Current Issue – January 2018

The Six-Month Calendar

The Six-Month Calendar

New to our journal! A schedule along with descriptions of upcoming trade shows relevant to the IA Industry. Use this helpful and informative tool to plan your year! Read More…

Launching the IAJ Continuous Education Initiative™ in Hong Kong

Launching the IAJ Continuous Education Initiative™ in Hong Kong

Learn about the preparation and launch of the new study program in conjunction with the Hong Kong Design Institute – the Professional Certificate in Fashion Sportswear and Bodywear Design. Read More…

U.S. Malls: Opportunities and Threats

U.S. Malls: Opportunities and Threats

Could digital retailing signal the end to the brick-and-mortar? Terri Fisher reports on how a new retail revolution once again will forever change the shopping experience. Read More…

The Development of Sports Bras

The Development of Sports Bras

Despite the need for superior performance sports bras, it is widely accepted that the “perfect” sports bra design does not exist. Panache has been very successful with their wired sports bra, but a version without the wire should satisfy their serious sporting customers. Read More…

Modelling the Block Pattern for the Panache Sports Bra

Modelling the Block Pattern for the Panache Sports Bra

David Morris shows us the technique of masking and drafting on the 34B stand using the “shoe lasting” method favored by shoe designers. Read More…

Drafting the 32D Panache Patterns from the 34B Block

Drafting the 32D Panache Patterns from the 34B Block

David Morris takes us the thorough the process of drafting the patterns for the very successful non-wired sports bra from Panache. Read More…

Grading the Panache Bra

Grading the Panache Bra

There is no universal bra grading system so our industry relies on good previous practice. See how its done!
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Cahoonas Mens Underwear

Cahoonas Mens Underwear

Men’s underwear has always been a product that has been avoided by designers and new brands because it seemed to have no growth. Is Cahoonas the brand that could change all that? Read More…

Extracts from Our Latest Conversation with Marie-Laure Bellon

Extracts from Our Latest Conversation with Marie-Laure Bellon

Read the November 2017 conversation between Marie-Laure Bellon and Marine Veillon. Marie-Laure is the CEO of the intimate apparel trade show organization, Eurovet. Read More…

What We Can Learn from Globalization

What We Can Learn from Globalization

Globalization has brought about the rise of emerging markets, bringing prosperity to many more countries, but it also has its drawbacks. Read this in-depth report on the past, present and future of this ever growing and expanding world changer. Read More…

The European Union

The European Union

Learn about the political and economic union of 28 member states primarily located in Europe, soon to lose one member due to Britain’s decision to leave. Read More…

Company Report: Eastman

Company Report: Eastman

Eastman new cellulosic yarn and knit collection were introduced at Interfilière Paris in 2017. Learn about the company and its new fiber that enables luxurious, comfortable and easy-to-care-for fabrics and garments. Read More…

The Latest on Brexit

The Latest on Brexit

The subject of Brexit is on many minds, and perhaps the first question to ask is: Are we any closer to knowing the actual cost of the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union? Read our in-depth report and find the answer. Read More…

The Dilemma of Angela Merkel

The Dilemma of Angela Merkel

Find out how Germany’s Angela Merkel has been struggling to put together a ruling coalition since the September 2017 elections. The Free Democratic Party’s increasing efforts to curb immigration will likely cause Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic Union to lose seats in the next election. Read More…

Tencent - The Impressive Tech Company

Tencent – The Impressive Tech Company

If you invested a modest amount during this Chinese company’s initial public offering (IPO) in 2004, you’d be rich today. In 2017, the company has a market value of $511 billion, and beat market expectations for its third quarter. Read More…

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank versus The World Bank

Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank versus The World Bank

Ads for institutions like the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, of which China is the biggest shareholder, have raised the possibility that the center of development financing has shifted from Washington to Beijing. Find out how this is causing the U.S. to further finance the World Bank. Read More…

Report on Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Report on Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)

Read all about the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), a meaningful forum for member economies to strength dialogue and understanding. Its members contribute nearly 60% of the global domestic product and 50% of its trade volume. Read More…

The Latest Economic Policies in China

The Latest Economic Policies in China

Get an up-to-date-report on the financial happenings in China, including the One Belt One Road, which involves $1 trillion being spent on infrastructures such as ports, railroads, and highways across Asia, Europe and Africa to give access to China’s trade and political agenda. Read More…

Walmart’s Food Safety in China and the Use of Blockchain

Walmart’s Food Safety in China and the Use of Blockchain

A fascinating new technology! In China, shoppers may now be able to trace the entire supply chain of the food they buy, from farm to store, simply by scanning the quick-response code through the use of blockchain technology. Read More…

Latest on the Belt Road Initiatives

Latest on the Belt Road Initiatives

Get the latest news! The Belt Road Initiative will integrate Asia, Europe and Africa. The railway network will cross Southeastern and Central Asia into Europe. The building of deep-water ports will connect shipments from China, passing the western part of the Pacific into African inland countries. Read More…

The Competitiveness of China

The Competitiveness of China

China is in the midst of launching its “Made in China 2025” initiative, which aims to make the country competitive within a decade in 10 industries, with aircraft, new energy vehicles and biotechnology included as well. Find out more about the country that is rising to become the second-largest economy. Read More…

The Latest on NAFTA

The Latest on NAFTA

Get the most recent report on this important trade deal. President Trump has ignored the warnings of economists that the fall of NAFTA will lead to a global economic disaster. Specialists have already said that scrapping the 23-year-old agreement could actually increase the U.S trade deficit. Read More…

Progress Report on the Paris Climate Agreement and Study of Alternative and Renewable Energy - Part 1

Progress Report on the Paris Climate Agreement and Study of Alternative and Renewable Energy – Part 1

Get the latest! The U.S., under Trump, may retreat from its leadership on climate change but it cannot pull out of the Paris agreement until 2020. In the meantime, a coalition of American governors, mayors, and even business leaders are still working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Read More…

SS2019 Preview of Lingerie Trends and Direction

SS2019 Preview of Lingerie Trends and Direction

Read Simone’s thoughts on what to expect for this spring and summer in the world of fashion. The two main trends? “Clean and athletic with a touch of glamour” and “feminine embellishment with a hint of sport.” Sounds like athleisure to us! Read More…

Overview of the Chinese Apparel Market - Part 1

Overview of the Chinese Apparel Market – Part 1

Read our profile on the the unlimited potential for China in the ever-expanding apparel market. In 2013, the total apparel sales in China had reached $185 billion and the country is poised to overtake the U.S. by 2018. Read More…

Introducing the Japanese Fiber Companies: What we can learn from them

Introducing the Japanese Fiber Companies: What we can learn from them

Purchase our profile of the seven presidents of the most important Japanese chemical fiber companies and what they have to say about the future of our industry. Read More…

Africa: The Roadmap

Africa: The Roadmap

Purchase this in-depth report on the massive continent, second only to Asia in size and population. It covers 6% of the earth’s total area (roughly 30.3 million square kilometers,) with 1.2 billion people, which is 16% of the world’s population. Read More…

Book Review: Vintage Lingerie - 30 Patterns Based on Period Garments Plus Finishing Techniques by Jill Salen

Book Review: Vintage Lingerie – 30 Patterns Based on Period Garments Plus Finishing Techniques by Jill Salen

Read the review on the art of vintage lingerie by Jill Salen, a lecturer in costumes at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama for the past 23 years. Read More…

Fashion Quote: “Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed, it means being remembered” by Giorgio Armani

Fashion Quote: “Elegance doesn’t mean being noticed, it means being remembered” by Giorgio Armani

Giorgio Armani, known for his clean, tailored lines, introduced his line to the U.S. market in 1979 and then expanded into underwear and swimwear, accessories, perfumes and a youth line known as Emporio. Read More…