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In preparation for upcoming sourcing at Interfilière Paris, time for some reflection on lace… what’s happening now, what do we like and not like, what’s selling and what do we miss? 

For the most part laces in current collections are rather generic. Simple, easy-to-wear and easy-on-the-eye, closer to a mesh than an archive Chantilly. Treated more like plain fabrics where architectural construction and graphical effects on the body play the major role. In some cases this is a big success, but all too often cheaper, sloppy looking materials are used and we crave a more crisp refined finish. Especially in the fast growing bralette and non-padded market, the new generation of fine gauges with excellent modulus is a must for hanger appeal. 

June 22, 2017
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The exhibition in the New York Metropolitan Museum of the work of Rei Kawakubo, the spirit of Comme des Garçons, is not for the weak of heart. Her questioning how fashion and the way we dress fits in society leads to bizarre shapes with a meaning beyond wearability. Our fashion antenna in New York, Tina Wilson believes that this exhibition hit the right moment when the whole fashion world is reshuffling and soul seeking.

May 17, 2017
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We are all the same: consumers, designers, brand managers and merchandisers alike. We all have a task to inspire and guide teams to the next performances. But we also need to be fed or confirmed in our ideas. We look around, read, surf the internet and we shop the world. For better or worse, it’s part of the job. And this season our hungry eyes and big hopes where satisfied in Paris.

May 11, 2017
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The recent Interfilière Hong Kong told the story of intimates in an idiosyncratic world, tainted by political unrest, cultural influences and changing lifestyles. The focus was on CHANGE; from a totally new fair format in a previous factory building, to the way people exchanged ideas and information. On three floors exhibitors were casually scattered around our Creativ’Lab and despite an initial need for adaptation, after two days, everybody was over the moon with the results. Most significant is the parallel of this casual fair format with the changes in the global lingerie market and with Hong Kong fighting for it’s historical independence.

March 30, 2017
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There is nothing comparable than having a meal at Potafiori in Milan; eating in a real functioning flower shop with a menu composed out of tastes and smells of the kitchen garden. But there is nothing hippy or alternative about it, this is the height of taste and sophistication, with the serving staff dressed in Liberty print aprons and the owner singing nostalgic jazz at the end of the evening. This is one of the many examples that thrive despite the lack of a formulaic marketing concept. 

March 3, 2017
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Concepts Paris Senior Designer Celia Kong’s first shopping tour to New York produces this lively overview of the visual diversity in the weeks leading to Christmas. In contrast to other metropoles, New York manages to make “real” shopping a true leisure adventure.

December 23, 2016
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As it’s well known Japan is very much into quality, details, texture and a healthy and Eco-friendy lifestyle. We feel that this trend just keeps growing into a new level of friendliness and communication.
With everything crafted comes a human touch. There is a mass of new Concepts Stores mixing traditional craft and exhibitions together with modern design. Shopping in Tokyo gives you a true sense of the value of real versus digital shops.

December 6, 2016
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We continue to be in awe with the lingerie floor Body Studio at Selfridges London, nothing better worldwide! Creative storytelling is the word of the game and Selfridges proves that this is even possible in a lingerie department.
Compared to that, Paris, world’s centre of lingerie lags behind in novelty and excitement.

November 21, 2016
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Back to diversification, away from thirteen in a dozen T-shirt bra variants… that is our first impression after shopping two of the major fashion cities, New York and London. The bralette and triangle craze that pre-occupies New York, including big editorials in the Wall Street Journal, also hits London. However the British capital has another strong point …

September 5, 2016
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With the opening of its giant 37,000 sq ft (3,447 sq mtr) BODY STUDIO the London department store has launched the discussion how traditional shaping and seductive intimates fit together with leisure classifications in modern experience-driven retailing.

April 18, 2016
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