Kellwood Holding LLC has sold its American Recreation Products LLC business to Exxel Outdoors LLC for an undisclosed amount.
Hudson’s Bay Co. named Marc Metrick president of the company’s Saks Fifth Avenue business, replacing Marigay McKee, who has left the company.
The Los Angeles Majors Market at the California Market Center kicked off on April 7 for its three-day run with a flurry of activity drawing buyers from department stores and specialty chains.
Barbara Fields Forecast for Fall ’15
Look for the bohemian hippie-chic trend to continue for Fall ’16 with some new items such as the blanket coat, the fit and flare pant, the fur jacket, and ponchos in all lengths to drive the look forward.
Coachella Music and Arts Festival revelers looking for a last-minute style update are in luck. Los Angeles–based e-tailer Revolve is offering same-day delivery to California’s Coachella Valley and surrounding areas during the festival’s two weekends.
Donald Pliner is leaving his position as creative director of the Donald J Pliner Company to “pursue new creative endeavors,” according to a statement released by the luxury footwear designer.
New Mart TV
Peter Kim, founder and CEO of Los Angeles–based Hudson Jeans, discusses the premium denim brand’s new Forever Forward campaign and mission in a video on the New Mart’s newly launched video portal, the New Mart Network.
From the shifting nature of analytics to consumers’ growing influence to the consumer connectivity of the “Internet of things,” key technology issues and their impact on apparel retailers and brands were discussed by technology experts who recently gathered in Los Angeles.
Just east of downtown Los Angeles and you’ll find designers wandering among hundreds of bins of brightly colored feathers, racks of feathered boas and displays of feather flowers, elaborate feathered epaulettes and collars, and, of course, wings.
Haute in the Desert
Opening night of Fashion Week El Paseo put the spotlight on eight Southern California designers: Trina Turk, Eduardo Lucero, Kevan Hall, Anthony Franco, Lloyd Klein, Chagoury’s Gilbert Chagoury, Oliver Tolentino and Candice Held.
Members of the Los Angeles fashion community met at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to present FIDM student Karoline Korpor with the Hank Pola Scholarship.
To celebrate Swarovski’s 120th anniversary, Markus Langes-Swarovski, executive board member at the Austrian crystal maker and great-great grandson of company founder Daniel Swarovski, was in Los Angeles to introduce the company’s Spring/Summer ’16 collection.
20th Anniversary Capsule Collection
Trina Turk, the California contemporary brand with the Mid-Century, Palm Springs aesthetic, is turning 20 this year. To celebrate, designer Trina Turk launched a 20th Anniversary collection of dresses, sportswear, swimwear, accessories and jewelry featuring Turk’s signature original prints.
Athletic giant Nike teamed up with designer Chitose Abe, founder of the Japanese brand Sacai, to launch Nike x Sacai, a new collaboration that adds a fashionable twist to athletic apparel.
Traffic appeared lighter than usual for March at the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Week, but exhibitors said traffic was steady and reported landing orders from local and out-of town retailers.
Long Tall Sally is a retail chain specializing in fashion for women 5’8” and up.
Carlsbad, Calif.–based Cozy Orange launched in 2013 with a mission to fuse active apparel with a sustainability message. Today, the company continues to evolve its eco-active focus to position the brand as a fashion-driven lifestyle collection.
Public TV station KCET has a video released to coincide with Otis College of Art and Design's report on the creative economy that really demonstrates the scope of the industry’s impact—and takes viewers behind the scenes of two local companies.
In the days leading up to Los Angeles Fashion Market, the new U.S. team at Australian Fashion Labels was putting the finishing touches on the 4,100-square-foot headquarters and showroom space on the third floor at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.
Sandy Jang has been producing young contemporary fashions for 15 years under the labels Sweet Rain and Alice Blue. For the upcoming March 16–19 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, Jang will introduce her eponymous premium collection.
The New Mart
Full-package producers, logistics, design consulting and other sourcing resources exhibited at the debut of the Factory Direct trade show at The New Mart March 2–4.
L.A. Textile Show
The threat of rain put a damper on the opening day of the Los Angeles International Textile Show, but traffic picked up on the second and third day of the show’s March 2–4 run at the California Market Center.
Fashion Week El Paseo is preparing to celebrate its 10th anniversary when it hosts its March 21-28 run in Palm Desert, Calif.
Coverage the recent trade shows in Las Vegas
The Feb. 16–18 run of Capsule at The Venetian in Las Vegas got off to a good start with exhibitors reporting a strong turnout from domestic and international retailers shopping the men’s and women’s contemporary apparel and accessories collections at the show.
Business was good for the exhibitors at the Offprice show, held Feb. 15–18 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Once again, the young contemporary section of WWDMAGIC was a buzzing hive of activity during the show’s Feb. 17–19 run at the Las Vegas Convention Center.
The Feb. 15–17 run of CurveNV saw a mix of new exhibitors and returning brands showing at the upscale lingerie and swimwear show at The Venetian in Las Vegas.
Since announcing plans to retire, Steinberg has been asked to consult for the industry, which she said she is considering, but she’s keeping her options open for now.
Regina Miracle International Ltd., a Hong Kong–based lingerie and shapewear maker, is adding Centric 8 product lifecycle management software to help coordinate collaboration between the lingerie company’s sample-development team and its customers and its internal sample-development team.
Italian luxury brand Roberto Cavalli added the Optitex 2-D Pattern Making and Optitex 3-D Virtual Prototyping CAD Suites.
Ortiz Industries' Empowered event with Ducati
Ortiz Industries' Empowered event with Ducati at New York Fashion Week
Nicholas Duong makes all his Leather Cottage bags and accessories by hand in his studio in Alhambra, Calif.
Iconic surf brand Hang Ten introduced a new hat collection at the MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas.
Vegas Trade Shows
International buyers and retailers looking to restock diminished inventories circulated around the more than 20 apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas
Gong Hay Fat Choy
Las Vegas celebrates the year of the goat.
UBM Advanstar, producer of the MAGIC, Project and ENKVegas shows, has formed a strategic alliance with Eurovet, producer of the Curvexpo lingerie and swimwear shows in Las Vegas and New York, to launch a jointly owned new swimwear and lingerie show in Las Vegas called CurveNV@MAGIC.
Iconic surf brand Hang Ten will unveil a new hat collection at the upcoming MAGIC trade show in Las Vegas.
For all his detractors, American Apparel founder Dov Charney still has plenty of supporters. Friends, former coworkers and colleagues have been posting messages of support on a website, called Team Dov.
Tired? Run-down? Listless? Perhaps this will help.
Epson’s Digital Couture Event
Printing technology company Epson kicked off New York Fashion Week on Feb. 10 with Digital Couture, a fashion event featuring an international mix of designers and the original creations made with Epson’s dye sublimation printers.
Manufacturing | Made in America
Los Angeles–based STC-QST supplies products that provide the foundation of a garment, such as interlining, pocketing, shoulder pads and zippers. When STC-QST Chief Executive Officer Brian Weitman quietly launched a sourcing division 15 years ago, he began providing support for growing apparel makers and brands.
Electric & Rose
With roots in yoga and surfing, Electric & Rose is a lifestyle collection that draws its name from Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood, which is home to company founders Eric Balfour and Erin Chiamulon.
Milano Unica, the European textile trade show formed when several well-established Italian trade shows—including IdeaBiella, Moda In and Shirt Avenue—joined forces 10 years ago, is preparing to launch its first New York show in July.
Swim Collective, the Southern California–based swimwear trade show organized by Shannon Leggett, has set its dates for new activewear show Active Collective, including a new edition in New York.
Los Angeles–based knitter Asher Fabric Concepts has hired Jolie Fierro as vice president of sales for its newly launched Asher Active Athletic Concepts division of performance knits for the fitness, yoga and athletic markets.
With representatives from retailers and brands such as Levi Strauss & Co., Target, Urban Outfitters, VF Corp., Express, Marc Jacobs, Bonobos, Gap, Citizens for Humanity and Tommy Hilfiger, the Jan. 20–21 run of the Kingpins denim trade show put the focus on denim innovation and technology.
Barcelona-based fashion label Encuentro Moda is using YuniquePLM to streamline its product lifecycle management and provide a centralized platform for its operations in retail, design and manufacturing.
BM Merchandising Co. Ltd., maker of the Royal Blue brand of men’s and juniors denim and knit apparel brands and a private-label producer, is replacing its legacy business system and software tools with Simparel Enterprise Solution.
To help streamline product development and improve speed-to-market, French label Petit Bateau selected Lectra Fashion PLM.