Booth space was sold out at the April 3–5 run of Fashion Market Northern California, which is held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., and attendance was on par with last April, according to Suzanne de Groot, executive director of the show.
With LA Fashion Week wrapped, the fashion crowd next heads to Palm Springs, Calif., for Fashion Week El Paseo.
Stony Apparel founders Steve Maiman and Tony Litman received the City of Hope Spirit of Life award on March 12 at an event that raised more than $800,000 for the research and medical center.
Diane’s Swimwear wants to help you get ready for festival season, which kicks off on April 15 with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Los Angeles textile-industry veteran April Booth died on March 12 of natural causes at her home in Visalia, Calif.
Candiani in LA
Designers and denim brand owners turned out to celebrate the opening of the Candiani Los Angeles Design Center on March 16 in downtown Los Angeles.
Fall ’16 Market
For some at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, it was an opportunity to place Fall 2016 orders. For others, it was a chance to replenish depleted inventory.
Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin, the designers of Los Angeles-based brand Calvin Rucker are hosting a sample sale to benefit Girl Up, the United Nationals Foundation’s campaign to help adolescent girls around the world.
CFA’s trademarked hangtags put the emphasis on country of design.
Single Goes Curvy
What started as an exclusive for Saks Fifth Avenue has branched into a new collection and a new customer base for Los Angeles label Single.
Showroom Profile: Lebel Group
Los Angeles–based contemporary label XCVI introduced a new athleisure collection, called XCVI Movement, at the beginning of the year.
Cats are having a moment in fashion.
Luxe and LA-based
For 10 years, Thomas Wylde built a reputation as a high-end collection that balanced its luxe pieces—and equally high price points—with a rock ’n’ roll edge.
Sourcing trade show Factory Direct returned for its third run at The New Mart with a tightly curated mix of factories, design development houses, technology providers, and other resources for small- and mid-sized apparel companies.
Scouting for Textiles
The traffic reports were mixed, with some textile mills and representatives saying the last day was busiest at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, held Feb. 29–March 2 on the top floor of the California Market Center.
Marik Zeltzer, who cofounded the XCVI brand with his wife, Gita, died on Feb. 23 after suffering a heart attack. He was 70 years old.
A Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing has developed a dress form than can shift from a size 2 to a size 12—and back again—with the flip of a switch.
Spotted at the Las Vegas shows
Long-running wholesale jewelry show IFJAG debuted its first Las Vegas show during its Feb. 15–19 run at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.
Two years ago, former financier Jacob Harrison Long set out to revive a shuttered 19th century textile mill in Connecticut with the hopes of launching a collection of American-made woolen fabrics.
This season, rather than show in an enclosed space next to WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Curve@MAGIC was held within WWDMAGIC in an area easy for buyers to spot with large signage, balloons and strings of pastel panties between the booths.
After several seasons moving around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Pooltradeshow has a new home within the Project show at Mandalay Bay.
Buyers visiting the Mandalay Bay Convention Center had a lot to see during the Feb. 16–18 run of trade shows produced by MAGIC and Project parent UBM Advanstar.
At the September run of Designers and Agents in New York, a new concept will bow showcasing designs that are made in New York.
Traffic kicked off early during the Feb. 9–11 run of Milano Unica, the textile trade show that focuses on upscale fabrics.
L.V. Trade Shows
When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.
New York–based Express Trade Capital Inc. now has a West Coast office, which is headed by Dina Davletshina.
Go behind the scene for Calleen Cordero's latest campaign
To celebrate the opening of its new showroom in downtown Los Angeles, Turkish denim mill Bossa hosted a grand opening party and denim trend presentation on Jan. 15.
Capsule's New Home
For its Jan. 26–28 run, Capsule trade show moved to a new location, Pier 92 on New York’s west side, from its previous location at Basketball City on the city’s Lower East Side.
One day after a historic snowstorm dumped two feet of snow on New York, menswear trade show Project opened its doors for its Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center. The storm cut into traffic on opening day, but exhibitors scrambled to rebook appointments and make the most of the remaining days of the show.
Fashion + Active
Outside the Javits Center, people were bundled up in winter coats and snow boots, but inside at the MRket menswear trade show, men in shorts and T-shirts were taking their turn on the Cycle for Survival bike to help raise funds for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Most buyers arriving for the Liberty Fairs NYC show at Pier 94 in New York missed the historic snowstorm and the resulting travel cancellations.
NEW YORK—Late in the afternoon on the last day of the Milano Unica trade show, two designers were walking in and out of booths showcasing luxury Italian fabrics.
Before winter storm Jonas slammed into New York on Jan. 22, organizers of international textile show Texworld USA said preregistration was up 25 percent for the show’s Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center.
Levi Strauss filed the first patent for a distinctive pair of work pant made from a twill fabric in 1873. But denim work pants—or jeans—had been worn even earlier. The Fashion Institute of Technology recently organized “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier,” an exhibition charting the history and evolution of jeans, at the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT in New York.
Toy giant Mattel has unveiled a newly revamped Barbie collection designed to more accurately reflect the diversity of the children who play with the doll.
Fashion on Film
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin has unveiled the secret talent behind French fashion show sound engineer Michel Gaubert. It’s his assistant Petit Michel and he’s a total doll.
"Zoolander 2" features Kristen Wiig as beauty mogul Alexanya Atoz famous for a product called “Youth Milk.”
Los Angeles–based Crew Knitwear, maker of the Bobeau and H.I.P. brands, has hired Tricia Franklin as chief executive officer.
Boston Proper, the multichannel retailer owned by Chico’s FAS Inc., has been acquired by Los Angeles–based private-equity investment Brentwood Associates for an undisclosed amount.
Focus on Activewear
Active Collective, the activewear and athleisure show that bowed last year in Huntington Beach, Calif., returned for its second solo show with 90 exhibitors showing their collections Jan. 15–16 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort.
January market in Los Angeles is typically a low-key affair with retailers looking to fill in depleted inventories after the holiday season or buyers looking to review lines in a more-relaxed setting before the crush of the Las Vegas trade shows in February.
Virgin Galactic teamed up with Y-3, the Adidas/Yohji Yamamoto collaboration, to create flight suits for Virgin's commercial spaceships.
On Jan. 1, Jerry and Judy Wexler moved into their new showroom on the sixth floor of The New Mart. At 1,200 square feet, the new space is more than 400 square feet larger than their previous location on the second floor of the California Market Center.
The Succarra showroom is in New York, Dallas and Atlanta, but until six months ago it did not have a home in Los Angeles. That changed with the opening of the newest Succarra location at the Cooper Design Space.
Longtime sales representative Mitch Stedman died on Dec. 30 at the age of 90. A familiar figure in the California Market Center (previously called the CaliforniaMart) and a fixture in the California apparel industry, Stedman and his late wife, Susan Barry, are remembered as consummate professionals who loved the apparel industry.
Finance One opened its first international branch last fall in Shanghai after a five-year process to secure new business partners in China and ensure that the Los Angeles–based factor has done its due diligence regarding international laws and regulations for overseas trade and financing.
Dive Into Summer
Southern California got a break in the El Niño rainstorms just in time for the Jan. 8–9 run of Swim Collective at the Hyatt Huntington Beach, a seaside resort in Huntington Beach, Calif.