Tokyo, May 2019
Alcantara presented a capsule collection for Autumn/Winter 2019 in collaboration with Y’s, the leading Japanese fashion brand known as the first label established by Yohji Yamamoto, on 25 May 2019 in Tokyo. The AW2019 capsule collection is the apotheosis of the creative pairing between the top quality unique Japanese brand and the luxury glam material recognized around the world as the Italianness Ambassador. Alcantara is used for the key looks of the collection and its inimitable soft-touch and versatility are perfectly interpreted by Y’s. “This is the second collaboration between Alcantara and Y’s, the first capsule collection was presented in 2014 at the Italian Embassy in Tokyo. We are always inspired by the creative approach of Y’s and we are excited to share once again the synergy between both brands,” notes Andrea Boragno, Chairman and CEO of Alcantara S.p.A. To celebrate this collaboration, the special capsule collection has been unveiled through a runway show in partnership with Y’s at Omotesando Hills in Tokyo.
Shanghai, April 2019
Alcantara, a world ambassador for Italian excellence, has picked Shanghai and the 19th-century creative space, a symbolic location of cultural architecture in the heart of the Jing'an district, to host the "Alcantara. A road to the Future” event on 16 April. This fully immersive journey through the Alcantara world and lifestyle marks the third time that Alcantara has partnered Car Design Night in Shanghai, which usually coincides with the motor show to highlight its special relationship with the world car industry. Guests were able to try out and experience an engaging journey through the world of Alcantara with a live exhibition that displayed the Alcantara SS 2019 capsule collection and products by leading world brands such as Microsoft, Larusmiani, Sennheiser, Sergio Rossi, Adidas and L.G.R.
Milan, April 2019
DE CODING. ALCANTARA IN THE TAPESTRIES ROOM is an exhibition promoted and organised by the Culture office of Milan city hall, by Palazzo Reale and by Alcantara SpA specially conceived for the Tapestries Room, and open free to the public from Thursday 4 April to Sunday 12 May 2019. The exhibition, curated by Domitilla Dardi and Angela Rui, confirms Alcantara’s continuing interest in the most advanced contemporary creativity. De Coding marks a new phase in a cycle of exhibitions that have explored the qualities of Alcantara® as a material for art and design since 2015, transforming the spaces of Milan’s Palazzo Reale into doorways to unique exhibition spaces both in terms of content and experience. De Coding is the transformation of a particular system of signs depending on the change of the medium. The episodes on the tapestries are re-narrated through a medium like Alcantara, which is capable of amplifying the impact of the message and offering explorations in different expressive languages.
Rome, March 2019
The close alliance continues between MAXXI and Alcantara, forged in 2011, with a common and ongoing programme of research, experimentation and dialogue between creativity and innovation. Having organised six group exhibitions involving over thirty designers and national and international firms, from last year the Alcantara – MAXXI Project with the Studio Visit format went solo. For each edition, one internationally famous designer or studio is invited to create a space within the National Museum of 21st Century Arts that expresses their interpretation of the work of one of the artists in the Collection. This year the international design studio Formafantasma was selected, which after consulting the archives of MAXXI Architettura, chose the work of Pier Luigi Nervi, presenting “Nervi in the making”, curated by Domitilla Dardi, a design curator at MAXXI. The result is an installation that recreates a Chinese box-style environment - physical and mental at the same time - to express the importance of a material in the work of a designer.
Venice, February 2019
On 7 and 8 February, on the Island of San Servolo, Venice, Alcantara organised the fifth edition of the international sustainability symposium, "Climate "How": How to Engage Society and Deploy Decarbonisation", in partnership with VIU (Venice International University) and with the support of the World Bank Group's Connect4Climate global partnership programme. During the workshop, world-famous figures including economists, academics, managers of leading multinationals, writers and journalists discussed the actions that society, on different levels, can take to mitigate climate changes and to build a future of reduced emissions, by changing attitudes and behaviour.
Nera Montoro, January 2019
The Alcantara expansion plan and the doubling of production capacity (the IACI - Increase Alcantara Capacity Installed project) were announced at a press conference in March 2017 and in September 2017 with the "laying of the foundation stone". Then, on 25 January the "IACI Start-up Ceremony" took place, during which the company officially opened the new production plant, the result of the first part of the investment. This coincided with the official visit of Akihiro Nikkaku, President, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Toray Industries, Inc. (Japan) who, together with president Andrea Boragno and attended by local institutions, cut the ribbon to mark the beginning of the ceremony.
Milan, January 2019
The capsule collection created jointly by the famous fashion brand and Automobili Amos, embellished with Alcantara, was presented at the LARUSMIANI Boutique in Via Monte Napoleone 7. The collection, inspired by the Lancia Delta Futurista - which was on display inside the store for the occasion - aimed to create practical, functional garments that reflect gentlemen drivers’ aesthetics and typical style of dress.
Alcantara decorated some of the items in the collection (the jumpsuit inspired by car racing, the helmet case and the roll-up set of car tools, all handcrafted by expert craftsmen) and upholstering the interiors of the car created by Eugenio Amos. The LARUSMIANI creative team also chose it to cover the walls of the Boutique for the inauguration of its new concept.
Palermo, January 2019
Alcantara, an ambassador for Italian excellence worldwide, was honoured to take to the stage at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo for Giacomo Puccini’s prestigious opera La Turandot, directed by Fabio Cherstich and set in the third millennium. The project springs from the desire to combine the traditional language of opera with the most up-to-date expressions of contemporary art. In this eccentric and non-conformist context, Alcantara fully expressed itself, with its modern interpretation of the costumes. In fluorescent and contrasting colours, the garments were made by the masterful hands of the Teatro Massimo costume shop, with close attention to details and finishes. As a material of the future that combines technology and craftsmanship, Alcantara is the perfect fil rouge between tradition and innovation.