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Backpack Maker Hex Partners with Streetwear Designer for New Looks


Southern California technology accessories maker Hex works with streetwear fashion icon Alyasha Owerka-Moore to design a travel duffel bag and travel backpack with a vintage look.

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Ivan Bitton Style House’s Runway Show

Ivan Bitton Style House keeps a focus on emerging fashion. On Feb. 13, it produced a runway show for International Condom Day.

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Finding Vintage Inspiration in DTLA

Inspiration 2017 was held at The Reef in downtown LA on Feb. 10 and 11. The two-day show featured American and Japanese companies offering vintage to contemporary fashions and accessories for sale and exhibit.

Outdoor Retailer to Leave Salt Lake City Over Utah Gov's Stance on Public Land

The Outdoor Retailer show is saying goodbye to Salt Lake City after exhibiting there for more than 20 years, the major trade show is shopping around for new venues in other cities.

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Orange County Fashion Week Starts on March 6


The four-day event will be held in four different locations around Orange County.

Gap Inc. Cuts 216 Jobs


Gap Inc. recently reported that it laid off 216 people at its corporate office in San Francisco.

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Liberty’s Art Fashion Fundraiser For Africa

If you are going to Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show in Las Vegas from Feb 20 -22, get ready for some fashion art.

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Hong Kong Designers at NYFW


Three Hong Kong designers show off their talent at New York Fashion Week.

Emi-G Knitting: Domestic Sock Maker Finds Fresh Opportunities in Organic Market


Gina Locklear had wanted to join her family’s sock-manufacturing business in Fort Payne, Ala., since she was in college. That was in the early 2000s, when the U.S. industry’s decline was in full swing. Momentum toward cheap imported socks was robbing the northeastern Alabama town of its revered reputation as the “Sock Capital of the World.”

Fashion Bookstore in the CMC Hosts Biannual Sale


The Fashion Bookstore<, located in the lobby of the California Market Center, will host its biannual sale Feb. 27–March 1 during the Los Angeles International Textile Show.

Althouse Closes Store, Rejoins American Rag


Jennifer Althouse rejoined prominent retailer American Rag Cie shortly after closing her self-named Althouse boutique in downtown Los Angeles in January. She will serve the retailer as an executive vice president.

Source British Trade Show to Take a Bow

Trade Shows

London trade-show producer Upper Street Events will take new trade show Source British to the California Market Center showroom building for the LA Fashion Market. It is scheduled to run March 13–16.

Epson Panel Explores Tech’s Impact on Fashion


Whether you’re a small startup designer or a long-established global brand, digital technology is becoming an ever more essential part of the fashion supply chain, industry experts agree.

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Epson Returns to the Runway at NYFW With Annual Digital Couture Event

Digital Couture

Epson< hosted its third annual “Digital Couture” New York Fashion Week event on Feb. 7 at Chelsea’s IAC building, showcasing 13 design teams from North and Latin America.

What Stumbling Blocks Are in Store This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?


The California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges and bumps in the road apparel manufacturers and retailers are facing this year now that the uncertainty of the presidential election is over, but another set of uncertainties have cropped up under a new administration.

Airport Retail Next Big Step for M.Fredric


For one store in the Los Angeles–headquartered M.Fredric chain, some of the busiest and most lucrative hours are between 6 and 9 a.m., long before most bricks-and-mortar retail stores are thinking about opening their doors.

AAPN Conference: Speed to Market Is More Important Than Ever


Maybe everybody should look to Zara—the highly successful Spanish retail chain that can churn out clothing collections in a few weeks—to survive these uncertain fashion times.

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Verdad Fall/Winter 2017 on the Runway in New York


Last season, Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad showed his new Verdad label in an installation setting during New York Fashion Week. For his Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the designer returned to the runway, showing on Feb. 12 at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea.

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Z Supply's First Icons of Culture Collections Includes Ocean Pacific and Gotcha

Icons of Culture

For the launch of Z Supply’s new Icons of Culture brand, Greg Garrett went back to his roots.

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Meet Sebastien of Merakai Imperial Garments

For the next generation of Los Angeles design talent, you sometimes do not have to scout farther than the people working in the metropolis’s boutiques. Meet Sebastien Amisial.