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American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

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Will.i.am To District La Brea

For months, shop-owners around the District La Brea compound in Los Angeles heard gossip that will.i.am, Grammy award winner and entrepreneur, was going to open a shop in the compound, which is located across the street from pioneering specialty store American Rag. The music star’s shop opened today.

American Apparel Fires Dov Charney, Hires New CEO

Executive Shift

After months of deliberating, a special committee appointed by the American Apparel board of directors decided on Dec. 16 to fire company founder Dov Charney as its chief executive and president. He had been working as a paid consultant during the investigation, an arrangement

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Bringing Hip Hop Home: Karl Kani’s 25th at WildStyle

Karl Kani, one of the heavyweights of urban fashion stepped back into the ring on Dec. 13.

Wiggett Named Bebe CEO

Executive Moves

Jim Wiggett was named as the permanent chief executive officer for Bebe Stores Inc.

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Coach’s Rodeo Gala

The hard work is over for Coach, and Dec. 11 was the time to party.

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The Mysterious Los Vladimirovich Pops

Men’s fashion labels don’t come more mysterious than Los Vladimirovich. California Apparel News investigates.

Altamont Continues Its Action-Sports Play

Manufacturing

In November, the Palo Alto, Calif.–headquartered private-equity firm announced that it had made significant investments in action-sports brands Huf Worldwide Inc. of Los Angeles and Brixton, which is headquartered in Oceanside, Calif.

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal

Manufacturing | Retail

On July 1, the minimum wage in California increased from $8 per hour to $9 per hour, the first increase in California’s minimum wage since 2008. In 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour,

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2014 Newsmakers: Iconic L.A. Retail Tests the Waters in Las Vegas

Retail

High-end shopping has been part of the Las Vegas Strip experience for years, but 2014 was the first time Los Angeles retail came to the strip.

2014 Newsmakers: Staci Riordan and The Fashion Law Project

Legal

Attorney Staci Riordan is known for having a lot of energy and creative ideas swirling around in her head.

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2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.

Manufacturing

Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc. has been helping small apparel companies grow their businesses through its series of courses, workshops and webinars.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

Technology | Manufacturing

For its third Customer Design and Innovation Center, or CDIC, Glendale, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions unit (RBIS) looked to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, where the branding, packaging and technology solutions company opened a 15,000-square-foot facility on East Third Street in September.

2014 Newsmakers: Rodeo Drive Construction Brings Even More Luxury to Beverly Hills

Retail

This was a big year for remodels and construction of new buildings on Rodeo Drive, often considered the most exclusive of luxury shopping districts in Southern California.

2014 Newsmakers: Nasty Gal Rising

Retail

On the heels of the Nov. 21 debut of the hip e-commerce emporium’s debut of its first physical shop at 8115 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, it’s getting ready to open another boutique. The second shop will be located at 1254 Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, Calif. It was the former site of a MNG by Mango.

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2014 Newsmakers: Ace Moves Into Fashion District

Retail

The Ace Hotel was one of the most highly anticipated projects to open in the Los Angeles Fashion District.

2014 Newsmakers: Ilse Metchek and the California Fashion Association

Manufacturing

For nearly 20 years, Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, has served as the spokesperson for the California apparel community. She is the person to call for business intelligence or a pithy comment for the press or to consult about a new business strategy or the ramifications of a new piece of legislation.

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2014 Newsmakers: The Controversy Over ‘Made in USA’ Labeling


Manufacturing

A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year has led to a lot of confusion lately about how California apparel companies cutting and sewing their garments locally should label their products.

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2014 Newsmakers: Federal Raid in Los Angeles Fashion District Uncovers Drug-Money Laundering Scheme


Manufacturing

Federal agents in September raided some 70 LA garment companies and residences in an investigation undercovering a Mexican drug money-laundering scheme that had been going on for years right in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

2014 Newsmakers: West Coast Ports’ ‘Perfect Storm’

Import/Export

For many retailers and apparel importers, this holiday season didn’t turn out to be very merry and bright.

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