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February 2011 SOURCING at MAGIC recap

SOURCING at MAGIC, the most comprehensive representation of the international fashion supply chain in North America, continued to experience rapid growth this past February. Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the event showcased 600+ apparel, footwear and accessories manufacturers, fabrics and design resources, along with exclusive trend forecasting and matchmaking services. This represented an increase of over 15% in size compared to the show in February 2010.  As part of MAGIC, the preeminent fashion trade event in the U.S., showcasing over 5,000 leading fashion brands and attracting more than 60,000 visitors from 80 countries, SOURCING at MAGIC granted unparalleled exposure, networking opportunities and value to its exhibitors and thousands of branded wholesalers, retailers, designers and private label buyers.

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Learn more about the MAGIC Trade Show and other apparel trade shows on Apparel Search.

Kornit Digital, the world leader of industrial & commercial digital printing for the garment decorating industry and Fruit of the Loom, the leading international, vertically integrated basic apparel company, recently exhibited at the Imprinted Sportswear show and invited attendees to experience the world of on-demand printing by enabling them to create their own shirt design via an interactive kiosk and then watch the live printing demonstration utilizing Fruit of the Loom's T-Shirt and Kornit's printers.

Cape Cod Leather : Manufacturer of Fine Leather Goods, Scores Big at New York Fashion Week

Hot off its success at the Sundance Film Festival and the Grammys, Hudson Valley, New York's Cape Cod Leather was invited to be part of Mik Cire's Mercedes Benz Fashion Week presentation, held at New York's Lincoln Center on February 12th, 2011. When looking for a leather line to go with his Fall collection, Mr. Cire found a natural affinity with Cape Cod Leather (known for its clean lines, versatility and luxurious feel).

The female star of American Pie was spotted in the front row wearing her CCL bag.

Elliott Zaslansky, CEO of Cape Cod Leather, maintains that "being involved with Fashion Week has been a big boost for our company; it's always great to have a Hollywood celebrity wearing one of our leather bags."

The following media outlets were on hand to cover Mik Cire's show: GQ, Details, Vogue, Elle, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, InStyle, Lucky, WWD, Style.com, Allure, Paper, Nylon, W, Italian Vogue, NY Times, T: The NY Times Style Magazine, Travel and Leisure, and NY Magazine.

Cape Cod Leather has also been linked to Eric Clapton's Crossroads Benefit Concert and Night of 100 Stars during Oscar week.                      

To learn more about Cape Cod Leather, please visit http://www.capecodleather.com.

Kornit Digital, a leading-edge company that develops, manufactures and markets high-speed industrial and commercial digital inkjet printers, superior pigmented ink and unique chemistry solutions for the textile industry, announced today the release of its new Kornit Avalanche 951 industrial Direct-To-Garment printer at Communiquez Tex 2011 Event in Lyon, France on February 1-3.

ThomasNet Industry Market Barometer reveals that companies are investing in people, technology and capital improvements

ThomasNet’s newest Industry Market Barometer™ (IMB) shows North America’s industrial/manufacturing sector surging forward, accelerating the momentum of its recovery with the promise of further expansion to come. Several key indicators all demonstrate a sector that’s “caught on fire”—taking into account more company growth, fewer business declines, a resumption of hiring, a winding down of layoffs, and new investments.

“Our sales are up 37 percent over the same period last year, and we’ve set four successive months of sales records”

One of the benefits of hiring a Full package pattern design studio is the ability of creating several jobs in one place. Turn around time for most jobs is faster if done all at one time and pricewise, it will cost less money to manufacture a garment in a design studio house by paying a flat rate for the whole process versus paying regular prize for each individual job you make at different locations not mentioning the inconvenience and hassle of driving to different locations and the long time it takes just to get one job done.

When creating a new design several jobs or steps must be taken before the garments gets finished and be presented to a potential customer.

Some examples of the jobs offered by a pattern design studio are:

• First–prod. Patterns

• Flat sketching

• Line sheet design

• Pattern grading

• Marker Making

These jobs or services can be fully customized to fit any costumer’s designing needs and are offered to apparel companies, Professional business people, Artists, People with new design inventions, young designers trying to launch for the first time a collection and people in general who want to create a small clothing line to sell their designs on an online website store.

Turn around time for most jobs done in a design house are faster than making each individual job separately. A design studio coordinates and organizes all the work flow to be done for the costumer and spends a great deal of time explaining each little detail of the design process to its design team who will be in charge and responsible for the completion of a given project.

Pricewise, making a garment in a design studio will cost a lot less money versus paying five to ten thousand dollars for the making of basic design. This amount of money is often spend by manufacturing companies who have the obligation of paying all the salaries of their design team which can add up to thousands of dollars every week not forgetting the fact that paying regular prize for each individual service will always be more expensive than paying a flat rate for all the work to be done. A well-grounded Design studio with a knowledgeable fashion design head coordinator will be capable of offering the above services, exceed its customer expectations and provide 100 % costumer satisfaction no matter of its size or location.

In addition, hiring a professional full package pattern design studio house has many advantages, one of them is the ability to create many jobs or obtain different services in one location. Turn around time for all jobs to be made are faster if done all at one time and costumers who wish to create a line of their own will over all save thousands of dollars by not having to pay the salaries of a design team whose salaries can add up to thousands every week.



About the Author
Occupation: Technical Designer/production Coordinator and Photographer

Leading Technical designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of http://www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 22 years, Apparel pattern design services and technical design packages for many top companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA

http://www.smartpatternmaking.com is the best pattern making service at affordable prices. We specialize in Technical full package pattern design services, marker making, pattern grading, line sheet design services,Techpaks design, pattern digitizing,pattern and marker plotting services, pattern conversion services from pad to Gerber system and from Tukatech to Gerber System
When looking for a garment that fits great in a boutique or high end department store many times people don't always find a garment that fits their body properly. The problem is due to three pattern-making problems: bad Pattern balancing, wrong pattern proportions and incorrect pattern adjustments when fitting a garment on a live model.

First Pattern Making Problem: Balancing. When designing a garment pattern balance plays a major role in the way a garment fits on a person's body. A not well balance pattern can cause a garment to look poorly fitted or unpleasant to the client's eye due to the way it hangs on a hanger. A pattern that is off grain line not align properly on the fabric's grain line can cause a garment to swing toward one side more than the other side.

Second Pattern Making Problem: Wrong pattern proportions. Now days many designs signatures create designs that do not reflect true body measurements or proportions. This problem is best seen when people go shopping and do not find a garment that fits them properly either because the design is too big overall or the bust measurement of a dress is too small and the hip area too big. Making a pattern for a design with not standard specifications available will dramatically affect the fit of a design by making it not wearable due to the patterns proportions wrongly used. Another common problem when making a pattern for a particular costumer or market is the lack of a professional model hired by a company or designer. This can be very problematic issued in pattern making because not having an actual model as a base size and using different models will change the proportions of a pattern for a particular design.


Third Pattern Making Problem: Incorrect pattern alterations. Not knowing correct pattern drafting techniques and proper pattern alterations when fitting a garment on a live model will return poor fitted garments. Experienced pattern makers now days use technology to create patterns but often in times many pattern corrections are not made properly due to the lack of manual pattern manipulation experienced. It is imperative that pattern corrections made to a pattern must be tested for accuracy and fit before releasing a pattern for production.

In summation, Many High-end department stores do not always have the best-fitted garments in their stores. Costumers have a hard time finding a well-fitted garment and patterns made for a particular design are not been fitted properly. Incorrect pattern balancing, not true proportions and lock of knowledge about how to fix a pattern on a real live model will all contribute to poor fitted garments. Following industry standards and making the proper research about body proportion of a particular population will dramatically improve the way a garment fits on a person's body. A conscious or well-established company who hires professional experienced pattern makers and fit models will benefit from their investment the most by getting compliments and sales on all the designs they create no matter of its size or the number of years it has been in business.

About the Author
Occupation: Technical Designer/production Coordinator and Photographer

Leading Technical designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of http://www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 22 years, Apparel pattern design services and technical design packages for many top companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA

http://www.smartpatternmaking.com is the best pattern making service at affordable prices. We specialize in Technical full package pattern design services, marker making, pattern grading, line sheet design services,Techpaks design, pattern digitizing,pattern and marker plotting services, pattern conversion services from pad to Gerber system and from Tukatech to Gerber System
When making a Pattern or making a marker for a given design in the apparel industry many times young designers and small start up companies can not afford the cost of a state of the art plotter due to high cost and maintenance service required periodically to maintain these digital plotters running.

Fortunately, you are not obligated to pay twenty thousand dollars for a state of the art paper-plotting machine when you can pay only for the pattern designs and marker you need to plot out. It is a lot economical to pay for plotting services and have duplicates or copies plot out for you when you need then only versus having to worry about buying parts for your plotting equipment because it got damaged with use and now you have to pay a leg and an arm to have it repair.

Online plotting services are available for many costumers at affordable prizes. Base on the length or yardage of your marker to be plot out you will pay a by yard prize or a minimum plotting charge which in comparison to paying a monthly service charge to maintain a plotter running is a very small fraction of the prize to be paid not mentioning the cost of paper for plotting which is expensive too.

In summation, paying a plotting service house will over all save you thousands of dollars in the long run. It is less expensive not to have to pay for repairs for a digital plotting machine every month and just pay for all the patterns, graded nests and markers to be plot out when you need them only.

About the Author
Occupation: Technical Designer/production Coordinator and Photographer

Leading Technical designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of http://www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 22 years, Apparel pattern design services and technical design packages for many top companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA

http://www.smartpatternmaking.com is the best pattern making service at affordable prices. We specialize in Technical full package pattern design services, marker making, pattern grading, line sheet design services,Techpaks design, pattern digitizing,pattern and marker plotting services, pattern conversion services from pad to Gerber system and from Tukatech to Gerber System

The process to digitize a pattern design or style into a cad system can be very time consuming and expensive due to the point by point process that needs to be follow in order to complete the digitizing process. When digitizing a complete model for a basic design for example many rules are required before the design can take a digital pattern shape.

First rule, you need to have a hard copy or tracing of your design on paper. Paper must be flat for accurate piece digitizing and when sending out your patterns to a digitizer make sure all your pattern tracing are visible and marked with hard lines.

Second rule, Information, as grain lines and description must be recorded on every piece. You must take the time to provide all these information and write it on each pattern piece, as this information will be useful for yourself for tracking purposes in the future.

Third rule, a pattern card must be provided along with fabric description. Make sure you provide a list of all the pieces for every style you make to your digitizing house as these will serve also as a record for you and your digitizer of how many pieces where digitized and save into their computer digitizing system

Fourth rule, you must make sure that your pattern or style to be digitized in a cad digitizing system is the correct model, as they will be digitized exactly as submitted. You must know what pieces make your design and do not mix pattern pieces that do not belong to that particular style, as you will be charged for any extra piece digitized. Most pattern digitizing services have a minimum of five to ten pattern pieces minimum charge and a five to ten dollar extra charge per piece after their minimum pattern pieces have been digitized depending on size and complexity of pattern piece to be digitized.

Fifth rule, once your pattern has been entered into a computer system by a digitizer or digitizing service your pattern will not be modified, corrected or change by the digitizer as this will normally be a separate service charge to you and done by a professional pattern designer.

In addition, Apparel pattern piece digitizing is a time consuming process and can be expensive depending on the size of your pattern piece and complexity of your design. You must accurately provide to your pattern digitizer with all the necessary pattern piece information for your particular style or design and your pattern can not modified at the time of the digitizing process unless they have a professional pattern designer who can assist you with any pattern alterations or corrections and of course, you are willing to pay for that extra service provided by the design house or firm.



About the Author

Occupation: Technical Designer/production Coordinator and Photographer

Leading Technical designer, Alejandro Esparza owner of http://www.smartpatternmaking.com has provided for over 22 years, Apparel pattern design services and technical design packages for many top companies of our time in Los Angeles CA USA

http://www.smartpatternmaking.com is the best pattern making service at affordable prices. We specialize in Technical full package pattern design services, marker making, pattern grading, line sheet design services,Techpaks design, pattern digitizing,pattern and marker plotting services, pattern conversion services from pad to Gerber system and from Tukatech to Gerber System

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Knitwear Sourcing Monitor 2011" report to their offering.

Clothesource Apparel Sourcing Monitors gives apparel brands, retailers and vendors everything they need to keep abreast of the changing world of apparel sourcing: For each of over 100 supplying countries, the Monitor shows apparel manufacturing strengths, and price competitiveness in each major product category in the business group from 2004 to the first quarter of 2010.

Products Mentioned:

  • Women's Knit Blouses
  • Men's Knitted Shirts
  • T-Shirt
  • Women's Knit Trousers
  • Sweaters

At the beginning of 2008, the apparel industry was focused on fears that Chinese prices would go through the roof as rising wages, new labour laws, worker shortages, the appreciation of the yuan and higher exporting costs took hold – sending many buyers in search of cheaper suppliers elsewhere. What a difference a year makes. Looking forward to 2009, this briefing outlines what the apparel industry might expect, how fashion firms will respond, what the downturn means for the supply chain and how ethical, environmental and trade issues will affect the industry.

Table of Contents:

Introduction

Setting the scene: What can the apparel and footwear industries expect in 2009?

How are fashion firms responding to the slowdown in consumer spending?

What does this slowdown mean for the supply chain?

Will ethical and environmental concerns stay at the top of corporate agendas?

How will new certification and tracking requirements pile on the pressure?
Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act
Importer Security Filing and Additional Carrier Requirements
Lacey Act

What is the current state of play as far as US trade rules are concerned?

Are new restrictions on imports likely under President Obama?

To know more and to buy a copy of the report "Apparel industry outlook for 2009 Management briefing" feel free to visit http://www.bharatbook.com/ or contact us at +91 22 27578668.
 

At the beginning of 2008, the apparel industry was focused on fears that Chinese prices would go through the roof as rising wages, new labour laws, worker shortages, the appreciation of the yuan and higher exporting costs took hold – sending many buyers in search of cheaper suppliers elsewhere. What a difference a year makes. Looking forward to 2009, this briefing outlines what the apparel industry might expect, how fashion firms will respond, what the downturn means for the supply chain and how ethical, environmental and trade issues will affect the industry.

This latest just-style report is a think piece about the future of the apparel industry. It is intended to encourage apparel industry executives to consider what is going to shape future products, markets and processes in the apparel industry.

Ironbridge innovator Steve Rawlings develops BO-eliminating iron-on patches; son Tom ditches big City job to help launch Dad’s invention

“Ready for action as soon as they are ironed on or sewn in, and lasting as long as the life of the garment, the patches are soft, chemical-free, odourless, inert, non-allergenic and environmentally-friendly.”

A new underarm clothing tag which uses nano technology to harness and store the molecules responsible for body odour (BO) is to be launched as an alternative to deodorants by Shropshire-based Steve and Tom Rawlings. The father and son team has launched Odegon Tags to banish the antisocial odour resulting from stale human sweat with revolutionary teabag-sized fabric patches housing an activated nano-porous material.

Industry Leaders Collaborate to Create More Effective Integration Between Lab and Production

Datacolor® a global leader in color management solutions, and SETEX, the premier provider of textile automation solutions, today announced a strategic partnership designed to utilize the core strengths of each company in order to create more effective integration and communication between laboratory and production.

        “The combined resources of both companies will help create better processes for maintaining accuracy and standards from the lab to production.”

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "China textile clothing, shoes, hat manufacturing industry, 2010" report to their offering.

“China textile clothing, shoes, hat manufacturing industry, 2010”

China textile clothing, shoes, hat manufacturing Industry, 2010 is valuable for anyone who wants to invest in the textile clothing, shoes, hat manufacturing industry, to get Chinese investments; to import into China or export from China, to build factories and take advantage of lower costs in China, to partner with one of the key Chinese corporations, to get market shares as China is boosting its domestic needs; to forecast the future of the world economy as China is leading the way; or to compete in the segment. The report provides in-depth analysis and detailed insight into the textile clothing, shoes, hat manufacturing industry, market drivers, key enterprises and their strategies, as well as technologies and investment status, risks and trends.

Data sources: Governmental statistics organizations, market research (monitoring) centers, industry associations

China textile clothing manufacturing Industry, 2010 is valuable for anyone who wants to invest in the textile clothing manufacturing industry, to get Chinese investments; to import into China or export from China, to build factories and take advantage of lower costs in China, to partner with one of the key Chinese corporations, to get market shares as China is boosting its domestic needs; to forecast the future of the world economy as China is leading the way; or to compete in the segment. The report provides in-depth analysis and detailed insight into the textile clothing manufacturing industry, market drivers, key enterprises and their strategies, as well as technologies and investment status, risks and trends.
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