The Spring/Summer 2014 Los Angeles International Textile Show (LA TEXTILE) took place February 25 – 27, 2013 at the California Market Center (CMC) with a solid flow of traffic that included an array of prominent designers, manufacturers and production teams. The Show featured hundreds of textile, trim, luxe, décor, and sourcing resources across a variety of categories and positive enthusiasm was exuded throughout the Show floors as new accounts were opened and a noticeable increase in business was reported. Returning this Show were the Lenzing Innovation Pavilion and European Collections Pavilion, as well as the official trend forum, co-curated by trend partner Stylesight and an assortment of perks for attendees.
“This is our third year exhibiting at LA TEXTILE, and it has really grown our business,” said Gina Valdez, US West Coast Sales Agent of Liberty Art Fabrics/ Liberty of London. “Overall this has been a wonderful Show. We saw an increase in stronger and larger accounts this edition than in shows past, which is very exciting.”
Andrew Volk, Vice President of B. Black & Sons agreed with Valdez, saying “This Show has been excellent. We saw a significantly higher quality of attendees and exhibitors this Show, plus we opened many new accounts.”
The impressive list of designers in attendance included Chaiken and Capone, St. John Knits, BCBG Max Azria, Kelly Wearstler, Fred Segal Hats, Speedo, Patagonia, David Meister, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Seven For All Mankind, Adriano Goldschmied, LF Stores, Trina Turk, Bailey 44, Young Fabulous and Broke, Joie, Nasty Gal, Wren, Tarina Taantino, Aiko, Tadashi, Habitual, Ella Moss, Splendid, American Apparel, Karen Kane, ABS by Allen Schwartz, Babakul, Rory Beca, Hale Bob, TOMS, Michael Stars, Heidi Merrick, Tylie Malibu, Seven Times Seven, Sketchers, Bella James, Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, Miss Me, Stop Staring, Dolce Cabo, Myne, Three Dots, Oakley, Modcloth, Elaine Kim, and Beach Bunny Swimwear, plus many more.
Other noteworthy companies seen this show included ELLE Fashion, The Walt Disney Company and Disneyland Resorts, Zulily.com, NBC Entertainment, Staples Designer Services, Michael Levine Inc., Dick’s Sporting Goods, TJ Maxx, Belkin, Dillard’s, Margaretville Apparel Group, Los Angeles Opera Costume Shop, Three Day Blinds, and Pacific Coast Home Furnishings, to name a few.
“We attend this Show to gain insight on trend forecasting, and to buy prints,” said Emily Harris, Textile Designer for Bebe. “The Show is so convenient because it is local… basically in our backyard, which is great.”
Resources at this Show were well-rounded, with categories that included beads and sequins, blanks, color woven shirtings, cotton blends, denim, embroidery embellished beaded fabrics, knits, jacquards, faux fur, interior decorative textiles, fasteners, buttons, buckles, zippers, lace, linen blends, leather suede, organic and eco-friendly fabrics, prints, ribbons, silk, stretch, suiting, technical functional fabrics, appliqués and decorative accessories, trend services, yarns, velvet velour, wool and many more.
First-time exhibitor Kassy Dean, Creative Director of White Buffalo Studio, also reported having a successful show. “We are based in Los Angeles and wanted our first trade show experience to be local. Exhibiting at the LA Textile Show has been a fantastic experience. It has been extremely beneficial to meet so many wonderful local designers and create new relationships. We will definitely be back.”
The Lenzing Innovation Pavilion returned for its sixth edition with their impressive network of affiliated exhibiting partners, which included Design Knit Inc, Laguna Fabrics, Shara-Tex, Texollini, Unitex International, Zentex, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., American Fabrics International, Britannia Mills Ltd, Epic Textiles, Swisstex Direct, Fine Cotton Factory, Lenzing Fibers Inc., Tuscarora Yarns, Impex Textiles, Pacific Coast Knitting, and Sextet Fabrics.
Furthermore, Lenzing and LA TEXTILE co-hosted an Opening Night Reception Monday February 25, in the Penthouse. The event included appetizers from Amante Pasta and Pizzeria, an organic wine bar from Frey Vineyards, and DJ Lead One spun live beats.
In addition to textile and design resources, the Show offered attendees a packed schedule of complimentary seminars presented by industry luminaries Peclers Paris, Promostyl, Stylesight, WGSN, Lenzing, Fashion Snoops, California Fashion Association (CFA), Fashion Business Inc. (FBI), Design Options, and Cotton, Inc. Designers were also encouraged to explore and seek inspiration from the Trend Forum, co-curated by Stylesight and LA TEXTILE, featuring the four overall trends for Spring/Summer 14: Rational, Real, Creed, and Eden.
“This show surpassed our expectations and had an overall enthusiastic energy among exhibitors and attendees alike,” said Oscar Ben Rodriguez, Senior Trade Show Producer at the CMC.
About the Los Angeles International Textile Show (LA TEXTILE) – LA Textile is the fashion industry’s destination for premier textile, design and production resources. Offering hundreds of fabric selections and design services from around the world, the caliber of resources and fashion direction is presented with our Contemporary designer audience in mind. Our trend forum, curated by trend partner Stylesight, and complimentary seminar program are designed to inform and inspire. For more information, please visit http://www.californiamarketcenter.com/latextile
Did you know that LA Textile Partnered with Stylesight.