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Retailers had a lot of ground to cover during the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market
At the Fashion Business Inc. fashion fund-raiser at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was given to an established LA designer who has been expanding her reach and growing her brand in recent years.
Cooper Design Space
In less than two years, Brand Assembly has grown from a showroom in the Cooper Design Space to a trade show featuring 60 upscale contemporary brands held on the building’s 11th floor.
California Market Center
Los Angeles contemporary collection Miilla has a new home on the fifth floor of the California Market Center.
The look for Spring '14 will be sunny, girly, eclectic and edgy.
Cameron Silver, founder of Los Angeles–based vintage emporium Decades, has a new collection for Nine West inspired by ’80s punk styles.
Calvin Rucker, the California casual couture brand designed by Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin, is having a trunk show at Gratus in Beverly Hills.
LA Fashion Week
The worlds of fashion and interiors converged at Driven by Design LA, the runway event at the LA Mart, which debuted on Oct. 4.
El Segundo, Calif.–based JustFab Inc. is launching two new celebrity-driven collections. The subscription-based e-commerce site has partnered with actress Kate Hudson on Fabletics, a new line of athletic apparel and accessories inspired by Hudson’s active lifestyle.
Los Angeles–based brand manufacturer and e-tailer Five Four Clothing has added a new tee to its LA landmarks’ collection: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
New E-tail Site The Dreslyn
Brooke Taylor Corcia's site launched from company’s headquarters in Los Angeles
At a time when people are talking about the lack of diversity on fashion runways, designer Rick Owens upended all ideas of what a runway show should look like with his Spring 14 show at Paris Fashion Week.
Wichita, Kan.–based fiber maker Invista, producer of Lycra, purchased the specialty polyester business from its licensee, European polyester fiber producer Advansa.
Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc. will be investing at least $200 million in 2014 and 2015 to build two new yarn-spinning facilities in the United States.
The California Market Center recently announced plans to open its Los Angeles Fashion Market Spring ’14 on Oct. 13. The event will run through Oct. 16.
Trends and Trade Shows
The Los Angeles International Textile Show starts on Sept. 30 at the California Market Center with more than 250 textile resources, including fabric, trim, trend services and technology providers.
The California Market Center and the Gerry Building will open Los Angeles Fashion Market Spring ’14 on Sunday, Oct. 13. The New Mart, Cooper Design Space and Lady Liberty will open on Monday, Oct. 14. The market's temporary shows have also opted for different opening days.
Contemporary & Collectible
BCBGMaxAzria has introduced the Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie--complete with bandage dresses and accessories in Barbie- and life-size versions.
Asher Fabric Concepts, Ciabatti s.r.l., Cinergy Textiles Inc., Colorway by Nasrin, Designer Fabric Warehouse, Home Fashion Fabrics, Nipkow & Kobelt Inc.
Fabrics made from recycled polyester, crushed oyster shell and nano-tech particles were among the offerings in the Fashion Theater at the California Market Center in Los Angeles during a two-day business matchmaking session organized by the Taiwan Textile Federation.
Visitors to the recent Liberty Fairs trade show in Las Vegas had a chance to demo a new system designed to make e-commerce easier.
Vertical textile and apparel maker Grupo Karim’s has tapped NGC Software’s product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions to help the company manage its operations in the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Pakistan.
Taking Branding to New Hights
Hello Kitty is now emblazoned across the side of an EVA Air jet, which landed today at Los Angeles International Airport after an overseas flight from Taiwan.
Business Journals Fashion Group—the organizers of MRket, Moda, Stitch and Accessories The Show—will launch a new women’s trade show in February in New York.
The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award will be presented to a Los Angeles designer during a runway show and fashion fund-raiser hosted by Fashion Business Inc. during Los Angeles Fashion Week.
Bethann Hardison is on a mission to bring diversity to fashion's runways.
All About Brazil
Brazilian footwear designer Fernando Pires has introduced a shoe inspired by the Brazilian flag to celebrate the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Adidas' Spring Blade shoes are designed to “propel you forward with every step.”
U.S. chain-store sales posted a 3.7 percent increase for August over the previous year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Uniqlo, the Japanese fast-fashion retailer and purveyor of puffer coats in every color, has announced an ambitious lineup of 10 US store openings this fall. None are in LA.
San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. recently made several changes to the executive ranks of its Levi’s brand division.
Jennifer Ehrhardt has been named chief financial officer of Irvine, Calif.–based teen surf chain Tilly’s, succeeding Bill Langsdorf, who announced his retirement earlier in the year.
Prime Real Estate
Sourcing at MAGIC kicked off its four-day show a day early on Aug. 18 at a new location in the Las Vegas Convention Center: the North Hall.
The aisles were crowded and buyers were lined up at many of the booths at the Aug. 17–20 OffPrice show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
CurveNV, the lingerie and swim show run by CurvExpo, a division of European trade show producer Eurovet, moved back to its third-floor venue at The Venetian for its Aug. 19-20 run in Las Vegas.
The Department Store Museum blog is a a treasure trove of retail memorabilia—from vintage photos and sketches of long-lost stores to charge cards, shopping bags and store directories.
LAS VEGAS SHUFFLE
The Las Vegas trade show lineup shuffled again this season
Carl Jones one of the founders of pioneering urban brand Cross Colours is gearing up to relaunch the brand.
After four shows in New York, DG Expo is heading to San Francisco.
The High Roller—a 550-foot tall observation Ferris wheel--will anchor the new Linq entertainment and retail project slated to start opening later this year.
Union City, Calif.–based Ariat International named Jake Rivas vice president of footwear design for the company, which makes equestrian performance footwear, apparel and accessories.
Los Angeles–based Alternative Apparel named Dawn De La Fuente vice president of marketing.
To keep up with demand for American-made selvage denim, Cone Denim is increasing capacity of selvage denim by 25 percent by installing several vintage selvage looms at its historic White Oak mill in Greenboro, N.C.
Apparel-industry veterans Ben Seigel and Robert Ezra have launched a mediation business tailor-made for the apparel and textile industry.
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence have put out the call for an Oct. 12 runway event, design challenge and fund-raiser in Long Beach, Calif., called Project Nunway LA.
A new program launched by Bayer CropScience—a division of healthcare, agricultural and high-tech materials giant Bayer—lets retailers and consumers track the supply chain right to the farmer who grew the cotton.
The Taiwan Textile Federation is hosting its first-ever business matchmaking session in Los Angeles Aug. 22–23 at the California Market Center.
New York trim supplier Emsig Manufacturing Co. has introduced an unbreakable button the company promises can withstand a compression test of 2,000 pounds per square inch.
Want to know what you’ll be wearing in 2154? According the Sony Pictures film “Elysium,” that depends on your zipcode.
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