Current Issue – July 2017

The Meteoric Rise of Alibaba

The Meteoric Rise of Alibaba

Terri Fisher explores the 286 billion U.S. dollar success of Jack Ma, the the Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, one of China’s largest internet companies and its largest online shopping website. Read More…

Interview: Tina Wilson, The Artist and Designer

Interview: Tina Wilson, The Artist and Designer

Camille sits down with Tina Wilson, accomplished Intimate Apparel designer, and talented artist and illustrator for an artistic and colorful Q&A! Read More…

Paris Climate Agreement

Paris Climate Agreement

IAJ investigates newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement, its ramifications, and its effect on world trade. Read More…

Gossard Wonderbra

Gossard Wonderbra

David Morris takes us through the process of drafting the Wonderbra Pushup Plunge Bra, invented in 1963 by Canadian designer, Louise Poirier. According to Wonderbra USA “this unique garment, the forerunner of today’s Wonderbra push-up bra had 54 design elements that lifted and supported the bust. Read More…

Soft Bra Developments

Soft Bra Developments

Learn how to draft this practical design that does not use underwire for support. Traditionally regarded as offering less support than underwire models, soft-cup bras now offer competitive support and shaping. Read More…

Men’s Swimwear

Men’s Swimwear

David Morris takes us through the process of drafting both a men’s swim brief and men’s swim shorts. Learn the intricacies of these two classic designs. Read More…

AW2018/19 Preview of Lingerie Trends & Direction

AW2018/19 Preview of Lingerie Trends & Direction

Read Simone’s preview of what’s to come for AW 2018/2019. “Reflect contemporary femininity” could describe best which trend lies ahead. Read More…

Robot Take Over of Apparel Production

Robot Take Over of Apparel Production

The Terminator “vill be bahhhk”. … to make your sneakers. Adidas, the German maker of sportswear, has announced it will start marketing its first series of shoes manufactured by robots in Germany starting in 2017. Read More…

The New Frontier of Intimate Apparel: Revisiting the Sports Bra as a Standalone Category

The New Frontier of Intimate Apparel: Revisiting the Sports Bra as a Standalone Category

Another report by publisher Andrew Sia on Athleisure and its continuing rise in the industry as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sports bra, first invented in 1977. Read More…

World Trade in Turmoil

World Trade in Turmoil

Read what’s next in the chaotic world of trade. The rising threat of protectionism reared its ugly head as President Trump withdrew from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership and threatened to renegotiate NAFTA. Read More…

Fashion Quote: “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness” by Bill Blass

Fashion Quote: “Red is the ultimate cure for sadness” by Bill Blass

Bill Blass was among the first American designers to attach his name to his brand. Check out this brief biography of the man behind the iconic co-branding campaign with Ford for their Lincoln Mark V. Read More…

The Next Industrial Revolution

The Next Industrial Revolution

Read our take on how China’s central planners have been promoting automation to fill the labor shortage and generous subsidies from local governments have enabled companies to build and use robots. Read More…

Introducing the CIMT in the Hong Kong Design Institute

Introducing the CIMT in the Hong Kong Design Institute

“Materialize Your Idea!” is the mantra of the recently established Centre of Innovative Material and Technology (CIMT) at the Hong Kong Design Institute, a material resources interactive learning platform that makes a difference. Read More…

Country Report: Mexico

Country Report: Mexico

Mexico, an important production base, is the focus of this article from our continuing series on developing manufacturing hubs. This time we head to South America to find out the history, economics and the current state of this vibrant country. Read More…

Book Report: An Intimate Affair by Jill Fields

Book Report: An Intimate Affair by Jill Fields

Began as a school research paper, and then doctoral thesis, this book presents the history of intimate apparel during the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries in New York City. Read More…