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Grammy Museum Unveils "Beyond Black—The Style Of Amy Winehouse"

EVENTS

Opening today, Jan. 17, the Grammy Museum's new exhibition, "Beyond Black—The Style Of Amy Winehouse," pays tribute to the six-time Grammy winner and style icon.

IFF Sues S.F. Over Fur Ban

News

Following the Jan. 1 implementation of San Francisco’s fur ban, the International Fur Federation announced its filing of a lawsuit against the city in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Citing what it calls the “unconstitutional restriction on interstate and foreign commerce,” the IFF maintains that banning the sale of fur could lead to legislation regulating other animal products.

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Radda Golf Tees It Up to Change the Course of the Sport’s Lifestyle

Manufacturing

With less than a year under its belt, Radda Golf by Jason Fields and Ivan Dominguez is breaking into the performance-apparel segment while also disrupting the culture that surrounds the sport, which has traditionally been reserved for the wealthy.

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Honorine Designs for a New Transition Season

Season of Transition

Since fashion veteran Jill Roberts started Honorine, a Los Angeles–headquartered linen-dress and beach-cover-up line, she typically delivered the brand to retailers during three seasons, Spring, Summer and Resort, but Roberts said that she’s looking to shake up the industry’s seasonal traditions.

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Northern Spain’s Steely Structures Inspire Halston’s Pre-Spring 2020

Natural Attraction

The innate elegance of the Halstonette, with inspiration rooted in the modern majesty of Northern Spain, defines Halston’s pre-Spring 2020 collection, which translates modern details of the city’s artistic sites into updated formalwear.

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Agility in Fashion Is the New Black

Technology

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Week in Review

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Robert Rodriguez Named New Chief Creative Officer at Halston

News

Fashion veteran Robert Rodriguez was recently named the new chief creative officer for Halston, the brand announced earlier this year. Taking over for Marie Mazelis, the former chief creative officer/creative director, Rodriguez brings with him a career defined by work with some of the most venerable fashion houses.

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Jewelry Retailer Robbins Brothers Announces New CEO

Manufacturing

Following the departure of Robbins Brothers’ president and chief executive officer Andy Heyneman, who had been with the company—also known as “The Engagement Ring Store”—for 14 years, the Los Angeles jewelry brand’s board of directors announced the appointment of Marc Friedant to the CEO role. For the past 18 months, Friedant has served as president and chief financial officer.

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Gap Inc.’s 180-Degree Shift Sees Departure of Neil Fiske

Retail

San Francisco’s Gap Inc. released a filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission that revealed it will no longer see a split from Old Navy. With this announcement, the company also revealed that Neil Fiske, president and chief executive officer of the Gap brand division, would vacate his role.

Active Ride’s Assets To Be Sold

Retail

Active Ride Shop, an award-winning action-sports and skateboarding retailer based in Ontario, Calif., which ran more than 21 shops, is being sold by its lender.

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Surf Expo Reports Rally After Cancelled September Show

Trade Shows

Exhibitors and retailers attending Surf Expo from Jan. 8–10 in Orlando, Fla., reported good business despite a number of setbacks for the surf-and-coastal-lifestyle show.

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Quality Is Valued Over Quantity During L.A. Market Week

L.A. Market Week

During the Jan. 12–16 edition of L.A. Market Week, buyers visited downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District to find Summer 2020 goods with a few searching for Fall.

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Slow-Fashion Approach Supports Sustainable Evolution at Allen Schwartz

Manufacturing

Following the 2017 transition of his company from ABS by Allen Schwartz into a simpler, eponymous Allen Schwartz brand, the company’s founder continued to focus on remaining true to a core mission of improving fashion by making better garments. This included trusting the design leadership of Bianca Bernal, the company’s creative director and designer, who has worked with the company since 2012.

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USMCA Approved by U.S. Senate, Phase One of China Deal Signed by Trump

Import/Export

In a fast-paced set of events, President Donald Trump signed Phase Oneof the trade agreement between the U.S. and the People’s Republic of China on Jan. 15. The next day, the U.S. Senate approved the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, a platform upon which Trump campaigned during 2016 as a replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Economy Healthy Amid Mixed Holiday 2019 Retail-Sales Results

Retail

Sales for the 2019 holiday season were robust, and U.S. retailers made $730.2 billion—an increase of 4.1 percent over the 2018 holiday, according to the National Retail Federation, America’s largest retail trade group. The results met the high end of the organization’s forecast for holiday business, which ranged from 3.8 percent to 4.2 percent, said Matthew Shay, the NRF’s president and chief executive officer.

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Birdy Grey, Kitson Get into the Pop-Up Biz

It sounds like the start of a rom-com. A bridal label does a pop-up at a men's suiting store.

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Skingraft's Jonny Cota to Compete on Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum's New Fashion-Reality Show

FASHION

"Project Runway" judges Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum made a splash when they left the influential fashion-reality show after 17 seasons. They will be on a new fashion-reality show called "Making The Cut." Los Angeles designer Jonny Cota will be one of the show's 12 competitors.

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Lulus Introduces Extended Sizes for Bridal

MANUFACTURING

Brides come in all shapes and sizes, and while love knows no boundaries, nor should wedding-dress sizing. Lulus, a digital retailer headquartered in Chico, Calif., hoped to outfit more brides by expanding its selection for its bridal gowns, bridesmaid dresses and jumpsuits.

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Homestretch For Construction on DTLA Paul Smith and Ganni

Barricades are up. Construction crews are working to build out the highly anticipated Paul Smith and Ganni stores on the corner of 9th Street and South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles.

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