New York–headquartered Computer Generated Solutions recently announced the hire of Daniella Ambrogi as the company’s global marketing director. In her role, Ambrogi will be responsible for CGS’ global marketing strategy for fashion, footwear, accessories and consumer-lifestyle goods.
Downtown Los Angeles’ California Market Center recently announced the promotion of Matthew Mathiasen to the role of senior events manager. A fashion and events veteran, the role is a natural fit for Mathiasen, who has spent much of his career devoted to this space, most recently as the CMC’s manager of buyer and community relations, a position that he fulfilled since joining Brookfield Properties, the site’s property manager, in 2018.
Retro in Red
As fashion continues to trend toward the 1990s, Levi Strauss & Co. envisioned a new approach to its Levi’s Red collection, which was released late in the decade, as it relied on silhouettes similar to the original with modern sustainable fabrications.
The market for business-to-business e-commerce platforms has been heating up in the last year. The Los Angeles–headquartered technology company NuOrder announced last month that it had raised $45 million in a round of funding led by venture capital firms Brighton Park Capital and Imaginary Ventures.
Inside the Industry
Remembering Jessica McClintock
Fashion designer Jessica McClintock passed away on Feb. 16, according to a notice that was published March 12 in the SFGate.
Industry Focus: Finance
With the world turning over a new, progressive leaf following the COVID-19 pandemic, optimism seems to be on the trend calendar for 2021. As vaccines are distributed to more people, extreme measures of caution are beginning to dissipate as the general public exhibits an increased feeling of safety.
The Vietnam-headquartered company Saitex recently opened a denim facility in Vernon, Calif., just south of downtown Los Angeles. Saitex USA, a 52,000-square-foot denim plant, will serve as a factory of the future, said Sanjeev Bahl, the company’s chief executive officer and founder.
When Asher Shalom visited some family members in Los Angeles in 1988, he surveyed the metropolis’s fashion scene and saw an industry that had excelled at milling fleece and denim, but he thought that the city’s business had been coming up short in milling novelty fabrics. Shalom had fallen in love with Los Angeles after visiting from his native Israel and wanted to move to the City of the Angels. He believed he had something to add to the city’s fashion business through his background in fabric engineering. He started the novelty mill Asher Fabric Concepts in 1991.
A recent report from the Otis College of Art and Design provided details regarding how California’s creative businesses, including fashion, were dealt major setbacks during the spread of COVID-19 and how these industries were faring just before the pandemic.
With Women's History Month coming to a close, The Women In Denim hosted a virtual discussion regarding actions aimed at supporting female denim workers around the globe and who contribute to every level of the industry.
On March 25, Odaingerous designer Odain Watson released Drama, a footwear capsule collection. Made in Italy, the line features three styles—a pump, high-top sneakers and military-style boots.
Following the success of its MAGIC Pop-Up Orlando, which was hosted in February, Informa Markets Fashion confirmed that it would return to Las Vegas Aug. 8–11 and will also host Destination: Miami by Coterie July 10–12 in Miami Beach, Fla.
Committed to transformative manufacturing processes that will improve the apparel-making industry, Artistic Milliners announced a partnership to design its garments using Browzwear 3D-prototype technology.
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and umbrella trade group Retail and Hospitality ISAC, of which National Retail Federation is a partner, have developed a cybersecurity drill, which will run in June—with an exact date yet to be announced—and they are inviting businesses to participate.
Steve Aoki has made statements about his Asian heritage with his music and his fashion label Dim Mak. He recently made a statement on violence against people of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage with a T-shirt that will raise money for Stop AAPI Hate group, he said.
Newmine, the Southborough, Mass., artificial intelligence-based returns-reduction solution announced that Tony Arona has joined the company as its chief revenue officer.
Expanding the reach of its Atlanta Apparel show, International Market Centers will launch Las Vegas Apparel Aug. 8–10 as many on-site trade-show brands prepare for a return to physical events this summer.
There’s a new concept store coming to Los Angeles’ Mid-City area. Terminal 27 is scheduled to officially open doors in April. The public will get a preview of this shop with the Terminal 27 x Middleman Pop-Up.
WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH
During Women’s History Month this March, Magnus Alpha co-founder and Creative Director Hommy Diaz wanted to release a special piece to honor the female caregivers who accept the lifelong task of raising a child. The result was a limited-edition Doily Hoodie that is designed, cut and sewn in Los Angeles.