20 of 2023

Newsletter No 20/26 May 2023                              


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From Emilia-Romagna to the Karoo: Fashion Bridges unites Italian and SA creativity

SA fashion designer Lezanne Viviers. Source: Supplied

Some of the fruits of the Fashion Bridges programme, a cross-functional collaborative initiative between Italy and South Africa, were showcased in Cape Town recently at a fashion show held at the Italian Ambassador’s Residency.

Lezanne Viviers from South Africa and Federico Cina from Italy were the two designers chosen for this year’s iteration of Fashion Bridges. Both designers showed at SA Fashion Week before travelling to Cape Town for a more intimate salon-style show at the Residency.

Founded by Oriana Cuculi, the wife of the Italian Ambassador to South Africa, “Fashion Bridges – I Ponti della Moda” was created in collaboration with Polimoda of Florence, Camera Nazionale della Moda Italiana – Milan (CNMI) and South African Fashion Week (SAFW), and with the support of the Centro di Firenze per la Moda Italiana.

Forging new fashion partnerships

The project aims to develop new partnerships between the Italian and South African fashion industries, with particular emphasis on textile machinery, wool, mohair, cotton and leather sectors, and intends to promote young talents through training, internationalisation and exposure to the trends and creativity of the two countries.

Federico Cina presented his autumn-winter collection ‘Appartamento’, inspired by his roots from the Emilia-Romagna region and the Italian artisan tradition.

‘Appartamento’ by Federico Cina. Source: Supplied

“This collection was an opportunity to reflect on myself and open up even more to my audience. Telling about what home means to me and the importance it played in my childhood, recalled old memories: the grandparents’ bedroom, the pillows from the living room, the rickety chairs from the kitchen, the overlapping blankets, and the colour palette, reflecting the warmth of those spaces that envelops you and makes you feel safe,” Cina said.

Lezanne Viviers of Viviers Studio presented the ‘Karroo Land of Thirst’ collection, inspired by the various landscapes of the Karoo, a semi-desert region of South Africa, made with natural fabrics and local artisanal productions and curated with the mentoring of director Massimiliano Giornetti and Professor Filippo Fanini of Polimoda.

‘Karroo Land of Thirst’ by Viviers Studio. Source: Supplied

Speaking at the Cape Town show, Viviers said: “I have learnt so much from this experience. Through the mentoring of the team from Polimoda and the opportunity presented by the Italian Embassy in South Africa, there has definitely been a growth in my design approach and in the delivery of this most recent collection. I am extremely grateful to the Madam Ambassador for championing this initiative.”

Cuculi commented, “Through the Fashion Bridges programme, the Embassy of Italy has enabled the exchange of culture and ideas and the cooperation between the young Italian fashion brands and the emerging creative South African fashion designers. My hope is that this programme continues to add value and growth to all the designers who have participated from the first edition of the project in 2021 until today.”  Bizcommunity

Italy’s Savio to showcase new gen textile machines at ITMA 2023

The Lybra Smartspinner (L) and Proxima Smartconer. Pic: Savio


  • Savio will showcase its Proxima Smartconer and Lybra Smartspinner machines at ITMA 2023 in Italy.
  • The Proxima Smartconer, a winding machine, offers high productivity, low energy consumption, and data connectivity.
  • The Lybra Smartspinner employs a unique spinning technology useful in textile production and offers high production rates at low costs.

Italy-based textile machinery manufacturer Savio will present its latest automatic winder Proxima Smartconer and air-jet spinning machine Lybra Smartspinner at the ITMA 2023 exhibition, taking place in Milan, Italy from June 8-14, 2023. These two machines are the result of the commitment of Savio R&D team in the last four years.

Proxima Smartconer has been designed with the foremost attention to the customer’s needs in the optimal utilisation of a winding machine. The high-tech winding machine is capable of perfectly adapting to demands of connectivity, industry 4.0, and industrial internet of things. It offers high productivity, low energy consumption, premium yarn quality, automation, and data connectivity, Savio said in a press note.

Savio’s new air-jet spinning machine Lybra Smartspinner has been developed with an original spinning technology to serve customers in specific applications of textile production—knitting, home textiles, and sunshades. Air-jet spun yarn has a soft and smooth feel, perfectly adaptable to create functional and fashionable fabrics. Air-jet spinning offers yarn manufacturers the opportunity to produce yarn at high production rates and low processing costs.

One important technology of the Lybra Smartspinner is the Multi Blend System. This onboarding system allows to use two separate slivers, instead of a pre-blended one, directly fed into the spinning unit; inside the spinning chamber, the fibres are mixed together producing a final yarn of the same aspect and features as the standard one. Moreover, the system can modify the composition of the blend directly from the machine PC, without changing the feeding slivers. This allows a reduction in production costs and an optimisation of the preparation lines. So, customers can obtain not just different material blends but also different colour mixtures. This application will be highly appreciated especially for knitting and home textile applications, producing melange knits and fabrics.

The team at Savio is steadfast in providing textile solutions for spinning business growth with unsurpassed customer service, response time, and technical expertise.

Investing in equipment that enables to work faster and reduces manual and repetitive tasks, can increase both efficiencies and overall productivity. The same applies to a new equipment that does more of what is needed, faster, safer, with better quality but with less waste, less maintenance, and less resource usage. F2F

Kyalami Corner hosts Community Lifestyle and Décor Expo in conjunction with Digital Flyer in May and CMH Motorshow in June

Kyalami Corner and Digital Flyer bring the community of Kyalami an exciting Lifestyle and Décor Expo in the last weekend of May and a Motorshow in June

Kyalami, Gauteng – Kyalami Corner, a popular shopping destination in the Kyalami area, will be holding a Community Lifestyle and Décor Expo from 26 to 28 May at the Kyalami Corner Shopping Centre. The Centre will also be presenting the CMH Classics & Supercars Motorshow from 16 to 18 June.

Kyalami Corner is already home to several outstanding home décor stores such as @Home, Trenery Designer Furniture, The Bed Centre, Solid Furniture and Décor, Pure Love Home, PEP Home, Mr Price Home, Home ETC, Easylife Kitchens, Turkish Carpet Gallery and Begin With The End In Mind.

The expo brings together local entrepreneurs as well as Kyalami Corner’s stores to provide customers with an extravaganza of ideas and inspiration for their homes and busy lifestyles. There will be several demonstrations taking place including bespoke furniture pieces, unique homeware and talks from local entrepreneurs making strides in their industry over the weekend of 26 to 28 May.

This will be in conjunction with Digital Flyer, the fastest growing online marketing platform in South Africa, that is more than just a business directory. Their objective is to uplift communities by offering an affordable business listing and marketing skills, allowing any size business to be found easily, resulting in buying from more local businesses, because small businesses and side-hustles also face the same challenges in this new digital era.

In June, car enthusiasts are in for a special treat between 16 and 18 June as the CMH Classics & Supercars Motorshow promises to both excite and entertain car lovers. Whether you are a “petrol head”, industry professional or you simply love cars, the show should hold great interest for you.

Get a chance to meet and network with industry experts, find out how best to maintain a vehicle, how best to restore your classic vehicle, what to look out for when purchasing a car and discover the latest automotive technology. Vintage and classic vehicles share space with modern cars, creating a veritable feast for the eyes for all motoring enthusiasts.

There are still some spaces open for exhibitors for the motor show and interested exhibitors can contact Louis van Wyk on 082 297 8224 or info@epexhibitions.co.za

Winter doesn’t have to be a boring season spent indoors. Join us at Kyalami Corner for exhilarating exhibitions and sensational shows that will bring excitement for the whole family.

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