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Alison A. Nieder

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Fashion Meet Tech at Melange Live Event at The New Mart

Technology

The worlds of fashion and technology merged at the launch of Melange Live, a conference that explored new developments in e-commerce, mobile/digital payments, brand building using social media and new innovations in wearable technology.

Nanotex: Putting the Function in Fabric

Textiles

Performance characteristics such as moisture management, water repellency and odor control are familiar territory for consumers of activewear while enhanced performance features are relatively new for casual apparel and ready-to-wear.

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Obituary: Designer Carole Little, 79

Manufacturing

Designer Carole Little passed away on Sept. 19 at her home in San Diego following a long illness. She was 79.

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Jeremy Scott: Designer, Documentary Subject

Fashion on Film

Fashion followers can take a peek into the world of Jeremy Scott in the documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” which bows in theaters today.

ASICS America Hires Footwear Veteran to Replace Retiring CEO

Manufacturing

ASICS America, the Irvine, Calif.–based U.S. arm of Japanese footwear brand ASICS, hired Gene McCarthy to replace ASICS America Group President and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Wulff, who is retiring at the end of the year.

Tim Gunn to Keynote Gerber Ideation2015

Technology

Attendees at Gerber Technology's upcoming Ideation2015 technology conference will get a chance to hear from “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn, who will give the keynote address at the Oct. 29–30 software conference for the fashion, apparel, accessories and footwear industries in Las Vegas.

Designer Rosie Assoulin Joins Alvanon Mentorship Program

Technology

New York designer Rosie Assoulin has joined the Mentorship Program at Alvanon, the software and sizing solutions company.

YogaWorks Has Eye on California for Retail Rollout

Retail

Santa Monica, Calif.–based yoga studio and retailer YogaWorks recently added to its portfolio with the purchase of three studios in San Francisco; Palo Alto, Calif.; and Boston.

Yogasmoga Opening Stores in Northern California, East Coast Locations

Retail

New York–based yoga lifestyle brand and retailer Yogasmoga is continuing its retail rollout with new stores opening in the Northern California cities of Corte Madera and Walnut Creek.

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Better Look Sharp, L.A.

Student Contest

Victorinox, the maker of the iconic Swiss Army knife, today kicked off a student contest to redesign the Swiss Army knife handle with inspiration from New York or Los Angeles.

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Melrose is Hosting a Sidewalk Sale

Retailers along Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue—on the stretch between Fairfax and Highland—will participate in a sidewalk sale on Sept. 26.

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Hoop Dreams

Uniform Style

Designers looking for vintage sports inspiration would be wise to make a trip to Springfield, Mass., where they will find a huge collection of vintage (and contemporary) uniforms at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Under Armour Taps Centric for PLM

Technology

Baltimore-based athletic-apparel company Under Armour Inc.> has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc.’s product lifecycle management (PLM) solution Centric 8 PLM.

Gerber, COMESA Launch Technical Training Program in Mauritius

Technology

Gerber Technologies, the Tolland, Conn.–based equipment and software solutions company, teamed up with the COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa) free-trade area to establish a new program for technical assistance and training in the African nation of Mauritius.

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New Lines and New Business at WWDMAGIC

WWDMAGIC

Waves of buyers traversed the Las Vegas Convention Center for the Aug. 17–19 run of WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas, where young contemporary, juniors and accessories brands showcased their current collections.

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Tennis Anyone?

Tommy Hilfiger hosted tennis match between professional tennis player Rafael Nadal and models Chanel Iman, Constance Jablonski and Noah Mills.

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Back to Fashion School

Celeb Style Education

Actor Antonio Banderas is studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins in London.

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CurveNV@MAGIC Debuts ‘Relaunched Show’ in New Location

CurveNV@MAGIC

Upscale lingerie and swimwear show CurveNV has been part of the Las Vegas landscape since 2007, but in a partnership with MAGIC parent UBM Advanstar, the show moved from its prior home at The Venetian to a new space in theLas Vegas Convention Center.

Pooltradeshow Moves Upstairs

Trade Show Report

This season, the Pooltradeshow moved back upstairs to run alongside Project for the show’s Aug. 17–19 run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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New Categories, Configuration at Project, Project Women’s and Tents at Project

Project Women's

Retailers visiting the trade shows at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center found the scene buzzing with activity—and new exhibitors—during the shows’ Aug. 17–19 run.

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Post-Vegas Rush at FMNC

Post-Vegas Rush

For exhibitors—and some buyers—there wasn’t much time between the close of the trade shows in Las Vegas and the opening of Fashion Market Northern California on Aug. 22 at the San Mateo Event Center.

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Put on Your Fashion Face

Mimi Kim's skincare line Biodara is hand-blended from bioactive botanical materials in Huntington Beach, Calif.

NRF Survey Says Back-to-School Shopping Going Slowly

Retail

According to the National Retail Federation’s Back-to-School Spending Survey, families are halfway through their shopping lists and may be waiting for prices to drop before buying more.

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Torrid Gets Real

To show off its Fall collection, California plus-size retail chain Torrid turned to its customers.

Buyers Navigate Changed Format at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

LAS VEGAS—The landscape of the Las Vegas trade shows changed again as the giant UBM Advanstar, owner of the MAGIC Marketplace and Project, re-merchandised the layout of its shows.

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FCI The Fashion School Showcases Fall ’15 Collections

FCI Fall ’15 collections

Known for its fast-track design program, FCI The Fashion School (previously called Fashion Careers International) showcased the Fall ’15 collections of 10 students on Aug. 13 at the Celebrity Centre International in Hollywood.

Gerber Names PLM Director for Shanghai Office

Technology

Software and hardware provider Gerber Technology named Jeff An director of professional services for product lifecycle management (PLM) in the company’s office in Shanghai.

Siwy Taps Jimmy Taverniti as Creative Director

Manufacturing

Denim designer Jimmy Taverniti has joined Siwy as creative director. The first collection under Taverniti’s direction will be Spring/Summer 2016

Infor to Acquire GT Nexus

Technology

New York–based technology solutions provider Infor announced it plans to acquire GT Nexus, the Oakland, Calif.–based global trade and logistics platform, for $675 million.

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Epson’s New Sublimation Printer and Ink Designed With Fashion in Mind

Technology

Print solution company Epson has the fashion industry in its sights, hoping to win designers over with the promise of creating their own graphic prints on demand.

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Fashion & Feminism

Actress Emma Watson recently teamed up with Vogue to produce a video focusing on gender equality in the fashion industry.

Simparel Releases New Shop Floor Control Solution

Technology

New York–based fashion and retail solutions provider Simparel has launched Simparel SFC, a new shop floor–control product aimed at using wireless technology and mobile devices to help manufacturers gather real-time data about everything from order tracking to machine downtime.

Milano Unica Brings Italian Textiles to New York With First U.S. Show

Trade Show

NEW YORK—After celebrating its 10th anniversary in Milan, Italian textile trade show Milano Unica took a small group of mills on the road for its first edition in New York.

Fabrium: Taking the First-Step of Fabric Sourcing Online

Technology

Last year, Cubukcu and Topcuoglu began developing Fabrium, an online sourcing site to connect textile mills with designers and manufacturers.

Kingpins Continues to Expand

Trade Show

Location is only one of the changes planned for Kingpins; the show will also shift its dates from its traditional January/July schedule to a November/May schedule beginning with its Nov. 3–4 show at Pier 36 NYC (Basketball City) in Manhattan.

Building the Supply Chain at Texworld USA

Trade Show

Two years ago at Texworld USA in New York, Los Angeles knitting mill SG Knits met with a potential customer. The two companies stayed in touch, and two years later the potential customer has become an actual one.

Attendance Up at PV New York

Trade Show

Première Vision New York reported an “all-time high” attendance during its July 21–22 run at Pier 92, where more than 300 exhibitors showcased their latest collections of fabric, trim and artwork.

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Showroom Profiles: Hôtel Particulier

Showroom Profiles

After several years building a U.S. retail base, French contemporary collection Hôtel Particulier opened a West Coast showroom in June on the fourth floor of The New Mart.

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Inside the '80s Modeling Wars

Fashion TV in Development

Cindy Crawford is developing a TV show about the modeling world in the 1980s.

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Sampling Australia

LA Fashion District

Australian Fashion Labels is holding a sample sale this week in L.A.

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Celebrating TV Costumes at FIDM

Costume Design

Actors, costume designers and fashion designers turned out on July 18 for the ninth annual “Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design” exhibition presented by the FIDM Museum at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and the Television Academy.

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Cotton for the Next Generation

Spanish Mill Hilaturas Ferre Sets Its Sights on the U.S. Market With Recycled Cotton

Spanish mill Hilaturas Ferre sets its sights on the U.S. market with recycled cotton

Swim Collective Launching Beach Collective in August, Planning Swim Week in 2016

Swim Business

On the heels of its first standalone Active Collective trade show, Swim Collective will launch a new premium beachwear section during the upcoming Swim Collective—International Edition show Aug. 13–14 in Huntington Beach, Calif. The new section is part of a larger effort to build a week-long swimwear and activewear trade show series planned for 2016.

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Wilhelmina Seeking Summer Goddesses

Wilhelmina Models is hosting is “Summer Goddess 2015 Model Search” open call on July 18 on the rooftop of the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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Textile Trends

Swim Fabrics

Waterwear July 2015 Textile Trends

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Island Style in a Cheeky Cut

Chamorrita

Guam-based Sandrine Stewart launched Chamorrita, a collection of itsy-bitsy bikinis in island-inspired colors and prints and trimmed with tropical details such as coconut and mother-of-pearl shells.

Mid-Year Economic Forecast: Signs of Strength Tempered With Notes of Caution

California’s economic outlook for the remainder of the year is good, but it’s not exactly time to pop the champagne cork because the forecast is served with a helping of caution.

Revolve Popping Up in the Hamptons

Retail

Los Angeles e-tailer Revolve is setting up a weekly pop-up shop this summer in The Hamptons, the seaside Long Island getaway for many in the New York area.

Gerber Launches I-Table for Fabric Spreading

Technology

Gerber Technology introduced the I-Table series, an automated spreading and cutting system designed to help increase consistency in a variety of manufacturing environments.

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Luxe Fabrics Are the Foundation of a New Contemporary Collection

The Beginning Of...

Ecotex owner Raphael Javaheri is launching a new contemporary apparel brand beginning with a luxury knits collection that will officially bow in August in Las Vegas.