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Alison A. Nieder

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FIDM Debut 2017

FIDM’s Future Designers

Guests at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Debut runway show and scholarship gala were treated to a celebration of the work of students in several programs at the design school, including fashion design, theatre costume design, textile design and interior design.

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Tadashi Launches Fragrance

Los Angeles designer Tadashi Shoji will introduce his first fragrance this month at Lord & Taylor.

LAmade Among Brands Selected for Target’s LA25 Initiative


Fashion basics company LAmade was one of the brands selected to be featured in Target’s LA25 initiative.

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Raj’s New VYB Collection Defies Conventions

New Swim Line: VYB

Raj Swim’s newest collection, VYB, is set to bow this month with a Spring Break 2017 collection.

CFF, TALA, YMA to Host Annual Scholarship Luncheon


The California Fashion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the California Fashion Association, will host the 2017 annual scholarship luncheon on April 27 at the California Market Center.

Upscale Offprice Show Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale Planning to Expand to Women’s for Second Run

Trade Shows

The inaugural run of Boulevard Prêt-à-Sale, the upscale off-price trade show, showcased a tightly curated mix of 70 upscale menswear brands and drew buyers from Barneys New York, Bloomingdale’s, Century 21, Tiger Trading, Harry Rosen, Steinmart, TJX Co., Burlington, Ross Stores and Nordstrom Rack.

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Hard Rock's Throwback Collection

Hard Rock International has launched a “Throwback Threads” collection featuring the classic Hard Rock logo from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s paired with “some of Hard Rock's favorite cities,” including Barcelona, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles and Orlando.

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Velvet Acquired by $1.8 Billion Japanese Company


Los Angeles–based Velvet LLC, owner of the Velvet by Graham and Spencer label, has been acquired by Adastria Co. Ltd., a $1.8 billion Japanese apparel company.

Retailers, Brands Sign Up for MAGIC’s First Stop in Japan

Trade Shows

Trade-show giant UBM Americas is preparing for the launch of MAGIC Japan, a joint venture between the MAGIC trade show and JFW-International Fashion Fair, the biannual apparel trade show organized by publisher Senken Shimbun.

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Puma’s Locked-Box Challenge

To reward (and challenge) young athletes, athletic footwear and apparel maker Puma thought inside the box.

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Sale at Nation Ltd.

L.A.-based fashion T-shirt line Nation Ltd. is having a sample sale.

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Staud on Sale

Staud is having a sample sale at the company’s headquarters in downtown Los Angeles.

Nordstrom Taps Infor Cloud-based POS System


Nordstrom is switching to a new cloud-based point-of-sale system run by technology-solutions provider Infor.

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LA Style in the Spotlight at Brand Assembly

To introduce its new creative, co-working space, Brand Assembly hosted a networking event in partnership with The Zoe Report, designer Rachel Zoe’s fashion, beauty, and lifestyle portal. The March 14 event was held at the co-working space, called The Square by Brand Assembly, located on the mezzanine of the Cooper Design Space.

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Fashion Party in the Hollywood Skyline for LAFW Opening Reception!

The rooftop of the W Hotel, Hollywood was the scene of the March 16 opening reception for L.A. Fashion Week, one of the producers of Los Angeles Fashion Week events.

Buhler Yarns Acquired


U.S. yarn spinner Buhler Quality Yarns has been acquired by Samil Spinning Co. Ltd. in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed amount.

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Thomas Wylde’s Luxe Rock 'n' Roll Chic

Los Angeles luxury label Thomas Wylde drew a celebrity-filled crowd at its March 12 runway show at Style Fashion Week at the Pacific Design Center.

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Sprawling LA Market Draws Wide Range of Buyers

LA Market

For many buyers and exhibitors, the March 13–16 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market was the last stop in a long trade-show season that included shows three weeks ago in Las Vegas and New York.

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Denim Days Coming to the U.S.

Denim Days, the week-long denim festival in Amsterdam, will touch down in the U.S. this fall.

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Jacobson’s FashionLink Showroom Moves to New Mart


Peter Jacobson is putting the finishing touches on his new FashionLink showroom on the 10th floor of The New Mart.

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Swarovski Looks to Spring/Summer 2018 for ‘New Perspectives’ Trend Forecast


The macro-trend for the Spring/Summer 2018 season is “disruption.” That was the word from Austrian crystal maker Swarovski, which presented its Spring/Summer 2018 forecast—titled “New Perspectives”—on March 8 at the Tuck Hotel, a newly opened boutique hotel in downtown LA’s fashion district.

Jewelry Show IFJAG Returns in a New Venue

Trade Shows

IFJAG, the jewelry and accessories trade show, returned to Las Vegas one year after hosting its first show in Las Vegas in 2016.

Curve’s Central Location

Trade Shows

This season, for its Feb. 21–23 run, Curve Las Vegas moved from the corner of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to a central location next to the athleisure exhibitors at Project Womens.

Capsule’s Independent Vibe

Trade Shows

This season, Capsule and Agenda shared space in a ballroom at The Venetian in Las Vegas. The two companies are under the Reed Expositions umbrella, but show organizers made sure to keep each space distinctive and independent with a separate look and music.

Upbeat at Offprice

Trade Shows

The aisles were crowded, the booths were bustling and the exhibitors were upbeat at the Offprice show, held Feb. 19–22 at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.

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Crowded Trade Show Schedule Cuts in to LA Textile Traffic

LA Textile

Many of the familiar faces walking the aisles at the Los Angeles International Textile Show were missing this season when the longstanding textile show went head-to-head with an apparel trade show in New York.

CottonlinksCA: Luxury Blanks Produced Close-to-Home


Robby Khalek has been producing apparel—domestically and overseas—for well-known brands for nearly 20 years. Recently, he saw a void in the market for a well-made blank T-shirt and launched CottonlinksCA.

Invista’s Cordura Introduces Ultra-Strong Nylon-6.6 Staple Fiber


Invista, the Wichita, Kan.–based maker of Lycra and Cordura fibers, has introduced a new high-strength Cordura, made with the company’s T420HT fiber technology.

A&E Launches Reflective Thread


American & Efird, the Mount Holly, N.C.–based industrial sewing thread maker, has introduced Anefil Reflector reflective thread.

Lenzing Launched Tencel Brand Shop at ShopStyle


Lenzing, the Austrian company that makes Tencel fibers, has partnered with fashion search engine ShopStyle to open The Tencel Denim Shop.

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Change Is Good for Las Vegas Trade Shows

Change Is Good

Attendees returning to the Las Vegas apparel and textile trade shows found the landscape changed again.

Apparel Manufacturers, Textile Makers Take on Administration’s Hot-Button Issues


Julie Hughes, president of the U.S. Fashion Industry Association, and Augustine Tantillo, president and chief executive officer of the National Council of Textile Organizations, discussed their group members’ view on everything from a proposed border tax on goods coming from Mexico to the fate of the Trans-Pacific Partnership at a recent live webcast.

Fashion Bookstore in the CMC Hosts Biannual Sale


The Fashion Bookstore<, located in the lobby of the California Market Center, will host its biannual sale Feb. 27–March 1 during the Los Angeles International Textile Show.

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Verdad Fall/Winter 2017 on the Runway in New York


Last season, Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad showed his new Verdad label in an installation setting during New York Fashion Week. For his Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the designer returned to the runway, showing on Feb. 12 at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea.

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Z Supply's First Icons of Culture Collections Includes Ocean Pacific and Gotcha

Icons of Culture

For the launch of Z Supply’s new Icons of Culture brand, Greg Garrett went back to his roots.

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You Can’t Spell Apparel Without an App

Google recently announced new fashion/tech partnership with Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M that really focuses on the “app” in apparel.

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Rebecca Minkoff Hosts ‘See Now, Buy Now’ Show at The Grove

See Now, Buy Now

A well-dressed crowd of fashion influencers and fans turned out to see the Rebecca Minkoff Spring 2017 runway show at The Grove lifestyle center in Los Angeles.

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Startup World Cup Lands a Shark

Daymond John, the FUBU co-founder and one of the “sharks” on TV’s “Shark Tank,” will deliver the keynote address at the Startup World Cup 2017, set for March 24 in San Francisco.

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Coco Cooper: Taking a New Look at Size and Fit in Premium Denim

Coco Cooper

Jillian Nelson’s career as a model and fit model—in Hong Kong, at the Columbus, Ohio–headquartered Limited Inc., and in New York—has made her a fit expert.

C-Print’s FabFad Wants to Bring Tech to Print Buying


The discussion of technology and textiles tends to focus on new fiber developments or automation within a fabric mill. Los Angeles–based printer and full-package production house C-Print has introduced FabFad, a new way to bring tech into the textile-buying process.

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FIDM Costume Exhibition Includes Oscar-Nominated Designs

Oscar-Nominated Costumes

To celebrate the opening of the 25th annual “Art of Motion Picture Costume Design” exhibition at the FIDM Museum at the Fashion Institute of Design &amp; Merchandising, the Los Angeles design college hosted a grand-opening party on Feb. 4 at its downtown Los Angeles campus.

January Retail Sales Soar for Some, Plummet for Others


Zumiez Inc., the Lynwood, Wash.–based action-sports apparel and equipment retailer, continued its winning streak with strong retail sales last month. In contrast, Kearney, Neb.–based chain The Buckle Inc. continued to struggle in January. The company reported a 17.2 percent decrease in net sales to $43.9 million in January and a same-store-sales decrease of 17.6 percent.

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Ron Robinson’s Valentine’s Day Treat

Los Angeles retail boutique Ron Robinson will host a pair of sweet events for the launch of Sugar + Ron Robinson, a retro T-shirt collection that blends “pop-rock colors” and “cotton candy fabrics.”

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Vera Bradley Dives into Swim with Mainstream

Vera Bradley

Vera Bradley—the lifestyle brand known for its allover-print handbags, totes and luggage—will launch a swimwear collection with Mainstream Swimwear Inc.

Online Sales are Driving Retail Investment, Survey Says


Online sales were expected to capture 11.6 percent —or $394 billion—of all U.S. retail sales in 2016, according to a projection by Forrester research firm, but instead “digital touchpoints” commanded an estimated 49 percent of U.S. sales.

Texollini’s Latest $2 Million Investment Includes New Knitting, Dyeing and Finishing Machines


There are five reasons for a textile mill to invest in new technology, according to Amit Bracha, president and chief operating officer with the Long Beach, Calif.–based vertical textile mill Texollini.

Surf Industry—and More—Turn Out for Surf Expo

Trade Shows

Exhibitors were “stoked” and buyers were busy at the Jan. 26–28 run of Surf Expo at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.

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Fit and Fair

Athleta, the fitness apparel division of San Francisco–based Gap Inc. is adding fair trade-certified styles to its collection of activewear.

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Up for Some ‘Light Laundry’?

Jeanologia, the Spanish developer and distributor of laser-finishing equipment for jeans and other apparel, and Lenzing, the maker of Tencel, have joined forces to showcase the benefits of “laser laundry technology” on Tencel fabrics and garments.

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Fete for Female Filmmakers

Glamour magazine and Girlgaze recently hosted an intimate lunch celebrating “Films Powered by Women” at the Sundance Film Festival, where directors, editors and actors had an opportunity to meet, mingle and toast the work of female filmmakers.