Designers & Agents, the three-day show in New York, offered a curated mix of directional sportswear and accessories brands, several of which are making strides toward sustainable and ecological practices.
Showcasing spring collections, the show closed Sunday and was was filled with artisanal totes and handbags, tie-dye looks, gauzy tops, feminine printed dresses, embroidery, cashmere sweaters, and jewelry.
“The show’s very vibrant and full,” said Meryl Mandelbaum, creative director of D&A. “It has the highest rate of return in terms of exhibitors, and there are more than 30 new brands,” she said. The exhibition featured labels from the U.S., France, Italy, Japan, among other countries. Some 172 booths were spread over two locations: 601 West 26th Street and 547 West 26th Street, featuring 200 brands, added Ed Mandelbaum, president of D&A.
The exhibition featured an exclusive installation by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort acknowledging New York Textile Month called A Journey to Mount Fuji. It brought weavers from Japan’s Yamanashi region to the U.S. for the first time. The installation took the form of an imaginary outdoor setting, with selected products such as a linen dress for collecting flowers on a hike; a silk cashmere scarf for a cool, breezy evening; a sturdy umbrella
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