Stories for September 2009

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Wednesday, September 30

Handpicked Vintage By Apartment 3 at Lulus.com

Kristin Knauff’s quirky, fun vintage closet has undergone exponential expansion beyond the Apartment 3 store walls in Los Feliz. Since March, Knauff has been lending her buyer eye for what pretty young things crave to the fast-fashion online retail...

Two Shows for the Price of One

The Los Angeles International Textile Show had a busy vibe as it kicked off on Wednesday with scads of textile booths located on the 7th, 12th and 13th floors of the California Market Center as well as in the fashion theater and the basement...

CIT's Fate Rests in Hands of Bondholders

CIT Group Inc. submitted a new plan that would wipe out a large chunk of the company’s outstanding debt. But if the company does not secure support for the plan, it may pursue bankruptcy proce...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shopping: Shades of Red (Coutorture)Find Your Fashion Personality Through Your Shoes (Elle.com)Justin Timberlake's William Rast launches...

Tuesday, September 29

Portland Trade Show Makes Room for Indie Fashion

Content trade show will take a bow in Portand on Oct. 18 “It is a platform for the independent fashion designer as artist,” said Content co-organizer Anna Korte. The key is wider exposure. The designers will be placed in a good gallery when it...

Now THAT's a Pool Party

It was a veritable who’s who of Los Angeles design—and swimwear, in particular—when swimwear designer Rod Beattie opened his stunning mid-century home to celebrate his birthday. Legendary swimwear designer Anne Cole was in attendance, as well as swim designer Anna Kenney, swimwear...

More for Halloween

Just in time for Halloween, Hips Curves, the Los Angeles-based Web site that sells plus-size lingerie and other accoutrements, has relaunched its online presence to add a new line of mix-and-match Halloween outfits. Think sexy costumes that include a...

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2010 Spring Milan Fashion Week Fab Roundup (FabSugar)A Toledo Talk (Vogue UK)Be Your Own Knight In Shining Armor With These Chainmail Gems...

Monday, September 28

Kill City and Brian Lichtenberg Celebrate Launch of New Collaboration

The creative minds behind Kill City and Brian Lichtenberg collide for a new collaborative effort aptly called Brian Lichtenberg for Kill City. To celebrate the partnership, a launch party will be thrown at the Kill City store at 7975 Melrose...

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Highlights from London Fashion Week (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Bottega Veneta's fashion detox: carefree and calm for Spring 2010 (Los...

Sunday, September 27

Don Fisher, Gap Founder, 81

Forty years after founding The Gap, Don Fisher died on Sept. 27 at the age of 81. The company said he died “after a long and heroic battle with cancer.”Fisher and his wife, Doris, started the company in 1969 as a single store in...

Friday, September 25

Sears, Walmart Get Into eBay-Style Business

Sears and Walmart want to help other retailers sell big....

Bridge Loan for Frederick's

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group, the New York–based parent company of iconic Los Angeles lingerie maker Frederick’s of Hollywood, secured a $2 million bridge facility from Wells Fargo Retail Finance LLC, ...

New Deals for PEI, Janzten, ProPlayer

Miami-based Perry Ellis International signed two licensing agreements for its Janzten and ProPlayer brands. The Janzen deal is with MAG Brands LLC/Millennium Apparel Group, which will produce girls’ swimwear, boardsho...

Enhancing Speed-to-Market for Tags, Labels and Trim

Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Brand I.D. is known for producing stylish labels and hangtags for high-profile lifestyle brands such as Oakley, Guess?, Billabong a...

Five Minutes With CIT

Retailers are responding to the recession by keeping inventories lean, renegotiating their leases, and using technology to boost efficiency and maintain cash flow. That was the word from New York–based...

Item-Level RFID on the Rise for Apparel Retailers

According to new research released by ABI Research, global sales of item-level RFID (radio-frequency identification) systems to apparel companies will essentially triple in size over the next...

Toute La Nuit

In between slinky lace-trimmed nighties and the women’s version of a men’s button-down pajama set lives Toute La Nuit sleepwear...

Geiger Leaves Aeropostale

Julian R. Geiger, chief executive officer of Aeropostale Inc., resigned from the New York–based retail chain. He will leave at the end of the fiscal year. Geiger has been CEO of Aeropostale since 1996, and he ...

Delicious Lingerie

From sexy, body-conscious corset camis and pretty, girly ruffled panties to dorm-room lounge sets, Delicious offers something for every girl’s style with its debut lingerie line...

Skate Brand Launches Mobile Warehouse Program

World Industries—a Costa Mesa, Calif.–based skate hardgoods, T-shirt and footwear brand—has announced the debut of a mobile warehouse program. Centered around two custom vans equipped with mobile office...

Idalica to Debut New E2E Software

Tustin, Calif.–based software maker Idalica has announced plans to debut Idalica E2E, an end-to-end software package, to be held during the Material World & Technology S...

Retailers Look to Save by Cutting Credit Card Fees

Retailers look to trim every cost of business from their leases to their lighting, but one crucial cost that is increasingly under the microscope is processing fees charged by credit card companies an...

Local Focus With Macy's Lundgren

The Los Angeles Lakers won the NBA championship in June, and the much celebrated victory also represented a slam dunk for Macy’s Inc.’s local merchandising program, called “My ...

Lingerie Briefs Resource Guide

Barbara Hawatmeh started Santa Monica, Calif.–based Artillerie in July 2009 to provide glamorous yet functional lingerie travel bags and eyemasks. The luxury lingerie bags fe...

PAD USA Adds to Technical Staff

Veteran technical designer Travis Homer has joined PAD System’s U.S. distribution office as a CAD consultant....

Easy Access and Storage Part of N41's New Look

Easy access is crucial on Nouvolution’s N41 enterprise resource planning software....

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...

Grammy Apparel Set for Sophomore Season

The Recording Academy, which produces the annual Grammy Awards for the music industry, is preparing for a second go-round of putting the Grammy label onto apparel, beginning with Spr...

Coco De Mer Toasts Carol Malony

Designer Carol Malony and Ashlee Simpson-WentzAll those bedroom accessories and unmentionables usually kept hidden behind closed doors and talked about in hushed whispers are showcased in grand display at Coco De Mer. On Wednesday night, the luxury erotic boutique gave top billing to...

Upcoming Seminar Talks Web 3.0

The American Apparel Producers' Network will host a seminar called “Web 3.0 and Social Media for the B2B Textile/Apparel Supply Chain” during the Sept. 30–Oct. 2 run of Los Angeles...

New Look for FashionWeekLA.com

Somebody’s had some work done! FashionWeekLA.com, the fashion week calendar site run by Jen Uner, founder of the L.A. Fashion Awards, unveiled a whole new look this week. The redesign by EMC2Web.com includes a whole host of...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Trend Watch: When It Comes to Buttoning Up, We're Going All The Way! (Refinery 29)New York Fashion Week: Shades on Parade (Los Angeles Times' All the...

Thursday, September 24

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Post and the Perverse (The New York Times)Eye on London: Fashion Week at a Turning Point (Wall Street Journal) Pearl Jam and Loomstate collaborate with Target for...

Judith Leiber Debuts on Rodeo

Judith Leiber Disco Ball minaudiereYou’ve seen Judith Leiber jewelry on many a red carpet. Now the New York-based jeweler and accessories designer hopes many fashion-savvy people will see the new Judith Leiber boutique. It’s located at 220 N. Rodeo Drive in...

Designer Kevan Hall Glams Up Top Model

The latest cycle of America’s Next Top Model, featuring all petite models, has upped the celebrity factor with recent guest judges, which included reality TV star cum designer Lauren Conrad and It model Chanel Iman.On the Sept. 23...

This Just Doesn't Seem Fair

Attention woodland creatures: Watch out!Rocky Hunting, a maker of camouflage hunting apparel, has created a line of "tri-season" hunting garments imbued with all sorts of technology that will make life that much harder for deer and other...

Wednesday, September 23

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops—Madison’s Fashion Carousel, Simply Chic with a Dose of Texture (Blackburn and Sweetzer)Jeremy Scott goes yabba-dabba-doo (Wall Street...

Dress Like The Real Housewives

Heels, tan, highlights required. Photo of The Real Housewives of Orange County, courtesy of BravoTV.comLos Angeles-based Royal Plush has partnered in a licensing deal with Bravo Media to develop a co-branded line of apparel “inspired by the fashion and style of ’The Real...

Tuesday, September 22

L.A. Textile/Material World Seminar and Events Calendar

The Sept. 30–Oct. 2 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show and Material World & Technology Solutions in Los Angeles will feature a full slate of semin...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Man Oh Man! NY Fashion Week's Best Looks for Lads (Man Oh Man! NY Fashion Week's Best Looks for Lads (Refinery 29)Fashion trends for Spring...

Shopping Vans Story

Vans' new Heritage store in Long BeachVans has a long history of showing up on the feet of skaters and surfers, and the brand showed off some of that concrete-shredding past when it opened one of its handful of "Heritage" shops recently in Long...

Curfew Stymied Honduras' Apparel Production

A 42-hour countrywide curfew imposed after deposed President Manuel Zelaya was secretly ushered back into Honduras on Sept. 21 forced factories in the country’s apparel hub to send workers home and shu...

Monday, September 21

West Coast Designs Hit the Red Carpet at the Emmy Awards

From left: Heidi Klum (Photo courtesy Nick Verreos via WireImage), Olivia Wilde (Photo by Nikki Nelson/Wenn.com) and Drew Barrymore (Photo by Juan Rick/Fame Pictures)Last night’s...

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Edgy and Energetic: London Hits Silver (The New York Times) Toms Shoes and Incubus lead singer Brandon Boyd unveil new design (Los Angeles Times'...

Friday, September 18

Knitwit Goes Green With ’Tofu Cashmere’

Newport Beach, Calif.–based contemporary brand Knitwit launched a new soy/cashmere group it’s dubbing “Tofu Cashmere.”...

ASR Up, Class@ASR Draws New Buyers

SAN DIEGO—It wasn’t the madhouse it used to be, but the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, now dubbed ASR Marketplace, showed definite signs of revival during its Sept. 10–12 r...

Levi's Expands in Kentucky

San Francisco–based denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. opened a 151,000-square-foot product depot near its distribution center in Hebron, Ky., which has been in operation since 1999. The new space is used for receivin...

Knitwit Goes Green With #039;Tofu Cashmere#039;

Newport Beach, Calif.–based contemporary brand Knitwit launched a new soy/cashmere group it’s dubbing “Tofu Cashmere.”...

New at Premiegrave;re Vision: PV Awards

The organizers of Premiegrave;re Vision have launched the PV Awards at the Sept. 15–18 run of the textile trade show in Paris....

Shop Here If You're Nasty

To say that Sophia Amoruso has an eye for vintage is an understatement. Amoruso has transformed the refined art of thrifting into a thriving business with her Web site, Nasty Gal...

Colorep Is Now AirDye

Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.–based Colorep Inc. has changed its name to AirDye Solutions in recognition of the market success of its AirDye technology for dyeing fabric....

Cherokee Home Introduced in Mexico

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. kicked off its bedding and home-textiles division through a licensing partnership with Comerci...

Ports Streamline Clean-Truck Fees

Cargo owners using the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to ship their containers are getting a bit of a break on clean-truck fees....

Economy Isn't Hurting Some PLM Investments

Despite the tough economy, some apparel manufacturers are proceeding with their PLM (product lifecycle management) initiatives....

Kohl's Properties Sell for $51m

Santa Monica, Calif.–based real estate company Macerich has sold five retail properties occupied by Kohl’s Department Stores in California and Nevada for a reported $51 million, accor...

California Economy Should Look Golden by 2011

California’s economy won’t see any major recovery until the end of 2010 or early 2011, but unemployment rates will still remain in double-digit territory, according to the UCLA Anderson Forecas...

Burrows Honored by N.Y. Museum

Designer Stephen Burrows was named by The Museum of the City of New York as one of an elite group “who have helped define t...

Study: Retailers to Cut X-mas Inventory, Discount More

For the 2009 Christmas holiday season, retailers will stock less merchandise and discount more heavily, according to a survey released by Forbes Insights, a research company, and New York...

Gerber Debuts Remote Service Center

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology, which manufactures and markets cutting-room equipment and design software, has launched GERBERconnect, a remote service center accessible to Ge...

CFA, Wells Fargo to Host 'Crystal Ball' Economic Event

The California Fashion Association and Wells Fargo Trade Capital—along with a panel of industry experts—will take a look at the current economic environment and outlook for the future ...

Customs Revs Up Apparel and Textile Inspections

U.S. customs inspectors at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have begun to pore over apparel and textile imports coming in from Asia, trying to determine if the goods are undervalued or misclass...

Rodriguez Launches eBay Collection

New York–based designer Narciso Rodriguez will launch a capsule collection for sale exclusively on online auction site eBay. Narciso Rodriguez for eBay will include eight pieces in a color palette of r...

Fashion's Night Out--Coast to Coast

Los Angeles designer Trina Turk opened her Third Street boutique to the fashion crowd on Sept. 10, joining the lineup of West Coast designers and stores participating in Fashion’s Night Out. ...

AAPN Steps Up to Web 3.0

The Atlanta-based American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN) has launched a Web platform using Web 3.0 technology, enabling easier access to the organization’s resources, which include manufact...

L.A. Textile/Material World Resource Guide

The L.A. International Textile Show and Material World & Technology Solutions, two powerhouse trade events for the textile industry and fashion supply chain, will co-locate for the first time Sept. 30–Oct....

Apparel News Daily Reader

New High (M)art moves from Chinatown to Los Feliz Village (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Target Signs on Designer Jean Paul Gaultier (FabSugar)Trend...

Thursday, September 17

Apparel News Daily Reader

2010 Spring New York Fashion Week: Phillip Lim (FabSugar)New York Fashion Week: Michael Kors, Narciso Rodriguez shoot for soft spring styles (Los...

We've Come a Long Way, Baby

Levi's is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the launch of its women's jeans. Introduced in September 1934, Levi's "Lady Levi's Jeans" were the first jeans made for women. Before that, if women wanted to wear jeans they had to snag a pair from the guys. According to Levi's, the line was developed for Western women who hadbegun wearing men’s Levi’s jeans on ranches and farms, and for women towear to a popular new vacation destination – dude ranches....

Wednesday, September 16

Skater and Surfer Playlist

Producers of the ASR fashion show took a stroll through the record store aisles—or in this digital era, the iTunes store plus some songs I recognized from Rock Band—for inspiration this season. The “Fashionably Loud” runway...

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Street Style: Some Shows Are Bringing Out The Toughest Kids in Class (Refinery 29)New York Fashion Week: G-Star Raw swims with the fishes,...

This Is All Anna's Fault

(Image courtesy of Newscom)If "The Devil Wears Prada" is to believed, Anna Wintour is responsible for this: the first-ever Snuggie fashion show. Remember that scene where Miranda Priestly (aka Wintour)...

Tuesday, September 15

Break in Dane Williams Case

Dane Williams memorial at last year's ASR showA man was arrested and charged with the murder of Dane Chandler Williams, the 23-year-old Hurley intern who disappeared in January 2008 after attending a party at the Action Sports Retailer...

Denim to the Max

Hervé Léger by Max Azria Spring 2010, photos courtesy of Imaxtree/Elle.comThe latest denim craze is sexy, tighter than tight jeans. So it makes perfect sense that Max and Lubov Azria would take inspiration from denim when...

Seven Adds Up to Warehouse Sale

What do apparel manufacturers do when they have a lot of inventory sitting around their warehouses with no place to go?They call Jimmy Tung, the chief executive of The Warehouse Sale in Burbank, Calif., who has been conducting fire sales for clothing makers...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Storecasting: Jack Spade Debuts Apparel and Accessories Collection at Apartment Number 9 (Racked LA)Tastmakers 2009: Katy Rodriguez (Los Angeles Times...

HX Surfboards as a Canvas

Bryden Lando adds an artistic touch to an HX surfboard. There is the idyllic Hawaiian resort paradise that you see in postcards and then there is the Hawaii inhabited by locals with a mischievous territorial bite. Or as Bryden Lando puts it on an HX graphic tee stamped with...

Arrest Made in Dane Williams Murder Case

A man was arrested and charged with the murder of Dane Chandler Williams, the 23-year-old Hurley intern who disappeared and was found murdered in January 2008 after attending a party...

Monday, September 14

Knit Knack

A sweater and cardigan handloomed for Jason Wu by PDR Knitting (Photo courtesy of Style.com)PDR Knitting, a Los Angeles-based boutique knitter, has been making sweaters for a variety of brands since its launch three years ago. Now, the company, headed by Evita...

Yotam Solomon's Designs Make an Appearance on ANTM Premiere

The latest cycle of Tyra Banks' America's Next Top Model—this go around exclusively enlisting models who stand 5 feet, 7 inches and under—debuted its premiere last week.During the first round of auditions to see which contestants...

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Scott Sternberg Takes Boy by Band of Outsiders Lightly, To the Beach for Spring 2010 (Fashionologie) Diane Von Furstenberg: Fashion’s Night Out...

Sunday, September 13

Sheer & Chic

Photo courtesy of Elle.comOur friends at Elle.com singled out this New York Fashion Week attendee’s chic street style in its Street Chic feature on the Elle blog. I’m wondering if her top is by Raquel Allegra, the Los Angeles...

Friday, September 11

New 'El Paseo' Planned for Desert Community

A proposed retail center and spa that could rival El Paseo Drive in Palm Desert, Calif., has received the green light from city officials in nearby Rancho Mirage, Calif....

Piperlime Adds Clothes

San Francisco–based online shoe retailer Piperlime, a division of Gap Inc., expanded its offerings to include apparel from 65 brands, including Marc by Marc Jacobs, 7 For All Mankind, Joie, J Brand, Juicy Cout...

Affliction Signs Two Licensees

Affliction Holdings, the edgy line of clothing that has sponsored several mixed-martial-arts events in the past, has signed two licensees to make footwear and accessories under the Affliction...

Pool Sales Are a Splash

Pooltradeshow sales tripled for fashion house SkinGraft compared with its business at the August 2008 Pool show. The strong sales were a confirmation that a hard business season might be com...

West Coast Gets Some Love From Elle.com

BCBG Max Azria at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (Photo: IMAXTREE/ELLE) New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday and West Coast designers got a shout out from the editors of Elle. Los Angeles designer Max Azria landed the....

Buyers Look to the Future at Project

The reviews are in, and they’re pretty good. Project Global Trade Show, the contemporary show that draws the who’s who of Las Vegas buyers, is earning kudos for its brand mix and general vitality. Approximate...

ASAP Hangs On

A scant seven booths made up the latest run of the ASAP Global Sourcing Show, held on the ground floor of The Venetian hotel....

Fashion's Night Out: Marc Jacobs, Hervé Léger and Max & Co. Stay Open Late on Melrose

Shoppers at Marc by Marc JacobsThe Fashion's Night Out party extended its way from the bash at Fred Segal/Ron Robinson Melrose down to the 8400 block of Melrose Ave., just east of La Cienega. Max Co., Hervé Léger and...

Price Rules at Off-Price Show

Continuing interest in price points fueled growth for the Off Price Specialist Show, held Aug. 28–Sept. 1 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center....

Surf/Skate Brands Focus on Swimwear

Swimwear is to surf/skate brands as coffee is to Starbucks. It’s a necessity. But that doesn’t mean action-sports brands are churning out predictable, uninspired bathing suits and boardshorts. ...

South Pasadena Finds Safety in Small, Indie Designers

The sales of small, new fashion designers can turn into an insurance policy against tough times. Just ask Linda Davis....

Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus

Fashion takes center stage at Neiman Marcus' runway show in celebration of Fashion's Night Out.Neiman Marcus celebrated Fashion’s Night Out with a fashionable shopping event at the Beverly Hills department store. Customers turned out for the fancy affair to...

New Location a Hit for ISAM

The International Swimwear/Activewear Market, held concurrently with the MAGIC Marketplace, reported a big uptick in traffic due to its new location alongs...

Weiland for English Laundry Rocks The Roxy

Scott Weiland launched his Weiland for English Laundry collection at the recent MAGIC Marketplace in Las Vegas. And to celebrate the line’s debut, the legendary rocker brough...

Cherokee, JEM Sign Licensing Agreement

Cherokee Inc. in Van Nuys, Calif., has signed a licensing agreement with JEM Sportswear, which will make men’s and boys’ knit tops in the United States under the Sideout label...

Studio City Water Main Floods Businesses, Residences

Many retailers in Los Angeles’ Studio City neighborhood will be closed for repairs after a 62-inch water main burst near the intersection of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Dickens Street, flooding the sur...

Trying New Tactics to Combat the Bad Economy

The changes continue to come fast and furious....

More than 1,000 Stay Up Late for Fashion’s Night Out at Fred Segal

Ron Robinson, left, in action at Fashion's Night OutFashion’s Night Out Sept. 10 at Fred Segal Center felt like a festive block party where the whole neighborhood came to have a ball. Musicians played on the sidewalks outside the celebrated boutique...

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Bright Spots at MRket Show

The MRket menswear show, held Aug. 31–Sept. 2 at The Venetian, benefited from the initial spurt of traffic during its first two days and reported gains in retail attendance of 17 perc...

Trend, Price Key at Las Vegas Shows

The mood was mostly upbeat and, for many, the orders were better than expected at the recent apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas. ...

ENK Vegas Provides Full Spectrum of Contemporary Market

ENK Vegas offered up a one-stop selection of 137 men’s and women’s contemporary brands that encompassed sophisticated collections, upscale T-shirts, fashion denim and younger contemporary bran...

Traffic Triples at Capsule

Capsule, the fledgling show from New York–based producer BPMW, enjoyed a new home and tripled traffic during its second Las Vegas outing. Held Sept. 1–2 at The Venetian hotel, the sho...

Gold-Medal Athlete Phelps Extends Speedo Swimwear Contract

The relationship between Speedo and Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been golden. And it will continue for a few years....

American Apparel Heads to San Jose

Los Angeles–based T-shirt manufacturer and retailer American Apparel will open a new store in the Valley Fair Mall in San Jose. Located next to a Gap store, the nearly 5,500-square-foot American Apparel store will be the company...

Fashion at Your Fingertips

Fueled by the growing popularity of smart phones and devices such as the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, consumers are turning more to their mobile gadgets to gather news and entertainm...

Changes Afoot for Las Vegas Trade Shows

The apparel trade show scene in Las Vegas is stacking up to look like a game of musical chairs....

International Focus at CurveNV

CurveNV boasted more than 250 lingerie, swimwear, sleepwear and intimate accessories brands for men and women during the Aug. 31–Sept. 2 run of the show at the Venetian Hotel in Las V...

Early Start for Sourcing at MAGIC

Once again, the Sourcing at MAGIC show kicked off on Aug. 30, a day earlier than its parent show, the MAGIC Marketplace, at the Hilton Convention Center, a...

Focused Buying at Moda Las Vegas and Accessories The Show

Accessories The Show and Moda Las Vegas offered a juried selection of more than 300 accessories lines and more than 200 contemporary lines during the Aug. 31–Sept. 2 run of t...

Spirits High at WWIN Show

Exhibitors at the Womens Wear In Nevada (WWIN) show, held Aug. 31–Sept. 3 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, reported strong order writing, mostly for deliveries around Oct. 30 ...

Hollywood Fashion Advisor

File this one under nutty but true. The House of Ungaro has named Los Angeles actress Lindsay Lohan as its artistic director. She will be working with newly appointed chief designer Estrella Archs. Ar...

Komar Lands Maidenform

New York–based Komar Co. has struck a licensing deal with Iselin, N.J.–based Maidenform Brands Inc. Under the agreement, Komar has the exclusive right and license to manufacture, market, sell and distribute women’s and children...

Stylish and Moderate Sell Well at MAGIC

A rough economy made for an often tough business environment at the MAGIC Marketplace. However, opportunities were ripe for those with fashions appealing to stressed retailers....

Will Gap's Latest Foray Into Premium Denim Impact Prices?

Gap Inc.’s recent rollout of its $59.50 1969 Premium Jeans has many in the fashion industry wondering if this means premium-denim labels will have to start whittling away at their $15...

Guild Draws Specialty Retailers

The fledgling Guild show held its third edition off the Strip at the Palms Place Hotel and Spa Aug. 31–Sept. 2. Billed as an anti-trade...

Thursday, September 10

See Coco, Party at Chanel

Audrey Tautou in "Coco Before Chanel"It’s September 2009 and it must be the month of the fashion film. Vogue magazine documentary "The September Issue" opened this month, and on Sept. 9, a select Los...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops—Inside Satine’s New Boutique, Lotsa Pretty Pics (Blackburn and Sweetzer)New York’s Fashion Night Out (The New York Times)Looking for a (Long) Leg Up (The...

A Lesson in Viral Marketing

Apparel marketers should pay heed to the story of Three Wolf Moon, which is quickly becoming Internet legend and a keen example of how effective viral marketing can be.It got started a few weeks ago when Rutgers...

A Place in the Sun

From Beachside Beauty to Sun Stroke Stimulus: Talking with photographer Miles Ladin ...

Beauty on the Beach: A Centennial Celebration of Swimwear

The “Beauty on the Beach” exhibition at The Wolfsonian-Florida International University, located in Miami Beach, Fla., features a retrospective of swimwear—including iconic swimwear from the Jant...

Red State

Jessica Simpson Partners With Red Carter for Swim Collection ...

SwimShorts 2010

These short takes on Swim 2010 feature the latest styles and innovations from designers, manufacturers, and fabric, fiber and component suppliers. From feminine and flirty to athletic and trendy to retro and rock...

Wednesday, September 9

Tokidoki to Open Melrose Boutique

Rolling: Los Angeles-based tokidoki will open a Melrose Avenue boutique where it will sell fashion with whimsical graphics such as its collaboration with Marvel Comics, pictured above.Business is getting serious for tokidoki, a whimsically named Los Angeles...

Santa Monica Museum of Art Presents The Halla Gala

“Costume, headdress or mask required.” Those are the invite instructions for Santa Monica Museum of Art’s Halla Gala fundraiser event on Halloween which encourages guests to dress up as their “secret self—your inner persona or alternate identity.”...

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High Fashion Gets Dissected By Sundance Series "The Day Before." (Wall Street Journal's Speakeasy blog) Lindsay Lohan to Ungaro (Fashion Week...

Tuesday, September 8

Billabong's Still Filthy

Photo courtesy of billabong.comBillabong is set to hit the big screen with the world premiere of its latest surf flick, "Still Filthy." It's all part of the action in San Diego as the surf and skate scene converge for the Sept. 10 to 12 run...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Artist fashionistas draw their daily outfits. So cute! (Flickr via Unruly-things.com)"Because of Beyonce, probably." Kelly Cutrone and a psychic...

Influential Buyer Randy Brewer Leaves Villains Boutique Chain

High-profile fashion buyer Randy Brewer announced he left influential San Francisco fashion boutique chain Villains on Sept. 4. He led buying and managed the three-boutique chain for 12 years.Brewer left after Villains owner David...

Monday, September 7

LA Fashion Week—The Schedule So Far

Los Angeles Fashion Week is a little more than a month away and events are beginning to fill up the calendar. ApparelNews.net will keep updating the calendar as more details emerge, but here’s what we have so far.For more L.A. Fashion Week events, check ApparelNews.net and www.fashionweekla.com. October 11Hollywood Life Style Awards Invitation onlywww.hollywoodlife.com October 12Fashion Group International of Los Angeles Fashion Week kick-off reception.5–8 p.m. www.fgila.org October 13Lloyd Klein runway showDowntown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 6 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.lloydklein.comLouis Verdad runway show Downtown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 9 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.louisverdaddesigner.com October 14Emerging Designers Showcase supported, in part, by the Department of Cultural Affairs Downtown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 3 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.downtownlafashionweek.com Jerell Scott Downtown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 6 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.jerellscottdesign.comDavid Alexander “Love Me If You Dare” Summer 2010 Collection Location TBA7 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.davidalexanderfashion.comMode Israel Downtown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 9 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.downtownlafashionweek.com October 15Olivier TolentinoDowntown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 6 p.m. Cost: TBA, sold via InTicking.com www.downtownlafashionweek.com L.A. Fashion Awards VIP reception 7–9 p.m. Cost: N/A, event is invitation-only www.lafashionawards.com Vintage Fashion Show Charity Gala curated by Elizabeth Mason from The Paper Bag Princess, featuring vintage Valentino collection and benefiting MOCA Downtown L.A. Fashion Week The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 9 p.m. www.thepaperbagprincess.comOctober 16Los Angeles Fashion Market California Market Center The New Mart Cooper Design Space Gerry Building Lady Liberty Building 824 Building Primrose Building Through Oct. 20 Cost: Free to the trade www.californiamarketcenter.com www.newmart.net www.cooperdesignspace.com www.gerrybuilding.com theladylibertybuilding.comFashion Business Inc. event California Market Center4–6 p.m. www.fashionbizinc.org October 22Rodeo Drive Walk of Style honoring Princess...

Downtown LA Fashion Week to Present 'Fashion Angels' Awards

Pictured: Designer Louis Verdad and Olga Garay, executive director of the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.A panel of designers and retailers recently reviewed the applicants for the Emerging Designers show to select who will...

's Haute Spot Lands at South Coast Plaza

Teen Vogue’s concept retail store Haute Spot set up shop at the South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. The Haute Spot opened up this past weekend and kicked off the...

Water Main Break in Studio City Floods Local Residences and Businesses

Faire Frou Frou lingerie on Ventura Blvd. in Studio City after most of the water has drained out of the store. A 62-inch water main burst at the intersection near Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Dickens Street in Studio City at 10:40 on Saturday night,...

Saturday, September 5

Scott Weiland Launches Collection in Vegas

Weiland for English Laundry, photo courtesy of Torry MorganFashion and rock n’ roll go hand in hand. And for Scott Weiland – a clothing line seems to be the perfect venture. The frontman for the Stone Temple Pilots is known for his often flamboyant on-stage style. Weiland kicked off the launch of his new line, Weiland for English Laundry, with a performance at the Hard Rock...

Friday, September 4

Project Angel Food's Divine Design to Honor CFDA's Kolb, Barbie

The 17th annual Project Angel Food Divine Design charity shopping event, held Dec. 3–7 in Beverly Hills, will honor Steven Kolb, executive director of the Council of...

American Apparel to Lay Off About 1,500

About 1,500 American Apparel employees are slated for dismissal following an investigation last year by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. ...

Attendance Down, Orders Up at Fourth Class Trade Show

Business at the Class trade show for contemporary and designer labels was a lesson in what a mixed economy looks like today. Buyer visits may have been down at the Aug. 27shy;–28 event, but se...

Perry Ellis' Licensing Deal

Perry Ellis International has inked a licensing deal with Pierre Cardin to source, sell and distribute men’s sportswear in the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The five-year deal...

L.A. International Textile Show Partners With Major Trend Forecaster

The organizers of the Los Angeles International Textile Show have signed on WGSN to be the trend-forecasting expert at the next show....

NAFTA Trade

Surface-trade shipments among the three North American Free Trade Agreement member countries—Canada, Mexico and the United States—were down 31.5 percent in June compared with the same period last year, ...

AllSaints to Open on Robertson

Trendy U.K.-based retailer AllSaints Spitalfields will make its U.S. debut on Los Angeles’ high-profile retail street Robertson Boulevard....

Action, Surf & Sport Resource Guide

The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo (ASR), the leading action sports industry trade show for surf, skate, swim, snow, footwear, fashion, and youth lifestyle products, comes to the San Diego Convention Cente...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Collabs: Henry Duarte and J Brand Do Bowie-Style Jeans (Racked LA) Richard Chai's Cheap(er) Love (FabSugar)Throw the Boys Some Love, a New Book...

CPSIA Testing in Focus, Exemptions for In-House Labs

Under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, makers of children’s products must submit goods to approved laboratories for safety tests—something that is both costly and time-consuming as ...

Liz Investor Passes Away

J. James Gordon, one of the first investors in Liz Claiborne Inc. and a member of the company’s board of directors until 2003, died on Aug. 25 after a long illness. He was 78. Gordon, who started his o...

Improved Mood at Las Vegas Shows

LAS VEGAS—The aisles were crowded at many of the apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many designers and sales reps reported landing some welcome orders from retailers whos...

August Sales Down but Better Than Expected

American retail sales were down 2 percent in August, but an economist for the International Council of Shopping Centers said he could feel a comeback....

Going High-End

Plus-size retailer Lane Bryant looked to the runways of Paris and New York for inspiration for its newest collection, launched for...

Seed People's Market Takes Root

Shaheen Sadeghi jumped into the front lines of the environmental retail game last month when he opened the eco-emporium Seed People’s Market at his Costa Mesa, Calif., specia...

Counterfeit Victory

Louis Vuitton, the high-end merchandiser of everything luxury, has been awarded $32.4 million in damages in a lawsuit against a Ca...

Rumor Watch: Project, MAGIC Moving in Las Vegas?

WORD ON THE STREET: Rumors that the Project Global Trade Show will move from the Sands Expo back to the Mandalay Bay circulated througout the many trade shows in Las Vegas.We’re just back from the apparel and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, and the rumor circulating the halls and aisles is that the Project Global Trade Show, which just relocated from the Mandalay Bay Convention Center to...

Meet Casual Ted

Relaxing at Robertson: Ted Baker's casual Born line at the label's Robertson boutiqueIs it the start of Casual Fridays at UK label Ted Baker?The label, best known for its traditional suits and shirts with an irreverent twist, recently debuted...

Thursday, September 3

Get Lucky at Sea

CRUISE SHOP: The Oasis of the Seas boasts 16 decks, 2,700 staterooms and space for 5,400 guests, as well as a spa and fitness center, pool and sports area.Royal Caribbean International’s latest ship, the Oasis of the Seas, will set sail at the...

Will Design for Scholarship

Ezekiel, the Irvine, Calif.-based surf/skate brand, and the Active Ride chain of stores have partnered to launch "Needle Thread," a design competition for six graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. The six young...

Apparel News Daily Reader

W Hotels Get Into Fashion (FabSugar)Rick Owens Sets the Trends and Other Designers Seem to Follow (The New York Times)Rule Breaker! 10 Reasons to...

Wednesday, September 2

Planet Blue and Black Label

A look from Planet Blue's new private-label line, Black LabelPlanet Blue has taken the creation of the shop's bohemian beach girl look into its own hands. The retailer announced that it has launched a private-label line named Black Label. The private label...

Screen Shopping Xbox's Avatar Marketplace

A real life Roxy Girl dresses her Xbox avatar in virtual Roxy clothing. Photo courtesy of blog.roxy.com. In a sudden-death word association quiz, my first response answer to "video gamer clothing" would be elfin hooded capes, sci-fi robot suits and military...

Apparel News Daily Reader

WTO rules against US-Brazil cotton (Fibre2Fashion)Lululemon to launch Ivivva brand for preteens (Forbes)U.S. apparel makers say less product is 2010 reality (Yahoo!...

Tuesday, September 1

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street style from ENK trade show in Las Vegas (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Magic trade show brings major marketing spectacles (Los Angeles Times'...

Popping Up in San Francisco

For the longest time, the New York-based label Phi has been a tough commodity to find in northern California.But that changes on Sept. 2 when a Phi pop-up store materializes inside the Carrots boutique in San Francisco.The new store within a store will launch...

Good Start for MAGIC, Project

LAS VEGAS—The MAGIC Marketplace kicked off on Aug. 31 with a good start for many exhibitors, particularly those showing in WWDMAGIC, Premium at MAGIC, S.L.A.T.E. at MAGIC, Ecollection and Pooltradeshow.