FERRAGAMO DEVELOPMENT: Salvatore Ferragamo Group has appointed Hervé Martin as product general manager. “Hervé has a solid understanding and great experience in the luxury goods industry,” said Ferruccio Ferragamo, chief executive, in a statement. “He possesses a great knowledge of global sales and marketing strategies, as well as product development and trends.” Martin, who reports to Ferragamo, was president and ceo of Kenzo Mode and managing director of Louis Vuitton for Europe and the Middle East. — Luisa Zargani

NEXT-GENERATION TEXTILES: Technical fabrics — including those that one day could incorporate microcommunications or even pharmaceuticals — is the foundation of Nextex, a trade show set to bow next year in Milan. Organized by Biella Intraprendere, the first show will run from March 31 to April 1 and will be held in conjunction with Filo at Superstudio Più here. Organizers said its twin aims are to promote technical fibers and next-generation fabrics, and to encourage discussion in the industry. “These fabrics may have been seen as the little eccentric brother in the textile world, but they’ve become increasingly important,” said Ermanno Rondi, president of the Biella Trade Union. “We believe these innovative fibers and fabrics will give new opportunity to Italy and create a new market.” The show will host exhibitors from chemical producers to textile machinery manufacturers to yarn and fabric makers. Organizers also will hold a conference to focus on the future of this genre of fibers. While organizers acknowledged that highly technical exhibitors would take part in the fair’s first edition, they are eager to connect with the fashion world. “These types of fabrics or fibers that are in the experimental stages are the seedbed for an entire range of applications,” said one Nextex organizer. — Courtney Colavita

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