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Alison A. Nieder

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Lucky's Man in Black

Fashion + Music

Lucky Brand—and Johnny Cash fans—caught a lucky break with the discovery and release of a “lost” Cash album, “Out Among the Stars,” recently released on Columbia/Legacy.

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CFDA Incubator Comes to LA

Designer Spotlight

The CFDA {Fashion Incubator} program is a business mentorship that gives designers access to workshops, seminars, networking and travel opportunities—“all with the objective of helping them grow their business.”

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The Indie Side of LA Market

Henry Duarte hosts a group of independent designers during LA Market at his atelier on Los Angeles Street.

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CFDA Incubator Showcase Comes to LA


For the first time, the Council of Fashion Designers of America brought its latest group of designers in the CFDA Fashion Incubator program to Los Angeles, where they showcased their lines at the W Hotel in Hollywood.

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Capital Tailors Relaunches


Capital Tailors, the premium collection originally started in 2003 by Glenn Williams and Lucky Brand founders Gene Montesano and Barry Perlman, relaunched for Fall 2014 during Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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Key Retailers Turn Out at Los Angeles Fashion Market

Trade Show

Buyers from Nordstrom, Nasty Gal, Piperlime,, ShopBop, Elyse Walker, Madison, Ron Herman, Tilly’s, Revolve and American Rag turned out for the Fall 2014 Los Angeles Fashion Market.

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BJ Hearts LA

Betsey Johnson at LA Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson showed her Fall 14 collection on March 12 at Style Fashion Week at LA Live.

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Los Angeles International Textile Show

Emerging Designers and Established Brands

A slow start on opening day of the March 10–12 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show gave way to a flurry of activity as a mix of established brands and emerging designers turned out to source fabric, trim, trend and technology resources.

Kellwood and Meister Split

David Meister had operated under the Kellwood umbrella for 15 years under a licensing agreement that will not be renewed.

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Wren Wins the Internet With First Kiss

Viral Marketing

Los Angeles contemporary line Wren's YouTube video titled “First Kiss” features 10 strangers meeting—and kissing—for the first time.

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Cooper Celebrates 'Vices'

Photography Exhibition

The Cooper Design Space will host an exhibition of photographer Jamie Johnson’s new series, titled “Vices, or I will Not…”

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Have It Your Way, Jeremy Scott!

Fashion As Social Commentary?

Jeremy Scott’s Fall collection for Moschino appears to be inspired by a certain fast-food behemoth.

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Le Frenchlab

Showroom Profile

Le Frenchlab launched in August and is distributing and marketing the “new generation” of French designers, said founder Emmanuelle Rienda.

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Real-Life Paper Doll

Cute Couture

Four-year-old “Mayhem” Keiser designs paper copies of some very high-profile dresses.

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Hollywood Toile

Textile Trends

Los Angeles–based Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a new design called Urban Toile, which features sights of LA.

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Nick Verreos and David Paul's Nikolaki Collection at FIDM

Red Carpet Runway

In anticipation of the March 2 Academy Awards red carpet, designers Nick Verreos and David Paul hosted a red-carpet runway presentation of their Nikolaki collection

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Amy Adams Among Honorees at Event in Beverly Hills

Costume Designer Gala

The Costume Designers Guild celebrated its 16th awards ceremony with a Beverly Hills gala Feb. 22 featuring plenty of celebrities and costume designers—and plenty of shared jokes between the two.

Positive Mood at Las Vegas Trade Shows

Trade Show

The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.

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Established lingerie brands and start-up lines at CurveNV

Trade Show

Amid the more than 130 lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear brands exhibiting at theCurveNV Las Vegas show Feb. 17–18 at The Venetian were 30 new companies.

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Upscale Merchandise at MRket, Accessories the Show at Stitch

Trade Show

Buyers looking for upscale menswear, womenswear and accessories turned out for the Feb. 17–19 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories The Show at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.

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WWDMAGIC draws returning, new and international retailers

Trade Show

Exhibitors at the Feb. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center reported upbeat retailers from across the country and the world turning out to place orders for Immediate, Summer and Fall deliveries.

James Campbell Brands Acquired by Hampshire Group


Los Angeles–area menswear maker James Campbell Brands has been acquired by New York–based Hampshire Group Ltd. from Maverick J LLC, a Rick Solomon Co.

Infor Introduces New PLM Solution for Brands, Manufacturers and Retailers


New York–based business application software provider Infor has launched Infor Fashion Product Lifecycle Management to help apparel makers connect all product development functions along the supply chain.

Italian Brand Imperial Expands With Lectra PLM


Bologna, Italy–based men’s and women’s collection Imperial has been on a growth track since its launch in 1978 by Adriano Aere and Emilia Giberti.

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Gerber Launches New Leather Cutting System

Cutting Technology

When field testing its newly introduced Taurus II leather-cutting system, Gerber Technology found the system improved yield results by as much as 10 percent over manual or die cutting.

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Busy Start to Las Vegas Shows

Show Coverage in Las Vegas

Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.

Première Vision Acquires Leather and Fur Show Cuir à Paris

Textile Trade Show

Première Vision S.A. is growing its portfolio of upscale textile and trim trade shows, which includes Première Vision, Indigo, Expofil, Modamont, Tissu Premier and Fatex, with the addition of leather and fur trade show the Cuir à Paris.

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T-Shirt Comedy Hour

Spotted on the Showfloor

Los Angeles brand Sub_Urban Riot recently got a nice shout out for one of its new T-shirt styles when Beyonce posted a Twitter selfie wearing Sub_Urban Riot’s “Kale” shirt.

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Cone Serves Up Denim With Ketchup and Mustard

Recycled Textiles

Cone Denim is in Las Vegas this week with the latest in its lineup of denim made from recycled plastic bottles.

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Put on Your Pantone

Colorful Launch

Color forecaster Pantone unveiled a new line of menwear called Pantone Colorwear during the recent New York Fashion Week.

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Changes at the the Fashion Bookstore at the CMC

New Ownership

Fashion Bookstore founders Bill and Linda Golant sold the business to longtime employees Yolanda Bragg and Rina Castro.

T-Chip: Transparency at the Textile Chemical Level


Brands and retailers looking at the transparency of their supply chain often hit a stumbling block when it came to their chemical suppliers.

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Federation Design Studio: Premium Fashion Made Here, Not There

Premium Fashion Made Here, Not There

The Federation Design Studio outline the new company’s Made-in-America ethos

CGS Releases New POS Application


New York–based Computer Generated Solutions has introduced a new point-of-sale application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail, which is compatible with Apple iPod and iPhone mobile devices.

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La Tres Lingerie: Bringing a Feminine Touch to Downtown LA

La Tres Lingerie

When Tray Hayslette decided to open a lingerie store in Southern California, she chose a space on Main Street in downtown LA.

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Styku Predicts This Will Be a Perfect Fit

Apparel Tech

Los Angeles tech company Styku has a Fit Visualizer widget, which retailers can add to their existing e-commerce site to help consumers "visualize" the correct size and fit of a garment.

Simparel Hires John Robinson as SVP Sales and Marketing


New York–based business solutions provider Simparel Inc. named fashion-industry veteran John Robinson as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

German Denim Brand Mustang Taps Centric for PLM


German denim brand Mustang Jeans has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc. for its new product lifecycle management system.

Lectra Names Macquin to Executive Committee


French technology solutions and equipment provider Lectra named Edouard Macquin to its executive committee.

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‘Shark Tank’ Coming to Vegas

“Shark Tank,” the reality show competition that pairs entrepreneurs with investors (a.k.a. “the sharks”) is heading to the WWDMAGIC show in Las Vegas later this month.

Kingpins Puts LA Show on Hiatus Until July

Trade Show

Kingpins—the boutique denim trade show with editions in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong—is putting its Los Angeles show on hiatus while it concentrates on launching its newest show in Amsterdam.

New AAFA App Provides Industry Insight and Avenue to Share Industry Issues


Members of the apparel industry are on the front line of many industry issues, such as proposed trade agreements and pending legislation, but often they have limited access to elected officials to voice concerns or share their insight. Now there’s an app for that.

Tukatech Launches 'Tip of the Week' Contest with Prizes Up to $5,000


Los Angeles–based technology solution provider Tukatech has introduced a new contest to encourage Tukatech users to visit the company’s Tip of the Week page.

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Retailers, Brands Brave Snow to Scout Denim Trends at Kingpins


Despite inclement weather, the boutique denim trade show was held at The Tunnel in New York’s Chelsea district.

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Texworld USA Draws a Crowd Amid Snowy Weather

Texworld USA

New York saw more than a foot of snowfall on opening day of the Jan. 20–23 run of Texworld USA.

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Zooey + Tommy + Macy’s

Fashion Collabs

Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel has teamed up with the Tommy Hilfiger Group to create a capsule dress and accessories collection called To Tommy, From Zooey.

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Collab Again: Banana Republic x Marimekko

Summer Capsule

Banana Republic will release a collection created in partnership with Finnish design house Marimekko in May.

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Smell Ya’ Later

Fashion Tech

An instructor at Parsons has created a watch that tells you what time it is with smell.

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Epson Introduces 64-Inch Sublimation Printer and Solution

Epson America Inc.

Epson is expanding its dye sublimation offerings with the Epson SureColor F7170.

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LA Market Beats Expectation as Buyers Stock Up on Immediates and Higher-End Goods

LA Fashion Market

The recent January market exceeded expectations for many showroom owners and reps.