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Alison A. Nieder

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CCA Showcase SF Style in 2017 Fashion Experience

CCA Fashion Experience

California College of the Arts hosted its annual runway show—called the 2017 Fashion Experience—on the back lot of the college’s San Francisco campus.

Tukatech Introduces New Cloud-Based Solutions for Design Community


Los Angeles–based technology and software company Tukatech is increasing its offerings for the design community.

Funko Acquires So Cal–based Fashion Accessories Company Loungfly


Pop-culture consumer products company Funko LLC has acquired Loungefly, a Southern California–based contemporary fashion accessories company that produces products under licensed brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Sanrio and Pokémon.

Centric Launches Visual Innovation Platform to Share Information Visually Across Company Departments in Real Time


Campbell, Calif.–based technology solutions provider Centric Software has launched the Centric Visual Innovation Platform, a collection of digital boards for mobile devices such as the iPad and the iPhone, as well as large-scale, touch-screen televisions.

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Betches Teams up With JustFab

JustFab is getting its snark back on thanks to a new partnership with Betches, the website, Instagram, book series and store founded in 2011by Jordana Abraham, Samantha Fishbein, and Aleen Kuperman.

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Rag & Bone's LA Sale

Rag & Bone kicks off its LA sample sale this week,

Key Industry Issues on the Agenda at AIMS360 Empowerment Conference


Don Nunnari first began working with True Religion when the premium-denim brand was in its infancy.

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Academy of Art University Honors Vogue Critic Sarah Mower at Graduation Fashion Show

AAU Fashion Show

Sarah Mower, chief critic for Vogue, was the honoree on May 6 when the Academy of Art University in San Francisco hosted its 2017 Graduation Fashion Show.

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ArtCenter Hosts Multimedia Runway Show and Exhibition


ArtCenter College of Design students showcased some of their recent work in the school’s eighth annual Design Runway, an exhibition and multimedia runway show.

Obituary: Menswear Executive and Trade Show Organizer Larry, Hymes, 72

Trade Shows

Menswear executive Larry Hymes died on May 11 of heart failure. He was 72. The New York–born Hymes was best known as a West Coast sales representative for menswear brands such as Louis Alvear Inc.

Upscale Lifestyle Trade Show Coeur Partners With Project Womens

Trade Shows

Coeur, the upscale accessories and lifestyle trade show, is partnering with Project Womens to launch a “premiere apothecary, home and gift trade fair” during the Aug. 14–16 run of Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center n Las Vegas.

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CFF, TALA Present Annual Scholarship Awards


The California Fashion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Fashion Association, and the Textile Association of Los Angeles held their annual 2017 Scholarship Awards luncheon on April 27 at the California Market Center.

Lenzing Takes Eco a Step Further


The producer of Tencel, the closed-loop cellulosic fiber made from eucalyptus-tree pulp, has a new eco-friendly fiber. Austrian fiber maker Lenzing has introduced a new fiber made from cotton scraps and wood.

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Marciano Museum Set to Open May 25

The Marciano Art Foundation, the new L.A. museum founded by Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano, is on track to open May 25.

Twin Dragon Introduces New Eco Initiatives for Denim


Gardena, Calif.–based Twin Dragon Marketing Inc. has introduced several new environmental initiatives for 2017 for the company’s denim facilities in Mexico and Asia.

Simparel Acquires Shopfloor Support LLC


New York–based Simparel Inc. has acquired Shopfloor Support LLC, an Alpharetta, Ga.–based solution that collects production data and provides real-time visibility on the factory floor.

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Woodbury Celebrates Two Anniversaries on the Runway

Woodbury University

Woodbury University’s fashion design student Haibert Keshishi received the Judith Tamkin Fashion Award for most innovative senior collection at the college’s recent annual fashion show, held in downtown Los Angeles.

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Look Sharp

Amazon has been steadily taking a position in the fashion industry for several years. It's latest fashion product takes the mega retailer right into the closets of its customer.

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Cone Highlights New Developments and S/S 2018 Denim Trends at Los Angeles Event

Denim Trends

Greensboro, N.C.–based Cone Denim—the heritage denim mill with operations in the U.S., Mexico and China—recently hosted an event in Los Angeles to highlight new developments and preview trends for Spring/Summer 201

CMC’s June Charity Shopping Series to Benefit Red Eye


The third installment of the California Market Center’s “Fashion With a Cause” charity shopping event is set for June 30 and will benefit nonprofit organization Red Eye.

Centric’s L.A. Event Puts Focus on Implementation, Integration


Two seasoned apparel executives—one with Kate Spade and the other with New Zealand active wool apparel brand Icebreaker—gave their insight into implementing and using Centric Software’s product lifecycle management solutions at an event hosted by the Campbell, Calif.–based software company.

A&E Launches Recycled Core-Spun Sewing Thread


American & Efird, the 125-year-old sewing-thread company based in Mount Holly, N.C., has launched a new industrial sewing thread using Repreve recycled polyester.

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Torso Vintages Pops Up at Neiman Marcus SF

It’s the summer of love at the newly renovated Penthouse on 5 event space at Neiman Marcus’ Union Square store in San Francisco. San Francisco vintage archive and boutique Torso Vintages has collaborated with the tony retailer to create a curated pop-up shop and fashion installation celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

TPC: L.A.’s Networking Group for Industry Professionals


It’s a group that includes factors, bankers, lawyers, certified public accountants, insurance agents and other members of the professional services community that specialize in working with apparel businesses.

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FIDM Debut 2017

FIDM’s Future Designers

Guests at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Debut runway show and scholarship gala were treated to a celebration of the work of students in several programs at the design school, including fashion design, theatre costume design, textile design and interior design.

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Tadashi Launches Fragrance

Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji will introduce his first fragrance this month at Lord & Taylor.

LAmade Among Brands Selected for Target’s LA25 Initiative


Fashion basics company LAmade was one of the brands selected to be featured in Target’s LA25 initiative.

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Raj’s New VYB Collection Defies Conventions

New Swim Line: VYB

Raj Swim’s newest collection, VYB, is set to bow this month with a Spring Break 2017 collection.

CFF, TALA, YMA to Host Annual Scholarship Luncheon


The California Fashion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Fashion Association, will host the 2017 annual scholarship luncheon on April 27 at the California Market Center.

Upscale Offprice Show Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale Planning to Expand to Women’s for Second Run

Trade Shows

The inaugural run of Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale, the upscale off-price trade show, showcased a tightly curated mix of 70 upscale menswear brands and drew buyers from Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Century 21, Tiger Trading, Harry Rosen, Steinmart, TJX Co., Burlington, Ross Stores and Nordstrom Rack.

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Hard Rock's Throwback Collection

Hard Rock International has launched a “Throwback Threads” collection featuring the classic Hard Rock logo from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s paired with “some of Hard Rock's favorite cities,” including Barcelona, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.

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Velvet Acquired by $1.8 Billion Japanese Company


Los Angeles–based Velvet LLC, owner of the Velvet by Graham and Spencer label, has been acquired by Adastria Co. Ltd., a $1.8 billion Japanese apparel company.

Retailers, Brands Sign Up for MAGIC’s First Stop in Japan

Trade Shows

Trade-show giant UBM Americas is preparing for the launch of MAGIC Japan, a joint venture between the MAGIC trade show and JFW-International Fashion Fair, the biannual apparel trade show organized by publisher Senken Shimbun.

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Puma’s Locked-Box Challenge

To reward (and challenge) young athletes, athletic footwear and apparel maker Puma thought inside the box.

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Sale at Nation Ltd.

L.A.-based fashion T-shirt line Nation Ltd. is having a sample sale.

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Staud on Sale

Staud is having a sample sale at the company’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

Nordstrom Taps Infor Cloud-based POS System


Nordstrom is switching to a new cloud-based point-of-sale system run by technology-solutions provider Infor.

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LA Style in the Spotlight at Brand Assembly

To introduce its new creative, co-working space, Brand Assembly hosted a networking event in partnership with The Zoe Report, designer Rachel Zoe’s fashion, beauty, and lifestyle portal. The March 14 event was held at the co-working space, called The Square by Brand Assembly, located on the mezzanine of the Cooper Design Space.

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Fashion Party in the Hollywood Skyline for LAFW Opening Reception!

The rooftop of the W Hotel, Hollywood was the scene of the March 16 opening reception for L.A. Fashion Week, one of the producers of Los Angeles Fashion Week events.

Buhler Yarns Acquired


U.S. yarn spinner Buhler Quality Yarns has been acquired by Samil Spinning Co. Ltd. in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed amount.

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Thomas Wylde’s Luxe Rock 'n' Roll Chic

Los Angeles luxury label Thomas Wylde drew a celebrity-filled crowd at its March 12 runway show at Style Fashion Week at the Pacific Design Center.

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Sprawling LA Market Draws Wide Range of Buyers

LA Market

For many buyers and exhibitors, the March 13–16 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market was the last stop in a long trade-show season that included shows three weeks ago in Las Vegas and New York.

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Denim Days Coming to the U.S.

Denim Days, the week-long denim festival in Amsterdam, will touch down in the U.S. this fall.

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Jacobson’s FashionLink Showroom Moves to New Mart


Peter Jacobson is putting the finishing touches on his new FashionLink showroom on the 10th floor of The New Mart.

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Swarovski Looks to Spring/Summer 2018 for ‘New Perspectives’ Trend Forecast


The macro-trend for the Spring/Summer 2018 season is “disruption.” That was the word from Austrian crystal maker Swarovski, which presented its Spring/Summer 2018 forecast—titled “New Perspectives”—on March 8 at the Tuck Hotel, a newly opened boutique hotel in downtown LA’s fashion district.

Jewelry Show IFJAG Returns in a New Venue

Trade Shows

IFJAG, the jewelry and accessories trade show, returned to Las Vegas one year after hosting its first show in Las Vegas in 2016.

Curve’s Central Location

Trade Shows

This season, for its Feb. 21–23 run, Curve Las Vegas moved from the corner of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to a central location next to the athleisure exhibitors at Project Womens.

Capsule’s Independent Vibe

Trade Shows

This season, Capsule and Agenda shared space in a ballroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The two companies are under the Reed Expositions umbrella, but show organizers made sure to keep each space distinctive and independent with a separate look and music.

Upbeat at Offprice

Trade Shows

The aisles were crowded, the booths were bustling and the exhibitors were upbeat at the Offprice show, held Feb. 19–22 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

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Crowded Trade Show Schedule Cuts in to LA Textile Traffic

LA Textile

Many of the familiar faces walking the aisles at the Los Angeles International Textile Show were missing this season when the longstanding textile show went head-to-head with an apparel trade show in New York.