HanesBrands, a leading marketer of everyday basic apparel, has acquired Maidenform Brands for approximately $583 million.
Maidenform is a leading seller of bras, shapewear and panties under brands such as Maidenform, Flexees, Lilyette, Self Expressions and Sweet Nothings.
“Maidenform is a great company with strong brands and a rich tradition of innovation in intimate apparel,” commented Richard A. Noll, Hanes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The Maidenform business and brands are a perfect addition and complement to our core business and brands. This is an excellent use of our strong free cash flow to create value.”
Italian knitted fashion fabrics producer Piave Maitex to exhibit at the Mare i Moda – Intimo di Moda 2013 that will be held in Cannes from 5-7 November.
The show will feature a wide assortment of novelties, ranging from plain fabrics suggestions, to the printed Beachwear collection 2015 and the preview of the printed underwear Spring - Summer collection 2015.
Italian knitwear brand Newland has launched Merintech, a new knitwear collection for men and women featuring Dryarn, the innovative polypropylene micro fibre.
According to Athesis srl owned Newland, it chose Dryarn for its exceptional lightness, comfort and thermal insulation. Merintech leisure wear features a classic style with a touch of the latest fashion and is designed for people looking for the maximum comfort in sportswear.
The 2013 Art and Design postgraduate exposition at Nottingham Trent University will feature creative talent from countries including China, India, Brazil, Thailand, Japan, Ireland, Holland, Africa, Turkey and Spain.
Over 180 artists and designers will be showcasing their work in September and October, including local artists from Nottingham, who will also have their work on display. The event marks the completion of the designers’ postgraduate education.
Carol Jones, head of Masters courses for the School of Art & Design, said: “Our cohorts comprise of different backgrounds, cultures and age ranges, from 25-65, helping to provide a significant creative community.”
The 29th edition of the IAF World Fashion Convention that started this week in Kunshan near Shanghai, is taking place in China for the first time in 40 years of its history, drawing attention to the future of the industry and its economic potential.
The general assembly of the International Apparel Federation, held in Shanghai, also focused on sustainability, discussing the building of a bridge between the European Accord and the US Alliance for Bangladesh, which is steered by IAF’s global responsibility committee.
Premiere Vision September 17-19th opened in a market atmosphere becoming more positive as each trade fair opens, buoyed up by forecasters. This was reflected in general attitudes of the professional visitors there in greater numbers, always more sceptical, but nevertheless inspired by the current offer.
Most were interested in the level of ingenuity and technical expertise revealed in the colours, knits and blends for Autumn/Winter 2014/15. There is still great interest in knit developments, helped by the Knitwear Solutions area and a focus on men’s knitwear, presenting new approaches in garment form, highly visible at the entrance of the show for the third time.
Shima Seiki, the very popular knitting machine manufacturer from Japan, were amongst the exhibitors at the Knitwear Solutions area of Premiere Vision. With their incredible technology that almost seems to work like magic, Shima have been the biggest innovator in knitwear production and design since the early sixties, providing not only machinery but also CAD software.
I visited their stand at the show last week and I was given a very thorough introduction to their APEX 3 computer package, which is one of the company’s main points of focus along with their Wholegarment machines.
TS Knitwear who are based in Leicester UK, require an experienced knitwear technician with experience of Stoll M1 programming software as well as knowledge on Stoll CMS machines.
Missoni, the iconic Italian knitwear fashion brand, has developed a new Autumn-Winter 2013 collection featuring knits in denim jackets and jeans, together with Jean Machine, the contemporary men's denim manufacturer.
Knitwear Solutions, the area dedicated to the creativity of flatbed knits, was inaugurated at the September edition of Premiere Vision last year and since then it has been growing steadily: with an increasing presence of knitwear in ready-to-wear collections, it only seemed obvious to expand this dedicated platform to provide both designers and manufacturers alike with an opportunity to meet and establish new business relationships.
In comparison with September 2012, when only 26 companies showed, there are already 50 exhibitors confirmed and an additional 26 new companies that will show at the next edition of Premiere Vision. Knitwear Solutions is not only a platform dedicated to manufacturers from all over the world, but it fulfils all the requirements dictated by the demanding process of knitwear design, from the numerous spinners showing at Expofil, to the manufacturers and also the knit design studios present at Indigo.