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Maker’s Row: Avoid Headaches in Business

Since I work in the “background” with my clients’ brands, it’s always nice to get a shout out. Product development is very much a collaborative process, and my client Brennan Waldorf of Canvy’s Bag Company nailed that in this blog for Maker’s Row!

I worked with Brennan on his production patterns, tech packs and pre-production samples, as well as some sourcing for the appropriate thread, interlining and interfacing for his structured travel bags.

Read more: https://makersrow.com/blog/2016/01/a-bag-designers-insight-3-ways-to-avoid-headaches-in-business/

Check out Canvy’s website here: www.canvysbagco.com/

Stay tuned for their upcoming Kickstarter campaign!

Fashion and Fabric Technology

Technology has obviously influenced our lives and fashion in many ways. But besides actual gadgets, how else is technology incorporated into clothing and textiles?

In this article from Business of Fashion, fashion technologist, Dr. Amanda Parkes is interviewed on the subject of wearable technology:

http://www.businessoffashion.com/2014/11/amanda-parkes-wearable-tech-gadgets.html

Wearable fiber technologies include many properties: waterproof, glow-in-the-dark, odor resistance, anti-microbial, temperature control and temperature sensitive or reactive materials. Some of these are not new, but I mention them as they go along with this expanding field of fiber technology. Many active wear and performance companies are using these types of materials in their products already.

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Thermo-reactive doesn’t need to  bring back memories of hypercolor:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-hypercolor-t-shirts-were-just-a-one-hit-wonder-3353436/?no-ist

Now, companies like Sommers Plastics and HSD Zipper have modern thermo-chromatic technologies available.

Columbia Sportswear has the patented Omni-Heat Reflective technology built into many of their outerwear coats, shoes and accessories, which reacts to your body’s heat and reflects it back to you, keeping you warmer in the cold.

http://www.columbia.com/technology-omniheatreflective/

http://gearjunkie.com/columbia-turbodown-insulation-jacket

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Combining water proofing with breathable material in one fabric? Check out materials from AKAS Textiles and Kendor.

 

 

Textile shows are a great way to find out about the latest and greatest materials and technologies that companies are making. This month, TexWorld USA will be in New York January 19-21. For more information, visit their website.

Paris Sourcing – Premiere Vision Plur/El & TexWorld

I 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 , and walked the show with one new client who attended the show in person.

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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TexWorld USA SS15

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. texworld1-14

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.

Premiere Vision / Indigo SS15 New York

The spring sourcing trade shows run January.  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.

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.