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Alison A. Nieder

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2017 Newsmaker: Gerber Technology Brings Ideation Conference to LA


Gerber Technology has been hosting its user conference in various cities around the country since 1998, but this was the first year the Tolland, Conn.–based maker of apparel equipment and software brought the event to California.

2017 Newsmaker: DSTLD Commits to Crowd-Funding and Pop-Up Shops


Los Angeles–based direct-to-consumer label DSTLD is continuing its brand-building efforts by rolling out a series of pop-up shops across Southern California.

2017 Newsmaker: Ilse Metchek, California Fashion Association


Looking for apparel industry statistics? Call Ilse. Business intelligence? Call Ilse. Advice about the impact of upcoming legislation on apparel manufacturing or trends in domestic versus offshore production? Call Ilse.

Artistic Milliners Introduces Sustainable Indigo Dye Process


A dirty secret of the denim business is the amount of water, chemicals and energy it takes to get that classic indigo blue. Pakistan denim mill Artistic Milliners hopes to change that with Crystal Clear, a newly introduced process that the company is calling “the cleanest indigo dyeing process.”

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Cone, Lenzing and Unifi Partner for Future Black + Denim With Recycled Materials

Black Recycled Denim

Fiber makers Lenzing and Unifi have teamed up with fabric mill Cone Denim to introduce Future Black+, a denim made with Unifi’s recycled Repreve fibers andLenzing Modal.

U.S. T-Shirt Factory Receives GOTS Certification


Sundog Productions, a 25-year-old apparel manufacturer in Fairfax, Va., recently was certified as a fully integrated GOTS factory by the Global Organic Textile Standard.

CMC Shifts to Three-Day Market

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Starting in 2018, the California Market Center will shift its Los Angeles Fashion Market schedule to a three-day format.

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Farewell, Fashion Police!

After more than two decades, E! television’s “Fashion Police” aired its final episode on Nov. 27 at 8 p.m.

IndieSource Founders named to Forbes ’30 Under 30’


Indie Source founders Zack Hurley and Jesse Dombrowiak were recently named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the publication’s annual list of rising stars under 30 years old in a host of industries.

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Designer, Guest Lecturer, Icon: Zandra Rhodes

Designer Zandra Rhodes will discuss her career designing fashion and costumes at a Nov. 28 event organized by The Chimaera Project and the Huntington Beach Academy of Performing Arts in Huntington Beach, Calif.

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‘Project Runway’ Winner is L.A.–based Fashion Instructor at FCI

‘Project Runway’ Winner

The 16th season of the fashion reality show “Project Runway” concluded with the top prize going to Kentaro Kameyama, the first Japanese winner of the long-running Lifetime television show.

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CFDA Hosts Incubator Showcase in Hollywood

CFDA Hosts Incubator

The Council of Fashion Designers of America returned to the W Hotel in Hollywood for a Nov. 16 showcase featuring designers in the CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program.

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Swatch What Happened Next

The watch business these days is dominated by connected smart watches, high-tech timepieces and status brands. But there once was a time when the watch revolution came in a plastic box.

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Black Friday, A History

Gear up for Black Friday—and the rest of the Holiday season, for that matter—with a little history lesson.

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The Project Runway Winner Is...

There was plenty of drama going into the finale of “Project Runway,” with four designers with very distinct points of view competing for the top prize.

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Avery Dennison Helps Rebecca Minkoff Connect to Customers Through the #AlwaysOn Handbag


Rebecca Minkoff’s #AlwaysOn handbags feature technology that allows customers to receive exclusive offers, product recommendations and video content. But that’s not all the bags can do, according to a recently released study.

Dreamgirl CEO Scharff Leaving Company


Christopher Scharff, chief executive officer of DG Brands, parent company of the costume and lingerie label Dreamgirl International, is leaving the company after 14 years to pursue other ventures, according to the company.

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Bendoni Breaks Down Trend Science at FGILA Event


When Wendy K. Bendoni got her start in the trend-forecasting business, the job involved multiple overseas trips to international fashion capitals with a long lead time to distill the trends for the upcoming season.

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Then and Now Opens at Platform

Then and Now is a temporary collective of apparel, accessories and lifestyle merchandise.

Messe Frankfurt, SPESA to Continue Co-Producing Texprocess Americas

Trade Show

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas and trade-show producer Messe Frankfurt Inc. announced they have extended their contract to co-produce the Texprocess Americas trade show through 2032.

Raphael Camp Joins Eurovet Americas, Curvexpo as General Manager

Trade Show

Eurovet Americas, the U.S. division of Paris-based trade-show producer Eurovet, has a new general manager.

Agenda, Liberty, Capsule launching Assembly Conference in Las Vegas

Trade Show

Three apparel trade shows are teaming up in Las Vegas to launch a conference for retailers and brands that will feature keynote speakers and workshops as well as industry services and tools.

Creora and Bossa Team Up for Xplay


Korean fiber and yarn company Hyosung Corp. and Turkish denim mill Bossa are introducing a new collection of bi-stretch denim at the Nov. 14–15 run of Denim Première Vision in Paris.

Gerber Technology Brings Ideation Conference, Tim Gunn to Los Angeles


For the first time, Gerber Technology hosted its Ideation technology conference in Los Angeles, where visitors to the three-day event previewed software demos, panel discussions, runway shows, a design contest and a “fireside chat” with “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn.

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YKK’s Remote-Zip Future

YKK has released a video demonstrating the zipper of the future—which is currently in development at the Japanese zipper and fastener maker.

CFDA Hosts Event With DHL, Accenture in Los Angeles


About 25 manufacturers, suppliers and designers discussed collaboration, transparency and supply-chain efficiency at an Oct. 26 event hosted by the Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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Fashion Industries Guild Celebrates 60 Years of Stylish Service

Fashion Industries Guild

Members of the Los Angeles fashion community turned out to honor Sabrina Kay and Anine Bing on Oct. 14 at the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars-Sinai at the Montage Beverly Hills hotel in Beverly Hills. The black-tie affair featured cocktails, dinner and an awards ceremony that recognized this years’ honorees and celebrated the organization’s 60th anniversary.

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Artisan Cloth’s New L.A. HQ Showcases International mix of Premium Denim

Artisan Cloth

Brad Alden Mowry and Danielle Lee are putting the finishing touches on the new 2,600-square-foot showroom space in downtown Los Angeles for their denim textile company, Artisan Cloth.

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Make-A-Wish Young Legends Event Returns With Celebrities—On and Off the Runway


Designer Christian Cowan—who has created iconic looks for Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Cardi B—was the featured designer at the Oct. 24 Make-A-Wish Young Legends fund-raiser at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

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FCI Highlights Students’ Work and Guest Designers from ‘Project Runway’

'Runway' Star

FCI Fashion School hosted its most recent runway show on Oct. 5 at a studio space in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles. Several hundred guests turned out to see the show, which featured designs by seven FCI students and four designers competing in the current season of fashion reality show “Project Runway.”

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DSTLD Pops Up in West Hollywood

Luxury essentials brand DSTLD has opened a new pop-up shop in West Hollywood.

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Goldschmied Introduces Denim Capsule Made with Lenzing Refibra


At the Oct. 25–26 run of Kingpins Amsterdam, denim designer Adriano Goldschmied introduced a denim capsule collection made with Refibra, a newly launched fiber developed by Lenzing AG, the makers of Tencel.

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Eastman’s Newest Cellulosic Blends Sustainability and Comfort in an Easy-Care Fiber


Kingsport, Tenn.–based Eastman has been making cellulosic fiber for decades, but its newest product tweaks the formula to offer a sustainable fiber with easy-care attributes.

Nicholas Nunnari Joining CIT’s West Coast Office


CIT named Nicholas Nunnari vice president and business development officer for the company’s commercial services team in Los Angeles under the direction of CIT Western Regional Manager Darrin Beer.

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ITG Closing Cone’s White Oak Denim Mill


After 112 years in operation, Cone Denim’s White Oak mill in Greensboro, N.C., will close at the end of the year.

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True Religion's Military Campaign

True Religion has joined the military—but only for a limited time.

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Buyers Navigate Sprawling LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market was a sprawling affair with permanent showrooms and temporary exhibitors showing at trade shows showcasing everything from Immediate goods to Spring merchandise to a group of buyers that were predominantly local.

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Epson’s Latest Printer Aims for High-Speed Production Users


Epson America, the Long Beach, Calif.–based U.S. division of Japanese print technology company Seiko Epson Corp., has a new wide-format printer for dye-sublimation transfers that is designed to provide the speed and accuracy needed for medium- and high-volume printing.

Yummy & Trendy Launches Made-in-America Collection With Eco-Friendly Fabric


Veronica Rosas launched her new collection, Yummy & Trendy, with a mission to created premium activewear with high-performance fabrics.

LA Textile Show’s Mix Includes Fiber, Fabric, Factories and More for Sourcing from Concept to Creation

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Traffic ebbed and flowed during the Oct. 2–4 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center, where exhibitors included just about every point along the apparel supply chain.

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Queen Victoria: On Screen and IRL

“Victoria & Abdul” Designer Consolata Boyle

“Victoria & Abdul” costume designer Consolata Boyle recently dropped by the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the FIDM Museum & Galleries to discuss her work.

Lenzing’s Adds Traceability to its Sustainability Message With EcoVero Viscose


Fiber maker Lenzing has launched a new line of viscose fibers that are both environmentally friendly and traceable.

Archroma Takes Another Stake in M. Dohmen SA


Swiss color and specialty chemical company Archroma has taken an additional stake in M. Dohmen SA, a maker of textile dyes and chemicals for the automotive, carpet and apparel industries.

Mayor, NJAL Host Meeting With Apparel, Creative Community at City Hall


Mayor Eric Garcetti and Not Just a Label, the organization that represents independent designers, hosted a meeting featuring members of Los Angeles’ creative community.

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Taking Style to the Street

Street style art lovers flood the streets and galleries of the CCAD

Twin Dragon Introduces New Denim With Performance, Sustainability Qualities

Gardena, Calif.–based Twin Dragon Marketing is rolling out new denim made with Unifi’s Sorbtek wicking fiber as well as with Unifi’s recycled Repreve fiber.

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LA Manufacturer Launches Nonprofit Mobile Laundry to Aid City’s Homeless


A chance encounter with a homeless woman sent apparel manufacturer Jodie Dolan on a path to connecting her 13-year-old manufacturing business with doing social good.

Vecchiarelli’s Fashion Supplies Inc. Closing After 85 Years, Four Generations


For 85 years, four generations of the Vecchiarelli family have been selling apparel supplies to manufacturers in Los Angeles. But in December, owner Joe Vecchiarelli is closing the family’s retail operations.

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Taking Screen Printing to the Streets

An artists’ collective in Berlin has found a way to put the “street” in streetwear graphics.

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Designing the Look of “This is Us”

Designing the Look

Members of the cast of “This Is Us” were on hand for an Aug. 28 event at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, amid the costumes of the 11th annual “Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition.