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The 54th edition of Filo: quality and safety in the foreground

The 54th edition of Filo: quality and safety in the foreground

The 54th edition of Filo has been confirmed: it will be held on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 and on Thursday 8th, October 2020 at MiCo – Milan Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan).

Filo is the only international B2B fair organised in Italy which is especially dedicated to yarns and fibres for top-of-the-range orthogonal weaving, circular knitting weaving and technical textiles.

However, October 2020 edition is particularly important since it represents the first exhibiting date for yarns’ industry after Covid-19 emergency, which has brought to the cancellation or the deferment of exhibitions worldwide. The 54th edition of Filo, held in October, will be the starting point for the recovery of the presentations linked to the normal production’s cycle of textile-apparel industry.

The 54th edition of Filo represents a concrete signal of the willingness to highlight the centrality of the excellent production on the upstream supply chain. And exhibiting companies are perfectly aware of this: indeed, 80% of the companies have confirmed their presence at Filo to date.

On the other hand, the activity of Filo has never stopped, not even during the lockdown period. Filo has continued to communicate together with exhibitors and visitors, as usual.

With a view to October, Filo is now committed in the organisation for the presentation of facts and details about the 54th edition to operators and the press. The meeting will be held on the 20th of July through a webinar and it will represent the opportunity to show to exhibiting companies and operators the product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna: for the 54th edition of Filo they are inspired by ‘Chromatic Reflections’.

Mr. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager for Filo, states: ‘The presentation of the 54th edition of Filo will represent an important date for strengthening the dialogue that has never been stopped with the companies participating in Filo. On that occasion, we will reaffirm the clear rules and indications concerning the organisation and behavioural standards which will allow both exhibitors and visitors to participate in the 54th edition of Filo in total safety. In collaboration with MiCo, we are working in order to implement all the necessary actions to respond to safety and public health regulations and to guarantee all operators a two-day Filo characterised by maximum comfort in totally sanitised environments”.

Filo confirms its dates: October 7-8 2020

 

Filo confirms its dates: October 7-8 2020

 The 54th Filo edition will take place, as scheduled, on Wednesday the 7th and Thursday the 8th of October 2020 at MiCo – Milano Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan).

The emergency related to Covid-19 virus is considerably affecting everybody’s daily life and business activities, especially the manufacturers, in Italy and abroad. The textile-apparel industry is particularly suffering.

 

Despite the difficult situation, Filo has chosen to confirm the dates of its autumn appointment: the 54th edition will be held on the 7th and the 8th of October 2020 in the new venue at MiCo – Milano Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan).

 

Companies exhibiting at Filo represent one of the first steps in the long production process which characterises the textile-apparel industry: what is happening to the spinning mills affects all downstream processes, from fabrics to embellishment, up to end products.

 

For these reasons, Filo hasn’t stopped and is still working in order to build a 54th edition which could represent a real push for the recovery of this sector. As usual, it does so by focusing on the value of concreteness and professionalism that have always distinguished the Exhibition since its first edition. And in the belief that the companies participating at Filo, both exhibitors and visitors, will be able to meet this unexpected and global challenge by offering to clients products characterised by even more quality and creativity, carried out by respecting the environment and workers’ welfare.

 

We are aware of the difficult situation we are all experiencing, but at the same time we are looking at the October edition of Filo like a re-starting point for the industry: see you on the 7th and the 8th of October 2020 at MiCo for the 54th Filo edition.

 

The 53rd edition of Filo has been canceled

The 53rd edition of Filo has been canceled

The 53rd edition of Filo, scheduled for Thursday 27 and Friday 28 February 2020 MiCo – Milano Convention Center, has been canceled.
The decision has been taken due to the severity of the emergency related to the virus Covid-19, confirmed by the recent measures of the public authorities, and in particular the Regione Lombardia decree released on Sunday February 23 2020, signed by the President of Regione Lombardia, Attilio Fontana, and by the Health Ministry Roberto Speranza. The decree provides for the “suspension of events or initiatives of any nature, of shows and of any form of meeting in public or private places”, thus objectively making it impossible to carry out the 53rd edition of Filo.
The rapid – and extremely critical – evolution of the health emergency in Northern Italy, and in particular in the Lombardy region, made this decision necessary, determined by reasons of force majeure, as well as protecting the safety of the exhibitors and visitors themselves, their collaborators and their families.
Filo is aware of the problems resulting from this decision for all the operators involved, national and international, but can only comply with the decisions of the public authorities, given the continuous dramatic evolution of the crisis caused by the new Coronavirus. To cancel the 53rd edition of Filo is therefore a decision taken with great regret, but also with a sense of responsibility.

For the 53rd edition of Filo the Trend Area is divided into three areas

For the 53rd edition of Filo the Trend Area is divided into three areas

The Trend Area has always represented the main heart of Filo. This is where buyers – and visitors in general – start their visit to the Exhibition, because they find there a precise indication of companies’ proposals.
For the 53rd edition of Filo, the Trend Area is divided into three areas, to offer an even more complete service to visitors and to allow the exhibiting companies enhancing in the most appropriate manner their yarns’ proposal. Within the new and more operation exhibiting area at MiCo – Milan Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan) it is indeed possible to set aside to the Trend Area a larger and wider space within the Exhibition.
Therefore, a part from the ‘traditional’ Trend Area, where exhibitors will show their general collections, there are three new areas, each of these is dedicated to a specific aspect of the production of the companies.
The first new area is dedicated to the companies participating in FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo. Here, there will be shown all those products which, along their production’s process, comply with sustainability’s criteria detected by Filo. A totally new space is dedicated to FiloFlow’s proposals, totally dedicated to the proposals of those companies belonging to passementarie and knitwear industries.
There will also be a larger and separated area of the Trend Area which buyers usually look for: Quick Delivery Point, where exhibitors show those products that can be delivered to clients in a very short time.
The choice of dividing the Trend Area into three spaces comes from the willing of Filo of offering to visitors a panorama which reflects as much as possible the whole pipeline and a range of possible textile solutions that can be carried out starting by the excellence’s yarns exhibited at the International Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres for orthogonal weaving and circular knitwear and for technical fabrics.
Within the three areas reserved to Filo’s trends, there are also some ‘relax areas’: faithful to the efficacy and the efficiency of Filo, these spaces are created to enable visitors to gather ideas, take stock of the proposals made by the companies through the plateaux and then start the visit to the 53rd edition by being aware about where it is possible to find those products more suitable for everybody’s needs among the ones shown by exhibitors.
The 53rd edition of Filo, is held from the 27th to the 28th of February 2020 in Milan within the new headquarter of MiCo – Milano Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5) – Entrance from Gate 16 (at the corner of piazza Carlo Magno).

Filo at Milano Unica in the name of sustainability

Filo at Milano Unica in the name of sustainability

For the fifth time Filo is back to Milano Unica, the international trade show for high-end textiles and accessories, held from the 4th to the 6th of February 2020 at Rho Fiera Milano.

The area of Filo is an integrating part of the Trend Area of Milano Unica, that in the 2020 February edition will be totally dedicated to the aesthetics, desires and styles of the first completely technological generation: the Z generation, a “tribe” meeting and recognising itself on the web, looking there for confirmation and self-confidence. Within this context, through an exhibition which immediately attracts the attention of visitors, Filo provides the contribution of the spinning industry through trends and yarns launched during its 2019 September edition, the same that inspired fabrics’ collections now on show at Milano Unica. This time, however, there is an important innovation: a capsule reserved to the products of companies participating in FiloFlow, the sustainability project of Filo. This choice helps to make even more explicit the continuity between Filo and Milano Unica – that for some editions has been developing its own “green” project – and highlights the power of Italian textile supply chain, mainly based on the high quality of materials and products and on the sustainability of production processes.

Mr. Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, states: “The presence of Filo at Milano Unica has become a habit which is highly appreciated habit in the textile industry and it has given great results in terms of visibility of our exhibition. During this edition, we enrich our yarns’ proposal with the capsule of FiloFlow products. It is very clear that especially young consumers, as indeed the Z generation, are looking for sustainable products even when it comes to the way they dress. Filo, following its tradition for concreteness, aims at offering operators with some tools to enhance productions carried out according to environmentally and socially responsible criteria and processes: FiloFlow project has exactly this goal. And this is an approach shared together with Milano Unica. We indeed share the awareness that only putting the manufacture at the centre, it is possible to strive for the sustainability of production process which brings to real traceable and sustainable end products, both in relation to environmental and ethic profiles”.

The 53rd Filo edition is held on Thursday the 27th and on Friday the 28th of February 2020 at MiCo – Milano Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan).

Biella February 4, 2020

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53rd edition of Filo: Wunderkammer, a journey through the textile world

53rd edition of Filo: Wunderkammer, a journey through the textile world

In view of the 53st edition – to be held on February 27 and 28, 2020 at MiCo – Milano Convention Center in Milan – Filo proposes to its exhibitors and, more generally, to the professionals of the textile and clothing system the product development proposals, developed by Gianni Bologna, Filo creativity and style supervisor.

The Megatrend

Why we talk about Wunderkammer: at first sight, it could seem unjustified since the idea of chamber of wonders is mainly linked to a kind of museum gathering oddities and tastes of a solipsistic and maniacal individual.
However, by overcoming this impression, is clear that the Wunderkammer is not just a “collection” of the past, but it is also an important metaphor for the world where we are living now.
The reason is simple: Wunderkammer is a “scientific” catalogue, an “aesthetic” (and chaotic) summation, the show of beauty and ugly things, and certainly a journey. In short: (mutatis mutandis) it has all functional (and fusional) characteristics of the Internet.
The eternal interest for wandering in space (and time), nomadism, letting yourself drifting or dedicating to flânerie is clear even within the words which define it: we do not “use” the Internet, but we “browse” on the Internet. From this word, it is better shown the idea of “journey”, it emerges the reaction to boredom and disenchantment of the world that has become disciplinary and constrictive and that often makes people playing unmovable roles and living places which are often not changeable. Mobility, which so much is spoken, is indeed often a fake nomadism, a cover, a phantasmal shade.
In fact, this nomadism, fake or not, leads, among other things, to a consequence closely related to our industrial sector and it has revealed for a long time in the anarchy of shapes and attitudes and in a new dazed mannerism made of hyper-customization and egocentricity, solipsistic expression of a being detached from common formal codes and representing only itself in formulae of self-satisfaction that can be understood just by people expressing them: show, multiplication of shapes and masks, proliferation of inconsistent shapes, ornament, overflowing of emotions, the ephemeral, the abundance.
If each epoch has its own organisational principle and its establishing shape, we cannot neglect that this principle is the new baroque for our epoch.
Wunderkammer/Internet is both journey and show, multiplication of shapes and experiences but, if we consider its origin as luxury diversion of very rich people and we want to go beyond the search for its meanings, it is also the luxury of time. And the use of time, in our here and now which lives an eternal present and an eternal acceleration, it has become extremely important, deeply felt despite it seems to be intentionally “banned”. The big contradiction lays in the fact that, if our present has an outstanding characteristic, this is exactly being the time when the highest acknowledged privilege is the one of escaping from obligations and anxieties of contemporaneity. That is why, after a lot of talk about just eco-compatibility and the due respect for environment, maybe it is not a wandering idea starting talk about an ecology of the time which we are living.
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Textile Qualities

Naturalia
CONSUMPTION CONSCIOUSNESS KNOWLEDGE
The consumer is increasingly oriented towards products which ensure transparency about the composition of fabrics, places and conditions of the production of the garment, by bringing, among other things, to a shift of mentality of the buyer from the “supply chain” to the “demand chain”. Fabrics with good durability are vital for the consumption”s cycle of the garment and the reduction of ecological impact and the increase in the value of circular economy. We are
inspired by the beauty of vegetal and animal entities which surround us within the world that is still giving us fascinating sparks.
Natural pure fibres or blends. Yarns which are not excessively fine or medium not too much hefty. Movements suggested by flaming which may or may not be noticeable.

Exotica
HOLISM COMFORT IDENTITY
The most holistic attitude of the consumer brings to the search for a better balance between work and spare time, between offline and online, between time for activities and time for rest. The search for more natural rhythms of life with the following search for textile combining a stronger use of colour and its contrasts with particular tactile sensations inspired by natural and traditional elements. A homage to richness and diversity in the world, for respecting the past and the present of each cultural identity and supporting the chosen principle of eco-compatibility and recycling of materials and the increasingly awareness of resources” scarcity.
Mainly natural fibres. Yarns which are rather hefty with beautiful visible effects of twisting as cordonnet to more threads and slightly irregular waved.

Artificialia
CHARM HEDONISM INCITEMENT
Considering the need for estrangement from the world of hyper-connection of the digital world where we are immersed and the need for re-connect to the reality of the surrounding world and our fellowmen but also the search for aesthetically pleasant and elaborate things, art and savoir-faire understood as antidote to planned uniformity. The goal is enabling the consumer to move away from the growing uniformity of global fashion mainstream, from the boredom generated by the shop windows full of things which are perfectly standard and identical worldwide. We introduce in products new lights and aesthetical plus in order to stir new interests. If luxury has a future, it lays in tailoring, made-to-measure, minimum series and sophisticated elaborations of materials.
Both natural and man-made fibres. Yarns with fine aspect in silk or man-made versions with gloss and semi-gloss silky aspect but also slightly rustic as toussah or bourrette without any excessive irregularity and bringing a fair amount of natural light.

Scientifica
MULTI-FUNCTIONALITY COMFORT FUTURE
More flexible clothes: from the cross-over to the high technical performance one. The search for wellness is increasingly a dominant trend and good sales results come from clothing which satisfy the request of high versatility and products’ quality. We return to active-wear and casual themes, we perfect them through a further finalising aiming at evolutionary project of this textile “species” by also combining high performing man made with some natural fibres to reach more sophisticated hands and aspects, often three-dimensional and comfortable.
Pure man-made yarns and blends with naturals. High-performing yarns and finishing are paramount but, for not negligible casual part inspired by the technical one, decorations and movements both on the orthogonal and the circular perspective are important. This also recalls strongly decorative jacquard patterns with more than one colour and the illustration of geometric graphisms also to large scale.

Biella, December 9, 2019

The roadshow of Filo is to announce two big changes in the 53rd edition

The roadshow of Filo is to announce two big changes in the 53rd edition

Today the roadshow for the presentation of the 53rd edition of Filo, the Exhibition of Yarns and Fibres for orthogonal and circular knit weaving and for technical fabrics, starts in Biella.
The Biella meeting takes place at 10.30 a.m. at Sala Valetto of Unione Industriale Biellese (Via Torino 56). The roadshow will continue tomorrow on the 10th of December 2019 in Milan, at 10.30 a.m., at the headquarter of Confindustria Moda (via Alberto Riva Villasanta 3). The Filo roadshow will end on the 12th of December 2019 in Prato, at the Chamber of Commerce of Prato (via del Romito 71) at 2.30 p.m.
The roadshow held in December 2019 is particularly important. It is indeed the first occasion to exèlain in details the two important innovations related to the 53rd edition: the relocation of the exhibition’s venue to MiCo – Milan Convention Centre, and the new dates, on Thursday and on Friday (on the 27th and the 28th of February 2020 respectively), instead of the traditional Wednesday and Thursday.
Paolo Monfermoso, general manager of Filo, explains: “In recent years, Filo has grown in the number of both exhibitors and visitors. Something of great satisfaction for the work we have done, but in the meantime something that put us in front of a difficult choice: Palazzo delle Stelline hadn’t the necessary space for ensuring to exhibitors and visitors all those services which distinguish a fair like Filo. Therefore, we have decided to leave the historical venue of Filo to move to MiCo – Milan Convention Centre, where a wider exhibiting space is available, which we will use to improve various areas that hadn’t been developed in the way we wanted exactly because of lack of space. Thanks to the functionality of the exhibiting spaces of the new venue, we are willing to re-think about the Trend Area, in order to increasingly enhance exhibitors’ proposals, widen the welcoming area and create new working and relaxing areas for visitors.”
Mr. Monfermoso adds: “For the edition held in February 2020, Filo has also decided to shift from the traditional Wednesday-Thursday to Thursday-Friday. The positioning on the eve of the weekend helps to give more calm to visitors. The innovation has been appreciated by exhibitors and we believe that visitors too could appreciate it, exactly because it is in line with the B2B identity of Filo.”
Mr. Monfermoso ends by stating: “Of course, along these important changes, the essential features of Filo won’t change: being a B2B fair, oriented to efficacy and concreteness and founded on excellence and sustainability of companies and exhibited products. As well as our cooperation with ITA-Agency, Sistema Moda Italia and Milano Unica won’t change, by sharing the goal of strengthening Italia textile supply chain.”
The roadshow for the presentation of the 53rd Filo edition is then dedicated to the explanation of product development proposals carried out by Gianni Bologna, manager for creativity and style of Filo, entitled “Wunderkammer”.
According to Gianni Bologna, ‘Wunderkammer is significative metaphor of current world’. It is indeed a ‘scientific’ catalogue, an ‘aesthetic’ (and chaotic) summation, the show of beauty and ugly things, and certainly a journey. On the other hand, the consumer is increasingly oriented towards products which ensure transparency about the composition of fabrics, places and conditions of the production of the garment.
The goal is then enabling the consumer to move away from the growing uniformity of global fashion mainstream, from the boredom generated by the shop windows full of things which are perfectly standard and identical worldwide’.
The 53rd edition of Filo will be held on Thursday the 27th and on Friday the 28th of February 2020 at MiCo – Milano Convention Centre (via Gattamelata 5, Milan).

Biella, on the 9th of December 2019

Filo at MiCo – Milan Convention Centre

Filo at MiCo – Milan Convention Centre

The 53rd edition of Filo, will be held on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th of February 2020 at MiCo – Milan Convention Centre, located in via Gattamelata, 5 in Milan.

Paolo Monfermoso, responsible for Filo, explains the change of location as follows: ‘We have decided to leave the historic Filo’s headquarter – Palazzo delle Stelline – in order to ensure a bigger exhibiting space to our fair. Moving to MiCo enables us to have a wider area, which will be used to offer to exhibitors and visitors some services that Filo couldn’t make available exactly because of lack of space’.

Paolo Monfermoso points out that: ‘Filo will not change its identity, continuing with the scrupulous selection of exhibitors, which will remain the companies of great excellence, careful to sustainability, innovation and research. In addition, starting from the 53rd edition held in February 2020, in the new exhibiting spaces, we will have the possibility to enhance the proposals of exhibitors thanks to a wider but also more creative and appealing Trend Area, in line with the characteristics of a fair as Filo. We will enlarge the FiloLounge, reserved to exhibitors and press agents, and in the meantime we will set out new services especially developed for visitors, so that they can devote all their time and their attention to the collections exhibited in the booths, for the entire duration of the fair’.
MiCo, which is immediately recognisable for its comet shaped covering, has become in few years a point of reference for international exhibitions. Together with the functionality of exhibiting spaces, there is its strategic position, near City Life, one of the most innovative and avantgarde districts in Milan. The area is easily accessible by car and by subway and it has fast connections with railway station and Milan’s airports.
Monfermoso concludes saying that: ‘We are trying to create new clothes for Filo, which is more suited to the needs of a textile system that is affected by huge changes, which are related to economic, social and cultural aspects too’.
However, under the clothes, Filo’s philosophy remains untouched, being focused on quality, professionalism, concreteness and efficacy’.

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