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ITS 2019 - The Finalists

Sincerely True Finalists

The new generations of designers never cease to surprise us and this year's selection - resulting from weeks of deep diving into 800+ projects from over 80 countries and days spent with the ITS 2019 Jury narrowing it down to the actual finalists - is no exception.

" A closer look at the projects - we will be releasing an extensive trends report, stay tuned - highlights common traits among young creatives spread all over the planet. They truly believe in a world with no borders, fluid and inclusive, distancing itself more and more from judgements and preconceived opinions. Male and female declinations are totally forgotten, human beings are now gender fluid. This is a vision that indeed surprises, considering the official version of a society that wants us divided, intolerant, elitist and non-inclusive. This doesn't mean that the new ITS generation has no identity, on the contrary: identity awareness opens to diversity as an enriching factor and mix & match stands as the perfect metaphor for infinite possibilities, giving equal importance to all elements. Sustainability is the starting point for most of the creative declinations we've seen. It had already become relevant in 2016, with a strong focus on workers' conditions (remembering the Rana Plaza tragedy). Today the approach - natural materials & treatments, upcycling, use of waste and discarded plastic - positively surprised us for its clarity of vision. It leaves us with hope for a journey that has just begun in the fashion industry, the world's 2nd most polluting sector. "


Barbara Franchin - ITS Founder & Director



The ITS 2019 Sincerely True Finalists are ready to join the cosmopolitan ITS Family for the Finals on July 12th, 2019 in Trieste, Italy. They come from over 15 nations and once again they represent a global map of the strongest young creativity: Australia, Belgium, China, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Japan, Peru, South Korea, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Taiwan and Thailand:

THE FASHION FINALISTS

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Louis Appelmans - Belgian


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Daoyuan Ding - Chinese


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Annaliese Griffith-Jones - Australian


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Moon Hussain - British


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Cecilia Del Carmen Juarez Balta - Peruvian

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Jimin Kim - South Korean


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Rafael Kouto - Swiss


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Shie Lyu - Chinese


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Yukika Saito - Japanese


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Anni Salonen - Finnish


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Hana Yagi - Japanese


THE JEWELLERY & ACCESSORIES FINALISTS

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Fabia Brüning – German


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Irina Galon - Israeli


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Corrina Goutos - American


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Joanne Guiraud - Swiss


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Skye Gwillim - British


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Yukako Hihara – Japanese


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Hazuki Katagai – Japanese


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Asumi Maeda - Japanese


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Xiaotu Tang - Chinese


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Bingqing Yi - Chinese


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Yunqi Zhang - Chinese


THE ITS FASHION@WORK BY ILLY AWARD FINALISTS

The following designers will be challenged with a radical re-design of the illycaffè coffee aprons:

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Jiaen Cai - Chinese



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Daoyuan Ding - Chinese



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Annaliese Griffith-Jones - Australian



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David Huang - Taiwanese



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Ping-Chieh Hsieh - Taiwanese & Wimonwan Wichaikhamjorn - Thai

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Moon Hussain - British



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Rafael Kouto - Swiss



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Shie Lyu - Chinese



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Anni Salonen - Finnish



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Kelly Toode - Estonian



THE LOTTO SPORT AWARD FINALISTS

The following 3 designers will be required to develop a complete outfit inspired by the world of tennis and revisiting an iconic Lotto sneaker:

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Jimin Kim - South Korean



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Rafael Kouto - Swiss



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Anni Salonen - Finnish








We always ask the jurors to comment briefly on the projects they examined. Here are a few of their opinions:

"ITS is a fundamental pillar for the new generation of designers, essential for the fashion industry. The opportunity to see portfolios from all over the world is a gift that opens one's eyes on how the new generation sees the future!"

Sara Sozzani Maino
Deputy Editor in Chief Vogue Italia, Head of Vogue Talents


"Interesting approach to playful & smart solutions. I felt a gentle breeze of lightness even if the stories of the designers are deep and meaningful. I was fascinated by materials and enchanted by colours! Sustainability still needs to be defined but it shall become a powerful category of its own in the future."

Carlo Giordanetti
Creative Director Swatch International


"I've been very happy to see the attention to social and environmental topics, which are increasingly more present."

Alessandra Rossi
Chief Digital Officer Tomorrow Holdings Ltd


"The portfolios for fashion, accessories and jewellery were varied, rich, both in terms of inspiration and in terms of colour and execution. It was interesting to notice that finally the trend for vintage has disappeared, replaced by more social themes like sustainability, diversity, gender fluidity... they were recurrent in several projects, sometimes in a very direct way, other times more subtly."

Valentina Maggi
Director of Design Practice at Floriane de St Pierre & Associés


"The collections had a significantly high intellectual level and it was very interesting to see the young designers' approach to sustainability. The projects are a reflection of today's scholastic structure: lots of fashion collections and not enough accessories. I think the educational system has to undergo a re-evaluation of how and what information they provide to their students."

Luca Rizzi
Tutoring and Consulting Director Pitti Immagine


"I was very impressed by the amount of high level experimental developments in materials (especially from Parsons!). Also amazing colour, and pattern explanations were in general very impressive. I was at times disappointed by a low level of final product execution which could have otherwise elevated the final project. I also wish I saw more examples of elevated and innovative approaches to sustainability in design, even though there were a couple of amazing examples."

Aitor Throup
Artist, designer, creative director / ITS 2006 Finalist


"Very interesting to see the expected focus on sustainability @ gender further develop itself, as this has been going on now for years and will just become something that will be taken for granted. Would you consider adding a sustainability question in the application form, to answer not only about materials but also covering socially sustainable aspects?"

Michale Kampe
Creative Director Lee Jeans E.M.E.A. & Design Tutor / ITS 2009 Finalist