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Alison A. Nieder

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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

Manufacturing

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

FMNC

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

Events

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

Textiles

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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Shopping=Empowerment

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

Manufacturing

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

Manufacturing

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

Finance

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

Turkish Denim Mill Bossa Opens Showroom in LA

Denim

To celebrate the opening of its new showroom in downtown Los Angeles, Turkish denim mill Bossa hosted a grand opening party and denim trend presentation on Jan. 15.

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Capsule Moves to Pier 92

Capsule's New Home

For its Jan. 26–28 run, Capsule trade show moved to a new location, Pier 92 on New York’s west side, from its previous location at Basketball City on the city’s Lower East Side.

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Project Exhibitors Hustle for Business Amid N.Y. Snowstorm

NY Hustle

One day after a historic snowstorm dumped two feet of snow on New York, menswear trade show Project opened its doors for its Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center. The storm cut into traffic on opening day, but exhibitors scrambled to rebook appointments and make the most of the remaining days of the show.

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MRket New York Bows Activewear Section, Fashion Installations

Fashion + Active

Outside the Javits Center, people were bundled up in winter coats and snow boots, but inside at the MRket menswear trade show, men in shorts and T-shirts were taking their turn on the Cycle for Survival bike to help raise funds for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Liberty Fairs NYC Skirts New York Snowstorm

Fair Weather

Most buyers arriving for the Liberty Fairs NYC show at Pier 94 in New York missed the historic snowstorm and the resulting travel cancellations.

Milano Unica’s Second Run in New York Coincides With Historic Snowstorm

Trade Shows

NEW YORK—Late in the afternoon on the last day of the Milano Unica trade show, two designers were walking in and out of booths showcasing luxury Italian fabrics.

Texworld USA Offers a Showcase of International Textile, Fiber and Trim Resources

Trade Shows

Before winter storm Jonas slammed into New York on Jan. 22, organizers of international textile show Texworld USA said preregistration was up 25 percent for the show’s Jan. 24–26 run at the Javits Center.

Denim from the 19th Century to the 21st

Denim

Levi Strauss filed the first patent for a distinctive pair of work pant made from a twill fabric in 1873. But denim work pants—or jeans—had been worn even earlier. The Fashion Institute of Technology recently organized “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier,” an exhibition charting the history and evolution of jeans, at the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT in New York.

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Barbie, Just Like Us

Toy giant Mattel has unveiled a newly revamped Barbie collection designed to more accurately reflect the diversity of the children who play with the doll.

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Fashion’s Mini Michel

Fashion on Film

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin has unveiled the secret talent behind French fashion show sound engineer Michel Gaubert. It’s his assistant Petit Michel and he’s a total doll.

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Zoolander 2's Beauty Spot

"Zoolander 2" features Kristen Wiig as beauty mogul Alexanya Atoz famous for a product called “Youth Milk.”

Crew Knitwear Hires Former Kellwood Exec as CEO

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based Crew Knitwear, maker of the Bobeau and H.I.P. brands, has hired Tricia Franklin as chief executive officer.

L.A.–Based Brentwood Associates Buys Boston Proper

Retail

Boston Proper, the multichannel retailer owned by Chico’s FAS Inc., has been acquired by Los Angeles–based private-equity investment Brentwood Associates for an undisclosed amount.

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Active Collective Returns for Second Solo Show

Focus on Activewear

Active Collective, the activewear and athleisure show that bowed last year in Huntington Beach, Calif., returned for its second solo show with 90 exhibitors showing their collections Jan. 15–16 at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort.