LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles International Textile Show will face challenges on two fronts when it hosts its next edition at the California Market Center April 14 to 16.
In addition to contending with a pool of buyers who have seen their budgets slashed during the economic downturn, the show is being aggressively challenged by newcomer GlobalTex, which will host its first event next month at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The showdown will determine whether Los Angeles, home to the nation’s largest concentration of apparel workers, can serve two textile expos scheduled within 14 days of each other in the midst of a recession that has forced designers, brands and retailers to cut costs, reduce inventory and delay orders for fabric and other materials.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"