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The Week In Fabric

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From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, ‘The Week In Fabric’ gives back the must-know textiles and fashion information for the week just gone. It’s your official guide to womenswear, menswear, sportswear and interiors news.

Florence-held men’s wear tradeshow Pitti Uomo has announced its upcoming summer schedule is all about brightness and warmth. That’s Pitticolor!” will be the theme for its 88th edition to run June 16-19 in the Italian garment manufacturing capital. As the name suggest, the focus will be on colors. Pitti Uomo is also hosting a digital art project in June, inviting fashion designers and creatives to take part in the exhibit drawing inspiration from the show’s theme. Meanwhile, the guest of honor for this year will be Moschino for menswear and young Canadian designer Thomas Tait for womenswear. [WWW]

British tradeshow Pure London announced that an official footwear section will be added to its upcoming Spring/Summer 2016 edition. Dubbed ‘Premium Footwear’, the segment was co-organized by footwear connoisseur Gerard Levy, which will complement Pure London’s 100-plus footwear brands already on show. Pure London runs August 2-4 at the London Olympia. [WWW]

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France, Spain, Italy, the U.K. and Germany increased their average clothing imports from Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey by 5.9% in 2014, according to the French Fashion Institute (IFM). Turkey remains the biggest supplier from the Mediterranean region, with a 5.5% increase in orders recorded last year with Germany ordering 3.1bn euros worth over the twelve months. Meanwhile, European clothing imports reached 73.06bn euros, including 54.9bn euros from Asia (10 percent) and 14.02bn euros from Mediterranean countries (5 percent). [FASHION MAG]

The UK Fashion & Textile Association revealed its shortlist for the annual NatWest UK Fashion & Textile Awards. The awards, which celebrate the British Fashion & Textiles Industry, take place on May 21. In addition to the nominees (see link), the NatWest Outstanding Achievement Awards and the Retailer Award will also be presented on the night. Click the link for the official list of finalists. [UKFT]

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Social justice luxury brand, Maiyet has appointed the former design director at Alexander Wang – Declan Kearney, as its new creative director. Kearney, who has been working in the role secretly since December, is responsible for all ready-to-wear and accessories, as well as advertising campaigns and “brand imagery.” He replaces Kristy Caylor, the brand’s co-founder and president, and acting Maiyet designer, who now focuses on growth and strategy. Maiyet is known for sourcing goods from communities in developing countries like India and Colombia to help create sustainable businesses.[NEW YORK TIMES]

The Condé Nast International Luxury Conference debuted this week in Florence. Helmed by the American publishing group and their Vogue international fashion editor, Suzy Menkes, a slew of designers, fashion house CEOs and leading manufacturers were invited to the Palazzo Vecchio. From April 22-23, attendees discussed the future of luxury, its current changes, and how fashion houses can stand out in a digitally-competitive world. Karl Lagerfeld, Jonathan Anderson, Antoine Arnault and Tory Burch were invited, as well as Roberto Cavalli, Alber Elbaz, Leonardo Ferragamo and Axel Dumas – and host of others. [WWW]

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Germany’s Adidas is collaborating with an eco-group in a bid clear the world’s oceans of plastic waste. The sportswear giant’s partnership with the Parley for the Oceans initiative would see the development of fibers made from recycled ocean waste for use in its clothing and shoe uppers from next year. Adidas said it would also phase out the use of plastic bags at its 2,900 stores. [REUTERS]

—By Benjamin Fitzgerald

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