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Alison A. Nieder

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IndieSource Founders named to Forbes ’30 Under 30’

Manufacturing

Indie Source founders Zack Hurley and Jesse Dombrowiak were recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the publication’s annual list of rising stars under 30 years old in a host of industries.

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Designer, Guest Lecturer, Icon: Zandra Rhodes

Designer Zandra Rhodes will discuss her career designing fashion and costumes at a Nov. 28 event organized by The Chimera Project and the Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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‘Project Runway’ Winner is L.A.–based Fashion Instructor at FCI

‘Project Runway’ Winner

The 16th season of the fashion reality show “Project Runway” concluded with the top prize going to Kentaro Kameyama, the first Japanese winner of the long-running Lifetime television show.

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CFDA Hosts Incubator Showcase in Hollywood

CFDA Hosts Incubator

The Council of Fashion Designers of America returned to the W Hotel in Hollywood for a Nov. 16 showcase featuring designers in the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program.

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Swatch What Happened Next

The watch business these days is dominated by connected smart watches, high-tech timepieces and status brands. But there once was a time when the watch revolution came in a plastic box.

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Black Friday, A History

Gear up for Black Friday—and the rest of the Holiday season, for that matter—with a little history lesson.

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The Project Runway Winner Is...

There was plenty of drama going into the finale of “Project Runway,” with four designers with very distinct points of view competing for the top prize.

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Avery Dennison Helps Rebecca Minkoff Connect to Customers Through the #AlwaysOn Handbag

#AlwaysOn

Rebecca Minkoff’s #AlwaysOn handbags feature technology that allows customers to receive exclusive offers, product recommendations and video content. But that’s not all the bags can do, according to a recently released study.

Dreamgirl CEO Scharff Leaving Company

Manufacturing

Christopher Scharff, chief executive officer of DG Brands, parent company of the costume and lingerie label Dreamgirl International, is leaving the company after 14 years to pursue other ventures, according to the company.

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Bendoni Breaks Down Trend Science at FGILA Event

FGILA

When Wendy K. Bendoni got her start in the trend-forecasting business, the job involved multiple overseas trips to international fashion capitals with a long lead time to distill the trends for the upcoming season.

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Then and Now Opens at Platform

Then and Now is a temporary collective of apparel, accessories and lifestyle merchandise.

Messe Frankfurt, SPESA to Continue Co-Producing Texprocess Americas

Trade Show

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas and trade-show producer Messe Frankfurt Inc. announced they have extended their contract to co-produce the Texprocess Americas trade show through 2032.

Raphael Camp Joins Eurovet Americas, Curvexpo as General Manager

Trade Show

Eurovet Americas, the U.S. division of Paris-based trade-show producer Eurovet, has a new general manager.

Agenda, Liberty, Capsule launching Assembly Conference in Las Vegas

Trade Show

Three apparel trade shows are teaming up in Las Vegas to launch a conference for retailers and brands that will feature keynote speakers and workshops as well as industry services and tools.

Creora and Bossa Team Up for Xplay

Denim

Korean fiber and yarn company Hyosung Corp. and Turkish denim mill Bossa are introducing a new collection of bi-stretch denim at the Nov. 14–15 run of Denim Première Vision in Paris.

Gerber Technology Brings Ideation Conference, Tim Gunn to Los Angeles

Technology

For the first time, Gerber Technology hosted its Ideation technology conference in Los Angeles, where visitors to the three-day event previewed software demos, panel discussions, runway shows, a design contest and a “fireside chat” with “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn.

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YKK’s Remote-Zip Future

YKK has released a video demonstrating the zipper of the future—which is currently in development at the Japanese zipper and fastener maker.

CFDA Hosts Event With DHL, Accenture in Los Angeles

Events

About 25 manufacturers, suppliers and designers discussed collaboration, transparency and supply-chain efficiency at an Oct. 26 event hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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Fashion Industries Guild Celebrates 60 Years of Stylish Service

Fashion Industries Guild

Members of the Los Angeles fashion community turned out to honor Sabrina Kay and Anine Bing on Oct. 14 at the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills. The black-tie affair featured cocktails, dinner and an awards ceremony that recognized this years’ honorees and celebrated the organization’s 60th anniversary.

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Artisan Cloth’s New L.A. HQ Showcases International mix of Premium Denim

Artisan Cloth

Brad Alden Mowry and Danielle Lee are putting the finishing touches on the new 2,600-square-foot showroom space in downtown Los Angeles for their denim textile company, Artisan Cloth.

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Make-A-Wish Young Legends Event Returns With Celebrities—On and Off the Runway

Make-A-Wish

Designer Christian Cowan—who has created iconic looks for Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Cardi B—was the featured designer at the Oct. 24 Make-A-Wish Young Legends fund-raiser at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

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FCI Highlights Students’ Work and Guest Designers from ‘Project Runway’

'Runway' Star

FCI Fashion School hosted its most recent runway show on Oct. 5 at a studio space in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. Several hundred guests turned out to see the show, which featured designs by seven FCI students and four designers competing in the current season of fashion reality show “Project Runway.”

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DSTLD Pops Up in West Hollywood

Luxury essentials brand DSTLD has opened a new pop-up shop in West Hollywood.

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Goldschmied Introduces Denim Capsule Made with Lenzing Refibra

Textile

At the Oct. 25–26 run of Kingpins Amsterdam, denim designer Adriano Goldschmied introduced a denim capsule collection made with Refibra, a newly launched fiber developed by Lenzing AG, the makers of Tencel.

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Eastman’s Newest Cellulosic Blends Sustainability and Comfort in an Easy-Care Fiber

Textiles

Kingsport, Tenn.–based Eastman has been making cellulosic fiber for decades, but its newest product tweaks the formula to offer a sustainable fiber with easy-care attributes.

Nicholas Nunnari Joining CIT’s West Coast Office

Finance

CIT named Nicholas Nunnari vice president and business development officer for the company’s commercial services team in Los Angeles under the direction of CIT Western Regional Manager Darrin Beer.

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ITG Closing Cone’s White Oak Denim Mill

Textile

After 112 years in operation, Cone Denim’s White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C., will close at the end of the year.

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True Religion's Military Campaign

True Religion has joined the military—but only for a limited time.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

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Epson’s Latest Printer Aims for High-Speed Production Users

Technology

Epson America, the Long Beach, Calif.–based U.S. division of Japanese print technology company Seiko Epson Corp., has a new wide-format printer for dye-sublimation transfers that is designed to provide the speed and accuracy needed for medium- and high-volume printing.

Yummy & Trendy Launches Made-in-America Collection With Eco-Friendly Fabric

Manufacturing

Veronica Rosas launched her new collection, Yummy & Trendy, with a mission to created premium activewear with high-performance fabrics.

LA Textile Show’s Mix Includes Fiber, Fabric, Factories and More for Sourcing from Concept to Creation

Trade Shows

Traffic ebbed and flowed during the Oct. 2–4 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center, where exhibitors included just about every point along the apparel supply chain.

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Queen Victoria: On Screen and IRL

“Victoria & Abdul” Designer Consolata Boyle

“Victoria & Abdul” costume designer Consolata Boyle recently dropped by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the FIDM Museum & Galleries to discuss her work.

Lenzing’s Adds Traceability to its Sustainability Message With EcoVero Viscose

Textiles

Fiber maker Lenzing has launched a new line of viscose fibers that are both environmentally friendly and traceable.

Archroma Takes Another Stake in M. Dohmen SA

Textiles

Swiss color and specialty chemical company Archroma has taken an additional stake in M. Dohmen SA, a maker of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel industries.

Mayor, NJAL Host Meeting With Apparel, Creative Community at City Hall

Retail

Mayor Eric Garcetti and Not Just a Label, the organization that represents independent designers, hosted a meeting featuring members of Los Angeles’ creative community.

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Taking Style to the Street

Street style art lovers flood the streets and galleries of the CCAD

Twin Dragon Introduces New Denim With Performance, Sustainability Qualities

Gardena, Calif.–based Twin Dragon Marketing is rolling out new denim made with Unifi’s Sorbtek wicking fiber as well as with Unifi’s recycled Repreve fiber.

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LA Manufacturer Launches Nonprofit Mobile Laundry to Aid City’s Homeless

Manufacturing

A chance encounter with a homeless woman sent apparel manufacturer Jodie Dolan on a path to connecting her 13-year-old manufacturing business with doing social good.

Vecchiarelli’s Fashion Supplies Inc. Closing After 85 Years, Four Generations

Retail

For 85 years, four generations of the Vecchiarelli family have been selling apparel supplies to manufacturers in Los Angeles. But in December, owner Joe Vecchiarelli is closing the family’s retail operations.

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Taking Screen Printing to the Streets

An artists’ collective in Berlin has found a way to put the “street” in streetwear graphics.

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Designing the Look of “This is Us”

Designing the Look

Members of the cast of “This Is Us” were on hand for an Aug. 28 event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, amid the costumes of the 11th annual “Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition.

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Textile Design Winner

Hank Pola Scholarship

Megan Weitz, a textile design student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, received the Hank Pola Scholarship at an Aug. 28 reception at the design school’s FIDM Museum and Galleries in downtown Los Angeles.

Obituary: Paul Schnell, Designer for Don Loper, Ernst Strauss, Da-Rue of California, 90

Fashion

Designer Paul Schnell died earlier this year at the age of 90. Best known as the designer for Ernst Strauss, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer of high-end women’s apparel in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Schnell’s last job in the industry was as designer at Da-Rue California Inc., the maker of upscale updated apparel.

FBI’s Harder Among the New Team at Yonduur

Technology

Frances Harder has a new gig. The founder and president of Fashion Business Inc., the fashion nonprofit that recently shuttered after nearly 20 years, has joined the board of advisors at Yonduur, an online marketplace for closeouts, overstock and excess inventory.

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Z Supply Taps Maui and Sons for Icons of Culture

Icons of Culture

After taking a look at classic surf heritage brands Ocean Pacific and Gotcha, Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply LLC has unveiled the next brand in its Icons of Culture series: Maui and Sons.

Pool Provides a Showcase for Up-and-Comers and Indies

Trade Shows

UBM’s Pooltradeshow has always been a venue for independent and up-and-coming apparel and accessories brands. The Aug. 14–16 show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center returned to its prime location next to Project near the shuttle bus drop-off.

Bustling at Stitch

Trade Shows

For the second season, Stitch, UBM Fashion’s show for upscale women’s apparel and accessories, was located next to Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The location proved to be ideal for many of the exhibitors at Stitch, who were steadily busy throughout the Aug. 14–16 show.

Curve Las Vegas Showcasing Swim, Lingerie

Trade Shows

The Manhattan Beachwear booth at Curve Las Vegas, held Aug. 14–16 within Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was a flurry of activity with appointments and drop-by traffic for the company’s swim, activewear and resortwear collections.

Coeur x Project Debuts in Las Vegas

Trade Shows

This season introduced a new section at Project Womens, Coeur x Project, a partnership between Project owner UBM Fashion and Coeur, the 6-year-old trade show focused on lifestyle lines, accessories and gifts.

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