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Alison A. Nieder

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Nick Verreos’ Fashion By the Book

Looking for advice, insight and a little gossip about the fashion industry? You are in luck. Nick Verreos—fashion designer, red carpet commentator, former fashion design instructor and “Project Runway” contestant—is here to help.

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Verdad Heading to NY

Louis Verdad is heading to New York to host a fashion installation at New York Fashion Week featuring the launch of his new Verdad collection.

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Skechers Skips Over to One World Trade

The latest brand to join the shopping district at New York’s One World Trade Center is Manhattan Beach, Calif.–based footwear label Skechers USA.

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Buyers Navigate a Shuffled Trade Show Lineup in Las Vegas Shows

Vegas Trade Shows

our months after MAGIC parent company UBM purchased BJI Fashions’ trio of Las Vegas shows—MRket, Stitch and Accessories The Show—buyers returned to Las Vegas to find a newly shuffled layout during the Aug. 15-18 run of the apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows.

Messe Frankfurt Launching Upscale Off-Price Trade Show in New York in 2017

Trade Shows

New off-price show in New York will keep up for shoppers' demands for cheaper items.

Emerald Expositions Buys Swim Collective, Active Collective Trade Shows

Trade Shows

Swim Collective and its sister trade show, Active Collective, have a new owner. Emerald Expositions LLC, the San Juan Capistrano, Calif.–based owner of Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer, has purchased the Santa Barbara, Calif.–based show for an undisclosed amount from Shannon Leggett, the founder of Swim Collective and Active Collective.

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Raffi: Art Meets Tee

Art Meets Tee

Most buyers know Raffi Mauleon from his 15 years as vice president of sales and merchandising for Los Angeles collection Citron, but the designer’s career has also included working with West Coast labels Sue Wong, L. Bates and Product by Elaine Kim.

Jeanologia Touts ‘One Glass, One Garment’ at Sourcing at MAGIC

Textiles

At the Aug. 14–17 run of Sourcing at MAGIC, Spanish laser-finishing company Jeanologia discusses sustainable solutions for denim makers, including the “one glass, one garment” process.

Jimtex and Denim North America Team Up to Launch Sustainable Denim Using Recycled Cotton

Textiles

Denim North America and Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., have teamed up to launch a new sustainable denim collection called R3 Denim.

Goldschmied to Discuss Denim Innovation at Project

Trade Shows

Denim designer Adriano Goldschmied is discussing the “past, present and future of denim” at an event titled “Adriano Goldschmied Unthreaded” during the Aug. 15–17 run of the Project trade show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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Groupon: Get Your Fitness On

Plenty of people have scored a steal on yoga classes and fitness bands on Groupon. Now the online deal site is expanding its reach into your fitness regimen with the launch of its own private-label activewear brand.

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FIDM and Outlander's Terry Dresbach on Creating Characters

FIDM's 10th Annual Art of Television Costume Design exhibition

FIDM, which recently opened it Art of Television Costume Design exhibition with Emmy-nominated costumes from Game of Thrones, American Horror Story: Hotel, Downton Abbey, Roots, Transparent and Outlander, recently hosted a talk with Outlander costume designer Terry Dresbach.

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Bailey44 Opens First Store

Retail

Los Angeles contemporary brand Bailey44 made the leap to retail with the opening of its first flagship store in the new Lido Marina Village complex in Newport Beach, Calif.

Terrot’s New Corizon Machine Combines Spinning and Knitting to Save Time, Money and Energy

Technology

Members of the U.S. apparel industry turned out recently at a demonstration of a new machine that combines the functions of a spinning machine and a knitting machine.

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Making the Most of a Quiet LA Market

LA Market

The recent Los Angeles Fashion Market for Holiday/Resort 2017 appeared to be dead on arrival, but signs of life existed.

Lucy Introduces Extended Size Range

Manufacturing

Lucy, the Alameda, Calif.–based activewear brand, is launching a new extended-size range.

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Football Pro Terrell Owens Launched Prototype 81

Prototype 81

Former NFL player Terrell Owens launched a new luxury activewear collection during the recent run of the MRket trade show at the Javits Center in New York.

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Slippers for the Sophisticated Set

Kevyn Wynn wants you to slip into something glamorous—ideally a pair of her “cocktail slippers.”

Off-Price at Majors Show to Bow at CMC in September

Trade Shows

The California Market Center is launching a new trade show focused on the off-price market.

Active Collective Expands to NY, Swim Collective Shifts Dates

Trade Shows

Activewear trade show Active Collective will expand to the East Coast in January.

Obituary: Showroom Owner Terry Ventre, 62

Trade Shows

Terese Virginia Ventre—known to her friends, familiar and colleagues as Terr—died on June 23 after a short battle with lung cancer. She was 62 years old.

Coolibar Acquired by California Company

Manufacturing

Minneapolis-based sun-protective apparel and accessories maker Coolibar Inc. has been acquired by Olivarius Hospitality California, a Santa Barbara, Calif.–based company owned by Olivier Leclercq.

Andrew Richard Named VP Regional Sales for ASICS America

Manufacturing

Irvine, Calif.–based ASICS America Corp., the U.S. headquarters of Japanese footwear and athletic apparel brand ASICS, has named sportswear industry veteran Andrew Richard vice president of regional sales for the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Brazil.

Silicon Valley–Based EFI Acquires Optitex

Technology

Electronics For Imaging Inc., a printing technology firm based in Fremont, Calif., has acquired Israel-based design software firm Optitex Ltd. for approximately $52.8 million.

FMNC Draws Retailers from Pacific Northwest—and Beyond

Trade Shows

Fashion Market Northern California, the apparel and accessories trade show in San Mateo, Calif., typically draws retailers from across Northern California as well as a few from neighboring states. But during the show’s recent June 26–28 run at the San Mateo Event Center, exhibitors reported seeing buyers from as far away as Pennsylvania and Georgia.

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Herve Leger Hosts First Sale

Herve Leger by Max Azria is having a coast-to-coast sample sale.

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Pop-up Rockstar

Rockstar is having a pop-up sale this weekend.

Fraser Ross Files Suit Against Attorneys for Malpractice Over Kitson’s Demise

Retail

Retailer Fraser Ross filed a lawsuit for legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty against Los Angeles law firm Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP in Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 1.

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Waterwear Cruise 2017: Textile Trends

Textiles

Textile Trends

Kornit Says New Vulcan Printers Can Reduce Cost Per Print by 40 Percent

Technology

Commercial printing solutions provider Kornit Digital North American is preparing to begin shipping its Vulcan system.

Tim Gunn Returns to Speak at Gerber Ideation 2016

Technology

“Project Runway” star Tim Gunn will be speaking about the convergence of fashion and technology at Gerber Technology’s Ideation technology conference in Miami Beach, Fla.

Hyosung Launching Creora Fresh

Textiles

Hyosung, maker of Creora spandex, is introducing a new odor-neutralizing spandex fiber called Creora Fresh at the upcoming Interfilière show in France.

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Amaiò Swim: Cross-Cultural Collection Inspired by Couture

Amaiò Swim

Samantha Khoury, the designer of Los Angeles–based Amaiò Swim, spent her early years traveling between the east and west coasts of the United States as well as France and Lebanon. This cross-cultural and cross-continental upbringing informs her recently launched swimwear collection, which is also inspired by Khoury’s studies in studio fine arts, literature and fashion design.

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Koru: Kiwi-Inspired

Kiwi-Inspired

Koru Swimwear is based in Florida but inspired by New Zealand. Founder Julie Stine drew on her New Zealander heritage when she named her swimwear collection for the Maori word for “spiral,” which symbolizes new life, hope, spiritual growth, purity and peace.

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Kacey|Shana: From Beach to Poolside to Yoga Studio

Kacey|Shana

The Kacey|Shana collection is designed to adapt to an active lifestyle that may include swimming, surfing, lounging poolside or hitting the gym.

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Australian Label We Are Handsome Relocating to L.A.

We Are Handsome

We Are Handsome designers Jeremy and Katinka Somers launched their swimwear collection in 2009 with an emphasis on the couple’s shared love for travel, design and “the occasional tropical adventure.”

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Flipping out over Nike’s new tennis dress

Nike created a new tennis dress for the female players at Wimbledon—and the pleated style is not going over well.

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Ora et Labora Pops Up in Silver Lake

Last weekend, traveling pop-up marketplace Ora et Labora came to Los Angeles.

Shop.org Adds to Board, Prepares for Digital Events in California, Texas

Retail

Shop.org, the digital retail division of the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, added five new board members, bringing the board total to 12.

Tukatech Appoints Director for Europe

Technology

Los Angeles–based technology solutions provider Tuka­tech Inc. named Marta Maiandi director of Tukatech Europe.

Epson Acquires 100 Percent Stake in Italian Textile Printing Firm

Technology

Epson Italia S.p.A., the Italian subsidiary of printing company Epson, is acquiring a 100 percent stake in the Italian textile printing business Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l.

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Fashion on the Runway from SMC Fashion and Merchandising Students

SMC Fashion

On June 16, students in Santa Monica College’s fashion design and merchandising program showcased their creations on the runway at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall in Santa Monica, Calif.

Roicom USA: Texas Factory With High-Tech, Denim Expertise and Social Message Looks to L.A.

Manufacturing

Roicom USA’s sister production company, ReadyOne, employs the severely disabled to produce apparel and equipment for the U.S. military.

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Couture for a Canine Cause

The California Market Center has teamed up with Wags and Walks dog rescue organization to host a charity sample sale and dog adoption fair on July 29 in CMC’s top-floor penthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

Survey: Fit Issues Impact Shopping Decisions Online and In-Store

Technology

Nearly 60 percent of shoppers say they would buy more often if they could be assured of consistent fit, according to a recently released study by Body Labs, a New York–based company that creates and customises 3-D models of the human body.

Benjamin Seigel Joins Greenberg & Bass

Legal

Longtime apparel-industry attorney Benjamin S. Seigel has joined Greenberg & Bass LLP as senior counsel to the firm, based in Los Angeles’ Encino area.

New Sourcing, Textile Trade Show Launching in Toronto

Trade Shows

Garment factories and fabric mills from around the world will show at the inaugural Apparel Textile Sourcing Expo, which will bow Aug. 22–24 at the International Centre in Toronto.

UBM Launching Sourcing@Coterie in September

Trade Shows

UBM—producer of the MAGIC, Project and FN Platform trade shows—is adding a sourcing component to its contemporary Coterie trade show in New York.

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Art Institute of California-Hollywood’s “Spotlight” Runway Show Highlights Award-Winning Designs

AIC Runway Show

Students from the Art Institute of California—Hollywood presented their designs at a runway show complete with a sweeping backdrop of the Verdugo Mountains.

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The Dreslyn Launches Beauty

Contemporary e-commerce retailer The Dreslyn has added beauty products to its mix.

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