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MARCH 8, 2019

CFDA x Lexus Sustainable Fashion Initiative


Like the little black dress, innovation has remained a staple tradition in the fashion world. Most designers can construct a breathtaking collection wowing front-row-gazing buyers. But it takes a leader to truly innovate as globalization tears down the geographic footprint. The C3 collection is an example and inspiration of what can happen when leaders come together to make a positive impact.

The C3 collection – as in Circular Capsule Collection – is a limited edition collaboration created exclusively by CFDA + Lexus Fashion Initiative 2.0 finalists Studio 189, Cienne, Whit, M.Patmos, and St. Roche. “The collection is produced with Cradle2Cradle Gold Certified Millennium Nature, an organic wool yarn originally developed for Stella McCartney and made in Italy by Zegna Baruffa. The nearly zero-waste knitwear is made using Shima technology, working with CFDA manufacturing partners, Tailored Industry in Brooklyn, Nimbly in Los Angeles and New York Embroidery in the Garment Center, Down to the details, C3 is impact-positive including the recycled materials used for hangtags by Talon International.”  Talon’s honored to support this collection, the leaders and the innovators.

 

MARCH 6, 2019

Patches


Trims

Patches lay the groundwork for detailing and brand identity. It’s the simple piece that takes a garment from basic to unique. Our patches are offered in a variety of different materials to produce maximum visuals and efficiency. For example, our embroidered patches allow for high levels of detail which is ideal for prominent colors and artwork used on hats or other garments. Fabric is great for graphic imagery due to its lightweight, producing vibrant colors through prints and weaves and is offered in woven, canvas, printed, or distressed. Jacron, due to its durable, water-resistant qualities, is most commonly used for bags, outerwear, sportswear or denim and can have a vintage or modern look depending on the design approach. Latex is not only a great option for waterproof and flexibility elements, but has a sleek, modern appearance and enhanced texture. With the many forms of materials to choose from, your patch design elements and vision is immeasurable. Durable, cost-effective and created just how you envision it. Visit our site for some inspiration and examples on how you can utilize certain materials to create your dream patch.

 

MARCH 1, 2019

KidZips


Talon Kidzips 

One zip, two zip. Red zip, blue zip! And because we design with safety first… no choke zip! Our KidZips will take any child on an adventurous imaginary journey. One that creates an unforgettable experience and keeps your brand first of mind. They come in many fun colors and playful shapes that spice up garments that kids love. Just maybe, kids won’t second guess getting up for school anymore, because they’ll want to show off their zips. And maybe, they’re the perfect solution for indecisive mornings. Feeling chirpy? Go yellow. Feeling girly? Go pink. Feeling wild? Go blue and green. We believe that, if utilized right, the power behind these zippers could be the deciding factor for your consumers purchasing decision. Aside from the jam-packed fun that these zippers bring, the designs are durable, reduce any choking hazards from small parts of zippers, and are current on all safety standards for harmful substances. We help you maintain peace of mind while having fun expressing your brand and connecting with your customers. Let’s all be dreamers with Talon KidZips.

 

FEBRUARY 21, 2019

Adjustec


STRETCH TECHNOLOGY

We knew it was time to take action as things started to get a little stretchy. Too many times we’ve seen ‘tummy tuck technology’ underperform or shorten the lifespan of a garment. No one should have to stress about a rip in the pants after getting down on the dance floor, we thought. And a garment that conforms but doesn’t recover? Well that’s like putting money in the trash. No one should have to choose between comfort and practicality. Both literally and figuratively, we want our cake and we want to eat it too. So we set out to do what we do best: deliver. On September 12, 2017 our patent baby was born, and we brought a revolution to the shirt collar. Adjustec is one of Talon’s cutting edge innovations that incorporates the patented and patent-pending stretch technology that creates long-lasting, durable waistband and collar stands. This technology transforms non-flexible denim or woven fabrics to remarkably expand and then recover shape. These stretch fibers have high retention making the apparel inevitably sustainable. These garments aren’t just well-rounded; they bring the whole package. Talon’s here to ease your world, one denim-dilemma at a time.

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2019

Karl Lagerfeld: Admiring a Fashion Icon and Legacy


The fashion industry mourned yesterday as one of the most influential designers and iconic figures in fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed. Lagerfeld was an inspiring creative genius who touched the lives of many both personally and professionally with his kind-hearted character. The prolific figure made Paris the fashion capital with his unprecedented work, couture designs and contribution at Chanel and Fendi. The super chic, glove wearing, black-sunglass-loving creative had an extraordinary sense for imagination that was unmeasurable, bringing larger than life designs collection after collection.

It is no doubt that Lagerfeld will remain a legacy and a part of fashion has recently died. The statement posted on Lagerfeld’s official Instagram account says it all, “He was one of the most influential and celebrated designers of the 21st century and an iconic, universal symbol of style. Driven by a phenomenal sense of creativity, Karl was passionate, powerful and intensely curious. He leaves behind an extraordinary legacy as one of the greatest designers of our time, and there are no words to express how much he will be missed.”

 

FEBRUARY 12, 2019

Sustainability


Despite any well-established brand loyalty that fashion companies have worked hard to achieve, there is one trend that has become an imperative element in which brands must coincide with: sustainability. It’s the current shift shaping the future of the fashion industry. According to the State of Fashion 2018 report by BoF & McKinsey, 66% of global millennials are willing to spend more on brands that are sustainable. This sector has not only remained fundamentally stable, but continues to rise, and brands are noticing the opportunity to grow their market share. Talon exists to create and provide products that suit market needs. We lead by innovation and live by inspiration. Talon partnered up with a Japanese technology company to develop BDG2.0, additives that enable plastic to oxo-biodegrade. These applications are used in our products to provide sustainable packaging, trims, labels, patches, and even parts of our zippers. Sustainability is the future, don’t get left behind.

 

FEBRUARY 6, 2019

Ralph Lauren Spring 2019 Collection


Ralph Lauren Collection Finishes with a Talon Zip

Ralph Lauren’s latest 2019 Spring collection showcases warm colors and designs, reflecting the diverse nature of style within the American lifestyle luxury brand. The creative director for men’s design, John Wrazej, told Vogue about the inspiration he’d drawn from early 20th century Art Deco travel posters for the French Riviera. The style of the collection resembles the picturesque landscapes that piqued the interests of aspiring travelers, completed with a sleek finish, a design technique introduced and commonly used in 20th century designs.

An apparent design element in all the new outerwear jackets is the bold use of strong, block colors, which is a clear rendition from the Art Deco style most notably used in architecture. It’s fair to assume that the ideological inspiration drawn from warm island vibes serves as an escape at a time of dark, political upheaval. Or rather it was the mise-en-scène of Lauren’s latest Caribbean retreat. Either way, Wrazej returned from rippling blue seas, valiantly set down his whiskey, and headed straight to into the showroom for one last debrief.

Inspiration came to life, designs remained a success, and there was never fret of failure. ‘Cause in the end, there is always something that holds it all together: a little metal Talon zipper.

 

JANUARY 30, 2019

Heat Transfers


Heat Transfers

Our heat transfers are the key to expressing your brand’s DNA. Whatever style you decide to go with, these trims are precisely tested before every shipment to ensure the highest quality. They are completely durable, cost-effective and available in a multitude of elements that give room for creative freedom. We offer rhinestone embellishments that can be arranged into customized logos or words in a variety of color options. Printed trims that can be applied to any type of garment and can be styled visually in shine or matte. Our silicone option adds grip and texture, making it the premium option for athletic garments. We offer reflective trims for those looking for high luminosity and flocking which creates a soft, suede-like texture for those more delicate garments. Let’s chat and discuss what heat transfer elements are most suitable for your brand.

 

JANUARY 23, 2019

Custom Creative


 

Creative Services

Our team of storytellers are here to guide clients and provide next-level products that exceed expectations. It starts with brand vision alignment; we delve into the visionary mind that serves as the basis for your brand integrity, message, and style. After a full understanding of this alignment, we utilize our extensive knowledge of the fashion industry to identify solutions, and review products with key advantages. Whether it be flame resistant products needed to withstand high heat environments or sustainable packaging for eco-friendly collections. Once viable elements are established, we create top of the line design concepts. We elevate existing designs and materials from a vast selection. Does your vintage-inspired patch speak to jacron or leather? The design is in every detail, and we approach every angle. Then, we review quality products at industries best prices. Once our customers are elated by concepts, we start the production process for sampling. Our final stage of implementation only comes after our clients have physically seen, felt, and touched the product. Last but certainly not least, we manufacture products in the factory closest to our partner, ship goods and watch while our partners prosper in the fashion industry.

 

JANUARY 16, 2019

Lusso


The Lusso Zipper

Having been derived from the Italian word ‘luxury’, our Lusso zippers live up to its name by radiating opulence and wealth. These zippers are offered in a multitude of finishes, tapes and sliders, bringing individuality to life in products that complete any brands uncapped vision. By using genuine metal elements and tarnish-resistant alloys, these zippers create a polished, solid and tangible construction that not only retains function, but also the premium aesthetic they were designed to be.

The Lusso zipper collection is by far the superior option for detail-oriented, high-fashion brands looking to complete a luxe look. Our matte black finish is the perfect option for textured leather bags or coats looking to complete a smooth, simplistic elegant style. Our rose gold finish creates an understated luster that will compliment complex colorways or complete a timeless collection. The endless possibilities pave the way for creative freedom that designers desire so that right-brain dominated individuals can thrive. We believe a design isn’t complete if it doesn’t come to life exactly as envisioned, and a vision should never be restricted by concrete elements. Brands envisioned luxury, so we invented Lusso.

 

 

JANUARY 9, 2019

Sustainable Solutions


Fashion is here to stay, but pollution needs to go. 

With billions of plastic bags and harmful chemicals being used worldwide, non-sustainable materials have been a major cause in the disruption of our environment. These harmful materials release toxic chemicals, kill animals, clogs runoffs, and so much more.

– 93% of Americans age 6 years or older test positive for BPA (a known carcinogen).

– 50% of plastic used is thrown away after 1 use with average life of 15 minutes.

– 500 Billion plastic bags are used worldwide. More than 1 million bags are used every minute.

In an effort to create a solution that retains its function, Talon International has partnered with a Japanese technology company to develop next level sustainable solutions. Details matter and here’s why; Oxo-biodegradable options are COMPLETELY RECYCLABLE. Degradable on both land and sea. Uses no methane gas. Controllable degradation period, And is cost-effective. Fashion is here to stay, but the pollution needs to go. We are your sustainable solution partner for trims, packaging, and even certain parts of a zipper…. see our website for more – link below.

 

 

DECEMBER 19, 2018

t  a  l  o  n  i  n  t  e  r  n  a  t  i  o  n  a  l  .  c  o  m


 Modernizing Vintage

Where the past meets the present…

Since 1893, Talon has been inspired by our market, environment and society to evolve and create products that fit our client’s needs. Our carefully curated products are customized to represent a brands identity and tell their story. We take pride in our products and believe that design is in the details. To express this across all channels, we developed a new face of Talon and updated our website. As we continue to evolve, so will our online presence.

The new layout was designed to provide our existing and prospective clients with a clear message of the products we offer in a way that is easy to navigate. The new, clean design showcases the variety of details across all products offered between color, texture, finish, style and more. The new range of content includes relevant information, answers to questions and effectively communicates the products and services we offer with a representation of who we are.

We’re excited about the launch of our new website and hope that this creates a pleasurable experience for clients as they browse through. You can check out the new face of Talon at taloninternational.com.

 

 

 

Revolutionizing The Shirt Collar


Talon International, Inc. Revolutionizes the Shirt Collar with Newly Patented IP Innovation

Talon International, Inc. (otcqb:TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, announced that the company has been granted an official United States Patent No. 9,756,879, for the ‘Flex Collar’, Expandable and Flexible Shirt Collar Stand and Shirt with Same.

After years of testing and trial runs, Talon has perfected its Flex Collar invention, using its proprietary equipment and processes, and ever improving materials to provide a new level of comfort for our necks. The Flex Collar technology ensures that collars that choke are a thing of the past, allowing the collars to stretch from a minimum of 0.5 inch to over an inch, depending on the fabric.

The textile world has been quick to grasp the significance of how this technology will transform the industry. The Flex Collar technology has already been adopted in formal shirts by Van Huesen, CALVIN KLEIN, Geoffrey Beene, TOMMY HILFIGER, Arrow, Michael Kors, Chaps, Eagle and IZOD. This latest patent is another example of the innovative technology that Talon brings to the apparel market, the most recent being the invisible, expanding waistband which has sold in the tens of millions worldwide.

Herman Roup, president of Talon’s Tekfit division, stated “At Talon we are all about innovation. We have an amazing history, including the inventor of the original Zipper, first zipper to be used in outer space, and now, innovators of various stretch technologies. Talon is committed to continue its innovative culture, bringing new technologies to the apparel industry.”

 

AUGUST 10, 2017

About Talon International, Inc.


Talon International Inc.

Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions including Tekfit(R) stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide.

Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon(R) brand (“The World’s Original Zipper Since 1893”); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products including stretch technology products for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon(R) and Tekfit(R) to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others.

The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, India, Indonesia, and Bangladesh.

 

 

 

Talon International, Inc. and Renowned Designer Dr. Romanelli Fashion a Limited Edition Vintage Zipper Collection, DRxTalon


LOS ANGELES, CA –  July 18, 2017 – Talon International, Inc. (OTCQB: TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, announces a collaboration with vintage legend, Dr. Romanelli for DRxTALON zipper collection.

Los Angeles-based designer “DRx” Romanelli (whose real name is Darren Romanelli) is well known for collaborating with brands to create limited edition sets of unique, one of a kind, vintage pieces. Bringing his pieces into conception often involves his passion for discovering old, well made garments from a particular brand and reconstructing them into beautiful pieces of apparel that are art as muchas they are clothing.

Dr. Romanelli’s work includes collaborations with iconic brands like Coca Cola and Levi’s as well as artists like Cali Thornhill DeWitt and Madsaki. Now for the first time, he is launching a limited edition collection with Talon International Inc., the Original Zipper Company,

Known for their reputable position in the fashion space since 1893 and famous zippers like “Hookless,” Talon has been the brand that helps fasten up the jeans, jackets, shoes, and garment of trendsetters everywhere. Whether it’s Levi’s, Ralph Lauren, Eddie Bauer, All Saints, or Phillip Lim, everyone’s fingers have clenched onto a Talon zipper at some point, if not on a daily occasion. This summer, these two joined forces to launch a very special collection, DRxTalon. This is the first time Talon has partnered with a designer, and also the first time Talon’s zippers will be sold online directly to the public

With Dr. Romanelli’s affinity for vintage and magnificent pieces, and Talon’s decades of success and prominence in the vintage and zipper space, this collaboration will draw designers, creatives, and brands with an appreciation for art, time, and fashion.  The collection will be available only for three months on DRxTALON.com. Anyone will be able to purchase the zippers.  People will find zippers with unique names like CheechVitroThe DoctorDyscopiaThe Zebra, and more!

DRxTALON Lead Contact:
Yuri Moreira
Tel (818) 444-4108
ymoreira@talonzippers.com

Corporate Contact:
Rayna Hernandez
Tel (818) 444-4128
raynah@talonzippers.com

Talon International, Inc. Receives UL Certification of Compliance for Select Metal Zipper Products


Expands Potential Customer Base to Include Protective Clothing Manufacturers

LOS ANGELES, CA – August 29, 2016 – Talon International, Inc. (OTCQB: TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, announced today that its special FR line of metal zippers in sizes 03, 05, 08 and 10 have been Recognized by UL as being compliant with NFPA 2112: Standard on Flame-Resistant Garments for Protection of Industrial Personnel Against Flash Fire.

“The UL certification allows us to target industrial applications such as work wear, public utility, service industries and others who require products which meet this high standard of protection, as we remain committed to creating products to safeguard people from the elements,” stated Larry Dyne, Talon’s Chief Executive Officer.  “This enables us to continue to execute on our strategy of expanding our customer base and offering high quality, relevant products to the market, and further demonstrates our continuous efforts to be an innovative company.”

UL is a global independent safety science company with more than a century of expertise innovating safety solutions from the public adoption of electricity to new breakthroughs in sustainability, renewable energy and nanotechnology. Dedicated to promoting safe living and working environments, UL helps safeguard people, products and places in important ways, facilitating trade and providing peace of mind.

About Talon International, Inc.

Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions including Tekfit® stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide. Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon® brand (“The World’s Original Zipper Since 1893”); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products including stretch technology products for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon® and Tekfit® to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others. The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-lo+oking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s views on market growth, changing trends in apparel retailing, new product introductions, expansion into new geographic markets, and the Company’s ability to execute on its sales strategies, and are generally identified by phrases such as “thinks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management’s own knowledge and assessment of the Company’s industry, competition and capital requirements. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Talon International, Inc.
Rayna Hernandez
Tel (818) 444-4128

Talon International, Inc. Announces New Chief Strategy Officer


LOS ANGELES, CA –  July 27, 2016 – Talon International, Inc. (OTCQB: TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, announced that it has named Daniel Ryu as Chief Strategy Officer.

Mr. Ryu has more than 25 years’ experience in the apparel and accessory industry, serving in various roles ranging from Strategic Planning, Operations and Finance.  He most recently served as C.O.O. of Apparel at Fanatics, Inc., a rapidly growing, profitable apparel division in Sport License e-commerce and in-venue markets.  He served in previous roles at Oakley, Wet Seal, Riverdeep, and DFS Group.  His past responsibilities included strategic planning, finance, business planning, manufacturing, logistics, IT, supply chain, process re-engineering, inventory control and contract negotiations.

“The company is very fortunate to add such a high caliber, talented leader to our team,” stated Larry Dyne, Talon’s Chief Executive Officer.  “Daniel will focus on the company’s strategy in all divisions, as well as drive some of the key initiatives and strategies that have already been identified at the corporate level.  Daniel’s broad experience will enable him to make immediate contributions to the company, as we continue to offer high quality, relevant products to the global marketplace.”

About Talon International, Inc.

Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions including Tekfit® stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide. Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon® brand (“The World’s Original Zipper Since 1893”); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products including stretch technology products for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon® and Tekfit® to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others. The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s views on the impact of its adoption of the bluesign® system and are generally identified by phrases such as “thinks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management’s own knowledge and assessment of the Company’s industry, competition and capital requirements. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact: 

Talon International, Inc.
Rayna Hernandez
Tel (818) 444-4128
raynah@talonzippers.com

Talon International, Inc. Reports 2016 First Quarter Financial Results


LOS ANGELES, CA – May 12, 2016 – Talon International, Inc. (OTCQB: TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, reported financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Highlights

●          First quarter 2016 revenues increased $457,000, or 4.3%, versus the prior year to $11.3 million

●          Talon Trim revenues posted a 29% increase versus the prior year

Financial Results

Sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 were $11.3 million, reflecting an increase of $457,000, or 4.3%, as compared to the same period in 2015. The increase was driven by a $1.6 million increase in sales of Talon Trim products, compared to the same period in 2015, which consist primarily of sales to specialty retail branded customers. Sales of Talon Trim products increased during the period mainly due to new stretch technology programs and customers. Talon Zipper product sales in the first quarter of 2016 were $1.1 million lower than the same period in 2015 due to decreased sales to specialty retail brands customers as well as the Company’s mass merchandising brand customers.

“Talon continued to experience success with its Trim product line, with a revenue gain of 29% over the prior year,” stated Larry Dyne, Talon’s Chief Executive Officer. “This is as a result of strong customer partnerships and great products, both from our traditional Trim offerings as well as our Tekfit stretch technology. This growth was offset by continued softness in the Zipper product segment. In order to grow our business, we continue to focus on new product introductions, global expansion and entering regions close to our customer base. We’re pleased to see quarter over quarter growth in the first quarter and believe our initiatives will result in continued traction in 2016.”

Gross profit for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $4.2 million, or 37.0% of sales, compared to

$3.6 million, or 33.0% of sales, during the same period in 2015, reflecting an increase of $600,000. The increase is principally attributable to higher overall sales volumes and a greater mix of higher- margin products in the Talon Zipper and the Talon Trim products, as well as lower freight, duty and manufacturing support costs.

Operating expenses for the first quarter of 2016 were $3.9 million, which are $219,000 higher than operating expenses during the first quarter of 2015. Sales and marketing expenses for the quarter totaled $1.5 million, a decrease of $139,000 as compared to the same period in 2015, mainly due to a reduction in compensation costs, marketing expenses, new product development costs, and travel and entertainment expenses, partially offset by increased facilities and related expenses. General and administrative expenses for the three months ended March 31, 2016 totaled $2.4 million, or 21.6% of sales, compared to the prior year of $2.1 million, or 19.1% of sales. The increase of $359,000 was mainly due to increased compensation costs and professional and legal related expenses.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2016, operations reflected income before income taxes of $85,000 as compared to a loss before income taxes of $240,000 for the same quarter in 2015.

Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2016 was $49,000 or $0.00 per share as compared to net loss of $159,000 or $0.00 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

About Talon International, Inc.

 Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions including Tekfit® stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide. Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon® brand (“The World’s Original Zipper Since 1893”); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products; and provides stretch technology for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon® and Tekfit®, to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others. The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Forward Looking Statements 

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s views on market growth, changing trends in apparel retailing, new product introductions, expansion into new geographic markets, and the Company’s ability to execute on its sales strategies, and are generally identified by phrases such as “thinks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management’s own knowledge and assessment of the Company’s industry, competition and capital requirements. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:

Talon International, Inc.
Rayna Hernandez
Tel (818) 444-4128
raynah@talonzippers.com

Talon International, Inc. Becomes a bluesign® System Partner


LOS ANGELES, CA – July 8, 2016 – Talon International, Inc. (OTCQB: TALN), a leading global supplier of zippers, apparel fasteners, trim and stretch technology products, announced that is has become a bluesign® system partner, joining a highly respected network of brands and manufacturers who are interested in improving resource sustainability in the manufacture of their products by reducing the use of harmful chemicals and their impact on the environment.

The bluesign® system is a globally renowned initiative which works with chemical suppliers, textile mills and component manufacturers to eliminate harmful substances from the supply chain and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This helps ensure that final products meet stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide and also provides confidence to consumers that they are acquiring sustainable products.

“By applying the bluesign® system to Talon’s manufacturing process, we intend to conserve resources and reduce the impact of our products on people and the environment,” stated Larry Dyne, Talon’s Chief Executive Officer. “Talon is one of only a handful of zipper manufacturers and trim suppliers in the world to become a bluesign® system partner, which is an important step in our strategy to reach premium brands that are interested in their product sustainability and improving their environmental footprint. This is a significant achievement for the Talon brand, as the bluesign® certification covers a wide range of our core products including zippers, heat seals, metal hardware, and woven and printed labels and tapes.”

Bluesign technologies, based in Switzerland, works at each step in the textile supply chain to approve chemicals, processes, materials, and products that are safer for the environment, workers, and end customers.

Textile manufacturers that become bluesign® system partners agree at the outset to establish management systems for improving environmental performance in five key areas of the production process: resource productivity, consumer safety, water emissions, air emissions, and occupational health and safety. System partners regularly report their progress in energy, water and chemical usage and are subject to on-site audits.

About Talon International, Inc.

Talon International, Inc. is a major supplier of custom zippers and complete trim solutions includingTekfit® stretch technology products to manufacturers of fashion apparel, specialty retailers, mass merchandisers, brand licensees and major retailers worldwide. Talon develops, manufactures and distributes custom zippers exclusively under its Talon® brand (“The World’s Original Zipper Since 1893”); designs, develops, manufactures, and distributes complete apparel trim solutions and products including stretch technology products for specialty waistbands, shirt collars, and other items all under its trademark and world renowned brands, Talon® and Tekfit® to major apparel brands and retailers. Leading retailers worldwide recognize and use Talon products including VF Corporation, American Eagle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Polo Ralph Lauren, Kohl’s, JC Penney, FatFace, Victoria’s Secret, Wal-Mart, Phillips-Van Heusen, Levi Strauss & Co., Express and many others. The company is headquartered in the greater Los Angeles area, and has offices and facilities throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

Forward Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the Company’s views on the impact of its adoption of the bluesign® system and are generally identified by phrases such as “thinks,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” and similar words. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are inherently subject to uncertainties and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statement. These statements are based upon, among other things, assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management, including management’s own knowledge and assessment of the Company’s industry, competition and capital requirements. These and other risks are more fully described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which should be read in conjunction herewith for a further discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Contact:    

Talon International, Inc.
Rayna Hernandez
Tel (818) 444-4128
raynah@talonzippers.com