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Alison A. Nieder

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Football Pro Terrell Owens Launched Prototype 81

Prototype 81

Former NFL player Terrell Owens launched a new luxury activewear collection during the recent run of the MRket trade show at the Javits Center in New York.

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Slippers for the Sophisticated Set

Kevyn Wynn wants you to slip into something glamorous—ideally a pair of her “cocktail slippers.”

Off-Price at Majors Show to Bow at CMC in September

Trade Shows

The California Market Center is launching a new trade show focused on the off-price market.

Active Collective Expands to NY, Swim Collective Shifts Dates

Trade Shows

Activewear trade show Active Collective will expand to the East Coast in January.

Obituary: Showroom Owner Terry Ventre, 62

Trade Shows

Terese Virginia Ventre—known to her friends, familiar and colleagues as Terr—died on June 23 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 62 years old.

Coolibar Acquired by California Company


Minneapolis-based sun-protective apparel and accessories maker Coolibar Inc. has been acquired by Olivarius Hospitality California, a Santa Barbara, Calif.–based company owned by Olivier Leclercq.

Andrew Richard Named VP Regional Sales for ASICS America


Irvine, Calif.–based ASICS America Corp., the U.S. headquarters of Japanese footwear and athletic apparel brand ASICS, has named sportswear industry veteran Andrew Richard vice president of regional sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Silicon Valley–Based EFI Acquires Optitex


Electronics For Imaging Inc., a printing technology firm based in Fremont, Calif., has acquired Israel-based design software firm Optitex Ltd. for approximately $52.8 million.

FMNC Draws Retailers from Pacific Northwest—and Beyond

Trade Shows

Fashion Market Northern California, the apparel and accessories trade show in San Mateo, Calif., typically draws retailers from across Northern California as well as a few from neighboring states. But during the show’s recent June 26–28 run at the San Mateo Event Center, exhibitors reported seeing buyers from as far away as Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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Herve Leger Hosts First Sale

Herve Leger by Max Azria is having a coast-to-coast sample sale.

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Pop-up Rockstar

Rockstar is having a pop-up sale this weekend.

Fraser Ross Files Suit Against Attorneys for Malpractice Over Kitson’s Demise


Retailer Fraser Ross filed a lawsuit for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against Los Angeles law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 1.

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Waterwear Cruise 2017: Textile Trends


Textile Trends

Kornit Says New Vulcan Printers Can Reduce Cost Per Print by 40 Percent


Commercial printing solutions provider Kornit Digital North American is preparing to begin shipping its Vulcan system.

Tim Gunn Returns to Speak at Gerber Ideation 2016


“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn will be speaking about the convergence of fashion and technology at Gerber Technology’s Ideation technology conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

Hyosung Launching Creora Fresh


Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, is introducing a new odor-neutralizing spandex fiber called Creora Fresh at the upcoming Interfilière show in France.

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Amaiò Swim: Cross-Cultural Collection Inspired by Couture

Amaiò Swim

Samantha Khoury, the designer of Los Angeles–based Amaiò Swim, spent her early years traveling between the east and west coasts of the United States as well as France and Lebanon. This cross-cultural and cross-continental upbringing informs her recently launched swimwear collection, which is also inspired by Khoury’s studies in studio fine arts, literature and fashion design.

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Koru: Kiwi-Inspired


Koru Swimwear is based in Florida but inspired by New Zealand. Founder Julie Stine drew on her New Zealander heritage when she named her swimwear collection for the Maori word for “spiral,” which symbolizes new life, hope, spiritual growth, purity and peace.

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Kacey|Shana: From Beach to Poolside to Yoga Studio


The Kacey|Shana collection is designed to adapt to an active lifestyle that may include swimming, surfing, lounging poolside or hitting the gym.

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Australian Label We Are Handsome Relocating to L.A.

We Are Handsome

We Are Handsome designers Jeremy and Katinka Somers launched their swimwear collection in 2009 with an emphasis on the couple’s shared love for travel, design and “the occasional tropical adventure.”

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Flipping out over Nike’s new tennis dress

Nike created a new tennis dress for the female players at Wimbledon—and the pleated style is not going over well.

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Ora et Labora Pops Up in Silver Lake

Last weekend, traveling pop-up marketplace Ora et Labora came to Los Angeles. Adds to Board, Prepares for Digital Events in California, Texas

Retail, the digital retail division of the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, added five new board members, bringing the board total to 12.

Tukatech Appoints Director for Europe


Los Angeles–based technology solutions provider Tuka­tech Inc. named Marta Maiandi director of Tukatech Europe.

Epson Acquires 100 Percent Stake in Italian Textile Printing Firm


Epson Italia S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of printing company Epson, is acquiring a 100 percent stake in the Italian textile printing business Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l.

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Fashion on the Runway from SMC Fashion and Merchandising Students

SMC Fashion

On June 16, students in Santa Monica College’s fashion design and merchandising program showcased their creations on the runway at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall in Santa Monica, Calif.

Roicom USA: Texas Factory With High-Tech, Denim Expertise and Social Message Looks to L.A.


Roicom USA’s sister production company, ReadyOne, employs the severely disabled to produce apparel and equipment for the U.S. military.

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Couture for a Canine Cause

The California Market Center has teamed up with Wags and Walks dog rescue organization to host a charity sample sale and dog adoption fair on July 29 in CMC’s top-floor penthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Survey: Fit Issues Impact Shopping Decisions Online and In-Store


Nearly 60 percent of shoppers say they would buy more often if they could be assured of consistent fit, according to a recently released study by Body Labs, a New York–based company that creates and customises 3-D models of the human body.

Benjamin Seigel Joins Greenberg & Bass


Longtime apparel-industry attorney Benjamin S. Seigel has joined Greenberg & Bass LLP as senior counsel to the firm, based in Los Angeles’ Encino area.

New Sourcing, Textile Trade Show Launching in Toronto

Trade Shows

Garment factories and fabric mills from around the world will show at the inaugural Apparel Textile Sourcing Expo, which will bow Aug. 22–24 at the International Centre in Toronto.

UBM Launching Sourcing@Coterie in September

Trade Shows

UBM—producer of the MAGIC, Project and FN Platform trade shows—is adding a sourcing component to its contemporary Coterie trade show in New York.

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Art Institute of California-Hollywood’s “Spotlight” Runway Show Highlights Award-Winning Designs

AIC Runway Show

Students from the Art Institute of California—Hollywood presented their designs at a runway show complete with a sweeping backdrop of the Verdugo Mountains.

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The Dreslyn Launches Beauty

Contemporary e-commerce retailer The Dreslyn has added beauty products to its mix.

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Whimsy + Row: Pop-up + Capsule Line

To celebrate the launch of the first capsule collection by Whimsy + Row, the lifestyle e-tailer/retailer is hosting a pop-up shop at MILKMADE LA in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood.

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Elaine Kim: Stretch Out & Party

Designer Elaine Kim celebrated the expansion of her retail store with a party in the newly expanded space on Los Angeles’ on West Third Street.

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Anna Does Stand-Up

Schumer does Vogue

It's like a modern-day #freakyfriday. Amy Schumer and Anna Wintour trade places for a day. Guess who wins.

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Konus Pop-up at EDC Vegas

Los Angeles streetwear Konus Brand is popping up RIGHT NOW at the Electric Daisy Carnival festival in Las Vegas.

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L.A.'s Indie (and Exclusive) Market

Drop City: Fashion happening north of the intersection.

MRket and Project to Co-locate in New York

Trade Shows

MRket and Project menswear trade shows will share the same show floor at the Javits Center during the two shows’ July 17–19 run in New Yor

Barbara Fields Reopening Buying Office


Barbara Fields Buying Office is reopening at the California Market Center.

CurveNV Moving to Mandalay Bay, Co-locating With Project Women’s

Trade Shows

CurveNV will move to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, where it will co-locate with UBM’s Project Womens trade show during the shows’ Aug. 15–17 run.

Brigade LA Moving to LA Live in DTLA


Brigade LA is moving to a new space at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Retail Sales Declines in May, NRF Predicts Father’s Day Uptick

Most large retailers reported sales declines in May, but a recent NRF survey points to increased spending in June.

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Chrome Hearts’ Model Family

Cindy Crawford and her daughter Gaia Gerber appear in the latest issue of Chrome Hearts' magazine.

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If You Like It, Put a Crown on It

Beauty app Perfect365 is giving Beyonce fans a chance to try on the Laurel DeWitt crown like the one Bey wears in Coldplay's "Hymn for the Weekend" video.

NetSuite Introduces Software Designed for Apparel and Accessories Retailers


San Jose, Calif.–based enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omni-channel software provider NetSuite Inc. has a new solution designed specifically for apparel and accessories retailers.

Kingpins Launching China City Tour, Changing Hong Kong Schedule

Trade Shows

Boutique denim trade show Kingpins will kick off a new multi-city concept in September called Kingpins China City Tour.

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LA Market Draws Western Retailers Looking for Everything from Immediates to Resort

LA Market

Business was surprisingly good during the June 6–9 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market despite a schedule that overlapped with several other regional markets as well as the California primary election.

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Couture from the Colleagues’ Closets

When Beverly Hills philanthropic organization The Colleagues says they practice “Philanthropy through Fashion from the best closets in town,” they’re not kidding around.