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Apparel1's Blog – January 2010 Archive (9)

Accessories For Function or For Flash

When fashion designers create accessories, do they design them for a particular function or do they create them to be flashy (eye catching)? Or possibly, do they design for both. For example, a hat with a face covering can be a very functional item if you are for example skiing. However, a hat with a face covering may possibly not be appropriate when wearing a tailored suit.

Clearly, on the… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 23, 2010 at 9:14am — No Comments

Bloomingdale's Outlet

Bloomingdale's appears to be moving forward with an outlet store concept in 2010. They currently have plans for four outlet stores that will be approx. 25,000 square feet. They will be placed in shopping centers that have an upscale outlet store focus. Macy's, the parent company of Bloomingdale's plans to roll out additional Bloomingdale's Outlet store locations in 2011. Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores will offer a range of apparel and accessories, including women’s ready-to-wear, men’s,… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 21, 2010 at 5:16pm — 1 Comment

How Many Fashion Industry Network Members is Too Many

When I started the Fashion Industry Network one of my primary concerns was the size of the site. No, I was not concerned that the site had only a few members. Actually, my concern was the contrary. I was worried about what would happen in the future if the site had "too many" members.

My theory was always that the network is only as good as the members that utilize the site. The thought process was that if we have a good group of people, the fashion industry network would be a… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 20, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Fashion Industry Network and Twitter

As of tonight, members of the Fashion Industry Network can now post messages to their twitter accounts directly from their profile here on the Fashion Industry Network.

If you currently use twitter and wish to tweet from your profile page, you are welcome to do so...

To connect, check the box next to the Twitter icon above your Status bar or click on the Twitter link under your information on your Profile Page.

Connecting to Twitter will bring up the…


Added by Apparel1 on January 20, 2010 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Fast Fashion and Enhanced Design May Speed Apparel Firms to Success

Today I read an article at the Fashion Newspaper (Outsourcing May Be Slowing Down Apparel Firms : Stanford Graduate School of Business Research) that was based on a research paper from the Standford Graduate School of Business. The paper is about how, "Outsourcing May Be Slowing Down Apparel Firms". When reading the… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 15, 2010 at 1:48pm — 2 Comments

Down With Fill Power and Fill Weight

Are you down with the understanding of fill power and fill weight?

Yes, it is winter. And yes, it is cold (depending on where you currently are at the moment...). I guess that now is as good a time as any to learn about down. More specifically, lets learn a bit about fill power and fill weight.

Fill power is a number that denotes the quality of down. The higher the fill power, the fluffier the feathers. These fluffy, or lofty,… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 15, 2010 at 8:30am — No Comments

Fashion Designers Open Call at Macy's

This may be the opportunity you had been hoping for...

Macy's (NYSE:M) has announced a new program, "Macy's Open Call," created to offer apparel and accessories designers, who are not yet Macy's vendors, the opportunity to introduce their work to Macy's Fashion Office. Designers, who must be at least 18 years old and use EDI compliant manufacturing facilities, will be invited to apply online from January 15th to January 31st by completing the online application, which will be… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 14, 2010 at 8:29am — 1 Comment

Shop Fashion Bug or Be Fashion Bug

Fashion Bug invites women everywhere to look great and spend less. Featuring current styles in sizes 6–30 for work, weekend and everything in between. From dress to business casual, and from active knits to jeans and fashion tops, Fashion Bug offers fresh looks to satisfy all the lifestyle needs of today's busy woman.

You'll find Fashion Bug in nearly 900 neighborhoods and 43 states… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 13, 2010 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Turning Water Bottles Into Fabric

Are you aware that Unifi and Polartec are introducing high performance fabrics made from 100 percent post-consumer waste (clear plastic water bottles)? They recently announced their partnership on this project.

"Polartec, LLC and Unifi, Inc. announce a new partnership introducing performance fabrics made with REPREVE 100. REPREVE 100 is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste (clear plastic water bottles).

Polartec and Unifi have been industry leaders in the development… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on January 13, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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