Attaché Case

Attaché Case. Rigid valise, usually used by diplomat, businessmen, couriers, or for quick plane trips as carry-on luggage.

Attaché Case. Rigid valise, usually used by diplomat, businessmen, couriers, or for quick plane trips as carry-on luggage. It was considered indestructible because before being sold, it had to survive the “chute-choc” test, being dropped and pounded.

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Atkinson, Nigel

Atkinson Nigel (1964). English designer. Designing textiles is his great passion. After attending very prestigious schools like the Portsmouth College of Art and the Winchester School of Art, in 1987 he opened his own workshop specialized in the production and artisanal printing of fabric at Smithfield Market in London.

His special, rich and innovative fabrics found a place in the Collections of interior decorators, fashion designers, costume designers and theater and set designers. In 1991 Atkinson moved to Camden Square, redoubled his efforts and created, in 1994, his own griffe, Nigel Atkinson Accessories. In 1996 he was invited to the first Biennale di Firenze and participated in the Visitors Exhibition organized by Luigi Settembrini and Franca Sozzani. His work was shown at the Opificio delle Pietre Dure.

He has also worked with Romeo Gigli and Alberta Ferretti. He has designed costumes for the cinema and theater as well as fabrics for interior decoration.

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Agenzia per la Moda

Agenzia per la moda. Public limited-liability company established in Rome in May 1998. The Chamber of Commerce owns 75% and the city of Rome 25%.

Agenzia per la moda. Public limited-liability company established in Rome in May 1998. The Chamber of Commerce owns 75% and the city of Rome 25%. It has its premises in the very historic center of the city in Piazza Montecitorio. Sofia Loren is the honorary president and the managing director is Mauro Muccio.

Its purpose is to re-establish Rome as a center of couture on a national and international level. It was in fact in Rome that many of the country’s griffes began. And the Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana (National Chamber of Italian Fashion) was established in Rome in June 1958.

Additionally Agenzia per la Moda and the Chamber of Commerce cooperate in the organization of exhibitions and cultural events connected to the world of high fashion and, twice a year, in January and July, to the main fashion shows.

The début of AltaRoma, fashion event conceived by the Agenzia to become a focal point for emerging young designers. Funded by a group of high level sponsors, the event takes place in the Parco della Musica Auditorium and is accompanied by a series of exhibitions on artistic themes.After the resignation of Andrea Mondello, the new president of AltaRoma is Stefano Dominella. Mondello left after leading the company in the direction of privatization. AltaRoma is held for the second time, at the Temple of Hadrian and the Parco della Musica Auditorium.

Then in 2020, the AltaRoma board of directors renames Silvia Venturini Fendi as president. Furthermore Renato Borghi is president of Federmoda Italia. Also present on the board of directors are Raffaello Napoleone, CEO of Pitti Immagine, Fabiana Balestra (of the fashion house Renato Balestra) and Antonella Sabrina Florio, president of Anima per il sociale nei valori d’impresa

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Asics

Asics, is a Japanese sports footwear company. Kihachiro Onitsuka (1918) founded Onitsuka Co. Ltd. in Kobe, Japan in 1949.

Asics. Japanese factory of sport shoes. In 1949 Kihachiro Onitsuka (1918) established 1949 the Onitsuka Co. Ltd. in Kobe, Japan. He started with the manufacture of basketball shoes, soon adding shoes for volleyball and track. In 1956, during the run-up to the Olympic Games in Melbourne, the positive result of close cooperatiion between manufacturers and athletes brought about an expansion of production in the areas of track and field, soccer, and skiing.

The history of Asics

During the three Olympiads of the 1960s, Rome in 1960, Tokyo in 1964 and Mexico in 1968, Onitsuka shoes were worn not only by Japanese athletes, but also by the best from other nations.

An interesing story concerns the Ethiopian runner Abele Kibila who won the marathon in Rome running barefoot. In fact, for this he was nicknamed “Barefoot Abebe.” Four years later, in Tokyo, only Mr. Onitsuka was able to convince him to wear shoes created expressly for him. Since then he became known simply as “Marathon King”.

Starting in the 1960s, the company enjoyed incredible success and worldwide distribution. It brought to perfection new technologies and new materials, in 1985 creating a large testing laboratory called “R&D Department of Asics.” Digital and laser technology allowed the company to produce for each athlete custom shoes that were made-to-measure within a millimeter. At the Olympics in Sidney, Naoko Takahashi, who has one leg shorter than the other by a few centimeters, wore Asics.

The three companies Onitsuka, GTO and Jalenk merged in 1977 to form Asics Corporation. In 2000, the designer Hitoshi Mimura became the leader of the company. Asics has points-of-sale and distributors all over the world. From the U.S. to Europe, from Latin America to China, and in Israel, Dubai, India, South Africa, the Philippines and Indonesia. Additionally the company has continued the commitment, almost a philosophy, of its founder. He was also the author of two books — If You Fall Down, Just Stand Up and Asics: Kihachiro Onitsuka’s Philosophy of management — to form a healthy younger generation through athletics.

Asics from 2000 to 2010

Naoko Takahashi, the gold medalist in the International women’s marathon in 2000, wears Marathon SORTIE JAPAN to succeed in various competitions.

In 2002 the label launched the first women’s shoe. The novelty is very popular with customers and within a few years approximately 600,000 pairs will be sold.

Asics was the official sponsor of the XX Turin 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

In 2007 Asics opened of the ASICS Store Tokyo, a specialty running store. In fact, the store introduces the ASICS FOOT ID service to help customers select shoes that match their foot type and running style characteristics. Later, more stores open outside of Japan, including London in 2008 and New York in 2009.

Asics acquires all shares of Swedish outdoor gear company HAGLÖFS HOLDING AB, making it a consolidated subsidiary.

From 2010 to today

In 2016 Asics acquired Fitness Keeper, Inc. in the USA as a wholly-owned subsidiary. Fitness Keeper is the operator of Runkeeper, a global fitness tracking app. The same year Asics also concluded the sponsorship of the New York marathon, leaving room for New Balance. Additionally the World Athletics Organization announced that it had chosen the brand as its official sponsor.

In 2017 the Ligurian tennis player Fabio Fognini became the brand ambassador.

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Fabio Fognini x Asics.

In 2018 Asics relaunched the new campaign, I move me, starring Steve Aoki. The ADV invites people to be active and move; to assume healthy attitudes. Among the voices of the campaign we can also find Marrese Crump, Erin Bailey, Claire Liu, Deena Kastor and Lolo Jones, Sara Hall and Candace Hill.

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The “I move me” campaign.

In 2018, to honor the founder Kihachiro Onitsuka, Asics releases a line of “100th birthday commemorative models” on May 29th, his birthday. He supported the development of young minds through sports and encouraged people to take control of their futures in the same way a sunflower reaches for the sun. The product line was designed around a sunflower motif that was painted by Mr. Onitsuka during his lifetime.

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“Stand with the sun”.

In 2018, Novak Djokovic became the brand’s Global Tennis Footwear Ambassador. Together, they launched a new signature shoe, the GEL-RESOLUTION NOVAK, ahead of the Australian Open. In support of the partnership, digital and in-store assets have been created to drive the ‘I Move Me’ messaging and support sales of the shoe globally.

In 2019, Vivienne Westwood and Asics collaborated on a limited-edition capsule collection of five sneaker styles. The partnership resulted in a reimagination of classic styles that bring together Westwood’s notable design elements and prints with advanced performance footwear technology.

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Asics x Vivienne Westwood.

Asics recently

Then in 2020, the company announces the first edition of Asics World Ekiden 2020. It is a team challenge made up of six people who will compete in a relay marathon.

Yasuhito Hirota states

It may be inspired by one of Japan’s most famous competition formats, but ASICS World Ekiden 2020 is truly an event like no other.

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Asics presents the first edition of the Wold Ekiden 2020.

Then in March 2020, Asics teamed up with Pyrates Smart Fabrics, a textile development company, and performance streetwear brand, to launch an ecologically sustainable seven-piece yoga capsule collection made for women. The environmentally friendly seven-piece yoga collection features various fitness essentials, including leggings, wide-legged trousers, sports bras, and sweatshirts. It utilizes natural fibers designed for optimum movement and comfort, designed and crafted by Spanish entrepreneur Regina Polanco, using Pyrate’s own Pyratex knit fabrics.

In June 2020, Japanese fashion brand Onitsuka Tiger has named Willow Smith as its brand ambassador for its Autumn/Winter 2020 Campaign. Smith, who shot the campaign before the Covid-19 pandemic, highlights a collection that marks a new era for the fashion brand. In fact it combines a fusion among pop art, fashion, and sportswear with colorful patchwork and various materials. The campaign, shot against a desert landscape, aims to create awareness surrounding the environment and world we currently inhabit, explained Andrea Pompilio, creative director of Onitsuka Tiger, while also expressing Smith’s “natural beauty and strength as well as her love for the Earth.”

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Willow Smith x Asics.
Asics
Willow Smith x Asics.

In addition to that, Onitsuka Tiger has also announced that it will donate a part of the proceeds of this campaign’s sale to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. This was to support their efforts in the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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ATMI

ATMI. American Textile Manufacturers Institute. It brought together, until 2004,  American textile firms from about 30 states.

ATMI. American Textile Manufacturers Institute. It brought together, until 2004, American textile firms from about 30 states.

Moreover the organization promotes the textile industry and defends the interests of its members with the government as regards laws concerning the import of textile goods. It also provides economic and statistical information.

ATMI and its history

The American Textile Manufacturers Institute was the national trade association of the US textile industry from 1949 to 2004, with offices in New York, Charlotte, N.C. and Washington, D.C. (headquarter).

Most of its members came from the south. Additionally its main interests included: environmental conservation, safety and health, education, economy and international trade, taxes and public relations. These were in the different fibers sectors: cotton, wool and synthetic fibers.

How it was born

ATMI is in turn a daughter of the Southern Cotton Spinners Association (of 1897). Then the SCSA changed its name to the American Cotton Manufacturers Association in 1903 and was formed in 1905. In parallel, the Cotton-Textile Institute (born in 1926), an association based in the north, merged with the American Cotton Manufacturers. Association in 1949 to form the American Cotton Manufacturers Institute (ACMI).

The National Federation of Textiles, formed in 1934, and the Silk Association, which was organized in 1872, also merged with ACMI in 1958.

In addition, the NFT introduced the synthetic fiber and silk industries. Later, in 1962, the name of ACMI was changed to the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI).

The organization disbanded in March 2004. The National Council of Textile Organizations, based in Washington, D.C. and Gastonia, N.C, replaced it.

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Aujard, Christian

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. In partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name.

Aujard Christian (1941-1977). French entrepreneur. Aujard in partnership with a group of designers he created a line of prêt-à-porter under his own name. It featured soft and somewhat oversize jackets for men, ample overcoats and long skirts for women. He died after a fall while horseback riding and left the brand in the hands of his wife Michèle and the designer Jeff Sayre. Sayre had been with the house since 1973. For the last ten years the brand has been part of the firm Alex Cini B., which distributes mainly in the Orient and has a boutique in rue de Tournon in Paris.

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Audibet, Marc

Audibet Marc is a French designer. In his career, among others, he has collaborated with Ungaro, Cerutti, Hermès, Prada and Ferragamo.

Audibet, Marc (1949). French designer. He made its début in 1971 as an assistant to Ungaro for high fashion. Since 1972 he has designed the men’s collections for Cerruti and in 1975 worked with him on the launch of the first women’s Collection. From 1977 to 1981 he designed the men’s wear lines of Christian Aujard and collaborated with Basile and Laura Biagiotti. He uses mainly avant-guard fabrics, creating dynamic shapes. In 1984 he launched his own griffe for women’s prêt-à-porter, which would stay on the market until the Summer of 1988. In 1991, for two seasons, he designed a knitwear line. Since 1992 he has worked with Hermès and Prada on their women’s collections.

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Two looks presented by the French designer in 1987 for the spring/summer collection of 1988.

In 1999 he began to work with Salvatore Ferragamo, designing their women’s collection.

After four seasons he left Ferragamo in October 2001, and his place was taken by the Scottish designer Graeme Black after a seven year collaboration with Armani.

Then from 2002 to 2006 Marc Audibet was the creative director of Cesare Piaciotti, a footwear company.

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Marc Audibet photographed by Ivan Terestchenko.

In 2007 Marc Audibet contributed to the relaunch of Vionnet, the partnership interrupted only after a year. The motivation left by the direct necessary “The management was not able to provide me with the financial and material conditions necessary to create the collections and, to my questions, was unable to provide answers.”

Additionally after this experience Audibet has collaborated with other high fashion brands, including Max Mara and Krizia.

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Azagury, Partridge Solange

Azagury, Partridge Solange (1961). English creative of Moroccan origins director at Boucheron after its acquisition by Gucci.

Azagury, Partridge Solange (1961). English creative director at Boucheron after its acquisition by Gucci.

She has always followed the instinct of creativity instead of trends. In fact, she uses about two thousand diamonds to make the scales of a snake, a rever’s temptation.

She has a particular attention and love for sapphire, which she mounts in a very personal way, attenuating the characteristic blue with black gold. In fact this makes it less showy enough to be able to wear it, with irreverence, together with jeans.

Among the colors, she prefers more mature ones (plum, brown, purple) and, among the shapes, the more enveloped and rounded ones.

Azagury and her origins

Of Moroccan origin, she was born and lives in London. She opened a shop in Notting Hill, beginning with jewellery inspired by the 1920s and costume jewellery.

Today, she moves between London and Paris, where she works in the historical Boucheron premises in Place Vendôme. Studying the house’s rich archives, Solange revives the old models in order to present them in a new spirit, though keeping their traditional prestige.

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Partridge Solange Azagury.

From Casablanca she emigrated to England. Barely twenty, she launches his own line. An experience interrupted two years later, but stubbornly resumed in 1978. She works in London in tandem with Jane Cullinan, who adorns dresses with flowers. This stylistic duo became known above all for their wedding dresses.

In November 2001, Sir Hardy Amies left the helm of the historic, homonymous house in Savile Row and was succeeded by the Moroccan designer, as a creative leader.

A year later, in June 2002, the first collection made by Azagury arrives for autumn-winter 2002, it never goes on sale and its creative group is replaced. The Luxury Brands Group, owner of Hardy Amies, decides to liquidate the designer by breaking the agreement that provided for the preparation of two collections. The designated replacement is Ian Garlant.

Azagury from 2003 to today

Some jewels of the female stars participating in the 2003 Bafta Award, the annual awards ceremony of British television, are by Azagury.

So she reinterprets, but doesn’t distort, the unmistakeable style of this jeweller to tsarinas and queens, actresses and heiresses. One example of this would be the famous “white” jewels, created with diamonds in a platinum setting, although, at the same time, she also plans a more accessible line for all women.

Over time he has created strong design collections accompanied by a strong success with the public. Among her loyal customers, Sarah Jessica Parker wearing the Random necklace in a scene from Sex and the City. Among the latest collections, the Poptail line of 2017 and the sentimental of 2019.

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Ashida, Jun

Ashida Jun (1930). Japanese designer of Korean origin. He has more than 200 points-of-sale between Japan and Paris. He became known also in Italy.

Ashida Jun (1930). Japanese designer of Korean origin. He has more than 200 points-of-sale between Japan and Paris. He became known also in Italy and in 1989 he was named a Cavaliere della Repubblica.

Ashida made his début in 1951 under the wing of Junichi Nakahara. Then he began to present in Paris in 1977. He diversified his Collections with three brands: Jun Ashida, Miss Ashida, and Jun Ashida for Men. His daughter Tae works in the company.

Nostalgia, a Farewell to the 20th Century was the title of his Autumn-Winter Collection, a special tribute by the Japanese designer to the century just ended. The wardrobe, presented at the Akasaka Prince Hotel in Tokyo, was a Collection of designs from previous decades, with luxury fabrics and stylistic echoes. Moreover, the collection of the designer’s daughter Tae was titled Transitino.

A foulard-shawl created for the 2002-2003 season had great success.

The Japanese designer counts among his admirers members of the Japanese imperial family. In fact, Princess Misaka wears Ashida’s designs and always attends his fashion shows since 2003.

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One look by Ashida.

The death of the designer

Jun, the designer who dressed women and members of the Japanese monarchy in practical and sophisticated silhouettes, died on October 20, 2018 at his Tokyo home. He was 88 years old. The death was announced by his daughter, Tae, in an Instagram post. In designing her collections, Ashida tried to infuse Western styles with a traditional Japanese aesthetic. Additionally he modeled brocade dresses in the image of the uniforms of Gakuran schoolchildren. He cut dresses out of white silk faille, a material sometimes used to make bridal kimonos.

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