The Local: The Voices Behind NYC Textile Week

What Trump’s Win Means for Nearshoring

As the world adjusts to the surprise election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president, various sectors are starting to take a closer look at what that win means for their respective markets.


Trade has been a touchy subject of late, and Trump has voiced his own agenda about how to manage America’s relations and what to do about pending and existing trade agreements he feels don’t work.


When it comes to nearshoring—which has picked up in popularity in recent years as brands and retailers look to mimic closer to market manufacturing models that shorten delivery times—it isn’t yet clear whether Trump’s win will have a positive, adverse or no effect on the trend.


Sourcing Journal spoke to three experts on the matter, a trade lawyer, a manufacturer based in the Americas and the managing director of an apparel industry network representing manufacturing in the Americas, to get some insight on the outlook.


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More Retailers Announced for Manhattan’s Hudson Yards Development

With more than 60 percent of spaces leased to date, The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards comprise more than a mile of shopping in Manhattan’s newest neighborhood.


This leasing effort has continued its strong momentum since Neiman Marcus’ announcement that it would open its first New York City store at Hudson Yards. The Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards will open in the fall of 2018.


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Tencel® Scores High in New HIGG MSI

Apparel brands looking to make less of an adverse impact on the environment now have access to even more material data to aid them on the path toward sustainability.


The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an industry-wide group working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of products around the world, released a new and improved version of its Higg Materials Sustainability Index (Higg MSI) on Nov. 3—and TENCEL® fabric scores better than around 70 percent of textiles measured.


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NYC Textile Week & Texworld USA Are Back this January with New Seminars

Texworld, the East Coast’s largest sourcing event for apparel fabric buyers and sourcing professionals, is back again in the Big Apple at the Javits Center, Jan. 23-25.


As consumer trends and buying behavior continue to change the marketplace, apparel suppliers and brands are being presented with new growth opportunities. Texworld USA aims to examine these opportunities in a series of new seminars featuring well-respected industry professionals as speakers and moderators.


Arthur Friedman, WWD Senior Editor of Textiles and Trade, is this season’s notable moderator. Friedman oversees the publication’s coverage of global apparel, manufacturing and sourcing, as well as fabrics and sustainability. In his 25 years at WWD, he has gained extensive experience in the complexities and nuances of the fashion industry, which include ready-to-wear, sportswear, accessories and activewear, as well as labor-management.


Among the topics that will be discussed is designers’ decision to show their collections in-season. The “Instant Fashion” seminar, moderated by Friedman, will explore how the move to “see now, buy now and wear now” fashion is impacting the textile and sourcing supply chain. Key speakers of this seminar include Kai Chow, Director of The Doneger Group, Metawear Founder and CEO Marci Zaroff, and David Sasso, VP of Sales at Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.


Comfort remains a hot topic. The seminar “Measuring Softness” will explain an exciting new tool to test the level of softness in textiles, hosted by Alexander Grüner, Global Marketing and Business Development Manager at Emtec, and Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development at Lenzing.


Discover what’s next in sustainability and how brands can find sustainable alternatives with an exchange of views and visions at the “Creating a Preferred Fiber and Materials Strategy” seminar. The panel, moderated by Sourcing Journal, will include Jeff Wilson, Textile Exchange Director of Business Value Strategy and Development, Better Cotton Initiative Membership Engagement Manager Daren Abney, Responsibility in Fashion Founder Robert Bergman, and Andreas Dorner, Commercial Director of Europe and America at Lenzing AG.


A must attend event for industry professionals, Texworld inspires and influences through fabric using a host of reliable, cutting-edge apparel textile companies.

NRF: Retail Imports Up as Holiday Shopping Kicks Off

Clearing their plates of political shifts and the world’s woes, shoppers have their sights set on buying for the holidays, and imports are expected to be up.

According to the National Retail Federation’s monthly Global Port Tracker, imports at the nation’s major ports are expected to be up 4.4% this month over last November and could see an even larger increase next month.

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S/S 18 is Equal Parts Fashion and Function

Fashion and function are equals for Spring/Summer 2018—a season that is distinguished by fabrics that can outsmart the environment, be equally soft and strong and still look good after years of wear and tear.

The potential for performance denim with wellness benefits is just at the beginning stage, according to Advance Denim. The Chinese mill is taking cues from the athleisure and outdoor markets, pivoting its focus on developing and integrating brand new innovations from Lenzing, including TENCEL® C and TENCEL® Sun.

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24/7 Collection Brings Chambray from Day Into Night

Light, fluid and creative, Lenzing’s womenswear collection, TENCEL® 24: Day into Night, shows the many fashionable ways to wear chambray.

The collection uses complementary fiber blends with five TENCEL® fabric bases provided by mills from Pakistan and Turkey. Jeanologia, an industry head in sustainable garment finishing technology, played a role in the product by partnering with TENCEL® throughout the creation process.

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Texworld USA Brings New Pavilions, Boot Camps to NYC

Texworld USA returned to the Javits Convention Center in New York City Tuesday, marking not only the 10th year of the show, but a decade of partnership with global fiber supplier Lenzing.

Taking place July 12-14, more than 500 exhibitors from 15 countries are participating in the summer 2016 edition of the North American sourcing show, offering fabrics, trims and accessories suitable for men’s, women’s, junior’s and kids’ apparel.

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Designers and Local Vendors Get Down to Business at CitySource

Attention, New York City designers. Looking to source a little closer to home? Consider stopping by NYC Textile Week partner CitySource.

Sixty-five vendors, ranging from pattern and sample makers to printers and pleating experts, will participate in the July 21 event at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Dreamed up by the institute’s Enterprise Studies and Digital Design department and supported by The Garment District Alliance, the biannual one-day showcase (which launched in 2012 and takes place every January and July) aims to connect designers and small businesses with local resources.

“It’s important for local resources to connect with emerging designers and small businesses,” Melissa Hall, founder of The Emerging Designer and FIT instructor, said. “For new brands, it’s always challenging to find vendors and CitySource facilitates those connections and also allows people to understand what services exist.”

This year’s participating vendors will include Dynotex, Park Avenue International, Shima Seiki Design Center of NY and TrimLab, to name a few.

A series of free seminars will be offered throughout the day, too, starting with an embroidery and embellishments class taught by Michelle Feinberg of New York Embroidery Studio and ending with Joann Kim of Johnny’s Fashion leading a discussion on best practices for pattern and sample development.

Lisa Rochelle Hackman Freda, one of last January’s 800-plus attendees, told Hall, “The CitySource trade show at FIT has been an invaluable resource in launching my new collection of children’s celebration clothes. It provided an introduction to the vendors I needed to connect with and educated me on services I was unaware of. The vendor selection was of high quality and of a broad variety.”

Interested in attending? Register here for free admission to both the show and each individual seminar.

Korean Preview in New York Joins NYC Textile Week

This year, Korean Preview New York (KPNY) will join up with NYC Textile Week, New York’s answer to aligning the textile and apparel industry’s shows to best benefit the sector.

KPNY, now in its 20th edition, joins the list as one of the week’s 10 shows, taking place at the Metropolitan Pavilion July 13-14.

“New York leads and forecasts fashion trends, and to be a part of that movement says a lot about Korean Preview in New York and what our exhibitors have to offer to buyers here,” Bryan Cho, deputy director of KOTRA New York and organizer of KPNY, said.

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