CFDA’s Steven Kolb to Give Speech at Istituto Marangoni in Miami

MIAMI BOUND: CFDA’s president and chief executive officer Steven Kolb is headed to Miami on July 23.
The executive will be the first guest to join leading Italian fashion, art and design school Istituto Marangoni in its series of talks named “In Conversation With,” which will kick off at the school’s Miami unit this month. The names of subsequent guests were not disclosed.
The project makes its debut at the Miami school under the guidance of its president, Hakan Baykam, and recently appointed advisory board member Eva Hughes, who joined the school on June 26. Hughes is the founder of the Adira Consulting advisory firm and served as ceo and director general of Condé Nast International’s Mexico and Latin America divisions until last July.
“I’m thrilled to announce the launch of this new project and we couldn’t be more honored with the participation of CFDA’s Steven Kolb. We are closer to reaching our goal of becoming the new fashion hub for Miami and the Americas” said Baykam.
“This project will also help give our students an unprecedented opportunity for exchange, inspiration and creativity, working towards a brilliant future in fashion,” he added, noting that the “In Conversation With” format aims to offer students the

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Title of Work Takes Over CFDA’s Retail Lab

The Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Retail Lab is changing over again and this time, the space is devoted to Title of Work.
Led by designer and artists Jonathan Meizler, Title of Work’s shop will remain in the space for three months and will feature several installations and special events during its run.
“I am excited to share my vision in a three-dimensional environment from an artistic and social perspective,” said Meizler. “I want people to come to the space and let their guard down and experience what a lot of people are feeling and thinking at the moment.”
The location will house Title of Work’s spring “Dirty Words” collection, comprised of men’s accessories that are intended to “explore the shock, anger, thought and humor of emotionally and socially charged words,” according to the company. Title of Work offers neckwear, pocket squares, scarves and an array of jewelry.
The merchandise, which will be displayed in portfolio cases, will change every three weeks and there will be a customization desk that will allows shoppers to personalize jewelry and neckwear.
The “Dirty Words” collection tapped photographers Michael Beauplet, Jorge Perez Ortiz, Clemens Kois, and Brooke Didonato who interpreted specific ‘dirty words’ for the brand’s official marketing campaign

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Public School’s Crash Landing at CFDA’s Retail Lab

Leave it to Public School to shake things up a bit.
The New York-based streetwear brand has been chosen as the third label in the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s Retail Lab, a mentorship program that includes a physical store. But unlike their predecessors who opted for more-subdued designs, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne created an installation that re-creates a Cadillac crashing into a wall inside the store at the Cadillac House at 330 Hudson Street.
The prior two designers who participated in the program were Timo Weiland and Cushnie et Ochs.
“We messed it up a bit,” Osborne said. “We ran a car through the wall to offset the prettiness of the showroom.”
And in keeping with the Public School aesthetic, the car’s trunk is halfway open and goods for sale are spilling out. “It’s like a street mentality,” Chow said. “You pop the trunk and that’s where you find the hot merchandise.”
Saying the installation was “a lot of fun” to create, the designers said the mix will change every week or so in order to draw repeat customers. In addition to men’s and women’s looks from the core Public School collection, the store will include “exclusive collaborative product” as well,

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