By  on March 17, 2010

Fashion Industry Gallery is getting ready to present three showroom expansions at next week’s market, as well as the debut of key labels such as Nanette Lepore.

Lerner et Cie and TSS Terry Sahagan Sales, both of Los Angeles, and Kaitlin+Co. of Dallas are taking additional space at FIG, the downtown wholesale venue that focuses on fashion-forward contemporary and bridge clothing and accessories.

Spanning 68,000 square feet on two levels, FIG is located downtown in the Arts District. The expansions are “a very positive sign that people are feeling more confident in growing their business in this region,” asserted Shelli Mers, FIG director. “Shop, our juried temporary show, will host over 100 lines, 30 of which have not shown with us before, including Nanette Lepore, Paige Premium Denim and Rich & Skinny. We expect to see our attendance numbers up as our depth of relevant lines continues to grow.”

“Business has been great. We wanted to showcase our products in not-so-cramped conditions,” said Suzanne Lerner, owner of Lerner et Cie. She needed more space for recent additions including a new line of washed leather casual handbags by Michael Stars, the T-shirt giant headed by her husband, Michael Cohen; stretch and crosshatch denim pull-on and zip jeans by Sold Design Lab, and leather, suede, pleather and canvas jackets by Jakett. The company also shows Michael Stars apparel and accessories as well as Laurie B. and French Connection.

“We’ve simply outgrown our space,” echoed Bryan Sylvester, TSS showroom manager. “Bailey 44, Milly and Literature Noir are consistently strong for us, plus we’ve added three new brands: Twenty8Twelve by s. miller, Tt Collection and Monrow.

Designed by socialite sisters Sienna and Savannah Miller in London, Twenty8Twelve offers casualhipster casual sportswear, dresses and outerwear. Monrow, styled and made in Los Angeles, is a sexy casual line, while Tt Collection is a Los Angeles lifestyle brand of fitted and detailed fashion items, knit sweaters, leggings and Ts. It’s designed by Tiffany Saidnia, who previously worked at Joe’s Jeans, Ella Moss, Duarte Jeans and with celebrity stylist Jessica Pastor.

“I have been fortunate this past year to grow my business, and to expand and add lines like Cosabella, Dolly & Angel and Shorn,” said Kaitlin Moore, owner of Kaitlin+Co., who doubled her space. “The new lines have allowed us to expand into lingerie, accessories and higher-end apparel.” Moore is celebrating her new space in Gallery 133, the introduction of Cosabella and the one-year anniversary of her business with a party Friday at 4 p.m.

Norma Zuckerman, owner of Company Z in Gallery 116, will entertain buyers Friday with Champagne and cupcakes at 2 p.m. to introduce O.M.T., a trend-driven line she’s designing that features ruffled jackets, satin and velvet cargo pants, satin bomber jackets and other items.

FIG’s customary cocktail party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will feature Paige Adams-Galler, founder and designer of Paige Premium Denim, whose designs will be modeled in the lobby along with music.

FIG’s mission of attentive service in a sleek environment has intensified during the economic downturn. It began offering tours of the venue to buyers in January to help them discover relevant resources, and also ramped up its e-mail marketing efforts.

Among the newer labels at FIG are Isabel Marant at Findings; Left on Houston at Nine o Seven; Gender Bias and Plastic Island sportswear labels at S. Collier; Prps men’s denim at Hatch; Son of John Ts and knitwear at Laurie Hasson; Melinda Maria and Love Tokens jewelry at Julie Hall, and Amy Matto New York dresses at Diane Levin Sales.

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