ZIPPERS GET GREEN: Ideal Fastener Corp., the world's second-largest zipper manufacturer, is partnering with Unifi Inc. in offering manufacturers "sustainable zippers." Ideal will use Unifi's Repreve yarns, which are 100 percent recycled, for zipper tapes. The product will be marketed under the Ideal Earth product suite. According to a statement from Unifi, the resources expended even on trim can add up, especially for larger items such as jackets. The companies estimate that using Ideal Earth jacket zipper tapes for 500 jackets or 500 pants conserves a about one gallon of gasoline.
WOOL MISSING MESSAGE: Henrik Kuffner, director general of the International Wool Textile Organization, believes the wool industry is missing an opportunity to deliver an eco-friendly message. In an editorial in the IWTO's most recent newsletter, Kuffner warned that consumer interest in sustainable and organic technologies and products was likely to be a long-term trend, and one the wool industry had failed to address. A definition for organic wool has yet to be worked out.
"Wool, with its natural attributes, being probably the best material for this target group, is about to miss the train with this huge market opportunity, and so far, a remarkable part of the wool industry has ignored this movement," Kuffner said. "Amazingly, consumers are even discussing more about 'organic polyester' than wool. Can we afford this? When are we going to join this trend?"
LEVI'S GOES WITH GLORY: China's Ever-Glory International Group has received orders valued at about $1 million from Levi Strauss to produce cargo pants and chinos. Levi's began working with Ever-Glory in 2006, and during the second half of the year, the company offered Levi's its own design styles. Ever-Glory is publicly traded in the U.S. and produces apparel for brands such as Eddie Bauer, BB Dakota and Fat Face.
LENZING OPENS IN INDIA: Lenzing Fibers opened a new sales and marketing office on Monday in Coimbatore, India, one of the country's textile centers. The company has also teamed up with India's Modi Group to build a new viscose fiber production facility in India.
The plant will take two years to construct and is expected to start production by 2010. There is only one viscose fiber supplier in India, resulting in high import duties for brands and manufacturers looking to use Lenzing's modal and Tencel fibers.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast