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Alison A. Nieder

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Textile Design Winner

Hank Pola Scholarship

Megan Weitz, a textile design student at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, received the Hank Pola Scholarship at an Aug. 28 reception at the design school’s FIDM Museum and Galleries in downtown Los Angeles.

Obituary: Paul Schnell, Designer for Don Loper, Ernst Strauss, Da-Rue of California, 90

Fashion

Designer Paul Schnell died earlier this year at the age of 90. Best known as the designer for Ernst Strauss, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer of high-end women’s apparel in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Schnell’s last job in the industry was as designer at Da-Rue California Inc., the maker of upscale updated apparel.

FBI’s Harder Among the New Team at Yonduur

Technology

Frances Harder has a new gig. The founder and president of Fashion Business Inc., the fashion nonprofit that recently shuttered after nearly 20 years, has joined the board of advisors at Yonduur, an online marketplace for closeouts, overstock and excess inventory.

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Z Supply Taps Maui and Sons for Icons of Culture

Icons of Culture

After taking a look at classic surf heritage brands Ocean Pacific and Gotcha, Irvine, Calif.–based Z Supply LLC has unveiled the next brand in its Icons of Culture series: Maui and Sons.

Pool Provides a Showcase for Up-and-Comers and Indies

Trade Shows

UBM’s Pooltradeshow has always been a venue for independent and up-and-coming apparel and accessories brands. The Aug. 14–16 show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center returned to its prime location next to Project near the shuttle bus drop-off.

Bustling at Stitch

Trade Shows

For the second season, Stitch, UBM Fashion’s show for upscale women’s apparel and accessories, was located next to Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The location proved to be ideal for many of the exhibitors at Stitch, who were steadily busy throughout the Aug. 14–16 show.

Curve Las Vegas Showcasing Swim, Lingerie

Trade Shows

The Manhattan Beachwear booth at Curve Las Vegas, held Aug. 14–16 within Project Womens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was a flurry of activity with appointments and drop-by traffic for the company’s swim, activewear and resortwear collections.

Coeur x Project Debuts in Las Vegas

Trade Shows

This season introduced a new section at Project Womens, Coeur x Project, a partnership between Project owner UBM Fashion and Coeur, the 6-year-old trade show focused on lifestyle lines, accessories and gifts.

Spring Orders at Project Womens

Trade Shows

Buyers placing orders for Spring merchandise turned out at a steady pace at the Gentle Fawn booth at the Project Womens show, held Aug. 14–16 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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Screen Style: FIDM Celebrates Emmy-Nominated Costume Design

Screen Style

Costume designers, fashion designers and other fashion-industry insiders turned out to celebrate the art of costume design at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, where the 11th annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition recently bowed at the FIDM Museum & Galleries.

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Space Style for a New Age

The world got a first look at the new SpaceX uniform thanks to Elon Musk’s Instagram account.

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Wrangler x Peter Max

Wrangler is about to roll out its latest collab with Pop Art icon Peter Max.

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Z Supply for All

Contemporary basics line Z Supply is going to the dogs (and cats). The Irvine, Calif.–based company recently launched a pet line featuring many of the same fabrics from the Z Supply line.

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Zimberg Launches Luxe Men’s Leather Line

Zimberg

Designer Arnold Zimberg and his brother Bruce Zimberg debuted their new men’s leather jacket collection under the label Jakett/Arnold Zimberg at the recent run of Liberty in Las Vegas.

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Orders Despite Uncertainty at Las Vegas Trade Shows

LV Trade Shows

The apparel industry headed to Las Vegas on the hunt for new trends and new business at the many apparel and sourcing trade shows spread across the city.

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Get Your Game Shirt On

A Tokyo and Worcester, Mass.-based company has designed a sensor-enabled shirt to optimize your time spent in the virtual world—and the real one.

Apparel Decorating Solution Precise Software Joins Open Systems Business Solutions Software

Technology

Precise Software, a Minnesota-based company that provides software solutions to the decorated apparel market, has merged with Open Systems, a provider of business software solutions such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer-relationship management (CRM).

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Fair Trade Fashion Event Raises $31,000 for Anti-Trafficking Organization

Fair Trade Fashion

The Fair Trade Fashion Show, held July 29 at CTRL Collective in downtown Los Angeles, raised $31,000 for Free the Slaves, an international nonprofit organization that helps anti-trafficking efforts in Haiti, Ghana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Nepal and India.

DSTLD Plans Second Round of Crowd-Funding, Pop-Ups and Other Events Planned

Retail

DSTLD, the direct-to-consumer contemporary brand for men and women, is preparing to open up its second round of crowdfunding.

CFA Breaks Down Intellectual Property Landscape

Legal

The California Fashion Association broke down an ever-widening field of intellectual-property issues for a group of apparel manufacturers and retailers at a recent strategy session featuring several legal and insurance experts.

New Non-profit Twice New Aims to Turn Event Waste Into Charitable Opportunity

Events

Crystal Ortiz and Christina Rosenberg spent years planning and producing large-scale, big-budget events such as corporate parties at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and South by Southwest. With their latest project,—the nonprofit organization Twice New—the two are focused on the less-glamorous side of event planning: what to do with all that food and other items left over after the guests have gone home.

YuniquePLM’s Latest Release Includes Added Functionality, Configurability

Technology

The latest release of YuniquePLM’s product lifecycle management software, YuniquePLM 7.1, includes new features and additions to streamline the design process.

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Dress For Success S.F. Raises More Than $100,000 at Fashion Gala

Events

The recent gala hosted by Dress for Success San Francisco featured San Francisco brands Everlane and Margaret O’Leary on the runway, San Francisco chefs offering special tastings and a live auction as well as a silent one.

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Quiet August Market in LA Yields Immediate Orders, Out-of-Town Business

Trade Shows

August market in Los Angeles is typically a quiet affair, with exhibitors and buyers navigating a crowded trade-show schedule that includes the massive Las Vegas trade shows later in the month.

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CK Heads West

Calvin Klein headed to the California desert to shoot the Fall 2017 campaign.

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French Tanneries Make Their West Coast Debut at the CMC

French Leather in LA

The California Market Center played host to a small coterie of French tanneries when six companies showcased their upscale leathers for apparel, accessories and home décor July 13–14 in a suite on the CMC’s eighth floo

Solo Active Collective Draws Diverse Retailers, Prepares for Move to Anaheim, Calif

Trade Shows

The Active Collective trade show, focusing on activewear and athleisure apparel, returned to Huntington Beach, Calif., for its July 18–19 run, which is slated to be the show’s last at the tony Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa.

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Otis Students Take on Frozen Style

Disney Design Challenge

Otis College of Art and Design and Disney took inspiration of the animated film “Frozen,” for a reality show-style challenge that was documented in the “Disney Design Challenge” web series on DisneyStyle.

Gunn Coming to Ideation 2017 LA

Events

Gerber Technology is preparing for its Ideation 2017 conference, set for Nov. 1–3 at the Sheraton Universal Studios in Universal City, Calif.

LA Event to Pay Homage to the Ebony Fashion Fair

Events

In a nod to the Ebony Fashion Fair, the Fashion Legacy Association for Industry Recognition—or FLAIR Inc.—will host a two-day event in July honoring supermodel Pat Cleveland as well as actors Richard Roundtree (“Being Mary Jane” and “Shaft”) and Judy Pace (“Cotton Comes to Harlem”).

Intertek Adds New Testing Services for Activewear, Leathergoods

Technology

Intertek, the Chicago-based quality-assurance provider, has expanded its textile testing services to meet the needs of the makers of activewear and leather goods.

Gerber’s Sam Simpson Retiring After 47 Years With Company

Technology

After 47 years with Gerber Technology, Sam Simpson announced plans to retire, but the longtime technology executive will continue to serve as a consultant to the Tolland, Conn., company as well as acting as a special adviser to Gerber Chief Executive Officer Mohit Uberoi.

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Get Your Greylin On

Mark your calendars, Greylin fans. The contemporary label is hosting its annual sample sale.

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Accessories With a Philanthropic Spirit

Philanthropic accessories and apparel maker Simbi is heading to Evereve, the 70-store retail chain located across the country.

Siloett Gets a Made-for-TV Makeover

Swim/Surf

With decades of swim business experience and a label on the rocks, the Handy family found an avenue to rebrand and rebuild on reality TV.

Z Supply: Classic Styles in Figure-Flattering Fits

Swim/Surf

Z Supply LLC, the Irvine, Calif., maker of Z Supply fashion basics, is diving into its first swim collection for Spring 2018. Combining sleek, figure-flattering looks in a nylon/spandex fabric, the launch collection will include 10 bikinis and one-piece styles.

Lectra Introduces Fashion PLM 4.0 at Industry 4.0 Event

Technology

French equipment and software maker Lectra recently introduced its latest product lifecycle management software at an industry event at the Paris-based company’s technology center in Bordeaux.

Hyosung and Sofileta Partner for New Creora Fresh Collection

Textiles

French textile mill Sofileta is working with South Korean fiber company Hyosung on a new collection featuring Hyosung’s Creora Fresh fiber.

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Dock & Bay Dives Into Active With Eco-Friendly Collection

Dock & Bay

Lightweight, microfiber towel maker Dock & Bay has a new collection with a sustainable story behind it.

Everlane and Margaret O’Leary to Headline Dress for Success Gala in S.F.

Events

To celebrate 12 years helping Bay Area women enter and succeed in the workforce, Dress for Success San Francisco has enlisted San Francisco brands Everlane and Margaret O’Leary for the nonprofit organization’s annual gala fashion show.

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Candiani, Albiate 1830 and Matias Showcase Italian Denim Innovation in L.A.

Candiani

Albiate 1830, the denim division of Bergamo, Italy–based Italian mill Gruppo Albini, and Italian denim mill Candiani joined forces to create FineFusions, a collection that showcases “top Italian heritage, cutting-edge thinking and a virtuous spirit.”

Fashion Business Inc. Shutters After Nearly 20 Years

Manufacturing

After helping start-up and growing apparel companies for nearly two decades, Fashion Business Inc. will shutter operations at the end of August.

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CK, The xx and L.A.

Calvin Klein Chief Creative Officer Raf Simons worked with The xx and photographer/filmmaker Alasdair McLellan to create the concept behind The xx’s “I Dare You” video.

Cone’s S Gene Tech Turns 10

Textiles

Greensboro, N.C.–based denim mill Cone Denim is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its S Gene dual-core technology.

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SMC Hosts LA Mode Runway Show

LA Mode

Students in the fashion design program at Santa Monica College showcased their latest work in LA Mode 2017, the program’s annual runway show, on June 15 at Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Blinkers On

Here’s something sure to be a hit with the fashion—and festival—set. f.lashes are lightweight LED lights meant to be worn like fake lashes.

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FIDM Fêtes Menswear

Industry insiders had a chance to review the work of the graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Advanced Study Program in Menswear at a June 15 reception held at FIDM’s campus in downtown Los Angeles.

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Club Monaco's ’90s Nostalgia

There’s some ’90s nostalgia going down at Club Monaco.

Brookfield Takes Over at CMC

Trade Shows

The new management team at the California Market Center hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast for tenants following the closure of a deal between CMC owners Jamison Services and Brookfield Properties, the real estate giant that runs properties such as FIGat7th and Bank of America Plaza.

UBM Brings Swim Lessons Back to LA

Events

Early in BB Dakota’s history, the brand was picked up by the juniors buyer from a major department store—even though the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based company didn’t consider the brand a juniors label.