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Alison A. Nieder

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SF Sample Sale Alert

The holidays may be over but the sample sales continue. San Francisco-based and SF-made plus-size resource IGIGI is having one right now.

Columbia Inks Licensing Deal With Delta Galil


Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear Co. struck a licensing deal with Delta Galil Industries Ltd. to develop and produce a line of performance underwear under the Columbia Sportswear label.

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LaJolla Strikes Deal with Roark Revival

Roark x LaJolla

Irvine, Calif.–based La Jolla Group has formed a joint venture partnership with The Roark Revival in which La Jolla Group will provide Roark with “the tools, staffing, financial management and structure to scale their business seamlessly.”

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Ciao, Bella!

Fashion Exhibition

Those with a love of Italian fashion and warm winters should head to Florida in February for the opening of the “Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945 – 1968” exhibition at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

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Nasty Gal x Courtney Love

It’s a match made in fashion heaven. Los Angeles e-tailer Nasty Gal is teaming up with musician and actress Courtney Love.

Levi’s Adds New Global Retail Executive


San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. named Carrie Ask executive vice president and president of global retail, overseeing all of Levi’s fleet of 2,700 owned and operated stores, franchise stores and outlet stores.

2015 In Review: The Year in Trade Shows

Trade Shows

This was a big year of change for apparel and textile trade shows as new players entered the market, new partnerships were formed and new categories opened.

Jesta’s Omnichannel Suite Helps Harry Rosen Centralize Operations


Harry Rosen, a 61-year-old luxury menswear retail chain with 17 stores in Canada, has implemented the Retail Vision Suite from Montreal-based ERP (enterprise resource planning) software provider Jesta I.S. Inc.

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Holiday Bash for Neighborhood Kids


For nearly 70 years, members of Los Angeles’ textile and apparel industry have been throwing a holiday party for neighborhood children.

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Sartorial Celebration

Buyer and editor Marquelle Turner-Gilchrist was looking for a way to showcase “paint new pictures of the black man and highlight the diversity and strength of black men.” What began as a photo project has evolved into a film series called “The New Stereotype.”

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What Are You Wearing New Year’s Eve?

Mode Studio released its latest 100 Years of Fashion video called “100 Years of New Year’s Style.”

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Fiber Campaign Runs Hot and Cold

Invista may be best known in the swim business as the maker of Lycra, but with its latest campaign, the fiber giant is stepping away from the pool.

2015 RETROSPECTIVE: Despite Some Monthly Increases, Apparel Employment Flat in ’15


The state saw some slight increases in apparel manufacturing employment throughout 2015, according to the California Employment Development Department, but over the course of 12 months ending in October (the latest figures tracked by the EDD), apparel and textile employment in the state remained flat.

Lonnie Kane Receives Icon Award


Lonnie Kane, co-owner of the Los Angeles label Karen Kane Inc. and chairman of the California Fashion Association, received the Icon Award at the second annual Southern California Apparel Awards.

MRket Partners With Equinox for New Activewear Section

Trade Shows

MRket is diving into the activewear market with Move, a new section at the upscale menswear trade show.

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Modern Weaving Accessories Lands at The Dreslyn

L.A. online specialty retailer The Dreslyn will launch the first season of Modern Weaving accessories. The collection of handbags and jewelry will be sold exclusively on The Dreslyn for the next four weeks.

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Enthralled by the Mall

The future is here. Or it will be once the $5 billion American Dream Meadowlands mall opens, that is.

Newsmakers 2015: Fashion Business Inc.


Now in its 16th year, Fashion Business Inc. continued its mission to provide fashion-industry education and professional insight to startup and growing apparel companies.

Newsmakers 2015: Swim Collective Launches Active Collective, Garners Competition from Cabana


This was a big year for Swim Collective, the 4-year-old Southern California trade show. In January, the trade show launched a companion event, Active Collective, which featured activewear and athleisure lines showing alongside Swim Collective’s swimwear brands.

Newsmakers 2015: CFA Turns 20


The California Fashion Association celebrated its 20th anniversary this year as it continues to serve as a hub of industry information and insight.

Newsmakers 2015: New Players at L.A. Fashion Week


The Los Angeles Fashion Week scene is typically an ever-shifting landscape, and this year proved no different with new players, new partnerships and a few no-shows.

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Remembering Scott Weiland

The sad news of musician Scott Weiland's death has us thinking about the rocker's stint as a fashion frontman.

PLM: Seeking a Simple Solution for a Complex Supply Chain


Ever since PLM (Product Lifecycle Management) software was introduced to the apparel industry, the solution has been helping companies do everything from line planning to streamlining production by giving everyone involved in development access to the same real-time information.

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NPR Covers the LA Fashion District

NPR visited Los Angeles's Fashion District for a story about made-in-America manufacturing.

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Tis the Sample Sale Season

First there’s Black Friday, then Small Business Saturday, then Cyber Monday. Apparently, what’s next is Sample Sale Weekend.

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Televised Couture

There's a new series about French haute couture in the years following World War II in the works for Amazon.

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What Would Cookie Wear?

Fox is opening the Empire Official Store featuring apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit TV show.

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Closing the Door on Capitol Couture

The final issue of Capitol Couture, the fashion publication released by Lionsgate and Samsung and inspired by "The Hunger Games" has been released.

Stitches Technology Begins Training Sewing Technicians


On Dec. 1, the second group of students is scheduled to begin a six-month training program in technical sewing at Stitches Technology, the nonprofit run by Clotee McAfee.

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I’m Dreaming of an Inclement Christmas

It’s not even Black Friday and L.L. Bean has sold out some of its most-popular boot styles.

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Tags, Labels and FIDM's Vets

Label giant Avery Dennison recent hosted members of FIDM's student veterans group at its RBIS center in downtown Los Angeles

Epson’s SureColor Sublimation Printer Wins SGIA Award


Epson’s SureColor F9200 sublimation printer landed the product of the year award within the “roll-to-roll dye sublimation on textile” category at the recent Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) expo in Atlanta.

Mode City Shifting to Lyon in 2016

Trade Shows

After eight years in Paris, French lingerie and swimwear trade shows Mode City and Interfilière will temporarily return to Lyon, France, for their July 9–11, 2016, run.

Hyosung launches Creora Fit2 for Denim


Creora spandex producer Hyosung will launch its new Creora Fit2 at the Nov. 18–19 run of Denim by PV in Barcelona.

Global Distribution: Giant Care Label


Apparel makers tell the story of international distribution on a very tiny canvas: the care and content label. As apparel brands increasingly sell their goods around the world, care labels become ever more complex.

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Insiders First for Torrid's New Capsule

Torrid, the plus-size chain under the Hot Topic umbrella, is launching a new limited-edition, higher-end capsule collection and offering it first to its very best customers.

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Have Yourself a Blue Holiday

On Dec. 1, the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT will open its latest exhibition “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier.”

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Sustainability in Fashion on the Agenda at TEDxLA Event

LA Beyond the Label

Members of the apparel industry and consumers with a passion for eco issues and sustainability met recently at The New Mart in Los Angeles for a TEDxLA event organized by LA Beyond the Label.

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Education in Denim


Denim City, the home of Amsterdam’s Jean School, a vocational program offering training in denim design and development, recently hosted an educational symposium called “Denim on Stage: University Meets Industry at Denim City in Amsterdam.”

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Party Like It's 1915

100-Year-Old Denim Deal

Amsterdam's Tenue de Nimes boutique hosted a party to celebrate the “Golden Handshake,” the 1915 agreement between Levi Strauss & Co. and Cone Denim when Levi’s agreed to give Cone Denim exclusive right to produce denim for Levi’s 501 shrink-to-fit jeans.

Italian Denim House Candiani Opening R&D Center in Los Angeles


Early next year, downtown Los Angeles will have a new center for denim research and development when Italian denim mill Candiani Denim opens a new showroom and office space.

Denim Maven Adriano Goldschmied Turns His Focus to Knits With Acynetic


Adriano Goldschmied’s career developing brands including Diesel, Replay, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Citizens of Humanity men’s and Goldsign has earned him the nickname “the Godfather of Denim.”

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Kingpins Amsterdam Encompasses the Denim Industry From Fiber and Fabric to Design Development and Finishing

Denim in Amsterdam

Now in its second year in Amsterdam, Kingpins organizers have determined a few keys to success in running the boutique denim-sourcing trade show.

The Ins and Outs of Brand Building With Licensing, Investment and Social Media


Nearly 200 apparel-industry executives turned out to discuss brand-building strategies that ranged from social-media practices and licensing opportunities to gauging when to seek outside investment.

Indian Summer Tempers Buyers at Fashion Market Northern California

Trade Show

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Buyers were literally taking the temperature outside to see how much merchandise they needed as they visited the three-day Fashion Market Northern California show to browse Spring 2016 fashions.

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Asher Fabrics Opens New Locations, Adds In-House Knitting

Asher Fabrics

Asher Fabric Concepts has a new home. The company recently moved into its newly renovated space at 950 S. Boyle Ave. in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.

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Designing a Cleaner Bikini

Textile Tech

Swimmers, surfers and other watersport enthusiasts tend to be good stewards of our oceans. Imagine if you could help clean the ocean just by diving in. That’s what engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have done with their new reusable material they’re calling Sponge.

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LA Market Report

We just wrapped up coverage of the sprawling Los Angeles Fashion Market, which included five wholesale showroom buildings in downtown L.A., as well as six independent trade show.

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Ashton Michael: The Edge of Pink

Los Angeles Fashion Week

Ashton Michael doesn’t want to be typecast as an “urban goth” designer. So when the Los Angeles–based designer was designing his Spring 2016 collection he challenged himself to work with “two things I detest: cargo pockets and pink.”

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FBI All Aboard: Fashion, Awards and a Big Check

Los Angeles Fashion Week

It was a hot night in downtown LA when Fashion Business Inc. hosted its fifth-annual All Aboard Runway Show at Union Station.