As trade-show organizers make preparations for the 2022 calendar, major announcements were made recently regarding two major apparel-event players. With the first shows of the new year only weeks away, both Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs and Offprice have revealed major changes to their programming.
For Holiday 2021, designer Dalia MacPhee designed her collection for celebration with a campaign that relays feelings of dreamlike wonder.
After launching in 2017, the Kathryn Brolin–founded Midheaven Denim brand set off on a mission to create denim pieces for tall women. Standing 5 feet, 11 inches, Brolin is familiar with the struggles tall women encounter when shopping for the perfect jeans.
Industry Focus: Technology—As 2021 draws to a close, what types of technology should apparel businesses consider investing in to successfully navigate 2022?
Industry Focus: Technology
With the new year arriving in a couple of weeks, a sense of opportunity and new beginnings has been felt as businesses look back on the progress made and lessons learned during 2021. Entering 2022, the apparel industry is looking toward a fresh start. To support this optimism that has been cultivated through overcoming challenges and applying hard work, businesses will need to continue to invest in technologies that allow them to remain agile, ready to shift direction with solutions when an obstacle lands in their path.
This year's Black Friday saw many shoppers return to stores in person, but the social-justice group Black Allies for Our Advancement hosted an alternative event in Los Angeles' Leimert Park neighborhood Nov. 26 to encourage patronage of Black-owned businesses.
Pantone COTY 2022
Inspired by creativity and the spirit of invention, Pantone 17-3938 Very Peri has been announced as the color authority’s Color of the Year 2022, with the tone resembling a periwinkle blue that features a violet-red undertone.
When The Women In Denim hosted its intimate brunch last month in Los Angeles, members of the collective discussed their own journeys within the industry, in addition to a new initiative that can help support others.
Entering the women's category, lifestyle and performance brand TravisMathew introduced its His & Her Cloud Collection made of micro fleece.
During 2021, the apparel industry forged through the wake of COVID-19 from 2020, emerging stronger with many lessons learned. California Apparel News highlights the work of some of the innovators, visionaries and veterans who fortified the industry this year.
Pushes toward sustainability across industries and within fashion reached a higher level over the course of the year as apparel businesses examined how they source, create, sell and promote their goods. While sustainable approaches to business practices have been examined at greater length over the last decade, the meaning behind sustainability has also evolved.
By the end of 2020, the virtual-trade-show model had been tested, applied and experienced, but event producers, exhibitors and attendees were craving the personal interactions with products and people that had been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After announcing its acquisition of a Los Angeles laundry earlier this year, Pakistan global denim firm Artistic Milliners saw its new West Coast arm flourish. Star Fades International hit the ground running with a blend of denim wash-and-finish veterans and design innovators.
Continuing the work that has maintained her fashion-industry status as the omniscient leader of the business within California, Ilse Metchek worked to influence the position of the region’s apparel business and the policies that impact operations.
At the beginning of 2021, Andréa Bernholtz, founder of the Calabasas, Calif., swimwear brand Swiminista,forecasted how consumers would begin moving away from the seclusion that defined 2020, drawn outdoors by nature’s beauty.
As 2022 approaches, many people are considering the resolutions they will make ahead of the new year, but for fiber innovator Unifi, Inc., a major milestone that was originally planned as a 2022 target has already been achieved.
Adhering to its mission of providing golfwear styles that women will want to wear on—and off—the course, Kinona recently released additional 2021 Resort pieces.
On display at the FIDM Museum until Dec. 4, a selection of costumes from the film "House of Gucci" tie together the dramatic tale of the venerated heritage Italian fashion brand.
On Nov. 28, the global fashion world was stunned to learn of the passing of Virgil Abloh, Off-White founder and artistic director and Louis Vuitton men’s artistic director.
With its focus on reuse and resale, the online vintage marketplace Thrilling recently released its Fall/Winter 2021 collection, which focuses on outerwear.
Trade-Show Q&A: What shifts or advancements in trade-show production are you most looking forward to over the coming year?
During 2021, the apparel industry saw it all as the devastation of 2020 was followed by hope and recovery. Now, as the fashion business ends this year, there is a continued atmosphere of hope as the industry looks back at COVID-19 in the rearview mirror—it’s still present, but the distance from it continues to grow.
Continuing its mission toward a more sustainable apparel industry, materials-science company Pangaia has entered the denim category with fresh fabrications.
Affording access to contemporary, young contemporary, ready-to-wear, footwear and fashion accessories, Atlanta Apparel spelled success for both its exhibitors and attendees, who were excited to return to the trade-show environment.
Unveiling its second capsule collection, Los Angeles denim factory Star Fades International announced its goal to showcase its take on the staples at the center of consumer wardrobes. Creating a complete denim wardrobe, SFI remained true to its core values of sustainable, greener practices.
Entering the February trade-show roster, family-run Main Street Events recently announced the entrance of ILOE Studios—Las Vegas in 2022.
As the elevated, predominantly open-air, mixed-use Manhattan Village, located in Manhattan Beach, Calif., continues to welcome new tenants following its $250 million redevelopment, Southern California jewelry brand gorjana announced its grand opening at the center.
Los Angeles-made denim brand Trinidad3 is adhering to its mission of serving veterans through its recent launch of the TANGO3 by Trinidad3 to observe Veterans Day.
CaaS platform Nogin recently announced the appointment of Jay J. Ku as executive vice president and chief commerce officer.
Unveiling its 800-square-foot Brighton Way space, luxury-goods reseller Rebag opened its Beverly Hills location close to Rodeo Drive.
Transforming a portion of Hollywood Boulevard into a runway, Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele debuted Love Parade, a collection that spoke to the glamour of the Los Angeles neighborhood and its western region, while blending the style house's Italian fashion sensibilities.
Known for its vibrant colors, bold messaging and playful collaborations, artistic streetwear brand Sprayground has returned with the "poor little rich boy," Richie Rich.
During the Oct. 19–21 edition of Kingpins24, the global denim-community fixture Kingpins sought to again connect the industry through a virtual platform.
A Panda’s Voice
The road to fashion greatness was a winding path for Samuel Taylor, founder of the elevated luxury streetwear and wearable-technology brand Silent Panda.
Following the May announcement of its partnerships with URBN and Nordstrom, which afforded it extensive funding, the textile recycling and reuse nonprofit FABSCRAP has opened a location in Philadelphia. In addition to bringing the group’s services to Philadelphia, FABSCRAP’s new location will allow the New York City–headquartered nonprofit to serve the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, including Washington, D.C.; Baltimore, Md.; and Southern New Jersey.
Love in L.A.
Returning to The Majestic Downtown, Art Hearts Fashion celebrated fashion week in Los Angeles with a full roster of international and California designers including Willfredo Gerardo.
Luxury bootmaker and leather-goods brand John Lobb recently unveiled a new location in Beverly Hills, Calif., as part of its expansion.
Apparel-industry trade event MAGIC recently announced its 2022 schedule to help buyers plan for next year while also adding a new show to its calendar—MAGIC Nashville.
Within the last year, scientists have reported the development of a method to channel CO2 emissions into a resource that can serve as the foundation for manufacturing products including electronics, cars, clothing and accessories with the technology serving as a replacement for fossil fuel–based plastics.
In 2017, Los Angeles-born and -raised sisters Celine and Joline Nehoray began developing a brand that would allow women to feel sexy and bold while also living these characteristics out loud and with no reservations.
During the return edition of LA Textile at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles, apparel makers and creatives were welcomed back to the trade-show floor to find inspiration following the event’s hiatus, which began after its March 2020 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
During its Oct. 7–10 return, LAFW provided a platform to global and California-based designers, such as Nicholas Mayfield, at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Partnering with FIT:MATCH, Macy's Century City offers the measurement-technology company's 3D, AI-powered platform to shoppers who searched for a perfect fit.
Industry Focus: Finance—As we head into the holiday season, what types of investments should apparel companies be making to fortify their businesses and ensure success for 2022?
As 2021 winds down, the apparel segment has been enjoying an uptick in business from different corners of the industry. The last few months have seen some of the largest trade shows in the industry return to on-site events. With consumers shopping and willing to spend, retailers are enjoying the benefits of the apparel investments their customers are making as they return to offices, college campuses, in-school classes and semi-normal life.
Unveiling the Autumn/Winter ’21/’22 RNCH collection, Heidi Merrick hosted a ranch-inspired fashion event at The Alisal in California’s Santa Ynez Valley.
Industry Focus: Fiber, Yarn and Fabric—What features in fiber and yarn are your clients demanding, and how is this trend shaping the future of your business?
Within the foundation of every garment constructed, at the core of each piece of clothing that is made, is the cornerstone of fashion that lays the groundwork for apparel from fiber, yarn and fabric. While consumers of the past were simply satisfied with the composition listed on the tags of their clothing, today’s customers want more.
During its Sept. 9–11 run, event producer Emerald’s Surf Expo show returned to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
When denim company Star Fades International announced its opening in January, the mission was more than simply cultivating the local Los Angeles jeans market.
Fashion brand Elie Tahari unveiled its first Los Angeles location, which is its second store located in California.
Personal-shopping and -styling platform Stitch Fix announced a more-customized experience for its clients through the launch of its Freestyle offering.
Vuori, the Encinitas, Calif., activewear brand recently announced its partnership with gymnast Olivia "Livvy" Dunne, who will work with the label as a brand partner and collaborator.
As the style industry continues to make efforts to shed its notoriously exclusionary reputation, an adaptive-fashion initiative took to the runway during London Fashion Week.