All roads lead to Asia! – The week in review

All roads lead to Asia! – The week in review
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Team R2W is back from summer holiday and ready to ride! This is the digital fashion+luxury news that you need to know for the week ending Friday, September 2, 2022. Higher education seems to be a recurring theme this week. And as usual, RTFKT is a showstopper! Step into a world...

Hermès filed a trademark application covering the metaverse and related web3 items. Maybe this play is in response to their pending legal suit against Mason Rothschild and his Metabirkins project. Regardless, it's a 🌊 ! [Cointelegraph]

Auroboros is launching an academy as part of the Parsons School of Design fashion management program. Digital fashion continues to make inroads into elite higher education institutions. [Twitter]

Hong Kong creative hub PMQ presents FabriX, a class of 12 designers in the HK who are entering the digital fashion space. Opening with a IRL exhibition, the capsule collections will then drop on DMAT and finally roll out to DRESSX and BlueArk by the end of September. All roads lead to Asia! [WWD]

RTFKT opened up forging for the CLONEX SZN 1 drop. The Nike-owned digital streetwear brand regularly sets the standard in the space for culture and drop mechanics, though they have a rabid and demanding community that they must please. Dive into the lookbook, and vote for your favorite skin on the poll in our Telegram channel. [RTFKT]

Genies opened their fashion marketplace The Warehouse to the general public. Users can create their own avatars and buy digital fashion pieces to outfit them. A select group of creatives will be the first allowed to design collections, among them the photographer and influencer Tati Bruening. Genies recently earned a $1B valuation. That's a big warehouse to fill! [TechCrunch]

DRESSX will launch a collection of wearables on the metaverse platform Zepeto. These five digital looks are designed in collaboration with the influencer Monica Quin. The sun never sets on the DRESSX virtual empire! [Fashion United]

Institute of Digital Fashion is linking up with Selfridges for the Superfutures Symposium, an exploration of sustainable practices and the future of fashion. The curated program is composed of workshops and discussions. London folks, book your tickets now. [Selfridges]  

Nolcha Shows is producing a web3 event at New York Fashion Week. The program includes runway presentations, exhibitions, panel discussions and more. A list of participants and a preliminary schedule is already available. [Cointelegraph]

Digital Village partnered with University of Oxford Press on user-centered research into 3D virtual worlds. Heady stuff! In related news, the DV multiverse is set to launch in September. [Twitter]

Dour Darcels, the community NFT collection, is launching a new collection of fashion NFTs. These will become virtual clothing bundles that can be used in an upcoming fashion-focused blockchain game that the project is releasing during New York Fashion Week. Is the future of fashion in gaming? [NFT Evening]

Digital Fashion Week NY sent out a call for designers who are interested in collaborating with college students. The aim is for students to be able to work with the designers as case studies in creating a digital strategy for them. DMs are open. [Twitter]

Nick Knight, founder and director of SHOWstudio, is making his debut NFT drop with the project ikon-1. This will in effect be the first step for SHOWstudio into the web3 space. Dive right in folks! The water is fine. 💦 [PR Newswire]

Courtesy of RTFKT and Nike
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