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Alison A. Nieder

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Changes at the the Fashion Bookstore at the CMC

New Ownership

Fashion Bookstore founders Bill and Linda Golant sold the business to longtime employees Yolanda Bragg and Rina Castro.

T-Chip: Transparency at the Textile Chemical Level

Textiles

Brands and retailers looking at the transparency of their supply chain often hit a stumbling block when it came to their chemical suppliers.

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Federation Design Studio: Premium Fashion Made Here, Not There

Premium Fashion Made Here, Not There

The Federation Design Studio outline the new company’s Made-in-America ethos

CGS Releases New POS Application

Technology

New York–based Computer Generated Solutions has introduced a new point-of-sale application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail, which is compatible with Apple iPod and iPhone mobile devices.

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La Tres Lingerie: Bringing a Feminine Touch to Downtown LA

La Tres Lingerie

When Tray Hayslette decided to open a lingerie store in Southern California, she chose a space on Main Street in downtown LA.

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Styku Predicts This Will Be a Perfect Fit

Apparel Tech

Los Angeles tech company Styku has a Fit Visualizer widget, which retailers can add to their existing e-commerce site to help consumers "visualize" the correct size and fit of a garment.

Simparel Hires John Robinson as SVP Sales and Marketing

Technology

New York–based business solutions provider Simparel Inc. named fashion-industry veteran John Robinson as senior vice president of sales and marketing.

German Denim Brand Mustang Taps Centric for PLM

Technology

German denim brand Mustang Jeans has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc. for its new product lifecycle management system.

Lectra Names Macquin to Executive Committee

Technology

French technology solutions and equipment provider Lectra named Edouard Macquin to its executive committee.

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‘Shark Tank’ Coming to Vegas

“Shark Tank,” the reality show competition that pairs entrepreneurs with investors (a.k.a. “the sharks”) is heading to the WWDMAGIC show in Las Vegas later this month.

Kingpins Puts LA Show on Hiatus Until July

Trade Show

Kingpins—the boutique denim trade show with editions in New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong—is putting its Los Angeles show on hiatus while it concentrates on launching its newest show in Amsterdam.

New AAFA App Provides Industry Insight and Avenue to Share Industry Issues

Manufacturing

Members of the apparel industry are on the front line of many industry issues, such as proposed trade agreements and pending legislation, but often they have limited access to elected officials to voice concerns or share their insight. Now there’s an app for that.

Tukatech Launches 'Tip of the Week' Contest with Prizes Up to $5,000

Technology

Los Angeles–based technology solution provider Tukatech has introduced a new contest to encourage Tukatech users to visit the company’s Tip of the Week page.

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Retailers, Brands Brave Snow to Scout Denim Trends at Kingpins

Kingpins

Despite inclement weather, the boutique denim trade show was held at The Tunnel in New York’s Chelsea district.

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Texworld USA Draws a Crowd Amid Snowy Weather

Texworld USA

New York saw more than a foot of snowfall on opening day of the Jan. 20–23 run of Texworld USA.

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Zooey + Tommy + Macy’s

Fashion Collabs

Actress and singer Zooey Deschanel has teamed up with the Tommy Hilfiger Group to create a capsule dress and accessories collection called To Tommy, From Zooey.

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Collab Again: Banana Republic x Marimekko

Summer Capsule

Banana Republic will release a collection created in partnership with Finnish design house Marimekko in May.

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Smell Ya’ Later

Fashion Tech

An instructor at Parsons has created a watch that tells you what time it is with smell.

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Epson Introduces 64-Inch Sublimation Printer and Solution

Epson America Inc.

Epson is expanding its dye sublimation offerings with the Epson SureColor F7170.

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LA Market Beats Expectation as Buyers Stock Up on Immediates and Higher-End Goods

LA Fashion Market

The recent January market exceeded expectations for many showroom owners and reps.

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T&A Showroom

Showroom Profile

Tim Padilla and Alfred Davis opened their T&A Showroom more than five years ago in the 824 Building, the wholesale building located just north of the intersection of Ninth and Los Angeles in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

Loehmann’s to Close All Stores

Retail

After 93 years in business, off-price retailer Loehmann’s is closing.

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Eden Eco and Little Eden: Eco-Friendly Swimwear for All

Eden Eco & Little Eden

Emily Fioravanti is inspired by her years living in Santa Cruz and surfing iconic West Coast surf spots.

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Ortiz Industry: Performance Gets Professional

Ortiz Industry

Ortiz Industry has the sophisticated look of a contemporary men’s and women’s line but is engineered to perform.

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The Clio Awards Get their Fashion On

Creative Competition

The Clio Awards, the international advertising, design and communications competition, will launch a new awards program just for fashion, beauty, retail and accessories.

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Wearable Cork

Alternative Textiles

A Portuguese champagne cork maker has developed a process for making cork flexible enough to sew into accessories.

Reed Buys Capsule

Acquisition

Add the Capsule trade show to Reed Exhibitions’ portfolio of more than 500 events around the world, including the Agenda trade show, in which Reed acquired a stake in 2012.

NYDJ’s Leslie Singer to Head Kellwood’s New Sam Edelman Division

Manufacturing

Former NYDJ executive Leslie Singer has been named president of Sam Edelman Apparel, a new division at Kellwood Co., formed through a new partnership between Kellwood and Sam Edelman, which is owned by the Brown Shoe Co.

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Cross Colours Bringing the Brand Back

Cross Colours

Carl Jones will officially relaunch Cross Colours at the Jan. 7–8 run of the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif.

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3-D Footwear: Custom-Fit Comedy Fodder

Fashion Tech

Shamees Aden has created a 3-D printed shoe made from a “a synthetic biological material."

2013 Year in Review: New Trade Shows and Venues in 2013, Plus Changes on the Horizon

Trade Show

It was a busy year for veteran trade show producers and start-ups alike.

Lectra Opens New Tech Center in Georgia

Technology

Lectra, the Paris-based apparel technology provider, has opened the International Advanced Technology Center (IATC) in Smyrna, Ga., and relocated its U.S. headquarters from Marietta, Ga., to Smyrna, as well.

Surf Expo Parent Company Acquired by Outdoor Retailer Organizer

Trade Show

George Little Management LLC, parent company of trade show Surf Expo, has been acquired by Emerald Expositions Inc., organizers of the Outdoor Retailer trade show.

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Freenote: Denim-Driven Menswear With a Focus on Authenticity

Made-in-America

Brothers Matt and Andrew Brodrick 's menswear brand is a tightly focused concept and a 100 percent made-in-America production.

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Nike Suits Up for Sochi

Fashion Tech

Nike has released its uniform designs for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia—and they’re stylish and high-tech.

Surf Expo Parent Company Acquired by Outdoor Retailer Organizer

Trade Show Acquistion

George Little Management LLC, parent company of Surf Expo, has been acquired by Emerald Expositions Inc., organizer of Outdoor Retailer.

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3D-Model Makers Make 3D-Printed Model Doll

Fashion, Tech & Toys

Kickstarter kicks up a fashion concept again, this time, a group of entrepreneurs in Cincinnati are using the crowdfunding site to help launch their 3D-printable fashion doll.

LA’s Alameda Square Adds E-commerce Site GoJane

Manufacturing

Alameda Square—the business complex in downtown Los Angeles that houses American Apparel, Splendid and Ella Moss, Groceries Apparel, and HauteLook’s photo studio—has added another fashion tenant: Los Angeles–based e-tailer GoJane.

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2013 RETROSPECTIVE Employment: Apparel and Textile Jobs Decline in 2013

Manufacturing

California may be the apparel manufacturing center of the country, but the region continued to shed apparel manufacturing and textile jobs in 2013.

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Industry Joins Forces to Bring Christmas to Local Children

Events

The Textile Association of Los Angeles and the California Fashion Foundation hosted the 66th Annual Christmas Party for local boys and girls organizations on Dec. 11 at the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles.

Serge Azria Names CFO and COO at Dutch LLC

Manufacturing

Los Angeles–based Dutch LLC named Jennifer Adams chief financial officer and Michael Saunders chief operating officer of the company, owner of the Joie, Equipment and Current/Elliott brands.

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2013 Newsmaker: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti

Manufacturing

In October, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was on hand at the California Market Center to address the Los Angeles apparel industry on the opening day of Los Angeles Fashion Market, much like his predecessor, Antonio Villaraigosa, who also helped kick off market weeks.

2013 Newsmaker: Los Angeles Fashion Week's New Venues, New Players

Fashion

Los Angeles Fashion Week has been an independent effort ever since IMG Fashion and Smashbox Studios shuttered their joint effort, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios, in 2008.

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2013 Newsmaker: Downtown LA as a Retail Destination

2013 Newsmaker: Downtown

Already a destination for foodies, downtown Los Angeles is poised to become a destination for shoppers, as well.

Swim Maker Raj Opens New Factory in Santa Fe Springs

Swim & Surf

Tustin, Calif.–based Raj Manufacturing—maker of swimwear under the Athena, Next by Athena, Luxe by Lisa Vogel, Nautica, Guess, Ella Moss, Splendid, Hurley and Reef brands—opened a new manufacturing facility in Santa Fe Springs, Calif.

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Hands Up for Made-in-America

Freedom Sleeve

Massachusetts-based apparel maker Goodwear introduced a new hoodie with a “Freedom Sleeve,” a gusseted sleeve design that gives the wearer more mobility and range of movement.

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Pantone’s Color of the Year

Color Forecast

Get ready for a radiant year. Radiant Orchid, that is. That’s the word from Pantone, which announced its 2014 color of the year: Radiant Orchid (18-3224).

Morrell to Lead Olah’s Textile Sales Division

Trade Show

Olah Inc., the textile and apparel-development firm and organizer of the Kingpins denim trade show, announced a shift in the leadership of its textile sales division.

Texworld Teams With Tradegood

Trade Show

Texworld USA, the biannual fabric show in New York, has struck a partnership with Tradegood, the online B2B sourcing site founded by Intertek.

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Watchmen—and Women

Fashion Meets Function

No matter how flashy your time app is, it doesn’t have the same panache as a beautiful watch.