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Tuesday, June 30

Comune's Declaration of Independence

The sun finally broke out the weekend of June 26, after a long season of “June gloom” weather in Southern California. For Frank Delgadillo, it was the perfect time to invite 400 of his best buddies over for something of a housewarming party at the headquarters...

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Apparel Production Continues Despite Regime Change in Honduras

Most apparel manufacturers in Honduras said the ouster of the Honduran president was not affecting production....

Monday, June 29

VF Corp., 7 For All Mankind's Egeck Resigns

Michael Egeck, president of VF Corp.’s contemporary-brand coalition, which handles such labels as 7 For All Mankind, Lucy and Splendid, has resigned from the corpora...

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Sasha Pivovarova illustrations for Chanel (Image courtesy...

Friday, June 26

Focal Tech Gains Microsoft Honor

Los Angeles–based Focal Technology Solutions was named a finalist for this year’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Awards in the category of citizenship....

Lectra Promotes Claverie

Lectra has promoted Herveacute; Claverie to global director of projects and strategic accounts. ...

CDS on NBC

The Cooper Design Space’s recent renovation of its lobby and its newest addition, a video-art wall that features contributions from 30 artists, including Shepard Fairey, have landed it on the small screen. NBC’s local Los...

Design by Kmart

Discount retailer Kmart, a division of Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based Sears, is offering a behind-the-scenes look into its design studios in New York and Chicago through its Web site at...

Chubb in at Oxford

Atlanta-based Oxford Industries Inc., owner of the Tommy Bahama, Ben Sherman, Arnold Brant, Ely & Walker and Oxford Golf brand...

NRF and RILA Break Merger Talks

The proposed merger between the United States’ two biggest trade organizations for retailers is off....

Illegal Yarns in Central America Hurting U.S. Textile Factories

U.S. yarn makers started suspecting something was fishy in Central America two years ago when fabric knitters in that region said they could buy U.S. yarn for only $3 a kilo instead of the prevailing ...

Stansfield Returns to C&C

Claire Stansfield has returned to C&C California, the Commerce-based company she co-founded with Cheyann Benedict in 2002, as creative director of design and marketing. Stansfield and Benedict sol...

Fashion Island Announces New Look, New Stores

A major facelift and new store debuts were announced at the Fashion Island retail center Thursday. An ornate, giant fountain will be central to the new look at the Newport Beach, Cal...

L.A. Fashion Week's Call to Action

Jen Uner issues a call to action to the L.A. fashion community.It’s not too early to start getting ready for L.A. Fashion Week! Members of the fashion community—including designers, retailers, executives, stylists, public-relations specialists and fashion show producers—gathered rooftop at the soon-to-open Hotel Erwin in Venice to get fired up for...

Kaltman to Retire to Las Vegas

Longtime Los Angeles textile executive Hal Kaltman is retiring at the end of July....

NGC Updates Pre-Production, Sourcing Software

New Generation Computing has released updated versions of its e-PLM and e-SPS production and sourcing software systems....

L.A. Urban Fashion Week on Tap

Los Angeles Urban Fashion gets underway June 26–28 at several venues in the Los Angeles area with plans for fashion shows, parties and networking events....

Red Chapter: Designing a New Niche in Ambigram Art

The apparel industry has seen its fair share of tattoo-inspired streetwear, but a Los Angeles–area company has created a new spin for the category with a line of printed shirts and tops that carry hidd...

Centric IT Conference Promotes the Power of PLM

Selling software systems during a recession is a tall order when retailers are closing stores and manufacturers and importers are cutting staff. But Centric Software executives think it’s more...

American Apparel Exec to Speak on RFID

Zander Livingston, American Apparel’s director of RFID (radio-frequency identification) will present the keynote address at the fourth annual RFID in Fashion conference and exhibition, being ...

Tenenbaum in at CPSC

Inez M. Tenenbaum was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the new chair of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. “I am pleased that the Senate has acted quickly to confirm Chairperson Tenenbaum to be the...

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A look inside new boutique Tavin (Photo courtesy Racked...

Thursday, June 25

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Now open: The Golden Boutique in Santa Monica (Photo courtesy The Golden...

Wednesday, June 24

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A resort collection that won't break the bank: Jeffrey Monteiro (Photo courtesy Refinery...

Express Sues Forever 21

Attorneys for retailer Express filed a suit on June 23 against fast-fashion giant Forever 21 in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles for unspecified damages. ...

KOTRA's Korean Exhibitors Join Material World West

KOTRA, the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, has signed on to bring a group of more than 50 Korean textile and manufacturing companies to the debut of the West Coast edition ...

Tuesday, June 23

SIMA Announces Surf Summit Dates

After postponing its May dates because of the threat of swine flu, the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has rescheduled its 12th annual Surf Summit for Sept. 30–Oct. 3...

Fashion and Philharmonics at the Hollywood Bowl

The Hollywood Bowl celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Hall of Fame awards at its Opening Night Gala on June 19 with a celebrity-packed event that included a dash of Los Angeles fashion. In addition to Hall of Fame inductees...

Quiksilver to Lay Off 168 More

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver will lay off 168 employees, according to the California Economic Development Department’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WAR...

Gen Art Plans for Fresh Faces, Hosts N.Y. Fundraiser

Gen Art—the New York–based art, film, music and fashion nonprofit organization—has enlisted several of its famous alumni, as well as other designers and actors, to help host a fund-raiser on Jun...

Counterfeits Salesman in Downtown Los Angeles Sentenced to Prison

Nearly nine months after federal investigators swooped down and arrested a wholesaler for selling thousands of fake designer goods out of a downtown Los Angeles space, the merchant was sentenced to 2f...

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Men hit the catwalk in Milan (Photos courtesy...

Active Ride Acquired

The bankrupt Mira Loma, Calif.–based Active Ride Shop has been acquired by a Florida-based investor group for $5.2 million in an auction ordered by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside, Cali...

Monday, June 22

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Cagey: the new summer heels (Photo courtey Los Angeles...

New Shops at Sunset Plaza

Two shops recently debuted at the high-fashion shopping district Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles. They are the eyewear shop Ottica and homeware and gifts shop Tobi Tobin. ...

There's Gold in Cuteness: Cute-Culture Label Loyal Army Is on the Move

KAWAII! In Japanese, the word “kawaii” is translated as cute. Loyal Army graphics on T-shirts above, are inspired by Japanese Kawaii fashion.Cute is more than swell cartoons and adorable animals for the folks at San...

The French Are Coming! (to L.A.)

Another retailer on the move is French jeans shop Chateau Denim. Earlier this year, it opened Los Angeles boutiques at 7500 Melrose Ave. and at 6753 Hollywood Blvd. In August, it will debut a shop in the high-profile Third Street...

Earth & Sky: Eco & Chic

Karen Kananen, former designer for Ecoganik, and Samantha Robinson, who worked with French Connection and Elle Apparel, among others, have teamed up to create Earth...

Friday, June 19

Retail Crime Increased as U.S. Economy Worsened

Crimes against retailers are increasing, and they are costing the economy billions of dollars, said criminologist Dr. Richard Hollinger, who spoke at the National Retail Federation’s...

Syms Wins Filene’s Bid

Secaucus, N.J.–based off-price retail chain Syms Corp. won the bid for the assets of Filene’s Basement after several...

Syms Wins Filene#039;s Bid

Secaucus, N.J.–based off-price retail chain Syms Corp. won the bid for the assets of Filene’s Basement after several...

L.A. Winners at CFDA

Rodarte designers and sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy landed the “Womenswear Designer of the Year” award at the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s annual awards gala. Scott Sternberg, designer of Los Ange...

USA-ITA, Korean Group Join Forces to Support Trade Pact

A group of U.S. apparel importers and a South Korean textile organization have agreed to work together to help get a free-trade agreement between the two countries passed....

La Jolla Chief Hints at Growth

Attendees at the June 10 “Innovator Series” event, hosted by Group Y and held at The Lab in Costa Mesa, Calif., got a chance to hear the latest from Toby Bost, chief e...

Time Out for Bauer

Outerwear and sportswear retailer Eddie Bauer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware on J...

Project to Offer Exclusive Product

The Project Global Trade Show, the premium show that is part of the MAGIC International family of trade shows, will launch a Project Special Cut during its Sept. 1–3 run in L...

K. Bell Expanding to New HQ

El Segundo, Calif.–based legwear maker K.B. Socks Inc. is on an expansion track, having made some key management appointments with plans to relocate its corporate headquarters....

Rock Fashion Sketches L.A. Fashion Week Plans

The newest player on the Los Angeles Fashion Week calendar, New York–based Rock Media & Entertainment, was recently in town working on the Los Angeles edition of Rock Fashion Week...

Education Resource Guide

Los Angeles’ wide array of educational opportunities for the apparel industry parallels the job opportunities available in this fash...

PacSun Gets New CEO, Kasaks to Remain on Board

Mall-based surf/skate retailer Pacific Sunwear of California announced that current Chief Executive Sally Frame Kasaks will step down June 29 and be immediately succeeded by Gary Schoenfeld, former...

Ximena Valero Bows at FBI Center

Mexican-born designer Ximena Valero

From WSA to MAGIC

Leslie Gallin, who formerly headed The Collections at WSA, joined MAGIC International as vice president of footwear. Gallin joined WSA in 2004 as director of The Collections at WSA, an upscale show featuring ...

Nastos Named President of ENK

Veteran apparel- and footwear-industry executive Thomas Nastos has been named president of New York–based ENK International, which produces the Brighte Companies show in Los Angeles a...

Price-Conscious Buying at Los Angeles Market

The mood at the June 12–16 Fashion Market was up as buyers perused everything from Immediates to Fall and Holiday styles. “It was the most positive market I’ve seen in a while,” s...

Thursday, June 18

Only 16 Weeks Until L.A. Fashion Week!

(Image from Laeken show at BOXeight Fashion Week in March 2009) October is shaping up to be “Fashion Month” in Los Angeles.The newest player on the Los Angeles Fashion Week calendar, New...

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Beth Ditto's plus-size line for British label Evans (Photos courtesy...

Wednesday, June 17

L*Space Gets 'Presented' at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Swim designer Monica Wise hopes her latest accolade will draw attention to her latest effort: a collaboration with OmniPeace, a humanitarian fashion brand that donates 25 percent of profits to charities promoting peace, human rights,...

Round 2 for Trovata, Forever 21 Case

MISTRIAL: A mistrial was declared in Trovata's suit against Forever 21 over alleged copies of Trovata's designs. Trovata’s garments are pictured at left and Forever 21's garments are pictured at right.A new jury with have another crack at the...

L*Space to Be Highlighted at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Monica Wise’s sexy L*Space swimwear line has been named the “Mercedes-Benz Presents” brand for the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Miami shows, set for July...

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The hip and fashionable take to the "streets" of the Melrose Trading Post (Photos courtesy the Los Angeles...

Tuesday, June 16

What's French for 'Single'?

Visitors to the famous Galleries Lafayette department store in Paris are getting a dose of Los Angeles glamour thanks to an in-store shop dedicated to L.A. label Single. The 10’-by-12’ shop has been open since the beginning of the year and features racks of...

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The CFDA Awards at the Lincoln Center in New York (Photo courtesy The New York...

Trovata, Forever 21 to Return to Court in October

Contemporary brand Trovata’s lawsuit against giant retailer Forever 21 will see another day in court. Tentative dates have been scheduled for October for the award-winning fashion label...

Monday, June 15

Tweeting the Latest on CPSIA

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act—or CPSIA—has been a hot-button industry issue that threatens to impact the childrenswear side of the apparel industry.Childrenswear makers have been closely following the latest on the CPSIA since it was...

Elaine Kim Offers a Peek Inside New Studio

Designer Elaine Kim in one of her creationsDesigner Elaine Kim typically limits access to her design studio to clients only. But after moving to a new location, at 8373 W. Third St. in Los Angeles, the designer hosted an...

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eryn brinié's Spring/Summer collection (Photo courtesy...

Friday, June 12

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Seeing stripes: Resort 2010 collections (Photo courtesy Pattern...

Bones and Roses

Designers are known to take up aspirational “It Girl” models and celebrities as muses. But Emy Hovanesyan’s muse for Bones and Roses was a friend whose style inspired her in an u...

Sugar Inc. Acquires Shopflick

San Francisco–based Sugar Inc. has acquired Los Angeles–based Shopflick (

Finance Resource Guide

In both thriving and uncertain economic times, a stable financial firm can provide services that help grow and protect your business. These companies specialize in the apparel industry offering factoring, accounts receivables management, trade finance, letters of credit, and more with flexible, individualized programs for businesses of varying sizes.Goodman Factors3010 LBJ Freeway, Ste. 140Dallas, TX 75234(972) 241-3297Fax (972) 243-6285Toll-free (877) 4-GOODMAN

New Line, New Site for Elaine Kim

Elaine Kim, the Los Angeles–based designer behind the contemporary brand Product, has re-emerged with a new eponymous line....

J. Jill Sold

Hingman, Mass–based The Talbots Inc. agreed to sell its J. Jill division to an affiliate of Golden Gate Capital. The San Francisco–based private-equity investment firm’s J. Jill Acquisition LLC affiliate...

Cleaner Dry Cleaner

Beverly Hills–based Non Pareil Cleaners, in operation since 1945, installed a new dry-cleaning system that uses liquefied, pressurized national carbon dioxide in the place of petrochemical- and solvent-based m...

IBS Opens Finance Center in L.A.

The Los Angeles fashion community has another finance resource to consider for payment processing and other financial services, as International Bankcard Services (IBS) has opened an office i...

Primrose Bows in Fashion District

A new showroom complex for contemporary apparel has opened in the Los Angeles Fashion District....

Gas Prices Should Peak in July and Then Decline

With gasoline prices creeping up six weeks in a row, retail experts are fretting that consumers will start feeling financially drained and put lockboxes on their wallets when buying clothes....

New Retailers Braving the L.A. Boutique Scene

Call it signs of life after the deep freeze....

Green Fashion: New Construction Rules for Retail Buildings to Debut This Fall

By mid-fall there will be new guidelines to make retail buildings ecologically friendly....

Carbon Zero Clothing

Redondo Beach, Calif., is home to Carbon Zero Clothing, a new venture from investment banker turned apparel executive John Calcagnini. The company, which launched in 2008 as...

Neighborhoods to Watch

Some of Los Angeles’ top retail neighborhoods have suffered store closings this year, yet stores also have op...

Men's Wearhouse Bids High for Filene's

K&G Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of the Men’s Wearhouse retail chain, bid $67 million—the winning bid—for the assets of off-pricer Filene’s Basement. The price covers 17 to 20 store leases, inventory from 25 existing locations, the lease...

Forever 21 and Macy's Moving Into Gottschalks' Stores

Forever 21 is expanding its dream to become a big department-store chain by acquiring several leases and stores vacated by bankrupt retailer Gottschalks....

Quiksilver Posts 2nd-Quarter Profit, Announces $150 Million Loan

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based surf giant Quiksilver posted a modest profit in its second quarter, marking the second time it has done so in the past two years. With earnings at $2.8 million for the q...

London Museum Highlights the Evolution of Underwear

Underneath defining paradigm shifts in clothing is a foundation of lingerie that molds the body into that desired silhouette. Christian Dior’s structured “New Look” couldn’t h...

Forever 21 to Develop South Central L.A. Land

A spokesperson for Los Angeles retailer Forever 21 said the company plans to proceed with a plan to develop a controversial swatch of land near downtown Los Angeles into a facility to handle ...

Superior Bias Rep Bruce Williams, 57

Longtime apparel-industry sales rep Bruce Earl Williams died on June 1 of heart complications. He was 57 years old....

DownEast Goes West

Salt Lake City–based retail chain DownEast Basics opened a store at the Galleria at Roseville Shopping Center in Roseville, Calif., the company’s third grand opening in the past 90 days. The store carri...

Haute Contour by Spanx

For nine years, Spanx’s modern version of the girdle in nylon/Lycra shapewear briefs has been a success in helping women look their best in that sleek party dress...

Industrial Real Estate Drops for Fifth Straight Quarter

Demand for warehouse and manufacturing space declined for the fifth straight quarter at the end of the first quarter of 2009, reflecting what’s been happening on the global trade front as exports to th...

Retail Demand Slows, but Investor Interest Grows

Retail vacancies during the first quarter of 2009 continue to climb as falling home values and payroll cuts and employment layoffs have forced consumers to cut spending, resulting in pronounced vacanc...

Famous Footwear Opens DC in Tejon Ranch

St. Louis–based Brown Shoe Company Inc. has opened a 350,000-square-foot distribution center in Tejon Ranch, Calif., where all inbound and outbound shipments for the company’s Famous F...

Thursday, June 11

Guest Blogger: Verreos in Oz

Nick Verreos and a bevy of DorothysLast night I was invited to attend the opening-night gala of the 70th...

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Celebrating six years of collaborations: Louis Vuitton and artist Murakami (Photo courtesy...

Getting Ready for 'Runway'

Nick VerreosThe sixth season of “Project Runway” has not even aired yet (it’s scheduled to bow on its new home on Lifetime in August), and I’m already thinking about season 7. That’s because I recently caught up with “Project Runway” alum—and recent ApparelNews.net guest blogger—Nick Verreos. Last month, Verreos sat on the panel at the Los...

Hanging with Howe at Ron Robinson

Jade Howe and Karen MeenaWhat better way to spend a lazy weekend afternoon than hanging out with menswear designer Jade Howe and retailer Karen Meena at Ron Robinson at Fred Segal Melrose in Los Angeles?Howe was the third...

It's Hammertime at Live! On Sunset

Kanye West’s blog never disappoints in the perverse and often baffling number of items that he posts each day; and his sometimes bland, yet succinct, all-caps headlines. From his blog earlier this week, this headline: “HAMMER PANTS DANCERS CRASH TIGHT PANTS...

Wednesday, June 10

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Line-Up Announced

Miami is about to heat up as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim hits the runway in July. The annual event held at The Raleigh hotel in Miami Beach will showcase the Cruise 2010 collecti...

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Costume Dept. goes beyond leggings (Photo courtesy...

Dallas Market Center Cancels Designer Awards

The Dallas Market Center has cancelled its annual Dallas Fashion Awards, honoring fashion designers and companies. DMC officials cited feedback from exhibitors and manufacturers as t...

Tuesday, June 9

New Lines: The New Mart

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The New Mart, located at 127 E Ninth St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market-week iss...

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The Lady Liberty Building, located at 843 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines ...

New Lines: The 824 Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The 824 Building, located at 824 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each mark...

Place Showroom

Cooper Design Space Suite 1130 (213) 243-0741...

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A peak at 3.1 Phillip Lim Resort 2010 collection (Photo courtesy...

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Cooper Design Space, located at 860 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines e...

Russell & Ellie Frank

Gerry Building, Suite 703(213) 627-2457 ...

New Lines: California Market Center

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the California Market Center, located at 110 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines ea...

T & A Showroom

824 Building824 S. Los Angeles St., Suite 303 (323) 244-3092...

Pulse Annex Showroom

The New Mart Suite 1104 (213) 892-0669...

Joken Style Showroom

California Market Center Suite A514 jokenstyle@yahoo.com (323) 972-1363...

New Lines: Gerry Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Gerry Building, located at 910 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each ma...

Monday, June 8

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Anna Sui goes Gossip Girl for Target (Photo courtesy New York Daily...

L.A. Designer Kevan Hall Opens Gallery Space in Malibu

Kevan Hall's designs were recently seen on the runway at The Colleagues event during L.A. Fashion Week in March. (Photo by Volker Corell)Kevan Hall is moving to Malibu—at least, temporarily. The designer, whose creations have been a...

Cooper's Moving-Picture Show

The Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles is getting a dose of art and technology with the debut of the Cooper Video Wall in its newly renovated lobby. A video art installation featuring the work of more than 30 filmmakers, photographers and...

Saturday, June 6

Ludwig: The Composer's New Clothes

Some would say there’s not enough Beethoven in this world—even if it’s an irreverent, street look at the iconic composer. The creators of fashion brand Ludwig hope to add irreverence and Beethoven to more men’s wardrobes. On June 4, they opened a shop named after and devoted to...

Friday, June 5

Soffer Ari USA Debut: Bring on the Bling

Bling never dies. In designer Ari Soffer’s case, it just finds a better place to hang. On June 4, he opened a flagship store at 850 S. Robertson in Los Angeles. Named after his jewelry and lifestyle collection line, Soffer Ari USA, the store offers...

Maggie Ward

John Ward’s new line, Maggie Ward, adds another dimension to what Angeleno designers do best: putting a new twist on classic casuals. In Ward’s case, this means sweat-pant and sweat-shirt shape...

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Project Runway winner Leanne Marshall's Fall '09 collection (Photos courtesy...

Azria Teams With Miley Cyrus for Wal-Mart Collection

Max Azria, owner of Vernon, Calif.–based BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP, has partnered with pop star and actress Miley Cyrus to create a collection of trend-driven and affordable apparel for Wal-M...

Jenette Bras Caters to Full-Figure Dames

Like many women, Jenette Goldstein was wearing the wrong-size bra. The band had slack to spare, and the straps dug into her shoulders from carrying the weight of her ample bosom. Goldstein fo...

Workers United Behind Raynor

Bruce Raynor was named president of Workers United by the new union’s general executive board less than a week after Raynor resigned as president of UNITE HERE, following an ongoing dispute between two...

Will Congress Help the Apparel Industry With New Trade Law?

Could the third time be the charm for a trade bill lowering tariffs on apparel and textiles from some of the poorest countries in the world?...

Curves Ahead for Premium Denim

Rich & Skinny founder partners with Cookie Johnson to make premium jeans for curvy women...

Technology Resource Guide

Looking for increased efficiency, control, and integration in your company’s operations? The right apparel-specific technology system can help facilitate high function and save time and money. These te...

Fashioning Future

Woodcraft Rangers’ after-school program teaches high school students about careers in fashion....

Fashion Square Finds Religion

Vernon-based True Religion Apparel Inc. opened a 1,632-square-foot store at Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks. The store will carry the full line of True Religion merchandise for men, women and children,...

Pressure on for Employee Free Choice Act Union Bill

The Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, a divisive bill that challenges the way labor unions form in the workplace, continues to stir controversy....

Li & Fung Affiliate Leases Giant IE Warehouse

IDS USA, which is the distribution arm of Hong Kong–based apparel giant Li & Fung Group, has expanded its presence in Southern California, having recently signed a five-year lease...

Fashionable Shift in Palm Desert's El Paseo District

Stewart Weitzman and Louis Vuitton both recently announced that they will be opening boutiques in El Paseo Shopping District in Palm Desert, Calif.—a sign that the desert destination’...

Off-Price Sales Good, Luxury Down in May

Retail sales dropped 4.6 percent in May, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Department stores selling luxury goods were particularly hard hit, while off-price retaile...

Rocawear's China Deal

New York–based Iconix Brand Group announced plans to take its Rocawear streetwear brand to China. Iconix China, the company’s joint venture with Novel Fashion Holding Ltd., struck a deal with Bosideng International Hol...

Desert Rose

Private Icon, a Los Angeles–based manufacturer that specializes in private-label product development for juniors brands, has launched its first branded line, Desert Rose, for Summer 2...

No Free Samples

Designers and reps need to safeguard sample garments before they leave the warehouse. ...

Jorgensen Joins Levi's

Yahoo! Inc. executive Blake Jorgensen was named executive vice president and chief financial officer for San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. He assumes his new job in July. Currently Jorgensen is chief ...

Guess Posts Drop in Earnings, Beats Expectations

Guess? Inc. saw its first-quarter net earnings for the fiscal year 2010 fall 32 percent, with a net income of $32.5 million for the quarter ending May 2—down from $47.8 million a year earlier. Revenues for th...

CPSIA, Prop. 65 on the Agenda at VCF Conference

Issues such as the Consumer Product Safety Information Act (CPSIA), Proposition 65 and 10+2 will be the main topics of discussion at the Vendor Compliance Federation’s “New Mandates in Retail C...

Fashionable Jet Set

Los Angeles labels

LunAlba: Lightweight, Layered and Luxurious

Multi-layering is a key trend for Fall. But designer Nadia Bozzetti has more than trendiness on her mind. She launched LunAlba with the idea of creating a timeless knitwear line for the jet-s...

CMC Jeweler Launches New Line

Jewelry designer Raquel Alazraki spent years honing her skills as a jeweler from behind the counter at Eclipse, the fine-jewelry store located in the lobby of the California Market C...

The Croc Goes Home

New York–based Izod, a division of Phillips–Van Heusen Corp., signed a licensing deal with WestPoint Home Inc. for a line of bed, bath and kitchen products under the Izod brand, with its well-known croc...

Thursday, June 4

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Some fashion to go with your wine (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara...

Hey, gamers! Where's the fashion?

Walking around the recent E3 conference recently, I wondered “Where’s the fashion?” The vast majority of games on display June 2–4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center stuck to the familiar warfare/sports/fantasy themes. Amid the din of virtual gunfire and aspiring Guitar Heroes,...

Wednesday, June 3

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Wear what you sew: Designers Alexander Wang, Jason Wu and Marc Jacobs (Photos courtesy...

Tuesday, June 2

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Tip your hat: Victor Osbourne opens (Photo courtesy...

Space 15 Twenty Debuts Blogger Shop Day

Lucrecia of Fashion is Poison, Rachel of That’s Chic and Taghrid of Taghrid.ccFashion bloggers have cemented their status as influential players in the fashion industry. Designers have invited bloggers to sit in the front rows at runways shows, and some...

Sadly, No Rock Star Sighting

Legendary Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister was not presiding over his favorite hangout, West Hollywood’s Rainbow Bar Grill, on June 1. He was reportedly traveling in Germany. But the next best thing to a Lemmy sighting probably was a party for the Motorhead Collection...

Ferragamo Designer Sighting

Ferragamo menswear designer Massimiliano Giornetti visited Los Angeles for a June 2 charity event at Ferragamo’s Rodeo Drive store. The gala shopping event will raise funds for victims of this year’s devastating earthquakes in Italy. On June 1,...

Monday, June 1

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A sneak peak at Chris Benz Resort 2010 collection (Photo courtesy...