Under ceo Gary Smith, the former Malden Mills has pivoted from a fleece producer to a high-tech fabric manufacturer servicing fashion and active brands.
Brexit jitters could already be felt at Première Vision Paris, while sustainability turned fun at Texworld.
François Girbaud also presented his third Eyether sustainable capsule for the Turkish denim mill at the event.
Despite rising prices for raw materials and market instability, the Italian textile industry closed 2018 with sales of 7.86 billion euros and exhibitors at the trade show were optimistic about future prospects.
Former cotton mills get a new lease on life as a start-up incubator, museum and shop floor, thanks to Nan Fung Group’s Vanessa Cheung.
Italian spinners were inspired by the digital world to elevate their service and collections, which featured blends of synthetic and natural fibers embellished with metallic, iridescent and plastic effects.
For the Italian textile company’s chief executive officer Ercole Botto Poala sustainability is a matter of survival.
The Calais-based lace manufacturer was unable to pay its 170 employees’ salary for December 2018.
The ecological impact of apparel industry overproduction was a key talking point at the show.
The luxury giant said the push for regenerative sourcing is a potential game changer.
The trade show, held Sept. 25 to 27 at the Milano-Rho fairgrounds, highlighted the Italian tanneries’ abilities to adjust to markets’ demands.