As trends tick more toward workwear and coveralls gain momentum among the fashionable, Lee has reintroduced its Union-All pieces in new hues for Spring 2022.
A perfect story of friendship brought together Jen Menchaca and Rodrigues-Hickey, two fashion veterans who sought to create a solution to a void they perceived in the basics market.
Industry Focus: Sustainability—What is the biggest accomplishment in fashion sustainability that has been achieved over the last five years and what are the next steps to expand upon it?
Industry Focus: Sustainability
Despite its once fringe status, sustainable living has reached closer into the mainstream fashion market, and what was, in the past, a lifestyle choice has now become a necessity.
Las Vegas Fashion Week returned Feb. 12–17 with a full deck of shows to suit everyone’s needs with new locations, amenities and offerings. According to domestic and global exhibitors and attendees alike, it was a pretty good deal.
Beginning 2022 with fresh sustainable initiatives, Soorty, the Pakistan-headquartered denim mill, has expanded upon its vertically integrated operations in the pursuit of greener business.
Hosted Feb. 13–16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Informa Markets Fashion’s Sourcing at MAGIC afforded supply-chain diversification, sustainable resources and educational opportunities.
During its Feb. 13–16 show, OFFPRICE Las Vegas welcomed attendees to the Venetian Expo to find deals on quality goods. According to Laurel Hansen, senior marketing manager at OFFPRICE parent company Tarsus Group, the show is encouraging progressive steps.
Taking place Feb. 12–14 at the Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, International Market Centers’second edition of Las Vegas Apparel reported a successful show with quadruple the attendance over its August debut.
Las Vegas: Agenda
Catering to the streetwear community, Agenda Show Las Vegas hosted its recent edition Feb. 15–16 at Caesars Palace.
Hosted at the Fieramilano Rho Feb. 1–2, Milano Unica, the textiles and apparel-accessories marketplace in Milan, attracted an increase in buyers of 16 percent over its previous edition.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Launched in Oct. 2021, Black-woman-owned luxurious loungewear brand Noite Rose was conceived to offer comfortable and beautiful pieces to women at an affordable price.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
For Maryland-based designer Buki Ade, Black History Month included the launch of the brand on VictoriasSecret.com, a campaign that allowed the artist to celebrate her Nigerian roots and artistry.
As a women-founded company, Sausalito, Calif., Carve Designs has lifted up and celebrated every woman as part of its core mission. Now, the company is highlighting women and mothers who are living in harmony with nature through its "Mothers, Purpose + The Future" short-film series.
Relying on mindful practices that focus on sustainable, ethical manufacturing, Californians Footwear engages in methods, which breathe a new responsible breath into domestic production.
Opening its Feb. 14-16 edition, Informa's MAGIC apparel trade show featured icon and designer Dapper Dan and Elaine Welteroth, the first African American editor-in-chief to work at Teen Vogue, who is now The New York Times-bestselling author and "Project Runway" judge.
College student Journey Carter has the usual concerns of an 18-year-old student such as maintaining her studies and planning for a bright future, yet the freshman at historically Black university Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, Texas, is also a fashion entrepreneur and owner of The Journey Collection brand. Carter’s fashion story began six years ago when she wanted to become an entrepreneur, inspired by her mother, Dr. Holly Carter.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year when the fashionable crowd prepares to emerge from a wintry cocoon of cozy pieces in rich textures and deep colors by taking stock of trends that are meant to be seen during the summer season. This season’s styles afford a great deal of optimism in addition to inviting designs that speak to the joie de vivre that this warmer time of year promotes.
Messe Frankfurt’s Texworld New York City and Apparel Sourcing New York City’s virtual editions allowed exhibitors and attendees to conduct business and join educational programming Jan. 25–27.
Since its inception, Boyish Jeans has prioritized sustainability. The Los Angeles brand is celebrating denim’s eco evolution with its Green Pioneer Spring 2022 collection.
Industry Focus: Denim—What advancements and innovations within denim make you hopeful for the future of the industry, and how will these contributions create progress in the category?
Industry Focus: Denim
During its Jan. 16–18 run at the Javits Center in New York City, the NRF 2022 Retail’s Big Show was hosted under the theme of “Accelerate.” This 112th installment featured 190 sessions, more than 300 speakers and over 700 exhibitors, with an expanded Innovation Lab and Startup Zone, and three new pavilions.
At its recent January edition, the Emerald-produced board- and ocean-sports show Surf Expo returned to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., welcoming buyers, brands, ocean conservationists and those who embrace the surf and beach culture.
Shooting its recent Resort 2022 campaign in a desert setting, Los Angeles–based Bella Dahl introduced pieces that promote comfort, beauty and sustainability and celebrate California sensibilities.
Starting with a bridal-gown design shared on a Pinterest post that went viral, the Katie May brand began in 2012 from a foundation of creating garments in the United States.
Industry Focus: Finance—As the world navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic’s new variants, what advice would you offer to apparel professionals?
Industry Focus: Finance
While a new year has begun, many challenges that were experienced during 2021 remain. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact the world as new variants of the virus develop.
The 13th-annual Vans High School Custom Culture competition has been announced, with this year's event honoring the Costa Mesa, Calif., action-sports brand's late founder Paul Van Doren who passed away in May.
Business-to-Business wholesale online marketplace FashionGo announced it will debut a new edition May 3-5 when it launches FashionGo Week Palm Springs.
Celebrating the female surf community, the QQuiksilver Women's x Club98 Capsule was recently released as a collaboration between the Huntington Beach, Calif., brand and the global organization of ocean lovers.
Continuing to report growth with each new edition, the Dallas Market Center’s most recent Apparel & Accessories Market saw increased traffic, enthusiastic visitors, new buyers and a refreshing interest in bright trends that afford hope to a recovering industry.
Los Angeles legal firm Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, recently welcomed two of fashion’s legal experts to its roster as it announced the hiring of Mark Brutzkus and Nick Rozanzky as partners.
Beyond a Birdie
Channeling their family bond and golf heritage, the Murray brothers—including actor Bill—helm the William Murray Golf brand for comfort and style beyond the game. =
Reentering the swimwear market after a hiatus, women’s intimates, shapewear and athleisure brand Ruby Ribbon recently debuted its new collection in the category.
During its quest for achieving greater sustainability in denim, industry pioneer Levi Strauss & Co. has expanded its work in plant-based, pre-reduced indigo development as it continues its efforts with Stony Creek Colors and reported progress from its recent partnership with Fashion for Good.
Celebrating his brand’s 40th anniversary, designer Allen Schwartz announced the acquisition of his Los Angeles label by New York–headquartered Five Oak Brand Management Advisors.
Fashion mourned the loss of icon André Leon Talley on Jan. 18 as the world learned of the journalist and former Vogue creative director’s unexpected death at the age of 73 in White Plains, N.Y.
Two California-based leaders in fine jewelry have launched a new bridal collection ahead of a wedding season that the brands estimate to be the largest since 1984.
Shaun White, the three-time Olympic gold-medal snowboarder and recipient of the most X Games gold medals in history, announced his partnership with outdoor specialty retailer Backcountry, ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
As the California Market Center unveiled its fresh space on Jan. 11, following a $250 million–plus renovation, property manager Brookfield Properties announced that it would welcome global athletic-apparel brand Adidas AG, which signed a lease for 107,000 square feet of space at the downtown Los Angeles site.
The vintage and secondhand marketplace Thrilling announced its launch of Vintage Studio Services on Jan. 13 as the company welcomed Academy Award–winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter as its first brand ambassador.
Working together over the last 10 years, action-sports brand Vans and nonprofit organization STOKED have renewed their commitment to leading undeserved youth into action sports through mentorship.
Bella Dahl Swim
Known for its cool Southern California style, Los Angeles women’s brand Bella Dahl took a plunge further into the Golden State culture as it launched its first swim collection.
Within a successful 2021, Los Angeles designer Kevan Hall ended a busy year by launching a collaborative Designer Spotlight collection with retailer Saks OFF 5th.
Susan Lee’s Wilder
In her Echo Park, Calif., shop, Wilder Los Angeles, Susan Lee celebrates community through selling vintage clothing within a welcoming space, yet the roots of her store reach into different facets of the entrepreneur’s life.
As a new year begins, the fashion industry seeks a fresh start to move forward and create alluring styles. At the foundation of these design ambitions is the choice of the appropriate textiles to elevate garments and attract customers.
New Year, New Active
Activewear continues to flourish as brands including Los Angeles–based Cream Yoga continue to build on the momentum of trends for comfortable yet performance-focused apparel.
Approaching sustainable-clothing manufacturing with greater commitment, industry veteran Kate Fisher recently launched WVN through an eco mindset and appreciation for garment artistry.
Among the categories on which students may focus during the Los Angeles Trade-Technical College Gold Thimble Fashion Show, one area that is showing immense growth and ingenuity is menswear.
Now in its 68th year, the semiannual Gold Thimble Fashion Show at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College returned to campus on Dec. 10 to unveil the latest creations of the school’s student designers who comprised the Fall 2021 Gold Thimble class.
During 2020, golf was thought of as the most pandemic-friendly sport, but enthusiasts of pickleball beg to differ.
Mycelium-technology company Ecovative has announced the launch of its Fashion for Good international sustainable-fashion cooperative, as Bestseller and PVH Corp. joined as founding members.