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The Week in Fabric

From beading to brocade, capsule collections to collaborative debuts, The Week In Fabric highlights the past week’s must-know textiles and material inspiration. It’s your official guide to all news fabric—from menswear to couture, innovation to interiors.

Kris Van Assche announced the closure of his eponymous label, Krissvanassche, citing financial hardship as his primary reason for stepping down from the 10-year-old business. The Dior Homme creative director revealed to WWD that he would “take a break” from his own collections in order to dedicate more time to his Dior role. [D’MARGE]

Italian lingerie manufacturer Cosabella has expanded into plus size undergarments. Dubbed Cosabella Extended, the line features a variety of the brand’s best-selling styles in cup sizes 32-36 D, DD-G and 38 D, DD-F, as well as sizes 12/14, 16/18, 20/22 for underwear. The new Cosabella Extended campaign features Emily Nolan, founder of self-confidence and body-empowerment nonprofit TOPLESS, as its spokesmodel.



Filippo Nishino has been named managing director of the Tuscan tannery in Fucecchio. The world leader for the treatment of reptile skins, the tannery was purchased in 2001 by Kering. Nishino was previously the president of Caravel, which supplies precious skins to Caravel has become the leader in precious skins for Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Bulgari and Fendi. [FASHION MAG]

British retail giant Topshop has named Jessica Herndlhofer and Jonathan Douglas as the first-ever winners of its inaugural Graduate Design Programme, in conjunction with the British Fashion Council. Herndlhofer from Huddersfield University won the Topshop prize and earns a 12-month paid internship with the retailer, while Douglas won the 12-month paid internship at Topman. [BFC]

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The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), by which the U.S. supports Africa by extending duty free trade preferences to eligible countries, is still awaiting renewal in Washington. AGOA renewal will require the authorization of the Trade Promotion Authority, which allows the White House to negotiate trade agreements while avoiding amendments by Congress, which can only approve or reject the agreement. [FASHION MAG]

ITS 2015 (International Talent Support) has revealed the 35 finalists for its international competition for young designers. Held in Trieste from July 10-11, five of these finalists will participate in two competitions, as there are 10 finalists for each of the four categories: apparel, accessories, jewelry, and the artwork contest. A complete list of all the finalists can be accessed online. [ITS]



The Mercedes design team has partnered with German airline Lufthansa to create conceptual VIP cabins for short- and medium-haul flights. The VIP aircraft cabin concept, on show at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) 2015 in Geneva, takes a very architectural approach to luxury.  [AFP]

The UK Fashion & Textile Association has announced the winners of the 2015 UK Fashion & Textile Awards. The winners are: womenswear, Teatum Jones; menswear, Drake’s; designer business, Erdem; Accessories, Noel Stewart Millinery; childrenswear, Tootsa MacGinty; lingerie, Olivia von Halle; retailer, Browns; newcomer, Alice Made This; textile business, Joshua Ellis & Co.; Let’s Make It Here award, Sourgrape; exporter award, Alex Begg & Co; and outstanding achievement, James Sugden OBE.

—By Benjamin Fitzgerald


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