NEWS REEL

ABS’S LONDON SITE: ABS Inc., the Los Angeles-based contemporary resource, is opening its first overseas store in London. The 900-square foot store, set to open Oct. 1, will be on Kings Road, in the central section of the city, according to Allen B. Schwartz, founder and design director.
The store will have all of the company’s offerings, including eveningwear, sportswear and casual day dresses.
Schwartz expects first-year volume to hit $600,000 to $700,000.
This new venture is seen as the first of several new stores opening in Europe within a few years. ABS aims to open two more units in London and will also target Paris, Schwartz said.
The firm’s international business accounts for about 5 percent of sales. It sells to Selfridges and Brown’s in London, and specialty stores in France and Ireland, he said.

TAMOTSU BRANCHES OUT: Tamotsu will introduce a petite large-size collection in December. The line will be included in the regular collection, but will feature four to eight pieces per month in sizes 1P, 2P and 3P.
“Nobody is servicing the shorter, large-size customer,” said Ellen Mullman, sales manager. The new line offers higher waistlines, shorter strides , length, sleeves and hems. “Spend any time on the retail floor, and you’ll see we’ve neglected this customer.”
Tamotsu was recently awarded the DIVA award in the category of bridge sportswear, presented by the Atlanta Apparel Mart. The DIVA (Design, Impact, Vision, Atlanta) awards honor designers in 13 categories, voted on by retailers at the Atlanta Apparel Mart during the August market.

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