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Hot New Costumes For 2011

Costume by Music Legs, shot by Nick Monjo, editor in chief/publisher of BODY.

Annually, the HIA’s International Halloween Show in New York City marks the start of the Halloween season for buyers. BODY representatives walked the booths and showrooms at the latest event (December 6 through 9) to catch a glimpse of what innovations costume makers are cooking up for Halloween 2011. » I want to read the article

latest from wholesale costume news

New Orleans Halloween Show Looking Strong

Halloween & Party Expo executive Jonathan Erwin

The Halloween & Party Expo will be held February 6 through 9, 2015 in New Orleans. BODY interviewed show executive Jonathan Erwin about how the event is shaping up. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Party and Expo

Baci: Store Contest With New Costume Release

Baci Lingerie International has unveiled a new contest to celebrate the release of Dreams Volume 3, the sexy lingerie brand’s third wave of roleplaying costumes in time for Halloween 2014. » I want to read more and receive info from Baci Lingerie

Halloween & Party Expo To Launch With Party

In conjunction with a new location in New Orleans, the Halloween & Party Expo has announced a “new and improved industrywide party” on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015, as part of a collaboration with Party & Paper Retailer magazine. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Party & Expo

Catanzaro: Strong Start For First Halloween Line

French fetish designer Patrice Catanzaro reported an enthusiastic reaction so far for his first ever, Halloween collection (introduced earlier this year), even though the company has not yet approached some of the most obvious potential retailers. » I want to read more and receive info from Patrice Catanzaro

Jerry Beck, President Of Charades Costumes

Jerry Benjamin Beck, president of the Charades costume company, passed away June 1. » I want to read more and receive info from Charades

New Orleans Halloween Show “90% Sold” Out

The Halloween & Party Expo is gearing up for a move from Houston to New Orleans for its 2015 show, scheduled Feb. 6-9 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. » I want to read more and receive info from The Halloween and Party Expo

Starline, Raveware & Party King In Merger

Starline, Raveware and Party King.

LRS Apparel, the company that produces both the Party King line of costumes and Raveware lingerie, has merged with Starline, also a producer of costumes and lingerie. The combined operations will be located in Starline’s home city in California, Irvine. The new contact email is info@lrs-starline.com. » I want to read more and receive info from Starline

Vixen: Halloween 2013 Not As Good as 2012

In an ongoing series of interviews, BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos discussed Halloween 2013 with several retailers who carry “sexy” costumes, among others. Here, Philip Yi of Vixen reported a modest selling season. » I want to read more and receive info from Vixen

Halloween 2013 Down At Display and Costume

Competition and a tough economy hurt Halloween 2013 for Display and Costume Supply according to this interview with Claire Weiss. BODY associate publisher conducted the discussion and many others in our continuing series on the costume business. » I want to read more and receive info from Display and Costume Supply

Halloween Up 4% For Candy Apple In 2013

Kay Lambert of Candy Apple Costumes reported a modest rise in costumes sales in 2013 in this interview, part of our ongoing series on Halloween 2013. BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos asked the questions. » I want to read more and receive info from Candy Apple Costumes

Chicago Costume: Tech Changed Halloween

Erin and Courtland Hickey of Chicago Costume Company told BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos that Halloween 2013 was “noting special,” in this installment of our ongoing series on the costume market. » I want to read more and receive info from Chicago Costume Company

Mediocre Halloween In 2013 Says AAArdvark

Jon McCommack of AAArdvark discussed how sales went for Halloween 2013 with BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos, as our series on the costume market continues. » I want to read more and receive info from AAArdvark

How Was Halloween At Marsha’s Menagerie?

In our continuing series of retailer interviews about Halloween 2013, Audrey McRorry of Marsha’s Menagerie spoke with BODY’s associate publisher Ted Vayos. » I want to read more and receive info from Marshas Menagerie

Best, Worst Costumes in 2013 at Halloween Gear

Lynn Abdelnour of Halloween Gear told BODY’s associate publisher Ted Vayos what worked and what did not in the costume business in 2013. This interview is part of a series on Halloween 2013. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Gear

Pierre Silber Tells What Worked For Halloween

More in the continuing series on what worked and what did not for Halloween 2013. Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season, here Pierre Silber of Pierre Silber. » I want to read more and receive info from Pierre Silber

Daisy Corsets Adds Costumes to Top Drawer


Following the successful launch of its premium steel-boned Top Drawer collection, wholesale corset manufacturer Daisy Corsets has expanded the line to include more than 20 new costume styles. » I want to read more and receive info from Daisy Corsets

Halloween 2013: Better Year For ITZAPARTY!

Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several Halloween costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season. According to most, sales were better this year than those in the recent past. A number of store interviews will appear in this series over the next few weeks. » I want to read more and receive info from ITZAPARTY

Halloween 2013: Report From The Party Shop

Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several Halloween costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season. According to most, sales were better this year than those in the recent past. A number of store interviews will appear in this series over the next few weeks. » I want to read more and receive info from The Party Shop

Halloween Mega Stores: How We Did In 2013

Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several Halloween costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season. According to most, sales were better this year than those in the recent past. A number of store interviews will appear in this series over the next few weeks. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Mega Stores

Performance Studios On Halloween 2013 Sales

Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several Halloween costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season. According to most, sales were better this year than those in the recent past. A number of store interviews will appear in this series over the next few weeks. » I want to read more and receive info from Performance Studios

Halloween 2013: What Worked For Frank Bee

Ted Vayos, associate publisher of BODY, interviewed several Halloween costume retailers about their experiences in the market this past season. According to most, sales were better this year than those in the recent past. A number of store interviews will appear in this series over the next few weeks. » I want to read more and receive info from Frank Bee Stores

Yunis Previews Spring Vegas Halloween Show

BODY publisher Nick Monjo interviewed Specialty Trade Shows president Jeff Yunis about his upcoming Las Vegas Halloween Show and Las Vegas International Lingerie Show both running March 31 through April 2, 2014. » I want to read more and receive info from International Lingerie Show

Party King Adds ‘Split Personality’ Costumes


Party King, sister company to Raveware Lingerie (both divisions of LRS Apparel Ltd.), has launched a new “Split Personality” costume collection (also know as Half/Half Costumes) that each combine two different (but associated) characters. » I want to read more and receive info from Raveware

Houston Halloween Show: Satisfied Buyers

Citing reports that more than 158 million people worldwide celebrated Halloween to the tune of just under $7 billion in 2013, the 2014 Halloween & Party Expo stated it expects a strong showing of buyers from across the states and around the globe for its event at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Jan. 25 to 28, 2014. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween and Party Expo

Forplay’s Best-Sellers For Halloween 2013


Each Halloween is different, and the recently-passed holiday was no exception when it came favorite costumes. Sexy apparel company Forplay revealed that its top-selling women’s costumes depicted sultry superheroes. It is a trend we have seen across several brands, with many retailers reporting heroes surpassing pirates as their best-sellers. » I want to read more and receive info from Forplay

Halloween Expo Now Projecting Strong Show

The Halloween & Party Expo, scheduled for Jan. 25 to 28, 2014, is expecting a monster turnout this year, based on recent reports that indicate the holiday has garnered sales increases of 130 percent in the U.S. over the last decade. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween and Party Expo

Leg Avenue: My Little Pony, G.I. Joe Costumes

Characters from the My Little Pony series, seen on the Hasbro website

Leg Avenue is developing three new lines of adult costumes based on characters from Hasbro’s 1980’s animated series My Little Pony, Classic G.I. Joe and Classic Transformers. The costumes will be available in the U.S. and Canada in 2014. » I want to read more and receive info from Leg Avenue

Rubie’s: Marvel Line For U.S., Canada In ’14

Rubie’s Costume Company will develop what it describes as the “broadest collection of Marvel Universe products ever-before produced for Halloween” to bring to stores in 2014. The firm already produces “Marvel product lines throughout Europe and other international markets.” » I want to read more and receive info from Rubies

Halloween Expo Moving To New Orleans in 2015


The Halloween & Party Expo, which has been held for the past five years in Houston, will be moving to New Orleans February 6 – 9, 2015. The final event for Texas will be held January 25-28 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween and Party Expo

Rubie’s Has “Star Trek Into Darkness” License

Rubie’s Costume Company revealed that it will be producing officially licensed “Star Trek Into Darkness” costumes, masks and accessories for the Halloween season. Captain Kirk, Spock, Uhura, Scotty and Klingon designs will be available in adult, child and infant sizes. » I want to read more and receive info from Rubies

New Delicious Costumes Fit Sizes 16 to 20


Delicious of New York, a division of Rubie’s Costume Company Inc., has added “even more figure friendly options into our Extra Delicious Plus-Size Collection,” according to a company announcement. “Did you know that the average American woman is a size 14? It’s true! So why not offer a variety of well-fitted, fashion forward costumes to your customers that have curves,” asks the costume firm. » I want to read more and receive info from Rubie’s

HAuNTcon Joins With Halloween & Party Expo

The 2014 Haunted Attraction National Tradeshow and Conference, or HAuNTcon, will be held Jan. 25-28 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston in conjunction with costume industry show leader the Halloween & Party Expo. » I want to read more and receive info from HAuNTcon

Halloween Expo: Buyer Registration Opens

With 80% of its previous exhibitors already having “already reserved their booth space” for the January (25th through ­28th, 2014) Halloween & Party Expo in Houston, show management has opened a registration link for buyers at www.halloweenpartyexpo.com. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween and Party Expo

Rubie’s: Costumes From 1960’s Batman TV Show


Rubie’s Costume Company Inc. is producing a collection of costumes featuring characters from the Batman television series that originally aired in the 1960’s. The Batman Grand Heritage Costume Collection will be available in retail stores for Halloween 2013, and will include costumes representing Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Joker, The Riddler and Catwoman. » I want to read more and receive info from Rubie’s

Rubie’s Hires Stanley As Licensing Manager

Rubie’s Costume Company Inc. named Stephen Stanley as the company’s new managing director of licensing and business development. According to the firm, “Stanley comes to Rubie’s with over 20 years of experience in the licensing industry, most recently as the senior vice president of global licensing at Jakks Pacific.” » I want to read more and receive info from Rubie’s

Rubie’s: ’Oz the Great and Powerful’ Costumes

Characters on the web site for ‘Oz the Great and Powerful,’ the new Disney movie.

Rubie’s Costume Company Inc. is creating licensed costumes, accessories, make up and masks based on the new movie, Oz the Great and Powerful. The film opened in U.S. theaters on March 8 and, as of the week of March 18, Disney boasted on the film’s web site that it was the “#1 one movie the the world, two weeks in a row.” » I want to read more and receive info from Rubie’s

Delicious: Modern Take on Vintage Classics

Delicious of New York, a division of Rubie’s Costume Company Inc., launched a 2013 costume collection that is “Influenced by women of past and present,” and reflects “femininity, individualism and a strong sense of style,” according to the firm. “With a nod to the 40’s and a wink to the 50’s, the new retro inspired designs offer a modern take on vintage classics.” » I want to read more and receive info from Rubie’s

Halloween Association Costume Show Reports


BODY Magazine was at the recent Halloween Industry Association show in New York as well as the party for exhibitors and buyers at a nearby restaurant, Hill Country. Use the links below to see our photo coverage of the show and after party. Pictured above at the party, Walter Erwin of Erwin Distribution, Howard Beige of Rubies Costume Company and Jerry Beck of Charades. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Industry Association

Sexy Costume Reports From Around the HIA

During the Halloween Industry Association trade show in New York in December, BODY associate publisher Ted Vayos interviewed several exhibitors and provided the following news from around the exhibition. This company-by-company report is part of our on-going series on predicting trends in the world of sexy costumes in 2013. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween Industry Association

Houston Expo Includes Lots of Sexy Costumes

The Halloween & Party Expo, scheduled for Jan. 19 to 22, 2013, is promoting the more than 30 sexy costume brands and buyers that will be attending the four-day event in Houston. » I want to read more and receive info from The Halloween & Party Expo

PFA Introduces Costume Wall Builder Displays

Paper First Affiliates used industry expertise and member input for its latest innovation geared toward costume retailers — the PFA Costume Wall Builder, an easy-to-use software program that allows store owners and merchandise buyers to create a low-cost, efficient costume display for Halloween or the entire year. » I want to read more and receive info from Paper First Affiliates

Vestal Lists Music Legs’ Sexy Costume Successes

In BODY’s continuing series of interviews with leaders of the “sexy costume” industry, we present the comments of Tamera Vestal, the new national director of sales at Music Legs. » I want to read more and receive info from Music Legs

Sexy Costume Trends: Rosenfeld of Escante

The latest executive to comment on trends in the “sexy costume” industry is Mark Rosenfeld, the new national sales manager at Escanté. He joins several other key players in the industry in this ongoing series from BODY. » I want to read more and receive info from Escante

Gatto: How Delicious Sees Costumes in 2013

In our continuing series of interviews with key players in the costume industry, we present a Q & A with Patty Gatto at Delicious. » I want to read more and receive info from Delicious

Leg Avenue’s Take on Halloween 2012 & 2013


As the 2012 Halloween selling season drew to a close and the 2013 was about to begin, we asked several of the leaders in the “sexy costume” industry to talk about where we have been and where we are going. We begin here with the comments of Manuel Da Campo, vice president of sales at Leg Avenue, a dominant wholesaler in this category. » I want to read more and receive info from Leg Avenue

Halloween & Party Expo Filling Up Rapidly

The Halloween & Party Expo, scheduled for Jan. 19 to 22, 2013, has added a number of confirmed guest speakers, industry stars and special events to present at the four-day event in Houston. » I want to read more and receive info from Halloween and Party Expo

Music Legs: License for Zenescope Characters


Music Legs has signed a licensing deal with comic book publisher Zenescope Entertainment allowing them to use the company’s entire stable of characters for its costumes. The comic books provide a sexy take on such stories as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and other stories including Grimms’ Fairy Tales. » I want to read more and receive info from Music Legs

Changes at Ricky’s Lead To Lawsuit & Headlines


In April, BODY ran an exclusive story about management changes at Ricky’s, the New York City costume and beauty products retailer, in which Todd Kenig, Carmen Kenig, Jason Sandlofer and Dominique Costello had all departed the company. Now the situation has gotten uglier and more public with a lawsuit and an article in New York’s largest-circulation newspaper. » I want to read more and receive info from Ricky’s

Leg Avenue Reports ’Furry Hoods’ Are a Hit


Leg Avenue’s collection of furry hoods have become “a fashion and Halloween ‘must have’” according to Lisa Griffin, the company’s marketing manager. » I want to read more and receive info from Leg Avenue

Electric Adds Eight New Hustler Costume Styles

Electric Lingerie, which holds the Hustler license to produce lingerie and other apparel, is about to double the size of its Hustler Costume collection. According to Electric owner Elan Rofé, the new costumes will begin shipping in mid-August, and include the following concepts: “a leopard, a new nurse costume, a beaver, a pussy cat, a pin up, a sailor and two sports themed costumes.” Currently there are “nine key styles,” all of them “best sellers.” » I want to read more and receive info from Electric


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