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Alison A. Nieder

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Fraser Ross Prepares for Retail Return with Kitross


Retailer Fraser Ross, the founder of the retail chain Kitson, is returning to retail with Kitross, which is set to open in his original 5,000-square-foot space on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

Gildan Buying Alstyle


Midlothian, Texas–based Ennis Inc. will sell its Alstyle Apparel LLC division to Canadian T-shirt giant Gildan Activewear Inc. for a $110 million all-cash offer subject to a working capital adjustment. The deal is expected to close by the end of June.

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Kingpins Transformers Tackles Industry Waste in Latest Roundtable Series

Kingpins Transformers

Cotton is compostable; polyester is forever. That was the message at a recent roundtable discussion hosted by denim trade show Kingpins.

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Bella Dahl at Bloomingdale’s

Bloomingdale’s opened Bella Dahl in-store shops in Los Angeles, the New York metro area and Florida.

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Crash-Test Denim

DSM Dyneema has been working with denim mills to make a super-strong denim for performance markets like motorcycling and action sports.

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Sue Wong Launching Licensing

During a birthday celebration at her Los Feliz home, Sue Wong announced plans to begin licensing.

CFA Presents Scholarships at Annual Luncheon


The California Fashion Foundation, the charitable arm of the California Fashion Association, presented its annual scholarship awards at an April 21 luncheon at the California Market Center in Los Angeles.

Axis and Capsule Team Up for Events in L.A. and New York

Trade Shows

The Capsule and Axis trade shows both announced plans recently to launch events in Los Angeles, and now the two shows are joining forces at LA market as well as in New York.

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WHY by Kingpins Branding Show Debuts in Amsterdam

WHY by Kingpins

During the April 13–14 run of the Kingpins denim supply chain show in Amsterdam, organizers launched a new sister trade show focused on the branding side of the supply chain.

Kingpins Amsterdam Show Draws International Crowd

Trade Shows

Kingpins returned to Amsterdam for its fifth run at the Westergasfabriek, where the trade show bowed alongside a new branding show organized by Kingpins as well as a consumer event called Denim Days, which gives retailers, brands and textile mills a chance to meet with end consumers.

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Consumers and Trade Mix at Amsterdam Denim Days

Denim Days

After the Kingpins trade show wrapped up its two-day run in Amsterdam, textile representatives, designers and denimheads got a chance to celebrate their love of all things denim at Blueprint, a two-day festival held during Amsterdam Denim Days, a week-long, city-wide event featuring workshops, seminars, sales and parties.

Kingpins Heading to Miami

Trade Shows

Kingpins, the boutique denim trade show, has added a new venue to its lineup, which includes New York, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

UBM Advanstar Buying BJI Fashion, Taking MAGIC to Japan

Trade Shows

Trade show giant MAGIC is getting even larger. UBM Advanstar, parent company of MAGIC, Project, Pooltradeshow, Coterie and Intermezzo, will expand its trade show holdings with the acquisition of Business Journals Inc., which produces the MRket, Stitch, Accessories The Show and Fame trade shows. UBM Advanstar also struck a deal to take the MAGIC show to Japan in 2017.

Capsule Launching LA Show in October at the CMC

Trade Shows

The Capsule trade show is coming to Los Angeles.

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Denim With Less Water Demonstrated, Discussed at Calik Event at ECO PRK

Denim With Less Water

To get the perfect washed jean, denim makers put pants through multiple wash cycles.

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Everything But Water Hosting Marysia Trunk Show

On April 23, fans of Marysia Swimwear will have a chance to meet designer Marysia Reeves at the Everything But Water store in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Dogeared Opening in Santa Monica

Just in time to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, Dogeared will open its first retail store in June in Santa Monica, Calif.

Sustainability, Transparency and ‘Clean’Denim Production at Kingpins Transformers LA Pane


To kick off the opening of the new Candiani Design Center in Los Angeles, denim trade show Kingpins hosted an event for the city’s denim industry that focused on the challenges—and benefits—of sustainable denim production.

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Ravers Returning to Macy’s Herald Square

On April 20, Macy’s flagship store on 34th Street in New York will host a rave. Again.

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Clothing, clean thyself!

Scientists in Australia have created nanostructures that can use light to automatically clean fabric.

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Italian Vogue’s Eye for Fashion

Ever wonder what editors look for when scouting new design talent?

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‘Optimistic’ Outlook at Fashion Market Northern California


Booth space was sold out at the April 3–5 run of Fashion Market Northern California, which is held at the San Mateo Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., and attendance was on par with last April, according to Suzanne de Groot, executive director of the show.

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Design in the Desert

With LA Fashion Week wrapped, the fashion crowd next heads to Palm Springs, Calif., for Fashion Week El Paseo.

Stony Apparel’s Maiman and Litman Help Raise More than $800,000 for City of Hope


Stony Apparel founders Steve Maiman and Tony Litman received the City of Hope Spirit of Life award on March 12 at an event that raised more than $800,000 for the research and medical center.

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Diane’s Says Get Festivaled

Diane’s Swimwear wants to help you get ready for festival season, which kicks off on April 15 with the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Obituary: Textile Representative April Booth, 67


Los Angeles textile-industry veteran April Booth died on March 12 of natural causes at her home in Visalia, Calif.

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Italian Denim Mill Candiani Opens L.A. Design Center

Candiani in LA

Designers and denim brand owners turned out to celebrate the opening of the Candiani Los Angeles Design Center on March 16 in downtown Los Angeles.

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Fall ’16 Market Draws Mixed Reviews

Fall ’16 Market

For some at the recent Los Angeles Fashion Market, it was an opportunity to place Fall 2016 orders. For others, it was a chance to replenish depleted inventory.

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Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin, the designers of Los Angeles-based brand Calvin Rucker are hosting a sample sale to benefit Girl Up, the United Nationals Foundation’s campaign to help adolescent girls around the world.

Label Conscious: Designed in California


CFA’s trademarked hangtags put the emphasis on country of design.

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Single Goes Curvy With Single Plus

Single Goes Curvy

What started as an exclusive for Saks Fifth Avenue has branched into a new collection and a new customer base for Los Angeles label Single.

Showroom Profile: Lebel Group

New Lines

Showroom Profile: Lebel Group

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XCVI Movement: Crossover Contemporary

XCVI Movement

Los Angeles–based contemporary label XCVI introduced a new athleisure collection, called XCVI Movement, at the beginning of the year.

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Get Back, Runway Cat

Cats are having a moment in fashion.

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Thomas Wylde: L.A. Collection Looks to Build the Brand and the Business

Luxe and LA-based

For 10 years, Thomas Wylde built a reputation as a high-end collection that balanced its luxe pieces—and equally high price points—with a rock ’n’ roll edge.

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Factory Direct Returns for 3rd Season With Production Resources for Small and Mid-Sized Companies

Low-MOQ sourcing

Sourcing trade show Factory Direct returned for its third run at The New Mart with a tightly curated mix of factories, design development houses, technology providers, and other resources for small- and mid-sized apparel companies.

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Light Traffic, ‘Enthusiastic’ Buyers at LA Textile Show

Scouting for Textiles

The traffic reports were mixed, with some textile mills and representatives saying the last day was busiest at the Los Angeles International Textile Show, held Feb. 29–March 2 on the top floor of the California Market Center.

Obituary: Marik Zeltzer, co-founder XCVI, 70


Marik Zeltzer, who cofounded the XCVI brand with his wife, Gita, died on Feb. 23 after suffering a heart attack. He was 70 years old.

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Robot Meets Mannequin

A Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing has developed a dress form than can shift from a size 2 to a size 12—and back again—with the flip of a switch.

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Spotted at Vegas

Spotted at the Las Vegas shows

Wholesale Jewelry Show IFJAG Bows in Las Vegas

Long-running wholesale jewelry show IFJAG debuted its first Las Vegas show during its Feb. 15–19 run at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino.

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Call it a Comeback

Two years ago, former financier Jacob Harrison Long set out to revive a shuttered 19th century textile mill in Connecticut with the hopes of launching a collection of American-made woolen fabrics.

Curve@MAGIC Debuts New Format for Lingerie/Swim

Trade Shows

This season, rather than show in an enclosed space next to WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Curve@MAGIC was held within WWDMAGIC in an area easy for buyers to spot with large signage, balloons and strings of pastel panties between the booths.

Pool Relocates Within Project

Trade Shows

After several seasons moving around the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, the Pooltradeshow has a new home within the Project show at Mandalay Bay.

Diverse Mix at Project, Project Womens, The Tents and The Collective

Trade Shows

Buyers visiting the Mandalay Bay Convention Center had a lot to see during the Feb. 16–18 run of trade shows produced by MAGIC and Project parent UBM Advanstar.

D&A to Launch U.S.–Made Concept in Partnership With N.Y. Economic Development Group

Trade Shows

At the September run of Designers and Agents in New York, a new concept will bow showcasing designs that are made in New York.

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Bustling Milano Unica Show Prepares to Relocate Next Season

Milano Unica

Traffic kicked off early during the Feb. 9–11 run of Milano Unica, the textile trade show that focuses on upscale fabrics.

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Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues, Categories at Las Vegas Shows

L.V. Trade Shows

When visitors arrived at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas for the Feb. 16–18 run of Project, Project Womens, Pooltradeshow, Collective and The Tents, the registration line snaked around the lobby, forcing buyers to wait up to 30 minutes to get their badges and enter the trade show.

Express Trade Opens Los Angeles Office


New York–based Express Trade Capital Inc. now has a West Coast office, which is headed by Dina Davletshina.

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Cordero Behind the Scenes

Fashion Video

Go behind the scene for Calleen Cordero's latest campaign