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Friday, October 31, 2014

Kate Spade & Company Third Quart 2014

Kate Spade & Company (NYSE:KATE) will release its Third quarter results on Thursday, November 6, 2014 before the market opens.  The Company will also sponsor a conference call on November 6, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss these results.


This call is being webcast by Thomson Reuters and can be accessed at Kate Spade & Company website at www.katespadeandcompany.com.  The webcast will be posted in the Investor Relations section.

Kate Spade & Company Fashion

Let's make sure to help 4th Quarter results and head over to the store to do some shopping.

Visit Kate Spade & Company now online.

T.H. Baker & Co. Ranks Well

U.K.’s one of the oldest jewellery retail company T.H. Baker & Co. is ranked 80 in The Hot 100 2014 by UK’s most read SME website Real Business. Company has confirmed this achievement through its official social media channels like facebook and twitter and google plus as well. Real business website also published an article subject to a list of all these 100 companies ranked in The Hot 100 2014. You can read article here. www.realbusiness.co.uk/article/28027-the-hot-100-2014

Real Business is one of the highly popular website helpful for business enterprise and young entrepreneurs. Company is established in 1997 and first The Hot 100 was also published the same year. Company have achieved many milestones one of the notable ABC certificate. This year company have published 17th The Hot 100. One hundred private companies listed under Hot 100 play a significant role in Mid-market economy.
The Hot 100 ranks the UK’s fastest growing private companies from various sectors like manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, retailers and chain of restaurant etc. To prepare the list Real Business utilize the financial data provided by 150 years old legal service company Jordans Limited. Three year average annual growth in sales turnover is considered for evaluation process.
This year 2014, Hamiltons Galleries a well-known photography exhibition company achieved first rank in this list. Its three year compound growth rate in percentage 130.9 and latest annual turnover £31,375,000.

According to Real Business the Hot 100 2014, T.H. Baker & Co. achieved 80th rank in UK’s fastest growing privately held companies. Company’s annual latest turnover is £25,966,000 and Three year compound growth rate is 35.12% and its latest EBITDA £1,930,235. Today company have 21 retail outlets across the United Kingdom and three e-commerce websites for selling jewelleries and watches online. Company is partnered with the jewellery brand Pandora and certified retailer of the brand. Since 1888 the founding year to till Today Company is a family owned business managed by Thomas Henry Baker’s family members. 

You can explore further interesting information from company’s official website www.thbaker.co.uk

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fjällräven Down Experts

Are you down for learning how to stay warm and stylish this winter?

Ever since Fjällräven was founded just over 50 years ago, they have had one strong driving force: to develop products that make it easier for people to enjoy the countryside.  Part of this commitment is dedication to helping explorers of the outdoors stay warm in the winter.
 
Do you have a good quality down jacket at home?  If you live in a region that gets cold, you really should.

When it comes to insulating qualities, nothing can outclass down as padding. Down offers unbeatable heat in relation to its weight and is fluffy, comfortable and easy to compress. Down is therefore the obvious choice for expeditions or treks in extremely cold temperatures and at high altitudes. It is also the best option on really cold days for activities that are more sedentary, such as ice fishing or dog sledding.

Fjällräven Expedition Down Jacket
Fjällräven Expedition Down Jacket
As far back as 1950 Åke Nordin developed a backpack frame that sowed the seed which would go on to become the Fjällräven company. And ever since its Örnsköldsvik beginnings in 1960, Fjällräven has continued to produce innovative, functional products which are appreciated by generations of outdoor enthusiasts across the world – and which have also received a number of distinguished awards over the years.  Fjällräven has been working with down insulation for more than 40 years and they exclusively use down of the highest quality. When experienced adventurers told their founder, Åke Nordin, that their warm garments did not keep them warm enough, he made a decision.  No one should ever again have to freeze while out in nature.  This decision resulted in the launch in 1974 of the now classic Expedition Down Jacket, and since then their down jackets have become greatly appreciated across the world.

Fjällräven’s products are currently sold in around 20 countries. Over time, a few have become more or less classics – the Greenland Jacket, Vidda Trousers, Kånken Backpack and Expedition Down Jacket. They work continuously on developing materials, solutions and designs for new favorites – clothing, tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor equipment that can be used, loved and worn over many years of adventures out in the fresh air.

Continued research and development leads to success:

Goldeck Textile Fjällräven’s new insulation material G-Loft Supreme which is manufactured in a factory located in a beautiful valley in the Carinthia region of southern Austria. The material has been created and developed specifically for Fjällräven by innovator and entrepreneur August Mayer of Goldeck Textil. With more than 30 years of experience in working with synthetic materials, he knows more about polyester fibres than most, and despite being 70 years of age he is still actively involved in the production process. He says himself that G-loft Supreme is the best material he has developed and for this reason Fjällräven has been careful to secure sole rights for the material until 2024. Keb Loft and Övik Loft are their first two G-loft products and they can be found in stores already in the autumn of 2014.  Learn more: www.fjallraven.com/guides/material-guides/g-loft-supreme

How do they know that they will keep you warm?

Down Promise, follow up/monitoring to ensure that only the highest quality down is used for Fjällräven’s products, each down batch is tested at the down supplier with oversight from their inspection team. Also they take a reference batch and send another reference-batch for cross-testing to the International Down and Feather Laboratory – the IDFL. Only if the test –results match, the down is released for further use. During the whole process their inspection team regularly visits the parent farms, the hatchery, the farms, the transporters and follow the transport to the slaughterhouse and inspect also the slaughtering process. No step is left out in their control flow.  Learn more at http://www.fjallraven.com/responsibility/nature-environment/animal-welfare/our-down-promise

Down jackets of the best quality

High down quality and smart constructions are just two of the reasons why this companies down jackets are so popular. One of the technical terms you may come into contact with is CUIN (sometimes also called fill power). This is a measurement that indicates how fluffy the down is. You may also hear the terms loft and insulation, which refer to the thickness of the layer of air created by the padding and, respectively, the warming properties of the insulation. The thicker the loft, the better the insulation. The loft is determined by the blend of down and feathers. For maximum insulation, you should choose a down jacket with a high CUIN and a good mix of down and feathers.

CUIN measures insulation

CUIN stands for cubic inches per once and indicates how much volume (cubic inches) is filled by one ounce (27.3 grams) of down.  For simplicity sake, we can say that the higher the CUIN value of a jacket, the better it insulates (assuming everything else equal).

Mix of down and feathers

Down binds more air than feathers and also offers better insulation. This means that the higher the percentage of down in a jacket, the better the insulation compared to a jacket of the same weight. If you see information such as “90/10”, this means that for every 100 grams of padding in your jacket, 90 grams are down.

More details that make a difference

The Fjällräven down jackets are not popular and warm just because of their high-class down and high down ratio; they have large, roomy hoods with a drawstring opening that leaves only the eyes visible when pulled tight in really cold weather. Many also have detachable synthetic fur trim for protection from the snow. Protective flaps at the zipper stop drafts and push buttons add extra security (you certainly do not want to have a broken zipper when you are in severe cold situations).  The flaps also offer flexibility, by closing the jacket using only the buttons, moisture and heat can be released.

Most of their jackets often add extra hand-warming pockets behind the regular pockets and the shoulders are filled with extra padding to ensure that they maintain their warmth and shape even when carrying a backpack or heavy items in the pockets.

If you want to know Apparel Search’s opinion, it is that you should head to the store to buy a Fjällräven down coat as soon as possible.  They are stylish and apparently nice and toasty.

We hope that learn about this apparel company and the information that they offer regarding down and feather has been of help to you.  If you have comments about this subject, you are welcome to add your thoughts in the comment area below.

Ali Larter wearing Seraphine Maternity Fashion in LA

Ali Larter was photographed wearing Seraphine yesterday in Los Angeles! The Legends actress looked comfortable and casual showing off her baby bump in Seraphine's Breton Striped Nursing Sweater ($89, www.seraphine.com). 
Ali Larter wearing Seraphine maternity fashion
Here is a fashion model wearing the Seraphine's Breton Striped Nursing Sweater.
Seraphine's Breton Striped Nursing Sweater

Interchangeable Hoodies for Collectors

Have you heard about LeCollektor?

They are turning the rarefied world of art collecting on its head with their reinvention of a streetwear classic – the hoodie. Their premium hoodies are made in the USA and have interchangeable, collectible hoods designed by street artists from around the world. They have already reached 45% of their funding goal since last Wednesday and are a Kickstarter staff pick.

LeCollektor’s premium hoodie, with interchangeable, collectible hoods designed by street artists, graffiti artists, post-graffiti artists and plain old artists will give you endless possibilities to switch up your look while being a true patron of the arts. 10% of the retail price of all artist designed products goes directly to Le Collektor’s artist collaborators, which include both emerging and established names like Chris UphuesNicholas GazinJoseph MeloySonniEWOKDrury Brennanrennan, and David R. Head, Jr. in its inaugural collection.
Interchangeable Graphic Hoodies

While the fresh, unique hoods are reason enough to check out Le Collektor, the jacket itself is a work of art – combining the best of all the hoodies out there:

  • Made in Los Angeles
  • Super soft 13 oz. brushed Sherpa fleece locally knitted in Los Angeles
  • Flat-locked seams for extra durability
  • Ribbed side panels for a close fit and extra warmth
  • Pre-washed and shrunk to fit
  • Classic ribbed bomber collar to wear jacket without a hood
  • Rope drawcords with custom metal tips
  • Hidden phone pocket with headphone port
Learn more about Le Collektor at http://www.lecollektor.com/
Le Collektor Jacket

MOFÉ Clutches Fall Essentials

Looking for the perfect fall clutch this year to accessorize your boots and scarves? Well look no further than with MOFÉ.
Attorney turned designer, Linda Park created the in order to create fashionable yet practical work bags for modern-day women. Each bag is specially handcrafted with genuine leather and  complements woman’s figure with feminine silhouettes, flattering dimensions and curve appeal.

Visit the MOFE website at http://mofeinc.com/

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Joan Jett Wearing Junk Food Clothing

Joan Jett was photographed wearing Junk Food last night in New York. The iconic rocker performed the national anthem in her New York Knicks Lady Tip-Off Vintage Tank($34; www.junkfoodclothing.com).

Joan Jett in Junk Food Clothing
Joan Jett (born Joan Marie Larkin) is an American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actress, best known for her work with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, including their hit record "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 from March 20 to May 1, 1982, as well as for their other popular recordings including "Crimson and Clover", "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Do You Wanna Touch Me", "Light of Day", "Love is All Around" and "Bad Reputation". She has three albums that have been certified Platinum or Gold, and has been a feminist icon throughout her career.  She is often considered one of the Queens of Rock ‘n Roll.

Read about another Queen of Rock 'n Roll here on Apparel Search.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Mujjo Stylish Touchscreen Gloves

Looking for trendy and refined touchscreen gloves to meet your mobile technology desires?  These mobile touchscreen gloves are stepping up the game.  

The gloves feature a updated elegant design that takes knitted gloves to the next level. A leather strap crosses over a notch on the wrist where a sophisticated matte black leather button provides a snap closure. The cuff boards are constructed of matching black leather and the palms feature grip dots to aid in anti-slip capability. A soft layer of integrated fleece lining provides a soft touch.
Touchscreen gloves
Mujjo pioneered unrestricted touchscreen gloves, loved by tens of thousands of fans worldwide who have grown to depend on them. This didn’t stop Mujjo from obsessively evaluating every single detail. 

stylish gloves for touchscreens

Mobile device gloves for touch screens

Learn more about the Mujjo Touchscreen Gloves for fashionable people.

Fossil & Intel Goal of Creating Amazing Wearable Technology

Fossil Group, Inc. and Intel Corporation announced the first week of September that they will be collaborating to further develop wearable technology for the fashion industry.

Fossil Group, a global design, marketing and distribution company specializing in fashion accessories will partner with Intel, a leader and innovator in the technology industry, to identify, support and develop emerging trends in the wearable technology space. The companies will work together on emerging products and technologies that will be developed for the fashion-oriented consumer. Fossil Group is committed to being a leader in the space and its work with Intel will enable iconic fashion brands within the Company's portfolio to participate in wearable technology in a fashionable way.

Mike Bell, Vice President of Intel and General Manager of the New Devices Group, said: "The combination of Intel's technology and Fossil Group's ability to design innovative fashion accessories and to create, market and distribute globally is why we are confident about this initiative. We are focused on identifying trends and emerging uses of technology and accelerating wearable technology innovation worldwide."

Fossil Group will work closely with Intel Capital, Intel's global investment organization, to identify and evaluate co-investments in emerging technologies to accelerate industry innovation and stay at the forefront of the wearable consumer trend. Intel Capital has invested in a wide range of start-ups in the wearables space, including Thalmic Labs and Basis.

Learn more about wearable technology.

Read more wearable technology blog posts here on Apparel Search.

Fitz and The Tantrums Style

As we have discussed in the past, music and fashion go hand in hand. Therefore, on occassion we post about trendy bands.

Fitz and The Tantrums deliver a tale of love, loss and landing on your feet in the official video for their new single, "Fools Gold." The clip, which was directed by Zak Stoltz, launched today and can be seen HERE. "Fools Gold" is the latest single from More Than Just A Dream (Elektra/Atlantic Records). "The Walker" and "Out Of My League," the two previous singles, each topped Billboard's Alternative Songs chart at # 1 and were certified RIAA Gold. The accompanying videos have more than five million views each.
Fitz and The Tantrums Style

The band is closing out 2014 with a bang. Fitz and The Tantrums will perform on "Good Morning America" on Friday, November 21. Their fall headline tour is underway with special guest Big Data opening on the November dates, which include a nearly sold-out show at New York City's Terminal 5 (November 12), two nights at Boston's House of Blues (November 15 & 16) and a sold-out show at First Avenue in Minneapolis (November 21). The November 22 concert at Chicago's Riviera Theatre is sold-out as well. In December, Fitz and The Tantrums will rock holiday concerts from coast to coast and end an extraordinary year with a special performance at the downtown Long Beach, CA New Year's Eve celebration. See below for itinerary.

"Fitz and The Tantrums: Live at The Aragon Ballroom," a new Palladia special, captures the band in concert at this legendary Chicago venue, whipping a 5,000-person crowd into a sweaty, fun-filled dance explosion and proving that Vogue was right to name them the hardest working band in showbiz. "Live at The Aragon Ballroom" will air on Palladia on November 4 @ 2:00 PM, November 8 @ 11:00 PM, November 13 @ 9:00 PM and November 21 @ 5:00 PM.          

The Washington Post called Fitz and The Tantrums' live show "captivatingly crazy" and Rolling Stone said, "This six-piece Los Angeles pop-soul group is all about irrepressible energy: hopped-up rhythms, shout-it-out choruses, hooted background vocals." The New York Times noted, "Their debut effort, 'Pickin' Up the Pieces' (Dangerbird), and follow-up, 'More Than Just a Dream' (Elektra/Atlantic), burst with danceable hooks." 

Fitz and The Tantrums are: Fitz (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals/tambourine), James King (saxophone), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), John Wicks (drums) and Joseph Karnes (bass). 

LA Men's Market October 2014

The show truly is a reflection of the brands and buyers that participate.

The presence of Los Angeles Men’s Market (LAMM) was apparent before entering the California Market Center as new signage and a palpable buzz filled the area surrounding 9th and Main in Downtown LA. Once inside the building, attendees were kindly greeted and clearly directed to AREA4 where the top brands from the Lifestyle, Contemporary, Footwear, Streetwear & Fashion spaces were well prepared with their Summer ‘15 offerings displayed.

LA Men's Market

The hand selected (120+) brands were carefully divided among showrooms on the floor based on shared common grounds, allowing buyers to either conveniently see each brand based on a specific category or discover a complimentary brand they had not yet bought into. PasSun’s Marketing Manager for Brands, Dani Concepcion, spoke highly of the show saying, “It was a great curation of brands and a fantastic place to view the newest trends from existing to upcoming brands.”

Men's Colorful Jackets at LAMM

Brands like Obey, Brixton, Nixon, Girl & Publish were paired with Asics, 10 Deep & Jason Markk in rooms alongside the permanent showrooms of Noble Gentleman (Rains, Barney Cools & Zanerobe) & The NTWRK (Herschel, Komono, Native & Brothers Marshall) to increase the overall viability of Downtown Los Angeles as a place to congregate and do business.

LA Men's Market Eyewear

The first day boomed with a 30% increase in attendance compared to last year’s Show. Key retailers included Revolve, Active, American Rag, Boarders, Kingswell, Zebraclub, Zumiez, NO Season, Selfridges, Voyager, Milk Made, Stade Co, PacSun, Surfstitch, Tillys, Xtreme Boardshop, Seed Peoples Market, Fred Segal, Hemingway & Pickett, Kitson and many more. Buyers enjoyed the amenities and attended meetings with their top brands.

LA Men's Market Fashion

“It’s a one-stop shop for all things relevant in men’s apparel,” said James Hammonds who buys from 10 Deep, Asics, Blvck Scvle, ourCASTE, Publish & many other LAMM attendees for Revolve Clothing. Day one ended with an over-capacity opening night event at The Standard, Downtown Los Angeles and transitioned smoothly into day two where buyers were quickly rejuvenated by Eggslut, Juice Served Here, Boxed Water and Stumptown Coffee.

LA Men’s Market Clothing 2014

“This season’s LA Men’s Market was an overwhelming success on all levels,” said Kellen Roland (founder of LAMM), “the show has established itself as a must attend and exhibit event on the show calendar by elevating the status of Los Angeles within the existing marketplace.” In short, mark your calendar now as the next show is rapidly approaching and they look forward to seeing you again in April of 2015.

LA Men's Market Backpacks

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Performance Apparel Company Cort Athletics

Cort Ahtletics Hoodie
Cort Athletics, a performance apparel company, launches its new website at: http://www.cortathletics.com. After years of local and regional sales growth of athletic apparel to schools, sports teams and local organizations, Cort Athletics now offers a wide-selection of performance apparel online to everyday sports enthusiasts and athletes. “Many of our team apparel customers, as well as friends of ours who exercise or play sports encouraged us to create a way for them to purchase individual Cort Athletics items”, said Robert Cort, founder, Cort Athletics. “We are proud that this new website will allow them and so many others to do just that.”

Cort Athletics, a division of VonCor Inc., was founded in 2010 by Robert Cort who began the company because of his ongoing disappointment with “purchasing athletic apparel that did not fit me right.” Setting out with patterns and designs to bring innovation and incredible fit to athletic wear, as well as new looks – through the use of sublimation and embroidery – to the mass market, Cort began selling to school teams and was immediately embraced for his quality, custom designs. Four years later, designs, offerings and volume have increased, allowing the company to expand into a new space in Crofton, MD and distribute its performance apparel throughout the East Coast.

The new website features active wear that is designed to Bring Out The Best In You by providing the best in fit, comfort and durability. Whether you are working out at the gym, jogging through your neighborhood or suiting up for your team’s championship game, Cort Athletics provides you the performance quality you need and the fashionable look you desire to be your best. The product line includes a selection of athletic apparel, including: workout gear, warm ups, tees, tights, sports bras and hoodies, all made of high-quality fabric engineered to manage moisture, odor and perspiration, and maintain color and shape. Products come in a variety of styles, colors and sizes (ranging from XS to 4XL).

About VonCor, Inc.

VonCor, Inc. is a progressive, high-quality merchandising company with headquarters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Cort Athletics is a division of VonCor, Inc., providing innovative performance wear for individual and team active wear and professional wear. For product information visit: http://www.cortathletics.com.

Thank you for taking the time to read our fashion blog post. We hope that you have found this news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

PilyQ Swimwear Collection

From sun up to sun down, PilyQ's collection of swim and resort wear takes you far beyond the beach with styles that are versatile from day to play. Launched by fashion designer Pily Queipo and creative director Amber Delecce in 2010, the line's infusion of European flair with American sensibility has established PilyQ as the industry leader. 






With over 30 years of combined experience in the fashion industry, the founders sought to create swimwear that could seamlessly transition from an afternoon poolside to sunset cocktails, ultimately redefining 'Cabana Chic'.  With fabrics sourced and scouted from the finest mills in Barcelona and Italy, the collection is comprised of fashion forward designs that flatter any shape.

Since its inception, the brand has evolved into an impressive array of beautifully crafted staples; from intricate lace cover ups to on-trend bikini separates and rash guards, featuring unique prints, and stunning silhouettes. They have even ventured into accessories; including handbags, clutches and hats for Resort '15 to complete each look. There's also something for little jetsetters, as PilyQ features a girls' collection that any young fashionista would covet. With PilyQ's whimsical and feminine yet edgy flair, every woman can make daily life a stylish getaway.

PilyQ has made a splash with celebrities such as Alessandra Ambrosio, Eva Longoria, Pippa Middleton, and Maria Menounos, just to name a few. PilyQ retails between $60-$155, and can be purchased at Bloomingdales, Everything But Water, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and online at ShopBop and Revolve Clothing. 

Cool When Hot with Coral Swimwear

PREMIUM JUNIORS SWIM BRAND, CORAL SWIMWEAR, DEBUTS 2015 COLLECTIONS With Coral 

Coral Swimwear Has what’s Cool for When it’s Hot

Cool When Hot Swimwear

Founded by Talia Shaw, Coral Swimwear is the premium swim collection combining resort flair with tropical elements that cater to the upscale and hip junior markets, honing in on active outdoor lifestyle.  The line features swim suits, surf wear and beachy-chic dresses and cover-ups ideal for lounging poolside or playing on the beach.  The 2015 collection offers bikinis, tankinis and one pieces that reflect the hottest color trends of the season.  The bright solid accent colors and vivid prints accentuate the tropical trends of the beach lifestyle –driven swimwear market.

Garden of Eden Swimwear

Coral Swimwear separates are available in a variety of patterns and are mix and match for a unique look that tailors each individuals figure.  Eye-catching embellishments such as macrame trims, hand braided detailing and finishing accents creating a fashion-forward appeal.

The 2015 Coral Swimwear collection style incorporates “tribal meets tropical” prints, a first for the brand.  When combined with solid black, white or teal, the prints add a dramatic contrast.  Shapes and silhouettes are the main focus with updated styles of bandeau tops, molded, padded triangle tops and low cut puckered reversible bottoms revealing a cheeky appeal.

Coral sexy bikinis

Each suit was designed for the girl who desires to be young, free and naturally exotic.

Learn more about Coral Swimwear at their website.

Limited Edition Rare Vicuña Sweater

luxurious vicuña sweater
Art Imig’s of Kohler announces a limited edition sweater knit of Vicuña, which is among the world’s most expensive yarn. St. Croix Collections is showcasing the luxurious vicuña sweaters at select retailers throughout the United States and Art Imig’s of Kohler is among the very few to offer this rare garment by special order for the Fall 2014 season. Only 100 of the sweaters will be available in the United States (valued at $3,500), along with 100 vicuña scarves, (valued at $1,750).

“We are honored to share the legacy of this valuable fiber with our community,” states Jake Toman, owner of Art Imig’s of Kohler. “It is rare opportunity to present these prized knits, and we’re proud to present them on behalf of St. Croix Collections at Art Imig’s.”

Vicuña yarn is among the softest and rarest in the world, and is spun from select fiber collected every other year from the Peruvian cousin of the alpaca. The animals only live at altitudes above 13,000 feet high in the steppes of the Andes Mountains in small herds carefully managed by native tribes. It is only in the last decades that the vicuña has been rescued from extinction through concerted efforts of the Peruvian government and the Andean people. Eighty percent of the world’s vicuña populations live in Peru within large nature preserves, where the strictest regulations are applied for its protection and where the Andean communities take great care of the free-roaming herds.

The fleece — called the Magic Golden Fleece of Peru — is gathered in a celebration ritual of the Chaccu, a centuries-old ceremony of serenely surrounding, capturing and shearing the vicuñas, then setting them free. A single vicuña produces only a pound of fleece every year. The coarse guard hair that grows naturally among the soft fur is removed by hand in an ancient technique, and the delicate fibers are then hand washed and air-dried to preserve the extraordinary qualities of the soft fiber. Sophisticated technologies are utilized to spin the fiber into a delicate yarn of optimum characteristics, which is knit to produce lightweight garments of indescribable plushness and warmth. The fiber is left in its natural golden-tan color, as it is sensitive to chemical dye processing. Vicuña fiber is considerably finer than even the highest grade Mongolian cashmere.

Every vicuña sweater and scarf is numbered and registered with the Peruvian Ministry of Agriculture, complete with a certificate of authenticity, and is only available through Store Name and St. Croix Collections. Each arrives gift-boxed in an elegant wooden case accompanied by a book detailing the picturesque land and the legend of the vicuña.

For over 50 years, Knitcraft Corporation — maker of the exclusive St. Croix Collections — has been recognized for the highest quality men’s knitwear and outerwear in the world. St. Croix produces the world’s finest sweaters, knits and jackets in Winona, Minnesota, using the highest quality raw materials from around the globe. A fully coordinated line of fine sport shirts, premium denim jeans, casual pants, lightweight lambskin leathers and hosiery crafted by Europe’s leading manufacturers complements the knitwear collection. All St. Croix apparel is produced in limited quantities of each design to ensure exclusivity.

Learn more about textile fibers such as Vicuna at our textile fiber guide here on Apparel Search.

Thank you for taking the time to read our men's fashion blog post. We hope that you have found this rare sweater news to be informative. If you have comments or questions, please add your thoughts in the discussion area below.

Help for the iPhone 6 from STM

The larger screen on the iPhone 6 will make it easier for Apple fans to watch digital media, favorite TV shows or read a book on their device. But, holding a larger device for long periods of time can tire the hand. STM has created a new case for iPhone 6 that features a hinged bottom that can be flipped back and used as a stand or to provide access for docking the iPhone. The harbour has dual layer construction for durability and protection. Soft touch, dual density thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) cradles the iPhone inside a hard shell outer lining, and matte finish on the exterior resists fingerprints and scratches.
iPhone 6 Cover from STM
hinged bottom
iPhone 6 Stand from STM


The hinged iPhone 6 case makes sleek, multi-functional style statement.

Learn about how the iPhone 6 influences fashion trends.

Dior and I Fashion Documentary

Film & TV distributor The Orchard has acquired all rights in the U.S. and Canada to director Frédéric Tcheng’s fashion documentary Dior and I, which premiered at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival to outstanding praise. This marks the third fashion film for Tcheng, who previously co-wrote and co-directed Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel and co-produced Valentino: The Last Emperor. The documentary captures the entire process behind Raf Simons debut couture collection in his new position as Creative Director of Christian Dior Couture. 

"I am extremely excited to be working with the Orchard on bringing the film to its North American audience," said director Frédéric Tcheng. “They clearly have a passion for and understanding of the film that will translate to a successful roll-out.”

Fashion documentary Dior and I

In 2012, legendary French fashion house, Christian Dior Couture, announced designer Raf Simons as its head Creative Director.  Dior and I pays homage to the work of the talented Dior atelier and takes a privileged, behind-the-scenes look at the makings of Simons’ debut haute couture collection and how it returned to the origins of the house of Dior.  

The film takes an intimate, vérité-style glimpse at the inner workings of the Dior atelier, capturing the entire eight-week process up until the premiere of Simons’ collection. This includes the little-seen atelier workers – the heart and soul of the fashion industry – some of whom have sewed for Dior for decades and do so with an unbridled passion. Together, they form a support system for Simons and help to create his masterpiece collection, with every line they sketch and bead they sew.

A whirlwind of creativity, stress, determination and triumph, the movie boasts mass and niche appeal.

Dior and I is a visually and emotionally stunning film about an oft unseen part of the process in the world of high fashion,” said The Orchard’s SVP of Film & TV, Paul Davidson. “Frédéric Tcheng has crafted a documentary that, much like the elegant creations in the world of Dior, deserves to be seen."

The film is slated for a 2015 theatrical release in the US and Canada. The deal was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo of The Orchard and Josh Braun of Submarine.

About The Orchard

The Orchard is a pioneering music, video and film distribution company and top-ranked Multi Channel Network operating in more than 25 global markets. With a holistic approach to sales and marketing combined with industry-leading technology and operations, The Orchard amplifies reach and revenue across hundreds of digital, physical and mobile outlets around the world. The Orchard streamlines content owners' business complexity with an intuitive client dashboard, comprehensive rights management and tailored client support. Founded in 1997, The Orchard empowers businesses and creators in the entertainment industry. For further information, please visit www.theorchard.com.

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Caroline Trentini Wearing Vera Wang Resort 2015

In Positively 4th Street, one of the fashion spreads in the November 2014 issue of VOGUE, model Caroline Trentini wears Look 25 from Vera Wang Resort 2015 Collection: A gray watercolor rose print crinkle chiffon cowl neck gown with godet skirt.
Caroline Trentine Wearing Vera Wang
Image: November issue of Vogue
Sasha Pieterse was also recently spotted (two months ago) wearing a look from Vera's Resort 2015 collection.  Also, Penelope Cruz (the sexiest woman alive) wore the Vera Want Resort 2015 Collection for her photo shoot for Esquire.

Learn more about Vera Wang at her website.

Rajiv Sharma New Executive Director at Coats

Coats plc, the world’s leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business, is pleased to announce the appointment of Rajiv Sharma, Global CEO, Coats Industrial, as an Executive Director of the Coats plc Board effective 1 December 2014.

Rajiv joined Coats in November 2010 to head the Industrial Division which, under his leadership, has been at the forefront of product and service innovation for the global apparel and footwear industries, consistently delivering profitable sales growth.  The Division also houses the fast growing Speciality business, which produces high technology threads and yarns from performance materials for non-apparel and footwear uses such as tracer threads, automotive, aramids and fibre optics.

Mike Clasper, Chairman, Coats plc said: ‘Rajiv’s appointment reflects the significant progress that has been made in the Industrial Division over the last four years under his leadership, as well as his strong commercial and operational skills.  Rajiv’s experience will prove valuable to the Board and to Coats as we move towards once again becoming a listed company.’

Rajiv Sharma said: ‘I am very much looking forward to joining the Board as it continues to develop the strategy and actions to drive performance and profitable sales growth across Coats’ global business.’

Biography
Rajiv joined Coats in November 2010 to lead the Industrial Division and is responsible for its global operations.

Before joining Coats, Rajiv worked at Shell where he was Regional General Manager, Asia-Pacific for the multi-billion dollar aviation fuels and lubricants business.   After a successful turnaround he moved to Shell Upstream as General Manager Commercial, Asia-Pacific, gasification and clean coal energy.    

During his career Rajiv has also worked at Westinghouse, SAAB, Honeywell and GE, and his experience spans sales, marketing, M&A, business development and general management.  The majority of his roles have been focused on growing or turning around businesses and he has worked across the US, Asia-Pacific, Middle East and Africa.  He has been a board member of several joint ventures in Shell and GE across Asia-Pacific and was chairman of a Sinopec-Shell JV that had coal to liquid operations in China.

Rajiv has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Robotics) from the National Institute of Engineering, Warangal, India and an MBA from University of Pittsburgh, USA.  He has lived in many different countries and covered all continents during his career, and is an active supporter of Cancer Care institutions in South Asia.

You may want to also learn more about Hemseal Adhesive Thread from our previous apparel industry blog post about this company.

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Movember Moustache T-shirts

November is just around the corner, which means many of our men will be growing out their staches in honor of Movember!  Support your guy by giving him a fun, vintage Movember tee from Junk Food Clothing.

Junk Food is teaming up with Sanrio to help change the face of men’s health with the launch of two limited edition Movember tees. A portion of proceeds from Junk Food’s Movember tee sales will be donated to the Movember Foundation.  Available at www.bloomingdales.com and select Bloomingdales locations nationwide – so you can shop too! (SRP $38.00)



So whether your man will be rocking a handle bar, a Fu Manchu or a 70’s porn star-looking stache, help him support the cause with a great tee!

Hemlets and the Boot Butler

Whether you live in LA, NYC or in-between...boots and leggings are a staple in your wardrobe for Fall/Winter!  We know how important your boots are to you, so store them properly and we want to offer a little individuality to those black leggings and we have a solution...the following two products are must haves this season!

Hemlets are a fun, fresh way to add personality and style to your otherwise ordinary leggings. Available in dozens of unique patterns and colors, simply slip a Hemlet cuff over your foot and set it over the hem of your leggings. Inside the cuff there is a velcro-like material that grabs the fiber of your leggings to attach the cuff securely. Poof! Instantly your leggings are no longer plain.  The cuffs are made out of a cotton lycra fabric (or spandex in some cases) which allows for them to stretch and keep your leggings comfy as always. 

Learn more at: www.hemlets.com

Boot Butler-Save space, save time and save those precious boots!  Boots are an investment and if you live in a climate where boots are a necessity or fashion is your necessity than the Boot Butler is your “go-to” boot storage. A perfect solution for your boots, whether you are a family of boot wearers and need boot organization or a single person looking for more closet space the Boot Butler is it!  Coming from a family background of closet organizers, the founder of the Boot Butler, Andy Elstein grew up in the industry, his mom founded Creative Closets® (AKA The Closet Lady®).  It’s no wonder that Andy took all his years of knowledge, listening to customers needs and created the Boot Butler boot storage system.  It organizes boots in half the space, prevents damage to keep boots looking like new, and keeps all boot styles organized, where they're easy to see, and access.  Boot Butler's unique modular design, allows it to be configured to fit virtually any closet and can be expanded to store any size boot collection.
boot butler
www.bootbutler.com  5-pair boot rack-$69.99; 3-pair boot rack-$49.99

The Gone Girl Haircut

Rosamund Pike’s performance in Gone Girl needed a haircut to perfectly complement the plot. Don’t worry – no spoilers here – however, the woman behind Rosamund’s striking cut, Sassoon Senior Creative Director, Tina Haukjaer Andersen discusses how to get it and why anyone – including you! – can wear this soon-to-be, iconic look. 

“The Gone Girl haircut is classic Sassoon technique with a modern spin,” explains Tina. “All textures can wear this cut – curly, fine, thick, wavy - as long as the cut is tailored and personalized.”

To get this haircut, you first need to have an honest conversation with your hairstylist about your texture and how much time you’re willing to spend on your hair.
  • If you have curls and spend 15 minutes getting ready in the morning, then you can wear this cut naturally. A knowledgeable hairstylist can cut angles that enhance the texture and create a more expanded version of this look. 
  • Or, if you tend to invest more time into your hair and like a polished, sleek version, this cut can be styled with a blow-dryer and touched-up with a flat iron for any occasion. 
It’s also important to tell your hairdresser the features that you want to highlight.
  • Like to play up your eyes? A fringe is a perfect add-on to this haircut.
  • Love to accentuate your profile? This cut works well tucked behind the ears.
  • Want to highlight your cheekbones? Layers can add variation to this look.
As Tina noted, “The director [David Fincher] requested a seductive bob, so I decided to accentuate Rosamund’s elegant neckline and jawline by keeping the bob short.”

Last, you must select a hair stylist who has the education to cut this look. 

“Naturally, I recommend you visit a stylist at a Sassoon Salon or Sassoon Academy location since we all had to master this specific cut to join the Sassoon team,” Tina explains. “However, we train over 180,000 hairdressers a year at Sassoon Academy. Ask your stylist if he or she has taken a Sassoon course, and if the answer is yes, then you’re in good hands. All Sassoon courses cover the methodology behind this cut.”

About Tina Haukjaer Andersen:

Tina Haukjaer Andersen counts nearly 20 years with Sassoon. As a Senior Creative Director, Tina is one of Sassoon Academy’s most sought-after teachers and represents Sassoon at countless shows - inspiring hairdressers around the world, from Bolivia to Berlin, London to Seoul, Paris to Singapore. As she puts it, “teaching is so rewarding.  I love working with so many super talented people and sharing ideas and enthusiasm.”

About Sassoon: 

For over 50 years, Sassoon has created and maintained a modern method of Hair Design that continues to evolve and inspire clients and students worldwide. The International Creative Team achieves this world-renowned reputation through an unparalleled system of training and effective skills development that has become definitive – the Sassoon name evokes the best in hair. Visit the Sassoon website to learn more about Sassoon Salon and Sassoon Academy brands.

Trendy Workout Fashion for Fashionistas

Working out everyday doesn’t mean your style goes away, but with Rafaela Salvadori you can sport your love for fashion & high performance all while at the gym. 

Trendy Workout Fashion

Founder, Creative Director and Fitness Fairy, Rafaela Salvadori found determination in creating a product that allowed women to feel fabulous, empowered and confident throughout their everyday lives. She believes that a woman’s sporty style does not have to be confined to marathon training, spin class or exercise in general. Offering body-slimming fitness apparel for women, Rafaela Salvadori is fashionable, affordable, comfortable and specifically created to move with you from the gym to wherever your day takes you.

Manufactured in Brazil with original moisture wicking fabric, Rafaela Salvadori donates $5 of each piece bought to two non-profit organizations: Big Cat Rescue (BCR) and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC). This premium fitness apparel line offers bra tops, tanks, leggings, hoodies and bodysuits and is sold online (https://rafaelasalvadori.com/).   

Hilary Duff with Kooba Handbag

Hilary Duff was photographed carrying Kooba twice over the weekend in Los Angeles! Hilary completed her boho chic weekend looks with her Kooba Jolie bag in black ($238; www.kooba.com). 


Hilary Duff Boho Chic with Kooba
Kooba Jolie Bag
Hilary Duff chic 2014 style

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