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Managing Talents Worldwide : JR & Redefining Fashion Technologies

An idea, it might be crazy!

One morning, the director of the Brooklyn Museum called Chargeurs’ Chairman and Chief of Executive Office, saying: “I have a quick question that is likely impossible but I just have to ask”. Indeed, the idea was unusual: to create a mural fresco by photographer JR, one of the most famous French artists, made from eco-responsible products, respecting the high definition of the original picture.

Chargeurs mobilized the knowhow of Senfa, its subsidiary based in Alsace in France specialized in functionalized textiles. Immediately, its team pay tribute to the French artist whose career has spanned 20 years. The fresco was designed based on the Domino product, a totally opaque material that can be printed on the textile side for visual communication purposes and is particularly well suited to black and white printing (hence the name “Domino”). This huge 16-metre high fresco is on view in the park that bears the same name as the product used by Senfa: Domino Park in Williamsburg, New York. Then, teams from Leach, the other subsidiary of the Group based in the UK, came to New York and set up the canvas in only 4 days.

This black and white mural is JR’s largest public project to date in this city. Overlooking the East River, it reproduces images of more than 1,000 of the city’s residents. From Paris to New York, Chargeurs employees are always available around the clock to support the inspiring projects of partners that shape the world.

Chargeurs PCC and Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) marrying together for a wedding gown design challenge

Chargeurs PCC Fashion Technologies announced the winners of the FIT Redefining Fashion Technologies Student Contest, a sustainable design competition that required students to create wedding gowns using Chargeurs sustainable interlinings. New York Fashion Week creator and FIT Foundation board member Fern Mallis, American Dream creative visionary and former Neiman Marcus Fashion Director Ken Downing, Saks Fifth Avenue Manager of Designer Ready-to-Wear Madison Blank and Cosmopolitan publisher Nancy Berger served as judges for the contest, along with Chargeurs PCC Fashion Technologies Managing Director and President Angela Chan, who created the competition as part of Chargeurs’ ongoing commitment to education, achievement and sustainability in fashion.

“Educating and supporting the next generation of fashion industry leaders is core to Chargeurs’ mission,” said Angela Chan. “We are very proud to sponsor this contest and we congratulate the winners and all the competitors whose designs showcase the crucial role that sustainable interlinings play in the shape, structure and beauty of garments. My fellow judges and I were honored to participate and thrilled to see these students demonstrate such creativity, skill and achievement.”

Students participating in the contest were required to create a wearable bridal garment utilizing 95% interlining materials, fusibles and/or chest pieces as the chief fabrication of the design. Interlinings are usually hidden in clothing, but the FIT contest showcased them by requiring the student designers to create their gowns almost exclusively from the products. Chargeurs supplied all interlining materials, which included products from its recently launched Sustainable 50 collection. The wedding gown designs were judged on design and aesthetics, usage of interlinings, creativity, technicality, and fit.

FIT, a part of the State University of New York, has been a leader in career education in art, design, business, and technology for 75 years. Among notable alumni in fashion are Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, Reem Acra, Brian Atwood, Dennis Basso, Francisco Costa, Norma Kamali, Nanette Lepore, Bibhu Mohapatra, Ralph Rucci, John Bartlett, and Michelle Smith. Other prominent graduates include Leslie Blodgett, creator of bare Minerals; international restaurant designer Tony Chi; and Nina Garcia, editor in chief of Elle.