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Alison A. Nieder

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Surf Industry—and More—Turn Out for Surf Expo

Trade Shows

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.

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Fit and Fair

Athleta, the fitness apparel division of San Francisco–based Gap Inc. is adding fair trade-certified styles to its collection of activewear.

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Up for Some ‘Light Laundry’?

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.

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Fete for Female Filmmakers

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.

Bills Khakis Fully Acquired by NEJ


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.

PVH Strikes Deal With Peerless for Tommy Hilfiger Tailored Menswear


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 Names Two Execs


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.

Obituary: Lunada Bay Chief Susan Crank


Lunada Bay Chief Executive Officer and President Susan Crank died on Jan. 23 after battling cancer.

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Automating the Sewing Room

A former software developer from Seattle has come up with a process that could usher in the robotic age of apparel manufacturing.

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Spotlight on Mid-Century Textile Design

Textile Exhibition

The Fashion & Textile Museum in London has a new exhibition on Josef Frank, the Swedish architect and textile artist who worked with Svenskt Tenn.

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Leslie’s Picks for Fall Shoe Trends

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.

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Swim Collective and Active Collective Kick off the Year in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Active Collective

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.

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Mixed Reaction to LA’s Quiet Market

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.

OC.Mix Retains Intimate Feeling, Draws More Retailers

Trade Shows

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.

Hyosung Strikes Deal With Best Pacific Textiles


South Korea–based Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, has partnered with knit mill Best Pacific Textiles to create a series of smart fabrics.

Unifi Expands Repreve Production to Vietnam, Distribution in Asia


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 Opens New Tencel Facility in the U.S.


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.

Ralph Lauren Issues New Sourcing Policy for Wood-based Fabrics


The Ralph Lauren Corp. has a new sustainable sourcing policy for its use of wood-based fabrics such as viscose and rayon.

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Lolli Swim Collab With Target

A new capsule collection by California swim line Lolli Swim just bowed at

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The Limited Stores No More

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.

Waterwear Textile Trends


Textile Trends

Revel Rey: Focus on Fit, Fabric and Fun


Before launching Revel Rey at Miami Swim Week last July, designer Audrey Swanson wanted to perfect the look of her swimwear collection.

Courtney Allegra: Designed to Stand Out


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.

OAS: Swedish Roots, International Outlook


Swedish men’s swim line OAS is launching in the United States and looking to expand to women’s swim in 2017.

Mixed Bag for Retailers in December


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.

PVH and Tommy Hilfiger Join UN’s Global Sustainability Initiative


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.

Forestry and Fashion: Apparel Brands, Retailers and Mills Looking to Combat Deforestation


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.

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John Malkovich's Fashionable Side

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 Adds High-End Leather Products With KT Label Partnership


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.

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CFF and TALA Celebrate Christmas With Neighborhood Kids

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.

Deadline Approaching for The Novus Forum, a New Independent Designer Show in NY

Trade Shows

There’s a new trade show launching in February in New York for designer collections.

2016 Retrospective: Employment Numbers Doubled With Inclusion of ‘Indirect’ Jobs


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.

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UBM Hosts Connect Event for Christmas Cheer in L.A.

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.

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Connecting the Dots Between the Creative Community and Made-in-LA Manufacturing at NJAL Event

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.

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Tobi’s Data-Driven Trends

LA-based online retailer Tobi recently looked at some of its own best-selling categories and items for its LA customers.

2016 Newsmakers: CFA Serves as the Hub of California’s Apparel Industry


For more than 20 years, the California Fashion Association has served as a central hub of the state’s apparel and textile industry. CFA President Ilse Metchek has been with the organization since it launched in 1995 in the aftermath of the El Monte sweatshop incident, drawing on her experience—and vast network—as a designer and manufacturer in Los Angeles to provide business information to its members.

2016 Newsmakers: Rosemary Brantley Leaves Otis as Fashion Department Exits DTLA


After 36 years as the founding fashion chair of the Otis College of Art and Design, Rosemary Brantley stepped down from the fashion program she founded in 1980. Brantley will remain the principal designer and business partner in her own women’s clothing label, Staples, which launched the same year she took over the fashion design department.

2016 Newsmakers: MAGIC Owner UBM Buys Parent Company of MRket, Stitch, ATS

Trade Shows

Just when people thought MAGIC couldn’t get any larger, UBM—the trade show giant that owns MAGIC, Project, FN Platform and Pooltradeshow—purchased Business Journals Inc., which produces the MRket, Stitch, Accessories The Show and Fame trade shows.

2016 Newsmakers: Emerald Expositions Buys Swim Collective


Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, expanded its foothold in the swim and active businesses with the August acquisition of Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based trade shows founded by Shannon Leggett.

Not Just a Label to Live-Stream First Event Since Moving to LA


Not Just a Label (NJAL), the international platform for emerging contemporary designers, recently expanded from London to Los Angeles and will host its first LA event since the move.

Iconix names EVP and CMO


Jamie Cygielman has joined New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

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Conductive Cotton and Wearable Tech

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University in China have found a way to make a conductive cotton that could be used to make wearable—read flexible—electronics.

Differential Brands Hires Nordstrom Veteran as EVP for Business Development


Differential Brands Group Inc.—the parent company for Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS—has named retail veteran Tom Nevell executive vice president of business development.

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New Look Planned for Hawthorne Mall

The vacant Hawthorne Plaza shopping mall in Hawthorne, Calif., is slated to get a new look—its first makeover in 17 years—which will incorporate retail, entertainment and housing in an open-air format.

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H&M Wishes You a Wes Anderson Christmas

To get people in the holiday mood, H&M enlisted Wes Anderson to create a short film filled with Anderson-esque elements mixed with a bit of Christmas cheer.

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Carbon38 Pops Up on Robertson


Temporary store showcases diverse mix of brands including Carbon38’s own Made–in–Los Angeles collections and designer collaborations.

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Lululemon Opens on Melrose

LA’s newest Lululemon store hosted its grand opening on Nov. 22 on Melrose Avenue—just in time for Black Friday (Nov. 25), when the company will debut its new limited-edition Featherlight collection.

Burlington Taps TJX Exec for Board


Burlington Stores Inc., the Burlington, N.J.–based discounter, has named Ted English, former president, chief executive officer and director of The TJX Companies Inc., to its board of directors.

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Avery Dennison Collaborations Take RFID to the Design Room

Avery Dennison

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has found a home along the apparel-industry supply chain from factory to distribution center to retail sales floor. Some designers are looking to introduce the technology at the very beginning of the chain by incorporating RFID into the design of garments and accessories.

Infor Lands $2 Billion Investment from Koch Equity


Koch Equity Development LLC, the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., which also owns Lycra parent company Invista, will invest more than $2 billion in Infor, the New York–based provider of cloud-based, industry-specific business applications in a bid to help Infor accelerate innovation and expand distribution.