By Andrew Asch | April 1, 2021
When Asher Shalom visited some family members in Los Angeles in 1988, he surveyed the metropolis’s fashion scene and saw an industry that had excelled at milling fleece and denim, but he thought that the city’s business had been coming up short in milling novelty fabrics. Shalom had fallen in love with Los Angeles after visiting from his native Israel and wanted to move to the City of the Angels. He believed he had something to add to the city’s fashion business through his background in fabric engineering. He started the novelty mill Asher Fabric Concepts in 1991.
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The longstanding tie-dye trend remains strong, yet styles in updated iterations are more of a modern dream than a trippy daydreamer. Traditional tie-dye is updated in bold electric blues, greens and pinks. New patterns move beyond the well-known starbursts into those reminiscent of marble or knots.
As wanderlust for vacation locales consumes those who have been homebound, tropical patterns showcase lush palms, dainty fern leaves and vibrant florals, providing inspiration for getaway wardrobes. Tropical floral prints are complemented by warm yellows, bright reds, cool blues and electric hues.
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Patterns in geometric shapes, regardless of their modern aesthetic, often seem to borrow from the past. New shapes in geometric-patterned fabrics pay homage to the 1960s and 1980s while yielding a style that also boasts fresh colors.
Recently, manufacturers of materials made from and processes used to treat fibers that are used in outdoor, active and athleisure apparel have made advancements that allow consumers to feel more confident that their purchasing decisions will look good and also contribute to a healthier earth and potentially reduce threats to the environment.
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