WHITE SHOW (MILAN, 20 - 22 SEPTEMBER 2014)
The international contemporary fashion fair WHITE is a cultural reference for a generation of designers, stylists and artists. With more than 16.000 buyers arriving from the most prestigious brands in the world WHITE is the ideal platform for showcasing innovation and knowhow in Italian and foreign fashion with its acute selection of fashion trends, merged into a complete product range that goes beyond the seasonal concept.
PITTI IMMAGINE UOMO (FLORENCE, 07-10 gennaio 2014)
Contemporary Global Lifestyle
Pitti Immagine Uomo is the world’s leading men’s fashion and accessories fair and a key launch opportunity for new men’s fashion projects.
From 17 to 20 June 2014 Blackboard will be presenting their new summer 2015 collections.
SEEK (BERLIN, 08-10 JULY 2014)
Progressive Contemporary Fashion Trade Show
Opened in 2009 SEEK today represents one of the more contemporary and up to date at the time. With its semi-annual meetings in Berlin, SEEK welcomes brands that are also inspired by other cultures such as books, youth movements, film and art in general. Its goal is to "inspire" but also to be "inspired" by the same brands that hosts it.
Blackboard will take part with the collection spring summer 2015.
PREMIUM (BERLIN 08-10 JULY 2014)
In the heart of Berlin, in an old postal depot, from 'July 8 to 10 takes place the issue for next spring and summer 2015.
With its 20,000 square meters of exhibition space, the exhibition is an important event for international buyers.
In those days, the area of the former airport Berlin-Tempelhof will also host the edition of Bread and Butter. Blackboard will partecipate in both events.
TRANOI FEMME PARIS (26-29 SEPTEMBER 2014)
During the fashion week in Paris, the Palais de la Bourse hosts creativity and new trends and welcomes prestigious Italian and international press and buyers
From September 26 to 29 Blackboard will adhere to fair TRANOI Woman dedicated to the collections for spring summer 2015.
My granddad was a wonderful man. He often went out fishing from Arholma (an island in the Stockholm archipelago) during stormy weather and then later in the evening he wrote poems and managed a big theatre in Stockholm. He scared me to the bone every time he set off to sea to catch fish (or life, as he said), defying the worst weather, the heaviest rains and the loudest of thunderstorms. It was just recently that I discovered his old raincoat in an abandoned barn. At that moment, old memories struck me and I instantly wanted to wear his coat. It was both stunningly cool and very practical (although as big as a tent). With great care, I brought it back home to my kitchen and imagined it in an updated, contemporary version. A homage to my granddad, and the quest for life.
After my discovery, I went out to buy a piece of oilcloth. I put it on the kitchen floor and cut out a design using the old coat as a pattern. I showed the sample to a couple of friends. And after some improvements, there it was – the 60‘s raincoat from the archipelago, updated to fit the modern man and woman.
I brought the prototype to the last standing textile factory in Sweden – in the small town of Borås. As soon as I met the manager, Johan Käll and the seamstresses Birgitta and Lena, I knew they were the right people. A perfect match. With their skills, craftsmanship and great attention to materials and detail we realised our raincoats should be handmade. A greatway to honour my granddad’s durable and practical raincoat
And there it was. The coat. With all its seams taped and sealed. In the very best quality. Handmade and with a discreet, classical cut. The first 200 coats – Arholma Svart –were made and sold in my apartment. Each coat was signed and numbered by the seamstress (they still are) to really make sure the quality matched the very highest of standards.
After a couple of months, (when my neighbours became too suspicious of all the people in black coats) I had to move my business to another location. The new store, showroom and headquarters, in which I wrote this text, became our very own venue for experiments within the realm of rain and darkness. And from now on, it’s here where every new idea and product is born.
I am very happy (although I am melancholic from time to time) that I have managed to give new life to my granddad’s old coat. A coat to wear out in the countryside, at sea or just when strolling around the city. To be well dressed, even in bad weather conditions, is now possible.
I truly hope that you will follow this wonderful project in the future. I’m happy to receive any ideas of new items, colours or designs.
Welcome to embrace the demons lurking outside and hiding within.
JUJU: the iconic jelly shoes
JuJu, the creator of the original jelly shoes, which go back more than 25 years, is back with a new take on the beach shoes we loved when we were children, a range of sandals in contemporarys colourways made from a new super-soft, extra comfortable rubber.
In the UK JuJu jellies were a runaway success both in clothes and shoe shops and department stores.
The British company was established by Rushton Schafer in 1986 and is still based in Northampton, the capital of the UK shoe industry.
Still produced using the traditional injection method and with the same high standards of quality that the company has been known for for more than 25 years, JuJu shoes are made from a unique gel enhanced with a touch of glitter or colour that is injected directly into the machine.
All the materials used come from Britain and are completely recyclable!
LAIDBACK LONDON: handmade fairly traded African sandals
Entirely hand-crafted sandals produced in Kenya: the upper, sole and beads are assembled and stitched by hand in Africa.
Laidback London is committed to improving the quality of life of its African craftsmen, significantly impacting on their income and locally sourcing its raw materials like the leather and the rubber for the soles, which are cut and stitched by hand, just as the beads are individually applied.
The flavour of the collection is influenced by the traditions of various unique, authentic African cultures and tribes. Each sandal has a story to tell…
SOISIRE SOIEBLEU: limited edition products with a certificate of authenticity
Launched with the idea of using unique scarves to make unique sneakers, the spring summer 2013 collection now features a range of shoes in printed leather, in a limited edition of 977 pairs. Inside the box each pair of shoes comes with a document that enables the owner to request a certificate of authenticity. The serial number is printed inside the tongue.
Soisire Soiebleu started with the idea of creating truly unique accessories; each original, exclusive pair of shoes is hand-crafted, using individually selected, authentic retro scarves sourced from vintage markets around the world, or printed leather that is waxed by hand. All the scarves and prints are different and unique: no two pairs are the same. Made in Italy.
SWISS CHRISS: INNOVATION, RESEARCH, EXPERIMENTATION
Thinking, designing, constructing garments that are new in their own spirit, fabrics, shapes, without forgetting the original mood of the importance of the practical daily use of Swiss Chriss
The main feature in the design of garments is the innovation based on the first original element : the fabric.
every season, working in the textile companies, Swiss Chriss designers get in front of the machines with the technicians to develop a range of prototypes and research innovative blends and treatments. Every season exclusive new textiles are designed and produced to create supremely practical and innovative garments that consummately combine functional performance and style.
Research and experimentation are what drive Swiss Chriss, constantly widening the gap in comparison to everybody else.
SZEN: unique printing techniques for unique, reversible sweaters
Knitted prints and reversibility; unique garments but “double” at the same time because of their reversibility and prints (either plein and fantasy colors), are the distinguishing features of the product, the values that make the product different. Each top is a unique item, a canvass on which the expert dyers intelligently measure the mixture of shades applied by hand, calibrating the gestures and the quantities of dye used. When the garment is still only sewn on the shoulders, it is cross-stretched and printed by hand, at different stages. Each shade is applied in different phases, one for each decoration area, first on one side and then on the other. This is how a depth of colour and an unrepeatable texture is obtained: the different colours partially filter through from each side and can be read one through the other, revealing themselves from the edges and in filigree, creating an uneven and intense surface. Right and wrong-sides no longer exist: the reversibility of each top multiplies the play of combinations, cancelling the concept of season and trend.