The order phase is in full swing. In Düsseldorf, too, orders were well received in the showrooms and also at the Gallery in the Böhler area. The platform is particularly interesting for agencies, especially if there is no local showroom. This is how Michael Heidt, owner of the Feldges & Heidt agency, sees it:"We are at Gallery for the first time. We are very pleased with the service and organization of the fair. All of the customers we invited to make appointments have come. All in all, we are very satisfied." Stefan Mendritzki from the Hamburg agency The Last of the True was also satisfied. "We don't have our own showroom in Düsseldorf, so we use Gallery to meet our customers and present our new brands." Some of the exhibitors returned to a German trade fair after a long period of absence, like British fashion brand Religion.
Here, we have compiled the most interesting labels and strongest trends.
Labels To Watch:
...is a young label from Japan, which presented itself for the first time in the German market. The newcomer scores with 100% cotton pieces such as shirts and sweaters as well as pieces made of 100% wool such as jackets, skirts or tops. They are given a smooth, firm feel and additional functionality such as water resistance by a special treatment which also prevents pilling. All styles impress with their typical Japanese minimalism, functionality and smart cut, for instance providing maximum freedom of movement and comfort in a jacket's sleeve area or reinforced seams reminiscent of workwear. The label is distributed by the Klauser fashion agency.
For A.B.C.L., Japan plays as much an important role as Italy. Part of the young brand is residing in Tokyo and the other in Venice, and the two founders want to bring the best of what's Japanese and seamlessly combine that with international design. The menswear collection mixes the worlds of sartorial, rough and artisanal. Shirts made of soft and handy Japanese fabrics, striped, plain, with floral patterns etc. are in the focus of the collection and are complemented with trousers, vests and jackets. Retail prices for shirts are between 169 and 199 euros, trousers cost 239 euros, and the brand is distributed by the Hamburg agency The Last of the True.
It's back: The US premium denim brand Prps from New York. After withdrawing from the German market a few years ago, the brand is now making a comeback in Germany. In addition to an extensive collection featuring denim in the usual manner from Japan and Italy with heavily worked surfaces and finishes, there are also some news: a new women's line that completes the men's line as well as new entry-level price ranges for men starting at 169 euros. Sascha Kautschitsch, former managing director of Dirty Jerz GmbH, is responsible for sales.
Lotto / Damir Doma
Definitely an eye-catcher is the new sportswear collection designed by designer Damir Doma for the Italian sportswear brand Lotto. It is already the second cooperation for the protagonists. The collection that combines Doma's typical style with Lotta's values and heritage as a sportswear label includes sneakers, bags, accessories, t-shirts, tank tops, sweatshirts, rain jackets, and tracksuits. The line is also distributed by fashion agency Klauser.