February, 2015
The California Fashion Association (CFA) - a non-profit organization prividing information for business expansion and growth to the apparel and textile industry of California.  The CFA's mission is to define the industry's economic impact, and to outline export opportunities and global sourcing options.
California is the "Gate to the Americas" and American style!
David Dea
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FACTORY DIRECT - a new Apparel, Footwear and Accessories Sourcing Trade Show - providing pre-show and post show consultations, educational seminars and an on-site concierge service to assist attendees in their sourcing supply chain strategy.

The Factory Direct platform is ideal for small-to-medium sized brands; those that are starting out and mid-size brands seeking to expand their supply chain network. The show is also important for large brands developing new divisions or experimenting with new styles, retailers developing private label brands, and apparel brands seeking to expand into new categories.

Founder David Dea explains, “Our focus is to assist our attendees and exhibitors in growing their business. We want to be the source for locating the right partners, finding factories, getting financing, website development, and new technologies.

Upcoming Event: 
March 2nd – 4th: Factory Direct
Location: The New Mart, 127 East 9th Street, 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm / For more information, click here

For information, contact David Dea at:  (310) 906-0885 -or - ddea@ftydirect.net
Jordan Speer
Kevin Sullivan
Executive Vice President,
Wells Fargo Capital Finance

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Kevin Sullivan, Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo Capital Finance will present “Financing Your Fashion Supply Chain” at Apparel West 2015.  This session will examine the state of finance for fashion and retail relative to industry trends, winning (and losing) strategies for financing and the story behind the numbers.  An audience Q&A will be included.

For its eight year in Los Angeles, Apparel West 2015 is re-branding and re-formatting to give apparel brands and retail executives more market-leading intelligence, business strategy solutions and inspiration.

At Apparel West 2015, the focus is on objective, market-right content to help executives innovate their businesses to create competitive advantage. There will be leading-edge keynotes from industry experts, peer-to-peer networking opportunities, and intimate discussion groups.

Upcoming Event: 
Wednesday, March 25th: Apparel West 2015
Location:  Magic Box @ The REEF, 1933 S. Broadway, 11th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm / For more information, click here

For registration information, contact Dita Alexandrakis at:  
973-607-1388 -or -dalexandrakis@edgellmail.com.
Thomas Travis
Managing Partner, Chairman

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Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. has launched Maquila Matters, a new monthly newsletter designed to offer information and practical guidance to help readers better understand the complexities of Maquila operations. The first issue covers:
•  Introduction to IMMEX (Mexican Export Promotion program)
• ​The New Maquila Import VAT - Obtaining Credits and Refunds
• ​Introduction to Maquila Terminology
In 2014 and 2015 broad-ranging tax requirements for Mexican Maquiladoras took effect. Maquila Matters will help make sense of this new web of regulatory requirements by discussing the key issues currently facing Maquiladoras in Mexico, and suggesting solutions to both common and not-so-common problems. 

To access and subscribe to Maquila Matters, click here

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, PA (ST&R) and Sandler & Travis Trade Advisory Services (STTAS) together form the largest customs and international trade services provider in the world. Clients include some of the largest multinational corporations in the world as well as small to mid-sized importers and exporters. ST&R’s expertise includes any and all matters concerning the movement of goods, services and intellectual property from one country to another, regardless of point of export or import.

Contact: Thomas Travis at: ttravis@strtrade.com​
Industry Calendar:



February 17: CFA Panel at MAGIC: "Plus Size Fashion: Are You Missing a Major Market Opportunity?" / Las Vegas Convention Center

February 17: The Professional Club's 6th Annual "TPC Goes to MAGIC" / THEhotel, Las Vegas (more info)

February 18: CIT Commercial Services Breakfast at MAGIC / by invitation only

February 20: IE Singapore CEO Breakfast Panel: "Cross Border E-Commerce Trends & Strategies for South East Asia and Austrailia" / CFA Board Room

February 26: Fashion Industion Human Resource Association (FIHRA) / LA Chapter Meeting

March 2-4: LA International Textile Show / California Market Center(more info)

March 2-4: Factory Direct Sourcing Show The New Mart (more info)

March 3: CFA Seminar for LA Textile Show: " What is a Knock-Off?  When is it Legal/Illegal? Textiles - Fashion Design-Trademarks"

March 15: FIDM Debut 2015 / The Barkar Hangar, Santa Monica (more info)

March 15-18: LA Fashion Market / California Market Center, Cooper Design Space, New Mart

March 15-18: LA Kids Market / California Market Center

March 16-17: Coeur Show / Cooper Design Space

March 16-18: Designers & Agents / New Mart

March 25: Apparel West 2015 / The REEF (more info)

March 26: CFA Advisory Board Meeting

March 29-31: LA Gift & Home Market / California Market Center


April 7-8: LA Men's Market / California Market Center

April 7-9: LA Majors Market / California Market Center

April 23: Annual CFF/TALA Scholarship Luncheon / California Market Center


May 4-6: Designers & Agents, New York


June 7-10: LA Fashion Market / California Market Center

June 7-10: LA Kids Market / California Market Center

June 8-10: SELECT Contemporary Tradeshow / California Market Center

June 8-10: TRANSIT LA Shoe Show / California Market Center

June 8-10: SHAPE Athleisure Lifestyle Tradeshow / California Market Center

June 8-10: Designers & Agents / New Mart

June 9-11: Licensing International Expo / Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas (more info)

For more information on how to participate, please contact the CFA office at 213.688.6288