Monday February 23, 2009
New York, NY

Cotton Incorporated, the association of America’s Cotton Producers and Importers, and LIM - The College of Business of Fashion have partnered to open The Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library at LIM, it was announced jointly today.

The Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library, which showcases an international fabric selection from more than 350 mills, knitters and converters from the United States and abroad, has been installed in two LIM fashion merchandising studios at the College’s 545 Fifth Avenue building.

Displaying fabrics in wovens, knits, home furnishings, and lace/trim constructions that contain 100% cotton, or are cotton-rich (containing 60% cotton or more), the Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library at LIM will be used in conjunction with several LIM courses, including Textiles Product Development, Applied Fashion Merchandising, and Senior Fashion Merchandising Capstone.

This Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library was previously housed in Cotton Incorporated’s Los Angeles office, which was closed during the last quarter of 2008.

In announcing Cotton Incorporated’s contribution of its Los Angeles Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library to LIM, LIM President Elizabeth S. Marcuse said, “We are enormously grateful to Cotton Incorporated for this gift. It will be an invaluable teaching tool for our students in their understanding of cotton’s colors and textures and their use in product life cycle management and apparel merchandising at retail.”

“The Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library is the premiere resource and comprehensive guide on cotton fabrics. We are very excited that we will have this installation at LIM, the only college in the United States focused exclusively on the business of fashion,” said Mark Messura, Executive Vice President of Cotton Incorporated, adding, “We are very excited that it will give LIM students a comprehensive understanding of cotton and its attributes.”

The Cotton Incorporated donation of the Los Angeles Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library to LIM was facilitated by the Chairperson of LIM’s Fashion Merchandising department, Michael Londrigan, and Mr. Messura of Cotton Incorporated. Earlier in his career, Professor Londrigan was the Managing Director of U.S. Marketing Implementation at Cotton Incorporated. Cotton Incorporated‘s New York Office will work with LIM to update the Cottonworks® Global Fabric Library at LIM with new fabrics and displays.

About Cotton Incorporated

Cotton Incorporated, funded by U.S. growers of upland cotton and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, is the research and marketing company representing upland cotton. The Program is designed and operated to improve the demand and profitability of cotton.

About LIM

LIM is the nation’s only college focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion. The College offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, as well as Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) and Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees in Fashion Merchandising. Housed in four buildings in midtown Manhattan, the College provides a well-rounded education through the combination if in-class instruction and required fashion industry internships. LIM was founded in 1939 and has been witness to every significant change in the retail and fashion industry for seven decades. LIM alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including Coach, Jones Apparel, Kenneth Cole Productions, Liz Claiborne, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.


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