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Speaking at … Chicago Textile Expo

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I’m excited about speaking this week at a new show, the Chicago Textile Expo, which is hosted by my friends Diana Muzzy and Flo Fiore-Battaglia of Fine Fabric Sales. I was invited to put together a seminar about pattern making, and I’ve been working on my presentation all week in between work projects and attending a few Fashion Focus Chicago events. My colleagues at The Apparel Agency are also speaking on the topics of material and consumer trends.

My presentation will focus on the process of pattern making and product development, and how to work with your pattern maker to ensure you have a good working relationship and get the results you seek in your products.

PATTERN DEVELOPMENT: HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR PATTERN MAKER

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Xochil Herrera Scheer – The Apparel Agency
Wednesday October 22, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Learn about the pattern development process, terminology on technical specs, types of patterns, grading and markers. Great for those looking to take their concept from design into prototyping, who want to know how to communicate and work effectively with their pattern maker, taking the guesswork out of making your patterns production ready.
Xochil is Production Manager for The Apparel Agency and has a background in technical design and pattern development for apparel and accessories.
The show starts tomorrow, Monday October 20, and runs through Wednesday. In addition to the seminars and access to wholesale fabric and trim vendors, there will be an industry networking event on Tuesday evening. Come say “hello!”
To see the seminar schedule and to sign up, visit: http://www.chicagotextileexpo.com/seminars—speakers.html

Paris Sourcing – Premiere Vision Plur/El & TexWorld

Xochil attended Premiere Vision Plur/El and TexWorld in Paris, in February, on behalf of The Apparel Agency. She sourced for clients who purchased Sourcing Packages.

The Apparel Agency attended two international textile trade shows this season in Paris this February: Premiere Vision and TexWorld. These shows are the MUCH larger versions of the domestic shows attended in New York in January, with vendors from Europe, Asia and North and South America. I had the opportunity to attend the show on behalf of some clients who booked a Sourcing Season package, and one new client attended the show in person as well.

Luckily the first day after arriving and getting checked into the hotel, there was time available for some sight seeing. The streets of Paris are beautiful this time of year, and the weather was perfect for a stroll along the Seine. I took a three hour walk around the city, taking in the sights, and also visited the Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower.

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The trade shows offered a HUGE range of vendors for knits, wovens, technical performance fabrics, buttons, zippers and trims, and many interesting laces and eyelet fabrics, reflecting the trends for Spring/Summer 2015. I also got to attend the trend presentations at each show, which was interesting and informative. In addition to the presentation, trend pavilions were set up to showcase materials from different vendors for groupings such as performance materials, print design, organic and eco fabrics, and more. TexWorld also featured Apparel Sourcing, a section of the show dedicated to sourcing manufacturing and private label resources. TexWorld’s SS15 trend report is available to download here.

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Premiere Vision Plur/El  featured multiple shows including the Indigo print show, Modamont for accessories, Zoom for manufacturing resources, Cuir a Paris leather and fur resources, and Expofil for yarns and fibers. The show filled 6 expo halls, it was truly an amazing experience. Premiere has a fantastic photo library and even a couple videos on their website so you can see what the show is like here. Also, a portion of Premiere Vision’s trend report can be found here.

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Those interested in more information about Premiere Vision or TexWorld can visit their respective websites for more information:

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A version of this post by Xochil Scheer originally appeared on www.theapparelagency.com on 4.15.14.

TexWorld USA SS15

Xochil attended TexWorld USA in New York, January 21-23, on behalf of The Apparel Agency. She sourced for clients who purchased Sourcing Packages.

My latest sourcing trip was to TexWorld, held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. This show is put on by Messe Frankfurt, and is held bi-annually in New York, and Paris. The organization also puts on other trade shows for fashion, home, beauty and other industries. TexWorld shows a large collection of fabric and trim suppliers and mills from the around the world, and is heavily represented by Asian, Middle Eastern and European vendors.

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I attended the show with a few clients who went for the first time, and also sourced on behalf of clients who were unable to attend in person.

The show this time around was a little smaller than the show in July, but offered a great range of vendors for knits, wovens, technical performance fabrics, zippers and trims, and many interesting laces and eyelet fabrics, reflecting the trends for Spring/Summer 2015.

Those interested in more information about TexWorld USA can visit their website for more information.

A version of this post by Xochil Scheer originally appeared on www.theapparelagency.com on 1.28.14.

Premiere Vision / Indigo SS15 New York

Xochil attended Premiere Vision and Indigo SS15 in New York, January 14-15, on behalf of The Apparel Agency. She sourced for clients who purchased Sourcing Packages.

The spring sourcing trade shows run January – March, and The Apparel Agency regularly attends 3-5 shows during this time.  The Premiere Vision / Indigo show in New York kicked off the season. Sourcing always on behalf of current clients, so each time is spent with different vendors, and seeing a new variety of product offerings, fabric and fiber technology, colors and prints.

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Premiere Vision in New York is the “preview” version of Premiere Vision in Paris. It serves as a snapshot of the new trends, and vendors, who show at the Paris show. Indigo, which runs together and in the same building, is the print show and has 3 floors of print design houses which sell custom prints, embellishment and knit techniques for designers to purchase and utilize in their collections.

I attended the show on both days, January 14-15. The first day was spent with a client who attended the show for the first time, and it was a great learning experience for her. She found many fabric options and vendors from Turkey, Italy, Spain and Japan for the launch of her new company. The second day, I spent the day sourcing for clients who weren’t able to attend in person.

A version of this post by Xochil Scheer originally appeared on www.theapparelagency.com on 1.17.14.

FGI Chicago Event: Robert Rodriguez at Neiman Marcus CUSP

Fashion Group International of Chicago hosted a special collection viewing and meet and greet with designer Robert Rodriguez with CUSP at Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue. The new store looks fantastic, and it was amazing to see Robert’s Spring 2014 collection on models. I attended with my colleague Nichole from The Apparel Agency. Robert was a pleasure to meet; he was very humble and a really nice guy.

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Fashion Focus Chicago 2012

Fashion Focus Chicago is always a fun week full of fashion shows and other industry events. Here’s a few photos from this week’s festivities:

10/19: Macy’s Chicago Fashion Incubator show with my colleagues from The Apparel Agency.

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10/20: StyleChicago.com Art of Fashion 2012 Show. Attended with my colleagues from The Apparel Agency. We worked on the patterns and dresses shown by designer Michael Alan Stein.

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10/21: Via Del Corso Masquerade Affair at FIAT of Chicago, attended with my friend Jessica. I was illustrated by the talented Rosemary Fanti.

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NEW Wholesale Fabric Show – Low Minimums!

That’s right, a fabric show targeted to the independent designer, with low minimums! The show is so new that there is no name, website, or registration, but don’t let that deter you from attending. I am re-blogging the show information from Kathleen Fasanella’s website Fashion-Incubator.com.

The show will take place on February 6-7, 2012 in New York City’s Hotel Pennsylvania.

Hotel Pennsylvania: 401 7th Avenue, 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001
Show Hours: 9:30 to 6:00

Additional details can be found on the event’s Facebook page, or on Fashion-Incubator.com.

Please pass on this valuable information to any other designers or manufacturers that you know, the more successful the show is, the higher chance it will happen again! This is very important for independent designers.

A partial list of vendors who will be in attendance:

Appliques with Glitz
Barbie International
Buttonology
Carr Textile
Dill Buttons of America
Elliott Berman Fabrics
Fabric Avenue
Fishman’s Fabrics
Global Leather
HWC/ Hamburger Woolen
Labels IG
Kendor Textiles
Novatex Int’l
One World Button
Oriole
Philips Boyne
Products From Abroad
Robert Kaufman Company
Sextet Fabrics
Shannon Fabrics
Solid Stone Fabrics
Stylecrest Fabrics
W and W
Zinman Textiles

Stay tuned for more details.

Fashion Focus Chicago 2010

Chicago fashion has been growing steadily over the past few years. With the creation of the Mayor’s Fashion Council in April 2006, interest from the community has exploded and things are greatly improving for local designers. This year the events are sure to be even better than in years past.

A full listing of events can be found here at explorechicago.org.

There will be headlining shows sponsored by Macy’s, CS Magazine and StyleChicago.com, as well as the returning student show, Dress Code. Designers will also have their own shows, some of those include Borris Powell, Kristin Hassan, Vert Couture, and Horatio Nieto.

There are even some FREE events, including some great Industry Education events! Some of these include special trunk shows by Chicago boutiques and designers, including Alice Berry, Elise Bergman, and le Dress.

FREE events during Fashion Focus Chicago can be found here at chicagofree.info.

For those interested in the Industry Education Day events, visit explorechicago.org for a list of all the events. Register early! These are free but will fill up fast!

Also during Fashion Focus Chicago, the Chicago Fabric and Trim Show will be at the Merchandise Mart (pedway) on October 21st and 22nd. For more details go to AIBI. This event is for industry professionals only, and registration is encouraged in advance. You will need a business license and/or EIN, and your business card. Contact the offices at AIBI for more information or questions.

All in all, a pretty exciting time in Chicago!

Borris Powell Fashion Show

I had the pleasure of working with Chicago designer Borris Powell on patterns for dresses for his upcoming show, The Rise of an Empress. View his beautiful evening wear designs at his upcoming fashion show, Friday March 19th. For tickets and more information, please visit www.borrispowell.com. An added bonus to those who attend: partial proceeds will be donated to the Haiti Relief Foundation.