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Alison A. Nieder

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QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool

Technology

The international marketing director for QST Industries has a waistband wall, which is part of the Chicago-based company’s trade show booth. But, inevitably, designers at trade shows will pull off examples of the custom waistband treatments they want to use in their own collections.

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From Runway to Retail

MarcoMarco

Walk into the three-room Hollywood studio that serves as the MarcoMarco headquarters and you’re likely to find the five design assistants frantically stitching the final details to a costume that must be delivered immediately.

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Krochet Kids Makes a Point About Price

Starting today,Costa Mesa, Calif.–based non- profit Krochet Kids is letting consumers name their own price.

New Sourcing Trade Show to Bow in L.A. in March

Trade Show

Apparel manufacturers and retailers looking to scout factories will have a new venue when the Factory Direct trade show bows March 2–4 at The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles.

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Dress for Success to Host Fundraiser Pop-Up Shop

Events

During the recent Los Angeles Fashion Week, several fashion brands—including Single, Sea of Pearls, FBF by Checka, JHaus and Bri Seeley—participated in a runway show at the W Hollywood hotel to benefit Dress for Success.

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California Presence at Massive Intertextile Shanghai

Trade Show

With 15 halls covering nearly 1.8 millionsquare feet of space and more than 3,800 exhibitors showing textiles and trim from 30 countries and regions, the Oct. 20–23 run of the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics trade show could be described as massive.

U.S. Labor Department Finds Southern California Garment Workers Owed Millions in Back Wages and Overtime

Labor Law

A U.S. Department of Labor survey of 221 investigations in the last year found that more than 1,500 Southern California garment workers are owned more than $3 million in unpaid wages.

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Rock Chic

Fashion Collab

Hot Topic launched its Joan Jett X TRIPP NYC Fashion Collection for Hot Topic collection, a collaboration between the City of Industry, Calif.–based retailer, rocker Joan Jett and rock ‘n roll clothier Tripp NYC.

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1st Round: Boosting Athletic Performance With Textile Technology

Company Profile

When planning the concept behind their sports-apparel line, 1st Round Athletics, Teague Egan and Sterling Brewster wanted to take the idea of wearable technology a step further.

Experts Discuss Financing Options for Businesses Big and Small

Finance

Financing alternatives from traditional methods such as factoring to crowdfunding opportunities were discussed at a recent panel discussion featuring factors, investment bankers and other finance experts.

Sears Holdings to Close Stores, Strikes Lease Deal with Primark

Retail

Sears Holdings is closing stores in the U.S., but the Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retailer has yet to confirm the actual number of closures planned.

Gap Expanding Old Navy in Middle East

Retail

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. signed deals to open Old Navy stores in six countries in the Middle East next year.

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Remembering Oscar de la Renta in LA

Fashion Icon

Designer Oscar de la Renta died on Oct. 20 at the age of 82.

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Falling for North Face’s New Stunt

Viral Marketing

Spoiler alert: This is no ordinary pop-up shop.

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Named MAFI Winner & FBI Receives FGI Grant

Sam & Lavi

The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was presented to Sam & Lavi founders Sam Arasteh and Lavi Mirzak on Oct. 14 at Union Station in Los Angeles at the fourth annual All Aboard … LA’s Fashion Platform runway show and fundraiser for Fashion Business Inc.

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F21's Street-Style Simpsons Line

Fashion Collab

The Simpsons land at Forever 21 stores on Oct. 16.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Fueled by Heritage, Contemporary by Design

AS by DF and AStars

The jewelry-like gold zippers are polished by hand in Japan, the motorcycle jackets are lined in silk, and the pattern on a leather shift dress is also done by hand. These are the exacting details Denise Fócil puts into her contemporary collection.

Gores Group Sells Scovill Fasteners

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based investment firm The Gores Group is selling Scovill Fasteners to Morito, a 106-year-old Osaka, Japan–based supplier of apparel fasteners and components for automobiles.

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Intertextile Offerings Include Expanded Denim Hall and Sustainability Zone

Textiles

When the giant Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics 2014 trade show opens on Oct. 20 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, visitors will find a newly expanded Beyond Denim hall, featuring exhibitors from six countries and regions.

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Velvet Heart’s Tsabag

Returning to Juniors With Free Heart

Moshe Tsabag spent 12 years building the Hot Kiss juniors label before selling it in 2008 and turning his attention to the contemporary market with his Velvet Heart label.

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Showroom Profile: Summer Somewhere

At LA Market

Virginia native, opened her showroom, Summer Somewhere, in the Cooper Design Space in June. With the help of Richard Ruiz, stylist for Mara Hoffman, Spigel transformed the lofty corner space into a beach oasis, complete with a hammock hanging over a sandbox and display tables made from vintage surfboards.

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Showroom Profile: Allen Allen

New Lines

Open. Fresh. Light. That’s how Kari Carpino describes the new showroom for Los Angeles–based casual contemporary line Allen Allen, which, Carpino said, is a good match with the Allen Allen personality.

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Spring Forecast

Directives West

The trend presentation, held on Oct. 6, opening day of Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, covered three key trends of the season: “Simply California,” “Effortlessly Feminine” and “Global Bazaar.”

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LA Fashion Week Begins

Los Angeles Fashion Week begins today.

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Fashion’s Mentor Moment at the White House

Fashioning the Future

First Lady Michelle Obama and Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour hosted the first White House Fashion Education Workshop on Oct. 8 in Washington D.C.

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Deep Pockets Required

Denim Design

The supersize of the iPhone 6 (and iPhone 5 Plus, not to mention the Galaxy Note) has created a fashion problem.

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Opening a RBIS Design Center in LA’s Arts District

Avery Dennison

Apparel designers, retailers and manufacturers looking for branding inspiration have a new resource in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles with the opening of Avery Dennison Corp.’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions (RBIS) Customer Design and Innovation Center.

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Drawing a Mix of Established Brands, New Designers

LA Textile Show

Traffic steadily picked up at the Sept. 29–Oct. 1 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center in Los Angeles, where exhibitors said they met with both well-known brands as well as new designers.

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Fashionable Fundraising and Casino Games at Fashion Industries Guild Gala

Events

Members of the fashion and textile industry turned out on Sept. 20 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles to raise funds for the Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Laboratory and the Hal Kaltman Fashion Industries Guild Congenital Heart Research Endowment.

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Sundance at 25: Brand Building With a Curatorial Eye

Retail

The Sundance Catalog is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a series of one-of-a-kind products and a sweepstakes drawing for an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sundance Resort in Salt Lake City.

American Apparel Names Interim CEO and CFO

Executive Shift

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.

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Textile Show Starts on Monday

The Los Angeles International Textile Show gets underway on Sept. 29 at the California Market Center.

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Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Josi Severson

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.

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Relaunched Mill Has American Heritage and Italian Know-How

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.

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Kanye in Fashion

Musician, celebrity, fashion icon and provocateur Kanye West was recently spotted teaching a fashion class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in downtown LA.

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Get Your Sample Sale Shoes On

The 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale is coming back to downtown Los Angeles.

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McCartney Car Couture

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.

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Fashion Industry Spotlight

Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, was featured in the Los Angeles Times “How I Made It” column.

CFA Members Event Discusses Private Label and Branded Manufacturing

Manufacturing

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.

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Project Runway Winner & Belk

Reality (TV) to Retail

Dom, the collection designed by "Project Runway" season 12 winner Dom Streater is now in Belk stores.

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Bitcoin for Your Thoughts?

Salt Lake City offprice e-tailer Overstock.com has updated its international checkout system to include payment by Bitcoin.

Lectra Names New Managing Director for Germany, Eastern Europe

Technology

French technology solutions and equipment supplier Lectra has named Chris Nicolaes managing director for Lectra Germany in Ismaning, Germany.

Infor to Host ‘Meet-n-Learn’ at the CMC

Technology

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 Now Integrated With Pointcarre Textile Design Software

Technology

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 Begins Tencel Production at New Facility with “Jumbo” Line

Textiles

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.

McCord Joins Buhler Sales Team

Textiles

PJ McCord, former global sales manager for Coats PLC, has joined the team at Buhler Quality Yarns in Jefferson, Ga., as sales executive.

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Duarte Gives Activewear a Fashionable Edge

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.

Fashion Industries Guild to Honor Tech/Chemistry Entrepreneur at Annual Gala

Events

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.

VF Collaboration Pledges $10 Million to Building and Safety Upgrades in Bangladesh

Manufacturing

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.

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