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Misa Los Angeles Produces First Pop-up

RETAIL

After years of manufacturing contemporary dresses, skirts and tops in Los Angeles, the Misa Los Angeles label, produced its first pop-up shop in its hometown.

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Guess? Goes for Another Round with J Balvin

FASHION

Guess? has been working with Latin Grammy winner and music star J Balvin for a couple of years. In March, the vocalist and the fashion company will be releasing something new.

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Skechers Teams Up With Goodyear Tires

MANUFACTURING

This might be a new angle on the saying “where the rubber meets the road.”

VF Corp. Recognized as a Top Ethical Company

Manufacturing

VF Corp., the Denver-headquartered parent company of Vans, The North Face, Dickies and Timberland, was named one of the world’s most ethical companies by Ethisphere.

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H&M’s Daniel Kulle to Lead Forever 21

Retail

Just a few days after the bankrupt retailer Forever 21 was acquired by a new ownership group, Daniel Kulle, a veteran fast-fashion executive, was tapped to lead the Los Angeles–headquartered company as its chief executive officer.

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PacSun Opens Landmark Store in DTLA, NYC to Follow

Retail

Once one of the leading mall retailers, Pacific Sunwear of California is opening two standalone landmark stores, it was announced on Feb. 25.

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FIDM Designers Make "Frozen 2" Styles

FASHION

The Disney feature "Frozen 2" is still playing in theaters and it is also coming to a store window in the Westfield Field Century City retail center.

Tilly’s Names New Chief Digital Officer

RETAIL

Tilly’s Inc., a multibrand, casual-clothing retailer, named Jon Kosoff as its chief digital officer on Feb. 24. He will direct the Irvine, Calif.–based company’s e-commerce business.

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Greenpeace Names Lithuanian Mill As A Sustainability Standard Bearer

Manufacturing

The influential environmental group Greenpeace challenged the apparel industry in 2011 to eliminate hazardous chemicals from its manufacturing and supply chain by 2020, and on Feb. 24 Greenpeace formally recognized a Lithuanian company as the only mill in the world that adheres entirely to Greenpeace’s textile-procurement rules.

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Applied DNA Sciences Receives Patents From Canada, China

Manufacturing

As consumers place greater value on quality goods available through a transparent supply chain, Stony Brook, N.Y., Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., announced its receipt of a Chinese patent and notice of allowability for its Canadian patent application for its Encrypted Optical Markers for Security Applications.

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No Sesso Makes An Artful Return to L.A.

FASHION

The Los Angeles-based No Sesso has emerged as a critical favorite when it produced a triumphant fashion show at New York Fashion Week in September.

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Vans Opens L.A. Fashion District Flagship for Locals and Global Visitors

Retail

The cradle of the sport and lifestyle of skateboarding is located in Los Angeles’ Venice section, Santa Monica, Calif., and parts of Orange County, Calif. But Vans, the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based brand credited for making the first skateboarding shoe, chose downtown Los Angeles’ fashion district as the location for its new flagship concept store.

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Otis College of Art and Design Unveils Creative-Economy Report for California

Economy

Findings in the “2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy,” commissioned by the Otis College of Art and Design and generated through the work of Beacon Economics, revealed that of California’s 2.68 million creative-industry jobs, 797,075 are located in Los Angeles County. Now in its 13th edition, the report provides insight regarding the growth of California’s creative economy.

Byer California Acquires KWDZ

Manufacturing

Byer California, a major supplier of juniors and misses clothing to major department stores, recently announced its acquisition of KWDZ Manufacturing, LLC, which is based in downtown Los Angeles.

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Vegan Fashion Week and Red Carpet Green Dress Collaborate for Awards-Season Eco Garments

FASHION

From Oscar speeches promoting environmental and social responsibility to sustainable garments worn on the red carpet, green glamour was trending during awards season, setting the stage for a collaboration between Vegan Fashion Week and Red Carpet Green Dress.

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L.A. and California Economy Strong, But Might Take Small Hit from Coronavirus

L.A. Economic Forecast

California and Los Angeles County are forecasted to enjoy moderate yet sustained growth throughout the next two years, according to a Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation forecast released on Feb. 19.

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Keeping Fashion in the Family at Kenneth Nicholson’s NYFW Presentation

Home-style NYFW

Named “From Grandma’s Couch,” the New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2020-21 show by Kenneth Nicholson blended cultural references and featured elements that could be found in a living room from a bygone era.

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New Magnet Zipper Unveiled by YKK

Notions

Aiming to bring greater ease to consumers, the Tokyo-headquartered YKK Corporation announced a new magnetic zipper product launch Feb. 20.

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The Tipping Point for On-Demand Fashion

Technology

On-demand fashion continues to grow as consumers increasingly look for personalized and customizable products. In fact, indications show that this is less of a trend than it is a tectonic shift in the way the fashion industry does business, from marketing and design to product development, manufacturing and logistics.

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