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Thursday, December 31

Bluefly Lands $15 Million Investment

New York–based fashion e-tailer Bluefly Inc. reached a deal with investment firm Rho Ventures to purchase $15 million in ne...

Joe's Jeans Expanding Its Retail Profile

Premium-denim company Joe’s Jeans opened its sixth retail store, in Texas, adding to its slowly growing stable of apparel outposts that have helped boost the company’s revenues....

Retailers Learn From 2009 and Strategize for 2010

A mood of cautious optimism and a realistic outlook for the future set in after the dust settled on this holiday’s shopping season, which had retailers worried that consumers might hold back....

Bargains Drive Traffic Online

Coupons, bargains and comparison shopping helped drive online traffic in November, according to Boston-based Compete. The research...

HippyTree: Surf and Stone

The combination of surfing and rock-climbing cultures may seem like an unlikely odd couple, but HippyTree founder Andrew Sarnecki thinks that the unique recreational pairing is the key to dif...

$35 Million for Loehmann#039;s

GE Capital Corporate Retail Finance will provide a $35 million asset-based credit facility for Loehmann’s. The Bronx, N.Y...

CAPS to Counterfeiters

The Coalition to Advance the Protection of Sports Logos (CAPS) is taking aim at counterfeit sports merchandise. The group is urgin...

Luxury Boutique B.NY Closes

Pioneering fashion boutique B.NY was scheduled to close its doors by the end of 2009, according to Gregory Niebel, the store’s president. ...

Trade Pacts Get One-Year Extension

The U.S. Senate took the final step and extended for one year the Andean Trade Preference Act, following approval by the House of Representatives....

New True in Malibu

Vernon-based premium-denim lifestyle line True Religion Apparel Inc. opened a new 1,500-square-foot boutique in Malibu at Malibu V...

New Laws Roll Out for 2010

A new year, a new set of laws....

$35 Million for Loehmann’s

GE Capital Corporate Retail Finance will provide a $35 million asset-based credit facility for Loehmann’s. The Bronx, N.Y...

New Year Brings In New RVCA Store

RVCA's Los Angeles StoreThe end of the year can be a time for reflection, but for the good folks at Costa Mesa, Calif.-fashion brand RVCA, it’s a great time to open a boutique.On Dec. 30, RVCA rolled into a 1,600-square-foot store at 501 N. Fairfax Ave. in...

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Rodarte Made Shirts for Opening Ceremony (Racked)Shops—RVCA Now Open on Fairfax (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Scene Stealers: Movie costumes that started...

An Open Letter to 2009, a Warning for 2010

2009,It’s not us, it’s you. We don’t think we should see each other any more. In the beginning we liked you because you were dangerous and new. But your cheeks have lost their luster and you’ve...

Wednesday, December 30

U.S. Senate Confirms New Trade Official

One day before breaking for the holidays, the Senate approved Miriam Sapiro to be the new deputy U.S. trade representative....

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Lindsay Lohan’s Expanded 6126 Line Is What You’d Expect (The Cut)An Emporio Armani first: Italian jeans with L.A. genes (Los Angeles Times' All the...

Captain EO Returns to Disneyland!

Fellow babies of the ’80s remember the wonderment of the "Captain EO" 3-D film experience at Disneyland that ran from 1986–1997. For a limited engagement in February 2010, Disneyland will resurrect the 17-minute film/music video ride starring Michael...

Tuesday, December 29

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The Top Ten Store Openings of 2009 (Refinery 29)

Monday, December 28

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Kanye West for BAPE Spring 2010 Lookbook (High Snobriety)Lee Jeans Gets a Vivienne Westwood Facelift (Refinery 29)Bloggers Crash Fashion’s Front Row (The New York...

Thursday, December 24

Keep on Shipping

California’s ports may be seeing fewer cargo containers coming across the docks. But one thing is for sure—cargo exports at the state’s major sea hubs are definitely up. At the Port of Oakland, exports in Novemb...

Lectra Promotes Ribera

Paris-based software solutions and equipment maker Lectra named company veteran Philippe Ribera software marketing director. He is based in Paris....

Good Trade News

Japan’s economy is looking a little better. In November, the island nation posted a better-than-expected trade surplus totaling $4.1 billion. The trade surplus means that Japan, an export-reliant econo...

CIT Names Independent Directors, Waives SBA Fee

New York–based commercial lender CIT Group Inc. named four independent directors to its board and continues to look for three more directors and a new chief executive officer....

Men Only, Please

Ben Sherman announced it is getting out of the womenswear business and sticking to menswear. Womenswear is responsible for only 10 percent to 15 percent of the line’s revenues. Earlier this year, the company, ...

New Online Shopping Site Emphasizes Social Networking

Atlanta-based entrepreneur Lauren Taylor Baker likes feedback when she shops, and as she launches Couture Society (

Embroiderer Sues Christian Audigier

A Los Angeles design and manufacturing company has sued Christian Audigier Inc. for breach of contract and fraud, asking for more than $1 million in damages....

Nomadic Business Plan Worth Risk, Says Graffiti Beach Retailer

Melanie Michaud quit a safe, well-paying job at an established retailer to open a series of temporary pop-up shops recently. She believes the business of pop-up shops is solid and might be the best way for a ...

CPSC Extends Stay of Enforcement, Modifies Lead Testing

On Dec. 18, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to extend a stay of enforcement on testing and certification of many regulated children’s products. The enforcement of specific CPSC...

Iconix Partners to Launch Iconix Europe

New York–based apparel and licensing giant Iconix Brand Group has announced a partnership with The Licensing Co. to form Iconix Europe, a new subsidiary that will develop and...

2009 in Review: Bright Spots and Hard Times in a Difficult Year

It was a year of pop-up shops and retail bankruptcies, a year of anemic retail sales and a flurry of mall openings and renovations....

Investing in Essentials: Customer Service-Based Lingerie Stores Thrive

Despite a challenging year that left many neighborhood shopping thoroughfares abundant with empty windows and “for lease”...

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Shopping: Surf Style from Proenza Schouler, Lisa Marie Fernandez, and Alexander Wang (Coutorture)Lara's Offers a Fun Mix of Cuteness, Chutzpah and Hoochiewear...

Wednesday, December 23

China Agrees to End Subsidy Programs

In a major decision that will greatly affect the apparel industry, China has agreed to eliminate a number of subsidy initiatives the U.S. government considered to be unfair....

200 Cupcakes and Santa, Too

I’m still kicking myself that I missed the annual Christmas party thrown Dec. 18 by the Textile Association of Los Angeles. (In 11 years at Apparel News, this is only the second time I’ve missed the event). Every year, TALA invites kids from local boys and girls...

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Always A Bridesmaid? Quail Makes The Maid Of Honor The Belle Of The Ball (Refinery 29)Street Fashion: Downtown Los Angeles Art Walk (Los Angeles...

When the Phone Book Doesn't Work, Call Couture Blvd.

Homepage of upcoming fashion Web site Couture BlvdVenita Haynes watched many independent fashion boutiques go out of business in the past year. Yet instead of resigning herself to being frustrated about the sad current state of indie fashion, she...

Tuesday, December 22

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Shops—Movement at RVCA on Fairfax (Blackburn and Sweetzer)BCBG Max Azria Bridesmaid Collection Coming Soon (FabSugar)Kicks Closing Shop Within a Week (Racked LA)A...

Holiday Shopping in the Alley

If you really want to see where the holiday shopping throngs are congregating, try visiting the venerable Santee Alley in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District. Wedged between Santee and Maple streets, the four blocks with a...

Monday, December 21

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Good Move: NY designer Lia Kes Opens in San Francisco (SF Indie Fashion)Designers' Christmast Wish List (The Cut)'So You Think You Can Dance': the...

Vintage for the Holidays at Space 15 Twenty

L.A. Vintage ExchangeThe monthly outdoor flea market at the Space 15 Twenty retail outpost in Hollywood took on a festive, holiday tone in spite of the warm 75-degree weather. Hosted by artist/blogger Shelby...

Virgo Opens Downtown

BFFs Alejandra Hernandez and Rana Shoar at Virgo’s opening-night party on Dec. 18It’s all about location, location, location. Young hipster design duo Alejandra Hernandez and Rana Shoar planted their store Virgo in a spot that has guaranteed designer-shoe foot traffic...

Friday, December 18

KAMA Elects New President

The Korean-American Manufacturers Association welcomed Kenny Park, its new president, and Christopher Kim, its returning chairman, on Dec. 3 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles. Park, whose inaugurat...

Laybourne Joins JCP Board

Plano, Texas–based JCPenney Co. Inc. named Geraldine B. Laybourne to its board of directors. Laybourne co-founded and was the chief executive officer of Oxygen Media, a cable and Internet network for y...

2009 Retrospective

The economic downturn sent many in the industry into a defensive position over the past year as retailers and manufacturers tightened inventories and everyone trimmed back payrolls...

McTague in at Cole Haan

Dave McTague was named chief executive officer of Cole Haan, a division of Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. McTague succeeds Jim Seuss, who is leaving the company. McTague was previously executive vice ...

2009 Retrospective: Unemployment Spikes in 2009

California’s apparel industry was hard-hit in 2009, seeing textile mill, apparel manufacturing and clothing retail jobs dropping in the double digits across the state. The figures are...

Attendance Up and Business Returns at Spring

Swiss company Litrax looks to put the ’green’ back in bamboo....

2009 Retrospective: Vacancies Rise and Rents Decline During an Uncertain Year

In a year marked by rising unemployment and tight credit markets, retail and warehouse vacancies have inched up and rents have crept down....

2009 Retrospective Retail Sales: Specialty Chains: Wet Seal, Buckle

Get ready for a 2010 comeback for The Wet Seal Inc., said retail analyst Jeffrey Van Sinderen....

Price Club Founder Sol Price, 93

Sol Price, the founder of Fed-Mart and Price Club, died Dec. 14 at his home in La Jolla after being in poor health for several yea...

Funktional

Wearable avant-garde—that is the look of Funktional. Designer Jennifer Park debuted the collection for Fall/Holiday at the MAGIC Marketplace last August. Park said she created the collection for the...

Cherokee's New Deal

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. inked an exclusive U.S. licensing agreement with ACI International for men’s, women’s and children’s footwear under the Sideout and Sideout Sport brands. ...

2009 Retrospective Retail Sales: Major Retailers: TJX Cos., Saks Inc.

A declining economy has been a boon for off-price retailers, and in 2009 few have performed as well as The TJX Companies Inc....

2009 Retrospective: Consumers Shrink Their Closets in 2009

Americans went on a clothing diet in 2009, buying far less than they have in previous years....

Gramicci Lands Haggar License

Agoura Hills–based outdoor- and active-apparel maker Gramicci struck a master license deal with Dallas-based Haggar Clothin...

Former Apparel Exec Pens Text for Designers

Randi Beer, a former apparel executive and an instructor at Woodbury University’s fashion design department, has written the “Designer’s Guide to G...

Economic Global Outlook Is Mostly Steady, With Asia Topping the List

The economists at IHS Global Insight took a snapshot of the world’s economic future for 2010 and predict that interest rates will stay low, fiscal stimulus packages will be curbed and inflation won...

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Missoni for Converse zigzagging to market in April (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Fashion Math: Channeling Karen O at Third Street Promenade (Los...

Vivienne Westwood to Show at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Vivienne Westwood and Andreas KronthalerFor all the years that I have been going to Hong Kong Fashion Week, this is probably a first.Fashion doyenne Vivienne Westwood will be presenting a runway show at Hong Kong Fashion Week, scheduled for...

Thursday, December 17

Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' Trailer

After months of chewing on these still-photo teasers, the trailer for Tim Burton’s "Alice in Wonderland" with costumes designed by Colleen Atwood has finally hit online. Alice may be the namesake of this film, but Disney knows it's all about milking...

Fashion District Gets a Makeover

Shoppers in Los Angeles' Fashion District have seen improvements to Santee Alley, bus stops and even sidewalks thanks to a project spearheaded by the Los Angeles Fashion District. The $1.3 million project culminated this...

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First Look: American Apparel Unveils Nail Polish (Blackbook)The Year of Dressing Ridiculously (Wall Street Journal)Street fashion: Rainy day...

Wednesday, December 16

U.S. House Passes Andean TPA Extension

Apparel and footwear organizations praised the House of Representatives’ extension of the Andean Trade Preferences Act for one more year....

Avedon Says No to Robertson, Yes to Big Beverly Hills Store

Avedon's Reza Shekarchian, left, and Yasmine Farmanara Veteran Los Angeles boutique Avedon held a party Dec. 15 to celebrate its stylish 2,700-square-foot store at 417 N. Canon Drive in Beverly Hills. Avedon owners Yasmine Farmanara and Reza Shekarchian moved their store...

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Corinne Grassini's Society for Rational Dress Spring 2010 (Coutorture) Shop In Shops—Clash of the Customizers Sneaker Exibit/Shop on La Cienega...

Keep Company Revamps for the Holidays

Keeping it real: Keep Company now carries socks to go with its signature shoesLos Angeles–based Keep Company is branching out just in time for you last-minute shoppers.The brand—which makes colorful kicks in an array of...

Rodarte's Dreamy Sample Sale

The ultimate fashionista's dream sale come true...... Today in L.A., Rodarte die-hards had the chance to pick up some pieces from the Fall collection just days before the much-hyped Target collab is set to debut. Of course our Apparel...

Tuesday, December 15

Trina Turk Gives Some Design Tips to Otis Students

Trina Turk, in the center, works with Otis studentsThird-year students at the Otis School of Art and Design in Los Angeles got some expert advice from well-known Los Angeles designer Trina Turk on how to...

Tom Ford Talks Fashion, Film on Fresh Air

Did you catch the recent interview with fashion designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford on NPR show Fresh Air? Host Terry Gross talked to Ford about his new (first!) film “A Single Man” and his career in fashion. Ford describes the extremely detailed thinking...

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Nymphenburg Porcelain launches a delicate-but-edgy jewelry collection (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage blog)Whistle while you wear: innovative jewelry to help...

Monday, December 14

Kahn Named Wet Seal Chairman

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based The Wet Seal Inc. announced the retirement of its chairman of the board, Alan Siegel, on Dec. 14. Harold Kahn, another member of Wet Seal’s board, has been named as...

Nasty Gal's Vintage Lookbook Goes Viral

Fashion e-tail site Nasty Gal, based in the Bay Area, has become a one-stop shop for fashionistas’ killer outfit needs. The site pairs vintage finds with on-trend, new contemporary apparel, accessories and footwear. The site’s proprietress, Sophia Amoruso, styled...

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Fall Into The Gap (Racked LA)Spring 2010 Shopping and Festive Spirits at Simone’s Holiday Soiree (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage) Nicole Richie...

Friday, December 11

Solid Stone Adds Sublimation Printing, Expands Offerings

Solid Stone Fabrics recently added sublimation printing to its offerings, which include stretch and novelty textiles, fabric printing, and garment manufacturing.The Martinsville, Va.–based com...

Candie's/Kohl's Deal Renewed

New York–based Iconix Brand Group renewed its exclusive licensing agreement with Kohl’s for Iconix’s Candie’s-branded apparel and accessories. Kohl’s first landed the Candie’s license in 2005. The deal had been extended to...

AAFA Hosts Product-Safety Seminar

More than 100 apparel-industry attendees gathered to listen to speakers and panels on hot-button issues affecting the apparel business at the American Apparel & Footwear Association...

NGC Adds Stony Apparel to Lineup of California Customers

For Miami-based New Generation Computing, California is the No. 1 region in the world, according to Mark Burstein, vice president of Product Lifecycle Management solutions and NGC’s West Coast...

Frederick's Licensing Deal

New York–based Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. hired Los Angeles–based licensing firm Vault Agency to man...

Ideeli Lands $20 Million

New York–based invitation-only online sample-sale site Ideeli Inc. received $20 million in financing from StarVest Partners, Constellation Growth Capital and Kodiak Venture Partners. “Ideeli’s shopping c...

J Brand Denim Label Negotiating Sale

Los Angeles premium-denim maker J Brand is reportedly moving closer to selling its company for $90 million to a private equity firm....

REI's Anderson Turns 100

Seattle-based outdoor-equipment and apparel retailer REI created the Mary Anderson Legacy Grant in honor of founder Mary Anderson’s 100th birthday. The annual grant will be presented in honor of the co...

Salute to Services and Suppliers Resource Guide

New Generation Computing Inc.reg; (NGCreg;) 14900 NW 79th CourtMiami Lakes, FL 33016 (305) 556-9122Fax (305) 828-6358 West Coast: 2234 E. Colorado Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91107 (...

New EVP at Anne Cole

Gary Silverman, a veteran swimwear executive, has been named the executive vice president of In Mocean Group’s Anne Cole swimwear divis...

Frederick’s Licensing Deal

New York–based Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. hired Los Angeles–based licensing firm Vault Agency to man...

Tokidoki Opens Newest Boutique on Melrose

In just five short years, tokidoki creative director Simone Legno took his admiration for Japanese pop culture to create artwork that soon transformed into a popular lifestyle brand, with its adorable characters harnessing a tough...

Mo Money

Orale! Ambsn's Dylan Odbert (left), Electric's Josh Hartley (center) and Dustin Odbert (far right) get their mo on, mariachi-style.The first annual Mo-Down Bro-Down/Movember Gala Party presented by ambsn clothing and Electric Visual benefiting Movember, the Live...

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Four Lookbook Darlings Model Revolve's Winter 2010 Style Guide (Refinery 29)Lebanese Fashion Shines (Wall Street Journal) Shopping: Warm Weather Getaway...

Thursday, December 10

To Shop (and Spot Fashionable Celebs) Is Divine

Divine Design—the annual fashion and interiors fund-raiser for Project Angel Food—is always a fashionably good time. I’m always up for shopping for my two favorite things (fashion and home dea...

CIT Emerges From Chapter 11

CIT Group emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Dec. 10 after the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed CIT’s prepackaged plan of reorganization two ...

Do-Good Denim

Kill City jeans, as worn by Rihanna, just one of the many options for do-gooders. (Image courtesy of JustJared)Punk-inspired brand Kill City has launched a holiday jean swap to benefit the homeless. As part of the program,...

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Get Peggy Lee's Clothes and More at K-Town's New Bellejar Vintage (LAist)Barbie's 50th anniversary Islamic makeover (Los Angeles Times Babylon ...

Wednesday, December 9

Manufacturers Optimistic About 2010

A survey of purchasing and supply management executives in manufacturing industries across the country shows they believe growth that started in 2009 will continue into 2010....

Victoria's Secret. Michael Bay. Movie Trailer Explosions.

video via Entertainment Weekly It’s the ultimate mash-up of Maxim-reading, Axe body spray-wearing, testosterone and beer-soaked frat bros’ dreams: Michael Bay has directed a Victoria’s Secret commercial. Set to the kind of extreme, power-chord guitar...

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Petro Zillia wheels out a recession solution: rent-a-frock (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Shoes—Winning Esquivel Oxfords, Seriously, I Won! (Blackburn...

Tuesday, December 8

CIT Could Emerge From Chapter 11

The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York confirmed CIT Group’s prepackaged plan of reorganization on Dec. 8. The company anticipates emerging from bankruptcy on...

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Superstar DJ, Superstar Looks: Richly.Hawtin (Racked LA)An Up Close and Personal First Look at Rodarte For Target (Racked LA)December...

A New Kind of Art T

Marshmallow T-shirt by Doktor DoktorThe humble white T-shirt has been elevated to interesting new heights by Project White T-shirt, an international project dreamed up by Triple-Major Studio that asks 31 designers from 13...

Project Runway Alum Rami Kashou Releases Spring 2010 Fashion Film

Rami Kashou just released a film featuring his Spring 2010 collection. The Los Angeles-based designer and Project Runway alum opted to create a film presentation of his latest collection this season versus showing in a traditional runway...

Monday, December 7

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Yellow Bird Project: Rock T-shirts for a good cause (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Coco Chanel's Biggest Fan. Rock Republic's Andréa...

Unique LA Spreads Holiday Cheer While Stimulating Local Economy

Plush robots by KauzbotsI think I love crafting and D.I.Y. projects because I, unfortunately, was born devoid of any such discernable craft-making skills (unless you count gluing dried macaroni to a paper...

Friday, December 4

Russh Mode Debuts an Alternative on L.A.'s Robertson Boulevard

When fashion veteran George Arrington made a gamble to open his first boutique on Los Angeles’ high-profile Robertson Boulevard, he also wanted to provide an alternative on the denim-obsessed street....

Tt Collection Pops Up and Parties

Open a store, throw a party. It’s what designer Tiffany Saidnia did Dec. 3. She produced a soiree/fund-raiser at the new pop-up shop for her fashion label, Tt Collection. The Tt Collection po...

STAR Show to Bow January in L.A.

This January, Los Angeles will be home to a new biannual apparel trade show featuring men’s and women’s apparel. ...

Puma#039;s Chicago Concept

Footwear and athletic-apparel maker Puma unveiled its new concept store in the new Chicago State Street development. This is the s...

Nike Goes (RED)

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. formed a partnership with (RED) and enlisted several international soccer stars in its camp...

Marvin Goodman, Apparel Ventures Founder, 76

Marvin Goodman—the founder, chief executive and chairman of swimwear maker Apparel Ventures—died Nov. 30 at the age of 76 after a battle with lymphoma. Good...

Caulfield Preparatory: Classics With a Twist

When Vincent Flumiani describes the creation of his men’s clothing line, Caulfield Preparatory, it’s as if he is a costume designer composing the wardrobe of a character in a movie...

JCP Adds Mango to the Mix

New York–based JCPenney Co. will add in-store shops featuring fast fashion from Barcelona-based Mango. The 1,000-square-foo...

Holiday '09: Some Say No to Discounts

Retailers react as crowds surge but spend less on Black Friday....

Ross Names New Senior Management

Off-price retailer Ross Stores has been reporting high sales during the past year characterized by a weak economy, and on Dec. 4, the Pleasanton, Calif.shy;–based retailer announced a slew of ...

Consumers Go Fashionable for Cyber Monday

Orders increased 26.4 percent over last year at apparel e-tailers. ...

Juicy and 7 in at Santa Monica Place

Juicy Couture and 7 For All Mankind will be among the new tenants at the Santa Monica Place retail center, located in Santa Monica, Calif. The retail center, being ...

Avery Takes RFID Abroad

German retailer House of Gerry Weber will introduce RFID technology to aid in inventory management and loss prevention created by ...

Weak November Sales Forecast to Bring Solid December Business

The 2009 holiday retail season started on a weak note with U.S chain-store sales declining 0.3 percent in November compared with the same month in 2008, according to the International Council...

American Apparel Opens First Kids' Store

Los Angeles–based apparel manufacturer and retailer American Apparel opened its first-ever children’s store, located in Berlin. The inaugural American Apparel Kids store occupies an 8...

Metropark Goes Mobile

Metropark is upping the ante with its tech. The City of Industry, Calif.–based retail chain announced the debut of its...

Puma’s Chicago Concept

Footwear and athletic-apparel maker Puma unveiled its new concept store in the new Chicago State Street development. This is the s...

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Now Open: Echo Country Park is Like a Magical Place in the Woods. Of Echo Park. (Racked LA)The Complete Rodarte for Target Look Book...

To Shop (and Spot Fashionable Celebs) Is Divine

“Mad Men” actress Christina HendricksDivine Design—the annual fashion and interiors fund-raiser for Project Angel Food—is always a fashionably good time. I’m always up for shopping for my two favorite things (fashion and...

Go, Go, Gomatta Girls

The thrill of the flash sale sites rolls on with the latest site to enter the Web landscape, Gomatta Girls, based in downtown Los Angeles. Gomatta Girls hosts 24-hour sales and then it’s history. The site, which recently has...

Party, Shop, Give

Zachary's Smile will party for its first year anniversaryEven if the economy is gloomy, boutique owners find ways to make the holidays be times of celebration and charity. In the next few weeks, many boutiques and denizens of the fashion...

Thursday, December 3

Head of Apparel and Textile Group USA-ITA to Step Down Next Year

After serving for 21 years as the executive director of the USA-ITA, Laura Jones is stepping down from the New York–based organization next year....

For Miu Miu, Damask is the New Black

South Coast Plaza’s Miu Miu boutiqueMany pundits say the only way to win in this fashion game is to stand out from the crowd. And that’s what the venerable fashion house Prada intends to do with the store design of its Miu Miu...

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Designers—Phillip Lim Talks Picasso, Cheap Chic, Spring 2010 Suiting and More at LACMA (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Resort Wear: The Takeaway...

Wednesday, December 2

Gerber Technology Acquires Yunique

Gerber Technology—the Tolland, Conn.–based automated Computer Assisted Design (CAD), Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) and Product Lifestyle Management (PLM) solutions giant—announced the acquisition of New Y...

U.S. Port Activity Expected to Pick Up in 2010 After Two-Year Decline

Economists are predicting that signs of improvement are on the horizon for port traffic, which was down at most U.S. ports in 2009. ...

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Eleven of Us boutique opens in Silver Lake (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Collection by Forever 21 (Nitrolicious) HM Launches...

Those CM Squared Boys Are at It Again

A sexy nativity scene at the Madison store on Robertson Boulevard is causing an uproar.The window was designed by CM Squared Designs, which was recently featured in Apparel News for their provocative window displays around Los....

Metropark Launches iPhone App

Los Angeles-based specialty retail store Metropark launched an iPhone and iPod Touch mobile shopping application that provides a full assortment of the products featured on its online store. Users can browse through its list...

Gap Goes Supercute for Holiday

It’s going to be a cute, cute Christmas—if The Gap has anything to do about it. This holiday ad is currently airing—and (to me, at least) it has all the makings of a viral success: adorable moppets—in clothing I covet for my imaginary Swedish...

Tuesday, December 1

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North Korean Jeans: A Tale of Three Swedes, a Glass of Vodka, and a Strange Pair of Denim (Refinery 29)Koi Suwannagate's Anthropologie...

Out on a Lim

Phillip Lim at his West Hollywood store opening. Photo by John Schulli/Berliner StudioFashion designer Phillip Lim, now based in New York but raised in Southern California, is making a special appearance at the Los Angeles Museum of Art on...

Fashion, Art and Music in Downtown L.A.

Leave it to Los Angeles designers and artists to combine forces for a day of art, fashion and music. Lucy B lingerie David Solomon and the Downtown Art Gallery will hold an open house and sample sale on Dec. 5 in downtown L.A. The collaborative event will...