Copenhagen tradeshow Revolver (9-11 Aug.) concluded its SS18 edition on a positive note. According to the organizers, the show has found its ideal size at about 300 brands across womenswear, menswear, accessories and footwear. The format, with the pavilion-style extension added to the centrally located Øksnehallen, has reportedly been well received and is thus here to stay. On the news-front, Revolver teamed up with Little Sun, a social project founded by renowned Danish-Islandic artist Olafur Eliasson in support of communities without electricity worldwide. Each purchase of the portable sun-shaped solar light, designed by Eliasson himself, will trigger a subsidy to make one available to poorer communities worldwide at an affordable price.

New at Revolver: Another Label from Amsterdam
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New at Revolver: Another Label from Amsterdam
On the brand-front, first-time exhibitors included Filippa K, Band of Outsiders, Champion Reverse Weave, Another Label, AF Agger, Art Comes First, Meotine, K-WAY and American Vintage. Arnhem-based brand Humanoid exhibited at Revolver for the second time. Said Humanoid CFO/COO Maikel van den Dungen: “We’ve had a good show. Revolver feels like a good match for Humanoid as it has a nice intimate feel. We’re hoping to break into the Scandinavian market, meeting buyers from the region as well as potential partners – we’re currently looking for a Scandinavian agent.” Dr. Denim’s CEO Alexander Graah also gave positive feedback, contradicting the consensus that the physical tradeshow’s death is nigh. “We had a great experience at Revolver, with great responses to our collection. Our buyers were generally upbeat and curious to try new things. We believe that the traditional tradeshow format is here to stay – many have tried to reinvent it with various digital solutions, but we believe that part of the value comes from face to face meetings with not only buyers, but industry people in general. There's a definite need for a meeting point, and intimate shows such as Revolver deliver the perfect setting.” As for show-traffic and mood, the numerous exhibitors we spoke to – new and longstanding – noted that the first day was quieter than usual, but the second and third days made up for any lost numbers; the fair was buzzing with activity as we arrived on day two, with queues forming outside as doors opened.  

Here, a few highlights from Revolver’s SS18 lineup of exhibitors:

Cheeky chap

Band of Outsider’s second coming embraces the wittiness that the menswear name was originally known and loved for. “Stinky cats” and “lady killer sharks” are among the season’s print motifs, while denim’s been elevated with embroidery and a sky blue hue.

Band of Outsiders
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Band of Outsiders

 

Let’s dance

The command “Dance for Madness” called out to us as we approached Humanoid’s stand. The pictured pullover’s bold appliqué has been hand-stitched in the brand’s studio in Arnhem, The Netherlands. Designed as a collectable, the piece is available in a limited run only.

Humanoid
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Humanoid


Three to see

The V-shaped topline and almond toe of Reality Studio’s slip-on have made it a brand classic. For SS18, the Portugal-made canvas shoe comes in black, cream and a perky red. Raw, slightly fraying seams give it an organic feel.

Reality Studio
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Reality Studio

 

Hello, girls!

Dr. Denim may be unisex at heart, but for SS18 the Swedish brand has brought in two decidedly feminine contenders – Vega the pencil skirt and Octavia, a pair of denim shorts given a twist with side slits and a raw hem.

Dr. Denim
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Dr. Denim

 

Come rain…

Danish rainwear brand Rains' latest bag is a tote with detachable shoulder strap. Designed to ward off showers in the city, the aesthetic is decidedly urban and the style’s available in white, camo and navy.

Rains
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Rains

 

Sneaking up

British footwear name Grenson expanded its brogue-based repertoire last season with a range of sneakers. It proved a successful move, and the line has grown to include low and high tops in many different guises, from classic lace-ups to formal shoe hybrids.

Grenson
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Grenson

 

Softly does it

Filippa K’s recently re-launched Soft Sport line continues to expand. Designed in line with the brand’s Scandi aesthetic, the SS18 offering includes clean, layer-friendly pieces such as drop-sleeve tops and tees, zip-through jackets with rib collars and lux but relaxed cashmere hoodies.

Filippa K's Soft Sport collection
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Filippa K's Soft Sport collection
  

 

Zip up and go

Ibiza-based label Can Pep Rey’s SS18 collection is defined by effortless shapes and contrasting textures. Japanese rib crop-tees sit next to slinky cupro maxi dresses and sturdy cotton twill jumpsuits with exposed zip detail.

Can Pep Rey
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Can Pep Rey

 

Never out of VVs

Wood Wood first introduced its Double V line for FW17. The range sits alongside Wood Wood’s main collection and offers basic logo sweats, tees and accessories – some of which are NOS product – for men, women and kids in a range of colors. The brand even offers a special modular display system to go with it.

Wood Wood's Double V line
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Wood Wood's Double V line

 

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