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Wet Seal Announces New Digital Czar

Executive Moves

The Wet Seal Inc. created a new position, chief digital officer, to increase its e-commerce, which is one of the brightest spots if its business.

American Apparel Names Interim CEO and CFO

Executive Shift

American Apparel Inc. has a new interim chief executive officer and a new chief financial officer following the resignation of John Luttrell, who took over the two positions in June after the company’s board asked founder Dov Charney to step down.

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A Decade of G-Star on Melrose

Jeremy Steenblik and his partners have run the G-Star boutique on Los Angeles' Melrose Avenue for 10-years. He tells us a little about what got his boutique through good---and bad times.

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Textile Show Starts on Monday

The Los Angeles International Textile Show gets underway on Sept. 29 at the California Market Center.

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Miss Me Jeans Collaborates With Jewelry Designer

Manufacturing

Miss Me jeans collaborates with jewelry designer Dominique Cohen.

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Designer Evolves Brand from Prints to Printed Fabric to Finished Garments

Josi Severson

Josi Severson’s original prints feature mid-century graphics in a sunny palette. The Minneapolis-based designer has designed fabrics for companies such as Crate & Barrel, Thibaut, Joseph Abboud, Richloom Fabrics and Blu Dot.

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Relaunched Mill Has American Heritage and Italian Know-How

American Woolen Co.

A 19th-century textile mill in northern Connecticut is currently humming with the activity of 40 looms making woolen and worsted fabrics for the American luxury market.

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Adding to Cargo Congestion Problem

Port of Los Angeles Fire

A fire that engulfed an old wooden wharf nearly the length of three football fields at the Port of Los Angeles was completely contained by early morning on Sept. 24, port officials said.

Designers and Agents Suspends Paris Show

Trade Show

Designers and Agents, which organizes curated trade shows for contemporary fashions, has decided to suspend its Paris show, which took place for several years in the Marias district of the French capital.

L.A. Men’s Market at 1: New Brands, Wide Range of Styles

Trade Show

The LA Men’s Market trade show forecasts growth and filling a unique niche when it rolls out its first-anniversary show at the Area 4 section of the California Market Center Oct. 13–14.

Feds Want to See increased Scrutiny of Cash Transactions in LA Fashion District

Manufacturing

After raids in the LA garment district revealed more than $90 million in cash has been allegedly laundered by apparel importers for Mexican drug cartels, federal officials are calling for a special order to reduce the dollar amount in cash transactions that can be done without having to report them to the government.

Proposed Retail Pay Hike: Pols Campaign, Businesses Divided

Retail

Cities all over California are discussing or taking legislative steps toward raising minimum wages, which could add a few more dollars to sales staffs’ paychecks—or drive retailers out of business, depending upon whom you ask.

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Kanye in Fashion

Musician, celebrity, fashion icon and provocateur Kanye West was recently spotted teaching a fashion class at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College in downtown LA.

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LA Textile Show Trends

Trends

Textile Directory

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Construction Ramping up For A.P.C.in DTLA

Call it a forecast come true. Since the beginning of this year, blogs and interviews with Jean Touitou noted that his highly anticipated A.P.C. boutique was scheduled to open in downtown Los Angeles. Recently, a public note confirmed that the French denim and ready-to-wear boutique will open in downtown's fashion district.

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A Different Approach to LA Fashion Week?

Fashion

Maybe designers should take to the LA streets to show their new collections.

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L.A.’s Suitably Enough in Vancouver

While another Los Angeles Fashion Week is scheduled to run next month, Michaela Mendiola of the Suitably Enough fashion label in the Los Angeles area produced a runway show for her fashions in Vancouver Fashion Week in British Columbia. Here’s a couple of looks.

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Get Your Sample Sale Shoes On

The 3.1 Philip Lim sample sale is coming back to downtown Los Angeles.

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McCartney Car Couture

Luxury auto maker Jaguar teamed up with designer Stella McCartney to create fleet of Jaguar XE model cars inspired by the designer and featuring her Superhero print from her Spring 2015 collection.

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Fashion Industry Spotlight

Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, was featured in the Los Angeles Times “How I Made It” column.

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