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Apparel1's Blog – September 2008 Archive (13)

Exclusive Fashion Brand Deals at Retail

Macy's and Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A have arranged an exclusive alliance in September 2008, which leaves Macy's as the only U.S department store offering the company's men's sportswear and women's sportswear.

Kohl's will be an exclusive U.S retailer for the Dana Buchman brand designed by Claiborne Inc.

J.C. Penney Co.… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 29, 2008 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Runway Show Security Please : Baron Cohen (Borat) on Catwalk - actually Bruno

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen, the guy who plays the eccentric character Borat, burst onto the catwalk at Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's show in Milan, bringing the playful show to a halt as security guards stepped in. Baron Cohen is in Milan making a new film about fashion centered on his character Bruno, a flamboyant Austrian… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 26, 2008 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Fashion Brand Directory : Luxury Fashion Brands

Tonight I launched a new fashion site called the Fashion Brand Directory. The idea is to provide easy access to luxury fashion (the type of fashion, that I unfortunately can not afford). To be honest, the site is not yet completed, but I wanted to inform you about the new guide incase you have suggestions for me. I am looking for truly high end fashion boutiques to list on the site. If you have suggestions on which stores or designers should be added,… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 24, 2008 at 9:42pm — No Comments

le Showroom Pop-Up Concept Store

Their Pop-Up 'Concept Store' will operate during the entire show. LeShowroom is the only trade show to organize it for many of those collections that can't be found in Paris or even in France. The Pop-Up store will allow visitors to discover several lines that they wouldn't see otherwise. It will also allow professionals to see the brands again in another environment. Don't hesitate to spreat the word. 'Fashionistas' are welcome!!

Learn… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 19, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

Chain Stitch Skipped Stitches - tip of the day

It is important to inspect the inside of your garments. Unless you inspect the inside of a chain stitch, you will not find drop stitches (skip stitches). Since a chain stitch is not a lock stitch, if there is just one drop stitch, the seam will ravel. A broken stitch may result in an open seam.

The visual sample inspection for workmanship during production includes at least the following steps:

Inspecting Items

Classifying Defects

Recording Defects

Marking… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 15, 2008 at 6:00am — No Comments

Does Mervyn's Owe You For Product Shipped

OK, we all know that Mervyns filed Chapter 11, but if they owed us money, do we know what we should be doing...

Well, to be honest they do not owe me any money and I really do not know the best course of action you can take if they owe you money. However, I do know a good place for you to start your investigation.

Check with Kurtzman Carson Consultants LLC ("KCC")

Mervyns… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 12, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Inspecting Seams - tip of the day

Inspect all seams by grasping the fabric on each side of the seam and applying slight pressure to see into the seam. This method enables you to see needle cuts, open seams, and broken sewing stitches.

OK, I guess this blog message can serve as a quality assurance tip of the day...

The visual sample inspection for workmanship during production includes at least the following steps:

Inspecting Items

Classifying Defects

Recording Defects

Marking the… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 10, 2008 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

New York Fashion Week September 2008 Spring 09 Preview

New York's Fashion Week recently kicked off with a host of renowned fashion designers showing a range of styles from the tailored looks at BCBG Max Azria to the oversize pajama-like styles from New Zealand-born designer Karen Walker. Here, a preview of what's to come.

There was a burst of color during Alexander Wang's runway show, which featured a palette of pastel blue and lavender hues. Styles ranged from tailored pastel short-shorts and jackets to sexy cropped tops paired with… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 9, 2008 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

Nolcha NYC Fashion Week Preview

The Nolcha NYC Fashion Week Events are starting in a few days. You can check out the Nolcha NYC Fashion Week Preview that I have added on Apparel Search. The preview actually has two pages because I had too many photos... You can find a link to the second page from the bottom of the first pages… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 8, 2008 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Uzbekistan Cotton Concern : September 2008

Recently published articles have highlighted the use of children in the harvesting of cotton in Uzbekistan. Obviously, this is a huge no no. Please check with your suppliers to make certain that they are not purchasing cotton in Uzbekistan.

I am absolutely not saying that every single cotton farm in that country employees child labor. However, reports indicate that the country in general is currently having some major concerns. If you are buying cotton, cotton yarn, cotton fabric,… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 5, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Tommy Hilfiger Exclusive Sportswear

Tommy Hilfiger U.S.A has arranged an exclusive alliance with Macy's which leaves Macy's as the only U.S department store offering the company's men's and women's sportswear. It appears that other Tommy Hilfiger licensed product will not be exclusive to Macy's.

Regarding Tommy, my personal opinion is that this is a sign of weakness for the brand and not strength.

Regarding Macy's, my… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 5, 2008 at 5:00am — No Comments

New Creative Director at CELINE September 2008

Phoebe Philo is one of the world’s most respected designers, credited as being at the heart of the revival of the Chloe brand while its Creative Director (2001 to 2006). Philo will work exclusively for CELINE, starting in October 2008. During her time, at Chloe Philo masterminded the introduction of new ranges including leather accessories which at the time of her departure in 2006 made up a large percent of the brand’s global turnover.

The current Creative Director, Ivana Omazic… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 4, 2008 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Luxury Fashion Spotlight 2008

Despite a soft economy, fashion brands are still launching high-end goods that command prices of $10, 000 and beyond.

With all the concern over consumer spending, inflation, and soaring gas and oil prices, many consumers are scaling back. On one hand, Apparel Search is hearing about a return to the classics and "seasonless" collections that can effortlessly allow fashionistas to move from one season to another. On the other hand, we're hearing about over-the-top excessive luxury… Continue

Added by Apparel1 on September 3, 2008 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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