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Alison A. Nieder

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‘Old’ is New at Selfridges

fashion exhibition

British department store Selfridges typically kicks off the year with it’s Bright Young Things exhibition of new design talent. But this year, the retailer is turning the concept on its head with the launch of Bright Old Things, a showcase of works created by “mature” designers ranging in age from mid-40s to 80s.

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Urban Taps Capsule for its Stylish Champions

Fashion Collab

Urban Outfitters has a new fashion collab with a lot of fashion—and an extra dose of collaboration.

Intimates Market in China Poised for Growth


The intimate apparel market in China is expected to increase 17.99 percent between 2014 and 2019 as the consumer shifts from basics to fashion lingerie, according to a recent report.

Gap Closing Piperlime


San Francisco–based retail giant Gap Inc. announced plans to shutter its online footwear-driven unit, Piperlime, by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

CALA Prepares for Last Show at the Westin SF Before Moving to New Open-Booth Venue

Trade Show

CALA San Francisco is headed to a new home in March.

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Bustling Texworld Showcases Returning Mills and New Exhibitors

Texworld USA

Clear winter weather and a holiday opening day helped kick off Texworld USA with busy aisles and booths for the show’s Jan. 21–23 run at the Jacob K. Javits Center.

Gap Closing Piperlime

retail shift

San Francisco-based retail giant Gap Inc., announced plans to shutter its online footwear-driven unit Piperlime by the end of the first quarter of fiscal year 2015.

Joe’s Jeans CEO Resigns

Premium Denim

Marc Crossman has resigned from his position at chief executive officer of Joe’s Jeans Inc.

EarthLink Introduces Secure Storefront to Protect Retailers From Data Breaches


Like the massive data breach at Target in late 2013, the news last fall that a breach may have affected 56 million credit and debit cards at Home Depot made headlines, but according to EarthLink Chief Security Officer Peter Chronis, the number of data breaches in the last year was even higher.

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SoCal Materials Show Debuts

Bustling Traffic

The debut run of the SoCal Materials Show got off to a brisk start as manufacturers and brands crowded the aisles of the California Market Center’s penthouse on the hunt for sourcing materials for footwear, accessories and apparel.

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Target's Critical Style

Fashion Collab x Blogger Influence

Prior to the launch of its new plus-size line Ava & Viv, Target brought in the fashion critics.

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California Needs Its Own Fabric

And the Official Textile Is...

A Massachusetts lawmaker has introduced a bill to make gingham (the cotton fabric, not the familiar plaid) the “official textile of the Commonwealth.”

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Lights! Camera! Fashion!

MBFW Berlin’s Pitch-Perfect Parody

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin has released an ad that perfectly captures the unattainable cool, lush photography and WAY-too-serious absurdity of fashion advertising.

Wells Fargo Opens Commercial Banking Office in New York


Wells Fargo opened a new commercial banking office in New York to better serve the city’s $98 billion apparel industry.

IBM Survey Says Online Shopping Activity Lags Behind Enthusiasm for the Channel

Technology | Retail

In a survey released during the National Retail Federation’s Big Show and annual conference in New York, the IBM Institute for Business Value found that consumers’ growing enthusiasm for online shopping and “digital interaction with retailers” is not matched by their actual behavior.

B. Riley Expands Steve Reiner's Role


Los Angeles–based financial-services company B. Riley Financial Inc. named Steven H. Reiner to the newly created position of chief business development officer, asset dispositions, for the company’s Great American Group LLC subsidiary.

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Stars in Our Past

Costume Design

The pilot episode of Fox drama “Empire” got rave reviews and fantastic ratings when it debuted on Jan. 7, thanks in part to Taraji P. Henson’s performance

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Showroom Profile: Frnch Label

Showroom Profiles

The B-wing of the California Market Center’s fifth floor just got a little more French with the opening of a new brand, Frnch Label, a young contemporary line designed in France and Los Angeles and produced in Asia.

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Showroom Profile: Research and Development

Showroom Profiles

Candice Clark, owner of the Research and Development showroom in the Cooper Design Space, shared a showroom on the building’s second floor for about a year and a half but found she was outgrowing the space for her four collections: Just Female, Diarte, Della and Callahan.

Tukatech Takes Collaboration to the Cloud


Los Angeles–based apparel software and equipment solutions provider Tukatech has introduced a cloud-based Virtual Sample solution to allow apparel makers to accelerate the approval process when developing product.

NYC Textile Week’s Trade Show Partners Make Plans for a July Launch

Textiles | Tradeshow

Twice a year, textile and apparel executives travel to New York to participate in a slate of trade shows that include textile shows Texworld USA, Kingpins, Première Vision, Indigo and DG Expo; menswear shows MRket, Project New York, Liberty and Capsule; and streetwear show Agenda. And in July the schedule also includes yarn show SpinExpo.

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Gray Skies Ahead

Uniform Style

American Airlines recently unveiled new crew gray uniforms designed by New York–based KaufmanFranco.

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Vans' Custom Kicks for the Arts Contest

Fashion Competition

Vans is kicking off its 6th-annual Vans Custom Culture competition for high school art programs and students.

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France’s Famously Fashionable Immigrants

Fashion Exhibition

Issey Miyake, Martin Margiela and Charles Frederick Worth are among the designers featured in the “Fashion Mix” exhibition at the Museum of Immigration History in Paris.

Business Journals Steps Up Partnerships With Co-Location Plans With ENK for April Shows

Business Journals Inc.—the New York–based organizer of the Moda, Accessories The Show and Fame trade shows—announced plans to shift its May show dates and co-locate with ENK’s Intermezzo and Accessorie Circuit at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

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Made-in-USA Capsule Collection Blends Heritage With High-End Details

Karl Kani

Streetwear designer Karl Kani is coming home, so to speak. The Brooklyn native, who has been based in Los Angeles since the 1990s, recently launched an American-made capsule collection for men and women.

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Anatomy of Fashion Week

Behind the Scenes

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week hired Sarasota-based Fawley Bryant Architects Inc. to come up with a more-efficient design for New York Fashion Week.

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Happy Holidays!

We wish you happy holidays and a happy--and successful--new year!

2014 in Review: Trade Agreements a No-Show for 2014

The big apparel trade show news of 2014 was the September announcement that Advanstar—parent of MAGIC, Project and Coterie—was sold for $972 million to British trade-show producer UBM PLC.

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CFF and TALA Celebrate 67th-Annual Holiday Party for Neighborhood Kids

The kids knew all the answers to the “Frozen” quiz. In fact, most raised their hands before deejay Christina Dimakides finished asking the question.

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French Quarter Meets Fashion District

The LA Fashion District now has a little New Orleans style since Preux & Proper opened at 840 S. Spring St.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift


Retail employment in apparel and accessories stores across California remained steady for much of the year, with upticks in employment in the months leading up to retail’s busiest seasons—Back to School and Christmas.

2014 Retrospective: Apparel Employment: Looking Beyond the Numbers


California continues to be the apparel manufacturing center of the United States, thanks to a steady interest in quick-turn delivery and made-in-America production. But that position is maintained by an increasingly lean employment base.

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal

Manufacturing | Retail

On July 1, the minimum wage in California increased from $8 per hour to $9 per hour, the first increase in California’s minimum wage since 2008. In 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour,

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2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.


Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc. has been helping small apparel companies grow their businesses through its series of courses, workshops and webinars.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

Technology | Manufacturing

For its third Customer Design and Innovation Center, or CDIC, Glendale, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions unit (RBIS) looked to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, where the branding, packaging and technology solutions company opened a 15,000-square-foot facility on East Third Street in September.

2014 Newsmakers: Ilse Metchek and the California Fashion Association


For nearly 20 years, Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, has served as the spokesperson for the California apparel community. She is the person to call for business intelligence or a pithy comment for the press or to consult about a new business strategy or the ramifications of a new piece of legislation.

Rose Jannuzzi Names SVP of Operations for SwimSpot


SwimSpot, the swimwear retailer owned by Raj Manufacturing, named Rose Jannuzzi senior vice president of operations.

Macy’s Remodel, New Retailers Planned for The Bloc

Downtown Development

Plans for The Bloc, the 1.8 million-square-foot, mixed-use shopping center in downtown Los Angeles are taking shape with a remodel planned for the center’s Macy’s store and new tenants signing on to open in 2015.

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Delia’s: End of an Era

Delia’s, the teen retailer that pioneered the whole “magalog” category is soon to be no more.

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Solstiss Lace Opens an Online Boutique

French lace mill Solstiss has launched an online boutique where lace lovers can find an assortment of textiles, accessories and home décor items—all featuring the company’s couture textiles.

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Honoring Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh

City of Hope

The roof of the W Hotel in Hollywood was transformed into a Roaring ’20s bash by Signal Brands’ Jack and Jason Rimokh, this year’s Spirit of Life Award recipients for the City of Hope’s Fashion & Retail Industry Group.

CMC to Launch ‘Athleisure’ Lifestyle Show in March

Trade Show

The California Market Center will launch Shape, a new trade show focused on the “athleisure” trend, during the March 16–18 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market.

Doneger Acquires Huepoint


New York–based Doneger Group, the retail consultancy and partner of Los Angeles–based Directives West, has acquired New York–based color trend-forecasting agency Huepoint.

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Domestic Knitter Focuses on Efficiency and Technology


Founded in 1989, Texollini is a vertical operation producing circular knits for the activewear, contemporary, ready-to-wear, swimwear, intimates and technical markets.

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Torrid’s New Face is Beautiful and Brainy

The new face of plus-size retail chain Torrid is more than just a pretty face.

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Belk Competition Spotlights Southern Charm

Design competition

If so,you might be interested in submitting your designs to the Southern Designer Showcase competition, the third-annual design competition hosted by family-owned department store chain

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L.A.–Based Britannia Sees Bright Prospects in Black Sheep


Terrence Chermak has been spending the better part of the last six months knee-deep in wool—specifically, black wool.

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Attention Fashion Shoppers

Fashion Philanthopy

You have three more days to take advantage of the deals at Shop for Success, the pop-up shop fundraiser for Dress For Success going on this weekend in L.A.’s Westwood neighborhood.

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QST Introduces Online Waistband Design Tool


The international marketing director for QST Industries has a waistband wall, which is part of the Chicago-based company’s trade show booth. But, inevitably, designers at trade shows will pull off examples of the custom waistband treatments they want to use in their own collections.