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Performance fabrics expand at Showtime
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While most performance fabric manufacturers described Showtime as steady or good, Tom Byrnes said the response at the Liora Manne booth was unbelievable. In addition to fabric swatches, the designer's vibrant colors and patterns appeared on mannequins, ottomans, rugs and pillows constructed to go outdoors. "We're getting a lot of credit for uniqueness of design," said Byrnes, marketing director, Liore Manne. More

Shopping at ITMA Showtime 2011
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It's always so awesome to shop the ITMA Showtime textiles show. You get to just swim in a huge variety of fabrics, leathers, and colors! I'm always searching for something new and amazing. And you can always find it! More

Videos from ITMA Showtime 2011
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Check out these videos from exhibitors at ITMA Showtime 2011:

Wipelli Leather
Wesley Mancini Fabrics
De Leo Textiles
Laura & Kiran Fabrics

Remodeling continues to increase nationally
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BuildFax, which collects and analyzes construction records from across the country, said its BuildFax Remodeling Index for April shows that home remodeling and renovating continues to rise. The report reveals continued year-over-year gains, with data demonstrating that consumers are continuing to invest in remodeling, even while the economy continues to struggle and the real-estate market continues to experience sales decreases coast to coast. More

Internet tax bill in limbo
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The fate of California's controversial proposed Internet-tax laws hangs in a precarious balance. On June 15, the California Senate passed a package of trailer bills to the state budget that would authorize the state tax board to enforce collection of sales taxes from out-of-state e-commerce retailers. More

Textiles for humankind
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It is no secret that many textile-producing companies, mainly in Western countries with higher production and labor costs than in the developing countries, are trying to escape from the "Fashion Trap." It also is no secret that for at least the last two decades, Asian countries, particularly China and other countries in the Pacific Rim, have overtaken the Western Hemisphere to produce the major commodity portion of fabrics and apparel. More

A closer look at the pie
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As Washington pols wrestle over who should or should not be taxed and how much of the pie should be redistributed to which economic tier, Ad Age has released a study that should give everyone in the mass market retail world pause. The top 10 percent of U.S. households are responsible for nearly half of the country's purchasing power, leading Ad Age to conclude: "'s time to abandon the idea of mass affluence." More

US container imports jump 9.27 percent in May
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Container shipments of consumer and commercial goods rose in May, according to an analysis by Zepol Corp., which collects and reports on international trade data. U.S. imports of 20-foot equivalent containers rose 9.27 percent from April and 8.76 percent from May 2010, while total worldwide shipments rose 9.35 percent from April and more than 9 percent from May. More

AATCC announces student winners for innovative product development
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AATCC has announced the winners of its sixth annual Materials Research Poster Competition for students. The competition (developed by AATCC's Materials Interest Group) aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. All entries were evaluated on concept originality, research quality, clarity and results. More

Art walk is downtown LA's fashion connection
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So many designers have tried new angles on classic American looks. But Japanese-born Ayumi Shibata thinks she found a new wrinkle on one of the original American styles — Navajo. Southwestern and Plains Native American looks are the inspiration for Shibata's latest As Is collection. More

Fashion trends in NYC
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London, Paris and Milan — European cities whose bias toward their own designers often results in little mention of emerging U.S talent. New York — a hot-bed of textiles talent and home-grown designers, aka Michael Kors and Donna Karan. When it comes to fashion forwardness, Europe lags considerably in the futuristic department. Conversely, New York is also affiliated with glamor, glitz and red-carpet readiness. More

7 inspirations for 2012-13 wool trends
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The Woolmark Company launches The Wool Lab, a seasonal guide to the most innovative, quality woolen fabrics and yarns, presented through the most inspiring fashion trends. The guide will be showcased to professionals from the international fashion and apparel industry: brands, fashion designers, retailers, haberdashers, weavers, spinners, media and buyers. More

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