Denim Art Project: Candiani x Der Ver Azul

During the Kingpins show in Amsterdam this week, the WGSN denim team was introduced to artist Juan Manuel Gomez who creating stunning artworks that combine denim laundries with his technical processes. One of the most alluring qualities of denim is its demographic appeal. The versatility of the fabric and its adaptability to different life styles has seen it appear not only through the language ...
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Eye-catching Modernist Illustrations by Stephen Baker

We recently stumbled across the eye-catching pop illustrations by Melbourne based artist & creative, Stephen Baker. His illustrative style is distinctive, using thick keylines and colour blocking to form his minimal pictorials. We also love his repeat patterns that are a clever cross between stained glass windows, iconic Mondrian paintings with the fun characters of Keith Haring. Primaries are paired with graphic monochrome ...
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Hermès sales rise 10.6% despite China slowdown, leather goods and ready-to-wear demand “dynamic”

French luxury goods house Hermès International overcame sluggish demand in China to deliver improved sales in Q3, driven by strong demand for its leather goods and ready-to-wear, but although Hermès stood by its full-year targets it admitted its operating margin could be slightly lower than 2013. For Q3, Hermès sales rose 10.6% year-on-year, or up 11.1% currency neutral, to €990.6m ...
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New Carpet Designs by Christian Fischbacher

Swiss manufacturer Christian Fischbacher has introduced a collection of beautiful new carpet designs to celebrate the 195th anniversary of the family brand. Based in the town of St. Gallen, a historic centre for textile manufacturing since the 13th century, the company remains owned and managed by the founding family. Christian Fischbacher is a name internationally known for high end bedding, bath and carpet ...
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LOS ANGELES: Dsquared2

The first American flagship for the Italian designers Dean and Dan Caten, known better as Dsquared2, has opened on iconic Rodeo Drive.
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MELBOURNE: Black Market

Blackhearts & Sparrows’ latest venture is new pop-up Black Market on Fitzroy’s Smith Street.
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Personalised 3D Printed Candles by iMakr x Le Bon Marché

3D printing company iMakr has collaborated with department store Le Bon Marché to offer customers personalised 3D printed candles in the shapes of miniature bust sculptures. Called Scandles, the candles are made using a 3D scan of the customer, which is taken in-store in a scanning booth. The file is then sent over to an iMakr store in London, where
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Hot September cools Marks & Spencer’s apparel recovery but profits return, shares jump

As expected, UK retail giant Marks & Spencer battled through the latter stages of a difficult H1 with its clothing sales down yet again, hurt by a warm September. But the retailer did post a rise in underlying H1 profit for the first time in four years, benefiting from improved margins and a good performance in food, sending its shares ...
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Press Preview Spring/Summer 2015 -

Yesterday the kidswear team were invited to preview the SS15 collections by Amaia Kids, Patachou, Step2wo and Hug & Hatch. Here are two of our favourites: Luxury Portuguese brand Patachou that offers clothes and accessories for baby and children - 0 months to 12 year olds. Hug and Hatch launched just this year at Bubble London in January and recently became available to buy in ...
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Bioluminescent Light Installation by Teresa Van Dongen

Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Teresa van Dongen has created a lamp with a light source made using bacteria collected from the skin of an octopus. This project enhances the currently growing interest in using nature as a source of energy, and as a solution to some global ecological concerns.
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Menswear scene heats up on Mayfair’s Duke Street

Duke Street is fast becoming a new menswear hotspot as The Grosvenor Estate continues its redevelopment of the area. With Duke Street being well positioned to attract tourist traffic from nearby Selfridges and Oxford Street, as well as affluent shoppers from north Mayfair’s prime shopping strips such as Mount Street, it has a strong appeal for luxury and contemporary retailers ...
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The Flexible Office: Hub by Matteo Ragni

Launched at the Biennale Interieur in Kortrijk and at contract trade fair Orgatec in Cologne last month, new adaptable office system Hub has been designed by Matteo Ragni for Italian office furniture brand Fantoni. With its simple, large and square table (measuring 160 x 160 cm), the cubic structure is able to change and adapt to different functions or numbers of people. Its
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Primark profits soar in “magnificent” year’s trading

Primark spoke Tuesday of a "magnificent" year’s trading as the Europe-based value fashion retailer’s profits leapt 30% and sales almost broke through the £5bn barrier. Primark’s annual profits to September 13 hit £662m with parent Associated British Foods (ABF) saying the retailer's sales rose 16% (up 19% currency neutral) to £4.95bn after it opened new stores across Europe. Same store ...
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Levi’s Vintage Clothing Autumn/Winter 2014 Lookbook -

For Autumn/Winter 2014, Levi’s Vintage Clothing continues to capture the spirit and heritage of its treasured archive by revisiting the bygone eras of the 1930s and 1970s in two stunning stories. Not many workwear brands quite have the storied and lengthy heritage than that of Levi's. Their treasured history provides a trove of inspiration for Levi's Vintage Clothing's seasonal collections of iconic reissues and ...
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Selfridges hits record sales as domestic growth helps offset international slowdown

Selfridges hit record annual earnings and sales as the UK fashion department store chain, boosted by the launch of its international delivery service 14 months ago. The retailer, which has been owned by Canada's Weston family for over a decade, reported a 12.3% jump in operating profit to £150m for the 12 months to December 2013, as retail sales drove ...
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