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Fashion and textile museum is dedicating its next exhibition to Kaffe Fassett



The Fashion and Textile Museum in London is to open an exhibition dedicated to American-born, British-based artist Kaffe Fassett, one of the most prolific textile artists of our time known for his visions of colour, pattern and texture.

‘Kaffe Fassett: The Power of Pattern’ opens on September 23 and will run until March 12, 2023. The exhibition will explore Fassett’s artistic eye through an immersive visual experience and showcase more than 70 original pieces.

Fassett, who has collaborated with the likes of Missoni and the Designers Guild, has devoted the last 50 years of his life to knitting, needlepoint and patchwork. This exhibition is not a retrospective of his career, explains the museum, but rather a demonstration of his influence in the world of textiles. At the heart of the exhibition will be a curated selection of pieces by artists around the world, chosen by Kaffe, which will greet visitors with “a vibrant fusion of colour and texture”.

The exhibition will start in the small gallery, thanks to FreeSpirit Fabrics, where it will be transformed into a tented oasis of Kaffe Fassett fabric showing a video of the artist discussing textile design. While the ground floor gallery will focus predominantly on quilts created by Kaffe Fassett, Liza Prior Lucy and other artists.

Kaffe Fassett to be the focus of a new exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum in London.

Upon entering the main gallery through the kaleidoscopic vision of Kaffe’s ‘Shot Stripes’, the floor will become “a riot of colour and tumbling blocks,” with highlights including Taiwanese quilter Danny Amazonas’ cosmic masterpiece ‘Levitate,’ which at over six foot high will appear to float off the wall.

Other pieces will include the fabric collage, inspired by sci-fi television made up of Kaffe’s fabrics, and award-winning artist Victoria Finlay Wolfe’s American classic ‘Big Box Stars: Red’ that demonstrates the traditional 8-pointed star quilt with a Kaffe Fassett spin.

Upstairs on the mezzanine gallery, visitors will embark on a pastel-coloured journey over a patchwork floor to discover the technique of appliqué quilting. Work on display will showcase award-winning Australian artist Kim McLean’s ‘The Lollipop Tree’, which draws inspiration from an antique quilt created in modern colours and the pictorial textile art ‘Tusker Bull’ by British-born artist Sophie Standing, inspired by the artist’s time in Africa.

As visitors continue through the gallery, clothes lines adorned with garments constructed from Kaffe Fassett fabrics will be displayed in cases leading to a striking wall of intricate needlepoint cushions by Brandon Mably and Kaffe Fassett.

The exhibition will conclude in the Fashion Studio, dedicated to the artist’s eye. It will be covered in vast graphic reproductions of some of the many Kaffe Fassett Collective’s original painted artworks and will highlight the creative process of designing the fabric used in the quilts seen throughout the exhibition.

Dennis Nothdruft, head of exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum, said in a statement, “The Fashion and Textile Museum has a long relationship with Kaffe Fassett, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Kaffe once more. We wanted to do this exhibition now, as Kaffe remains as one of the most prolific and influential textile artists alive today.

“Throughout his long-standing career Kaffe has encouraged people all over the world to make, and experience colour and pattern in exciting and new ways. The exhibition is designed to embody that quality about Kaffe and to inspire its visitors to look around, engage and create. As well as being an be a manifestation of Kaffe’s vision, the exhibition celebrates the inspiration and influence the artist has on makers around the world.”

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Kanye West, Yeezy ordered to pay $300,000 to snubbed creator



As another day passes, another Kanye West saga has unravelled. The rapper-turned-designer and his brand Yeezy have now been ordered to pay over $300,000 to New York-based creative Katelyn Mooney after failing to attend a court session.

A default judgement was filed in Mooney’s favour at Manhattan Supreme Court when no legal representative for West or his brand showed up or responded to the court papers.

In her lawsuit, Mooney initially claimed that West and Yeezy owed her over $300,000 in damages and unpaid invoices after failing to fully pay her for a photoshoot she was hired to produce in September.

The artist was appointed to create imagery for Yeezy’s new SHDZ sunglasses collection for 110,000 dollars, of which she claimed she had only received $15,000.

In her complaint, Mooney, who is a freelancer, said the snub forced her to take out “a significant loan and max out her credit cards” so she could cover her bills, calling West’s behaviour “exploitative conduct.”

The news comes days after it was revealed that Adidas was confronted with a lawsuit from its investors regarding its past dealings with the controversial figure.

The complaint alleged that executives for the sportswear giant knew about West’s troubling conduct long before an anonymous letter from employees revealed a series of “problematic behaviour” they encountered during his time as a collaborator for the brand.

It has also been reported by NBC News that West and Yeezy are facing further issues in regards to more than $600,000 of unpaid tax debts, dating back to 2021.

The media outlet added that it had uncovered 17 government-imposed liens in California against three of West’s businesses, including a charity in his name.


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Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches database for circular startups



The Ellen MacArthur Foundation is beginning the roll out of the full version of its circular startup database, designed to help businesses explore startups and drive the acceleration of the circular economy.

On ‘The Circular Startup Index’, 500 brands that are a part of the foundation’s community are already featured across a range of sectors, industries and geographies, each one selected for incorporating one or more principles of the circular economy into their propositions, as stated in a release.

According to the organisation, the index was created to address the challenge behind financing and scaling circular business models, with the initiative hoping to help facilitate innovation through capital.

Commenting on the launch, Ella Hedley, project manager, startups, at the foundation, said: “Designing a circular future requires radical innovation to rethink how our economy works.

“Thousands of circular startups are already on the case. But they need more support and investment.

“So we created the Circular Startup Index to create visibility of the breadth of circular startups on the market and help businesses discover suitable circular solutions.”

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Report: Handbag market to grow by $14.1bn  from 2021 to 2027



Technology research and advisory company Technavio released a report on the growth of the global handbag market, pointing out its estimated increase in value by 14.11 billion US dollars from 2022 to 2027 and a CAGR of 4.3% and highlighting key findings on this development.

The handbag market 2023 to 2027 is split up into three segments by Technavio – type, distribution channel and geography. Types of handbags include leather, fabric and others, distribution takes place online and offline, and locations concern Asia Pacific (APAC), North America, Europe, South America and Middle East and Africa.

Vendors of the market include Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana and Chanel, to name a few, offering a wide range of bags in different sizes from tote bags, to cross body, and shoulder bags.

Over the past several years, there has been an upsurge in demand for leather handbags with various textures, qualities, and feels. This element will fuel the segment’s growth during the course of the forecast.

A key driver of this development is the personalisation and customisation of luxury handbags, which has heavily emerged as a new trend over the past five years, particularly in western Europe and North America.

The product’s aesthetics are improved through embroidery, straps and buckles, or the inclusion of a name tag, which at the same time increases its value in comparison to standard products.

The report revealed the customers’ increased preference to shop duty-free at airports for high end and luxury items, such as handbags, during the forecast period. Last-minute shopping or external factors such as delays and early check-ins further push the growth of the market. This uprising trend results in renovations of retail outlets within airports to enable this shopping experience.

The research company explains that strengthening the foothold in the fast-growing segments while maintaining the positions in the slow-growing ones is a key action for brands in this context.

However, Technavio also discloses how stringent government regulations will play a major role in terms of challenges for the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Due to a number of associations and government departments enforcing these rules, for example in Europe and particularly in Germany, parties operating within the tanning industry should adapt and consider ethical production, synthetic use and reuse.

This factor, alongside fluctuating operational costs and the measures needed to reduce waste and protect the environment which make up almost 5 percent of manufacturer’s total costs, might impede the growth of the handbag market.


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