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Reliance Jewels expands offering with Spring festival inspired line

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Fine jewellery brand Reliance Jewels has expanded its product range and launched a line of laser-cut, gold designs. The collection is inspired by India’s diverse array of Spring festivals and bolsters the brand’s everyday wear segment. 

A Spring festival inspired necklace from Reliance Jewels’ new line – Reliance Jewels

Reliance Jewels’ new women’s jewellery line translates traditional Indian motifs into bold, modern pieces of light- and mid-weight jewellery, the brand announced in a press release. Earrings and necklaces feature graphic depictions of stars, the cosmos, and planets with colourful accents and geometric patterns. 
 
“Emphasising the harmony between tradition and contemporary design, Reliance Jewels’ latest collection offers an artistic blend of India’s varied cultural tapestries,” announced Reliance Jewels in a press release. “The brand invites its patrons to commemorate these festive moments with their exclusive collection, now available in all stores and on their website.”

With this collection, Reliance Jewels taps into the growing demand for lightweight, everyday jewellery which is increasingly purchased by women for themselves. Designed to be paired with traditional, fusion, or western wear, the collection aims to celebrate India’s unity in diversity, according to Reliance Jewels. 
 
Reliance Jewels is run by Reliance Retail Limited and counts over 400 stores in showrooms and shop-in-shops in over 200 Indian cities. The brand also retails through its direct to customer e-commerce store which has certain designs available to purchase online while others are described as showroom only products. 

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Pitti Uomo celebrates print media and independent magazines with a unique kiosk

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Painted entirely in blue, placed on a lush grass carpet, complete with its lamppost and Pittimags sign, it stands out unmistakably. Prominently positioned in the middle of an aisle amid stands in the Sala delle Nazioni pavilion, a genuine newsstand breathes life into this season’s Pitti Uomo. This remarkable kiosk offers visitors the chance to exclusively purchase independent magazines, considered among the world’s finest, not typically found within the regular press circuit. 

Frab’s Magazine’s unique kiosk at Pitti Uomo – ph DM

The project, conceived by the specialized portal Frab’s Magazines, seems to resonate well with visitors to the men’s fashion show, who eagerly rush to acquire the latest issues of these elusive titles. These include Viscose Journal, which undergoes a format change with each release, with its latest issue dedicated to retail, The Craft of Fashions, exploring the craftsmanship at the origin of fashion, and Merde, the Parisian satirical fashion magazine.

“There is an extraordinary world behind this reality. This initiative was born to precisely draw attention to this sector. For us, it’s the beginning of a journey; we are working on a broader project,” confided Raffaello Napoleone, head of the Florentine salon.

Close to 150 magazines from around the world are available in this kiosk, carefully selected in the realms of fashion, and also spanning art, design, beauty, and culture.

“In recent years, we have witnessed the ascendance of niche and high-quality print media. There is a renewed interest from the younger audience. We are also witnessing the revival of kiosks, taking the form of exhibition spaces,” explained Anna Frabotta, who, along with Dario Gaspari, established the e-shop Frab’s Magazines in 2019, quickly becoming the sole European distributor for various Asian publications, particularly from Taiwan and Singapore.

“In 2020, it was mainly magazines with extensive advertisements that closed down, while independent journals demonstrated resilience, and several new titles emerged during that period. Today, English is the most prevalent language for this type of publication,” concluded Frabotta.

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Safilo and Hugo Boss extend eyewear licensing deal to 2030

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Italian eyewear maker Safilo on Thursday announced the renewal of its licensing deal with German fashion house Hugo Boss until the end of 2030.

Boss – Spring-Summer2023 – Womenswear – Miami

The partnership covers the manufacturing and distribution of the luxury firm’s Boss and Hugo brands’ glasses and sunglasses for the next seven years.

“We are delighted to early renew our partnership with Hugo Boss, a highly valued partner for Safilo, and representing an exceptional asset in our portfolio. I am glad that in just a few years we will celebrate the 20th anniversary of our partnership which began back in 2006,” said Angelo Trocchia, CEO of Safilo Group.

“The remarkable rebranding of Boss and Hugo in the last two years, fully embraced and executed by Safilo in the eyewear collections, paves the way for a bright and successful future of the brands in all our markets and distribution channels.”

Safilo Group recorded net revenues for 1.08 billion euros in 2022. Its portfolio includes Carrera, Polaroid, Smith, Blenders, Privé Revaux and Seventh Street with licenses for Banana Republic, Carolina Herrera, Dsquared2, Etro, Eyewear by David Beckham, Isabel Marant, Juicy Couture, Tommy Hilfiger, and more.

​”Our Claim 5 growth strategy is broad-based. We want to grow across all regions, touchpoints, and brands, as well as in all product areas,” said Daniel Grieder, CEO of Hugo Boss AG.

“Safilo perfectly supports our growth in the eyewear segment and is a key player in the industry with high quality standards and a strong distribution network worldwide. We are excited to continue the successful and long-term partnership with Safilo and are convinced that we have the right partner at our side to leverage the full potential of Boss and Hugo in the global eyewear business.”

In its most recent trading update in November, Hugo Boss reported sales that beat analysts’ expectations, noting revenue rose 15% at constant exchange rates in the third quarter.

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Achilles Ion Gabriel launches his rebellious brand at Pitti Uomo

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Jan 11, 2024

Known for his cool, colourful shoes, Achilles Ion Gabriel is now branching out into ready-to-wear. And to unveil his project, what better springboard than Pitti Uomo, where on Thursday he showed the first collection of his new gender-neutral clothing, shoes and accessories brand. The Finnish footwear designer, who has been creative director of Spanish label Camper since 2020, created a grunge-western style with a dark, Rick Owens twist, revisiting men’s classics.

La première collection d’Achilles Ion Gabriel – Pitti Immagine

Suits, leather pieces, cargo trousers, denim, and nighties and lace tops in sun-kissed colours were invariably donned by men and women. Looking like they had just stepped out of an Aki Kaurismäki cowboy film, the models wore santiags in the brand’s signature colour, ash/sky blue. The looks were complete with faux leather trousers, shearling-lined faux fur coat, long leather gloves and maxi belts studded with metal rings, reminiscent of a pistolero’s cartridge belt when worn as shoulder straps to hold the bag.

The designer had already produced a few garments for Camper or Camperlab, but never a collection of his own. For autumn-winter 2024/25, he adopted oversized volumes and very loose cuts, à la Balenciaga, with large floor-length coats in a grey Princes of Wales pattern or black banker stripes. He combined these with tone-on-tone suits in revisited shapes, like a suit jacket with broad shoulders.

Coats were cut in half, with the bottom part transformed into an open-fronted skirt, layered over a pair of trousers worn with a suit jacket, all cut from the same checkered tweed. A collar stood out from the traditional men’s striped shirt, while suits were made in crumpled fabrics. These were not really a novelty, as they have been seen on the runway so many times before. 

Achilles Ion Gabriel – Pitti Immagine

Alongside these revisited men’s wardrobe essentials, Achilles Ion Gabriel also followed a more streetwear vein to create a cool look with sweatshirts, baseball caps and shredded nylon cargos. The emphasis was on leather pieces. Traces of paint appeared to be drooling on some of the shiny black leather coats, while jackets and trousers looked like they had been scratched or scribbled on.

We were probably expecting more daring pieces from the designer, who mostly expresses his creative verve through details, like the ‘move bitch’, which could be read on the metal spikes of the cowboy boots… provided you had binoculars. The boots will certainly be one of the best-selling pieces.

Backed by two financial partners from his own circle, Achilles Ion Gabriel has his clothes made in Italy and the UK and has set up his studio in Paris.

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Bottega Veneta opens new store in Mumbai’s Jio World Plaza

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Italian luxury brand Bottega Veneta has opened an exclusive brand outlet in Mumbai’s Jio World Plaza mall with its India retail partner Reliance Brands Limited. The store houses the label’s leather goods and accessories and is its third in India to date. 

Inside Bottega Veneta’s new Mumbai store – Reliance Brands Limited- Facebook

“Expanding more as we go,” announced Reliance Brands Limited on Facebook. “Our RBL brands continue to thrive as we expand through new stores at Jio World Plaza, Mumbai! The Bottega Veneta store showcases a vibrant collection and an inviting store space – one you just can’t miss!”
 
The store has a minimalist, refined interior with textured elements to add intrigue. The store’s seating echoes its woven leather bags with oversized stools and also features sofas arranged around an industrial style table. Pops of apple green stand out amongst a neutral colour palette and the store’s dim lighting draws focus to its backlit handbags. 

Bottega Veneta is run by international luxury fashion business Kering. In India, the label retails with Reliance Industries Limited’ retail business Reliance Brands Limited which is also responsible for retailing Kering’s brand Balenciaga in the country. Bottega Veneta’s other two India stores are located in DLF Emporio in New Delhi and in Palladium Mall in Mumbai, according to the brand’s official website. 

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Huda Beauty launches on Myntra’s e-commerce platform to expand India reach

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Flipkart’s fashion arm Myntra has launched global cosmetics brand Huda Beauty on its e-commerce platform. The online retailer now stocks over 100 products by the global brand.

Screenshot of Huda Beauty products on Myntra’s platform – Myntra

“In our endeavour to bring the best of fresh global fashion and beauty to our customers, we are thrilled to add the iconic Huda Beauty to our robust selection of international brands,” said Myntra’s chief business officer Sharon Pais, India Retailing reported. “On the back of Myntra’s cutting-edge tech, unmatched reach and a keen understanding of the needs of new age, trend-first India, we look forward to supercharging Huda Beauty’s vision of winning with India’s premium base of shoppers.”

A total of 110 Huda Beauty products are now available on Myntra’s e-commerce store, according to the business’ website. Four products by Huda Kattan’s sister Mona Kattan’s fragrance brand Kayali have also launched on Myntra’s e-commerce store, one being a collaborative set with Huda Beauty. A selection of products by skincare brand Wishful have also launched on the multi-brand platform. 

“We are so excited to join forces with Myntra Beauty,” said brand founder Huda Kattan. “We believe this collaboration will pave the way for much bigger opportunities with India’s growing base of premium beauty shoppers! This is such an important market for us, and we hope our products continue to be a success with our amazing Huda Beauty supporters in India.”

Content creator and entrepreneur Huda Kattan launched Huda Beauty in 2013 to offer a range of highly pigmented products with bold packaging. The brand retails cosmetics for eyes, lips, and face with products including lipsticks, eyeshadow palettes, concealers, mascaras, and pressed powder among others. 

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Tommy Hilfiger joins forces with Redress Design Award 2024

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Tommy Hilfiger has been named the lead partner for the Redress Design Award 2024, the world’s premier sustainable fashion design competition. 

Redress Design Award 2020-First Prize Womenswear Winner Collection – Juliana Garcia Bello. – Redress

The Redress Design Award invites emerging designers globally to showcase their circular and sustainable fashion collections. The competition is now open to emerging designers who can apply until March 15.

As part of the partnership, the first prize winner will collaborate with the Tommy Hilfiger design team on a sustainable retail project, gaining invaluable industry experience and building on their knowledge of sustainable fashion.

The move is aligned with Tommy Hilfiger’s commitment to sustainability, which is embedded in its DNA. The brand focuses on creating fashion that ‘Wastes Nothing and Welcomes All’ and is currently exploring new, circular materials and manufacturing methods, like creating quality pieces from textile waste.

The brand is also working to make the fashion industry more accessible and inclusive through programmes, partnerships, and product creation. 

“Fashion is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Left unabated, pollution and waste is set to worsen. We urgently need to accelerate circular fashion, which is the best way to let fashion thrive without costing the earth,” said Dr. Christina Dean, founder of Redress. 

“Working from our Hong Kong headquarters, and with our Asia focus, we want to redress — to remedy and set right — fashion, by collaborating with bold fashion brand businesses and brilliant designer talent to create the fashion industry of the future, right now.”

Coinciding with the launch, Redress is offering a free online Circular Fashion Design Course. The latest module, ‘Design for Recyclability,’ launching on January 23, provides insights from Jessica Wei, senior director of sustainability at Tommy Hilfiger Asia Pacific, and is exclusively available to Redress Design Award applicants. 

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Andam celebrates its 35th edition with Saint Laurent’s creative director Anthony Vaccarello

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Andam is launching its call for entries for 2024. For its 35th anniversary, the fashion competition for young designers has chosen Anthony Vaccarello, Saint Laurent‘s creative director, to head the jury. He will also mentor the winners for a year. As last year, the competition is offering 700,000 euros in prize money. 

Anthony Vaccarello – ph Gray Sorrenti – Andam

Choosing Anthony Vaccarello is a tribute to Pierre Bergé, who, with the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, helped to create the prize in 1989, and was its president until 2017, when the designer’s CEO Francesca Bellettini sponsored the competition. What’s more, the Belgian designer, who won the Andam prize in 2011, is the first designer to take on this role, usually reserved for the leaders of the houses that sponsor the competition.

“Andam has a special significance for Saint Laurent and myself as it has been chaired by Monsieur Pierre Bergé since its inception and for nearly 30 years, and I am fortunate to be one of Andam’s prizewinners. For these reasons, I am sincerely honoured to be joining the event as president of the jury for this special anniversary edition,” Anthony Vaccarello commented in a press release.

Vaccarello succeeds Riccardo Bellini, the former CEO of Chloé, who last year awarded Louis Gabriel Nouchi the 34th Andam Prize, while Ester Manas and Duran Lantink received the Special Prize, Avellano won the Pierre Bergé Prize (formerly the Creative Label Prize) and Ukrainian designer Ruslan Baginskiy the Fashion Accessories Prize.

To mark the 35th anniversary of Andam (the national association for the development of the fashion arts), a competition founded by Nathalie Dufour, a series of initiatives will take place throughout 2024, including collaborations, pop-ups and special projects.

The jury will be announced in February by Anthony Vaccarello. Candidates can apply online at andam.fr until 31 March 2024. The shortlisted finalists will be announced at the end of May, while the jury will meet on Thursday, June 27 to announce its decision. The jury will award five prizes: the Andam Grand Prize (300,000 euros), the Special Grand Prize (100,000 euros), the Pierre Bergé Prize (100,000 euros), the Fashion Accessories Prize (100,000 euros) and the Innovation Prize (100,000 euros).

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India plans ‘Bharat Park’ in UAE to boost trade

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As part of its work to promote Indian textile exports, the government plans to open a ‘Bharat Park’ in the United Arab Emirates. The establishment will be designed to connect Indian textile manufacturers with international buyers and take advantage of free trade agreements. 

Minister Piyush Goyal at a recent event in Gujarat – Piyush Goyal – Facebook

India’s Minister for Commerce and Industry and Textiles Piyush Goyal announced plans for the ‘Bharat Park’ at the Synthetic & Rayon Textiles Export Promotion Council’s Export Awards ceremony in Mumbai, Apparel Resources reported. Goyal attended the event as chief guest and addressed the crowd to share industry developments. 
 
In his address, Goyal noted that the UAE boasts secure payment mechanisms which would encourage international buyers to make orders from Indian businesses at the proposed Bharat Park. Goyal also opined that India does not currently make full use of its free trade agreements with numerous territories and proposes pursuing ways to make the most of these international deals. 

The government is focused on increasing exports of man made fibre textiles and expects the sector to cross $6 billion in exports in the 2024 financial year. Goyal stated in his address that man made fibre textiles are the future and that the Union Government is committed to uplifting the industry. 

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Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop to hold designer meet and greet with DiyaRajvvir in Hyderabad

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Multi-brand luxury Indian fashion retailer Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop will hold a ‘meet the designer’ event for men’s and women’s occasion wear brand DiyaRajvvir at its boutique in Hyderabad on January 11. The event will also launch the brand’s latest designs in the city. 

Latest occasion wear designs by DiyaRajvvir – Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop- Facebook

“Meet the Designer: DiyaRajvvir, we are getting you a thrilling opportunity to meet the celebrated designer behind the label DiyaRajvvir in Hyderabad,” announced Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop on Facebook. “Explore the label’s statement-making collection at Pernia’s Pop-Up Studio at Aan Global, Banjara Hills on 11th January.”
 
DiyaRajvvir is run by design duo Diya and Rajvvir and retails menswear and womenswear from its direct to customer website as well as on multi-brand platforms. The brand was established in 2015 and aims to inject traditional Indian garments such as lehengas and shararas with western sensibilities, according to its website. 

Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop holds regular events at its stores across India’s metros to offer engaging experiences for shoppers and drive footfall offline. These include designer meet and greets as well as themed shopping fairs. The business was launched by designer and entrepreneur Pernia Qureshi and is today owned by Purple Style Labs, run by entrepreneur Abhishek Agarwal. 

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