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Tuesday, September 30

Project Runway on the Outs?

On Friday, Sept. 26, a preliminary injunction was ordered by New York Supreme Court Justice Richard B. Lowe in the lawsuit filed by NBC Universal against the Weinstein Co., producers of the hit reality...

Friday, September 26

Customs Tips for Importers

Los Angeles customs attorney Erik Smithweiss once had a client who misclassified two boot styles being imported into the United States....

The Boyfriend's Back!

Model Agyness Deyn resurrected ’80s tomboy-chic style. And every stylish celebrity from Katie Holmes to Reese Witherspoon—and even Victoria Beckham—have sported the boyfriend jean. The ’80s classic—think...

Hale Bob: Contemporary Label Gets Intimate

You won’t find any dainty polka dots or precious heart prints in Hale Bob’s new intimates line. The 5-year-old brand, known for selling vibrant, attention-grabbing printed tops and dresses, is infusing...

Uber Goes Under

Uber.com , the free online community that allowed users to create unique blogs and Web sites, will go dark on Sept. 29. Launched in 2007 by Glenn Kaino, the husband of Los Angeles-based fashion designer Corey Lynn...

Gap Buys Athleta

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. purchased Petaluma-based active-apparel brand Athleta Inc. for about $150 million in cash. According to a Gap statement, Athleta will become the “fifth tab...

Mood Pops Up in Downtown L.A.

Mood Designer Fabrics has landed in downtown Los Angeles. The growingly popular fabrics store, which has been featured on “Project Runway” and “The Apprentice,” will open a pop-up shop of sorts on the...

Ports to Delay Fee Collection for Clean Trucks Program

The much-debated Clean Trucks Program at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will start as scheduled on Oct. 1. But the fee to fund the program probably won’t go into effect until late October or N...

Bloomie's in the UAE

Bloomingdale’s will open its first international store in February 2010 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Bloomingdale’s parent company, Cincinnati–based Macy’s Inc., struck a licensing deal with UAEbased Al Tayer Group LL...

Barbara Fields Sidesteps Economy in Fund Raising

Catching up with Fashion Industries Guild’s ’Woman of the Year’...

The Industry to Look Ahead at CFA/AAFA Event

The economy and its impact on the apparel industry—including the future of retailing, transportation and international trade—will be on the agenda at an Oct. 21 panel discussion hosted...

Retail Real Estate Co. Launches in O.C., L.A.

Veteran real estate executive Terry Bortnick has formed Argent Retail Advisors, a boutique real estate brokerage catering to retailers and landlords throughout Southern California....

Getting Down to Business at New York Trade Shows

Buyers got down to business at the recent Fashion Coterie, Designers and Agents, The Train and Platform 2 trade shows in New York....

FGI to Host Chargebacks Panel

Fashion Group International–Los Angeles will tackle chargebacks and collections issues at an invitation-only panel discussion on Oct. 29 in downtown Los Angeles....

Not Your Daughter's Jeans Sells 50 Percent Stake in Company

Not everything is doom and gloom in the economy....

Valley Fair Lands Bloomie's, Neiman's

Bloomingdale’s and Neiman Marcus will join current anchors Macy’s and Nordstrom at Westfield’s Valley Fair mall in San Jose, Calif., when the shopping center ...

Lingerie Briefs: Resource Guide

Biatta Intimates, a manufacturer of contemporary and junior daywear, sleepwear, and panties, is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Nobler as an in-house account executive. A 25-year veteran of ...

Dresses From David Meister

Los Angeles–based David Meister, a division of Kellwood Co., is sizing up its dress collection to include sizes from 14 to 24, beginning with the Holiday collection. David Meister dresses are carried by upscal...

Casual Fashions Mean Business at Crystal Cove

Friends told Ron and Linda Beale they were crazy to open their 7,000-square-foot store, At Ease, during a weak economy, but the veteran retailers were convinced it was a risk worth taking. Ju...

Shapely Shadow Debuts Visualization Tool

Malibu, Calif.–based Shapely Shadow has officially released its FastFit360 visual aid for designers and production teams looking to improve speed-to-market and product quality....

FBI Uses the Power of Microsoft to Grow Fashion Businesses

The Los Angeles–based trade organization Fashion Business Inc. has long been an advocate of employing technology within the fashion industry. That relationship is beginning t...

Walsh in at J. Jill

Hingman, Mass.– based The Talbots Inc. named Sue Walsh senior vice president of stores for The Talbots’ J. Jill brand, overseeing sales and operations for J. Jill’s more than 280 stores. She was previous...

Costa Rica Unlikely to Meet CAFTA Deadline

In late February, Costa Rica was given a seven-month extension on its deadline to join the Dominican Republic–Central American Free Trade Agreement, which encompasses six Central American countries and...

Services Planned for Buyer Damenstein

Services will be held on Sept. 25 for Adrian Damenstein, a longtime buyer in the California market....

P.J. Salvage Goes to the Beach

Irvine, Calif.–based loungewear brand P.J. Salvage has launched P.J. Salvage Beachwear for women. Debuting for the Spring 2009 season, the Beachwear collection features sun dresses, ...

French Flair: Lingerie Looks From the Runway in Paris

PARIS—Though lingerie and sleepwear are not often seen by the public eye, Europeans take innerwear just as seriously as the exterior ensemble. Whether it was a sexy black bodysuit or a white baby-doll ...

Levitt Now at Fashion Bug

Jay H. Levitt, the former president and chief executive officer of May Merchandising and May Department Stores International, has been named president of the Fashion Bug retail chain, according to the Fashion Bug’s pa...

4Whatitsworth, Jolna Team Up For New Venture

Alden Halpern and the Jolna brothers, Steve and Kerry, have known each other for more than a decade....

OptiTex Adds Color Manager to 3-D

OptiTex has upgraded its 3-D Runway Designer cloth-simulation software with a new color-management tool, enabling users to choose and change fabric colors in real time and view resul...

PAD Offers Free Marker Service

Patternmakers using PAD System now have the option of obtaining free markers through a new online service offered by the company...

Thursday, September 25

Gen Art Adds Second-Eco-Themed-Event for L.A. Fashion Week

This season, there will be twice as many Gen Art events to go around. On Oct. 9, Gen Art will partner with healthy-snack maker Soy Joy to present Fashionably Natural, a runway show featuring four Los Angeles-based...

Wednesday, September 24

MBFW Announces L.A. Lineup

Today, organizers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios released an expanded list of designers showing during the Oct. 12–16 run of shows at Smashbox’s Culver City headquarters. Some of the usual suspects—including L.A. darling...

Tuesday, September 23

The Slow Ramp-Up to L.A. Fashion Week

Los Angeles Fashion Week is less than a month away and news about who is showing is just barely trickling in.So far, we’ve received word about three shows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios: Las Vegas–based Lana Fuchs Couture, Oct....

Monday, September 22

Barker Expected to Make Full Recovery Following Plane Crash

Musician turned fashion entrepreneur Travis Barker is in critical but stable condition following a Sept. 19 plane crash in South Carolina that killed four and injured Barker and fellow passenger Los Angeles deejay Adam “DJ...

Friday, September 19

Mode City Relocates to Paris

PARIS—While the economy continues to struggle at home, American brands such as the Los Angeles–based lingerie and swim line Undrest are seizing the opportunity to crank the till in markets abr...

DC Opens Fourth in Irvine

Vista-based DC Shoes, a division of Huntington Beach–based Quiksilver, will open its fourth flagship store, which will be located in Irvine. The store will feature many of the details of its Los Angeles store on Melrose Avenu...

Hot Kiss License Sold

Idea Factory—a bicoastal company that designs and manufactures apparel, intimate apparel and accessories—has bought the rights to license the Hot Kiss name....

Luxury Heads to San Diego

Upscale retailers Henri Bendel and Barney’s Co-Op and brands Hermegrave;s, Kate Spade and Juicy Couture will be among the new stores at San Diego’s Fashion Valley shopping center, according to developer Simon Property Group. The 1.7 million-s...

Global Swim Trends at Mode City

PARIS—The

Neman Brothers Opens House for Private Textile Show

Los Angeles converter Neman Brothers recently opened its doors for a private multi-day textile show to showcase the company’s latest designs....

Quality Controlled

The Consumer Product Safety Reauthorization Act makes Intertek's services more vital then ever....

Lucero Moves Atelier to Concentrate on Wholesale

The shuttered windows and “for lease” sign fronting Eduardo Lucero’s Beverly Boulevard retail store and studio had locals wondering what was going on with the Los Angeles–based designer....

Changes at Denim Maker Blue Holdings

Blue Holdings Inc.—the maker of Antik Denim, Yanuk and Taverniti So Jeans—announced that Eric Hohl, its chief financial officer, has resigned....

TPC Hosts Networking Event

The Professional Club will host its first networking event of the fiscal year on Sept. 25 at IlMoro restaurant in West Los Angeles....

Rich & Skinny Takes the Drama Online

A party-hopping heiress, a gold-digging maid, a sexy pool boy and a hidden sex tape. No, these are not the plots of Paris Hilton’s latest exploits, but the Web serial playing out on Rich...

Buyers Dodge Storms and a Tough Economy at Surf Expo

The effects of Hurricane Ike and a slowing economy put a damper on buyer traffic during the Sept. 12–14 run of the Surf Expo trade show, held at the Orange County Convention Center in...

Apparel Industry Keeps Watch on Wall Street's Financial Crisis

Could Wall Street be the Grinch that stole Christmas? ...

California Turnout at N.Y. Fashion Week

California designers and brands joined the lineup at the recent

The Color of Quality

The Partnership between the world's premier color authority and one of the largest chemical producers proves to be a perfect match....

Textile Secret's Bruce Diamond, 69

Longtime sales representative Bruce Diamond died on Sept. 16 from pneumonia. He was 69....

European Textile Show Expands for Third L.A. Run

The European Textile Rendez-Vous will return Oct. 14–15 with an expanded roster of mills for its third run in Los Angeles. This edition will take place at The Standard Hotel Downtown in downtown Los An...

Threads: Resource Guide

Antex Knitting Mills provides knitted fabrics for fashion apparel, lifestyle, and swimwear including single and double knits, ribs, novelties, yarn-dyed stripes, and prints in gauges from 18 ...

Swim Style at Surf Expo

ORLANDO, FLA.—Loud prints in bold colors were the focal point of the Sept. 12

American Rag's Werts Honored by City of Hope

Mark Werts Sr., founder and chief executive officer of lifestyle retail chain American Rag Cie, will be honored as this year’s City of Hope “Spirit of Life” re...

More Lucy Nationwide

Three new Lucy stores will open later this fall when the Portland, Ore.–based activewear retailer opens a store at the Fountains at Roseville in Northern California on Sept. 26, one at the Aventura Mall in Florida on ...

Ports Take Their Show on the Road, Trying to Sell, Sell, Sell

With overall container traffic down at California’s ports, marketing executives are polishing their pitches to sell their facilities as the best place to ship cargo....

Organic Fiber Conference Moves to Portugal

Berkeley, Calif.–based Organic Exchange will host its sixth Global Conference and Marketplace Oct. 14–17 in Porto, Portugal....

Fashion BID Recycling Program Lauded

The Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District’s recycling efforts have been recognized by the Washington, D.C.–based International Downtown Association , whic...

Kingpins Expands Resources in L.A.

Kingpins, the New York–based denim sourcing showproduced by Olah Inc., returned to Los Angeles Sept. 10–11 with an expanded exhibitor roster....

Wednesday, September 17

Elegantly Eco

NEW YORK—According the House of Berardi designer Alexander Berardi, an exquisite piece of clothing is only as beautiful as the woman wearing it. The New York–based designer’s philosophy of promoting self-confidence through...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Born Uniqorn

NEW YORK—Born Uniqorn made its

Monday, September 15

Married by the Mayor

Fashion consultant Roman Valdez was once a fixture at the Gerry Building in downtown Los Angeles. On Sept. 12, he and Wayne Joseph Zahner made history at Los Angeles City Hall when they were married by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa in...

Saturday, September 13

New York Fashion Week Spring ’09: Tadashi Shoji

NEW YORK—Tadashi Shoji fused the purity of light with a modern high-tech edge to create his...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Juan Carlos Obando

NEW YORK—As an art director and fashion designer, Juan Carlos Obando translates his ability to tell a story into his clothing. For Spring, the designer was inspired by the work of Mathew Barney and Tara Dono...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Project Runway

NEW YORK—The “Project Runway”

New York Fashion Week Spring #039;09: Tadashi Shoji

NEW YORK—Tadashi Shoji fused the purity of light with a modern high-tech edge to create his...

Friday, September 12

Nordstrom at The Oaks

Ventura County shoppers have a new Nordshy;strom. The Seattle-based specialty retailer opened a 138,000-square-foot store at The Oaks shopping center in Thousand Oaks. ...

ASR Considering Consumer Show

Kids are the source of an often-heard complaint at surf and skate trade show Action Sports Retailer. Specifically, the complaints are directed at the packs of marauding kids galloping down the aisles at ASR, all on a hunt for free...

Gottex Gets Glitzy

NEW YORK—Inspired by Saint-Tropez, Mykonos and Porto Cervo, the Gottex show was ridiculously sexy. Supermodels Petra and Ana Claudia graced the runway, and every model had a staggering pair of look-at-me legs. The bathing suits captured the look of...

Rock & Republic Keeps It Black, Tight and White

NEW YORK—The Rock Republic show kept everything short and tight with a bevy of celebrities in the front row. Damon Dash, Nina Garcia and Mary-Kate Olsen all watched Chanel Iman and Freja Beha Erichsen parade down the runway in...

Clean Trucks Program Allowed to Go Forward

A federal judge on Sept. 9 issued a decision that favored the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in their fight to have truckers and trucking companies secure operating concessions to pick up cargo a...

Calvin Klein's High Line Bash

New York–based Calvin Klein Inc. celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sept. 7 with a star-studded party at the High Line, the former elevated railway on Manhattan’s West Side, which is soon to become a pu...

Fashion-Focused at ASR

SAN DIEGO—If the runway at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo Sept. 4–6 in San Diego was any indication, surf and skate brands believe in...

Major Drop in Traffic at Nation's Ports

While cargo volumes at the nation’s retail container ports are expected to dip 6 percent this year, economists are warning there may be a traffic jam this October at the ports of Los Angeles and Long B...

Owners of Bay Area Mall File Chapter 11

The owners of the Cupertino Square mall in Cupertino, Calif., have filed for Chapter 11 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California to protect the mall from an impending ...

Quiksilver Profits Up in Third Quarter

Core Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf brand Quiksilver benefitted from stronger than expected sales in Europe in the third quarter. For those three months, Quiksilver realized a net profit of $2.9 million—u...

Zusi in at AnnTaylor

New York–based AnnTaylor Stores Corp. named Paula J. Zusi executive vice president, chief supply chain officer for the comp...

Diane Merrick: Finding What's Next in Cashmere

Diane Merrick was one of the pioneers of Los Angeles’ boutique scene, and her self-named shop could have moonlighted as a finishing school for some of Los Angeles’ fashion and...

Santa Monica Goes SoHo

Macerich’s Santa Monica Place mall will get a new Bloomingdale’s designed after the upscale department store’s SoHo concept store in Manhattan. Smaller than traditional Bloomie’s stores, the two-story, 105,000-square-foot store ...

Little Black Dress Returns-As a Pop-up Shop

Little Black Dress, the multi-city fashion fund-raiser for local charities, returns on Sept. 16—this time as a pop-up store in West Hollywood, Calif....

Tommy Now at Macy's

New York–based Tommy Hilfiger unveiled its exclusive men’s and women’s collection for Macy’s stores. A new Tommy Hilfiger fragrance will also be exclusive to Macy’s until December....

Rodarte's Hybrid Accessories

Sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the design team behind Los Angeles–based Rodarte, introduced an eco-chic candle and bracelet at their Sept. 9 runway show at New York Fashion Week. The eco accessories ...

L.A. Fashion Awards on Hiatus Until 2009

Organizers of the L.A. Fashion Awards are taking a break this season after drawing a veritable who’s who of Los Angeles designers and industry executives to their event for the past three year...

Cherokee Heads to Israel

Los Angeles–based Cherokee Inc. unveiled its new collection, developed in partnership with Shufersal Ltd., which holds the license to produce Cherokee-branded product for the Israeli market. ...

ThreadMe: Destination Oasis in a Crowded Market

Thanks to a jam-packed trade show schedule, it can be overwhelming for every sector in the apparel industry to keep up. ThreadMe www.thread...

Commercial Real Estate Thrives in Downtown L.A.

The real estate market may be in the dumps, but it’s still a seller’s market in the Los Angeles Fashion District, where demand for showrooms and design space is leading building owners to adapt...

ASR Surfs Steady

Although traffic was light, business seemed to be a steady ride at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, despite the continuing turbulent economic headwinds battering many retailers, said e...

Thursday, September 11

Day at the Beach With Lutz + Patmos

NEW YORK—Held in the swanky Pucci Gallery, the Lutz + Patmos exhibition was a star-studded event that was attended by industry insiders. Even Susan Sarandon was on hand to show support for some of her favorite designers. The line...

Betsey's Fairytale

NEW YORK—Betsey Johnson’s front-row guests snacked on “B and J” cupcakes, while her “Romper Room”-inspired runway show merged the ultra sexy with “Peter Pan.” Apparently, the drunken Captain Hook model who...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: William Rast

NEW YORK—William Rast made an impressive

Happy Birthday, DKNY!

NEW YORK—Poor Donna Karan! All she wanted to do was celebrate the DKNY 20th anniversary with a killer Spring 2009 fashion show. Well, she got her wish (kind of). She garnered serious star power for her front row, which included...

Elegantly Waisted

PARIS—It wasn’t hard to miss Velda Lauder’s flashy Swarovski crystal-encrusted and red glittery corsets while walking down the aisles at the Mode City lingerie and swim trade show in Paris. Though the designer is based in London, she could have a second home with the Hollywood crowd....

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Be EcoChic

Hosted by supermodel Angela Lindvall and Sierra Club Executive Director Carl Pope, the Be EcoCh...

Wednesday, September 10

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: House of Cassette

NEW YORK—The House of Cassette made its

Game, Set, Match With Herve Leger

NEW YORK—They might try to go incognito, but don’t let that fool you. Celebrities are abounding at New York Fashion Week, and tennis champ Maria Sharapova was recently spotted en route to the Herve Leger Spring 2009 fashion show in...

Swag Bag Drama

NEW YORK—Curious about what really goes on behind the scenes of the glamorous Bryant Park tents during New York Fashion Week? Let’s be honest, it’s every fashionista within a 100-mile radius clawing her way to grab a swag bag. This...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Herve Leger

NEW YORK—“Bond girls.” That best describes the sexed-up models wearing

New York Fashion Week Spring ’09: Monique Lhuillier

NEW YORK—A trip to the Bahamas inspired Monique Lhuillier’s island-getaway collection. The Los Angeles–based ...

New York Fashion Week Spring #039;09: Monique Lhuillier

NEW YORK—A trip to the Bahamas inspired Monique Lhuillier’s island-getaway collection. The Los Angeles–based ...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Caravan

NEW YORK—Fashion and function merged on the runway when Caravan teamed up with Tide TotalCare to present fashionable “ready to wash”...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Max Azria

NEW YORK—Max Azria stuck to his fashion-meets-function theme for the showing of his

Tuesday, September 9

Gossip Girl vs. Rocker Chic at DVF

NEW YORK—Diane von Furstenberg’s PR team must have been working overtime because her front row looked more like a who’s who of beautiful people. Gracing those coveted seats were Uma Thurman, Rosario Dawson, Molly Sims, Jennifer Lopez and...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Koi Suwannagate

NEW YORK—Koi Suwannagate ventured into new territory when designing her

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Band of Outsiders/Boy

NEW YORK—Scott Sternberg is known for his unorthodox approach to fashion and the Los Angeles designer didn’t disappoint this go-round. The designer, who makes classic American sportswear for the hipste...

Living Lohan at Charlotte Ronson

NEW YORK—The Charlotte Ronson Spring 2009 show was literally packed to the gills with celebrities, fashionistas and paparazzi. And who sat front and center? Lindsay Lohan and her partner in...

Monday, September 8

Spring Fling at Lacoste

NEW YORK—Creative director Christophe Lemaire set the Lacoste Spring 2009 runway show against a backdrop of chirping crickets. The sound set the mood for a Spring-themed presentation that featured classic sportswear,...

Parisian Skate Style

PARIS—As home to Chanel and Christian Dior, France is synonymous with globally influential luxury fashion and ready-to-wear. But when it comes to action-sports lifestyle clothing, I found California brands dominated real estate in the skate store racks...

Keeping Dane's Spirit Alive

SAN DIEGO—At the edge of the lobby of the recent Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, the family of Dane Chandler Williams sat in a vigil hoping to find answers on the unsolved death of the 23-year-old Hurley intern.Williams disappeared after a party during the...

Sunday, September 7

BCBG's Grecian Turn

NEW YORK—Inspired by the fluidity of modern dance, the BCBG designer Max Azria showed deliberate draping with Grecian-esque frocks and serious plunging necklines at his Spring 2009 show at Bryant Park on...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Academy of Art University

NEW YORK—Student shows always bring a refreshing perspective to the fashion runway. And the Academy of Art University proved itself on the forefront of innovative design when the des...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: BCBG Max Azria

NEW YORK—Modern, sophisticated and urban—that was the look of

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Rock & Republic

NEW YORK—Redemption was the theme of

ASR Parties On

SAN DIEGO—The surf may be up or the waves might be flat. No matter the forecast, you can bet the partying is going to be good at the Action Sports Retailer show, held Sept. 4–6 in San Diego.The fun started on a...

Beach Dreaming at Fetherston

NEW YORK—Designer Erin Fetherston combined delicate beauty with stunning shapes in a collection that seemed to float down the runway. Cloud-inspired skirting coupled with a sea of pastels had show-goers daydreaming sweet nothings and the...

Saturday, September 6

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Trovata

NEW YORK—Inspired by his childhood in Michigan, designer John Whitledge created an Ivy League muse to portray the look of his...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Erin Wasson X RVCA

NEW YORK—It was a scene one might expect at a RVCA party. A dingy room on a rooftop on Manhattan’s Lower East side with the requisite musicians, artists, advocates and fashion insiders. Oh, and Erin Wasson. The model–cum–fashion designer was ...

New York Fashion Week Spring '09: Jenni Kayne

NEW YORK—Jenni Kayne examined the theme of power dressing for Spring. It was a nod to the late 1970s and early ’80s when the power suit reigned supreme. Kayne explored ways to update the look into a softer, cleaner version for the woman of t...

Welcome!

Welcome to the new ApparelNews.net blog.It seemed like the best time to launch the blog, with Apparel News staffers off covering stories around the world. Fashion Editor N. Jayne Seward and Contributing Writer Jamie Sharpe are in...

Friday, September 5

Dubiner in at Warnaco

The Warnaco Group Inc. named Jay Dubiner senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of the New York–based company, which produces intimate apparel, menswear, jeanswear, swimwear, men’s and women’s spor...

MAGIC Heats Up With Swim

Las Vegas is always steamy in August, and it was even hotter when swimwear hit the runway at the MAGIC Marketplace....

Ports' Clean Trucks Program Is Not Going Full Steam Ahead

The countdown clock is ticking for the new Clean Trucks Program set to begin Oct. 1 at Southern California’s two largest ports. But many are wondering if the ports will be ready on time....

Ecollection Fashion Show

Eco fashion has moved beyond a trend to a full-scale movement. At the MAGIC Marketplace, the Ecollection fashion...

International, Eco Focus at ASAP/Global Eco

The ASAP Global Sourcing Show returned to the first floor of The Venetian hotel Aug. 24–27 with a small lineup of international exhibitors and a handful of green-themed exhib...

Opportunities Abound at Off-Price Specialist

A challenging economy set the stage for opportunity and change at the Off-Price Specialist Show, which ran Aug. 23–26 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas....

Immediates, Holiday Strong at WWIN

Buyers were out in force at the Women’s Wear In Nevada (WWIN) show, held Aug. 25–28 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, picking up mostly Immediates and Holiday goods and focusing...

ENK Bows New Contemporary Show

Trade show producer ENK International returned to Las Vegas for the first time in several years with a solid showing of contemporary brands, most of which also exhibit atENK...

Tech-knowledgy

Apparel Information Management System (AIMS) is a complete order and production processing system for every sector of the industry, offering integrated EDI, GL integration, shipping integrati...

New Format for New Ecollection Show

The MAGIC Marketplace bowed its new Ecollection show, devoted to all things fashionably green, during the trade show’s Aug. 25–27 run....

California Kicks Off N.Y Fashion Week

California kicked off

New Era for Celerant

Celerant Technology Corp. of Staten Island, N.Y., is another company offering POS systems for the apparel industry. When Buffalo, N.Y.–based New Era Cap Co. Inc., the largest headwear manufacturer in the Unite...

POS-itive Efficiency

Why point-of-sale software is imperative for apparel companies. ...

MAGIC's Buyers Look for New, Timely and Price-Right Items

Going into the MAGIC Marketplace, the largest of the legion of shows that have invaded Las Vegas, exhibitors and retailers expressed trepidation at what they would find on the show floor. Fro...

Connection Suspended

A new report finds that big online retailers' wait-and-see approach may offer opportunityfor small players....

No Sophomore Slump for MRket

The MRket menswear show, held Aug. 24–26 at The Venetian hotel, was about 40 percent larger than its inaugural run last February. Buyer traffic peaked at times to a crowd about two-thirds lar...

Phelps, Speedo Establish Youth Foundation

Warnaco Swimwear’s Speedo division made good on its promise to Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and paid him a$1 million bonus for his record-setting performance during the rec...

New GMO for Goody's

Knoxville, Tenn.–based Goody’s Family Clothing named Lynn Hempe chief merchandise officer for the 286-store chain. A former executive at Marshall Fields, ShopNBC and Shopko, Hempe was most recently seni...

PGA Joins Vegas Lineup

The PGA Fall Expo, held Aug. 25–27 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, convened in Las Vegas for the first time during the MAGIC Marketplace and concurrent apparel, sourci...

Cautious Buyers Make the Rounds at LV Trade Shows

A slow economy did not stop the apparel industry from making the biannual trek to Las Vegas for the MAG...

MAGIC MAN in Vegas

The MAGIC Marketplace showcased

Guild Highlights Upscale Menswear

Guild, a new menswear show, made its debut at Palms Place Aug. 25–27 with 20 brands and a more laid-back vibe than the larger, fl...

Exhibitors Encouraged by Project Sales

Despite a weak economy, vendors reported a booming business at the Project Global Trade Show, heldAug. 26–28 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas....

Pooltradeshow Gets Sophisticated

An increasingly sophisticated and contemporary lineup of brands greeted buyers at the Aug. 25–27 run of Pooltradeshow at the Las Vegas Convention Center....

WWDMAGIC Women's Collections Spring 2009 Fashion Show

It will surely be a colorful summer—if the

Enuke to Head Women's Design at Monarchy

It’s an unlikely pairing, but one that could result in a powerhouse brand. ...

New Faces at Accessories The Show, Moda Las Vegas

Traffic was sporadic at Accessories The Show and Moda Las Vegas, held Aug. 25shy;–27 at The Venetian in Las Vegas, but most exhibitors said they were pleased with the retaile...

Wilhelmina Goes Public

New York–based modeling agency Wilhelmina International Ltd. struck a $30 million acquisition deal with New Century Equity Holding Corp. Under terms of the deal, which is expected to be finalized later this year, Wilhelmina will beco...

Shapewear Key at Lingerie Americas

Body-shaping foundations and practical accessories were a standout at the latest edition of Lingerie Americas, which was hosted at WWD...

August Sales Slow

Traditionally, August is the peak season for Back-to-School shopping. However, retailers reported slow sales during the month, said the New York–based International Council of Shopping Centers...

CurveNV Makes a Splash on the Runway

After two busy days on the show floor, approximately 500 exhibitors and buyers from the CurveNV linge...

T-Notes Resource Guide

Alternative, premium fashion statements inspired by and created for free-thinking individuals everywhere, recently launched Alternative Earth, a collection of the brand’s signature, super-soft crew and scoop neck shirts made from 100% organi...

Gap Slows Store Launches

Gap Inc. has realigned its real estate strategy and as a result will cut its store openings by 10 percent to 15 percent over the next three to five years, said Chief Executive Officer Glenn M...

Food for Football

Los Angeles–based Junk Food Clothing struck a licensing deal with the National Football League to create a “retro-inspired” lifestyle apparel collection for men, women and children. The l...

Audigier Moves to Caesars

The debut of Christian Audigier’s When I Move You Move trade event offered a lot of glitz during its Aug. 25–28 run at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. In return, the event’s producers said...

Sourcing Kicks Off Early

This season, the MAGIC Marketplace shaved a day off its traditional four-day run, but the giant trade show’s Sourcing at MAGIC show opted to stick to the four-day schedule, o...

International Intrigue at CurveNV

Expensive travel costs and a diversity of trade show offerings drew several West Coast buyers from their normal New York buying trips to CurveNV at The Venetian hotel in Las Vegas. This year, there ...

Esprit: Men's and Women's Collections Spring 2009

#8232;Casual yet put together—that was the look of the

Sears' Army Gear

Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based Sears, Roebuck and Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corp., will bow the new All-American Army Brand’s First Infantry Division collection in 550 Sears stores nationwide and on...

Anand Jon Trial Begins as Some Charges Are Dropped

Jury selection for the sex-crimes case against Los Angeles clothing designer Anand Jon was expected to begin Sept. 4, minus half the initial charges filed against him earlier this year....

Thursday, September 4

Mara Hoffman: Colorful Prints and Modern Styling

After offering a few swim pieces for several seasons, New York–based designer Mara Hoffman has added a full swim collection to her eponymous highend contemporary line. Mara Hoffman Swim, which debuted for Holi...

Rachel Pally: Swimwear With Roots in Jersey

Having built quite a following for her flowing, easy-breezy jersey dresses that are oh-so–West Coast cool, Los Angeles–based contemporary designer Rachel Pally has turned her attention to swimwear. “It i...

Swim Diary: Runway to Reality TV

Swimwear designer Ashley Paige takes on TV ...

Waterwear 2009: Huntington Beach

Boardshorts and bikinis are constant sellers in the town known as Surf City USA....

A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz: From Red Carpet to Beach Patrol

For years, A.B.S. by Allen Schwartz has been known for its red-carpet evening gowns and dresses worn by celebs and noncelebs alike...

NSF Clothing: Boardshorts for Surfing...and for Chillin'

Up-and-coming menswear designer Nick Friedberg of Los Angeles–based NSF Clothing is breaking into boardshorts...

Tyler Rose Swimwear: Jetting Back to '80s Glitz

Tyler Rose Swimwear designer Nichole Carroll grew up along the California coast and worked in the surfwear industry for brands such as Toes on the Nose before launching her first swimwear line two yea...

SwimShorts 2009

Get a taste of what designers and manufacturers have in store for their 2009 swimwear and resort collections with these news bites. From mass market to high-end design, whether inspired by nature, nostalgia, ...

Divide to Conquer

Having established a niche, some swim brands are launching diffusion lines to expand their reach....

Seventh Wonderland: Fashion From Down Under

A tiny art deco bauble found among the warren of stands that made up a Paris flea market was the inspiration for a new swimwear line called Seventh Wonderland....