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Traditional Fabrics Made by Handlooms Showcased at Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala

Indigenous fabrics

The Mayan Store was launched five years ago to help Guatemalan Indians find ways to use their colorful fabrics in contemporary ways.

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Courage of Imagination Lives On

Henry T. Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza, was remembered with an installation called Courage of Imagination at South Coast Plaza. The installation will run until May 31.

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Fish to Fabric

An Alaska-based company, Tidal Vision, wants to recycle fishery waste products like fish skin and crab shells into textile products.

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Seated in Style

Recent design school grad Lucy Jones took her Parsons instructor's challenge to “design a project that could change the world” to heart.

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Downtown LA Retail Holds Promise, But No Guarantees for Success

Retail

Almost every night, bars and restaurants are hopping in downtown Los Angeles, a once-blighted area that is going through an unparalleled boom, but boutique retailers don’t feel like they entirely share in the city’s new prosperity.

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Bigger Brands, Bigger Venue

Venue

Venue, a trade show that started as a platform for emerging streetwear brands, went on a growth spurt for its May 19–20 run.

UPDATE: Port Contract Ratified by Shippers and Longshore Workers

Import & Export

Members of the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), which represents shipping lines and terminal operators, and International Longshore & Warehouse Union, which represents Longshore workers, voted to ratify a new five-year contract.

Salon Allure to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock, Runway Shows Planned for Miami

Trade Show

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

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American Apparel Files Lawsuit Against Charney for Alleged Breach of ‘Standstill Agreement’

Manufacturing | Retail

The fight between American Apparel and its founder, Dov Charney, continued with a lawsuit the manufacturer filed on May 15 in the Delaware Court Of Chancery against the ousted chief executive officer, alleging Charney violated a “standstill agreement” he had with American Apparel.

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Historic Building to Be New WSS Flagship

Footwear Flagship

The new flagship for WSS was a real fixer-upper, but the end result is a historic showplace for the Los Angeles–headquartered footwear retailer.

Cherokee Acquires Everyday California

Manufacturing | Retail

Sherman Oaks, Calif.–based Cherokee Global Brands has acquired San Diego–based casual lifestyle brand Everyday California.

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American Rag’s Chinese Fashion Diplomacy

Retail

This summer, American Rag Cie is scheduled to open its first shop in China, and it will be stocked with many of the brands currently sold in American Rag’s high-profile shops in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif.

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Academy of Art Honors CFDA, Ryan Roche at Annual Graduation Fashion Show

International Inspiration

The Council of Fashion Designers of America was honored and designer Ryan Roche received the Distinguished Alumna award on May 14 at the annual Academy of Art University graduation fashion show in San Francisco.

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Apparel Sourcing Show Opens in Guatemala

Import/Export

Guatemala hoping to capture more U.S. apparel production.

Salon Allure Trade Show to Expand and Rename Itself Hammock

After five years producing the boutique swim trade event Salon Allure, Rick Fatzinger, the event’s managing partner, announced that his team will double the size of the event and rename it Hammock.

LA City Council Votes to Raise Minimum Wage

Los Angeles City Council members voted in favor of a minimum wage hike from its current $9 per hour to $15 per hour by 2020.

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Engineered Cool

Brrr! scarves and wraps are made with BrrrX, a proprietary fabric technology designed to keep the material permanently cool. The moisture wicking fabric also offers UV/SPF protection.

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Planet Blue To Pop in East Hampton

A mention of the town of East Hampton brings to mind images of playgrounds of Wall Street titans and artist colonies. It’s also going to be the first East Coast address for Planet Blue; a boutique which outfits California’s beach women in contemporary and boho-chic clothes. Planet Blue announced that it will open a pop-up boutique, called PB Guest House, in East Hampton on May 21.

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From Shanghai With Love: American Rag’s Chinese Designers

China became the manufacturer to the world this century, but the country also produces many innovative fashion designers. But Americans know nothing about them, This situation may be changing. On May 14, American Rag unveiled a shop-in-shop of Chinese fashion designers at its Los Angeles emporium.

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Jewel Toned: Taking It On the Road

What do you do when you are a hot, new shapewear brand that recently received some venture seed funding? If you are the folks at Jewel Toned, a West Hollywood, Calif.-based brand which fits the previous description, you take your act on the road. On May 19, they will take it the beaches of Los Angeles’s Venice district to show the lovely women of the area their new brand, and perhaps make a few sales.

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