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Alison A. Nieder

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Building the Supply Chain at Texworld USA

Trade Show

Two years ago at Texworld USA in New York, Los Angeles knitting mill SG Knits met with a potential customer. The two companies stayed in touch, and two years later the potential customer has become an actual one.

Attendance Up at PV New York

Trade Show

Première Vision New York reported an “all-time high” attendance during its July 21–22 run at Pier 92, where more than 300 exhibitors showcased their latest collections of fabric, trim and artwork.

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Showroom Profiles: Hôtel Particulier

Showroom Profiles

After several years building a U.S. retail base, French contemporary collection Hôtel Particulier opened a West Coast showroom in June on the fourth floor of The New Mart.

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Inside the '80s Modeling Wars

Fashion TV in Development

Cindy Crawford is developing a TV show about the modeling world in the 1980s.

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Sampling Australia

LA Fashion District

Australian Fashion Labels is holding a sample sale this week in L.A.

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Celebrating TV Costumes at FIDM

Costume Design

Actors, costume designers and fashion designers turned out on July 18 for the ninth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition presented by the FIDM Museum at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Television Academy.

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Cotton for the Next Generation

Spanish Mill Hilaturas Ferre Sets Its Sights on the U.S. Market With Recycled Cotton

Spanish mill Hilaturas Ferre sets its sights on the U.S. market with recycled cotton

Swim Collective Launching Beach Collective in August, Planning Swim Week in 2016

Swim Business

On the heels of its first standalone Active Collective trade show, Swim Collective will launch a new premium beachwear section during the upcoming Swim Collective—International Edition show Aug. 13–14 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The new section is part of a larger effort to build a week-long swimwear and activewear trade show series planned for 2016.

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Wilhelmina Seeking Summer Goddesses

Wilhelmina Models is hosting is “Summer Goddess 2015 Model Search” open call on July 18 on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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Textile Trends

Swim Fabrics

Waterwear July 2015 Textile Trends

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Island Style in a Cheeky Cut


Guam-based Sandrine Stewart launched Chamorrita, a collection of itsy-bitsy bikinis in island-inspired colors and prints and trimmed with tropical details such as coconut and mother-of-pearl shells.

Mid-Year Economic Forecast: Signs of Strength Tempered With Notes of Caution

California’s economic outlook for the remainder of the year is good, but it’s not exactly time to pop the champagne cork because the forecast is served with a helping of caution.

Revolve Popping Up in the Hamptons


Los Angeles e-tailer Revolve is setting up a weekly pop-up shop this summer in The Hamptons, the seaside Long Island getaway for many in the New York area.

Gerber Launches I-Table for Fabric Spreading


Gerber Technology introduced the I-Table series, an automated spreading and cutting system designed to help increase consistency in a variety of manufacturing environments.

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Luxe Fabrics Are the Foundation of a New Contemporary Collection

The Beginning Of...

Ecotex owner Raphael Javaheri is launching a new contemporary apparel brand beginning with a luxury knits collection that will officially bow in August in Las Vegas.

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Fashion on Wheels

Houston is hosting Fashion Truck Fest on July 18.

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Have a Fashionable Fourth!

Hope your Fourth (of July) is fashionable!

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You Can’t Spell Fashion Capital Without L.A.

Fashion Exhibition

The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology recently opened a new exhibition titled “Global Fashion Capitals,” featuring a mix of established fashion cities and “emerging” ones.

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A Tale of Chanel, Chocolate and Intellectual Property

Trademark Adventures

An Australian chocolatier was forced to change her business’ logo after getting into a row with the House of Chanel.

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Before Fly Was Cool

There’s a new fashion documentary opening on Friday focused on the early days of hip-hop fashion.

Kingpins New York to Shift to November/May Schedule

Trade Show

Kingpins, the boutique premium-denim trade show, is moving its New York show schedule beginning in November, when it will host a Nov. 3–4 show at Pier 36 NYC (Basketball City) in Manhattan.

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Active Collective in Huntington Beach, Calif.

All Active

Buyers from department stores, resorts, boutique stores and yoga studios turned out early for the June 23–24 run of Active Collective at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort in Huntington Beach, Calif.

MRket Rolls Out The Hub for New Events, Activities at New York Show

Trade Show

MRket, the menswear show organized by Business Journals Inc., will kick off a video series, a photo studio, a book signing and a Beam pop-up shop at The Hub, the trade show’s new interactive area set to bow during the July 19–21 show at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York.

Coast Trade Show Adds Nashville to the Lineup, Changes 2016 Schedule to Coincide with Miami Swim

Trade Show

Coast, the men’s and women’s contemporary trade show based in Miami, has added a new venue to its roster of shows: Nashville, Tenn.

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Rihanna: Fashion Icon to Fashion Design?

Fashion icon Rihanna appears be considering launching her own fashion and accessories brand.

Velcro Cos. Acquires Fastener and Elastic Web Companies

Manufacturing | Textiles

Velcro Companies acquired two Belgium-based companies specializing in hook-and-loop fasteners and elastic and rigid webbing in a move the company says will broaden its product portfolio, expand its presence in Europe, and facilitate research and development “to speed the pace of product innovations.”

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FineLine Introduces ‘As You Like It’ for RFID-Integrated Hangtags

Manufacturing | Technology

Atlanta-based RFID (radio frequency identification) tag provider FineLine Technologies Inc. has a new quick-turn program, dubbed “As You Like It.”

App Gives Manufacturers an Eye on the Production Floor


Alpharetta, Ga.–based solutions provider Shopfloor Support LLC has launched Shopfloor Eye, a solution that helps manufacturers collect production data and get real-time visibility on the factory floor.

Pent-Up Demand for Retail Real Estate Could Fuel Development, Drive Rent Prices Up


There are signs of economic recovery in Southern California as “pent-up demand” drives retail real estate development in the region.

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Onitsuka Tiger + original Japanese textiles by Makumo

Footwear/Textiles Collab

Onitsuka Tiger, the lifestyle brand owned by ASICS, struck a partnership with Japanese textile maker Makumo for a capsule collection of shoes for men and women featuring original Makumo prints.

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Hana’s Kim and Avant’s Blanco Honored at Black & White Ball

National Jewish Health

It was a sea of black-and-white formalwear at the Skirball Cultural Center in West Los Angeles when apparel-industry executives gathered to honor Sunnie S. Kim, and George P. Blanco.

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LA Market Draws Low Foot Traffic But Committed Buyers

LA Fashion Market

It looked like a typically lightly trafficked June market, but exhibitors reported seeing committed buyers from across the state and across the country—as well as a few from Japan—during the June 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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Brand Building With a Denim Foundation

Citizens of Humanity

With the addition of Kathy Kweon as president, Citizens of Humanity has completed a number of staffing and brand-building changes to the Los Angeles–based denim lifestyle brand.

New President at Citizens of Humanity as Williams Takes Over as CEO


Kathy Kweon joined Citizens of Humanity as president of the premium-denim lifestyle brand, replacing Amy Williams, who was promoted to chief executive officer.

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Kanye West Turns Out at L.A. Trade Tech’s Fashion Show

Gold Thimble

Los Angeles Trade-Technical College celebrated its 90th anniversary during its May 29 Gold Thimble runway show, where student designers showcased everything from swimwear, sportswear and menswear to day dresses, and after-five dresses inspired by the 1970s.

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August Los Angeles

Showroom Profiles

Melissa Naguiat opened her August Los Angeles showroom in the Cooper Design Space in February, and she’s curating the look of the showroom as carefully as the mix of the lines she represents.

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McCarthy Puts on Her Fashion Face for Stewart

Actress—and soon-to-be designer—Melissa McCarthy showed up on The Daily Show last night wearing a kimono dress printed with stills of host Jon Stewart, prompting the surprised host to quip “I am all over you like a cheap suit.”

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California Retail With a Swedish Accent

LA’s ‘Little Scandinavia’

At the opening of the Susanne Karlsson Scandinavian Kollectiv store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street, Swedish was the predominant language, guests included members of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, and hors d’oeuvres included homemade Swedish pancakes served with cocktails made with Absolut vodka and Rekorderling cider.

Parking Lot Thefts Prompt New Security Measures at the CMC

Trade Show | News

A car was broken into and later stolen from the California Market Center in Los Angeles shortly after business hours on May 27.

Columbia Promotes Four


Columbia Sportswear Co. recently promoted four executives at the Portland, Ore.–based outdoor and activewear company.

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CCA Hosts Annual Fashion Show in SF

Art & Architecture

California College of the Arts hosted its annual fashion show on May 15 at CCA’s San Francisco campus, where 13 senior design students showcased their final collections for a crowd of about 750 guests.

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Presidential Meets Promotional

Political Fashion

Hillary Clinton is determined to be the frontrunner—in presidential candidate merch, that is.

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License to Rock

Star Wares

Kiss co-founder Paul Stanley will launch a new lifestyle brand called Paul Stanley: Royals & Rebels at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas in June.

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Fish to Fabric

An Alaska-based company, Tidal Vision, wants to recycle fishery waste products like fish skin and crab shells into textile products.

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Seated in Style

Recent design school grad Lucy Jones took her Parsons instructor's challenge to “design a project that could change the world” to heart.

UPDATE: Port Contract Ratified by Shippers and Longshore Workers

Import & Export

Members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents Longshore workers, voted to ratify a new five-year contract.

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American Apparel Files Lawsuit Against Charney for Alleged Breach of ‘Standstill Agreement’

Manufacturing | Retail

The fight between American Apparel and its founder, Dov Charney, continued with a lawsuit the manufacturer filed on May 15 in the Delaware Court Of Chancery against the ousted chief executive officer, alleging Charney violated a “standstill agreement” he had with American Apparel.

Cherokee Acquires Everyday California

Manufacturing | Retail

Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Global Brands has acquired San Diego–based casual lifestyle brand Everyday California.

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Academy of Art Honors CFDA, Ryan Roche at Annual Graduation Fashion Show

International Inspiration

The Council of Fashion Designers of America was honored and designer Ryan Roche received the Distinguished Alumna award on May 14 at the annual Academy of Art University graduation fashion show in San Francisco.

LA City Council Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

Los Angeles City Council members voted in favor of a minimum wage hike from its current $9 per hour to $15 per hour by 2020.