Vision of the future: New York's TOME

30 November 2018

Première Vision New York, one of the highlights of the North American leather industry calendar, takes place on 15–16 January 2019 in Midtown Manhattan, showcasing spring/summer collections for 2020.

Première Vision New York provides an opportunity for North American professionals to meet 360 exhibitors, selected from among the world’s top leather and textile producers, accessories companies, design studios and manufacturers.

The Première Vision fashion information, shown during the two days of the show, also provides a preview of the key trends. With fashion seminars, an inspirational forum featuring selected fabrics and leather, and an exclusive colour range, Première Vision New York will kick off the season in style.

Demand for footwear in the US, the world’s largest importer, is reaching record levels, which can only benefit this semiannual show on Manhattan’s west side. The industry is addressing increasingly complex sourcing and compliance issues, and trying to adapt to the changing landscape of product safety standards and regulation, but opportunities remain.

One of the main highlights of the upcoming show is the decision by Première Vision and the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to elect Ramon Martin, from TOME, as the next brand ambassador.

TOME, an ethical New York-based brand, will present several outfits created exclusively for Première Vision New York, using materials selected from Italian fabric manufacturer Subalpino during the Première Vision Paris show last September.

The designs will also be produced in New York City, a collaboration that further emphasises the two major themes that Première Vision has been developing in New York over the past editions: ‘Made in USA’ and eco-sustainability through the ‘Smart Creation’ programme.

Sustainable and smart

With TOME’s collaboration, Première Vision New York continues its strategy of promoting sustainable initiatives and local creation.

The Première Vision ‘Smart Creation’ initiative is gaining momentum, following a great edition in Paris in September. Over 30 exhibitors were showcased and more than 800 visitors attended the talks during the course of the three-day show. Last July in New York, Smart Creation received equally enthusiastic feedback, leading to the decision to expand the area for the next show in January in order to accommodate Smart Talks around circular economy, the Smart Library with over 30 exhibited creations, and to showcase several sustainable outfits by worldrenowned designers.

This dynamic collaboration is also an opportunity to highlight US know-how in the field of garment manufacturing. And in January, for the fifth time, a special area will be dedicated to local manufacturers from New York and Los Angeles to promote and strengthen US fashion’s role in the global economy.

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