If you’re looking for a cost-effective way to do your color research, Pantone is a wonderful resource. Twice a year Pantone puts out it’s expert color forecast, and it’s available on it’s website, www.pantone.com.
Pantone has been a leader in the industry for color trends, and you’re probably familiar with their color matching system used for print, web and more.
You can purchase their reports, color books and more, but did you know that some of their resources are free? Incredible! In addition to the color report, you can also download the color palettes to use directly in your Adobe applications, a great tool for your design development process.
Pantone’s Fashion Color Report, which includes sketches and outlooks from top designers, is a beautiful and informative tool for designers. You can view and download the Fall/Winter 2014 report here:
In addition to this great report, Pantone also offers free webinars which gives a great overview for upcoming seasons. If you are forecasting for Fall/Winter 2015/16, you can sign up for the webinar taking place on Thursday September 4th at 11am EST. The sign-up link is here:
Also: You should also check out Pantone’s App for iPhone and Android. The myPANTONE App gives you access to Pantone’s vast color library. You can also pull colors from photos, create color palettes, and share them with your design team.
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A version of this post by Xochil Scheer originally appeared on www.theapparelagency.com.
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.
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.
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.
Those interested in more information about Premiere Vision or TexWorld can visit their respective websites for more information:
TexWorld – Paris
Premiere Vision – Paris
A version of this post by Xochil Scheer originally appeared on www.theapparelagency.com on 4.15.14.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to provide more comprehensive services for clients – beyond patterns, tech packs and samples – I am joining forces with The Apparel Agency.
The Apparel Agency is a one-stop shop for fashion entrepreneurs offering product development, production and supportive services, including business planning, brand identity, product design, materials sourcing, pattern development, grading and marking, sample making, marketing materials, sales strategy, and production management. These services are tailored to the individual needs of your brand and company, from start-up clothing or accessories businesses, to established companies seeking to move their business to the next level.
I recently joined The Apparel Agency as part of the Patterns and Product Development team. I am continuing to provide services to current clients. Prospective clients are encouraged to contact The Apparel Agency directly for a free exploratory call to discuss your concept and goals and determine what stage your business is in. Our process will empower you with tools, resources and professional guidance so you can build your business, brand and products in a cohesive environment, from concept to production.
For more information about The Apparel Agency, please visit www.theapparelagency.com. Or call: 312-265-0900, let them know you heard about it here!
You can also reach Xochil at: email@example.com.
Update from latest post:
The full information including registration can be found here:
February 6 & 7, 2012
In addition to the show, there will be seminars on topics including fashion business, online retailing, costing, branding, and sourcing.
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
Dill Buttons of America
Elliott Berman Fabrics
HWC/ Hamburger Woolen
One World Button
Products From Abroad
Robert Kaufman Company
Solid Stone Fabrics
W and W
Stay tuned for more details.
I have always thought that having clothing and other products made in America was an important issue. We as a country have long been outsourcing jobs and importing goods, and apparel and sewn products make up a huge amount of those imported goods. A recent poll by Adweek Media/Harris Poll showed that 61% of Americans are more likely to purchase a product if it is “Made in America.” Only 3% would be less likely to purchase.
The study goes on to show slight differences in results between different areas of the country. Midwesterners are most likely to purchase American-made products, with 67% of respondents agreeing with that statement. Though other areas of the country had slightly lower results, all had 57% or more who agreed. Surveyed by age, older consumers, those over age 55, are most likely to purchase products made in the USA. 75% of those in that age group agreed. Younger Americans, those 18-34, were only 44% more likely to purchase products made in the USA, though 52% said they were neither more or less influenced to purchase by country of origin.
The full article can be found here at MarketingCharts.com.
Regardless of your personal patriotism, I think it’s important to support the American worker. Products made here are basically guaranteed to not be made using child-labor, substandard or unsafe working conditions, and to pay their employees a fair wage. You can’t regulate a factory overseas as easily or effectively.
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!
It’s always great to know that people are talking about you. Here are some recent “press clippings” that mention me that I would like to share with you.
Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine Blog
Kali Evans-Raoul of The Image Studios talks about her secrets to great style. Restyling items from your existing wardrobe is a great style secret, and I would be happy to help you to transform your dresses, evening wear, outer wear, vintage items and furs.
The Illinois Institute of Art – Chicago: Spring 2010 Alumni Newsletter
On Page 7, a brief bio describing my work since graduation.