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Alison A. Nieder

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Trina Turns 20

20th Anniversary Capsule Collection

Trina Turk, the California contemporary brand with the Mid-Century, Palm Springs aesthetic, is turning 20 this year. To celebrate, designer Trina Turk launched a 20th Anniversary collection of dresses, sportswear, swimwear, accessories and jewelry featuring Turk’s signature original prints.

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Nike x Sacai Collab: Fashion x Function

Athletic giant Nike teamed up with designer Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese brand Sacai, to launch Nike x Sacai, a new collaboration that adds a fashionable twist to athletic apparel.

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Orders, Out-of-Town Buyers and Mixed Traffic Reports

L.A. Market

Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.

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Walk Tall in Style

Special Sizes

Long Tall Sally is a retail chain specializing in fashion for women 5’8” and up.

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Cozy Orange: Taking Eco Active Beyond the Gym

Manufacturing

Carlsbad, Calif.–based Cozy Orange launched in 2013 with a mission to fuse active apparel with a sustainability message. Today, the company continues to evolve its eco-active focus to position the brand as a fashion-driven lifestyle collection.

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California’s Creative Impact

Public TV station KCET has a video released to coincide with Otis College of Art and Design's report on the creative economy that really demonstrates the scope of the industry’s impact—and takes viewers behind the scenes of two local companies.

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Australian Fashion Labels

Showroom Profiles

In the days leading up to Los Angeles Fashion Market, the new U.S. team at Australian Fashion Labels was putting the finishing touches on the 4,100-square-foot headquarters and showroom space on the third floor at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

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Sandy Jang, Sweet Rain and Alice Blue

Showroom Profiles

Sandy Jang has been producing young contemporary fashions for 15 years under the labels Sweet Rain and Alice Blue. For the upcoming March 16–19 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, Jang will introduce her eponymous premium collection.

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Sourcing Show Factory Direct Debuts

The New Mart

Full-package producers, logistics, design consulting and other sourcing resources exhibited at the debut of the Factory Direct trade show at The New Mart March 2–4.

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New Format, New Developments

L.A. Textile Show

The threat of rain put a damper on the opening day of the Los Angeles International Textile Show, but traffic picked up on the second and third day of the show’s March 2–4 run at the California Market Center.

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El Paseo in L.A.

Fashion Week El Paseo is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary when it hosts its March 21-28 run in Palm Desert, Calif.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows

February 2015

Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas

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Capsule Sees Good International Response

Trade Show

The Feb. 16–18 run of Capsule at The Venetian in Las Vegas got off to a good start with exhibitors reporting a strong turnout from domestic and international retailers shopping the men’s and women’s contemporary apparel and accessories collections at the show.

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Good Traffic at Offprice

Trade Show

Business was good for the exhibitors at the Offprice show, held Feb. 15–18 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Booths Buzzing at WWDMAGIC

Trade Show

Once again, the young contemporary section of WWDMAGIC was a buzzing hive of activity during the show’s Feb. 17–19 run at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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New Exhibitors and Returning Brands at CurveNV

Trade Show

The Feb. 15–17 run of CurveNV saw a mix of new exhibitors and returning brands showing at the upscale lingerie and swimwear show at The Venetian in Las Vegas.

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CIT’s Steinberg Charts New Post-Retirement Path

Finance

Since announcing plans to retire, Steinberg has been asked to consult for the industry, which she said she is considering, but she’s keeping her options open for now.

Lingerie Brand Regina Miracle Adds Centric PLM

Technology

Regina Miracle International Ltd., a Hong Kong–based lingerie and shapewear maker, is adding Centric 8 product lifecycle management software to help coordinate collaboration between the lingerie company’s sample-development team and its customers and its internal sample-development team.

Roberto Cavalli Uses Optitex CAD to Coordinate Hand-Crafted Details and Tight Turn Times

Technology

Italian luxury brand Roberto Cavalli added the Optitex 2-D Pattern Making and Optitex 3-D Virtual Prototyping CAD Suites.

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Moto Goes Haute

Ortiz Industries' Empowered event with Ducati

Ortiz Industries' Empowered event with Ducati at New York Fashion Week

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Almost Entirely Made in LA

Hand-made accessories

Nicholas Duong makes all his Leather Cottage bags and accessories by hand in his studio in Alhambra, Calif.

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Hang Ten Headwear Introduces New Fall Collection

Manufacturing

Iconic surf brand Hang Ten introduced a new hat collection at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas.

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Good International Turnout and Strong Interest in Immediates

Vegas Trade Shows

International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas

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Happy New Year, Vegas-Style

Gong Hay Fat Choy

Las Vegas celebrates the year of the goat.

MAGIC Strikes Deal With Eurovet for New CurveNV@MAGIC Show in August

strategic alliance

UBM Advanstar, producer of the MAGIC, Project and ENKVegas shows, has formed a strategic alliance with Eurovet, producer of the Curvexpo lingerie and swimwear shows in Las Vegas and New York, to launch a jointly owned new swimwear and lingerie show in Las Vegas called CurveNV@MAGIC.

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Hang Ten Headwear Heads to Vegas

Surf Report

Iconic surf brand Hang Ten will unveil a new hat collection at the upcoming MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas.

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Dov Story

American Apparel

For all his detractors, American Apparel founder Dov Charney still has plenty of supporters. Friends, former coworkers and colleagues have been posting messages of support on a website, called Team Dov.

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Intravenous Chic?

Tired? Run-down? Listless? Perhaps this will help.

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Designers Showcase the Power of Print

Epson’s Digital Couture Event

Printing technology company Epson kicked off New York Fashion Week on Feb. 10 with Digital Couture, a fashion event featuring an international mix of designers and the original creations made with Epson’s dye sublimation printers.

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Security Sourcing: Made in LA and Under the Radar

Manufacturing | Made in America

Los Angeles–based STC-QST supplies products that provide the foundation of a garment, such as interlining, pocketing, shoulder pads and zippers. When STC-QST Chief Executive Officer Brian Weitman quietly launched a sourcing division 15 years ago, he began providing support for growing apparel makers and brands.

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From Venice With Love

Electric & Rose

With roots in yoga and surfing, Electric & Rose is a lifestyle collection that draws its name from Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood, which is home to company founders Eric Balfour and Erin Chiamulon.

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Milano Unica Celebrates 10 Years, Turns Its Eye to New York

Trade Show

Milano Unica, the European textile trade show formed when several well-established Italian trade shows—including IdeaBiella, Moda In and Shirt Avenue—joined forces 10 years ago, is preparing to launch its first New York show in July.

Swim Collective Sets Dates, Plans NY Launch for Active Collective

Trade Show

Swim Collective, the Southern California–based swimwear trade show organized by Shannon Leggett, has set its dates for new activewear show Active Collective, including a new edition in New York.

Asher Fabric Names Jolie Fierro VP Sales for New Athletic Concept Division

Textiles

Los Angeles–based knitter Asher Fabric Concepts has hired Jolie Fierro as vice president of sales for its newly launched Asher Active Athletic Concepts division of performance knits for the fitness, yoga and athletic markets.

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Denim Technology and Innovation on Display at Kingpins New York

Trade Show

With representatives from retailers and brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., Target, Urban Outfitters, VF Corp., Express, Marc Jacobs, Bonobos, Gap, Citizens for Humanity and Tommy Hilfiger, the Jan. 20–21 run of the Kingpins denim trade show put the focus on denim innovation and technology.

Spanish Brand Encuentro Moda Centralizes Operations with YuniquePLM

Technology

Barcelona-based fashion label Encuentro Moda is using YuniquePLM to streamline its product lifecycle management and provide a centralized platform for its operations in retail, design and manufacturing.

BM Merchandising Selects Simparel Enterprise Solution

Technology

BM Merchandising Co. Ltd., maker of the Royal Blue brand of men’s and juniors denim and knit apparel brands and a private-label producer, is replacing its legacy business system and software tools with Simparel Enterprise Solution.

Petit Bateau Selects Lectra Fashion PLM

Technology

To help streamline product development and improve speed-to-market, French label Petit Bateau selected Lectra Fashion PLM.

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‘Old’ is New at Selfridges

fashion exhibition

British department store Selfridges typically kicks off the year with it’s Bright Young Things exhibition of new design talent. But this year, the retailer is turning the concept on its head with the launch of Bright Old Things, a showcase of works created by “mature” designers ranging in age from mid-40s to 80s.

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Urban Taps Capsule for its Stylish Champions

Fashion Collab

Urban Outfitters has a new fashion collab with a lot of fashion—and an extra dose of collaboration.

Intimates Market in China Poised for Growth

Manufacturing

The intimate apparel market in China is expected to increase 17.99 percent between 2014 and 2019 as the consumer shifts from basics to fashion lingerie, according to a recent report.

Gap Closing Piperlime

Retail

San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. announced plans to shutter its online footwear-driven unit, Piperlime, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

CALA Prepares for Last Show at the Westin SF Before Moving to New Open-Booth Venue

Trade Show

CALA San Francisco is headed to a new home in March.

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Bustling Texworld Showcases Returning Mills and New Exhibitors

Texworld USA

Clear winter weather and a holiday opening day helped kick off Texworld USA with busy aisles and booths for the show’s Jan. 21–23 run at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

Gap Closing Piperlime

retail shift

San Francisco-based retail giant Gap Inc., announced plans to shutter its online footwear-driven unit Piperlime by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Joe’s Jeans CEO Resigns

Premium Denim

Marc Crossman has resigned from his position at chief executive officer of Joe’s Jeans Inc.

EarthLink Introduces Secure Storefront to Protect Retailers From Data Breaches

Technology

Like the massive data breach at Target in late 2013, the news last fall that a breach may have affected 56 million credit and debit cards at Home Depot made headlines, but according to EarthLink Chief Security Officer Peter Chronis, the number of data breaches in the last year was even higher.

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SoCal Materials Show Debuts

Bustling Traffic

The debut run of the SoCal Materials Show got off to a brisk start as manufacturers and brands crowded the aisles of the California Market Center’s penthouse on the hunt for sourcing materials for footwear, accessories and apparel.

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Target's Critical Style

Fashion Collab x Blogger Influence

Prior to the launch of its new plus-size line Ava & Viv, Target brought in the fashion critics.

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California Needs Its Own Fabric

And the Official Textile Is...

A Massachusetts lawmaker has introduced a bill to make gingham (the cotton fabric, not the familiar plaid) the “official textile of the Commonwealth.”

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