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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fashion Law Summer Intensive

The third-annual installment of the Fashion Law Summer Intensive at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will focus on using viral marketing to grow a fashion brand. The program, part of Loyola’s Fashion Law Project, will run from July 28-August 5, 2016 on Loyola’s downtown LA campus.

The weeklong program – geared toward lawyers, designers, fashion entrepreneurs and executives – will begin with an overview of fashion law fundamentals. Classes in a second pod will focus on viral marketing: What it is, how you do it, and how you maximize your results. The program will conclude with a clinical component where students work through a hypothetical branding case study using their newly learned skills.

“Social media offers fashion houses the chance to connect with customers in new and innovative ways, but brands must still be wary of violating Federal Trade Commission and other rules in the process,” said Staci Riordan ’04, executive director of The Fashion Law Project and partner & leader, Fashion Practice, Nixon Peabody LLP. “This year’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive will offer innovative ideas for ensuring your brand trends on all the right social media channels, has the highest engagement rates and ROI – all on a shoestring budget and within the law.”

Classes will include: Advertising & Social Media Legal Considerations, Your Global Footprint, Creating Your Brand’s Story: Strategy Considerations from DNA to Mission Statements, and Rights of Publicity, Licensing & Other Legal Considerations in Brand Development. Program activities will include field trips to LA fashion landmarks.

Faculty include Riordan and Adjunct Professor Deborah Greaves, partner, Brutzkus Gubner. Other lecturers include Ellie Altshuler, Nixon Peabody LLP; Oliver S. Bajracharya, Christie Parker Hale; Brian Brookey, Tucker Ellis LLP; Rick Horwitch, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products Services; Michael G. Lushing, Lushing Realty Advisors; Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association; Jared Nixon, Shark Branding, Inc.; Julian Petty, Nixon Peabody LLP; and Aaron Renfro, Call & Jensen.

To accommodate working professionals, weekday classes will be held in the evening. Participants may enroll in the entire program or register for select portionsto be streamed online. MCLE credit is available for eligible attorneys. Details, including a schedule, speaker roster and video testimonials, are available at www.lls.edu/flsi.

About The Fashion Law Project

The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry worldwide. Its multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences, including lawyers, law students, designers, fashion industry professionals and more. Offerings include dedicated fashion law courses, a Sub-Concentration, the Fashion Law Clinic and annual symposia. Learn more at www.lls.edu/thefashionlawproject or follow The Fashion Law Project on Twitter @LLS_FashionLaw.

About Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

Located on an award-winning Frank Gehry-designed campus in downtown Los Angeles, Loyola Law School is home to prominent faculty, dedicated students and cutting-edge programs. Loyola dedicates itself to preparing students for practice with rigorous coursework, an extensive portfolio of practical-training opportunities, a diverse and successful alumni network and a focus on social justice. Learn more at www.lls.edu.

You may want to also go back in time and read our previuos news article from 2014 about The Fashion Law Project.  It was a good introduction.

Women's Fashion Wish

If you could make one fashion wish, what would it be?  Maybe you would like to find a new online fashion boutique to do a little shopping.


Charity Fashion Sample Sale & Dog Adoption

Some of the fashion vendors you will find at the charity fashion sample sale & dog adoption fair on July 29, 2016 at the CMC Penthouse.
Charity Fashion Sample Sale & Dog Adoption

Learn more at our California Market Center Shop For A Cause post.

Date: Friday, July 29, 2016 
Location: CMC Penthouse, Floor 13

Shop for a good cause! CMC is collaborating with Wags & Walks for a major Shopping Event & Puppy Adoption Fair! Shop a curated selection of brands for Women, Men & Kids, including clothing, accessories & footwear and feel extra good about it knowing proceeds will benefit the Wags & Walks dog rescue organization. Puppies will also be available for adoption, hosted by Wags & Walks! (Note: This event takes place same day as our end of month Showroom Sample Sales at the CMC!)

Event Schedule:

10a-6p  |   Shopping
11a  |    Wags & Walks Foster Orientation Program
12p-3p  |   Dog Adoption Fair

Event Admission: Open to the general public >> $5 cash donation per person. All proceeds donated to Wags & Walks.

Yes, fashionistas love clothing & accessories, but they love animals also.

Wags and Walks is a non-profit organization founded by Lesley Brog, whose mission is to spread word about shelter dogs and save lives everyday! Wags and Walks does not select dogs based on their size, age, or breed, but hand-pick each dog based on their temperament and likelihood to thrive when placed in the proper home. They cover hundreds of miles each week and spend countless amounts of hours in shelters to save as many dogs as they can. Wags and Walks has successfully placed hundreds of dogs in their forever homes, and have worked with the following celebs & organizations: New Mark Models, Ashley Benson, Chevrolet, Oscars 2016 (E! Red Carpet), Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady, Dane Cook, People Magazine, Lauren Conrad, Maria Menounos, LA Kings, Uber, iHeart Radio, ABC News, Sophia Bush, etc. 

Some of the fashion brands at the charity event are as follows:


Women's Summer Shoe Collection 2016

Review some of the best shoes of summer 2016.
Summer Shoe Collection 2016
Summer shoe collection at UGG Australia.  This is only portion of the magic.

Visit the UGG website if you wish to see more.
Jennie Clog
What do you think of this summer clog?  The Jennie updates the clog for the new millennium. Sitting on a supportive sole, this soft nubuck sandal cushions feet with added arch support.  Do you like the visual appearance of this clog?  We obviously know it is made of high quality, but do you like the visual styling?

Did you know that the UGG shoe brand is owned by Deckers?

WIRED goes Fashion

WIRED has announced the appointment of Lauren Goodman as Contributing Style Director in the US.  It has been reported that Goodman will most likely split her time between Wired's San Francisco and New York offices.

Lauren brings more than 15 years of experience in fashion and luxury editorial in both print and digital to the role. She was formerly Commissioning Fashion Editor at NOWNESS and has previously held roles at Condé Nast Traveler, Style.com, VanityFair.com, and The Wall Street Journal.

As contributing style director, Goodman will focus on the intersection of fashion and technology across all Wired platforms, including print, Web, video, social media and event extensions.

Note: WIRED is owned by Condé Nast.

WIRED is where tomorrow is realized. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. The WIRED conversation illuminates how technology is changing every aspect of our lives—from culture to business, science to design. The breakthroughs and innovations that they uncover lead to new ways of thinking, new connections, and new industries.  Now, maybe they will help us discover new fashion.

Congrats to Lauren Goodman.

Learn about other magazines and fashion publications at the Apparel Magazine website.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

100 Years of Handbags Video

100 Years of Handbags
Purse. Handbag. Pocketbook. Whatever you call it, it's an accessory that adds flare and style to any outfit. Now, Mode Studios is giving fans a peak inside what many consider the most necessary accessory in its newest "100 Years" video: 100 Years of Handbags! The new clip in the viral series not only takes viewers on a tour of the past century's top handbag fashions, but also dives into what people carried in their bags.

Learn more about handbags here on Apparel Search.

What is your favorite item to keep in your handbag?
Inside Handbags
You may also have interest in the following fashion videos:

100 Years of Wedding Fashion

Dress for the Day

This fashion-tech website and mobile app aim to guide users on outfit options depending on occasion, weather, personal style and budget. As an inspirational e-commerce platform, they focus on street styles and more.  They hand curate each outfit with pieces from their retail partners, allowing users to shop them head to toe. 

Dress For The Day solves the everyday problem of figuring out what to wear based on your weather, social calendar, personal style, and budget. From needing instant inspiration the day of, to pre-planning and purchasing your outfit for the next month's black tie wedding, they have you covered. 
Dress for the Day

Upload your streetstyle so you can get inspired, inspire others, and shop the look!

Know exactly what to wear and where to purchase, based on your occasion, personal style, weather and budget!

Whether it be streetstyle inspiration or unique products from emerging designers, they provide an organic and intuitive experience to keep you dressing for the day.

Yara Shahidi Wears a Crown

Although she does look like a princess, Yara was not wearing a crown on her head.  She was wearing an elegant ring designed with a crown appearance.

Yara Shahidi was photographed wearing Lili Claspe on June 26 at the 2016 BET Awards in Los Angeles.  The Blackish star looked fun and flirty with a sequin midi dress accented with gold rings, including Lili Claspe's Crown Ring in Gold ($145) and Spear Ring in Gold ($125, www.liliclaspe.com). 

Yara Shahidi Showing Rings
Lili Claspe's Crown Ring in GoldLili Claspe Spear Ring in Gold
Yara Shahidi BET Awards 2016
You may also want to read our previous celebrity news report about Yara at a previous awards show.

Yara Shahidi Carries Henri Bendel to the Kid's Choice Awards

See more of Yara Shahidi here on the Fashion Blog.

Ben Sherman Expanding in Greater Chinese Region

MRH SpaRotica Groupé has announced a new deal to distribute iconic British menswear brand Ben Sherman® within the Greater Chinese region, which includes mainland China, the Macau SAR, Taiwan and Hong Kong SAR. The agreement between MRH and Marquee Brands will be the latest in a succession of new announcements as surrounding Ben Sherman’s international expansion since it’s acquisition by parent company Marquee Brands in June 2015.
Ben Sherman Men's Fashion
The partnership with MRH will encompass offline and online distribution, manufacturing and also launch an expansive series of mono-branded Ben Sherman® retail locations all targeted at Chinese millennial consumers. The retail rollout will begin with five doors launching before the end of 2016 and at least 30 more stores slated to open in the coming years. The first store will open by August 2016 in Shanghai, closely followed by retail stores in Jiangsu, Hubei, Hunan and Sichan. 

Richard Kisembo, President & Chief Executive of MRH, said: “Ben Sherman’s 50+ years of British style and culture demonstrate the brand’s ability to stand the test of time. Our partnership with Marquee Brands is inspired by Ben Sherman’s iconoclast status amongst heritage brands. Heritage and culture continue to be a motivating factor in brands that have the ability to move generations at retail, a key factor to success in China. We are keenly focused on shaping the landscape of fashion brands in Greater China and we are thrilled that Marquee Brands shares a unified vision of the inherent opportunity for Ben Sherman in this market.”

Ben Sherman is a global brand celebrated for its fashion and authentic British sensibility across every international market. Today’s young Chinese consumer has become more global and sophisticated with each passing year and demand for Ben Sherman is high. We are excited to launch in this important market with MRH as our partners and continue to build this iconic brand together”, said Michael DeVirgilio, President of Marquee Brands.

About MRH

Together with its affiliates, MRH operates in rapidly evolving markets, driven by a multi-faceted operating model that seamlessly combines private equity, brand management, marketing, retail and franchise management. The Groupé innovates with advanced technologies that integrate a vast online to offline retail network to meet customers on their own digital terms. MRH commits to delivering each brand to every customer with unrivaled excellence in brand experience and service.

About Ben Sherman

In 1963 Ben Sherman came back from America with the idea of creating a shirt. Inspired by the style adopted by polo players of the time who used button-downs to keep the collars in place whilst riding, he set about creating his own. Taking influence from his father's work as a tailor and in applying a similar attention to detail to this sporting staple, using the finest British fabrics and handcrafting it in the UK, he created an icon. This practical yet sharp looking garment was soon adopted by a set of style leaders back home, and The Original Ben Sherman shirt was born.  Over the past five decades the iconic Ben Sherman button-down shirt has been the style staple of many iconic movements in youth culture. Through the 60's Mods, the 70's Rockers, 80's Ska and the 90's Cool Britannia and Brit Pop, Ben Sherman has evolved to become a truly global lifestyle brand. 

About Marquee Brands

Marquee Brands is a brand acquisition, licensing and development company. Sponsored by Neuberger Berman Private Equity, a business of Neuberger Berman, one of the world's leading employee-controlled investment managers, Marquee Brands targets high quality brands with strong consumer awareness and long-term growth potential. Marquee Brands seeks to identify brands in various consumer product segments with the goal of expanding their reach across retail channel, geography and product category while preserving the brand heritage and enhancing the ultimate consumer experience. Through its global team of professionals and partners, Marquee Brands monitors trends and markets in order to grow and manage brands in partnership with retailers, licensees and manufacturers through engaging, impactful marketing and strategic planning. 

California Market Center Shop For A Cause

California Market Center (CMC) is collaborating with prominent dog rescue organization Wags and Walks to host a Charity Sample Sale event and Dog Adoption Fair, scheduled for Friday, July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The "Shop For A Cause" event will feature a curated array of Contemporary apparel, accessories and lifestyle products for women, men, children, and pets at below-retail prices, in addition to a Dog Adoption Fair hosted by Wags and Walks, with event admission fees and 5% of vendor sales being donated to the organization.
Held in the CMC's Penthouse event space overlooking downtown Los Angeles, the shopping event's preliminary list of vendors already includes coveted brands such as For Love & Lemons, Fidelity Jeans, Kitsch, Vanessa Mooney, Spiritual Gangster, Crap Eyewear, Pussy & Pooch, Shilla The Label, Lisa Maree, Lola Vs Harper, Wish Australia, Goldie London, 5two3, Mr Bacon's Beard Oil, The Beach People, For Better Not Worse, Dex, Alice's Pig, Molly Bracken, Darling, Quiltz 4 Pawz, An Old Soul Jewelry, Leah Alexandra, Lanoosh, B Collection, and many more.

Wags and Walks will be on site to host a Dog Fostering Orientation at 11:00 a.m. and Dog Adoption from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Based in Los Angeles, Wags and Walks is a non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing shelter dogs and finding perfect forever homes that are able to meet each dog's specific needs.  

The CMC established the July 29th event as a means to integrate community-building and social-consciousness into its public fashion events, teaming up with Wags and Walks who shares in the CMC's desire to help increase awareness for the ethical treatment of animals. 

 "Wags and Walks is thrilled to partner with the CMC.  Our goals align seamlessly towards furthering our mission," said Kathryn Hurley, Development Coordinator for Wags and Walks.  "I know this relationship will not only lead to more dogs being adopted, but also stronger educators and advocates regarding the importance of pet rescue.  Plus, what is better than fashion and a puppy kiss!?" 

Additionally, the event will feature a raffle for premium prizes such as Vrai and Oro's Gold Bar Necklace. Raffle tickets will cost $2.00, with all proceeds being donated to Wags and Walks.

Eventgoers will also be treated to a fresh juice station sponsored by downtown's Green Grotto Juice Bar, in addition to a Bai Antoxidant Infusions drink station, plus more to be announced.

"The CMC is very excited to be collaborating with a phenomenal organization like Wags and Walks," said event producer Alyssa Olmstead, Senior Marketing, PR & Retail Relations Manager.  "This is one more way for us to get more involved in our community, and finding a way to build awareness of overcrowded shelters and support dog adoptions through the fashion industry has been extremely rewarding for us.  We have received an enormous outpouring of support from notable companies who share in our desire to make a difference. This is just the first of many more, new community events to come."

Open to the general public, admission to the event is a $5.00 cash donation (per person) with all proceeds being donated to Wags and Walks. The event will be held Friday, July 29, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the CMC, running concurrently with the Fashion District sample sales that take place every last Friday of the month.

For more information, please visit:  www.cmcdtla.com/wagsandwalks 

Jean shorts, denim jackets, bikinis, and more

Denim jackets, jean shorts, and more trendy fashion from the RUKUS fashion brand.
Rukus Jean Shorts & Bikini Top
 Denim Jacket & Jean Shorts
Rukus Torn Jean Shorts & Top
Rukus Jean Jacket Style
See more of the RUKUS fashion brand here on the Fashion Blog.

The RUKUS fashion brand has a full collection of tees, jackets, and swimwear for men & women.  Denim is only a small portion of the story.

Learn more about denim jackets and jean shorts here on Apparel Search.

Effortless Style for the Long Weekend

Whether planning a staycation or a weekend getaway – RUCKUS – brings effortless style.  
Ruckus Baseball Hat
Ruckus Bikini Top
Ruckus Bikini
See more jean shorts.
Ruckus Women's Style
Ruckus Men's Style
Ruckus Wet Bikini
Rukus Jacket
Rukus Women's Fashions
The company behind this fashion brand believes that when dissected, life really only boils down to a few key elements, and it's outside of morality and religion; it really only comes down to what you value, and time management. We believe that Values and Time Management are THE absolute defining characteristics that we as humans have.

You see – TIME is the most precious commodity that we own, it’s more precious than gold, or oil, or water, or any other thing we possess. It’s the one thing that money can’t buy, and the one thing we can never get back. It’s the driving factor behind every decision we make, every emotion we feel, and any belief system we adhere to.  Learn more at http://www.ruckusapparel.com

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Bella Thorne is a Bunny

We have found the worlds cutest bunny?
Bella Thorne was spotted wearing VSA Designs recently in LA!  The actress wore the Venado Tiara while out and about enjoying a sweet treat ($150, www.childofwild.com).  Bella makes a beautiful bunny.
worlds cutest bunny
Bella Thorne the Cutest Bunny
Bella Thorne cute as a bunny

All Day Men's Sneakers

Look well suited in new menswear-inspired sneakers comfortable enough for all-day wear.
All Day Men's Sneakers
Yup, these are from UGG Australia.

Creora Spandex for Sports Bras

creora® spandex/elastane is a good option for fitness fashion designers.  This material can be used for many types of fitness apparel including sports bras, and more.

Active intimate apparel is a growth market as the interest in personal fitness continues in force. Key to this direction is the comfort, fit and support that can be achieved in varying levels dependent on the final application.  For women, the importance of the support and function a sports bra delivers is crucial in its validity of performance from light to high level. With an abundance of sports and fitness pursuits available, the range of active intimates is immense, however there is one connecting factor: the performance it delivers in shape and support from creora® spandex/elastane and the inclusion of added functional ingredients.
creora sports bra fabric
From moisture management to cool touch, UV protection and thermal regulation, fabric structures also feature.  Punch out, mock mesh, true mesh and modern pique all work alongside lightweight circular knits and power stretch warp knits. With the levels of function ranging from yoga to pro athlete, the fabrics range from soft natural-touch through to high powered performance in a synthetic offering. Looking to this direction, the fabrics through to the garment design are protective in both function and style, enhancing the fitness experience.

Textile division of Hyosung.

Score Gigi Hadid's Favorite Jeans

Gigi Hadid was photographed wearing Parker Smith jeans at LAX on Saturday! This is at least the third time the model looked jet-set chic, pairing her white t-shirt and personalized bomber jacket with her Parker Smith Kam Skinny jeans in Pewter Destroy ($183;  www.parkersmith.com).
Gigi Hadid in Parker Smith Jeans

Gigi Hadid spotted Again in Parker Smith Jeans

Direct-to-Garment Printing Tutorials

Direct-to-garment equipment manufacturer BelQuette launches a new video series with the website BQ.Live.

BQLive with Jerid Hill and Eric Deem - Having problems with your Direct to Garment Printer or the printing process? Join us as we discuss how to troubleshoot DTG issues.

Don't try to click the images below, it won't take you any where.  This is just an example of some of the DTG printing tutorial titles.
Direct-to-Garment Printing Tutorials
You can also learn more about direct-to-garment printing here on Apparel Search in our fashion terms section.  We suggest you read the term, and then spending time learning more from the professionals by watching the tuturorial videos about DTG printing at BQ.Live

Macy Gray, Josh Kelley, Alan Thicke at First Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert

Macy Gray, Josh Kelley, Alan Thicke and More Celebrate the First Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert Presented by Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors!

Celebrities and musicians came out to celebrate the First Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert to benefit the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute (RMI). 

Held at a private estate in a historic section of Beverly Hills, the event featured an inspired set from musician Macy Gray, as well as performances by Josh Kelley and Postmodern Jukebox. Actor Alan Thicke, CSI: Miami's Eva LaRue, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles' Josh and Matt Altman and Josh Flagg, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills' Roxy Sowlaty, Access Hollywood's Shawn Robinson, American Idol alum Casey Abrams and more were on hand to enjoy the event.
First Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert
Rock For Research Summer Concert Red Carpet
1st Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert
First Annual Rock For Research Summer Concert Peformers
Corporate event sponsors included California Republic Bank, Capital One, Douglas Elliman, Eisner Jaffe, Enterprise, Samsung, Sprint, Time Warner Cable and UBS.  4th Floor Agency, an additional sponsor, produced the event.

"We are impressed and gratified by the turnout to support the Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute," said Art Ochoa, Cedars-Sinai Senior Vice President of Community Relations and Development. "It was a brilliant afternoon of outstanding performances, great food and many generations coming together to reshape the future of medicine." 

The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute is pioneering techniques that one day may be used to regenerate healthy tissue and organs to replace those damaged by disease, trauma or aging. Through groundbreaking scientific exploration, researchers aim to accelerate the development of treatments and cures with the potential to stop illness and save lives. To learn more,visit cedars-sinai.edu/rmi.

Nikki Reed Wearing awear Sunglasses

Actress Nikki Reed was photographed wearing awear sunglasses this weekend! The former Twilight & Sleepy Hollows star was captured leaving breakfast on Friday with her husband Ian Somerhalder in Woodland Hills, CA while wearing sunglasses style #3717 in CR.  ($199; www.awearcharmant.com)
sunglasses style #3717 in CR
Nikki Reed Wearing awear Sunglasses
Designed with sustainability, style and comfort in mind, the brand envisions making the world a better place with both flair and substance. Featuring unique and ergonomic designs, awear is able to seamlessly merge sustainable manufacturing with fashion-forward designs and featherweight comfort. Six key eco-conscious elements are integrated into every featherweight pair of awear: (1) all frames and sun lenses utilize sustainable materials, (2) CO2 emission reduction,  (3) water conservation during production, (4) decreased energy consumption, (5) biodegradable demo lenses, and  (6) flexible temple design providing an ergonomic, comfortable fit.

(optical + sunglasses available; women's, men’s & unisex styles offered) 

See more of Nikki Reed on the Fashion Blog & social media.

Magpies & Peacocks on House Account

Magpies & Peacocks, non-profit 501c3 design house, is officially open for business on the popular luxury goods app House Account – the national House Account team reached out to the organization to be its first charity collaborator. M&Ps will offer curated capsule collections of its popular custom made, vintage or up-cycled accessories, small luxury and interiors goods. The sales from their e-boutique will directly benefit their arts education program 'Catwalks & Classrooms.' Magpies & Peacocks mission is to create an environment for positive change by nurturing arts education, keeping fashion out of landfill, and giving back to the community. 
Magpies & Peacocks on House Account

Cheap Monday at Pure London

Cheap Monday invite you to visit their stand at Pure London for an exclusive first look at the SS17 collection.
Cheap Monday SS17 Collection

July 24th - 26th July, 2016

Stand: MW220

Olympia London | Hammersmith Road | London W14 8UX
Sunday - Monday 09.30 am -  6.00 pm | Tuesday 09.30 am -  4.00 pm

See more about this fashion brand here on the Fashion Blog.

C/O Cheap Monday Project

Pure London is not just a 3 day show. We inform, inspire and influence the global fashion market all year round. When you join us at Pure London you become part of an exclusive fashion event backed by industry leaders including WGSN and Drapers.

Cheap Monday carry main collections for men and women as well as three in-season drops/season. The collections also include baby, accessories, glasses, underwear and shoes. In 2008 the brand joined forces with H&M and in November 2009 the very first Cheap Monday Store opened up in Copenhagen. Without traditional marketing but with a strong idea on how to present the brand, Cheap Monday can today be found in more than 35 countries in about 1800 stores all over the world.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Biggest Neiman Marcus Sale

No, we don’t mean that Neiman Marcus is having a big sale on “some” of their luxury fashion, shoes, or accessories.  We are actually talking about this fine retailer possibly selling “everything”.  Yes, the entire operation.  It is also possible that they may be seeking a financial investment of some sort instead of an outright sale.  Who knows, maybe they want sell at all.  Below can help you do your own research on the matter.

Neiman Marcus Looking for buyer or investor: (Dallas Biz Journal; June 20, 2016) “Last week, North Texas' fourth-largest private company by revenue reported third-quarter fiscal year 2016 sales of $1.17 billion, a 4.2 percent decrease compared to sales of $1.22 billion during the same period last year. Neiman has now logged three consecutive quarters of sales dips.”  The article also mentioned, “Neiman announced in October it was delaying its IPO, with reports that market struggles for other high-end retailers led the company to put off an offering. At the time, competitors like Tiffany & Co. and Nordstrom Inc. were down more than 12 percent over the previous three months.”

Neiman Marcus Looking for a Buyer (New York Post; June 17, 2016) “Embattled luxury retailer Neiman Marcus is casting around for a buyer, or investor, The Post has learned.  Struggling under a toxic combination of a staggering $5 billion debt load and flagging sales, Chief Executive Karen Katz traveled recently to China to meet with potential buyers, according to a source familiar with the situation.”

Why Neiman Marcus Struggles And Will Not Go Public (Forbes; June 17, 2016) There are growth vehicles: CUSP, Last Call Studios, and their Internet shopping sites could all be expanded. I estimate that Internet now generates close to 30% of total sales. It increased 5% in the quarter. The company has excellent direct mail communication with customers. That means that foot traffic in stores has slowed at the same time more basic merchandise is bought by loyal customers through the e-commerce sites.

Neiman Marcus Revenue Decline (The Wall Street Journal; June 14, 2016): “Neiman Marcus Group Ltd.’s profit fell 81% on lower sales in the latest quarter as the luxury department store operator joined a long list of retailers reporting weak results.”

The following is some information that was on the Neiman Marcus press release from June 14, 2016 titled Neiman Marcus Group Ltd. LLC Reports Third Quarter Sales Results.

“Neiman Marcus Group LTD LLC today reported financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2016. For the third quarter, the Company reported total revenues of $1.17 billion, representing a decrease of 4.2% compared to total revenues of $1.22 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015. During this same period, comparable revenues decreased 5.0% and the Company reported net earnings of $3.8 million compared to net earnings of $19.8 million for the third quarter of fiscal year 2015. Adjusted EBITDA, which is described on page 7 of this release, for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 was $173.2 million compared to $202.6 million in the prior year.

On a year-to-date basis, the Company reported total revenues of $3.82 billion, representing a decrease of 2.7% compared to total revenues of $3.93 billion in the prior year. During this same period, comparable revenues decreased 4.2% and the Company reported net earnings of $1.1 million compared to net earnings of $47.8 million in the prior year. Year-to-date Adjusted EBITDA was $520.4 million compared to $602.7 million in the prior year.”

Clearly revenue is down, but is this much worse than other fashion retailers?  Well, we also need to consider, “do the other retailers have the same sort of debt load?”

OK, above is the all fine and dandy, but let’s take a break from learning about the financial aspects of fashion retailing and do something way more fun.  Let’s all head over to Neiman Marcus to do some shopping.  That is way more exciting than reading.  Support the apparel industry by shopping for clothing at every chance you get.
Neiman Marcus 2016
Learn more about Neiman Marcus here on Apparel Search.

You can read more about Neiman Marcus here on the Fashion Blog.  It would be a good idea to also read our blog post about Neiman Marcus possible IPO that we posted in August 2015.

Picking A Favorite Clothing Category

What is your favorite category of clothing?  Imagine that someone offered you a free gift card and told you that you can purchase $77,000. worth of clothing, footwear, or fashion accessories at any store you wish.  Would you be excited?  Now, image that they told you that receiving this amazing gift comes with specific conditions.  Starting to lose some of the excitement aren’t you… The rule is that you can spend seventy seven thousand dollars, but when you spend the money, you can only purchase from one very specific clothing category.

For example, you are permitted to buy only gloves or sun hats or swim shirts or novelty socks, concert t-shirts, etc.   How hard would it be for you to select a clothing category?  Sure, we all love a nice pair of gloves, a sun hat, swim shirts, novelty socks & concert t-shirts, but would we be happy with $77,000 worth on one category of clothing.

Let’s make this scenario a little more challenging.  The rules specifically state that you can’t select a parent category that has more than 3 sub categories.  For example, you can’t take the easy way out and say you would buy “dresses” (which has many, many different options).  You have to pick only a specific dress sub category such as shirt dress, strapless dress, wrap dress, cocktail dress, etc.  Also, you can’t just say you would pick “shoes”.  You would have to pick a particular style of shoe.

The following may help you narrow your selection:

Favorite Clothing Category
You can also review our new fashion products section for additional ideas.

What clothing category would you select?

If you are single but planning on not being for long, I would suggest bridesmaid dresses or a wedding gown.  If you are not single, you can research other types of clothing before making your final decision.

The Italians at TRANOÏ Paris

The Italians at TRANOÏ Paris - Cité de la Mode et du Design

Loyal participants for many years, these designers constantly bring their strength in design and quality manufacturing to TRANOÏ each season.

L’Accessorio Faliero Sarti
L’Accessorio Faliero Sarti was founded in 1992 as a division of Lanificio Faliero Sarti, one of the most famous Italian textile factories born in 1949 that still now produces very high quality fabrics for fashion designers all over the world.

Monica Sarti designs and creates all the L’accessorio Faliero sarti collections. Her grandfather Faliero (founder of Lanificio Faliero Sarti) passed to Monica the passion for this world. As well, she still gives stilisti services, as a producer, to a lot of important designers. A special feature of the collection designed by Monica, is given by time she devotes to continuous research of particular materials,research of   fabrics and yarns and different solutions in pairing up,painting and working the fabrics....the fabric is like a white page where you can play with all the colors of the world and yarns in multi dimensions and shapes.

In the new collection will be light fabrics such as cotton, linen, cashmere and washed silk in bright colours. Some of the print designs have been inspired by the contemporary art with geometric shapes and multicolour stripes. The basic qualities have been developed in dusty colours. More than ever a special attention is placed in the development of men’s scarves.

Giorgio Brato
Giorgio Braschi, the Italian designer was born in Bologna in 1967; his family has always been in involved in the production of leather garments. Initially, his business consisted of producing technical performance motorbike jackets in leather; later this evolved into production for prêt-à-porter collections and gave rise to his consuming and ongoing passion for fashion. In 2001, Braschi had the winning idea of fusing the luxury of leather with fashion style to create a collection of high quality dyed leather garments. Research and the techniques of craftmanship workings enabled him to create special items of clothing and accessories in softest nappa leather.

Craftsmanship, comfort, innovation and originality are the characteristics of the magician of garment dyed leather, Giorgio Brato. His work exhibits a winning combination of vintage and contemporary taste that fuses in hand-crafted luxury leather. The specific treatments and processing give to each piece a precious uniqueness, making Giorgio Brato one of the representatives of 'made in Italy' at an international level.

The craftsmanship aspect of the designer’s production endows the collection with a refined look and a lived-in feel. Each garment is unique and is distinguished by its original lines and shapes, which when combined with special washing techniques create jackets, bags and shoes each with an individual look. Each Giorgio Brato item in leather is special and once worn continues to adapt to the body becoming a second skin.

Roberto Collina
Roberto Collina company started as a family business in 1953, in Crevalcore, a manufacturing area near Bologna where the headquarters - a company-loft characterized by the atmosphere of a big country-house – is still situated.

Addressed since the beginning to high-end stores, Roberto Collina brand distinguishes itself for the fine selection of quality materials and the use of luxury yarns – from mohair to cashmere, from alpaca to angora, from camel to super light merinos, from silk to ice cotton-, always respecting its hand-crafted origins and exploring from season to season the latest fashion trends.
The cleaner the brand style is, the more sophisticated the manufacturing is: “behind every single item there is a long research story” states Roberto Collina: “we take care of every single production process in our company – from the material selection to the creation of the collections and we carefully oversee the production chain and the work of our satellite laboratories. The unceasing research work takes place all over the world, in New York and Los Angeles flea vintage markets as well as in Tokyo coolest stores and everywhere there is a garment able to convey emotions.

Our aim is to create a product which is contemporary and at the same time keen on the design also gleaning from our archive.

Present in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany - “the first and most receptive among the foreign markets” - Roberto Collina brand has recorded a growing interest, over the years, in Asian countries such as Japan and South Korea: a success guaranteed by the combination of cutting-edge technologies and the most artisan techniques, which strengthens the international profile of the brand including it among the most exclusive and well known Made in Italy knitwear brands.

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