Sunday, November 29, 2009

Cotton’s Candy

The It accessory for Spring 2010 just might be the cupcake headband, if Will Cotton has anything to do with it. The confection-loving artist—whose burlesque-ish ladies-in-Candy Land paintings have made him a hot commodity on the young art scene—created sugary headpieces and candy-covered PJs for Creative Time’s fundraiser-cum-slumber party last night at (where else?) the Ace Hotel. “Cotton’s paintings are so delicious, it’s just the kind of thing I want to go to bed in,” CT’s Anne Pasternak said. The whole party, in fact, was a Cotton painting come to life, with fantastical spreads of macaroons, meringue, and a whole lot of Campari. The dress code for this dessert buffet: despite all those calories, quite a bit of skin. Ruffian’s Brian Wolk showed off his skivvies (topped with a Schnabel-worthy silk smoking jacket) while partner-in-crime Claude Morais cozied up in some plaid flannels. Everyone congregated downstairs for sets by Fischerspooner and DJ-about-town Matt Creed. As bedtime approached, Luke Wilson popped in, but according to our sources, the real action was upstairs, where Jack White and Karen Elson were having a private slumber party of their own. Pillow fight, anyone?


Cotton’s limited-edition pajamas will be available at Barneys New York just in time for Valentine’s Day.




Photo: Nick Hunt / Patrick McMullan

Friday, November 27, 2009

The News From Florence

Pitti Immagine CEO Raffaello Napoleone held a lunch today at Adour, the Alain Ducasse restaurant in the St. Regis, to promote his organization’s January trade fair in Florence. One of the schedule’s highlights will be Giles Deacon’s Pitti W pre-fall presentation to be held at Richard Ginori 1735, a Florentine porcelain manufacturer. On the menswear front: Lars Nilsson has been invited to preview his new Mr. Nils men’s collection, and up-and-comer Umit Benan, the winner of the first edition of “Who Is on Next? Uomo,” will showcase his full Fall line. In other news, Stefano Tonchi of The New York Times and Maria Luisa Frisa will celebrate the release of their new book All Power to the Imagination: Walter Albini and His Times during the fair. At 300-plus pages with over 1,000 images, it’s a tribute to one of Italy’s most influential (but often overlooked) designers. And speaking of Italian legends, La Spezia, which makes uniforms for the Italian navy, will debut a collection made from military fabrics dating back to the fifties and sixties. If those aren’t reasons enough to book your trip now, Napoleone reports that getting to Florence is easier than ever; the train ride from Milan is now just 1 hour and 40 minutes long.





Photo: Marcio Madeira

Thursday, November 19, 2009

India : Orissa Govt takes measures for Sambalpuri saris - Textile News India

Minister for Textiles and Handloom Ms. Anjali Behera announced that the State Government has finalized the one time settlement of pending dues of Sambalpuri Bastralaya and allocated Rs. 300 million, which will be paid to the concerned bank soon. Rs. 7.24 million has already been provided by the State Government under Promotion of Handloom Industry (POHI) scheme, for overall development of Sambalpuri Bastralaya and 100 work sheds costing Rs. 250 million will also be constructed for its weavers, she added.The Minister paid visit to Sambalpuri Bastralaya Handloom Cooperative Society Limited and reviewed the overall performance of Sambalpuri Bastralaya, as well as the development schemes implemented by the society and their impact. She also had a look at the dye house of the society, the largest in the State handloom sector. The state government intends to set up a special project at an estimated cost of Rs. 6 million under mini-cluster covering Bagbadi, Kushanpuri and Phulapali villages as one unit, she informed.The government is also thinking of setting up two Integrated Handloom Development schemes in Barpali block covering Barpali town, Amamunda, Bandhapali and Jhulopali villages. She added that, assistance from IIT, Khargpur is required to protect the Sambalpuri Ikat designs under the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Act.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

India : British footwear brand Clarks & Future Group form retail JV - Fashion News India

Kishore Biyani led Future Group and the leading UK shoe (brand) retailer, Clarks have agreed to form a joint venture to (build a strong Clarks brand) retail footwear in India.

India is one of the top three strategic markets for Clarks and the company has invested a lot of time and research over the last two years to establish the right strategy and partnership to develop the brand in India.

This has led to this Joint Venture partnership with Winner Sports, a specialist footwear/ sports division of Future Group, India’s leading retailer. Winner Sports already runs the multi-brand sports speciality chain Planet Sports and is the exclusive India licensee cum distributor for retailing and marketing several international brands including Converse, Speedo, Wilson and Skechers.

“India is a top strategic market for us”, said Mr. Andrew Martland, Head of International Business Development, Clarks. “We have done a great deal of research on the complex Indian market and have invested substantially with an aim to develop it as a sourcing hub for our global business. Our association with Winner Sports is just the right step towards this direction. This is an ideal partnership as it combines Clarks brand and product development capability with Winner Sports & Future Group’s retail expertise, infrastructure and knowledge of India. I’m sure this bond with Winner Sports will help serve the needs of both the Indian links of london charms market and the brand’s global requirements.”

On this occasion Mr. Rakesh Biyani, CEO – Retail, Future Group said, “Through this partnership with Clark’s we plan to build a strong and respected leadership in the shoe retailing industry. We are focusing on research right now to evolve and suit changing Indian tastes. We are confident this collaboration will meet the growing needs of Indian customers as Clarks has years of experience in shoe manufacturing and retailing, while we have an in-depth understanding of Indian consumers,” Ravdeep Singh, CEO Winner Sports informs that the two companies are now developing a business plan to re-launch the brand from Spring 2011 and establish Clarks as a leading premium, international footwear brand in India for men, women and children. To achieve this, Clarks and Winner Sports both recognise the need to thoroughly understand the Indian consumer and to put significant investment and effort into developing the brand.

At present the focus is on putting in place a strong sourcing infrastructure in India to serve the needs of both India and Clarks global business. “We want to present the best of Clarks global range in India, but we also recognise the need for a much bigger collection of ladies sandals. There are some excellent manufacturers in India making this type of product and we are excited about working with them”, added Mr. Andrew Martland, Head of International Business Development, Clarks.

The two companies are also starting to recruit a management team for India capable of managing all aspects of the business.

USA : Ethan Allen's new-concept design center scores in Las Vegas - Textile News USA

Ethan Allen's new-concept Design Center at Las Vegas Design Center in World Market Center Las Vegas was very well received by its many industry, media, and design field visitors. The 10,000-square-foot Design Center's opening coincided with the September Las Vegas Market.

The Design Center in Las Vegas is unique among Ethan Allen Design Centers. In one location, it showcases two different design destination models: a footprint for Design Centers of 7,500 to 12,000 square feet, and a prototype for the more compact Design Studio of about 5,000 square feet. The company is actively pursuing opportunities to open these new-concept Design Centers and Design Studios in more than 100 available markets.

Dan Grow, Vice President, Retailer Relations and New Business Development stated, “We are very pleased and confident that the new concept Design Center will help our existing Design Center retailers connect in an exciting manner with our clients and also provide a viable opportunity to open new Design Centers and Design Studios in North America and abroad.”

This location, in Building C, Showroom 196 of the World Market Center Las Vegas gives Ethan Allen its first home in a destination that caters mainly to trade business. It is also a full-service Design Center open to the public, offering clients throughout the Las Vegas area Ethan Allen's legendary design expertise and a diverse and eclectic range of home furnishings.

In Las Vegas, Ethan Allen also introduced its new Interior Design Affiliate membership program, which provides special to-the-trade privileges and benefits to qualifying independent interior designers, including a referral fee on all purchases. The program quickly generated plenty of attention and hundreds of applications from interested designers.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The Company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products as links of london bracelet and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers and Design Studios in the United States and abroad.

Global : IT tools augment forecasting fashion trends - Technology News Global

Fashion designers rely more on fashion forecasting system to respond to the versatile textile market as accurate estimation of consumption pattern and sourcing management is required to minimize costs and satisfy customers.

New product development is vital for a company's competitive strategy and consequently to the new product sales forecasting of apparels and textiles that provides quantitative information on the expected return from development efforts.

Apparels made from different fibers, yarns and fabrics provide a competitive advantage as well as a long-term financial return on investment.

The relation between a new product development and new product sales forecast makes the product forecasting extremely important. Forecasting about the apparel market trends, and change in consumer preferences, decrease uncertainty, providing input for the decisions made about introducing of new products and offering feedback for the new product development process.

Traditional methods used for forecasting are mainly based on previous sales figures, and always have a possibility to fail due to different conditions. Hence, forecasting done with the latest applications of computer technology for design management offers a positive and alternative approach.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

India : British footwear brand Clarks & Future Group form retail JV - Fashion News India

Kishore Biyani led Future Group and the leading UK shoe (brand) retailer, Clarks have agreed to form a joint venture to (build a strong Clarks brand) retail footwear in India.

India is one of the top three strategic markets for Clarks and the company has invested a lot of time and research over the last two years to establish the right strategy and partnership to develop the brand in India.

This has led to this Joint Venture partnership with Winner Sports, a specialist footwear/ sports division of Future Group, India’s leading retailer. Winner Sports already runs the multi-brand sports speciality chain Planet Sports and is the exclusive India licensee cum distributor for retailing and marketing several international brands including Converse, Speedo, Wilson and Skechers.

“India is a top strategic market for us”, said Mr. Andrew Martland, Head of International Business Development, Clarks. “We have done a great deal of research on the complex Indian market and have invested substantially with an aim to develop it as a sourcing hub for our global business. Our association with Winner Sports is just the right step towards this direction. This is an ideal partnership as it combines Clarks brand and product development capability with Winner Sports & Future Group’s retail expertise, infrastructure and knowledge of India. I’m sure this bond with Winner Sports will help serve the needs of both the Indian market and the brand’s global requirements.”

On this occasion Mr. Rakesh Biyani, CEO – Retail, Future Group said, “Through this partnership with Clark’s we plan to build a strong and respected leadership in the shoe retailing industry. We are focusing on research right now to evolve and suit changing Indian tastes. We are confident this collaboration will meet the growing needs of Indian customers as Clarks has years of experience in shoe manufacturing and retailing, while we have an in-depth understanding of Indian consumers,” Ravdeep Singh, CEO Winner Sports informs that the two companies are now developing a business plan to re-launch the brand from Spring 2011 and establish Clarks as a leading premium, international footwear brand in India for men, women and children. To achieve this, Clarks and Winner Sports both recognise the need to thoroughly understand the Indian consumer and to put significant investment and effort into developing the brand.

At present the focus is on putting in place a strong sourcing infrastructure in India to serve the needs of both India and Clarks global business. “We want to present the best of Clarks global range in India, but we also recognise the need for a much bigger collection of ladies sandals. There are some excellent manufacturers in India making this type of product and we are excited about working with them”, added Mr. Andrew Martland, Head of International Business Development, Clarks.

The two companies are also starting to recruit a management team for India capable of managing all aspects of the business.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

USA : Ethan Allen's new-concept design center scores in Las Vegas - Textile News USA

Ethan Allen's new-concept Design Center at Las Vegas Design Center in World Market Center Las Vegas was very well received by its many industry, media, and design field visitors. The 10,000-square-foot Design Center's opening coincided with the September Las Vegas Market.

The Design Center in Las Vegas is unique among Ethan Allen Design Centers. In one location, it showcases two different design destination models: a footprint for Design Centers of 7,500 to 12,000 square feet, and a prototype for the more compact Design Studio of about 5,000 square feet. The company is actively pursuing opportunities to open these new-concept Design Centers and Design Studios in more than 100 available markets.

Dan Grow, Vice President, Retailer Relations and New Business Development stated, “We are very pleased and confident that the new concept Design Center will help our existing Design Center retailers connect in an exciting manner with our clients and also provide a viable opportunity to open new Design Centers and Design Studios in North America and abroad.”

This location, in Building C, Showroom 196 of the World Market Center Las Vegas gives Ethan Allen its first home in a destination that caters mainly to trade business. It is also a full-service Design Center open to the public, offering clients throughout the Las Vegas area Ethan Allen's legendary design expertise and a diverse and eclectic range of home furnishings.

In Las Vegas, Ethan Allen also introduced its new Interior Design Affiliate membership program, which provides special to-the-trade privileges and benefits to qualifying independent interior designers, including a referral fee on all purchases. The program quickly generated plenty of attention and hundreds of applications from interested designers.

Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The Company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 300 Design Centers and Design Studios in the United States and abroad.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Global : IT tools augment forecasting fashion trends - Technology News Global

Fashion designers rely more on fashion forecasting system to respond to the versatile textile market as accurate estimation of consumption pattern and sourcing management is required to minimize costs and satisfy customers.

New product development is vital for a company's competitive strategy and consequently to the new product sales forecasting of apparels and textiles that provides quantitative information on the expected return from development efforts.

Apparels made from different fibers, yarns and fabrics provide a competitive advantage as well as a long-term financial return on investment.

The relation between a new product development and new product sales forecast makes the product forecasting extremely important. Forecasting about the apparel market trends, and change in consumer preferences, decrease uncertainty, providing input for the decisions made about introducing of new products and offering feedback for the new product development process.

Traditional methods used for forecasting are mainly based on previous sales figures, and always have a possibility to fail due to different conditions. Hence, forecasting done with the latest applications of computer technology for design management offers a positive and alternative approach.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

USA : Orthopedic shoes have a firm heel counter - shoes expert Carmen - General News USA

The orthopedic shoes add new lifestyle to your life and can help you live an active and pain-free life. Ordinary shoes fit poorly and are designed poorly. Orthopedic shoes overcome these drawbacks and give more comfort.

Orthopedic shoes expert Mr. Carmen van Houten says," Orthopedic shoes have a firm heel counter, a wide toe box to give toes the necessary space, a semi-rigid or rigid shank, a removable inner sole, a long vamp, a moderate heel measuring between three fourth of an inch or one and half inch.Men's Orthopedic Shoes gives good style and protection for ailed feet. Women's Orthopedic Shoes gives good resistance to slipping which is mostly made of a rubber outsole while an orthopedic shoe with a flared outsole enhances good stability. Both provide a customized comfort and protection to the feet. People with swollen feet usually prefer a hook and loop closure since it gives their feet enough room to prevent friction. In order to protect sensitive areas and reduce irritation an orthopedic shoe is made with a paddled collar and tongue. It also provides good and secure fit".

He added that "Orthopedic insoles are very much useful in treating burning sensation at the bottom of the feet or the heels and also to relieve discomfort. Nowadays orthopedic insoles are used to treat calcium deposits due to the result of long term untreated inflammation of plantar fasciitis. A variety of shapes and designs of orthopedic insoles are available. Orthopedic insoles distribute pressure equally. Insoles with silicon gel act as good shock absorber. Most of the insoles are made of spongy material in order to fit to the size of the shoe".

Orthopedic socks are very much designed to suit to the orthopedic shoes. It pulls the moisture away from the feet thereby preventing tissue tearing. It also speeds up the process of healing of swollen feet or plantar fasciitis. It keeps the feet in a stretched position. Hence the orthopedic socks can be worn for several hours during the day or night. Speaking on the move, Mr. Carmen said, "Online purchase of orthopedic shoes, insoles and socks through us has revolutionized the people with an added flavour of huge discounts which are not available in direct shopping.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

USA : Brilliant’s capabilities strengthen Checkpoint Apparel Labeling biz - Technology News USA

Checkpoint Systems, a global leader in shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions, commented on the expansion of its Apparel Labeling Solutions business through its previously announced acquisition of Brilliant Label Manufacturing Ltd. This expansion adds to initiatives already underway to strengthen the business unit’s breadth of offerings and meet the growing demand for its labeling solutions.

In August, Checkpoint acquired Brilliant Label Manufacturing Ltd., a China-based manufacturer of paper, fabric and woven tags and labels. Brilliant Label, through its facilities in Hong Kong and China, adds significant capacity to Checkpoint’s world-class apparel labeling business. It enables Checkpoint to meet greater demand for fabric and woven tags and labels and expands the Company’s global manufacturing footprint. Additionally, Checkpoint’s labeling business extends the use of paper, fabric and woven labels beyond branding, variable data and garment care information by enabling discreet integration of RF-EAS and RFID tags. These capabilities enable apparel retailers and vendors to brand, track and secure their products at the point of manufacture using a single solution.

Brilliant Label broadens Checkpoint’s manufacturing footprint through strategic locations in Shanghai and Southern China.

“Brilliant Label enables Checkpoint’s Apparel Labeling Solutions business to supply its customers with a source-to-store solution, through which all their apparel labeling needs can be met by Checkpoint as a single supplier,” said Steven Davidson, President of Checkpoint’s Apparel Labeling Solutions business. “Brilliant’s capabilities strengthen and expand Checkpoint’s apparel labeling business, and enable us to provide retailers and vendors with a world-class service offering of complete visibility, cost efficiencies, just-in-time delivery, enhanced quality and increased speed to shelf.”

Expanded capabilities through Checkpoint’s Check-Net service

Checkpoint’s Check-Net service, the company’s 24/7 global ticket ordering, logistics and data management platform, has long been recognized by retailers and vendors as an innovative and unique solution to meet the industry’s global labeling requirements.

This sophisticated Web-based system allows retailers and vendors to order various tags and labels for individual product lines, fulfilling all their labeling needs accurately, quickly and easily. Using Check-Net to manage the process ensures data integrity and delivers precise visibility throughout. The system automatically allocates orders to one of more than 30 strategically located print shops around the world, where they are processed. Apparel vendors can then apply tags and labels at source, during the garment manufacturing process. The location of Checkpoint print shops plays a significant role in helping to minimize and control the overall labeling expenditure for any retailer or vendor.