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Scores of stores
Know a great store or want to know where to find one? Fashion blog network Coutorture has launched an interactive directory and map for fashion and beauty stores around the world. Anyone can list a store or upload a photo. Each retailer’s location is pinpointed on a Google map of the city, and each store is linked to reviews by bloggers. Stores are organized by type, such as apparel, vintage, beauty and streetwear. At press time, more than 100 stores were listed in nine cities in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

Small is beautiful
The Sony UX Micro PC doesn’t take up much space. Weighing just over a pound, it runs a full version of Windows XP and connects to a projector for sharing presentations and spreadsheets. The unit also offers Internet, e-mail, music, two cameras and a biometric fingerprint sensor for security. It measures slightly less than 6 by 4 by 1.5 inches and costs $1,800.

Fast and flat
OptiTex International of Petach Tikva, Israel, has developed technology for converting three-dimensional objects into flat patterns. The technology will be useful for creating car seats and apparel. So, for example, a clothing designer could drape a garment on a virtual 3-D mannequin using OptiTex’s Runway 3D software, then automatically generate a flat pattern to make a sample. OptiTex plans to release such software later this year, said Yoram Burg, president of OptiTex USA Inc. in New York. OptiTex, [TC]2 and Lectra have also been working on related software that will create a basic 2-D sloper from a 3-D body scan.

This story first appeared in the July 12, 2006 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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