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GUCCI LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS TO UNIFY #GUCCICOMMUNITY OF VOICES FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET
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GUCCI LAUNCHES NEW DIGITAL PLATFORMS TO UNIFY #GUCCICOMMUNITY OF VOICES FOR PEOPLE AND PLANET

Fashion Earlier this week Gucci launched a new Instagram profile at Instagram.com/GucciEquilibrium and refreshed its Equilibrium website (equilibrium.gucci.com) to underline the House’s ongoing commitment to generate positive change for people and planet. Alongside initiatives supporting lasting social impact and environmental stewardship, Gucci’s 2019 Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) results were also published today revealing a substantial reduction (-21%) for its total environmental impacts year-over-year.     Gucci Equilibrium: The next-generation of Gucci Equilibrium, originally launched in 2018, aims to inspire and unify a community of voices to join the conversations around topics that are increasingly critical in today’s world. Paving a new path from Gucci’s other digital content channels, Gucci Equilibrium’s Instagram and website speaks to a curious, conscious and motivated group of people, the #GucciCommunity. A community made up of likeminded, engaged and inclusive individuals who take a stand on issues that define the way we all treat the world and each other. Gucci’s new digital destinations will share messages from a diverse group of leaders, organizations and talents from Gucci Equilibrium, and beyond, promoting climate action and a fair, just and equitable world for all. This will in turn encourage other shared experiences and ideas for transformative change.     “Gucci is driven by the issues that are fundamentally influencing and creating our collective future. It is paramount that we build this future to be more equitable, where injustice and discrimination in all their forms are not allowed to prevail. In light of current events, our unwavering commitment to combat racism and fight for equality is now even stronger,” said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci.“As a company, we will continue to focus on generating positive change for people and for nature across our business. We also have a responsibility, as a global brand, to be active partners within the community to incite change and Gucci Equilibrium has the capacity to convene and unite a community of voices to help navigate the way forward.”      Defined by the two pillars, People and Planet, equilibrium.gucci.com encompasses Gucci’s commitments and actions to reduce its environmental footprint and protect nature, while supporting people’s rights and championing inclusivity and respect, so that everyone in the global Gucci community is free to express their authentic, diverse selves. These initiatives also span beyond Gucci’s own business to impact systemic change more broadly: from creating opportunities for diverse talents who are underrepresented in the fashion industry under the Gucci Changemakers’community fund and scholarship programme, to calling for climate leadership across sectors through the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge, as examples. The site comes with a new logo to represent the interconnection between people and planet, designed by artist MP5.     Gucci is also strengthening its Equilibrium message outside of its newly dedicated platforms, giving enhanced visibility to sustainability across its main touch points, including retail activation, Gucci.com and the Gucci App. From today, a global audience can browse through a new set of icons on Gucci.com to discover the sustainability features for around 400 products. Gucci 2019 EP&L Today, Gucci has also published the results of its 2019 Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account to benchmark its continued progress against its ambitious sustainability targets.  As a driver of Gucci’s 10-year Culture of Purpose strategy (2015-2025), these objectives include a 40% reduction of Gucci’s total environmental impacts within its direct operations and across the entire supply chain and a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025, relative to growth (2015 baseline). Gucci is ahead of schedule and already close to achieving its 2025 targets. Detailed in its interactive Digital EP&L, Gucci’s new results for 2019 reveal a 39% reduction for the House’s combined impacts and a 37% decrease in GHG emissions alone, relative to growth (2015 baseline). Comparing these results to its 2018 EP&L, Gucci reduced its overall footprint by 21% and decreased its GHG emissions by 18% year-over-year, relative to growth (2015 baseline). These excellent outcomes are directly linked to Gucci’s efforts to drive improvements in high impact areas throughout its supply chain, which has led to positive and measurable change including: Increasing the use of recycled raw materials and organic fibres in its collections, and incorporating responsibly sourced precious metals in hardware and jewellery, like 100% ethical gold for jewellery; Extending sustainable processes and manufacturing efficiencies, such as Gucci Scrap-less for leather and Gucci-Up for circularity; Switching to green energy, whereby Gucci has reached 83% renewable energy for its stores, offices, warehouses and factories with a 100% target by the end of 2020.   Earlier this week Gucci launched a new Instagram profile at Instagram.com/GucciEquilibrium and refreshed its Equilibrium website (equilibrium.gucci.com) to underline the House’s ongoing commitment to generate positive change for people and planet. Alongside initiatives supporting lasting social impact and environmental stewardship, Gucci’s 2019 Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) results were also published today revealing a substantial reduction (-21%) for its total environmental impacts year-over-year.     Gucci Equilibrium: The next-generation of Gucci Equilibrium, originally launched in 2018, aims to inspire and unify a community of voices to join the conversations around topics that are increasingly critical in today’s world. Paving a new path from Gucci’s other digital content channels, Gucci Equilibrium’s Instagram and website speaks to a curious, conscious and motivated group of people, the #GucciCommunity. A community made up of likeminded, engaged and inclusive individuals who take a stand on issues that define the way we all treat the world and each other. Gucci’s new digital destinations will share messages from a diverse group of leaders, organizations and talents from Gucci Equilibrium, and beyond, promoting climate action and a fair, just and equitable world for all. This will in turn encourage other shared experiences and ideas for transformative change.     “Gucci is driven by the issues that are fundamentally influencing and creating our collective future. It is paramount that we build this future to be more equitable, where injustice and discrimination in all their forms are not allowed to prevail. In light of current events, our unwavering commitment to combat racism and fight for equality is now even stronger,” said Marco Bizzarri, President and CEO of Gucci.“As a company, we will continue to focus on generating positive change for people and for nature across our business. We also have a responsibility, as a global brand, to be active partners within the community to incite change and Gucci Equilibrium has the capacity to convene and unite a community of voices to help navigate the way forward.”      Defined by the two pillars, People and Planet, equilibrium.gucci.com encompasses Gucci’s commitments and actions to reduce its environmental footprint and protect nature, while supporting people’s rights and championing inclusivity and respect, so that everyone in the global Gucci community is free to express their authentic, diverse selves. These initiatives also span beyond Gucci’s own business to impact systemic change more broadly: from creating opportunities for diverse talents who are underrepresented in the fashion industry under the Gucci Changemakers’community fund and scholarship programme, to calling for climate leadership across sectors through the CEO Carbon Neutral Challenge, as examples. The site comes with a new logo to represent the interconnection between people and planet, designed by artist MP5.     Gucci is also strengthening its Equilibrium message outside of its newly dedicated platforms, giving enhanced visibility to sustainability across its main touch points, including retail activation, Gucci.com and the Gucci App. From today, a global audience can browse through a new set of icons on Gucci.com to discover the sustainability features for around 400 products. Gucci 2019 EP&L Today, Gucci has also published the results of its 2019 Environmental Profit and Loss (EP&L) account to benchmark its continued progress against its ambitious sustainability targets.  As a driver of Gucci’s 10-year Culture of Purpose strategy (2015-2025), these objectives include a 40% reduction of Gucci’s total environmental impacts within its direct operations and across the entire supply chain and a 50% reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2025, relative to growth (2015 baseline). Gucci is ahead of schedule and already close to achieving its 2025 targets. Detailed in its interactive Digital EP&L, Gucci’s new results for 2019 reveal a 39% reduction for the House’s combined impacts and a 37% decrease in GHG emissions alone, relative to growth (2015 baseline). Comparing these results to its 2018 EP&L, Gucci reduced its overall footprint by 21% and decreased its GHG emissions by 18% year-over-year, relative to growth (2015 baseline). These excellent outcomes are directly linked to Gucci’s efforts to drive improvements in high impact areas throughout its supply chain, which has led to positive and measurable change including: Increasing the use of recycled raw materials and organic fibres in its collections, and incorporating responsibly sourced precious metals in hardware and jewellery, like 100% ethical gold for jewellery; Extending sustainable processes and manufacturing efficiencies, such as Gucci Scrap-less for leather and Gucci-Up for circularity; Switching to green energy, whereby Gucci has reached 83% renewable energy for its stores, offices, warehouses and factories with a 100% target by the end of 2020.  

In conversation with Daan Baeten
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In conversation with Daan Baeten

Accessories Exclusive interview with the founder of NUBIKK, Daan Baeten.     What made you decide to start your footwear company back in 2012?    As a son from a family with three generations of leather and shoemaking experience, I rolled into the shoe business. Back in 2012, I felt the need to start my own business because I missed a comfortable, fashionable shoe at a fair price. With all the experience I’ve gained from my family in combination with my drive and passion to create things, I started NUBIKK, a shoe brand that believes fashion should go hand in hand with comfort.       What makes Nubikk unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At NUBIKK we create leather products, from the best Italian leathers, with lightweight soles throughout the entire collection to reach the best comfort. Because customers like the same lush feeling as experienced when wearing sportswear. Additionally, the same level of cushioned insoles is now also used in NUBIKK’s formal wear for women and men, like the high heeled boots and espadrilles. So the purpose of it all is to bring fashionable shoes, combined with comfort, to a wide audience.      How important do you think sustainability is becoming, and how do you incorporate it within your brand?   Sustainability is indeed a very important topic. At NUBIKK, every department is working very hard to look at the possibilities to leave the smallest footprint possible. For example, we care very much about the work environment of our team, in our factories and all suppliers and places where our materials come from. We deliver all our goods completely plastic-free, develop soles made of pure latex, use sugar cane as a material for lightweight soles, hence, the least amount of chemicals are used during the production of our materials. There is an entire section on our website that explains everything we do.      What made you expand your product line to accessories and t-shirts?   Our focus and expertise lie with shoes, but our passion lies with fashion in general. Hence, during the last few seasons, we are exploring other products as well such as handbags for women, accessories like phone cases, and lately t-shirts and sweaters. We had the idea to make a great fitting shirt from organic cotton. To show that shirts made of more sustainable material look and fit much better as compared to products with cheaper and polluting materials.  I am coming from a shoe family. That means my heart is with shoes and a different variety of shoes. We do not solely focus on sneakers but try to expand our horizon.     What can we look forward to from Nubikk to come in the future?   Currently, we are working on several square-toe shaped boots and we recently dropped boots with ‘see-through' glass heels in different colors, with a great fit and removable cushioned insoles. But we also see a shift in our product range moving slowly from sneakers to boots and derby shoes. We have made them all in a cool way. They will drop this winter.  2019 was a great year for us with international expansion and opening our very first flagship store in Amsterdam. For the winter collection of 2020, we have a lot of great new designs coming up and also a big collaboration. On which I can’t say too much but it’s coming soon.   NUBIKK.com Exclusive interview with the founder of NUBIKK, Daan Baeten.     What made you decide to start your footwear company back in 2012?    As a son from a family with three generations of leather and shoemaking experience, I rolled into the shoe business. Back in 2012, I felt the need to start my own business because I missed a comfortable, fashionable shoe at a fair price. With all the experience I’ve gained from my family in combination with my drive and passion to create things, I started NUBIKK, a shoe brand that believes fashion should go hand in hand with comfort.       What makes Nubikk unique and what is the purpose of creating the shoes?   At NUBIKK we create leather products, from the best Italian leathers, with lightweight soles throughout the entire collection to reach the best comfort. Because customers like the same lush feeling as experienced when wearing sportswear. Additionally, the same level of cushioned insoles is now also used in NUBIKK’s formal wear for women and men, like the high heeled boots and espadrilles. So the purpose of it all is to bring fashionable shoes, combined with comfort, to a wide audience.      How important do you think sustainability is becoming, and how do you incorporate it within your brand?   Sustainability is indeed a very important topic. At NUBIKK, every department is working very hard to look at the possibilities to leave the smallest footprint possible. For example, we care very much about the work environment of our team, in our factories and all suppliers and places where our materials come from. We deliver all our goods completely plastic-free, develop soles made of pure latex, use sugar cane as a material for lightweight soles, hence, the least amount of chemicals are used during the production of our materials. There is an entire section on our website that explains everything we do.      What made you expand your product line to accessories and t-shirts?   Our focus and expertise lie with shoes, but our passion lies with fashion in general. Hence, during the last few seasons, we are exploring other products as well such as handbags for women, accessories like phone cases, and lately t-shirts and sweaters. We had the idea to make a great fitting shirt from organic cotton. To show that shirts made of more sustainable material look and fit much better as compared to products with cheaper and polluting materials.  I am coming from a shoe family. That means my heart is with shoes and a different variety of shoes. We do not solely focus on sneakers but try to expand our horizon.     What can we look forward to from Nubikk to come in the future?   Currently, we are working on several square-toe shaped boots and we recently dropped boots with ‘see-through' glass heels in different colors, with a great fit and removable cushioned insoles. But we also see a shift in our product range moving slowly from sneakers to boots and derby shoes. We have made them all in a cool way. They will drop this winter.  2019 was a great year for us with international expansion and opening our very first flagship store in Amsterdam. For the winter collection of 2020, we have a lot of great new designs coming up and also a big collaboration. On which I can’t say too much but it’s coming soon.   NUBIKK.com

Eastpak steps towards a sustainable future
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Eastpak steps towards a sustainable future

Accessories From its durable designs to what it stands for as a brand, Eastpak is Built to Resist. As it makes strides towards sustainability, Eastpak continues to create durable designs that stay strong and in style, with a limited warranty of up to 30 years. Eastpak’s limited warranty policy helps to extend the life of its bags and luggage, encouraging customers to ‘buy better and buy less’.     30-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: Eastpak bags and luggage designs are built to endure your active lifestyle and be with you for the long haul. Even with the most durable materials, things sometimes break so Eastpak will do its best to repair any damage, as part of its 30-year limited warranty on most products.     RE-BUILT TO RESIST: Eastpak’s new RE-BUILT TO RESIST collection is a sustainable solution to reducing waste and preserving style. The recycled collection reworks pre-loved bags from Eastpak’s warranty center that are beyond repair, into one-of-a-kind designs. Each reinvention of Eastpak’s classic Padded Pak’r backpack and Springer bum bag features a 50/50 split of two different colorways or fabrics, making every bag unique.   From its durable designs to what it stands for as a brand, Eastpak is Built to Resist. As it makes strides towards sustainability, Eastpak continues to create durable designs that stay strong and in style, with a limited warranty of up to 30 years. Eastpak’s limited warranty policy helps to extend the life of its bags and luggage, encouraging customers to ‘buy better and buy less’.     30-YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY: Eastpak bags and luggage designs are built to endure your active lifestyle and be with you for the long haul. Even with the most durable materials, things sometimes break so Eastpak will do its best to repair any damage, as part of its 30-year limited warranty on most products.     RE-BUILT TO RESIST: Eastpak’s new RE-BUILT TO RESIST collection is a sustainable solution to reducing waste and preserving style. The recycled collection reworks pre-loved bags from Eastpak’s warranty center that are beyond repair, into one-of-a-kind designs. Each reinvention of Eastpak’s classic Padded Pak’r backpack and Springer bum bag features a 50/50 split of two different colorways or fabrics, making every bag unique.  

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Perfect gift for Father's day from Messika
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Perfect gift for Father's day from Messika

Jewelry Valerie Messika designed three new bracelets in tribute to the unconditional love between fathers and their daughters. The designer further expands the Move collection with a Titanium version on a cord. The color of the titanium perfectly matches the color of the straps and the Move, symbolizing the love of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is the ideal gift, available in graphite, natural and all black. The perfect bracelet to wear day in, day out.   More on messika.com   Valerie Messika designed three new bracelets in tribute to the unconditional love between fathers and their daughters. The designer further expands the Move collection with a Titanium version on a cord. The color of the titanium perfectly matches the color of the straps and the Move, symbolizing the love of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It is the ideal gift, available in graphite, natural and all black. The perfect bracelet to wear day in, day out.   More on messika.com  

Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project
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Lardini's Spring & Summer 2020 sustainable t-shirt project

Fashion Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com Lardini pays homage to Cuba and five hundred years of Havana, creating a collection suspended between present and past. Over five hundred artists from forty-nine countries paid tribute to the Caribbean capital with an art biennial. As part of the collection, four organic cotton T-shirts were also presented in fully sustainable and recyclable cylindrical packaging, reminiscent of the kind used for rum. The t-shirts feature illustrations created in collaboration with the illustrator Andrea Mancini, inspired by timeless images of Havana: marvellously decadent corners of the city, its colours, flavours and emotions. Available in four different illustrations: an elderly woman, a street lined with typically colourful buildings, a man playing the double base and a local car. Available on the e-commerce website Lardini.com

How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?
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How to make Montblanc's NATO strap?

Watches The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com The Montblanc 1858 collection is inspired by the heritage of Minerva. The design is anchored in the world of mountaineering, with distinctive features referring to the original 1930s chronographs. The vintage look can be finished with a NATO strap. Montblanc has been working together with Julien Faure, a French company specializing in woven straps since 1864, to create the NATO strap.     The collaboration with Julien Faure is a logical choice for Davide Cerrato, Managing Watch Director at Montblanc. Both Houses share the same values: preserving, celebrating and passing on craftsmanship, tradition and know-how. Moreover, they have a rich history and stand for quality, comfort and unique designs.     Julien Faure still works with machines from the 18th century and even has custom made machines so that the traditional methods were not lost, a choice they made in the 1970s as a result of technological innovations in the industry. With the old machines, the company can preserve the richness of the craft and is able to weave with techniques that are no longer possible on new, automatic machines.     The old machines make it possible to design a unique NATO strap for Montblanc. Extra light and flexible, including a blue and white striped design. The woven ribbon becomes a real watch strap by using a specific technique to create two “tunnels” in the strap to which the watch case can be attached.     More on MontBlanc.com

ə’kadəmē
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ə’kadəmē

Fashion  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com  ə’kadəmē opened its doors in the summer of 2019. The store, located in the picturesque streets of Utrecht carries brands such as Thom Browne, Loewe, Sacai, Jil Sander and many more. ə’kadəmē is an outcome of retail space that represents both traditional values and a new unique way of consumer experience.     The store was born when four friends decided to put their passion for design, fashion and retail into realisation. The concept came to life on the base purpose of pushing ideas and design as a spectrum. With its key elements  fashion, lifestyle, art, design, architecture & technology, ə’kadəmē merges its core and visual identity:     With its 160m2 the space is a commixture of exactly that. The carefully selected collaborations with Bang & Olufsen, Vitra, Kvadrat and Flos ensures an exclusive and modular experience throughout the store. The space therefore acts as an exposition of ideas.   www.ekademe.com

With Rendez-Vous, opening 1 June, Museum Voorlinden focuses on the concept of the encounter
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With Rendez-Vous, opening 1 June, Museum Voorlinden focuses on the concept of the encounter

Art When Voorlinden reopens on 1 June, there will be a brand-new exhibition on display: Rendez-Vous. This presentation of selected works from the museum's own collection will centre on encounters: those between Voorlinden and its visitors, between the art and viewers and between the artists and the works themselves.In Rendez-Vous, works of art come together like lovers, embracing and lending one another strength – and occasionally clashing as well. These encounters walk a fine line between convergence and confrontation, between duet and duel.   What unites these works is their sensual aspect: they invite you to come closer and allow yourself to be swept away by their scents, sounds and movements. A physical encounter is the only way to understand what makes these pieces so remarkable, as they let you feel what it means to be human.   Now that the retrospective on British artist Antony Gormley has been moved to summer 2021, Voorlinden has seized this opportunity to conduct a new experiment with the works in its collection. Unlike a typical collection presentation, this exhibition has not been assembled under a single overarching theme. Instead, it features an assemblage of different themes that will bring visitors face-to-face with a new encounter in every gallery. While there will be opportunities to appreciate new works, of course, museum-goers can also look forward to reunions with several visitor favourites.   Rendez-Vous features works by artists including Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Oliver Beer, John DeAndrea, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Erik Dietman, Tracey Emin, Leandro Erlich, Lara Favaretto, Dan Flavin, Anya Gallaccio, Shilpa Gupta, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Maha Malluh, Jacco Olivier, Pablo Picasso, Abraham Poincheval, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.   Director Suzanne Swarts: "The works on display in Rendez-Vous offer a tantalising glimpse of exactly what we've all been craving recently: they entice us to draw near and surrender to an encounter with their sensory qualities." When Voorlinden reopens on 1 June, there will be a brand-new exhibition on display: Rendez-Vous. This presentation of selected works from the museum's own collection will centre on encounters: those between Voorlinden and its visitors, between the art and viewers and between the artists and the works themselves.In Rendez-Vous, works of art come together like lovers, embracing and lending one another strength – and occasionally clashing as well. These encounters walk a fine line between convergence and confrontation, between duet and duel.   What unites these works is their sensual aspect: they invite you to come closer and allow yourself to be swept away by their scents, sounds and movements. A physical encounter is the only way to understand what makes these pieces so remarkable, as they let you feel what it means to be human.   Now that the retrospective on British artist Antony Gormley has been moved to summer 2021, Voorlinden has seized this opportunity to conduct a new experiment with the works in its collection. Unlike a typical collection presentation, this exhibition has not been assembled under a single overarching theme. Instead, it features an assemblage of different themes that will bring visitors face-to-face with a new encounter in every gallery. While there will be opportunities to appreciate new works, of course, museum-goers can also look forward to reunions with several visitor favourites.   Rendez-Vous features works by artists including Etel Adnan, Francis Alÿs, Oliver Beer, John DeAndrea, Berlinde De Bruyckere, Erik Dietman, Tracey Emin, Leandro Erlich, Lara Favaretto, Dan Flavin, Anya Gallaccio, Shilpa Gupta, William Kentridge, Guillermo Kuitca, Maha Malluh, Jacco Olivier, Pablo Picasso, Abraham Poincheval, Jeff Wall and Jonas Wood.   Director Suzanne Swarts: "The works on display in Rendez-Vous offer a tantalising glimpse of exactly what we've all been craving recently: they entice us to draw near and surrender to an encounter with their sensory qualities."

CHIMI x H&M announce a collaboration
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CHIMI x H&M announce a collaboration

Accessories With summer around the corner, H&M announces a collaboration with CHIMI, the Stockholm-based brand known for their colorful and creative eyewear. The collection features unique sunglasses, but also stylish clothing and accessories – the first ever by CHIMI. Retro-inspired silhouettes get a modern streetwear update, while the signature colour choices of CHIMI include a range of edgy pastels and classic black. The CHIMI x H&M collection is a global online exclusive and will be available on hm.com from 4 June 2020.       The CHIMI x H&M collaboration is a capsule collection featuring three unique styles of sunglasses, each made from chunky acetate. There is also a short-sleeved shirt, drawstring shorts and bucket hat in linen-Tencel blends and sporty polyesters, plus pool slides and a bag. Details such as wider shirt collars and slightly higher hem on the shorts show a sense of playfulness while being fashion-forward. Designed together by H&M and CHIMI, all pieces in the collection have the distinctive CHIMI color choice – pastel yellow, blue, pink and purple. A cool grey for the clothes and accessories, pastel yellow, green, purple, and black for the sunglasses.      “With this H&M collaboration, we wanted to encourage people to see beauty in places around them, creating good summer memories in a joyous way. In these peculiar times, we thought this positive message could give an extra spark to people’s lives. Each piece in the collection puts a twist on an iconic item, from our signature sunglasses to bowling shirts, and we believe that with H&M we’ve created something new and exciting.” - Charlie Lindström and Jonas Löhr, Co-Founders of CHIMI.     “We’ve always admired CHIMI for their vibrant spirit, versatility and eye for color so it’s fantastic that we could join forces to collaborate on this capsule collection. It feels great to offer our customers both iconic eyewear and clothes in this range, but mostly to introduce a little happiness through fashion and colour during this extraordinary time. The design process with CHIMI was a lot of fun and I think that really comes through with each piece in the collection – it’s upbeat, accessible style for all.”- Ross Lydon, Head of Menswear Design at H&M     With summer around the corner, H&M announces a collaboration with CHIMI, the Stockholm-based brand known for their colorful and creative eyewear. The collection features unique sunglasses, but also stylish clothing and accessories – the first ever by CHIMI. Retro-inspired silhouettes get a modern streetwear update, while the signature colour choices of CHIMI include a range of edgy pastels and classic black. The CHIMI x H&M collection is a global online exclusive and will be available on hm.com from 4 June 2020.       The CHIMI x H&M collaboration is a capsule collection featuring three unique styles of sunglasses, each made from chunky acetate. There is also a short-sleeved shirt, drawstring shorts and bucket hat in linen-Tencel blends and sporty polyesters, plus pool slides and a bag. Details such as wider shirt collars and slightly higher hem on the shorts show a sense of playfulness while being fashion-forward. Designed together by H&M and CHIMI, all pieces in the collection have the distinctive CHIMI color choice – pastel yellow, blue, pink and purple. A cool grey for the clothes and accessories, pastel yellow, green, purple, and black for the sunglasses.      “With this H&M collaboration, we wanted to encourage people to see beauty in places around them, creating good summer memories in a joyous way. In these peculiar times, we thought this positive message could give an extra spark to people’s lives. Each piece in the collection puts a twist on an iconic item, from our signature sunglasses to bowling shirts, and we believe that with H&M we’ve created something new and exciting.” - Charlie Lindström and Jonas Löhr, Co-Founders of CHIMI.     “We’ve always admired CHIMI for their vibrant spirit, versatility and eye for color so it’s fantastic that we could join forces to collaborate on this capsule collection. It feels great to offer our customers both iconic eyewear and clothes in this range, but mostly to introduce a little happiness through fashion and colour during this extraordinary time. The design process with CHIMI was a lot of fun and I think that really comes through with each piece in the collection – it’s upbeat, accessible style for all.”- Ross Lydon, Head of Menswear Design at H&M    

Notes from the silence by Alessandro Michele
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Notes from the silence by Alessandro Michele

Fashion ROME - 29 MARCH, 2020 - WE TURNED OUT TO BE SO SMALL These days of confinement, in a suspended time that we can hardly imagine as free, I try to ask myself what is the meaning of my actions. It’s a vital and urgent questioning for me, which demands a careful pause and a delicate listening. It’s trying to name, with the precision of love, my fears and my desires. It’s the possibility to face the aphasia that every trauma provokes. After all, the tragedy we are living is providing new reflections. We could never have imagined to feel so connected to life through a bond of trembling and heartbreaking tenderness. We could never have thought to reconnect, so deeply, with the fragility of our creatural destiny. Our need for reciprocity. We turned out to be so small. A miracle of nothing. Above all, we understood we went way too far. Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. We conceived of ourselves as separated from nature, we felt cunning and almighty. We usurped nature, we dominated and wounded it. We incited Prometheus, and buried Pan. So much haughtiness made us lose our sisterhood with the butterflies, the flowers, the trees and the roots. So much outrageous greed made us lose the harmony and the care, the connection and the belonging. We ravaged the sanctity of life, neglectful of our being a species. At the end of the day, we were out of breath.     ROME - 7 APRIL, 2020 - ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS Now that the devastation caught us unprepared, we have to think about what we would not want to be the same as it was. Because the greatest risk, for our tomorrow, is abdicating our responsibility for a true and necessary discontinuity. Our history is littered with crises that taught us nothing. With economic collapses and social devastations that were tackled by imposing the same recipes from which they originated. With wounds that were not able to regenerate our minds. With a mourning that we were not able to live in order to change ourselves and our relationships. This crisis represents a fundamental test for us all. It’s a test, because there is sorrow, exertion, danger. But also because there is an evaluation and a judgment. Through sorrow we can look at our recent past with a critical eye. At our list of debts, misunderstandings, false notes, mistakes. At our missteps and recklessness. At the thunderous absence of thoughts we dared not express. This present, then, entrusts us with important responsibilities. Everyone can take on responsibilities, according to one’s role and actions, to play a part in a constellation of molecular and widespread changes. As for me, in my own small way, I feel the urgent need to change a lot of things in the way I work. I have always been professionally inclined to change, after all, bringing with me a natural and joyful creative restlessness. But this crisis has somehow amplified such transformative urgency, which can’t be deferred anymore.     ROME - 27 APRIL, 2020 THE MOTIVE OF A CHOICE The change I imagine involves the capacity to reconnect with the deepest reasons that inspired my entry into the fashion realm. I feel the need to renew a bond, purifying the essential by getting rid of the unnecessary. I crave the authentic motive of a choice. The full set of reasons that set me on my way. I understood, as time went by, that these motives have different names and different intensities, but they inevitably gather around the same urgency: the possibility to tell. This possibility, so ancestral and powerful, always gave me the chance to build expressive passages, to make room for that core of the unspeakable that shakes my dreams, to celebrate the nostalgia for the imperfection, to praise the beauty that blossoms from shape to shape. This possibility allows me to catch, with bites of infinity, the daily falling in love with the existence.   ROME - 2 MAY, 2020 - A NEW CREATIVE UNIVERSE I am fully realizing though, that this possibility to tell cannot be constrained by the tyranny of speed. Now we know that too furious was our doing, too insidious was our ride. In this renewed awareness, I feel the need of a different time, released from other-imposed deadlines that risk to humiliate creativity. A time that can stand still, awaiting; that can go through the gift of inactivity, slowly. A time that can bring forth the promise of an epiphany, and that can linger on the dream, on the play, on the prefiguration. A time that now, more than ever, is necessary to build new and more powerful narrations. That is why I decided to build a new path, away from deadlines that the industry consolidated and, above all, away from an excessive performativity that today really has no raison d’être. It’s a foundational act, audacious but necessary, that aims at building a new creative universe. A universe that essentialises itself in the subtraction of events and that oxygenates through the multiplication of sense.     ROME - 3 MAY, 2020 - THE SACRED POWER OF PRODUCING REVERBERATIONS Therefore, I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story. Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms. And beyond. I would like to leave behind the paraphernalia of leitmotifs that colonized our prior world: cruise, pre-fall, spring-summer, fall-winter. I think these are stale and underfed words. Labels of an impersonal discourse that lost its meaning. Containers that progressively detached themselves from the life that generated them, losing touch with reality. I believe that we can build our tomorrow also starting from a renewed capacity of denomination. Here comes the desire to baptize our new encounters by naming them after a language that has marvelously ancient roots: classical music language. Accordingly, there will be symphonies, rhapsodies, madrigals, nocturnes, overtures, concerts and minuets in the constellation of my creative path. Music, after all, has the sacred power to produce reverberations and connections. It travels beyond the borders, reconnecting the fragility to the infinity.     ROME - 5 MAY, 2020 - COMMUNITY OF PURPOSE In this silence, that is a living thing, my listening embraces all the extraordinary people that I’m connected with. Recalibrating time, to set the pace at a human level, wants to be a promise of revived care towards this amazing community of purpose I proudly belong to. It’s my project, pro-jectum: the art of extending the existence in the future. A plural future, where “we” provides a foundation. A future that contains the hug that today we cannot give each other, but to which we will return with an expanded comprehension. With a herd understanding and recovered breath. It will be the time when we will learn to listen for the sound of the forest growing, at night.     ROME - 16 MAY, 2020 - IN THE THROES OF WHAT IS MISSING Now that we are still apart, my love for fashion burns. Our species, after all, is like that: we love like crazy in the throes of what is missing.     Images courtesy of GUCCI ROME - 29 MARCH, 2020 - WE TURNED OUT TO BE SO SMALL These days of confinement, in a suspended time that we can hardly imagine as free, I try to ask myself what is the meaning of my actions. It’s a vital and urgent questioning for me, which demands a careful pause and a delicate listening. It’s trying to name, with the precision of love, my fears and my desires. It’s the possibility to face the aphasia that every trauma provokes. After all, the tragedy we are living is providing new reflections. We could never have imagined to feel so connected to life through a bond of trembling and heartbreaking tenderness. We could never have thought to reconnect, so deeply, with the fragility of our creatural destiny. Our need for reciprocity. We turned out to be so small. A miracle of nothing. Above all, we understood we went way too far. Our reckless actions have burned the house we live in. We conceived of ourselves as separated from nature, we felt cunning and almighty. We usurped nature, we dominated and wounded it. We incited Prometheus, and buried Pan. So much haughtiness made us lose our sisterhood with the butterflies, the flowers, the trees and the roots. So much outrageous greed made us lose the harmony and the care, the connection and the belonging. We ravaged the sanctity of life, neglectful of our being a species. At the end of the day, we were out of breath.     ROME - 7 APRIL, 2020 - ABOUT WHAT WE WOULD NOT WANT TO BE THE SAME AS IT WAS Now that the devastation caught us unprepared, we have to think about what we would not want to be the same as it was. Because the greatest risk, for our tomorrow, is abdicating our responsibility for a true and necessary discontinuity. Our history is littered with crises that taught us nothing. With economic collapses and social devastations that were tackled by imposing the same recipes from which they originated. With wounds that were not able to regenerate our minds. With a mourning that we were not able to live in order to change ourselves and our relationships. This crisis represents a fundamental test for us all. It’s a test, because there is sorrow, exertion, danger. But also because there is an evaluation and a judgment. Through sorrow we can look at our recent past with a critical eye. At our list of debts, misunderstandings, false notes, mistakes. At our missteps and recklessness. At the thunderous absence of thoughts we dared not express. This present, then, entrusts us with important responsibilities. Everyone can take on responsibilities, according to one’s role and actions, to play a part in a constellation of molecular and widespread changes. As for me, in my own small way, I feel the urgent need to change a lot of things in the way I work. I have always been professionally inclined to change, after all, bringing with me a natural and joyful creative restlessness. But this crisis has somehow amplified such transformative urgency, which can’t be deferred anymore.     ROME - 27 APRIL, 2020 THE MOTIVE OF A CHOICE The change I imagine involves the capacity to reconnect with the deepest reasons that inspired my entry into the fashion realm. I feel the need to renew a bond, purifying the essential by getting rid of the unnecessary. I crave the authentic motive of a choice. The full set of reasons that set me on my way. I understood, as time went by, that these motives have different names and different intensities, but they inevitably gather around the same urgency: the possibility to tell. This possibility, so ancestral and powerful, always gave me the chance to build expressive passages, to make room for that core of the unspeakable that shakes my dreams, to celebrate the nostalgia for the imperfection, to praise the beauty that blossoms from shape to shape. This possibility allows me to catch, with bites of infinity, the daily falling in love with the existence.   ROME - 2 MAY, 2020 - A NEW CREATIVE UNIVERSE I am fully realizing though, that this possibility to tell cannot be constrained by the tyranny of speed. Now we know that too furious was our doing, too insidious was our ride. In this renewed awareness, I feel the need of a different time, released from other-imposed deadlines that risk to humiliate creativity. A time that can stand still, awaiting; that can go through the gift of inactivity, slowly. A time that can bring forth the promise of an epiphany, and that can linger on the dream, on the play, on the prefiguration. A time that now, more than ever, is necessary to build new and more powerful narrations. That is why I decided to build a new path, away from deadlines that the industry consolidated and, above all, away from an excessive performativity that today really has no raison d’être. It’s a foundational act, audacious but necessary, that aims at building a new creative universe. A universe that essentialises itself in the subtraction of events and that oxygenates through the multiplication of sense.     ROME - 3 MAY, 2020 - THE SACRED POWER OF PRODUCING REVERBERATIONS Therefore, I will abandon the worn-out ritual of seasonalities and shows to regain a new cadence, closer to my expressive call. We will meet just twice a year, to share the chapters of a new story. Irregular, joyful and absolutely free chapters, which will be written blending rules and genres, feeding on new spaces, linguistic codes and communication platforms. And beyond. I would like to leave behind the paraphernalia of leitmotifs that colonized our prior world: cruise, pre-fall, spring-summer, fall-winter. I think these are stale and underfed words. Labels of an impersonal discourse that lost its meaning. Containers that progressively detached themselves from the life that generated them, losing touch with reality. I believe that we can build our tomorrow also starting from a renewed capacity of denomination. Here comes the desire to baptize our new encounters by naming them after a language that has marvelously ancient roots: classical music language. Accordingly, there will be symphonies, rhapsodies, madrigals, nocturnes, overtures, concerts and minuets in the constellation of my creative path. Music, after all, has the sacred power to produce reverberations and connections. It travels beyond the borders, reconnecting the fragility to the infinity.     ROME - 5 MAY, 2020 - COMMUNITY OF PURPOSE In this silence, that is a living thing, my listening embraces all the extraordinary people that I’m connected with. Recalibrating time, to set the pace at a human level, wants to be a promise of revived care towards this amazing community of purpose I proudly belong to. It’s my project, pro-jectum: the art of extending the existence in the future. A plural future, where “we” provides a foundation. A future that contains the hug that today we cannot give each other, but to which we will return with an expanded comprehension. With a herd understanding and recovered breath. It will be the time when we will learn to listen for the sound of the forest growing, at night.     ROME - 16 MAY, 2020 - IN THE THROES OF WHAT IS MISSING Now that we are still apart, my love for fashion burns. Our species, after all, is like that: we love like crazy in the throes of what is missing.     Images courtesy of GUCCI

Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020
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Christian Louboutin expands the Nude Collection for 2020

Accessories Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome! Widely regarded as a pioneering act in the world of fashion, the Nudes collection has always embodied the ever-present idea of diversity in Christian Louboutin’s designs. For the designer, Nude isn’t just a colour – it’s a concept. Originally launched in 2013 with five shades, the collection has steadily evolved into something much bigger, becoming an ode to inclusivity, regardless of gender, and a core part of the Maison’s values.        “The Nudes shoe doesn’t dress the leg but continues to undress it. The shoe disappears in favor of the silhouette of the leg, like an illusion. The leg is no longer wearing a shoe: it simply dissolves into a shoe and that’s what gives it its radiance.” -Christian Louboutin     From five shades to eight, the Nudes family is now bigger than ever, with Spring-Summer 2020 introducing new styles for women and for the first time ever, a selection of men’s pieces, including two unisex models. Designed to make the perfect companion for this year’s summer adventures, the first is the Pool Stud, its thick rubber soles and signature studs ideal for pool-side lounging. Back in the city, the Louis Jr low top sneaker keeps things chic with its pared back lines and sleek contours. Over on women’s, the Cheeky Point booty is sure to win hearts over with a mesh upper, patent toe cap and dainty bow, its ladylike appeal an elegant twist on the Nudes theme.      No collection would be complete without a range of bags for stashing those all-important essentials, and this year there’s something for everyone. Designed for both the masculine and the feminine wardrobe, you can always count on the Nude LoubiLab bag to provide style on-the-go with its signature studs and contrasting Louboutin red body strap. Broadening the offer further, three of the Maison’s most iconic women’s styles including the Elisa, have also been given the Nudes treatment.     Launching exclusively online worldwide from May 27th , the Nudes collection will be available on Christian Louboutin’s European and US online boutiques, as well as in the new boutique opening in mid-July in rue Saint-Honoré, in Paris. And believe us when we say, everyone will be welcome!

Adidas and Allbirds announced a collaborative project
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Adidas and Allbirds announced a collaborative project

Accessories Adidas and Allbirds announced a collaborative project to accelerate solutions to reduce the 700M metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry annually1. The partnership aims to innovate on manufacturing and supply chain processes in addition to exploring renewable material resources, resulting in the creation of the lowest carbon footprint ever recorded for a sports performance shoe.      To achieve this unprecedented goal, Adidas and Allbirds will open the doors to each other's suite of sustainable innovations and unlock the opportunity to set a new industry standard in the fight against climate change.       "Our brands don't want to just participate in the sustainability conversation, we want to continue being catalysts and creators of substantial improvement," says James Carnes, VP of Adidas Brand Strategy. "The recent progress that our brands have made in the name of sustainable innovation has created the perfect momentum for this partnership to influence industry practices forever.       "There is an urgent need to reduce our global carbon number, and this mission is bigger than just Allbirds or Adidas," says Tim Brown, co-CEO of Allbirds. "Whether we realize it or not this is a race that we are all running together as a planet and it is one that trumps the day-to-day competition of individual companies. I am hopeful that this partnership will be an example for others to follow as we pursue a more sustainable, net zero carbon future."       Everything has a carbon footprint-the production of a product emits carbon dioxide (along with other greenhouse gasses) that contributes to climate change. To create a product with the lowest carbon footprint possible, the collaboration will explore innovations across the entire supply chain-from material choices to manufacturing facilities and transportation methods that utilize renewable energy and fuels. Currently, the average running shoe has a carbon footprint of approximately 13.6 kg CO22.      "While we are prioritizing the planet, we're staying committed to improving the athlete's experience," says Carnes. "That means the end result should yield no compromises for athletes or the planet."     The project is dedicated to creating an athletic shoe that meets Adidas performance standards, which are among the most stringent in the industry. To ensure we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, the shoe's carbon footprint will be analyzed using Allbirds's life cycle assessment tool, which measures the end-to-end carbon emissions.       "Our great hope is that this partnership will catalyze other people to share both their best ideas and research so that we can work together in the fight to live more sustainably," says Brown. "This is a problem that won't be solved by one company alone."       Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 as part of its End Plastic Waste initiative. Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program represents its ongoing practices to measure and reduce emissions across the entirety of the business, offsetting anything remaining to maintain a 100% carbon neutral business.       To find out more about Adidas' End Plastic Waste initiative, visit www.adidas.com/sustainability. To learn more about Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program and the company's carbon reduction initiatives, visit www.allbirds.com/sustainability. Adidas and Allbirds announced a collaborative project to accelerate solutions to reduce the 700M metric tons of carbon dioxide emitted by the footwear industry annually1. The partnership aims to innovate on manufacturing and supply chain processes in addition to exploring renewable material resources, resulting in the creation of the lowest carbon footprint ever recorded for a sports performance shoe.      To achieve this unprecedented goal, Adidas and Allbirds will open the doors to each other's suite of sustainable innovations and unlock the opportunity to set a new industry standard in the fight against climate change.       "Our brands don't want to just participate in the sustainability conversation, we want to continue being catalysts and creators of substantial improvement," says James Carnes, VP of Adidas Brand Strategy. "The recent progress that our brands have made in the name of sustainable innovation has created the perfect momentum for this partnership to influence industry practices forever.       "There is an urgent need to reduce our global carbon number, and this mission is bigger than just Allbirds or Adidas," says Tim Brown, co-CEO of Allbirds. "Whether we realize it or not this is a race that we are all running together as a planet and it is one that trumps the day-to-day competition of individual companies. I am hopeful that this partnership will be an example for others to follow as we pursue a more sustainable, net zero carbon future."       Everything has a carbon footprint-the production of a product emits carbon dioxide (along with other greenhouse gasses) that contributes to climate change. To create a product with the lowest carbon footprint possible, the collaboration will explore innovations across the entire supply chain-from material choices to manufacturing facilities and transportation methods that utilize renewable energy and fuels. Currently, the average running shoe has a carbon footprint of approximately 13.6 kg CO22.      "While we are prioritizing the planet, we're staying committed to improving the athlete's experience," says Carnes. "That means the end result should yield no compromises for athletes or the planet."     The project is dedicated to creating an athletic shoe that meets Adidas performance standards, which are among the most stringent in the industry. To ensure we are holding ourselves to the highest standards, the shoe's carbon footprint will be analyzed using Allbirds's life cycle assessment tool, which measures the end-to-end carbon emissions.       "Our great hope is that this partnership will catalyze other people to share both their best ideas and research so that we can work together in the fight to live more sustainably," says Brown. "This is a problem that won't be solved by one company alone."       Adidas has committed to a 30% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 as part of its End Plastic Waste initiative. Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program represents its ongoing practices to measure and reduce emissions across the entirety of the business, offsetting anything remaining to maintain a 100% carbon neutral business.       To find out more about Adidas' End Plastic Waste initiative, visit www.adidas.com/sustainability. To learn more about Allbirds's "Tread Lighter" program and the company's carbon reduction initiatives, visit www.allbirds.com/sustainability.

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