If you’d rather not miss Europe’s biggest temporary indie fashion store, you’ll need to be in Vicenza on May 11th. The window of opportunity opens for just one day, but it’s the culmination of a 4-day event during which 100 young designers selected from all over the globe meet up with buyers from traditional fashion houses and super-suppliers to parade their flair and skills in an atypical fashion frenzy entitled Origin – Passion & Beliefs.
It’s hardly surprising that a symposium like this should emerge up in the north-east, where industry and crafts crucial to the design sector are thick on the ground. Origin – Passion & Beliefs is a project dreamed up by the Vicenza Exhibition Centre, famed for its jewellery fairs, along with the international platform for contemporary fashion pioneers Not Just A Label.
Mainly but not only about accessories, it hosts emerging talents from 38 countries who’ve trained in design institutions from London to Beijing, Kiev to São Paulo (including Arnoldo & Battois). They’ll each be spreading out their wares in one of 4 sections: leather, stone, textiles and technology. And on the last day, Sunday the 11th, that unique chance when trade gives way to anyone who’d care to ogle and/or buy some of the most cutting-edge and extreme fashion and accessories in the world today.