By  on March 19, 2012

LOS ANGELES — Next week’s Los Angeles International Textile Show will be a test for how fabric mills can balance the low prices that clothing designers expect with the trends and customization that help them stand out from competitors.

At the semiannual three-day textile expo that kicks off Monday at the California Market Center here, an equal mix of domestic and foreign mills will try to lure apparel designers and manufacturers with their spring 2013 offerings while keeping an eye on costs. Although textile vendors said they benefit from the variety of fabrics being used in the market, they are challenged by the emphasis on low prices, even with high-quality materials.

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