American Apparel Inc. has a new interim chief executive officer and a new chief financial officer following the resignation of John Luttrell, who took over the two positions in June after the company’s board asked founder Dov Charney to step down.
The Los Angeles International Textile Show gets underway on Sept. 29 at the California Market Center.
Josi Severson’s original prints feature mid-century graphics in a sunny palette. The Minneapolis-based designer has designed fabrics for companies such as Crate & Barrel, Thibaut, Joseph Abboud, Richloom Fabrics and Blu Dot.
American Woolen Co.
A 19th-century textile mill in northern Connecticut is currently humming with the activity of 40 looms making woolen and worsted fabrics for the American luxury market.
Musician, celebrity, fashion icon and provocateur Kanye West was recently spotted teaching a fashion class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in downtown LA.
The 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale is coming back to downtown Los Angeles.
Luxury auto maker Jaguar teamed up with designer Stella McCartney to create fleet of Jaguar XE model cars inspired by the designer and featuring her Superhero print from her Spring 2015 collection.
Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, was featured in the Los Angeles Times “How I Made It” column.
There’s no magic formula for striking the right balance between producing your own brand and producing private-label products for retailers. But having a mix of both can be a good strategy for growing a brand as you maintain a steady stream of production work.
Reality (TV) to Retail
Dom, the collection designed by "Project Runway" season 12 winner Dom Streater is now in Belk stores.
Salt Lake City offprice e-tailer Overstock.com has updated its international checkout system to include payment by Bitcoin.
French technology solutions and equipment supplier Lectra has named Chris Nicolaes managing director for Lectra Germany in Ismaning, Germany.
Apparel technology solutions provider Infor will host “Infor Fashion Meet-n-Learn” on Oct. 15 at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.
Yunique Solutions, an apparel solutions unit of Gerber Technology, has integrated its YuniquePLM (product lifecycle management) solution with Pointcarré textile-design software to better assist clients with reducing sampling costs, speed-to-market and enhancing merchandising presentations.
Lenzing, the Austrian maker of Tencel fibers, is on track to meet its planned production target of 30,000 tons of Tencel fiber at its new production facility at the Lenzing headquarters in Austria.
PJ McCord, former global sales manager for Coats PLC, has joined the team at Buhler Quality Yarns in Jefferson, Ga., as sales executive.
New Line Nor
Henry Duarte is joining the ath-leisure movement, but the Los Angeles designer is putting his signature rock ’n’ roll stamp on the growing trend.
The Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai will honor technology entrepreneur Michael Lefenfeld at its annual gala on Sept. 20 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles.
Greensboro, N.C.–based apparel giant VF Corp., in partnership with International Finance Corp., will provide up to $10 million in financing to VF vendor factories in Bangladesh.
Hudson Yards, the mixed-use $20 billion development on the west side of New York’s Manhattan borough, will have a high-profile anchor when Neiman Marcus opens its first New York store in the center in 2018.
Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences and Shinshu University created silk fibers from silkworms that had been engineered with spider genes.
Visitors to LCAD’s gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif., can check out the work of students in LCAD’s Design + Digital Media Action Sports BFA program in LCAD + Thalia + Vans Collaboration Exhibition.
Zooop iT Up, the maker of fleece onesies for adults recently relocated to Los Angeles.
The new Barbie collection for Forever 21 arrives this week in stores and online.
At the invitation of the California Fashion Association’s Ilse Metchek, I sat on a panel organized by the CFA on behalf of Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles and Abicalçados, the Brazilian Footwear Association.
The Gap has hired David Fincher (director of “The Social Network,” “Fight Club” and the U.S. version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) to direct a series of ads it is calling “Dress Normal.”
Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear has inked a deal with the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys for a collection of co-branded sportswear, outerwear and accessories for men, women and children.
On opening day of the Aug. 18–19 run of CurveNV at The Venetian, a crowd of spa and resort buyers were given a tour of the upscale lingerie and swimwear trade show before participating in a panel discussion about the needs of the spa and resort market.
While many of the Las Vegas trade shows opened on the same day, the Offprice show always kicks things off early, and this season was no exception. The Aug. 16–19 run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center marked the 40th Offprice show.
On opening night of the Aug. 18–20 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories the Show at The Venetian, buyers ended the day browsing the three shows’ upscale men’s, women’s and accessories lines with glasses of complimentary wine in hand.
The aisles at the Aug. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center appeared lighter than usual, but exhibitors reported a strong appointment-driven show where buyers arrived looking for proven brands as well as new lines.
Part tech, part accessory, the QBracelet is a lightweight aluminum bracelet with a rechargeable lithium ion battery inside to charge a cellphone.
With 20 shows spread out over several venues in Las Vegas, I decided to put trade show mileage to the test.
Bernstein, who died on Aug. 18, was the founder of the Lip Service collection of punk rock, Goth and fetish apparel; Kill City, the edgy contemporary men’s and women’s line; goth line Widow and graphics-driven 24 Hours.
Las Vegas Trade Shows
LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.
Drew Bernstein, the founder of the Lip Service and Kill City brands, died on Aug. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.
Manhattan Associates Inc., the Atlanta-based supply chain commerce solutions provider, has acquired the assets of GlobalBay Technologies from San Jose, Calif.–based VeriFone in a move that will extend Manhattan Associates’ omni-channel inventory and order management solutions offerings.
Denim Master Class
Denim pioneer François Girbaud is credited with a lot of firsts in the industry—from stonewash finishing and industrial washing to stretch denim and new silhouettes such as the baggy jean, the pedal pusher and engineered fit.
By 2017, The North Face plans to have all its down 100 percent certified and responsibly sourced using the Responsible Down Standard, a third-party standard.
New York–based Simparel Inc. has hired Lawrence Mora as senior project manager.
ICIX has introduced Direct Test, a cloud-based application to help retailers and manufacturers collect and manage third-party product test results to meet safety and regulatory requirements.
WFXOnDemand, a software solutions provider for the apparel and consumer-goods industries, has launched WFX BI, a business intelligence platform to help customers manage and share data across internal teams and departments.
Park City–based iStabilizer has introduced “the perfect selfie creator,” a monopod and a shutter remote system that lets you take your own photo without the fisheye look that comes with an extreme closeup.
Shopping using a mobile phone, or m-commerce, nearly doubled in the last year as smartphone revenue rose 97.6 percent to $18,237,133, according to Pittsburgh-based mobile commerce platform Branding Brand, which recently released its Mobile Commerce Index.
During its Oct. 20–23 run at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics will host more than 3,500 exhibitors from more than 30 countries. Offerings include a lingerie and swimwear area with more than 80 lace, embroidery and swimwear and lingerie fabrics suppliers.
B2C Goes B2B
Etsy is helping its B2C sellers take the plunge into B2B with Etsy Wholesale, a new program that connects Esty sellers with retailers.
Redesigned WGSN/Stylesight Website
Global trend and style intelligence firm WGSN relaunched its website to combine its strengths with Stylesight, the New York–based trend forecasting firm it acquired last November.
White Crow, the contemporary collection by Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply Inc., has always had a few graphic tees in the collection. But for Spring ’15 and beyond, the company is giving the category a featured spot in the line.
When Cher Park launched her Poprageous collection in 2013, she had to persuade Los Angeles factories to take her small orders. So Park purchased her own sublimation printer and press, which is housed in her new two-room studio in downtown Los Angeles.
Kersh and Press
Ever since sister brands Kersh and Press launched, the two collections have included graphic tees.