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Global Clothing B2B 2013 Report

The recent "Global Clothing B2C E-Commerce Report 2013 provides information about online purchase of clothing. One of the findings of the researchers of this report is that this is the number one product purchased in B2C E-Commerce worldwide. The Internet has become an important tool for browsing or researching clothing products, whether the purchase is eventually made online or in a store. According to the report, over one-third of Internet users worldwide made or intended to make a purchase from this product category in 2013. The report details the trends in sales globally, by region, and country by country.

Toronto-based luxury bespoke tailoring house Garrison Bespoke will launch the first fashion-forward bulletproof suit tomorrow with a live ammo field-testing event at the Ajax Rod and Gun Club at 11:00 am EST in Ontario.

Rent the Runway, the leading destination for designer dress and accessory rentals, is making designer fashion more accessible with its first ever app for iPhone and iPod touch. The standout feature, aptly named Dress Match, allows women to snap a photo of their favorite dress – whether discovered while shopping or spotted on a friend—and match it to an identical or similar Rent the Runway style using photo matching technology. Users can place rental orders for all items within Rent the Runway's inventory from over 175 designer brands. The app is designed at launch for iOS 7.

The trend for crowd-sourced fashion goods is booming; new research, however, shows that crowdsourcing fashion only works for mainstream brands – try selling an haute couture devotee a user-designed Gucci purse and she will reject it as inferior and potentially damaging to her reputation.

Survey Finds Wholesalers Experiencing Increases in Orders for Both Summer and Back-to-School Seasons, Year-over-Year

Importers and manufacturers who sell to America's major retailers are seeing growth in sales for both the summer and back-to-school seasons, according to Capital Business Credit (CBC), a non-bank lender that services the retail sector.

"It's like the Neiman Marcus of Pawn, the Mercedes-Benz of Pawn, the Tiffany's of Pawn... you get the idea," laughs President, Adriana Hernandez, "it's the complete opposite of the dark, cluttered, seedy places you may have seen on Law & Order or in the movies." 

Indeed it is. The grand facade features a giant mural that takes up the entire front and side of the large brand-new building – one that took over 5 years to complete. The mural, created by Wynwood artist and girl-power darling, Diana Contreras (best known for "Sofia Rose"), will be unveiled at the grand opening. 

Investments into World-Class Support to Meet Rapidly Growing Customer Base

Stylesight, the industry leading global content and technology solution for style, fashion and design professionals, announced today an expansion of its client service network across the United States, Asia and Europe. The expansion, which includes investments into new around-the-clock client services, unique trend specialist support, and tailored client training, will reinforce Stylesight's position as the most sophisticated creative platform in its class.

Interactive Tool Provides Greater Insight into Materials Assessment Scores Used in the Higg Index

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) has launched the Materials Sustainability Index (MSI) web tool as a new component to the Higg Index suite of sustainability tools for the apparel and footwear industries. This interactive new platform visualizes and compares the quantitative section of the MSI scores used in the Higg Index. The goal of the MSI web tool is to dramatically increase transparency into how the quantitative scores of the MSI are derived, as well as allow a means for anyone in the public domain to submit new data to the SAC to improve the quality of the scores. It is open-source, allowing users to contribute new data, help improve the quality of current data and access the data underlying the MSI scores. The MSI web tool can be viewed at msi.apparelcoalition.org.   

The June issue of Bergdorf Goodman Magazine will feature several cars from Cadillac's past as the luxury automaker becomes the first non-fashion partner of the Bergdorf Goodman fashion publication.


Barneys New York, the luxury specialty retailer, has partnered with the estate of Roy Lichtenstein and Art Production Fund to launch a limited-edition collection of home goods, available exclusively this summer at Barneys New York.

Guests Reveled in Jay Gatsby's extravagant world after watching new film on big screen

For the lucky attendees of The Great Gatsby world premiere, once the credits stopped rolling, the fun had only just begun. In an after-party for the ages, Samantha Sackler Productions brought to life the outrageous and lively atmosphere of a Jay Gatsby party, allowing guests to revel in the opulence and decadence of the 1920s.

Over 80 million plastic water bottles have been upcycled through Haggar's E-CLO™ and LK Life Khaki™ eco-friendly apparel lines with the use of REPREVE®

In recognition of Earth Day 2013, Haggar Clothing Co., the iconic American menswear company, announced last week that over 80 million post-consumer plastic bottles have been upcycled through its eco-friendly apparel line E-CLO™ which includes their popular LK Life Khaki™ brand.  These pants contain a unique blend of cotton and REPREVE®, which is made from recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles. E-CLO and LK Life Khaki pants are innovative, earth-conscious apparel options for those seeking to reduce their ecological footprint through their everyday purchase decisions.  Each pair of pants contains the equivalent of seven recycled plastic bottles— making Haggar one of the first major menswear manufacturers to produce apparel designed to reduce waste and conserve natural resources.

New York headed into Fashion Week while on-camera hosts Alexa Ray Joel and Julie Benlevi-Zeff geared up for another season of filming for the style and social network, JULIB.com. You'll find Joel, the sultry chanteuse and daughter of Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel, occasionally crooning for her digital audience, as she and Style Expert Benlevi-Zeff interview a mix of celebs and personalities including Kris Jenner, Kristin Chenoweth, Miss. J. Alexander, Kelly Osborne, Heidi Klum, Kelly Bensimon, Cyndi Lauper, Russell Simmons, Kelly Cutrone and others about their favorite "JIBs" (recommendations on people, places and products).

Do your spring-cleaning, get a bargain and support your neighbors in need.  Patterns, beautiful upholstery, elegant fabric, yarns and notions at discount prices are only a few things in store at the upcoming 25th Annual Salvation Army Fabric Fair.  Sponsored by the organization's Greater Pittsburgh Women's Auxiliary, not only is this event a bargain, but a major fundraiser benefiting local families who are hurting.  Fabric Fair is slated for Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm at the South Park Home Economics Building, located on Brownsville Road.

UNIQLO, the global clothing retailer, announced today the creation of a 10-week volunteer and donation program to distribute 100,000 donated items of HEATTECH and 10,000 items of Ultra Light Down jackets to those in regions affected by Hurricane Sandy. The donated HEATTECH items are for men, women and kids and include long-sleeve t-shirts and tights, while the Ultra Light Down jackets and parkas are for men and women.

Rent the Runway, the leading online destination for dress and accessory rentals, has received a $20 million investment with all existing investors participating in the fundraising round including Advance, parent company of Conde Nast, Bain Capital Ventures, Highland Capital Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.  Prior to the $20 million investment, Rent the Runway had raised more than $31 million in venture capital.

Joining the colorful backstage celebration that will be The XIII Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be the world's fastest growing maker of premium polarized sunglasses, Maui Jim, Inc®. Some of the biggest names in Latin music will discover the latest styles and lens technologies, along with a little aloha spirit, from the company whose sunglasses were born on the beaches of Maui, Hawaii. The awards will be held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, Nov. 15, and will be broadcast live on the Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/7 Central.

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