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COTTON’S SEARCH CONTINUES: Cotton Incorporated again has put out the call for young designers interested in being profiled on the Main Floor television program this fall.
The Cotton Inc./Main Floor Innovators contest is open to women’s wear designers who have been in business from one to four years, have their own showrooms and have cotton-rich collections. Submissions are due by Oct. 12; the program will air Nov. 20.
“We believe it is crucial to nurture creativity and talent in our industry, and this contest is one of the best ways to do this,” said Ira Livingston, senior vice president of consumer marketing.
This is the fourth time Cotton Inc., the promotional arm of U.S. cotton growers, has sponsored this contest. It is the first time Cotton Inc. has sponsored the contest twice in the same year, though; a spokesman said the organization, has not committed itself to a twice-a-year schedule.

KTA’S LATIN FORUM: The Knitted Textile Association plans to host a seminar on the fabric and apparel trade throughout the Western Hemisphere at Arno’s Restaurant in New York on Nov. 3.
Andy Warlick, president of Parkdale Mills; Don Baum, vice president of manufacturing at Liz Claiborne; Mary O’Rourke, managing director of The Jassin-O’Rourke Group consulting firm, and Beth Ring, an attorney with Sandler & Travis, are scheduled to speak. Topics are to include legal issues, factoring and the manufacture of fiber, fabric and apparel in North, South and Latin America.

MATERIAL WORLD’S NEW SPOT: The organizers of Material World, a textile trade show scheduled to bow in September 2000, said they have changed the location of the event.
The event is now to be held at the Miami Beach Convention Center; it had been slated for the Miami International Merchandise Mart and Radisson Center.
Material World is produced by Fairchild Urban Expositions, based in Atlanta, a partnership of Fairchild Publications Inc., the company that publishes this newspaper, and Urban Expositions & Development.
The show is to be held twice a year. The spring 2001 edition is scheduled to take place in Dallas.