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Monday, April 28, 2014

Rita Ora in Oversize Black & Orange Knit

Rita Ora looking lovely while wearing  an oversize black and orange knit with gold button detail from the Emanuel Ungaro Pre-Fall 2014 collection for her appearance on Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live, with Andy Cohen. 

Here is a photo of Rita on the show.

See more from emanuel ungaro here on Apparel Search.

Zendaya Wearing emanuel ungaro

Madalina Ghenea
Katy Perry 
Diane Kruger

See more of Rita Ora:
Rita Ora on Fashion Blogger / more
Rita Ora on Blog About Fashion
Rita Ora at Cannes (Apparel Search news article)

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Alberta Ferretti Born Free Initiative

Alberta Ferretti takes an active part in the Born Free initiative by designing two exclusive pieces for the Born Free Collection. This project brings together 22 leading, international female designers and models fighting together to end mother-to-child HIV transmission by December 31, 2015.

These designers and models, but most importantly, mothers, created two looks: one for mother, one for child, based on specially designed prints by Kenyan artist Wngenchi Mutu. The collection will be sold exclusively on ShopBop.com starting today, April 23, 2014, with most pieces retailing under $250, and all profits benefiting the Born Free Foundation Mission.

"As a designer, mother and woman I am both happy and touched to be part of such a beautiful initiative. By joining hopes and forces with other women, I hope we reach our common goal to fight HIV, especially as this research could benefit future generations” states Alberta Ferretti.

On Mother's Day, May 11, 2014, a kick-off event for families will be held in New York City's Pier 45, sponsored by Amazon Fashion, featuring a number of participating collaborators and designers, as well as live entertainment and attractions from leading athletes, authors, artists, chefs and musicians. 

LANY Vegan Handbags

Designed for free-thinking trendsetters, LANY delivers fashion forward vegan handbags at an affordable price without compromising quality. Originally created in 1989 in a small boutique in Downtown, L.A.'s fashion district, founders Robert and Jane Park were determined to develop a brand to reflect the ever-changing trends while also satisfying their customers' fashion needs. In 1991, LANY officially became a corporationand it has since grown to become known throughout the U.S and abroad for its high-quality, yet budget friendly handbags.

While Robert and Jane stay true to their humble mindset through inspiration from the Czech Republic village of LÁNY, theirhandbags depict the roots of what the acronym is commonly associated with -America's fashion hubs of Los Angeles and New York. The line adheres to the hottest trends and reflects the designers' hard work of sifting through hundreds of color swatches and fabrics. LANY features a variety of styles for every season including barrel and bucket bags, totes, clutches, crossbody bags, satchels and more, finished with materials such as studs, fringe and metallic edging. LANY is a PETA-approved vegan collection and no animals are harmed in the making of their bags ($35-$95; www.lanystyle.com).

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Kentucky Derby Style Tips for 2014

The Kentucky Derby has always been one of the world's largest sporting events-but it has also become one of the biggest fashion events of the season, where attendees flaunt their style creativity. With Coachella in the past, it's time to ditch the crop tops, fringe and cutoffs and welcome the overly ornamented hats, blooming floral prints and bright colors.

Below, we have provided various ladylike styles that showcase the derby's most eye-catching floral trend from online retailers, eShakti.com, which allows women to customize the fit, color, size and style of each item-whether they are size 2 of 22, OneStopPlus.com, the world's largest plus-size web mall and AEROSOLES, a leading shoe brand with over 20 years of experience in the footwear industry, with styles that feature unique design technologies (further details below).

Diamond Flex Sole Technology

Floral Cutout Sateen Print Dress

IGIGI Vintage Floral Dress

Jessica London Flared Formal Dress
$79.99 - $89.99

Kayleigh Dress

Lilian Dress

Roaman's Fit & Flare Dress
$39.99 - $54.99

Sprig Break
Diamond Flex Sole Technology

Stitch 'N' Turn Technology

A bit more about the shoes pictured above.

Diamond Flex Sole - Engineered for maximum comfort flexibility by absorbing impact and dispersing friction with every step.

Stitch 'N' Turn - Creates the MOST flexible and comfortable shoes possible; with no break-in time required.

If you are not completely satisfied with the Kentucky Derby shopping tips above, you can visit the sites listed above for more options.  In addition, you can view our derby sundress tips blog post from earlier today.

Fashion Umbrella Foundation Scholarship Award Deadline

Scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.

The Fashion Umbrella Foundation Scholarship Award is a stipend awarded to a select number of registered, full time students on track to earn an Associate or Bachelor degree while majoring in Business Administration; Business Marketing; Business Management; Arts & Sciences; Journalism; Criminal Science; S.T.E.M.; and/or Fine Arts from an accredited college or university.

Deadline is April 30, 2014.

Learn more at www.fashionumbrella.org

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Tequila Sunrise Couture

Fashion brand spotlight...
Cool style translates no matter the season.  Stick with Tequila Sunrise Couture for trendsetting fashion with a flair for the daring and unique!

Aqua Net Shirts (pictured above). whether or not you still have any of the purple vintage cans anymore, you can pay homage to the one and only Aqua Net!

Learn more about Tequila Sunrise Couture.

Read more brand news here on the Apparel Search fashion blog.

Fashion Celeb Spottings April 2014

Kaley Cuoco was spotted wearing her Peepers Crossroad sunglasses for the second time the other day in LA! The Big Bang Theory actress accessorized her chic equestrian look with the trendy mirrored frames at a horse jumping event ($16.99; www.peeperspecs.com)

Laura Bell Bundy wore TACORI to the 18th Annual PRISM Awards at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles April 22nd, 2014. The Anger Management star accented her nude lace mini with a TACORI 18K Pink Gold .38ct Diamond Moon Stone Ring from their new Moon Rose collection (style no. SR165P36, $4,150; www.tacori.com). 

Charlize Theron was photographed wearing STRÖM Brand recently in Los Angeles! The A Million Ways to Die in the West star paired her Nio High Rise Skinnies in Storm with a distressed white tee for a cool, casual look ($189, www.strombrand.com)!

Lea Michele rocked a Ciaté manicure while filming her new music video "On My Way".  The singer showed off her gorgeous nails created with the Very Colourfoil Manicure Kit which gives off a raw foil finish with a mirror-like shine ($25, www.sephora.com).

Sarah Jessica Parker was photographed wearing Level 99 on April 22nd in NYC! This is the second time the brand devotee rocked her Riley Zippered Skinnies in Grey from Level 99's F/W 2014 collection ($130; www.level99jeans.com).

Taraji P. Henson wore Stella & Jamie and TACORI while visiting 106 & Park at BET Studios in New York City recently! The Think Like a Man Too actress showed off an edgy look  in her Stella & Jamie Versailles Leather Mini Dress ($398; www.stellaandjamie.com) and accessorized with TACORI 18K Yellow Gold .21ct Diamond Rutilated Quartz over Black Onyx earrings (style no. SE106Y15, $1,700), a Platinum 1.65ct Diamond ¾ Sculpted Crescent Ring (style no. HT2611OV11X9, $16,490) and two Pink Gold Moonstone Bracelets (style no,  SB174P36-M, $830 and style no. SB176P36-M, $710; www.tacori.com

We hope you have found this fashion celeb blog post to be enjoyable.

If you have been as fascinated as we have by viewing the stylish celebrities on this style post, you may also want to visit the fashion celebrities blog page to find additional reading opportunities to keep your fashionista heart pumping.

Please share your thoughts on the above styles and celebrities in the comment section below.

Variety’s 6th Annual Power of Women Luncheon

Movado was a premier sponsor of Variety’s 6th Annual Power of Women Luncheon in NYC for the second consecutive year on April 25, 2014. This exciting luncheon inspires and encourages people from all walks of life to get involved, give back and make a difference. The exclusive event was hosted by renowned fashion designer Zac Posen - guests included media and entertainment insiders who came to celebrate six of the entertainment industry’s most philanthropic women for their humanitarian contributions and support of social causes.

This year’s honorees included Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Hope North), Golden Globe and Emmy winners Sarah Jessica Parker (New York City Ballet) and Claire Danes (Afghan Hands), Tony winner Idina Menzel (A Broader Way), International Supermodel Iman (Dr. Hawa Abdi Foundation) and A+E Networks President/CEO Nancy Dubuc (Project Rubicon/The Mission Continues).

Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
“It is such a special privilege to support and participate in this important event,” said Mary Leach, Chief Marketing Officer, Movado Group, Inc. “I commend all of the women honored here today for selflessly donating their time, energy and resources to benefit these important charities. It is an extra special privilege to present all of the honorees with Movado’s Women of Distinction Award and to formally recognize their commitments to improving the lives of others.  Movado is proud to make a charitable contribution to each of the honorees worthy causes .   Congratulations  to all of the dynamic and creative women celebrated by Variety this year.”

The event featured Variety's Philanthropy Bazaar which provides an interactive area for guests to engage with the featured charities and participating brand partners. Movado was proud to present each honoree with a Movado brand timepiece to auction for the benefit of her designated charity. Each watch was housed in a custom-designed gift box signed by celebrities attending the event.

About Movado

Since its founding in 1881, Movado has built a proud Swiss heritage of design excellence and innovation. A brand long identified with Modernism and closely associated with the performing arts, Movado has been a major supporter of New York City Ballet, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Movado has supported the Miami International Film Festival, Miami City Ballet, The Joffrey Ballet, Ballet Pacifica, and the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Kentucky Derby Sun Dresses for 2014

Do you need a Kentucky Derby or Summer Sun Dress for another occassion?

From left to right:

·         Tangerine NYC Printed Light Paint Print Dress $286
·         Julie Brown Carina Pink Blossom Dress $270
·         NIC+ZOE Many Men Twirl Dress $218
·         Julie Brown Shawn Yellow Pique Dress $175

Step in to style with Julie Brown, NIC+ZOE, and Tangerine NYC’s bright colors and prints this Summer. With The Kentucky Derby just a week away, sun dresses and a big hat is all you need!

Gudrun Sjödén Celebrating Green Fashion

On April 25th, 2014, eco-fashion designer Gudrun Sjödén held an exclusive press only event at her US flagship store on 50 Greene Street in SoHo.

A private gathering for New York's VIP Press featured larger-than-life floral installations that echoed the designs of the Swedish designer's Summer 2014 Garden collection, transforming her SoHo store into a botanical oasis.

Flourishes of fresh fruit and flowers complimented the collection modeled for guests by a beautiful bouquet of colorful women.

Catered by CHOBANI
Floral Installations by CDS Interiors

The installations will remain throughout the weekend, and on Saturday, April 26th, the Gudrun Sjödén store will hold a free gardening class at 2pm and 4pm hosted by the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens open to the public.

Datatex ERP for Textile and Apparel

Datatex is participating in Techtextil North America 2014 in Atlanta on May 13-15, 2014.

Datatex will present the fully functional NOW web based ERP for the textile and apparel industries integrated with the state of the art production scheduling tools, fully functional MES system for shop floor data processing and high availability solution for distributed production facilities.

Along with these the Business Intelligence components and their new PDM for the full product life cycle management from fiber to garment will also be presented. 

Visit them at booth 1954. If you are interested in scheduling an appointment please contact them prior to the expo by sending an email to sreardon@datatex-usa.com or phone us at 770-667-8656.

Learn more: http://www.techtextilna.com /

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Tanks and Tops from Redbubble

Just in time for the summer heat, Redbubble, an online marketplace for artists to sell their original designs, is introducing women’s scoop shirts and unisex tank tops!

 With over 10M unique designs on Redbubble, now you can showcase your individual spirit with artistic tees in flattering cuts. Masterfully crafted by American Apparel from 100% soft jersey cotton and perfectly comfortable in the sun, this new apparel is one more way for artists to promote their original artwork. Redbubble connects artists to consumers all over the world who can buy their authentic artwork on various canvases – from metal prints and posters, to baby onesies and cell phone cases. 

Galleria Intima 2014: Intimate Apparel Association of India

Galleria Intima 2014 shall take place on 18th  & 19th August 2014 at Grand Hyatt, Goa. 

Organized by the venerable Intimate Apparel Association of India, the 3rd edition of the Galleria Intima continues to be a show that every industry professional whether manufacturer, brand buyer, retailer or designer, should aspire to attend.

Here’s why you should be marking your calendar for the 18th and 19th of August, 2014:

Last year, the gathering saw 300+ visiting brands and this year, the 3rd edition of this monumental event promises to get even bigger as the organizers expect more then 600+ brands to visit the show this year. With 20000+ square feet of exhibition space, over 75+ exhibitors and estimated transactions of over 4 billion rupees worth of business, this fair is sure to be a precursor for the industry in India in the coming year.

However, the grandeur of the event is spelt not just in sheer numbers, but also indicated by the bigwigs that grace this occasion and who set the tone not just for the 2-day fair but also for what the industry portends in the coming months. Last year, the event was attended by a laudable 1200 visitors, out of which 300 were intimate apparel brands from India. Many prominent buying houses from India and abroad were also seen at the show. Global giants in the intimate apparel business, such as LYCRA, Chanty Laces, Carvico, Forster Rohner, Lenzing, Noyon Laces, Stretchline, Prym Intimate, Silueta, Lectra, Morgan Technica, Tuka Tech, Trischel, Alok Industries and many more, showcased their merchandise last year and this year too, many more such brands should be watched out for, that will catapult this fair from an important national industry event to a significant global happening.

Eminent Indian industry insiders were also left deeply impressed with the show last year and look forward to August, 2014 with heightened anticipation and optimism. Ashok Reddy of Lovable Lingerie, one of the major brands in the industry, remarked, “Having attended the show last year as well, I can see the monumental progress that has been made in the entire Indian intimate apparel industry. The strength and response this event has received this year leaves no doubt in my mind about the kind of advancement I am expecting in the industry in the next 5 years. The future looks bright.”

Sourcing professionals, exhausted from your failed attempts at finding the raw materials you need at the right prices? The following participation should definitely give you something to choose from:

  • Exhibitors representing Fibers, Fabrics, Laces, Embroideries, Accessories and Trimmings
  • Manufacturers & suppliers of Machineries and Automated Technology
  • Manufacturers & suppliers of Packaging Materials
  • Technology / software solution providers on CAD, CAD, PLM, Production Monitoring, Forecasting, Sustainable Technology, etc.
  • Introducing OEM / Private Label Manufacturers
  • Or are you an intimate apparel raw-material manufacturer looking to significantly expand your markets or scale up your business?
  • Meet Brand owners of lingerie, underwear, swimwear, beachwear, nightwear, sleepwear, loungewear, shapewear, stockings, socks, etc.
  • Senior Management of large retailers, purchasing/procurement heads of department stores, product merchandisers of specialized chains, buying houses, importers, distance sellers, etc.
  • Independent intimate apparel designers

The presence of your merchandise among these people, will be sure to take your business to the next level. The icing on the cake for both raw material manufacturers and buyers, will most definitely planned B2B meetings of exhibitors and visitors.

No matter what sector of this industry you belong to, you need to be abreast of the latest trends, best practices and forecasts in the business. And Galleria Intima does not let down on this count. This year there will be significant focus on learning and knowledge sharing which will commence with a white paper from Wazir Partners, quite aptly titled “Changing Face of Indian Intimate Wear Consumer- From Basics to Function, Fashion & Fun” to discuss the phenomenon of the hour- the evolution of intimate apparel in the Indian consumer’s lifestyle from a basic necessity to an integral part of their daily fashion and leisure demands.

Panel discussions and presentations with participation from influential titans are sure to set the industry abuzz with what the future will bring. And you get to hear it first hand, from those whose opinions truly matter. Just to give you a flavour, last year’s panelists included Mr. Shekar Tewari of Hanes, Mr. Ajay Amalean of Amante, Mr. Sunil Pathare of VIP, Mr. Ashok Reddy of Lovable, Mr. Rakesh Grover of Groversons, Mr. Uttam of Intimate Apparels and Mr. Sumir Hinduja of Enamor.

This year too, a wide variety of the most industry- relevant topics whether the significance of online retail or the strategic pillars of manufacturing, will be discoursed on, discussed and dissected by the people who directly determine the growth of this industry.

If plain dry facts won’t just do for you, get ready for some show and tell with the high-octane ramp walk that will feature the latest designs and collections in premium and high-end lingerie. The special selection of contemporary merchandise on display will also reveal a wealth of insights for you to take home. “For the last two years, the IAAI has left no stone unturned in raising awareness amongst both intimate apparel suppliers as well as brands, about the significance of this platform, that can go a long way in bridging demand-supply gaps in the industry. And, Galleria Intima has achieved this goal commendably, by addressing the bottlenecks in this raw-material deprived industry head-on. However there is still a lot of ground to be covered, despite the tremendous progress and this will be seen to in Galleria Intima 2014. This time the focus is not just on quantitative increase of exhibition space; rather a more qualitative approach is taken. The idea is to get into intricate detailing while also enhance the number of visitors to this event. After all, the ultimate goal is to make this the most important annual event for not just the Indian intimate apparel industry but also all of Asia, as a whole.” Added Mr. Yusuf Dohadwala, CEO of IAAI.

Tired of not being able to truly connect with industry veterans in stiff and formal business settings? Here’s a chance to actually bond with them in a personalized and intimate gathering where you could chat, share a few drinks and build a strong network that may help you crack the next crucial business deal. And if you are lucky, you could be the privileged attendee of an intimate by invitation only gala dinner hosted by the organizers for an evening of unwinding and networking.

Frills such as airport pickup drop facility, the presence of national dignitaries such as free accommodation for IAAI primary members and VIP visitors, networking nights, trends boutique, seminars & panel discussions add further to the splendor of this event.

Goa, the melting pot of diverse cultures, lifestyles and nationalities is not only the one destination in India, truly worthy of this international event but also with its scenic beaches, trendy clubs and quaint cafes makes for the perfect setting to truly let industry professionals mix business with pleasure. So book your tickets now to ensure that you don’t miss this event which will guarantee a bouquet of opportunities for your business.

Learn more about the Intimate Apparel Association of India at their website.

Matt Arend St Croix Men's Watch

Introducing the Matt Arend gorgeously designed new Chronograph ST. Croix. This men's watch oozes Class, Character and Style. The nanokinetic automatic Precision Movement Caliber D winds the Chronograph up at the slightest movement of the watch, eliminating the need for manual winding of the Watch. However the movement is also self winding allowing for manual winding with the Crown. The Platinum Style Design of the Chronographs Case is beautiful and lends St. Croix its striking Character while still keeping the fine line between Presence and Understatement.

The Chronograph shows Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Weekdays and the Day of the Month on its white face. The goldplated Roman and Arabic Numerals ad to the exquisite overall Look of this traditional Men's Chronograph. All our watches including this Model are part of a Manufacturers and Dealer Warranty Program.  MATT AREND Timepieces is committed to First Class Customer Service.

View more of the men's watches at www.mattarend.co.za

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Doutzen Kroes Pregnant and Radiant

Doutzen Kroes wore Seraphine yesterday in a photo she shared on Instagram! The supermodel showed off her baby bump as she performed a plié in her Seraphine Gray Bamboo Leggings ($42, www.seraphine.com). 

Doutzen Kroes

Here is a more clear image of the leggings (worn by model; not Doutzen)

The International Woolmark Prize

The Woolmark Company has announced the India and Middle East Nominees for the 2014/15 IWP, the third year of the accolade, which has become one of the most truly coveted designer awards of our time.

For the first time, two designers will receive the overall award, one for menswear and one for womenswear.

 “FFWD is honoured to be given this opportunity to nominate talent from our region,” said Bong Guerrero, Founder and CEO of Fashion Forward. “The design talent in the Middle East is outstanding and we are delighted to put forward these deserving nominations for the men’s and women’s wear categories.”
“We chose three designers who met and exceeded the IWP global criteria for this prestigious award. The Emperor 1688, Kage and House of Fatam have shown exceptional talent and represent perfectly the diversity and quality of Middle Eastern designers,” added Guerrero.

Five regional awards will be held in Asia, Australia, Europe, India & Middle East and the USA to select the ten finalists, each receiving AU$50,000 financial contribution towards their next collection as well as an invitation to participate in the international final.

The five menswear finalists will meet at London Collections: Men in January 2015 and the five womenswear finalists will meet in Beijing in March 2015.

The winners of both the menswear and womenswear finals will receive a further AU$100,000 to assist with fabric sourcing and marketing of their collection. In addition, both international winners will have their collection commercialized through key international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in the UK, Joyce in China, Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA, Colette in France, 10 Corso Como in Italy, My Theresa online and David Jones in Australia.

The nominee designers are required to present the sketches of a Merino wool capsule collection comprising six outfits, with one full outfit to be produced at the India & Middle East regional award to be held in India later this year. The collections will be judged by a panel of local and international experts, soon to be announced.

The India & Middle-East nominees for the 2014/15 IWP are:

  • AKAARO - from India
  • House of Fatam – from UAE
  • Kage – from UAE
  • Khaadi Khaas – from Pakistan
  • Lara Khoury – from Lebanon
  • Bird on a Wire – from Lebanon
  • Sania Maskatiya – from Pakistan
  • Zubair Kirmani - from India
  • Barkha ‘n’ Sonzal – from India
  • Republic – from Pakistan
  • The Emperor 1688 – from UAE
The Woolmark Company recognises the support of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), Pakistan Fashion Design Council (PFDC), Fashion Forward (FFWD Limited)-UAE, & Starch Foundation-Lebanon as the official nominating body in India & Middle East region. Globally, the award has been supported by key fashion councils including the Council of Fashion Designers America, British Fashion Council, Chambre Syndicale de la Couture, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Madrid and Flanders Fashion Institute.

The IWP now boasts impressive alumni of the most important designers from around the globe, as well as partnerships established with some of the most successful leading designers including Narciso Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Richard Nicoll.

“The addition of a menswear award for this year signifies the strength and following of the International Woolmark Prize and its impact over the past two years across the globe,” explained The Woolmark Company Managing Director Stuart McCullough.

“Previous winners, Christian Wijnants from Belgium and Rahul Mishra from India, have both experienced exponential increase in the turnover of their businesses, becoming international names overnight after their respective wins in London in 2013 and Milan in 2014.”

Learn about the Woolmark Prize at www.woolmarkprize.com

The Woolmark Story

In 1964, the iconic Woolmark symbol was born.

Its purpose: to act as an independent quality assurance of every product it adorns—more than 5 billion of them, so far, making the Woolmark brand the best-known textile quality brand in the world.

As the global authority on Merino wool, The Woolmark Company works with the global textile and fashion industries at every level, developing better textiles and driving consumer demand.

The story begins with the farmers who rear Merino sheep to grow and harvest the highest quality wool known to man. Working with textile mills from Japan to Italy and everywhere in between, The

Woolmark Company invests heavily in research and development, advancing the fibre and inspiring the world’s leading fashion designers to craft garments from Merino wool.

For 50 years, the Woolmark logo has strived to showcase the extraordinary versatility and innate luxury of Merino wool, creating a fleece that to this day is coveted across the globe.

Wool is a 100 per cent natural and renewable fibre. Sheep live on grass, water, fresh air and sunshine. Wool is a fibre that is grown – not man-made. Every year sheep produce a new fleece, making wool a renewable fibre source.

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Mau Jewelry by Marianna Maurer

Mau is a women’s jewelry line designed and crafted by Marianna Maurer. Inspired by the clean lines of minimalist architecture and furniture, the collection carefully considers and balances each design by paying overt attention to function and wearability, such as a seamless clasp or the playful movement of interlocking shapes. 

With an acute aesthetic throughout, the line runs a spectrum ranging from delicate forms to statement pieces Without sacrificing its devotion to simple design. Each piece is carefully handmade in Los Angeles with recycled materials including 14k gold, silver And rose gold. Spring/summer 2014 is Mau’s debut collection.  The collection retails from $88 to $490.

Mau Jewelry

View more of the Mau Jewelry Collection at their website.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nike Exits Wearable Technology

Nike has taken significant steps to exit the wearable technology market. Sure, they may start again in the future.  But at this time, they appear to be OUT.

Nike is apparently dismantling (firing) the hardware team behind the FuelBand fitness tracker.  The company reportedly fired between 70 to 80% of the 70-person hardware team on Thursday.

Don't quote us on these numbers because so far this is only being read on social networks.  We have not communicated directly with Nike or read official comments from Nike.

Although I do not have any facts to support this, I would like to mention that it is possible that Nike was happy with their own product, but concerned with what Goolge, Apple, or some other tech giant has coming out in the near future.

Last year, the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, did not have spectacular success.  Is it possible that wearable tech does not do as well at retail as many companies would like?

Bye, bye, FuelBand.

Nike FuelBand
Fuelband SE
Again, Nike appears to be stepping back from FuelBand.  However, it is our assumption that if wearing technology becomes big, Nike will be part of the action.  Who knows?  Maybe they will develop a licensing agreement with a tech company...

You may want to read about the iWatch on the macworld website.

You may also want to investigate Android Wear which is a project that extends Android to wearables.

Learn more about Nike here on Apparel Search.

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