Rarely is an article of clothing so iconic that it gets a whole movie made about it—but denim has never been a run-of-the-mill article of clothing.
Denim is a staple, a symbol of culture that spans generations and transcends trends and fads and anything else so often fleeting in fashion.
And the aim Christian D. Bruun had in making his documentary, Blue Gold: American Jeans, was to tell denim’s story and highlight “how one garment connects us all,” a snippet from the website for the movie reads. The two-hour film just released last month has already been selected for several film festivals including the Hollywood Film Festival in 2014 and the Cebu International Film Festival last year.
“We start our journey in the American West, and we travel around the world with jeans hunter Eric Schrader. An ambassador of Americana, Eric trades in the history and values that have made blue jeans the most expensive and sought-after item of vintage clothing on the planet,” the film’s website notes.
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In a city like New York, it’s hard to think of where to even begin when it comes to exploring it.
That’s why we’ve picked out a few highlights of happenings during New York Textile Week, so you can take your pick of what to see.
Wondering what to do in any borough at any given time? Check out the #SeeYourCity hashtag for locals’ guides to see what’s trending and where. Find out about the best dumplings in the city to where the best skyline views are and what’s the latest place doubling as an Instagram backdrop.
Bringing young ones with you? Let the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take them on a tour. Kids can take their pick of which turtle to hang with and what to do with them, like Michelangelo’s NYC: Food and Fun, which will take them to famous landmarks like the Statue of Liberty and for legendary New York pizza at Lombardi’s.
Do you currently source any fabric from Korea? Regardless of your answer, dropping by Korean Preview in New York (KPNY) will be a good investment of your time.
KPNY is a well-established trade show that has been held annually for the last 20 years in Manhattan and exclusively features Korean textiles of all types. Over 60 carefully selected companies will be displaying the very best fabrics that Korea has to offer. There will also be plenty of opportunities to have one-on-one meetings with companies of your choosing and with the wide range of fabrics on display something is bound to catch your eye.
In case you aren’t aware, the quality and price competitiveness of Korean textiles has markedly improved over the last couple years. Already well-known for their high quality and innovative manufacturing techniques and designs, the price of Korean textiles is now much lower than you might expect. Not to mention the level of service that the companies provide is unmatched in Asia, and maybe the world for that matter. The value is there, so we hope that you can come to the show and see it for yourself.
KPNY 2017 will be held June 28-29 at Metropolitan Pavilion. For more information, visit www.koreanpreview.com. Once you registered, we will provide you with more information about the show in advance.
Showcasing the growth of digital textile printing, Messe Frankfurt is launching Avanprint USA, after introducing Avanprint Paris last year.
Avanprint USA is a partnership with World Textile Information Network and aims to bring together digital printing pioneers and North America’s top apparel design and sourcing professionals over the course of three days in New York. This new sourcing platform will showcase the latest innovations in digital textile printing technology, including machinery, inks, software, products and services.
The first edition will debut at the Jacob. K. Javits Convention Center July 17 to 19. Avanprint USA will share the well-established audience of more than 700 companies and 7,000 buyers from Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo.
According to WTiN, Messe Frankfurt’s market intelligence partner, the U.S. digital textile market is the fifth largest worldwide, with more than 51 million square meters of fabric produced annually, or about 5.4% of world production capacity. In addition to the natural transition from analogue to digital technologies, growth is being stimulated by reshoring initiatives that are breathing new life into the wider U.S. textile industry. The latest data from WTiN Intelligence: Digital Textiles indicates that in the first half of 2016, digital textile production capacity in the USA grew by an annualized rate of 30 percent.
Organizers said Avanprint USA will provide fashion textile buyers and sourcing professionals an opportunity to connect directly with market leaders in the digital printing industry to understand the advantages that advanced printing technology can provide throughout their design process and ultimately, to their bottom line. The show will also feature live demonstrations of digital textile printing technologies and a textile print trend area.
Dennis Smith, president of Messe Frankfurt North America, said, “We have seen the tremendous growth that the digital printing industry is experiencing and have sought to provide an innovative business platform where our forward-thinking exhibitors and visitors can connect directly with these technology leaders. Avanprint USA is an important new event serving the needs of the North American apparel and textile industries.”
Among the confirmed exhibitors for Avanprint are Lectra, MS Printing Solutions SRL, Expand Systems, PremEx Solutions, Mutoh, J-Tek USA, EFI Regianni, SPG and Kornit.
“The USA has become an exciting, expanding market for digital textile printing,” said Mark Jarvis, managing director of WTiN. “We are confident that…
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Nowadays, the denim category is multi-dimensional and dynamic, comprising a wide variety of fibers, fabrics, fits and finishes. This collection is designed to reflect this situation perfectly. Sustainable Denim Wardrobe has been produced to showcase TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers and Lenzing Modal® fibers across a number of garment categories, including wovens and knits, casual and formal, women’s, men’s and unisex.
“This is our most ambitious garment collection yet,” states Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development for Denim. “We have created a collection for casual capsule dressing that uses a broad cross-section of our fibers in a broad cross-section of styles truly representing lifestyle dressing.”
Originally coined in the 1970s, the term “capsule” applies to a small, well-curated selection of essential, high-quality items that champion personal style, favor timelessness, and are a counter to fast fashion. The idea behind this wardrobe was to focus around denim and add in the concept of sustainability.
“There are many facets to sustainability in textile apparel,” reports Michael Kininmonth, Lenzing project leader. “It is possible to choose responsibly produced fibers and fabrics and it is possible to choose responsible laundry processes. Now, beyond that, it is also possible to address the consumption of fashion garments.”
The Sustainable Denim Wardrobe collaboration is an attempt to bring together all the above elements in one curated denim lifestyle collection that enables ecologically conscious consumption. By promoting sustainable fashion apparel consumption in this way, the Lenzing Denim Team tackles a pressing contemporary problem. Additionally, quality garments with best in class fibers mean longer lasting garments.
Collaborators for the Sustainable Denim Wardrobe include fabric mills, laundry specialists and textile design students.
Eleven fabric mills around the world participated including…
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Korean Preview in New York, or KPNY 2017, is returning to New York City on June 28-29 and participating in the New York City Textile Week for the second time. However unlike years past, KPNY 2017 will be held 3 weeks prior to NYC Textile Week.
Celebrating its 21st annual exhibition, KPNY 2017 will take place at the Metropolitan Pavilion. The primary emphasis of this year’s show will be functional fabrics and the practical utilization of them to reflect the latest fashion trends. As for the exhibitors, around 60 of Korea’s leading fabric and textile manufacturers will be proudly presenting their Fall/Winter 2018 collections in five pavilions. They hope to connect with sourcing professionals, production development specialists, designers, and apparel fabric buyers. The five main categories are as follows; Natural, Functional, Synthetic, Knits, and Prints.
“KPNY is proud to contribute to the fashion and textile industries in the fashion mecca that is New York City”, said Bryan Cho, Deputy Director of KOTRA New York and organizer of KPNY. He added that, “The companies exhibiting at KPNY are known for providing fabrics with top-notch quality at very competitive prices. I’m sure that anyone involved in the production or procurement of fabrics and textiles will walk away from this event with plenty of new and reliable suppliers to do business with in the future.”
KPNY invites everyone to explore its unique collection of high-quality textiles offered at economical prices for categories including, but not limited to; women’s wear, men’s wear, children’s wear and lingerie for two days of sourcing and networking at this free event. Those who wish to attend can register and learn more by visiting www.koreanpreview.com.
Apparel Sourcing USA Returns for Summer 2017 Edition with Largest and Most Diverse Group of International Exhibitors in Show History
The summer 2017 edition of Apparel Sourcing USA is set to return to New York City with over 200 international exhibitors representing over 10 global sourcing destinations. This dedicated manufacturing sourcing marketplace will open its doors to exhibitors and attendees alike on Monday, July 17, 2017 for three days of business, networking and education. As the premier event on the East Coast to focus on finished apparel, contract manufacturing and private label development, Apparel Sourcing USA connects attendees with suppliers specializing in ready- to-wear for men, women, children and accessories. The summer 2017 edition will feature the largest exhibitor base in show history, exciting new country pavilions, and a new SPOTLIGHT seasonal focus.
Once again co-located with Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA is the perfect opportunity for designers, fabrics buyers, product R&D
specialists and sourcing professionals to explore complimentary products and manufacturing services from over 200 exhibitors representing 10 countries, including: Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, USA and more. Dedicated country pavilions include Egypt, Pakistan and Suzhou China. Visitors looking to improve speed-to-market will have the opportunity to conect with two South American pavilions – Colombia and Guatemala – featuring several exhibitors specializing in knitted garments and sportswear.
“Speed-to-market is an industry hot-topic right now and in turn we are seeing the interest in western hemisphere sourcing grow with each season,“ said Jennifer Bacon, Show Director. “To address this demand we’ve focused on bringing more high-quality manufacturers from Mexico and South America to the show floor. We look forward to introducing our buyers to new sourcing options from Colombia, Guatemala and Mexico.“
Continuing the fruitful joint partnership with CCPIT TEX, the winter 2017 edition of Apparel Sourcing USA will also feature a large group of well- established Chinese suppliers specializing in original design manufacturing, private label development and quality finished apparel.
Returning to the Apparel Sourcing USA show floor, the SPOTLIGHT display area will showcase a new seasonal focus for the Fall/Winter 2018 season: shirting and suiting. Visitors will be able to preview the best shirting and suiting fabrics, as well as finished apparel and manufacturing capabilities, available across both Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA.
Avanprint USA to Debut Alongside Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo in July 2017
Fashion meets technology over three days in New York City
Print Park trend area to feature digital textiles and finish apparel
The highly anticipated digital printing technology focused trade event, Avanprint USA, will debut alongside the summer 2017 editions of Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA and Home Textiles Sourcing Expo at the Javits Convention Center. The addition of Avanprint USA to the summer textile event roster will expand the comprehensive sourcing destination created Messe Frankfurt for the North American market.
As a joint partnership with World Textile Information Network (WTiN), Avanprint USA aims to bring together digital printing pioneers and North America’s top apparel design and sourcing professionals over the course of three days in New York City. This new sourcing platform will showcase the latest innovations in digital textile printing technology, including machinery, inks, software, products and services, and more.
Confirmed Avanprint USA exhibitors include:
MS Printing Solutions SRL Expand Systems
Vanguard Digital Printing Systems
Avanprint USA will provide fashion textile buyers and sourcing professionals a rare opportunity to connect directly with market leaders in the digital printing industry in order to understand the advantages that advanced printing techonology can provide throughout their design process and ultimately, to their bottom line.
“Digital printing technology can be incredibly beneficial for apparel brands,” said Jennifer Bacon, Show Director. “Not only because it provides the ability to create proprietary prints and textile designs quickly and efficiently but also because it provides solutions for increased speed-to-market. We’re excited to introduce the industry to this incredible technology.”
In addition to live machinery demonstrations from Avanprint USA exhibitors, the show will also feature a textile print trend area.The Print Park will showcase digital textile prints designed by local design studio Nuprimary as well as finished apparel using digital prints. Visitors will also have the unique chance to observe the digital textile process from start-to-finish though live textile design demonstrations in partnership with Lectra and Nuprimary. The demonstrations will show how hand- painted designs are easily uploaded to digital format using Lectra scanning software and are then printed into fabrics by Avanprint USA exhibitor technology.
As the official partner to Messe Frankfurt and Avanprint USA, WTiN brings its own experience, a global reach and long-standing credibility to the project. Publishing since 1881, WTiN is a leading information provider, delivering unmatched intelligence and insight into the global textile manufacturing industry through wtin.com, a portfolio of business- to-business magazines, exhibition newspapers and conferences. This clear industry focus means WTiN has become an integral part of the textile community, providing the highest-quality business and technical intelligence.
If you’re reading this, chances are that you know here at Carved in Blue we like to delve into the inner workings of the denim industry, covering everything from consumer consciousness and environmental responsibility to current trends and industry trailblazers. Here, we caught up with three influential bloggers in the denim space to get a bird’s-eye view of tastemakers within the industry.
A Style Diary, created in 2012 by Bankè, is a UK based fashion blog founded as an outlet to inspire and influence individual wardrobe and everyday outfit choices. Bankè’s background in fashion, particularly styling, gives her a unique perspective on things that look good and items that fit to flatter. Skinny high-waisted jeans are her signature go-to style, and while she does experiment with trends, Bankè knows a good thing when she sees it.
Carved in Blue: What is your take on denim both in your personal life and in business?
Bankè: Keep the ripped, distressed, patchwork or anything else busy for personal life, and opt for cleaner cuts for work or business. It depends on what you do and the industry, but the business world perceives people as more “ready for work” if they don’t look like they are on casual errands or grabbing brunch with friends.
Carved in Blue: What was your first pair of jeans?
Bankè: I don’t remember my actual first pair, but I remember I had a pair of flared jeans with butterfly embroidery that I loved and wore for many years in the late 90’s.
Carved in Blue: Which brand now is your favorite?
Bankè: I own a pair of Paige denim, a couple of Levis and MiH. Right now, Marques Almeida is rocking the denim world.
Carved in Blue: What is missing from the denim market now?
Bankè: I’m actually finding it hard to find vintage or retro style jeans. High street brands do a wide range of styles, and lots of fashion boutiques have popped up in the recent years. It’s easy to find alternative styles and cuts in the market now, but difficult when it comes to vintage and retro.
Carved in Blue: Who do you look for denim inspiration?
Bankè: Marques Almeida.
Carved in Blue: Where do you shop for your denim?
Bankè: I shop a lot on the high street, I think most of my denim trousers are from Topshop and bits and bobs of other brands.
Carved in Blue: What does “carved in blue” mean to you?
Bankè: Carved in blue to me, means finding a pair of nice fitting denim that fits your form like a pair of gloves.
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Denim designer Jill Lawrence founded her blog, The Denim Eye, to share her knowledge and passion with a wider audience of denim lovers. The Denim Eye brings an in-depth look at trends and techniques in the denim industry, and her site is also a shoppable treasure trove where you can find vintage and archived pieces.
Carved in Blue: What is your background and what makes you an expert in denim?
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Avant-garde, unconventional and thoroughly influential, the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo is the subject of this year’s Costume Institute exhibition at the Met Fifth Avenue, Art of the In-Between. Known for her boundary-stretching work, Kawakubo creates haute-couture that has more in common with art than it does apparel. The force behind coveted clothing label Comme des Garçons is only the second living designer to be feted at the museum (the first was Yves Saint Laurent in 1983). The exhibit features 150 outfits, all arranged by collection and theme (Order/Chaos, for example, or—perhaps more to the point—Clothes/Not Clothes). Click through this gallery to see some of our favorites.