December 6, 2018 YKK EXCELLA® Fin Zipper Wins 2019 German Design Award

YKK Corporation (Headquarters: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Hiroaki Otani; hereafter, YKK) is pleased to announce that EXCELLA® Fin, a new product in the EXCELLA® series(*1), was named a German Design Award Winner for 2019 in the Lifestyle and Fashion category. EXCELLA® Fin was developed by YKK Europe Ltd.'s Fastenings R&D Center in Italy
The German Design Award is administered by the German Design Council. It selects the very best designs in Germany from a pool of products that previously won international design awards, such as the iF Design Award(*2) and Red Dot Design Award(*3). EXCELLA® Fin was a recipient of a 2018 Red Dot Design Award, and this has now been followed up with the German Good Design Award 2019.

The latest product in the EXCELLA® series, EXCELLA® Fin combines an elegant and dynamic appearance with a functional "fin" structure. It is used mostly in the European and North American luxury goods sector, for men's and women's attire, shoes, handbags, and suitcases.
 YKK will remain committed to the development and proposal of new fastening products.

[Assessment of the German Design Council]
The jury praised the innovative approach and the harmony of design and functionality, in which the fin structures on the elements increase the durability of the product.




(*1): EXCELLA®: Luxury zipper with fully polished zipper elements that lend it an elegant brightness.
(*2): iF Design Award: One of the most prestigious global design awards in the design industry.
Based in Hanover, Germany, each year the award recognizes superior designs in industrial products and other fields around the world.
(*3): Red Dot Design Award: An international product design award sponsored by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen of Essen, Germany.

[Product Features] The fin shapes created with YKK's sophisticated pressing technology help prevent tape fray caused by slider friction. This extends the life of bags, shoes, and garments. As with other products in the EXCELLA® series, each and every element is carefully polished over its entire surface before being attached to the tape for a luxury look and feel. Many variations are available, with different kinds of plating, tape color, and more. 
 [Color Options]


Tape: YKK Global Color Card/Standard
Elements: All currently available EXCELLA® color options, including silver, light gold, antique brass, black, etc.



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