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Alison A. Nieder

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What Would Cookie Wear?

Fox is opening the Empire Official Store featuring apparel, accessories and jewelry inspired by the hit TV show.

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Closing the Door on Capitol Couture

The final issue of Capitol Couture, the fashion publication released by Lionsgate and Samsung and inspired by "The Hunger Games" has been released.

Stitches Technology Begins Training Sewing Technicians

Manufacturing

On Dec. 1, the second group of students is scheduled to begin a six-month training program in technical sewing at Stitches Technology, the nonprofit run by Clotee McAfee.

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I’m Dreaming of an Inclement Christmas

It’s not even Black Friday and L.L. Bean has sold out some of its most-popular boot styles.

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Tags, Labels and FIDM's Vets

Label giant Avery Dennison recent hosted members of FIDM's student veterans group at its RBIS center in downtown Los Angeles

Epson’s SureColor Sublimation Printer Wins SGIA Award

Technology

Epson’s SureColor F9200 sublimation printer landed the product of the year award within the “roll-to-roll dye sublimation on textile” category at the recent Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) expo in Atlanta.

Mode City Shifting to Lyon in 2016

Trade Shows

After eight years in Paris, French lingerie and swimwear trade shows Mode City and Interfilière will temporarily return to Lyon, France, for their July 9–11, 2016, run.

Hyosung launches Creora Fit2 for Denim

Textiles

Creora spandex producer Hyosung will launch its new Creora Fit2 at the Nov. 18–19 run of Denim by PV in Barcelona.

Global Distribution: Giant Care Label

Manufacturing

Apparel makers tell the story of international distribution on a very tiny canvas: the care and content label. As apparel brands increasingly sell their goods around the world, care labels become ever more complex.

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Insiders First for Torrid's New Capsule

Torrid, the plus-size chain under the Hot Topic umbrella, is launching a new limited-edition, higher-end capsule collection and offering it first to its very best customers.

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Have Yourself a Blue Holiday

On Dec. 1, the Fashion and Textile History Gallery at the Museum at FIT will open its latest exhibition “Denim: Fashion’s Frontier.”

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Sustainability in Fashion on the Agenda at TEDxLA Event

LA Beyond the Label

Members of the apparel industry and consumers with a passion for eco issues and sustainability met recently at The New Mart in Los Angeles for a TEDxLA event organized by LA Beyond the Label.

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Education in Denim

DENIM NOTES

Denim City, the home of Amsterdam’s Jean School, a vocational program offering training in denim design and development, recently hosted an educational symposium called “Denim on Stage: University Meets Industry at Denim City in Amsterdam.”

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Party Like It's 1915

100-Year-Old Denim Deal

Amsterdam's Tenue de Nimes boutique hosted a party to celebrate the “Golden Handshake,” the 1915 agreement between Levi Strauss & Co. and Cone Denim when Levi’s agreed to give Cone Denim exclusive right to produce denim for Levi’s 501 shrink-to-fit jeans.

Italian Denim House Candiani Opening R&D Center in Los Angeles

Manufacturing

Early next year, downtown Los Angeles will have a new center for denim research and development when Italian denim mill Candiani Denim opens a new showroom and office space.

Denim Maven Adriano Goldschmied Turns His Focus to Knits With Acynetic

Manufacturing

Adriano Goldschmied’s career developing brands including Diesel, Replay, AG Adriano Goldschmied, Citizens of Humanity men’s and Goldsign has earned him the nickname “the Godfather of Denim.”

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Kingpins Amsterdam Encompasses the Denim Industry From Fiber and Fabric to Design Development and Finishing

Denim in Amsterdam

Now in its second year in Amsterdam, Kingpins organizers have determined a few keys to success in running the boutique denim-sourcing trade show.

The Ins and Outs of Brand Building With Licensing, Investment and Social Media

Manufacturing

Nearly 200 apparel-industry executives turned out to discuss brand-building strategies that ranged from social-media practices and licensing opportunities to gauging when to seek outside investment.

Indian Summer Tempers Buyers at Fashion Market Northern California

Trade Show

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Buyers were literally taking the temperature outside to see how much merchandise they needed as they visited the three-day Fashion Market Northern California show to browse Spring 2016 fashions.

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Asher Fabrics Opens New Locations, Adds In-House Knitting

Asher Fabrics

Asher Fabric Concepts has a new home. The company recently moved into its newly renovated space at 950 S. Boyle Ave. in the Boyle Heights section of Los Angeles.

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Designing a Cleaner Bikini

Textile Tech

Swimmers, surfers and other watersport enthusiasts tend to be good stewards of our oceans. Imagine if you could help clean the ocean just by diving in. That’s what engineers at the University of California, Riverside, have done with their new reusable material they’re calling Sponge.

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LA Market Report

We just wrapped up coverage of the sprawling Los Angeles Fashion Market, which included five wholesale showroom buildings in downtown L.A., as well as six independent trade show.

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Ashton Michael: The Edge of Pink

Los Angeles Fashion Week

Ashton Michael doesn’t want to be typecast as an “urban goth” designer. So when the Los Angeles–based designer was designing his Spring 2016 collection he challenged himself to work with “two things I detest: cargo pockets and pink.”

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FBI All Aboard: Fashion, Awards and a Big Check

Los Angeles Fashion Week

It was a hot night in downtown LA when Fashion Business Inc. hosted its fifth-annual All Aboard Runway Show at Union Station.

Select Returns to CMC’s Fashion Theater

Trade Shows

The California Market Center once again hosted the Select show, featuring contemporary apparel, accessories and jewelry resources in the CMC’s Fashion Theater.

Brand Assembly Branches Out

Trade Shows

This season, Brand Assembly expanded to 112 brands.

Expanded Offerings at Designers and Agents

Trade Shows

Buyers crowded the aisles at the Oct. 12–14 run of Designers and Agents at The New Mart, which saw an expanded mix of returning and new exhibitors.

Coeur Bows in New Location

Trade Shows

This season, lifestyle trade show Coeur moved to the Alexandria Ballrooms for its Oct. 12–14 run.

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Fashion Industries Guild Goes to the Movies

Cedars-Sinai

For its annual fund-raiser for the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Fashion Industries Guild changed things up a bit.

Hot Weather Creates Challenges and Opportunities at LA Market

Trade Shows

Unseasonably high temperatures and unusually high humidity greeted buyers and exhibitors attending the recent Spring 2016 Los Angeles Fashion Market, which ran Oct. 12–15 in downtown Los Angeles.

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AS by DF Honored at Fifth Annual FBI All Aboard Fashion Week Show

All Aboard Fashion

Denise Focil, designer of the AS by DF and ASTARS collections, received the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator award on Oct. 13 at Fashion Business Inc.’s All Aboard LA’s Fashion Platform runway show and fundraiser for the nonprofit business organization.

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Fab for Fab

Work in Style

Fast-growing e-commerce site JustFab has a brand new headquarters in El Segundo, Calif.

Showroom Profile: Citizens of Humanity

New Lines

Los Angeles–based premium-denim lifestyle line Citizens of Humanity recently unveiled a dramatic new look for its 4,000-square-foot West Coast showroom at the Lady Liberty building in downtown Los Angeles.

Showroom Profile: The Hanger showroom, Dakota Showroom

New Lines

Sharing the same space, Selena Slogar’s The Hanger showroom and Christie Danielson’s Dakota showroom each has its own aesthetic. The Hanger primarily carries Australian lines, and many of Dakota’s collections are from the United Kingdom.

Showroom Profile: Hatch

New Lines

After more a decade in The New Mart, the Hatch showroom has moved to the Cooper Design Space.

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Sue Wong Opens LA Fashion Week

L.A. Fashion Week

Sue Wong opened Los Angeles Fashion Week with her Oct. 5 runway show at Art Hearts Fashion at the Taglyan Complex in Hollywood.

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FBI Gears up for 5th Annual All Aboard

Fashion Business Inc. returns on Oct. 13 to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles for the fifth-annual All Aboard Runway Show and presentation of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award.

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Athleisure, the Musical?

You know a trend has legs when it's got its own music video.

Mergers, Acquisitions and Reorganizations: Finance Leaders Take a Look at the Months Ahead

Finance

We recently caught up with several finance-industry executives to talk about merger-and-acquisition opportunities and the challenges of balancing a business in the current economic environment.

Textile and Apparel Representative Ida Myers, 88

Textiles

Longtime textile and apparel sales representative Ida Myers died on Sept. 25. She was 88.

Quarterly Report: Baby Boomer and Millennial Impact Leads the Economic Forecast for LAEDC

Finance

The economy is gearing up for a major shift as the huge baby boomer generation enters retirement and the even larger millennial generation begins taking a greater position in the workforce.

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Exhibitor Shuffle at LA Textile Show

LA Textile Show

The layout during the Sept. 28–30 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show continued to evolve since the California Market Center debuted a newly renovated part of the 13th-floor A-wing last season that eliminated enclosed suites to make room for more open-format booths.

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Filene's Shifts from Bricks to Clicks

e-tail launch

Discount retailer Filene’s Basement shuttered is doors in 2011, but now the retailer is relaunching as an online-only site.

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JCP Plus Bohbot

Collection Launch

Designer Michele Bohbot recently unveiled the new plus-size collection for Bisou Bisou by Michele Bohbot, which is sold exclusively at JCPenney stores.

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Best Vested

Fashion Collab

Torrance. Calif.–based AS by DF created an exclusive style for Calypso St. Barth.

Coeur Tradeshow Moves to New Location in October

Trade Shows

Coeur, the bicoastal accessories and lifestyle show, is moving its Los Angeles show to the Alexandria Ballrooms in downtown LA for its Oct. 12–14 run.

Fashion Meet Tech at Melange Live Event at The New Mart

Technology

The worlds of fashion and technology merged at the launch of Melange Live, a conference that explored new developments in e-commerce, mobile/digital payments, brand building using social media and new innovations in wearable technology.

Nanotex: Putting the Function in Fabric

Textiles

Performance characteristics such as moisture management, water repellency and odor control are familiar territory for consumers of activewear while enhanced performance features are relatively new for casual apparel and ready-to-wear.

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Obituary: Designer Carole Little, 79

Manufacturing

Designer Carole Little passed away on Sept. 19 at her home in San Diego following a long illness. She was 79.

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Jeremy Scott: Designer, Documentary Subject

Fashion on Film

Fashion followers can take a peek into the world of Jeremy Scott in the documentary “Jeremy Scott: The People’s Designer,” which bows in theaters today.