Change Is Good
Attendees returning to the Las Vegas apparel and textile trade shows found the landscape changed again.
Julie Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and Augustine Tantillo, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations, discussed their group members’ view on everything from a proposed border tax on goods coming from Mexico to the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a recent live webcast.
The Fashion Bookstore<, located in the lobby of the California Market Center, will host its biannual sale Feb. 27–March 1 during the Los Angeles International Textile Show.
Last season, Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad showed his new Verdad label in an installation setting during New York Fashion Week. For his Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the designer returned to the runway, showing on Feb. 12 at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea.
Icons of Culture
For the launch of Z Supply’s new Icons of Culture brand, Greg Garrett went back to his roots.
Google recently announced new fashion/tech partnership with Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M that really focuses on the “app” in apparel.
See Now, Buy Now
A well-dressed crowd of fashion influencers and fans turned out to see the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2017 runway show at The Grove lifestyle center in Los Angeles.
Daymond John, the FUBU co-founder and one of the “sharks” on TV’s “Shark Tank,” will deliver the keynote address at the Startup World Cup 2017, set for March 24 in San Francisco.
Jillian Nelson’s career as a model and fit model—in Hong Kong, at the Columbus, Ohio–headquartered Limited Inc., and in New York—has made her a fit expert.
The discussion of technology and textiles tends to focus on new fiber developments or automation within a fabric mill. Los Angeles–based printer and full-package production house C-Print has introduced FabFad, a new way to bring tech into the textile-buying process.
To celebrate the opening of the 25th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition at the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, the Los Angeles design college hosted a grand-opening party on Feb. 4 at its downtown Los Angeles campus.
Zumiez Inc., the Lynwood, Wash.–based action-sports apparel and equipment retailer, continued its winning streak with strong retail sales last month. In contrast, Kearney, Neb.–based chain The Buckle Inc. continued to struggle in January. The company reported a 17.2 percent decrease in net sales to $43.9 million in January and a same-store-sales decrease of 17.6 percent.
Los Angeles retail boutique Ron Robinson will host a pair of sweet events for the launch of Sugar + Ron Robinson, a retro T-shirt collection that blends “pop-rock colors” and “cotton candy fabrics.”
Vera Bradley—the lifestyle brand known for its allover-print handbags, totes and luggage—will launch a swimwear collection with Mainstream Swimwear Inc.
Online sales were expected to capture 11.6 percent —or $394 billion—of all U.S. retail sales in 2016, according to a projection by Forrester research firm, but instead “digital touchpoints” commanded an estimated 49 percent of U.S. sales.
There are five reasons for a textile mill to invest in new technology, according to Amit Bracha, president and chief operating officer with the Long Beach, Calif.–based vertical textile mill Texollini.
Exhibitors were “stoked” and buyers were busy at the Jan. 26–28 run of Surf Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
Athleta, the fitness apparel division of San Francisco–based Gap Inc. is adding fair trade-certified styles to its collection of activewear.
Jeanologia, the Spanish developer and distributor of laser-finishing equipment for jeans and other apparel, and Lenzing, the maker of Tencel, have joined forces to showcase the benefits of “laser laundry technology” on Tencel fabrics and garments.
Glamour magazine and Girlgaze recently hosted an intimate lunch celebrating “Films Powered by Women” at the Sundance Film Festival, where directors, editors and actors had an opportunity to meet, mingle and toast the work of female filmmakers.
American-made menswear brand Bills Khakis has been acquired by NEJ Inc., a Connecticut company that supplies excess inventory to specialty stores and offprice retailers.
New York–based PVH Inc. has struck a licensing deal with Peerless Clothing International Inc., which will begin producing tailored menswear under the Tommy Hilfiger label in 2018.
ASICS America Corp., the U.S. operations of Japanese footwear and athletic apparel brand ASICS, has named two new executives to the team, based in Irvine, Calif.
Lunada Bay Chief Executive Officer and President Susan Crank died on Jan. 23 after battling cancer.
A former software developer from Seattle has come up with a process that could usher in the robotic age of apparel manufacturing.
The Fashion & Textile Museum in London has a new exhibition on Josef Frank, the Swedish architect and textile artist who worked with Svenskt Tenn.
Leslie Gallin, president of footwear at UBM—the trade show giant that produces MAGIC, Project and FN Platform—offers her take on the footwear trends on the horizon for Fall 2017.
Visitors to the Jan. 13–14 run of the Swim Collective and Active Collective trade shows at the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., got a break from the rains that had been soaking California since the beginning of the year.
LA Fashion Market
The parking was easy, the lunch lines were short and the halls were fairly quiet at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, which kicked off for some showrooms on Sunday, Jan. 15, with the rest opening the following day on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The Jan. 10–11 run of the OC.Mix trade show drew a mix of returning exhibitors and newcomers to the small, regional trade show held in the Irvine, Calif., headquarters of Z Supply.
South Korea–based Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, has partnered with knit mill Best Pacific Textiles to create a series of smart fabrics.
Vietnam is the next stop for Repreve, according to Greensboro, N.C.–based Unifi Inc., which produces the fiber made from recycled materials including plastic bottles.
Lenzing is expanding its U.S. operations for production of Tencel fibers in Mobile, Ala. The new facility will have a capacity of 90,000 tons of fiber and represents an investment of nearly $300 million.
The Ralph Lauren Corp. has a new sustainable sourcing policy for its use of wood-based fabrics such as viscose and rayon.
A new capsule collection by California swim line Lolli Swim just bowed at Target.com.
Company Closed 250 Stores
The Limited announced on Jan. 8 that it was closing all of its 250 of its brick-and-mortar stores and laying off 4,000 employees. The company will continue to operate its online store.
Before launching Revel Rey at Miami Swim Week last July, designer Audrey Swanson wanted to perfect the look of her swimwear collection.
Courtney Allegra’s collection includes everything from the tricot fabrications typically used for swimwear to an ultra-fine microsuede, which is quick drying and has a luxe, lightweight hand.
Swedish men’s swim line OAS is launching in the United States and looking to expand to women’s swim in 2017.
For retail powerhouse L Brands—the Columbus, Ohio–based parent company of Victoria Secret—December was flat. But it was grim news for Kearney, Neb.–based The Buckle, which reported a 15.1 percent drop in net sales to 154.6 million in December as well as a 15.5 percent drop in same-store sales.
In December, PVH Corp. and its Tommy Hilfiger brand signed on to the UN Global Compact, a massive initiative aimed at harnessing business’s role in global sustainability.
The impact of deforestation might initially seem like a minor concern to apparel and textile businesses, but a recent report finds a link between revenue and deforestation for nearly 200 companies, including several high-profile companies in apparel, retail and textiles.
John Malkovich, the Academy Award-nominated actor for films such as “Places in the Heart” and “In the Line of Fire,” is showing off his fashionable side in a new video for online web development site Squarespace.
Nexgen Packaging LLC, the label and branding company with offices in Santa Barbara, Calif., struck a deal with KT Label, the Turkish maker of leather labels.
Xmas with CFF & TALA
There were dancing, games, lunch, Christmas trees and a visit from Santa, who passed out gifts to neighborhood children at an annual party hosted by the Textile Association of Los Angeles and the California Fashion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Fashion Association.
There’s a new trade show launching in February in New York for designer collections.
Employment in apparel and textile manufacturing in California fluctuated slightly throughout the year but essentially held steady at around 105,000 employed at apparel factories and knitting mills statewide, according to the California Employment Development Department.
Christmas with UBM
The UBM Fashion Group—parent company of MAGIC, Project and FN Platform—recently hosted a holiday event for retailers and brands to kick off the holidays.
Make It in LA
The future of the apparel industry lies in its connectivity. That’s the word from a panel of industry insiders who spoke at a recent event hosted by Not Just A Label, the international platform for emerging designers, which recently put down roots in Los Angeles.