Creative Design Studios (CDS), which makes brands for Lord & Taylor and other regional department stores, is rolling out the FashionManager business software solution across the design, merchandising, development, sourcing, and production teams at its new Manhattan headquarters.

The apparel firm currently implements RLM's FM On-Demand system, which is hosted on a remote application server and delivered through a secure internet connection.

The company expects to grow its user count to more than 60 employees and numerous global trading partners by the end of next year.

New York-based Creative Design Studios (CDS) was formed by NRDC Equity Partners in October 2007.

It is part of The Hudson's Bay Trading Company (HBTC), which also comprises Hudson's Bay Company, Lord  & Taylor, and Fortunoff's, and is the parent company of Peter Som, and brands designed by Charles Nolan, Jeff Mahshie and Joseph Abboud.

Lee Goldenberg, CDS SVP of operations and CIO, says the company was able to create styles, cost sheets, product catalogues, receive EDI orders, and issue production purchase orders after 90 days.                                                                                                            

CDS is now working to implement the system's PLM (product lifecycle management) tools with its men's design team.

This will help the company gain greater visibility and control over the concept, colours, materials, and sampling processes.

It will also set up a vendor portal that will enable it to collaborate on vendor RFQ's and bids for its production programs.

Looking forward, the company plans to roll-out the solution to its foreign buying offices as well as other divisions and business.