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An Economic Snapshot of 2018 and the Apparel Industry

News

This year started out with a bang with a vibrant stock market and low interest rates.

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Olivia Culpo Graces Cult Gaia's Resort '19 Show

About six years ago, Cult Gaia was a go-to label for the festival girl. Things have changed a bit.

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WGSN Report Takes a Look at the Future of Retail

The Future of Retail

Los Angeles has become one of the world’s leading centers for retail experimentation.

2018 Retrospective: Retail Vacancy Is Low but Business Is Not Easy

Retail

Even though bricks-and-mortar retail is supposed to be dead, retail-real-estate vacancy rates in Los Angeles County are low.

2018 Retrospective: Problems with Gap Brand, Overseas Growth for Zumiez

Retail

It’s been a solid year financially for Gap Inc., which calls itself the largest specialty retailer in the United States.

2018 Retrospective: Macy’s and Nordstrom Make Big Bets on Tech

Retail

The chief executive of Macy’s Inc., Jeff Gennette, spent 2018 with a mission to reshape the department-store chain with technology and new in-store experiences that would attract shoppers.

Consumer-Focused ComplexCon Expands to Chicago

Trade Shows

Reed Exhibitions gave a vote of confidence to its consumer-focused event ComplexCon, recently saying it would expand the show to Chicago after producing the pop-up retail market and hip-hop concert event in Long Beach, Calif., for a few years.

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Los Angeles Trade-Technical Fashion Students Take inspiration from Mexico City for Their Designs

Latin Style Influence

The fashion students at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College held their biannual student fashion show where designs covered everything from childrenswear to evening wear.

2018 Retrospective: China Still Dominates U.S. Apparel Imports Despite Trade War With United States

Import/Export

If you thought U.S. clothing companies were shying away from China to make their wide array of imported garments, think again.

2018 Retrospective: Rising Minimum Wage Contributes to Decline in California’s Apparel-Factory Employment

Manufacturing

As the minimum wage continues to rise in Los Angeles County and the rest of the state, more apparel manufacturers are opting to move production elsewhere.

Lectra Launches Fashion on Demand to Streamline Apparel Production

Technology

Bringing greater personalization to the apparel-manufacturing industry, French technology company Lectra is launching its Fashion on Demand digital solution.

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Apparel Made for Runners, By Runners, at Rabbit

Run, Rabbit, Run

During the move toward more athleisure-focused collections, many apparel brands have sacrificed technical features in favor of comfortable styling.

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Super Model Maggie Rizer Tries On Boutique Retail

Supermodel Maggie Rizer appeared as one of the ‘Perfect Icons’ of modeling on the Sept. 2014 issue of Vogue Japan. Recently, she opened the boutique M by Maggie Rizer.

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The RealReal Partnership with Stella McCartney Extended

The RealReal and Stella McCartney have decided to celebrate their year-long partnership by extending the collaboration to promote a circular economy.

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Old Navy Will Pay for Your Lyft Trip

Holiday Shopping

Old Navy will pay for you to come to the store to pick up your online order.

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Brentwood Country Mart at 70

With red-board buildings designed to evoke rural marketplaces of USA and England in the past, Brentwood Country Mart recently marked its 70th anniversary.

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Victorious 22 Hosts Footprint Foundation First Annual Arts Gala

Frank and Angela Rodriguez design high-end, made-to-measure clothes with a streetwear edge for their atelier Victorious 22. On Dec. 6, the Rodriguezes focused on philanthropy.

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Downtown's Real Holiday Spirit at DTLA // IRL

RETAIL

Housed at the LA Athletic Club on the corner of 7th and Olive Streets, the DTLA // IRL pop-up event brought together artists, fashion designers, food vendors and members of the community during the holiday season.

Retail Sales Are Robust for November

Retail

November retail sales jumped 8.8 percent, paving the way for a very good holiday season.

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The RealReal Releases Holiday Resale Report

Luxury Resale Secrets

With the 2018 holiday season in mind, The RealReal has revealed the highest-valued resale items at the top of luxury-brand lovers’ wish lists this year.

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