000 square meters of exhibition space and can certainly build on their pool of past exhibitors when reaching out to them for the June show in Paris. According to Fashion Network, the organisers have started approaching Scandinavian brands about the June project and dates.

Over the past five years, CIFF has become a major bi-annual destination for the international fashion industry and has reinvented the trade show concept and earned a reputation for being one of Europe’s most dynamic and innovative sales platforms.

Part of CIFF are two specially curated areas - RAVEN for cutting-edge menswear and RAVEN Projects for designers and artists to explore the synergies between fashion and other creative disciplines. Segments within womens- and menswear are Essentials for conceptual womenswear brands and accessories, Future Classics for womenswear, ready-to-wear and accessories, Premium for well-established and contemporary premium brands, Sleek for design-driven premium womenswear brands and Urban for strong international premium brands for men with a particular focus on streetwear and denim.

CIFF is also known for promoting Skandivavian labels and talents, which it does through its Style Setters segment for established and contemporary womenswear brands from across Scandinavia and beyond as well as the Style Setters Bungalow for premium womenswear brands from across Scandinavia and beyond. Lab focuses on unisex contemporary ready-to-wear and fashion-forward streetwear brands from innovative, emerging and established design talents.

After the Paris edition, the next CIFF Copenhagen will take place from 8th to 10th August 2018 at the Bella Center in Copenhagen.

Photo: CIFF Facebook
First Fashionology Summit to take place in Bangladesh

Just a week from now, Bangladesh's capital Dhaka will host the first Fashionolgy Summit, an international event discussing technology and innovation for the fashion industry. The full-day event will be held on Monday, 12th February 2018 at the International Convention Center, Bashundhara (ICCB) in Dhaka.

“Today, technology has become a big part of everyone’s daily life. The fashion and apparel industry is no exception to this. The global production and supply model that has been in existence for decades in the apparel industry has been replaced by fast fashion. We are bringing the most inspiring and innovative thinkers from across the globe under one roof. Our goal is to initiate the much needed conversations on technology, digitisation and innovation inside the apparel industry,” said Mostafiz Uddin, CEO and founder of Bangladesh Apparel Exchange (BAE), the event organiser, when speaking to the Dhaka Tribune.

The Fashiononly Summit is the first event of its kind on garment technology and will bring together the next generation of global fashion experts and Bangladeshi apparel manufacturers in a discussion upon the latest trends that have arisen inside a tech-driven fashion industry. The summit's aim is to familiarize Bangladeshi manufacturers with the latest technology currently trending within the garment industry, to address any questions they may have and to encourage them to use it.

First Fashionology Summit to take place in Bangladesh

A total of 16 renowned speakers from 10 countries are expected, among them Jonathan Zornow, inventor of sewing robot Sewbo; Pradeep David, general manager of Universal Robots South Asia and a pioneer of Cobot concept; Vikas Raykar, an expert on cognitive fashion at IBM Watson; David Birnbaum, strategic advisor to the World Bank; Sunil Shewakramani, executive vice president of Li & Fung India Pvt Ltd; and Muchaneta Kapfunde, founder and editor-in-chief of digital magazine Fashnerd.

The speakers will come together and share their experience and knowledge in four seminars titled “Factory of the Future”, “Smart Wearables (Fusion of Fashion and Tech)”, “Eco and Sustainable Innovation” and “On Demand Manufacturing and Mass Customization”. BAE will also arrange the first ever Digital Tech Fashion Show, which will round off the event.

Exhibitors like Bengal Plastics Ltd., Eton Systems, Juki Smart Solutions, Lectra, Sindabad and Tukatech will present the latest in garment technology and innovation while global initiative Fashion for Good will show how the industry can be improved in terms of environmental and social standards and achieving responsible and sustainable fashion practices.

First Fashionology Summit to take place in Bangladesh

Industry experts like Michael T. Fralix, president and CEO of [TC2]; Frederic Gaillard, vice president of Lectra; Danit Peleg, founder and creative director of 3D Printed Fashion; Richard Oliver, CEO of Theunseen; Ram Sareen, founder and CEO of Tukatech; Amanda Cosco, founder of Electric Runway; Magnus Sundgren, CTO of Eton Systems; Sonia Bashir Kabir, managing director of Microsoft Bangladesh, Eva Van Der Brugge and Pim Kneepkens, innovation manager of Fashion for Good will also be present at the event.

The summit is sponsored by the C&A Foundation, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Pacific Jeans, Flowater and others.

Photos: BangladeshFashionolgySummit.com
Denim Première Vision coming to London

Denim Première Vision has announced that it is changing the show format to include plans to alternate its location between Paris and another European city, with London being the first location chosen to host the trade show in December 2018.

The trade show, which was launched 10 years ago, has been overhauled to take into account the needs of the entire denim value chain, to include a more fashion-oriented, contemporary positioning, as well as to feature a programme of content, such as speakers, seminars, and debates to discuss challenges facing the sector.

The first edition of 2018 will take place at the Parc Floral de Paris from May 23-24, with the second edition in London at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, East London, from December 5-6. Both shows will feature exhibitors from across the denim supply chain from weavers, to components, clothing and accessories manufacturers, and denim washers and finishers.

Denim Première Vision coming to London

Organisers state that the early show calendar in December will be beneficial to all players in the supply chain, as well as corresponding with when ‘pure players’ are making final adjustments to their collections pre-production.

In terms of the alternate European location, Denim Première Vision explained that the European cites will be chosen for their “strong fashion influence”, and it hopes that the alternative venue will “encourage proximity with fashion and design markets while offering the sector new sources of inspiration”.

In addition, the Denim Première Vision team is also evolving, with Guglielmo Olearo, international exhibitions director for Première Vision taking over the management of Denim Première Vision. He replaces Chantal Malingrey, a member of the board who, alongside her role as marketing and development director for Première Vision and director of special events will now become the director of the pre-collections show, Blossom Première Vision. Organisers have also named Fabio Adami Dalla Val as the Denim Première Vision show manager.

Images: courtesy of Denim Première Vision

My Size, Inc. the developer and creator of smartphone measurement applications, concluded a hugely successful first three days at CES in Las Vegas on January 9 through 11, and expects continued interest over the next few days from potential customers, as well as from apparel and tech media. MySizeID, the Company's revolutionary patented body measurement technology, designed to transform the way apparel is purchased online, is being unveiled at CES. A video that demonstrates MySizeID's capabilities and benefits for online retailers was also launched at CES.

"MySizeID has been received with excitement and enthusiasm during the first three days of CES. Our booth was visited by a large number of online retailers seeking to improve their customers' shopping experience. We had meetings and highly productive discussions with some of the leading retailers in the world. Apparel retailers know that their customers prefer to shop online and simply want to make a purchase that is the right size the first time they order. We believe that MySizeID provides the key to unlocking further growth in the multi-billion dollar online apparel market, while improving economics for retailers and giving consumers a more satisfying shopping experience," said My Size CEO, Ronen Luzon. "In an online clothing market, estimated to be valued at over 72 billion dollars in the U.S. alone, 70 percent of apparel returns are size related, while 32 percent of shoppers don't purchase fashion online because of uncertainly around size and fit. My Size has the technology to address this weakness in the e-commerce economy and we believe our solutions will deliver clear financial results for our customers."

MySizeID enables consumers to measure their body using their smartphones, allowing the application to determine the correct size for clothing provided online. The technology reflects a conceptual revolution that may significantly reduce the margin of error experienced by consumers who purchase the wrong size online and may increase consumer confidence in online purchases on matters relating to size.

The Annual CES Trade Show in Las Vegas is considered among the main platforms for introducing innovations and advanced technologies. The show attracts over 3,900 companies, manufacturers, developers, tech, software and hardware experts. Over 170,000 participants of about 150 countries are expected to participate in the trade show.

Milan tradeshow White to open to public

White, Milan's cutting edge fashion trade show is partnering with the Tomorrow Showroom on a new sportswear section. The January edition will see the debut of White Street Market as well as the first B&C section - business and consumer, which will launch in June 2018 edition.

The aim is to bring together buyers and end-users from all over the world for Milan’s Fashion Week.

White Street Market will showcase a selection of authoritative street culture with exhibitions, concerts, workshops, engagement activities for the public, and other cultural activities.

The trade show, which is organised in association with the Municipality of Milan and in partnership with Confartigianato Impress will further include a series of important strategic developments. The starting points are the selection of exhibiting brands, in total 217 brands, out of which 157 are womenswear pre-collections. 40 percent of the brands are made in Italy and the remaining 60 percent comes from abroad.

White is one of the few trade shows that is dedicated to womenswear pre-collections, showcasing a selected preview of this market segment, which is gaining considerable rank in the contemporary fashion scene.

Photo credit: Courtesy of White

Vintage@Intermezzo: Vintage Trends in Pictures

Kicking off the international season of trade shows, vintage vendors congregated in Manhattan’s Javits centre for the three-day Vintage@Intemezzo event. Among labels in prominence were Krizia, Gaultier, Pucci, Escada, Christian Dior, and Moschino (when the label’s name also included the ironic Couture!).

The 60s and 70s still dominated as the most popular decades but the usually ubiquitous 20s beaded dresses and satiny slips were conspicuously lacking for the most part. Gone too the dusty blushes and pastels associated with some earlier bygone eras, replaced by later 20th century’s bold clashing colors and patchwork aplenty.

The fashion industry’s recent move towards the rejection of fur was not in evidence among these vintage retailers as everything from fox chubbies to floor grazing minks were on view––although that might be in response to the particularly bitter winter we have been having so far. Other trends to note were fringe, psychedelia, kimono shapes and splashy sequined motifs.

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All photos FashionUnited

Pitti Uomo 93: Highlights from 1972 to todayTIMELINE

London - All the peacocks flocked to Florence this week for the opening of Pitti Uomo. Kicking off with an official opening ceremony on January 9, the start of the Italian menswear trade fair 93rd edition also marks the opening of theCamera di Commercio di Firenze 4.0. The renovated premises incorporates new technologies, such as the MyCamera app, to further help simplify the needs of local businesses and will host Pitti Uomo's opening ceremony.

Running from January 9 to 12, Pitti Uomo is set to welcome 1,230 brands this season, including 541 international brands as well as 227 new brands. Divided into 14 sections dedicated to presenting the best of menswear, Pitti Uomo is set to welcome more than 36,000 visitors across the event. Pitti Uomo 93rd edition will give special attention to the rising athleisure trend, as well as more focus on more contemporary and experimental menswear styles and gender-neutral collections.

Pitti Uomo 93: Highlights from 1972 to today

A brief look into the history of Pitti Uomo

Highlights of the menswear trade fair include Karl Lagerfeld's presentation of its new unified men's collection, Paul&Shark and Pepe Jean London's return to Pitti Uomo and the launch of a new partnership between WP Lavori in Corso and DEUS Ex Machina. Other key events to take place during Pitti Uomo are the return of the International Woolmark Prize, the opening of the Gucci Garden and Brooks Brother first-ever fashion show. The global final of the menswear and womenswear International Woolmark Prize is set to take place on January 9 at a closed event in the Stazione Leopolda, whereas Brooks Brothers will mark its 200 year anniversary with its debut fashion show at the Salone dei Cinquecento on January 10.

Pitti Uomo 93: Highlights from 1972 to today

In honor of Pitti Uomo 93rd edition, FashionUnited has listed the Italian menswear trade fair milestones over the years in the timeline below.

Use the arrows to navigate through the events ordered by date or click on a time frame (in the gray bar) to learn more.

This timeline was based on the FU archive, and input from our Italian correspondent.

Photos: Courtesy of Pitti Uomo

Sustainable fashion event, Copenhagen Fashion Summit has unveiled that it will launch a new “revamped format” for its May edition, including expanding to a two-day schedule.

The event which highlights sustainable solutions is expanding to a two-day format to allow more time to explore the many Summit components, in order to 50 sustainable solution providers more time to “gain knowledge, share experiences and discover innovative solutions,” said organisers.

One of its new features will be the Innovation Forum, which will call attention to a curated selection of the world's most promising solution providers. The forum will enable participating fashion brands to meet with solution providers covering the entire supply chain – from innovative fabrics to green packaging solutions.

The Innovation Forum will also have a pitch stage for the presentation of disruptive innovations and a speed dating event with more than 350 pre-scheduled business meetings between brands and providers based on a prior screening and matchmaking process.

In addition, the summit will present high-level keynote speakers, their names to be released in the coming months, and the Leadership Assembly, a key component of the Summit, will convene industry decision-makers, civil society and government for closed-door roundtable discussions and public-private dialogues on the most urgent environmental, social and ethical issues.

The event, which will mark the sixth edition, will also release of the annual Pulse of the Fashion Industry report, a presentation from the Youth Fashion Summit, which just announced a partnership with the United Nations Global Compact focusing specifically on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 Good Health and Well-being and SDG 5 Gender Equality.

The 2018 Copenhagen Fashion Summit will take place from May 15-16 at the Copenhagen Concert Hall.