THREE’S COMPANY: Hoping to prove that three heads are better than one, a trio of Italian mills have joined forces to operate as one entity in the U.S. They are Jackytex, a knit manufacturer in Florence; Bartolini, specializing in wool and wool...
THREE’S COMPANY: Hoping to prove that three heads are better than one, a trio of Italian mills have joined forces to operate as one entity in the U.S. They are Jackytex, a knit manufacturer in Florence; Bartolini, specializing in wool and wool blend wovens out of Prato; and SFT, a silk and silk-like weaver from Como.
Michael Marchese, formerly of Luigi Botto, has been appointed as the U.S. company’s new director of sales.
"It’s a real service for the market," he said. "We can now offer buyers three different products under one roof."
Piero Giachi, president of Jackytex, agreed: "It’s such a difficult time right now for textiles and we think this approach is going to help us create a very strong presence in the U.S.
GENERIC NEWS: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission assigned the new generic name lastol to Dow Fiber Solutions’ elastic fiber, DOW XLA, which was released on Sept. 30. The generic name can now be listed on FTC-required content labels affixed to garments containing the fiber. DFS — a division of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. — said it began the process for establishing the generic in October 2001 and will market the fiber under DOW XLA.
CORN BRED: Minnetonka, Minn.-based Cargill Dow LLC unveiled its new corn-based fiber Ingeo as well as a list of partners that have signed on to use it, confirming a report in WWD. In a launch event in New York last month, Cargill Dow said it has more than 85 partners worldwide — nearly half of that figure represents mills and several manufacturers in the apparel industry that will introduce new products using the fiber, according to Cargill.
"The fiber has comparable performance characteristics to current synthetic fibers," said Tim Eynon, Cargill Dow’s general manager of fibers. "Yet it offers an environmentally responsible business system from raw material through end products."
Some mills expected to develop Ingeo fabrics include high-end French mill Guigou, Italy’s Grignasco Group, Malden Mills Industries Inc., Ge-Ray Fabrics Inc., Milliken & Co. and Burlington Industries Inc., as reported.
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)
@heriethpaul and @gracebol have a moment on the @victoriassecret fashion show 2017. See every look from the runway on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo) #wwdfashion #victoriassecret #VSFashionShow
“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