NEW CONCEPT: Red Bank, N.J.-based Concept III Textiles took over the merchandising, sales and marketing operations of New York-based converter Travis Textiles on Aug. 6 with the goal of expanding its international presence.
NEW CONCEPT: Red Bank, N.J.-based Concept III Textiles took over the merchandising, sales and marketing operations of New York-based converter Travis Textiles on Aug. 6 with the goal of expanding its international presence.The 50-year-old Travis, which specializes in high-performance woven fabrics for outerwear, among other end uses, sources domestically and currently caters to the U.S. market only. "Domestic sourcing retains many advantages," said David Parkes, president of Concept III Textiles. "But it is imperative that U.S. companies be able to look beyond our shores now, to be flexible enough to take advantage of the best combination of opportunities in the marketplace for their customers."BRITISH TEXTILE AWARDS: Five British textile students were honored at the July Texprint Design Awards, which recognized new ideas in woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, color, print and breaking new ground.All five categories that make up the awards seek to showcase work from textile design graduates of British colleges to the fabric industry.The winners were: Kristy McDougall, for wovens; Lisa Gormley, for color; Hannah Cannell, for prints; Anna Wheeler, for knits, and Neil Lewty, for breaking new ground.Fashion designer Bella Freud, among noteworthy others in the British apparel industry, judged the competition.The Woolmark Co. was a sponsor of the contest."As a company, we work closely with the industry to develop new and innovative fabrics and products," a Woolmark spokeswoman said. "We have sponsored the awards for many years now and feel it is important to assist new design talent in reaching the industry."The five prize-winning fabrics will be on display at the Indigo fabric show in Paris, Sept. 18-21, and at Interstoff Asia Oct. 2-4 in Hong Kong.SHORE TO MAURITIUS: Shore to Shore, a maker of labels and tags, last month opened a plant and distribution center on Mauritius. The new location, in Port Louis, will serve apparel manufacturers on that Indian Ocean island, as well as those on its large island neighbor Madagascar and in sub-Saharan Africa.Lee Koening has been named managing director of the office."This new venture…not only allows us to offer our customers local production in Mauritius, but will also act as a hub for Southern Africa," said regional director Gary Harper. "It is another step forward for Shore to Shore’s global strategy to offer local merchandise-identification production in the apparel manufacturing centers of the world."Shore to Shore is based in Miamisburg, Ohio.Mauritius is one of the nations covered by the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000, which granted duty- and quota-free entry for apparel made in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, it was the 42nd-largest exporter of apparel and textiles to the U.S., shipping $238.3 million worth of goods. The island is small, about 11 times the size of Washington, D.C., but its manufacturers have expanded operations into Madagascar and other nearby nations.BAYER HIRE: Michael N. Radermacher was named managing director of Bayer Faser GmbH — the German parent company of Bushy Park, S.C.-based Bayer Corp. Radermacher — who assumed the position earlier this year — was previously senior vice president of fibers, for Bayer Corp.’s fibers, additives and rubber division, which makes Dorlastan spandex. Radermacher succeeds Klaus Schrewe, who retired after 34 years with the company. Radermacher began his career with Bayer in 1986 but joined the fibers group in 1992, when it launched Dorlastan.
“I grew up in New York but I hadn’t really experienced the city in any type of touristy way…This was probably the first museum I really explored and took the time to see,” said @haileybaldwin of the @whitneymuseum. On Tuesday night, Baldwin was joined by Jemima Kirke and more at the annual Whitney Museum Gala and Studio Party, which honored Lorna Simpson, Joanne Leonhardt Cassullo and Beth Rudin DeWoody. See more photos on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
Displayed starting this week at the @fashiontextilemuseum: An exhibition on designer @orlakiely titled “Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern,” which spans two decades and contains more than 150 pieces. “I want people to come away loving pattern and print. It’s something that makes you feel so good,” said the designer during a preview of the exhibit. Also on show are mood boards, samples, sketches and more. Head to WWD.com to see more photos. #wwdfashion
Exclusive: @dsquared2 signs fragrance licensing agreement with Euroitalia, with the first effort of the new partnership being unveiled in September. The brand will launch two scents – one for men and one for women – in Italy. Read our interview with designer Dean and Dan Caten on WWD.com. #wwdbeauty #wwdnews (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@louisvuitton has officially renewed Nicolas Ghesquière’s contract as artistic director of women's collections. "I am very pleased to open the next chapter of the story I started with Louis Vuitton almost 5 years ago," said Ghesquière, who first signed on to design the French luxury brand's women's line in 2013. Get all the details on WWD.com. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
“I learned then and there that I had to figure out a way in life to maintain and preserve my sense of pride when I felt good about what I did or what I represented or created,” said @saintrecords on how being bullied for wearing capri pants inspired her to be the artist she is today. Knowles was at the 70th Parsons Benefit last night where she outbid the room for a Dapper Dan customized @gucci experience. #wwdeye (📷: @lexieblacklock)
“There’s this amazing braintrust of people who know the whole universe so well. So we talked to them and they gave us more input,” said actor Alden Ehrenreich on playing the young Han Solo in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” The cast was at NYC’s SVA Theatre last night for an advanced screening of the film, which hits theaters this week. #wwdeye #starwars #hansolo (📷: @aurorarosedecrosta)
@asaprocky spent nearly two hours in a Plexiglas box Sunday night at @sothebys putting himself through a series of “tests” to demonstrate the process of completing his new album called “Testing.” Get all the details and see all the pictures on WWD.com. #wwdeye
“I’ve struggled my whole life to find a bathing suit that fits me that doesn’t look like a maternity bra. I’m proud of the line because it’s an accurate representation of me rather than me putting on someone else’s clothes,” says @atlantabean of her swimwear collaboration with @piaarrobio, LPA X ATL. The two decided on a swimwear collab and increased the industry standard size for the pieces. Read more about the line — and our interview with de Cadenet Taylor and Arrobio — on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Dan Doperalski)