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Alison A. Nieder

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Tobi’s Data-Driven Trends

LA-based online retailer Tobi recently looked at some of its own best-selling categories and items for its LA customers.

2016 Newsmakers: CFA Serves as the Hub of California’s Apparel Industry


For more than 20 years, the California Fashion Association has served as a central hub of the state’s apparel and textile industry. CFA President Ilse Metchek has been with the organization since it launched in 1995 in the aftermath of the El Monte sweatshop incident, drawing on her experience—and vast network—as a designer and manufacturer in Los Angeles to provide business information to its members.

2016 Newsmakers: Rosemary Brantley Leaves Otis as Fashion Department Exits DTLA


After 36 years as the founding fashion chair of the Otis College of Art and Design, Rosemary Brantley stepped down from the fashion program she founded in 1980. Brantley will remain the principal designer and business partner in her own women’s clothing label, Staples, which launched the same year she took over the fashion design department.

2016 Newsmakers: MAGIC Owner UBM Buys Parent Company of MRket, Stitch, ATS

Trade Shows

Just when people thought MAGIC couldn’t get any larger, UBM—the trade show giant that owns MAGIC, Project, FN Platform and Pooltradeshow—purchased Business Journals Inc., which produces the MRket, Stitch, Accessories The Show and Fame trade shows.

2016 Newsmakers: Emerald Expositions Buys Swim Collective


Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, expanded its foothold in the swim and active businesses with the August acquisition of Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based trade shows founded by Shannon Leggett.

Not Just a Label to Live-Stream First Event Since Moving to LA


Not Just a Label (NJAL), the international platform for emerging contemporary designers, recently expanded from London to Los Angeles and will host its first LA event since the move.

Iconix names EVP and CMO


Jamie Cygielman has joined New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. as executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

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Conductive Cotton and Wearable Tech

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre (CGC) at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University in China have found a way to make a conductive cotton that could be used to make wearable—read flexible—electronics.

Differential Brands Hires Nordstrom Veteran as EVP for Business Development


Differential Brands Group Inc.—the parent company for Hudson, Robert Graham and SWIMS—has named retail veteran Tom Nevell executive vice president of business development.

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New Look Planned for Hawthorne Mall

The vacant Hawthorne Plaza shopping mall in Hawthorne, Calif., is slated to get a new look—its first makeover in 17 years—which will incorporate retail, entertainment and housing in an open-air format.

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H&M Wishes You a Wes Anderson Christmas

To get people in the holiday mood, H&M enlisted Wes Anderson to create a short film filled with Anderson-esque elements mixed with a bit of Christmas cheer.

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Carbon38 Pops Up on Robertson


Temporary store showcases diverse mix of brands including Carbon38’s own Made–in–Los Angeles collections and designer collaborations.

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Lululemon Opens on Melrose

LA’s newest Lululemon store hosted its grand opening on Nov. 22 on Melrose Avenue—just in time for Black Friday (Nov. 25), when the company will debut its new limited-edition Featherlight collection.

Burlington Taps TJX Exec for Board


Burlington Stores Inc., the Burlington, N.J.–based discounter, has named Ted English, former president, chief executive officer and director of The TJX Companies Inc., to its board of directors.

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Avery Dennison Collaborations Take RFID to the Design Room

Avery Dennison

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has found a home along the apparel-industry supply chain from factory to distribution center to retail sales floor. Some designers are looking to introduce the technology at the very beginning of the chain by incorporating RFID into the design of garments and accessories.

Infor Lands $2 Billion Investment from Koch Equity


Koch Equity Development LLC, the investment and acquisition subsidiary of Koch Industries Inc., which also owns Lycra parent company Invista, will invest more than $2 billion in Infor, the New York–based provider of cloud-based, industry-specific business applications in a bid to help Infor accelerate innovation and expand distribution.

Tukatech Looks to Tap New Business With Tuka3D Enterprise Edition


Los Angeles–based apparel software and equipment maker Tukatech has introduced a new Enterprise Edition of its Tuka3D to make the 3-D computer-aided design software accessible to more apparel makers.

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Fashion and Fur Friends at the CMC

Sample Sales

The CMC and with Wags & Walks dog rescue organization will host a charity sample sale and dog adoption fair on Nov. 18 at The Pavilion on 10B, the CMC’s 10th-floor event space in downtown Los Angeles.

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Changes in LA for Shinola Detroit

Shinola Detroit's new boutique in the Arts District in DTLA is just one of the changes underway for the American-made accessories company.

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Phillip Lim Hosting Annual LA Sale

Phillip Lim is hosting its annual sample sale Nov. 18-20 at the 3.1 Phillip Lim boutique in West Hollywood.

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Bailey44 Kicks Off Holiday at Lido Marina

LA contemporary brand Bailey44 is hosting a holiday shopping event on Nov. 17 at its Lido Marina Village store in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Discreetly Green: Handbags for Pot Smokers

With the passage of California’s proposition 64, which legalized the use of marijuana for recreational use, LA luxury handbag company AnnaBis is looking to take the stink out of carrying weed.

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Revelation LA’s Runway Debut in Hollywood

Revelation LA

Revelation LA, the new event produced by Parker Whitaker Productions, kicked off Nov. 5–6 with a series of panel discussion, pop-up shops and runway shows at Siren Studios Orange 1 in Hollywood.

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Revelation LA Adds Pop-ups, Panels to the Event Lineup

Pop-ups: Revelation LA

Coming at the tail end of Los Angeles Fashion Week, Revelation LA bowed with a concept that blended trade and consumer events.

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Designer Eyewear Direct From the Printer

Italian eyewear maker Safilo—which manufacturers prescription frames and sunglasses for brands such as Dior, Hugo Boss, Max Mara and Jimmy Choo—has begun 3D printing its prototypes using a 3D printer from Stratasys.

Carbon38 Adds CMO


Carbon38, the Los Angeles–based luxury activewear e-commerce retailer, has hired Lisa Kraynak as chief marketing officer.

Designer Platform Not Just a Label Expands to LA, Plans Outreach Initiative With City of LA


Not Just a Label (NJAL), the emerging designer platform launched in London in 2008, has expanded to the United States with the opening of a Los Angeles office by NJAL founder Stefan Siegel.

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Denim on the Catwalk

Global Denim Awards

Denim took another turn in the spotlight at the third annual Global Denim Awards in Amsterdam, where an international lineup of designers and denim mills collaborated on collections that highlighted the creative versatility of denim.

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Patagonia Says Get Out. And Vote.

Patagonia wants people to vote—specifically for environmental issues. To encourage voter participation, the company is closing for the day. That includes Patagonia’s headquarters in Ventura, Calif., its distribution center in Reno, Nev., and all 29 retail stores around the country.

Boutique Retailers Turn Out to Order Immediates, Spring Merchandise at FMNC

Trade Shows

The weather outside was Northern California cool and gray, but the mood—and the merchandise—inside the San Mateo Event Center was sunny as retailers from across the Western U.S. turned out for Fashion Market Northern California to place orders for Spring goods.

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FBI’s Fashionable Fund-Raiser

Los Angeles Fashion Week

For its sixth-annual All Aboard Runway Show & Fund-Raiser, Fashion Business Inc. returned to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

Crowded Schedule at LA Market

LA Market

The Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows continued with events hosted by Style Fashion Week, Fashion Week Los Angeles and Fashion Business Inc.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week: California Collections

LAFW: California Collections

More than 100 designer lines graced the runways of Los Angeles Fashion Week, with six events spread out over a four-week span.

MAFI Award Winner Named at FBI’s All Aboard Runway Show


The winner of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award (MAFI) was announced at the sixth-annual Fashion Business Inc. All Aboard Runway Show at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles.

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Embroider Like It’s 1330

Textile Exhibition

The Victoria & Albert Museum's “Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery” exhibition features embroideries from the 14th and 15th centuries.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week: On With the Shows

On With the Shows

There are more than 100 collections participating in this season’s Los Angeles Fashion Week, which is spread across six events over the course of a four-week span.

FBI Sets Lineup for All Aboard Runway Fund-raiser and MAFI Award


Fashion Business Inc. will return to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 18 for the sixth annual All Aboard Runway Show and presentation of the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator Award.

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Los Angeles Fashion Week Spring’17 Kick Off

LAFW '17 Kick Off

The Los Angeles Fashion Week event known as LA Fashion Week, now in its third season, hosted its runway shows at the Hollywood Athletic Club

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Three Dots Launches Plus Sizes

Three Dots

Three Dots has been known for its American-made luxe basics in ultra-soft fabrications since the Garden Grove, Calif.–based company was founded in 1995. But Three Dots sizes only ran from XS to XL—until now.

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Gigi Hadid Joins Reebok Campaign

International supermodel Gigi Hadid is the newest face of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign to “celebrate the beauty of imperfection.”

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Wrangler on the Runway

It was all about ’70s denim and apparel when Wrangler presented a runway show at its North American headquarters in Greenboro, N.C.

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Charting a Block-Printed Path from DTLA to India

Textile Design

Local textile designers Hopie Stockman and Lily Stockman, founders of LA-based Block Shop, take New York Times readers on a textile tour through India.

Factory Direct Returns With Focus on Sourcing Opportunities for Small to Mid-sized Companies

Trade Shows

Manufacturers looking for low-minimum sourcing and larger companies looking for domestic sourcing opportunities turned out at the Sept. 26–28 run of Factory Direct at The New Mart in Los Angeles.

LA Textile Show Draw Mix of LA Brands, NY Manufacturers and International Attendees

LA Textile Show

The Sept. 26–28 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show drew a diverse crowd.

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Directives West: S/S ’17 Trends of the Season

Directives West

The key looks for Spring/Summer 2017 got the spotlight treatment when Directives West presented its runway show on Sept. 27 in the California Market Center Fashion Theater during LA Majors Market.

TukaTech Takes CAD to the Cloud


Los Angeles–based equipment and software solutions provider Tukatech has introduced Tukacad Professional Edition on the Cloud, a computer-aided pattern making, grading and marker software solution that allows users to begin working with the program as soon as they subscribe.

CCA Names John Bauernfeind Chair of the Fashion Design Program


John Bauernfeind has joined the California College of the Arts as the chair of the Bay Area college’s Fashion Design Program.

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Brazilian Mill Kalimo Opens in DTLA

Kalimo Opens in DTLA

After a successful run at the Los Angeles International Textile Show last March, Brazilian mill Kalimo opened a permanent showroom in downtown Los Angeles.

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Celebrating Textiles in NY

The newly launched New York Textile Month celebrates the textile research and design process, as well the environmental impact of the textile production process.

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Milano Unica Bows in New Location, Eyes Possible Date Change in 2017

Milano Unica

Exhibitors and attendees at the Sept. 6–8 run of Italian textile trade show Milano Unica were pleased with the show’s new location at Fiera Milano Rho, the massive convention-center complex located on the outskirts of Milan.