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The Fall runway shows wrapped up without a single documented PETA-sponsored prank. I found this ironic considering how many pelts decorated the catwalks. They came patchworked at Fendi and Acne, positively ferocious at Lanvin, and in the form of an ultra-plush peacoat at Burberry Prorsum. At Chanel, everything from the house's classic tweeds and quilted, [...]

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Twenty member companies of the SEAMS Association participated in the Supply Chain USA pavilion at the SPESA Expo in Atlanta in May.  The USA pavilion consisted of manufacturers of yarn, fabric, trim, equipment and sewn product manufacturers and contractors. All of the companies were very happy with the response they received from show attendees. Some [...]

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While planning an upcoming trip to China, I came across something so cool I just had to share it with you. So there I was on the internet looking for Womenswear apparel manufacturing factories in China and came across a list of Chinese factories. The first one I checked out was Milk Fashion. What I [...]

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One of the biggest challenges I hear from designers today is that they would like to use environment friendly and/or organic fabrics for their collections and just don’t know where to go. Sound familiar?  I’ve heard from many of you wanting to know how you can be certain that the fabrics you are using have [...]

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As a Textile Broker, I often get calls from fashion designers looking for fabric. More often than not, the person on the other end of the phone really does not know what it is they are actually looking for.  Has this ever happened to you?  What I have found is that types of fabric are [...]

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Lately I have really been into the idea of Textile Industry Trade Shows. So, today I decided to compile a little list of some of the best known shows around the country in hopes that you all would put in your two cents!

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I am very often asked by new designers about the best way to find what they are looking for in terms of fabrics, trims, notions, you name it. I can’t help but think that one of the biggest challenges in the Apparel Industry today is finding new resources and suppliers that meet the needs of [...]

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As many of you know this past Tuesday and Wednesday was the PrintSource Show in New York. And, as I really enjoy strolling from booth to booth and being introduced to new and exciting textile work, I went. The show took place on the 11th floor of a building right off of 5th Avenue. When [...]

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The single largest change in my business over the past few years is the increasing amount of fabric that I sell that is located overseas. Many of my customers are still afraid to purchase fabrics from overseas and quite frankly, I do not understand why. There is much less available fabric in the states. And [...]

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No minimums. Magic words.  Also practically impossible to find in the fashion world.  At least it is when it comes to custom printed textiles.  As a small to midsized business in the design industry it’s often difficult (or should I say impossible) to meet that 1000yd yard minimum that so many mills require.  You’ve got [...]

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