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Alison A. Nieder

Stories by Alison A.

Boutique Retailers Turn Out to Order Immediates, Spring Merchandise at FMNC

Trade Shows

The weather outside was Northern California cool and gray, but the mood—and the merchandise—inside the San Mateo Event Center was sunny as retailers from across the Western U.S. turned out for Fashion Market Northern California to place orders for Spring goods.

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FBI’s Fashionable Fund-Raiser

Los Angeles Fashion Week

For its sixth-annual All Aboard Runway Show & Fund-Raiser, Fashion Business Inc. returned to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Crowded Schedule at LA Market

LA Market

The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week: California Collections

LAFW: California Collections

More than 100 designer lines graced the runways of Los Angeles Fashion Week, with six events spread out over a four-week span.

MAFI Award Winner Named at FBI’s All Aboard Runway Show


The winner of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award (MAFI) was announced at the sixth-annual Fashion Business Inc. All Aboard Runway Show at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

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Embroider Like It’s 1330

Textile Exhibition

The Victoria & Albert Museum's “Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery” exhibition features embroideries from the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week: On With the Shows

On With the Shows

There are more than 100 collections participating in this season’s Los Angeles Fashion Week, which is spread across six events over the course of a four-week span.

FBI Sets Lineup for All Aboard Runway Fund-raiser and MAFI Award


Fashion Business Inc. will return to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 18 for the sixth annual All Aboard Runway Show and presentation of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring’17 Kick Off

LAFW '17 Kick Off

The Los Angeles Fashion Week event known as LA Fashion Week, now in its third season, hosted its runway shows at the Hollywood Athletic Club

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Three Dots Launches Plus Sizes

Three Dots

Three Dots has been known for its American-made luxe basics in ultra-soft fabrications since the Garden Grove, Calif.–based company was founded in 1995. But Three Dots sizes only ran from XS to XL—until now.

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Gigi Hadid Joins Reebok Campaign

International supermodel Gigi Hadid is the newest face of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign to “celebrate the beauty of imperfection.”

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Wrangler on the Runway

It was all about ’70s denim and apparel when Wrangler presented a runway show at its North American headquarters in Greenboro, N.C.

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Charting a Block-Printed Path from DTLA to India

Textile Design

Local textile designers Hopie Stockman and Lily Stockman, founders of LA-based Block Shop, take New York Times readers on a textile tour through India.

Factory Direct Returns With Focus on Sourcing Opportunities for Small to Mid-sized Companies

Trade Shows

Manufacturers looking for low-minimum sourcing and larger companies looking for domestic sourcing opportunities turned out at the Sept. 26–28 run of Factory Direct at The New Mart in Los Angeles.

LA Textile Show Draw Mix of LA Brands, NY Manufacturers and International Attendees

LA Textile Show

The Sept. 26–28 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show drew a diverse crowd.

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Directives West: S/S ’17 Trends of the Season

Directives West

The key looks for Spring/Summer 2017 got the spotlight treatment when Directives West presented its runway show on Sept. 27 in the California Market Center Fashion Theater during LA Majors Market.

TukaTech Takes CAD to the Cloud


Los Angeles–based equipment and software solutions provider Tukatech has introduced Tukacad Professional Edition on the Cloud, a computer-aided pattern making, grading and marker software solution that allows users to begin working with the program as soon as they subscribe.

CCA Names John Bauernfeind Chair of the Fashion Design Program


John Bauernfeind has joined the California College of the Arts as the chair of the Bay Area college’s Fashion Design Program.

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Brazilian Mill Kalimo Opens in DTLA

Kalimo Opens in DTLA

After a successful run at the Los Angeles International Textile Show last March, Brazilian mill Kalimo opened a permanent showroom in downtown Los Angeles.

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Celebrating Textiles in NY

The newly launched New York Textile Month celebrates the textile research and design process, as well the environmental impact of the textile production process.

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Milano Unica Bows in New Location, Eyes Possible Date Change in 2017

Milano Unica

Exhibitors and attendees at the Sept. 6–8 run of Italian textile trade show Milano Unica were pleased with the show’s new location at Fiera Milano Rho, the massive convention-center complex located on the outskirts of Milan.

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True Religion x Russell Westbrook

True Religion and pro-basketball player Russell Westbrook are preparing to release their latest fashion collab.

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Indonesian Inspiration

Jakarta-born designer Anniesa Hasibuan took inspiration from her birthplace for her latest collection, shown on Sept. 12 at New York Fashion Week.

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Alitalia’s New Look

Alitalia recently unveiled new uniforms designed by Milan-based haute couturier Ettore Bilotta.

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New Sizes for JustFab

El Segunda, Calif.–based e-commerce subscription site JustFab is launching an “all size” campaign featuring model Candice Huffine to promote its new extended sizes.

Gerber Technology Shares Sold to American Industrial Partners


San Francisco–based private-equity firm Vector Capital has sold its shares in software and equipment maker Gerber Technology to American Industrial Partners for an undisclosed amount.

Mahoney named CEO at Manhattan Beachwear


Manhattan Beachwear named Kevin F. Mahoney chief executive officer of the Cypress, Calif.–based company.

Beer Named Western Regional Sales Manager at CIT


The CIT Group Inc. named Darrin Beer Western regional sales and portfolio manager for the company, replacing Mitch Cohen, who has retired.

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Skingraft Celebrates 10th Year With Fashion Performance in DTLA

10 Years of Skingraft

In recent years, Los Angeles label Skingraft has been showing its men’s and women’s collections at New York Fashion Week. But to celebrate the label’s 10th anniversary, designer Jonny Cota and his brother and company cofounder, Christopher Cota, hosted a fashion show and party in downtown Los Angeles on Aug. 26.

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Bundle Up Like Beckham

Columbia Sportswear has teamed up with British soccer—ahem, football—team Manchester United to launch a line of outerwear designed for Man U fans around the world.

MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show Bow in New Locations

Trade Shows

The recent Aug. 15–17 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show was the first since the three shows were purchased by MAGIC and Project parent UBM and the first in its new Las Vegas location—the Mandalay Bay Convention Center—after almost 10 years at the Sands Expo.

Curve Relocates to Mandalay Bay

Trade Shows

This season, Curve at MAGIC became Curve at Project as the upscale lingerie and swimwear trade show moved to a new space alongside Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center after two seasons at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Project Womens: Following the Flow of Traffic

Trade Shows

Traffic reports at Project Womens were difficult to read. Some said opening day at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center was sluggish but added that they still worked with major retailers.

Vegas is a One-Stop Shop—Spread Out Across Multiple Categories and Venues

Trade Shows

The recent Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows offered a comprehensive overview of the apparel market for buyers who zipped between the many shows and venues.

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Nick Verreos’ Fashion By the Book

Looking for advice, insight and a little gossip about the fashion industry? You are in luck. Nick Verreos—fashion designer, red carpet commentator, former fashion design instructor and “Project Runway” contestant—is here to help.

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Verdad Heading to NY

Louis Verdad is heading to New York to host a fashion installation at New York Fashion Week featuring the launch of his new Verdad collection.

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Skechers Skips Over to One World Trade

The latest brand to join the shopping district at New York’s One World Trade Center is Manhattan Beach, Calif.–based footwear label Skechers USA.

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Buyers Navigate a Shuffled Trade Show Lineup in Las Vegas Shows

Vegas Trade Shows

Buyers returned to Las Vegas to find a newly shuffled layout during the Aug. 15-18 run of the apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows.

Messe Frankfurt Launching Upscale Off-Price Trade Show in New York in 2017

Trade Shows

New off-price show in New York will keep up for shoppers' demands for cheaper items.

Emerald Expositions Buys Swim Collective, Active Collective Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, have a new owner. Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, has purchased the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based show for an undisclosed amount from Shannon Leggett, the founder of Swim Collective and Active Collective.

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Raffi: Art Meets Tee

Art Meets Tee

Most buyers know Raffi Mauleon from his 15 years as vice president of sales and merchandising for Los Angeles collection Citron, but the designer’s career has also included working with West Coast labels Sue Wong, L. Bates and Product by Elaine Kim.

Jeanologia Touts ‘One Glass, One Garment’ at Sourcing at MAGIC


At the Aug. 14–17 run of Sourcing at MAGIC, Spanish laser-finishing company Jeanologia discusses sustainable solutions for denim makers, including the “one glass, one garment” process.

Jimtex and Denim North America Team Up to Launch Sustainable Denim Using Recycled Cotton


Denim North America and Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., have teamed up to launch a new sustainable denim collection called R3 Denim.

Goldschmied to Discuss Denim Innovation at Project

Trade Shows

Denim designer Adriano Goldschmied is discussing the “past, present and future of denim” at an event titled “Adriano Goldschmied Unthreaded” during the Aug. 15–17 run of the Project trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Groupon: Get Your Fitness On

Plenty of people have scored a steal on yoga classes and fitness bands on Groupon. Now the online deal site is expanding its reach into your fitness regimen with the launch of its own private-label activewear brand.

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FIDM and Outlander's Terry Dresbach on Creating Characters

FIDM's 10th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition

FIDM, which recently opened it Art of Television Costume Design exhibition with Emmy-nominated costumes from Game of Thrones, American Horror Story: Hotel, Downton Abbey, Roots, Transparent and Outlander, recently hosted a talk with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach.

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Bailey44 Opens First Store


Los Angeles contemporary brand Bailey44 made the leap to retail with the opening of its first flagship store in the new Lido Marina Village complex in Newport Beach, Calif.

Terrot’s New Corizon Machine Combines Spinning and Knitting to Save Time, Money and Energy


Members of the U.S. apparel industry turned out recently at a demonstration of a new machine that combines the functions of a spinning machine and a knitting machine.

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Making the Most of a Quiet LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market for Holiday/Resort 2017 appeared to be dead on arrival, but signs of life existed.

Lucy Introduces Extended Size Range


Lucy, the Alameda, Calif.–based activewear brand, is launching a new extended-size range.