FORGET THE FOUR SEASONS. 2008’s fashion forecast is all about states of mind. Better-cut styles will have wearers exuding confidence. Reinvigorated color choices illustrate newfound energy. Going corporate takes a turn toward the future, while organic looks keep consumers’ feet and thoughts on terra firma. Below, suppliers take stock of their offerings for the industry’s most fashion-friendly new year in recent history. “For 2008, we are thrilled to introduce our brand new Missy division, which features basic to fashionable apparel that is cut to fit the everyday woman. Nine new styles will be available at the start of the year.” —Dean Vuong, vice
Mark Rigney, art director at Holloway Sportswear, Sidney, Ohio, was recently awarded a $500 gift certificate to Stahls’ for capturing the top prize in the appliqué category of Stitches Magazine’s annual Stitch-Off competition. With increasing amounts of custom work finding its way to Holloway Sportswear, Rigney was encouraged by his colleagues to enter the annual competition. The winning submission, created by staff digitizer Kris Boerger, was an embroidery design transformed into an appliqué. It featured an embroidery setting, and encompassed more than 100,000 stitches. After a battery of design experimentation, the final submission was created for the West Michigan Whitecaps, a minor league baseball team based
Hit the Nail Promotions will hit the nail on the head with coordinating ladies’ and men’s Dry-Excel Nailhead Pique Knit Shirts from Holloway Sportswear. Made from an 11.6 oz. polyester knit, the shirts boast tagless labeling. The ladies’ style features a V-neck, self-collared neckline and open-hem cap sleeves. The men’s version includes a matching self collar, a three-button placket, raglan sleeves and a drop-tail bottom hem. The women’s design comes in sizes XS to 2XL, and the men’s shirt comes in sizes S to 3XL. Both styles are availble in a variety of colors, including dark green and pink (shown), and maroon and navy.