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Alison A. Nieder

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Fab for Fab

Work in Style

Fast-growing e-commerce site JustFab has a brand new headquarters in El Segundo, Calif.

Showroom Profile: Citizens of Humanity

New Lines

Los Angeles–based premium-denim lifestyle line Citizens of Humanity recently unveiled a dramatic new look for its 4,000-square-foot West Coast showroom at the Lady Liberty building in downtown Los Angeles.

Showroom Profile: The Hanger showroom, Dakota Showroom

New Lines

Sharing the same space, Selena Slogar’s The Hanger showroom and Christie Danielson’s Dakota showroom each has its own aesthetic. The Hanger primarily carries Australian lines, and many of Dakota’s collections are from the United Kingdom.

Showroom Profile: Hatch

New Lines

After more a decade in The New Mart, the Hatch showroom has moved to the Cooper Design Space.

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Sue Wong Opens LA Fashion Week

L.A. Fashion Week

Sue Wong opened Los Angeles Fashion Week with her Oct. 5 runway show at Art Hearts Fashion at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

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FBI Gears up for 5th Annual All Aboard

Fashion Business Inc. returns on Oct. 13 to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for the fifth-annual All Aboard Runway Show and presentation of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award.

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Athleisure, the Musical?

You know a trend has legs when it's got its own music video.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations: Finance Leaders Take a Look at the Months Ahead


We recently caught up with several finance-industry executives to talk about merger-and-acquisition opportunities and the challenges of balancing a business in the current economic environment.

Textile and Apparel Representative Ida Myers, 88


Longtime textile and apparel sales representative Ida Myers died on Sept. 25. She was 88.

Quarterly Report: Baby Boomer and Millennial Impact Leads the Economic Forecast for LAEDC


The economy is gearing up for a major shift as the huge baby boomer generation enters retirement and the even larger millennial generation begins taking a greater position in the workforce.

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Exhibitor Shuffle at LA Textile Show

LA Textile Show

The layout during the Sept. 28–30 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show continued to evolve since the California Market Center debuted a newly renovated part of the 13th-floor A-wing last season that eliminated enclosed suites to make room for more open-format booths.

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Filene's Shifts from Bricks to Clicks

e-tail launch

Discount retailer Filene’s Basement shuttered is doors in 2011, but now the retailer is relaunching as an online-only site.

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JCP Plus Bohbot

Collection Launch

Designer Michele Bohbot recently unveiled the new plus-size collection for Bisou Bisou by Michele Bohbot, which is sold exclusively at JCPenney stores.

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Best Vested

Fashion Collab

Torrance. Calif.–based AS by DF created an exclusive style for Calypso St. Barth.

Coeur Tradeshow Moves to New Location in October

Trade Shows

Coeur, the bicoastal accessories and lifestyle show, is moving its Los Angeles show to the Alexandria Ballrooms in downtown LA for its Oct. 12–14 run.

Fashion Meet Tech at Melange Live Event at The New Mart


The worlds of fashion and technology merged at the launch of Melange Live, a conference that explored new developments in e-commerce, mobile/digital payments, brand building using social media and new innovations in wearable technology.

Nanotex: Putting the Function in Fabric


Performance characteristics such as moisture management, water repellency and odor control are familiar territory for consumers of activewear while enhanced performance features are relatively new for casual apparel and ready-to-wear.

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Obituary: Designer Carole Little, 79


Designer Carole Little passed away on Sept. 19 at her home in San Diego following a long illness. She was 79.

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Jeremy Scott: Designer, Documentary Subject

Fashion on Film

Fashion followers can take a peek into the world of Jeremy Scott in the documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” which bows in theaters today.

ASICS America Hires Footwear Veteran to Replace Retiring CEO


ASICS America, the Irvine, Calif.–based U.S. arm of Japanese footwear brand ASICS, hired Gene McCarthy to replace ASICS America Group President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wulff, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Tim Gunn to Keynote Gerber Ideation2015


Attendees at Gerber Technology's upcoming Ideation2015 technology conference will get a chance to hear from “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn, who will give the keynote address at the Oct. 29–30 software conference for the fashion, apparel, accessories and footwear industries in Las Vegas.

Designer Rosie Assoulin Joins Alvanon Mentorship Program


New York designer Rosie Assoulin has joined the Mentorship Program at Alvanon, the software and sizing solutions company.

YogaWorks Has Eye on California for Retail Rollout


Santa Monica, Calif.–based yoga studio and retailer YogaWorks recently added to its portfolio with the purchase of three studios in San Francisco; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Boston.

Yogasmoga Opening Stores in Northern California, East Coast Locations


New York–based yoga lifestyle brand and retailer Yogasmoga is continuing its retail rollout with new stores opening in the Northern California cities of Corte Madera and Walnut Creek.

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Better Look Sharp, L.A.

Student Contest

Victorinox, the maker of the iconic Swiss Army knife, today kicked off a student contest to redesign the Swiss Army knife handle with inspiration from New York or Los Angeles.

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Melrose is Hosting a Sidewalk Sale

Retailers along Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue—on the stretch between Fairfax and Highland—will participate in a sidewalk sale on Sept. 26.

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Hoop Dreams

Uniform Style

Designers looking for vintage sports inspiration would be wise to make a trip to Springfield, Mass., where they will find a huge collection of vintage (and contemporary) uniforms at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Under Armour Taps Centric for PLM


Baltimore-based athletic-apparel company Under Armour Inc.> has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc.’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution Centric 8 PLM.

Gerber, COMESA Launch Technical Training Program in Mauritius


Gerber Technologies, the Tolland, Conn.–based equipment and software solutions company, teamed up with the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) free-trade area to establish a new program for technical assistance and training in the African nation of Mauritius.

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New Lines and New Business at WWDMAGIC


Waves of buyers traversed the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Aug. 17–19 run of WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas, where young contemporary, juniors and accessories brands showcased their current collections.

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Tennis Anyone?

Tommy Hilfiger hosted tennis match between professional tennis player Rafael Nadal and models Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski and Noah Mills.

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Back to Fashion School

Celeb Style Education

Actor Antonio Banderas is studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London.

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CurveNV@MAGIC Debuts ‘Relaunched Show’ in New Location


Upscale lingerie and swimwear show CurveNV has been part of the Las Vegas landscape since 2007, but in a partnership with MAGIC parent UBM Advanstar, the show moved from its prior home at The Venetian to a new space in theLas Vegas Convention Center.

Pooltradeshow Moves Upstairs

Trade Show Report

This season, the Pooltradeshow moved back upstairs to run alongside Project for the show’s Aug. 17–19 run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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New Categories, Configuration at Project, Project Women’s and Tents at Project

Project Women's

Retailers visiting the trade shows at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center found the scene buzzing with activity—and new exhibitors—during the shows’ Aug. 17–19 run.

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Post-Vegas Rush at FMNC

Post-Vegas Rush

For exhibitors—and some buyers—there wasn’t much time between the close of the trade shows in Las Vegas and the opening of Fashion Market Northern California on Aug. 22 at the San Mateo Event Center.

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Put on Your Fashion Face

Mimi Kim's skincare line Biodara is hand-blended from bioactive botanical materials in Huntington Beach, Calif.

NRF Survey Says Back-to-School Shopping Going Slowly


According to the National Retail Federation’s Back-to-School Spending Survey, families are halfway through their shopping lists and may be waiting for prices to drop before buying more.

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Torrid Gets Real

To show off its Fall collection, California plus-size retail chain Torrid turned to its customers.

Buyers Navigate Changed Format at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

LAS VEGAS—The landscape of the Las Vegas trade shows changed again as the giant UBM Advanstar, owner of the MAGIC Marketplace and Project, re-merchandised the layout of its shows.

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FCI The Fashion School Showcases Fall ’15 Collections

FCI Fall ’15 collections

Known for its fast-track design program, FCI The Fashion School (previously called Fashion Careers International) showcased the Fall ’15 collections of 10 students on Aug. 13 at the Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood.

Gerber Names PLM Director for Shanghai Office


Software and hardware provider Gerber Technology named Jeff An director of professional services for product lifecycle management (PLM) in the company’s office in Shanghai.

Siwy Taps Jimmy Taverniti as Creative Director


Denim designer Jimmy Taverniti has joined Siwy as creative director. The first collection under Taverniti’s direction will be Spring/Summer 2016

Infor to Acquire GT Nexus


New York–based technology solutions provider Infor announced it plans to acquire GT Nexus, the Oakland, Calif.–based global trade and logistics platform, for $675 million.

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Epson’s New Sublimation Printer and Ink Designed With Fashion in Mind


Print solution company Epson has the fashion industry in its sights, hoping to win designers over with the promise of creating their own graphic prints on demand.

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Fashion & Feminism

Actress Emma Watson recently teamed up with Vogue to produce a video focusing on gender equality in the fashion industry.

Simparel Releases New Shop Floor Control Solution


New York–based fashion and retail solutions provider Simparel has launched Simparel SFC, a new shop floor–control product aimed at using wireless technology and mobile devices to help manufacturers gather real-time data about everything from order tracking to machine downtime.

Milano Unica Brings Italian Textiles to New York With First U.S. Show

Trade Show

NEW YORK—After celebrating its 10th anniversary in Milan, Italian textile trade show Milano Unica took a small group of mills on the road for its first edition in New York.

Fabrium: Taking the First-Step of Fabric Sourcing Online


Last year, Cubukcu and Topcuoglu began developing Fabrium, an online sourcing site to connect textile mills with designers and manufacturers.

Kingpins Continues to Expand

Trade Show

Location is only one of the changes planned for Kingpins; the show will also shift its dates from its traditional January/July schedule to a November/May schedule beginning with its Nov. 3–4 show at Pier 36 NYC (Basketball City) in Manhattan.