DALLAS — Fashion Industry Gallery is looking to the second half of 2008 with new strategies to build traffic, increase sales and help retailers and vendors triumph over the tough economy.
The plan includes getting new lines to show at FIG and reaching out to stores outside the traditional Southwest territory of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Arkansas, with a focus on the Midwest and Southwest, according to Ashley Gage, FIG's retail development and senior marketing manager.
There are also plans to launch an in-house magazine featuring designer profiles and business strategies, but the name, frequency of publication and circulation haven't been determined yet, she said.
"This has been a record year for attendance at FIG," said FIG director Shelli Mers. "We have experienced increases in both guest designer participation as well as buyer attendance with each market that has passed. We have had numerous lines make their Dallas debut in our Shop show since the first of the year. Joe Scroggins, our Shop sales manager, also makes a conscious effort to support and promote talented local designers."
Among the new lines in permanent rooms at FIG are 39SixtyOne, Cino, City of Others, Etoile, Gradyn, Isabel Marant, Puella and Viridis Luxe.
New lines in Shop include Tano, 49 Square Miles, August Alexander, co2 Cashmere, Holly Morgan, Jenny Han, Mike & Chris, Zen 3 Handbags and Sergio Zelcer Designs.
The company also hired Lauren Christensen for the new post of director of sales and development focusing on events.
"As we continue to grow as a wholesale marketplace, we also continue to be sought out as a destination for fashionable events, such as art shows, fashion shows, book signings, etc.," Mers said.
Upcoming functions include FIG Finale, a retail clearance sale for the public Aug. 22 to 23, and several charity fund-raisers.
FIG, which focuses on contemporary, denim and accessories, celebrated its fourth anniversary in January.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa's “I-did-it-my-way” ethos stood out starkly at a time when brands are experimenting with consumer-facing fashion shows, coed formats and trans-seasonal collections – anything to perk up lackluster sales of ready-to-wear in an age of Insta-everything. “It’s not creation anymore. This becomes a purely industrial approach,” the late designer told WWD in an interview last year. “But anyway, the rhythm of collections is so stupid. It’s unsustainable. There are too many collections.” Read more about the iconic designer’s life and work on wwd.com, link in bio. #wwdfashion #azzedinealaia (📷: @WWD Archive, 1986) #alaia
Sneaker reselling app @goat’s latest exhibit, "The Greatest: New York," tells the story of New York's sneaker culture. To celebrate the exhibit, an intimate crowd gathered on Thursday night at the pop-up gallery space, located at Platform in Culver City, to hear guest speaker and illustrator @esymai talk about her own rise in streetwear and women in the business. "For me I'm just someone who is creative. I like to create things," said Chang. #wwdfashion
Azzedine Alaïa, one of the most iconic couturiers of the modern era whose body-con designs defined Eighties fashion, has died in Paris. The diminutive Tunisian-born designer, known for his structured knitted dresses with fitted waists and impeccably cut, figure-hugging second skin silhouettes was deeply admired by his peers, and counted supermodel Naomi Campbell - his adoptive daughter - among his inner circle, one of a gang of glamazons including Farida Khelfa, Carla Bruni and Stephanie Seymour who became ambassadors of his style. (📷: Alexandre Guirkinger) #wwdblast