17 May. 2007

POLLS ARE OPEN FOR THIS YEAR'S SIFAs

Sportswear International is pleased to announce the first-round nominees for the 2007 Sportswear International Fashion Awards (SIFAs). Selected by the magazine’s editors, these first-round nominees in six categories are as follows:

BEST FASHION COLLECTION
Most impressive, saleable, exciting and fashionable collection that is not primarily jeans-based.

10 Feet (The Netherlands), Annhagen (Denmark), Bruuns Bazaar (Denmark), Corpus (USA), DryKorn (Germany), Firetrap (UK), Freesoul (Italy), Henrik Vibskov (Denmark), Material Boy (Australia), Mike & Chris (USA), Nicholas K (USA), Orthodox (USA), Paul & Joe (France) Petar Petrov (Austria), Ra-Re (Italy), Rodebjer (Sweden), Rogan (USA), Scotch & Soda (The Netherlands) and We are Replay (Italy).

BEST DENIM-DRIVEN COLLECTION
Most impressive utilization of denim as the primary base fabric in a collection.

Black Ring (Italy), Bread Denim (USA), Dondup (Italy), Dr Denim Jeansmakers (Sweden), G-Star (The Netherlands), Goldsign (USA), Habitual (USA), Iron Army (USA), J Brand (USA), Lee Authentics (USA), LTB (Turkey), McQ (UK), Mustang (Germany), Nobody (Australia), Nudie Jeans (Sweden), Pace (Sweden), Pepe Jeans London’s 73 line (Spain) and Robin’s Jeans (USA)

BEST SPORTS-STYLE OR STREET COLLECTION
Strongest interpretation of athletic/casual or street style in a collection.

Bjørkvin (Denmark), Blauer (USA), Boxfresh (UK), Converse by John Varvatos (USA), Federation (New Zealand) Franklin & Marshall (Italy), Freddy the Club (Italy), Gsus Industries (The Netherlands), K-Swiss (USA), Roxy (USA), Rvca (USA), Skunkfunk (Spain), Stüssy (USA), Triple Five Soul (USA), Umbro by Kim Jones (UK), WESC (Sweden), Wood Wood (Denmark) and Y-3 by Adidas (Japan/Germany).

BEST SNEAKERS<
Most impressive collection and demonstration of emerging trends in sneakers.

Alexander McQueen by Puma (UK/Germany), Converse (USA), Creative Recreation (USA), D.A.T.E. (Italy), Feit (USA), Keds (USA), Le Coq Sportif (France) Onitsuka Tiger (Japan), Schmoove (France), Swear/Fred Perry by Swear (UK) and Vans (USA).

BEST FOOTWEAR
Most impressive collection and demonstration of emerging trends in non-sneaker footwear.

Baby Phat (USA), Diesel (Italy), Energie (Italy), Feud (UK), Firetrap (UK), Fly London (Portugal), J Shoes (UK), Lacoste (France) Melissa (Brazil), Miss Sixty/Sixty Men’s (Italy), MOMA (Italy), NDC (Belgium), O.X.S (Italy), Rocket Dog (USA), Shoe’shi Bar (Denmark), True Religion (USA), U Roads (Italy) and United Nude (China).

BEST NEWCOMER
Most impressive, saleable and exciting sportswear collection less than two years old.

24/7-Suites by Livio Graziottin (Italy), Affliction (USA), Airbag Craftworks (Germany), B.Son (USA), Carin Wester (Sweden), Eluise (Denmark), Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair (Sweden), Lord Richards (France), Produkt Homme (Denmark), Pudel (Sweden/England), Robert Geller (USA), Samantha Pleet (USA), Smooth Company (USA), Whiteout (Norway), Wonhundred (Denmark).

For the second year in a row, Sportswear International’s readers will again help narrow these lists down to five finalists in each category by visiting (www.sifa.sportswearnet-special.com) and casting their ballots. The online polling station will be open until June 15.

The final list of SIFA nominees will be announced in Sportswear’s July/August issue (#214), out in July. The six SIFA winners will be determined by a panel of prestigious international retailers and announced and featured in a special fashion spread in Sportswear International issue #215, which will be available late August.

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