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Technologies for the Design Process

In order to start dealing with the technologies that are used in this process, we must give a definition of where its boundaries are; by design process of a shoe we mean the sequence of phases and operations that go from the first style concept of a new footwear, through its complete design (engineering of the shoe), to prototyping its components, making the first samples and running preliminary production batches to accurately estimate time and costs of production. These various operations, possibly iterated a few times and repeated for each new product and for each new collection, define the so called “product development”  process. We will not go in details in describing the goals and nature of each of those activities; we will rather concentrate on listing the most relevant technologies that are nowadays available to support this part of the work.

Düsseldorf’s Shoe Fair Trio Continues Upswing

ImageThe upswing of the Düsseldorf trio of shoe trade fairs drawing to a close on Sunday – GDS/GLS and global shoes & accessories 14 from 16 March – has continued. The three days of the trade fair were characterised by a busy, satisfied mood, good turnover, avid interest in the presented trends and, above all, packed stands. Compared to the previous year’s event the number of visitors was up by approximately three percent – with 34,000 visitors...

Technology as a Key Modernity Factor

Technology has always played a key role in virtually all manufacturing activities, and shoemaking is no exception. It was the “technology” of the first machines, thought to alleviate the  labour of the human workers and to make it faster and more efficient, that allowed the transition of shoe making from a craftsman business to an industrial venture, and it is again technology , in terms of product contents, added value and innovation potential that allows shoe producers to be more or less competitive in their outlet markets. Technology is then a necessary condition for success, although it is not sufficient as such to guarantee success and long life to modern footwear companies.

ECCO Team Sherpa - A New Hiking Community
ImageECCO has invited semi-professional hikers to join the newly established hiking team, Team Sherpa. The members are active hikers from all over the world, who constantly push their limits in different kinds of hiking terrain. It is the goal that the team will encourage and inspire people to plan their own hiking adventures.
ILM presents the bag trends for summer 2008
ImageThe new “ease of being” reaching from smart over clean chic, neo sports up to romanticism.The summer 2008: a season of frontier crossing – contrasting fashion themes generating new looks in all the genres: “light and fresh”, plain, clear, versatile – the new attributes to fashion. In general the summer of fashion is shaped by the following trends: feminine, sporty and shining, modern, light, casual, cultivated.
Busy days at KABO - Czech republic
ImageThe 31st International Fashion Fairs STYL and KABO presented collections of 750 brands from 23 countries. Among the exhibitors not even the most important branch-related domestic producers were missing. 70 firms attended the Brno fairs for the first time. The KABO Fair fully sold out Hall F, young and jeans fashion enlarged the exhibition space of the STYL Fair.
Design Attack in Zero Gravity

Young Designers’ Trendy Platform presented in Space-Age Design.
Design Attack is reaching for the stars. From 14 to 16 March this unconventional area within the Young Fashion Segment at GDS/GLS – International Event for Shoes, Leather Goods & More – will once again be showcasing 100 selected design newcomers and their trendy collections and lifestyle products beyond the fashion mainstream. Awaiting the international trade audience are independent fashion, urban and streetwear creations in their own fashion galaxy. Under the design and event motto MOONWALK with its space-age styling, neon effects and electronic sounds visitors will enter a futuristic science fiction world.

Premire Vision Pluriel Proves Succesful with International Buyers

ImageAn enthusiastic reception! The Première Vision Pluriel events, which recently closed their doors at Paris-Nord Villepinte (18 to 21 September 2007) demonstrated an exceptional vitality, with remarkable results both quantitatively and qualitatively. Once again, the high numbers of international buyers, coupled with high levels of business exchange, underline the impact of this ensemble, which is without equivalent in the worldwide fashion arena.

"German Bag Designer" project begins at GDS/GLS

Individual signatures, creative designs, highest quality—this is what the German bag labels that together started the "German Bag Designer" project stand for. Labels such as OWA, Sequenza, Gretchen – The Little Pearl and Nicole Pietag show bundled German trend expertise in the exclusivity area in hall 9 at GDS/GLS from 14 through 16 September 2007. The labels are using GDS/GLS to present themselves as a community to the international trade audience.

Comfort and Luxury Competes with High Fashion

ImageWith its new Fall 2007 line, UGG Australia becomes a leader in the fashion world, while continuing to be the premier in comfort and luxury. This season offers a tremendous variety that spans from dress basics to high fashion for Women, Men and Kids. The versatile Soho Collection features beautiful materials such as leathers, suedes, sheepskin and even tweed. This collection satisfies a variety of...

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