New York Times gives readers a behind-the-scenes look at denim research & development at Levi's state-of-the-art textile facility in San Francisco. Located 10 minutes from corporate headquarters, Eureka Lab is run by textile specialist Bart Sights. "Eureka is a nerve center and skunk works for innovation, a place to test out new treatments, new finishes, and new ideas," says the Times. The story describes boiling vats of indigo dye, laser printers, denim washing machines with pumice stones, and "torturous contraptions to test strength and durability." It also describes an atelier of sewers who collaborate with designers to create the next hot prototype for the global jean maker.
Categories: Industrywatch, Apparel Industry Management, San Francisco, Textiles, Merchandise Product Development
Fashion Design Student Duston Jasso recently received the Cooper Design Space Fashion Start Award and The Gen Art Future Entrepreneur Award for the gown he presented for Chairing Styles at DEBUT 2015. "I was so lucky to be able to work with such an amazing … Read More
Recent DEBUT Graduate Willis Park, who also studied Textile Design at FIDM, recently received the Betty Baumgardner Award for Best Use of Textiles from the California Fashion Foundation (CFF) and the Textile Association of Los Angeles (TALA). "I showed some … Read More
Mixed Business invites you to meet Textile Design Graduate Brook Peridgon at Saturday's Meet the Maker Event in Los Angeles. The artist and textile designer will be on hand from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and showcasing two textile collections. … Read More
Fashion Knitwear Design Graduate Marisol Aguirre has a new job at L.A.-based Alternative Apparel as a Technical Designer in the men's department. After finishing her degree in 2007, she worked for more than four years at Forever 21, in the girls department, … Read More
This month the FIDM Library reports on ecological advances in making leather as more fashion and interior design companies seek out sustainable and organic alternatives. Conventional leather processing involves the use of chrome and heavy metals—methods t … Read More
Members of L.A.'s fashion community celebrated FIDM International Manufacturing & Product Development Student Karoline Korpor (pictured with Ilse Metchek), who recently received the Hank Pola Scholarship. Named in honor of the longtime textile executive and … Read More
Voormi, a tech start-up in Colorado, has created the technology to produce a waterproof, breathable textile with only a single layer of material—an advance that would revolutionize sports action apparel design, according to a report in Wired. Introduced at … Read More
"Well-loved wardrobe staples repaired and renewed through skillful mending and the patching together of heirloom textile remnants," are a notable trend story for 2016, according to forecaster WGSN. Reflecting the authenticity backlash to all things techno, … Read More
Kristine Upesleja, FIDM's Textiles & Materials Manager, was recently interviewed for the upcoming Smart Fabrics + Wearable Technology Conference, May 11-13, 2015, in San Francisco, where she will be presenting. Kristine says that she is most excited about th … Read More
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