May 1, 2020
Three Japanese brands debut collections featuring Ultrasuede® at AFC New York Fashion Week
Co-sponsored by Vantan Inc. and PARCO CO., LTD., “Asia Fashion Collection 7th” (AFC) is an incubation project intended to discover and foster young and upcoming designers from across Asia. In collaboration with various Asia-based partners in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand, AFC allows young designers to compete for the chance to debut their collections at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW) show, while also offering financial support for production and travel costs, as well as technical assistance.
Toray recently supported AFC by providing Ultrasuede® materials to three of the brands selected at the AFC qualifying competition in Japan for NYFW runway debut. The brands were aNANA tih sayim, ito, and KTOKA. AFC NY Stage, which is an official event of NYFW, was held at Spring Studios in New York’s SOHO area on February 10 (local time), where collections featuring Ultrasuede® made their debut.
■ Brands featuring Ultrasuede® that debuted at AFC NY Stage
· “aNANA tih sayim” by Nana Miyashita, Vantan Design Institute X-SEED
· “ito” by Taisho Takenaka and Kurumi Ito, Kyoto Seika University
· “KTOKA” by Shiki Cara Kataoka, graduate of Vantan Design Institute Osaka School
■ Other brands participating at AFC NY Stage
· Korea: “VEGAN TIGER” by Yang Yoona
· Taiwan: “SEANNUNG” by Liao Sean Nung
· Thailand: “chalisa” by Chalisa Anekvorakul
· Parsons: “zizi shi” by Chaohua Shi, Parsons School of Design
■ Outline of AFC 7th NY Stage
Date/Time: February 10 (Monday), 8:00 pm (local time) * Japan time: February 11 (Tuesday), 10:00 am
Venue: Spring Studios, Gallery II (50 Varick Street, Floor 5, New York, NY 10013)
Organizer: Asia Fashion Collection Executive Committee
Co-sponsors: Korea Fashion Industry Association, Taiwan Textile Federation, Siam Piwat (Thailand)
Supported by: Ultrasuedeｮ, Mitsui Bussan I-Fashion Ltd., Uni Textile Co., Ltd., SIXTY PERCENT, MODA TOKYO, sitateru, Oribe, Makeup Pro New York
Official Website: http://asiafashioncollection.com/
Ultrasuede® keeps evolving toward a future full of “Beautiful Possibilities”.
aNANA tih sayim
aNANA tih sayim
(l-r) Liao Sean Nung, Chaohua Shi (“zizi shi“ Design Team), Yang Yoona, Chalisa Anekvorakul, Hiromi Ishikawa (Chairman of Vantan Inc.), Gaku Mizoguchi (Executive Officer of PARCO CO., LTD.), Nana Miyashita, Shiki Cara Kataoka, Kurumi Ito, Taisho Takenaka