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Alison A. Nieder

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French Tanneries Make Their West Coast Debut at the CMC

French Tanneries at CMC

The California Market Center played host to a small coterie of French tanneries when six companies showcased their upscale leathers for apparel, accessories and home décor July 13–14 in a suite on the CMC’s eighth floo

Solo Active Collective Draws Diverse Retailers, Prepares for Move to Anaheim, Calif

Trade Shows

The Active Collective trade show, focusing on activewear and athleisure apparel, returned to Huntington Beach, Calif., for its July 18–19 run, which is slated to be the show’s last at the tony Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa.

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Otis Students Take on Frozen Style

Disney Design Challenge

Otis College of Art and Design and Disney took inspiration of the animated film “Frozen,” for a reality show-style challenge that was documented in the “Disney Design Challenge” web series on DisneyStyle.

Gunn Coming to Ideation 2017 LA

Events

Gerber Technology is preparing for its Ideation 2017 conference, set for Nov. 1–3 at the Sheraton Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif.

LA Event to Pay Homage to the Ebony Fashion Fair

Events

In a nod to the Ebony Fashion Fair, the Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition—or FLAIR Inc.—will host a two-day event in July honoring supermodel Pat Cleveland as well as actors Richard Roundtree (“Being Mary Jane” and “Shaft”) and Judy Pace (“Cotton Comes to Harlem”).

Intertek Adds New Testing Services for Activewear, Leathergoods

Technology

Intertek, the Chicago-based quality-assurance provider, has expanded its textile testing services to meet the needs of the makers of activewear and leather goods.

Gerber’s Sam Simpson Retiring After 47 Years With Company

Technology

After 47 years with Gerber Technology, Sam Simpson announced plans to retire, but the longtime technology executive will continue to serve as a consultant to the Tolland, Conn., company as well as acting as a special adviser to Gerber Chief Executive Officer Mohit Uberoi.

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Get Your Greylin On

Mark your calendars, Greylin fans. The contemporary label is hosting its annual sample sale.

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Accessories With a Philanthropic Spirit

Philanthropic accessories and apparel maker Simbi is heading to Evereve, the 70-store retail chain located across the country.

Siloett Gets a Made-for-TV Makeover

Swim/Surf

With decades of swim business experience and a label on the rocks, the Handy family found an avenue to rebrand and rebuild on reality TV.

Z Supply: Classic Styles in Figure-Flattering Fits

Swim/Surf

Z Supply LLC, the Irvine, Calif., maker of Z Supply fashion basics, is diving into its first swim collection for Spring 2018. Combining sleek, figure-flattering looks in a nylon/spandex fabric, the launch collection will include 10 bikinis and one-piece styles.

Lectra Introduces Fashion PLM 4.0 at Industry 4.0 Event

Technology

French equipment and software maker Lectra recently introduced its latest product lifecycle management software at an industry event at the Paris-based company’s technology center in Bordeaux.

Hyosung and Sofileta Partner for New Creora Fresh Collection

Textiles

French textile mill Sofileta is working with South Korean fiber company Hyosung on a new collection featuring Hyosung’s Creora Fresh fiber.

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Dock & Bay Dives Into Active With Eco-Friendly Collection

Dock & Bay

Lightweight, microfiber towel maker Dock & Bay has a new collection with a sustainable story behind it.

Everlane and Margaret O’Leary to Headline Dress for Success Gala in S.F.

Events

To celebrate 12 years helping Bay Area women enter and succeed in the workforce, Dress for Success San Francisco has enlisted San Francisco brands Everlane and Margaret O’Leary for the nonprofit organization’s annual gala fashion show.

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Candiani, Albiate 1830 and Matias Showcase Italian Denim Innovation in L.A.

Candiani

Albiate 1830, the denim division of Bergamo, Italy–based Italian mill Gruppo Albini, and Italian denim mill Candiani joined forces to create FineFusions, a collection that showcases “top Italian heritage, cutting-edge thinking and a virtuous spirit.”

Fashion Business Inc. Shutters After Nearly 20 Years

Manufacturing

After helping start-up and growing apparel companies for nearly two decades, Fashion Business Inc. will shutter operations at the end of August.

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CK, The xx and L.A.

Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons worked with The xx and photographer/filmmaker Alasdair McLellan to create the concept behind The xx’s “I Dare You” video.

Cone’s S Gene Tech Turns 10

Textiles

Greensboro, N.C.–based denim mill Cone Denim is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its S Gene dual-core technology.

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SMC Hosts LA Mode Runway Show

LA Mode

Students in the fashion design program at Santa Monica College showcased their latest work in LA Mode 2017, the program’s annual runway show, on June 15 at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Blinkers On

Here’s something sure to be a hit with the fashion—and festival—set. f.lashes are lightweight LED lights meant to be worn like fake lashes.

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FIDM Fêtes Menswear

Industry insiders had a chance to review the work of the graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Advanced Study Program in Menswear at a June 15 reception held at FIDM’s campus in downtown Los Angeles.

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Club Monaco's ’90s Nostalgia

There’s some ’90s nostalgia going down at Club Monaco.

Brookfield Takes Over at CMC

Trade Shows

The new management team at the California Market Center hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast for tenants following the closure of a deal between CMC owners Jamison Services and Brookfield Properties, the real estate giant that runs properties such as FIGat7th and Bank of America Plaza.

UBM Brings Swim Lessons Back to LA

Events

Early in BB Dakota’s history, the brand was picked up by the juniors buyer from a major department store—even though the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based company didn’t consider the brand a juniors label.

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Brookfield Takes Over at CMC

The new management team at the California Market Center hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast for tenants following the closure of a deal between CMC owners Jamison Services and Brookfield Properties, the real estate giant that runs properties such as FIGat7th and Bank of America Plaza.

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Moschino Returns to LA to Show Resort 2018

Moschino

Italian label Moschino returned to LA to host its Resort 2018 runway show, presented June 8 at Milk Studios in Hollywood, but Creative Director Jeremy Scott had Las Vegas—and the idea of an Americana road trip—in mind.

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Hirsh Honored by JVS

Hirsh Honored

Steven Hirsh, owner of the Cooper Design Space, was honored by JVS Los Angeles, which presented Hirsh with the Founder’s Award in recognition of his “visionary leadership.”

Equestrian Designs Taps New Reps in the Mid-South, New England

Manufacturing

Santa Barbara, Calif.–based Equestrian Designs has new representation in Texas and New England.

Z Supply Opens In-Store Shops at Sunny Days

Retail

Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply recently opened its first in-store-shop concept in the Sunny Days boutique on Balboa Island in Newport Beach, Calif., with plans to open a second in-store shop at the Sunny Days boutique in Orange, Calif.

Obituary: Wetsuit Pioneer Jack O’Neill, 94

Swim/Surf

Jack O’Neill, founder of the surf brand O’Neill, died on June 2. He was 94.

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Quiet June Market Draws Focused Buyers Ready to Spend

LA Fashion Market

June market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair with buyers arriving to wrap up Fall orders and start looking at Holiday goods. Sandwiched between the larger Fall markets in March and the massive Las Vegas trade shows in August, June tends to draw lighter traffic comprised of mostly regional buyers.

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L.A. Trade-Tech Lands $500,000 Gift, Department Chair Anderson Honored at Gold Thimble Runway Show

Gold Thimble Runway

A full house of family, friends, educators and fashion fans turned out for Los Angeles Trade-Technical College’s Gold Thimble Fashion Show, held on the grounds of the school’s downtown Los Angeles campus on May 26.

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Everyday Resort Living at Elodie K

The official start to summer is still a few weeks away, but at Elodie K. in Los Angeles, every day feels like a sunny vacation.

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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

Technology

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

Funko Acquires So Cal–based Fashion Accessories Company Loungefly

Manufacturing

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

Technology

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

Technology

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

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

CFF & TALA

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

Textiles

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

Textiles

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

Technology

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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