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.
Urban Outfitters has a new fashion collab with a lot of fashion—and an extra dose of collaboration.
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.
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 San Francisco is headed to a new home in March.
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.
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.
Marc Crossman has resigned from his position at chief executive officer of Joe’s Jeans Inc.
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.
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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Prior to the launch of its new plus-size line Ava & Viv, Target brought in the fashion critics.
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.”
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 opened a new commercial banking office in New York to better serve the city’s $98 billion apparel industry.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
American Airlines recently unveiled new crew gray uniforms designed by New York–based KaufmanFranco.
Vans is kicking off its 6th-annual Vans Custom Culture competition for high school art programs and students.
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 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.
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.
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.
We wish you happy holidays and a happy--and successful--new year!
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.
The kids knew all the answers to the “Frozen” quiz. In fact, most raised their hands before deejay Christina Dimakides finished asking the question.
The LA Fashion District now has a little New Orleans style since Preux & Proper opened at 840 S. Spring St.
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.
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.
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,
Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc. has been helping small apparel companies grow their businesses through its series of courses, workshops and webinars.
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.
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.
SwimSpot, the swimwear retailer owned by Raj Manufacturing, named Rose Jannuzzi senior vice president of operations.
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.
Delia’s, the teen retailer that pioneered the whole “magalog” category is soon to be no more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Founded in 1989, Texollini is a vertical operation producing circular knits for the activewear, contemporary, ready-to-wear, swimwear, intimates and technical markets.
The new face of plus-size retail chain Torrid is more than just a pretty face.
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
Terrence Chermak has been spending the better part of the last six months knee-deep in wool—specifically, black wool.
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.
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.