At Miami’s Art Fairs, a Somber Mood Sets In

This year’s Art Basel Miami Beach is expected to be a departure from its typically breezy tone, with works tackling contentious issues like immigration, race and sexual violence. Lifestyle


Sustainability and Technology Front and Center at Paris Fabric Fairs

PARIS — Sustainability and technology remained the headline topics at the recent editions of the Première Vision Paris, Texworld Paris and sister trade shows Apparel Sourcing and Avantex here.
Visitor numbers were largely flat, coming off a high base following a run of strong editions, with a dip in Asian visitors attributed to the Lunar New Year. PV Paris attributed a 5 percent dip in American visitors to current challenges related to the transformation of the retail landscape.
A number of mills at Texworld had upped their sustainability criteria, with 71 exhibitors participating in the show’s Sustainable Sourcing itinerary. “Traceability is becoming the biggest issue in the U.S. and European markets,” said Lenzing senior vice president for Europe and the Americas Marco Schlimpert. The company showcased its Ecovero eco-responsible viscose fiber, which launched last May and is seeing brisk demand, as well as its Refibra technology, which involves upcycling cotton scraps, for example from garment production, in addition to wood pulp to produce new virgin Tencel Lyocell fibers using closed loop production. Within the re-branded Texworld Denim section, meanwhile, Pakistan-based Rajby Industries, whose biggest clients include H&M, Inditex and Mango, debuted new sustainable cottons that use up to 50 percent less water

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Capsule, Liberty Fairs to Add Consumer Component Via Frenzy App

Shopify’s flash sales app Frenzy continues its push to grow its business in the U.S., striking a partnership with Liberty Fairs and Capsule tied to New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
The app, which has made some inroads within streetwear as a tool to help brands and retailers with product drops, will help make certain pieces from designers available for sale through its app as part of special presentations happening at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in conjunction with the Capsule and Liberty Fairs trade shows.
“There’s never been an official partnership between the trade fairs and the CFDA so fashion week now extends to market week,” said Capsule director Christopher Corrado.
Layering in the capabilities of Frenzy adds to that partnership, Corrado continued.
“It really does lay the path for the future of the way that we hope to engage consumers in our trade event.…There’s been obviously a lot of conversation around the seasonality of the fashion industry and how we capitalize on all the excitement that happens around a runway presentation and how we actually engage the end consumer and that’s exactly what Frenzy does from an event producer opinion.”
Participating brands include Band of Outsiders, Arc’teryx Veilance, Necessity Sense, Daniel Patrick, DDugoff

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Lizette Chin Jumping Ship to Liberty Fairs

The battle of the trade shows heated up Thursday when Liberty Fairs revealed that it has hired Lizette Chin, the former head of the MRket show, to take on the new role of vice president of Quest.
Chin will be charged with expanding Liberty’s Quest section, which is the high-end component of the show that has been presented during the biannual Las Vegas market for the past six seasons. In the past, brands that have exhibited at Quest include Lardini, Sand Copenhagen, Boglioli, J.W. Brine, Pringle and Paul & Shark.
Quest is Liberty’s answer to Project’s popular Tents area, which features more upscale brands in a special section with an elevated aesthetic. Project is operated by MRket’s new owner, UBM.
According to Liberty, Chin is expected to build on Liberty’s place in the contemporary market by layering on more progressive, modern men’s brands. She will also introduce Quest to the New York edition of the show.
“I’ve known Lizette for quite some time and have always admired her energy; she’s a natural fit for the Liberty family,” said Sam Ben-Avraham, founder of Liberty Fairs. “I look forward to exploring ideas with her and I’m excited to see her extensive experience and knowledge take Quest to the next

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Matiere to Partner With Liberty Fairs on Pop-up Shop

Matiere is partnering with trade show Liberty Fairs on a pop-up shop.
The Los Angeles-based men’s wear brand, which is known for its fabric selection, will create a pop-up at the Liberty Concept Space in Los Angeles.
The shop, which runs from Saturday to Sept. 27, will feature Matiere’s fall collection alongside other brands including Lucky Selectism eyewear, ETQ Amsterdam footwear and Graf & Lantz bags.
The space will also showcase pieces from local artists including Kate Bonner, who will exhibit her work the first two weeks of the pop-up, and photographer Nicholas Maggio, who will preview his pictures the last two weeks.
Liberty Fairs opened this concept space in 2013. Brands including Toms and eyewear line Nothing & Company have also held pop-ups at the store.

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Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business: Retail, Carts and Kiosks, Craft Shows, Street Fairs

Start Your Own Arts and Crafts Business: Retail, Carts and Kiosks, Craft Shows, Street Fairs

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The Miami Art Fairs, Part 2

They’re are several personal ‘museums’ created by private collectors in Miami. My first stop today was at the Rubell Family Collection. After seeing various exhibitions there over the years I’ve grown impressed with their vision, pursuit of new territory and advocacy fora broad array of artists on the rise. This year they are presenting their significant acquisitions of Chinese art.












I visited Miami’s brilliant, new Perez Museum, which gives the city a powerful world class museum, passionately designed by Herzog & de Meuron. The viewing experience is sublime with a retrospective of Ai Weiwei and an insightful, inclusive Latin embracing exhibition of “Americana.” I’m tired of cookie-cutter museums with their checklists of requisite art and no sense of what city your in. Not here. This is an international, American museum; personal and relevant.











And with that, it was off to the art fairs with a visit to the Miami Project, with good light, wide aisles and friendly galleries. Many of the galleries today were doing a lot of business after being slow yesterday while the Miami Basel show opened with their high-priced art. Lots of collectors were relieved to find art within their price range at the satellite fairs, which is not to say it was inexpensive.










It was a short walk to Art Miami, which has been around longer. With more galleries, narrower aisles and larger crowds, there were some galleries that I thought were clunkers, showing art that bordered a kitsch, yet there was still a lot of quality.




















More art tomorrow. Thanks for following along.

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