Pitti Immagine announced today that Z Zegna will be this year’s Guest Designer, an honor that comes with a special presentation for the collection during the fair, opening June 16. Designer Paul Surridge’s effort to modernize the Zegna brand seems to be paying off, as he joins past Guest Designers including Kenzo, Carven, and Damir Doma. That puts Surridge in position to carry the torch for cool, forward-looking menswear at this year’s show. Gaetano Marzotto, president of Pitti Immagine, had this to say: “This young and innovative collection reinterprets formalwear by combining it with sporty materials and themes inspired by city lifestyles, and therefore, is very much in tune with the entire cutting-edge area of our fair.”
Additionally, this year marks the sixtieth anniversary of Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana, and to celebrate, Pitti will host a series of events throughout Florence with famed Florentine designers Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci, Emilio Pucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Ermanno Scervino.
Today, the British Fashion Council announced the shortlist for the annual BFC/GQ Menswear Designer Fund: Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, E. Tautz, Lou Dalton, and Richard Nicoll (left). The Fund will provide one of the designers with a bespoke mentoring support program over one year, a £150,000 grant to take their business to the next level, and £50,000 in kind services. The BFC looks for labels that have been trading for at least three years and retail in the U.K. as well as internationally. The winner of the Fund will be announced before the next London Collections: Men shows, which are scheduled for June 15 through 17.
“The shortlisted designers are testament to the extraordinary array of talent in the menswear industry in Britain right now,” said Dylan Jones, editor in chief of British GQ and chair of LC:M. “The current generation of British menswear designers might be the best ever, as they not only have creativity in abundance, but also a keen business sense.”
World travelers Sarah Murphy and Stefaan duPont of Miles & Miles got their hands on some fine leather bags from Lotuff and took them to Marfa, Texas, to shoot the brand’s spring lookbook and video. “When we started brainstorming places to shoot, we really wanted our destination to be somewhere that would communicate the most impressive feature of Lotuff Leather’s products—the craft,” says DuPont. “Marfa’s harsh desert landscape and the realities of living out of a truck and adventuring every day prove that these bags aren’t precious. They’re built to last a lifetime.” The video, seen exclusively here, is loaded with sunbaked desert vibes, complemented perfectly by the dusty grit of a spaghetti Western and some good old-fashioned rugged Americana. The collection, all made in the USA, features styles for both men and women, including a couple that are available now exclusively at Barneys New York, just in time for adventure season.
Everyone’s go-to shop for graphic sweatshirts, quirky snapbacks, and killer accessories is getting a major financial boost. WWD reports that Berkshire Partners has recently taken a minority stake in Opening Ceremony. The Boston-based equity firm plans to enhance e-commerce, further develop ready-to-wear, add more locations, and introduce new stores to exclusively sell the Opening Ceremony label. “Since starting Opening Ceremony, Humberto [Leon] and I have worked together to create a company with a strong point of view that offers our customers a fresh shopping experience in our stores, collections, and website,” designer Carol Lim said. “Our growth over the years has been organic, but also strategic, and the relationship with Berkshire provides Opening Ceremony with broad resources to grow to the next level.”
Womp womp—Cnet reported on Friday that Nike has terminated production of the Nike Fuel Band and is, in fact, getting out of the wearable hardware game altogether, instead focusing on developing new athletic software. Looks like fitness fans are going to have to figure out a new way to humble brag on Facebook about their workout routines.