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Tuesday, August 31

Class Party Calling

Class trade show founder Jason BatesBusiness and a lot of partying once was the credo of many fashion trade shows.During these economically unsteady times, the Class trade show will demonstrate that it is all right to have a good time....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – Marc by Marc Jacobs New Accessories Boutique, Plus Adorable BookMarc Items (Mondette)Well-dressed walls: Retail boutiques showcasing artists' works (Los Angeles Times Image)My...

Counterfeit Raids Net $12 Million in Fakes

Federal and local officials raided several locations in Los Angeles and surrounding communities during a week of sweeps that resulted in 30 arrests and uncovered everything from coun...

Smart Sketchbook

It’s probably the most artificially-intelligent, super-smart a notebook can get without a battery. The Fashionary sketchbook is both a blank-paper sketchpad and a reference guide full of technical garmento definitions and construction...

Monday, August 30

Cherokee Names New CEO

Cherokee Inc.—the Los Angeles company that licenses the brands Sideout, Cherokee and Carole Little—has named Henry Stupp as its new chief executive officer....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – Straight From Japan, Garden Los Angeles Offers Rocker Menswear (Mondette)Erin Fetherston's Feather-light Juicy Looks (Racked LA)Emmy Awards 2010: The Fashion...

Simply Stylist to Host Annual L.A. Fashion Week Event

The Simply Stylist networking event will kick off its fourth annual edition on Oct. 13, during Los Angeles Fashion Week.Located at a private venue—which will double as a pop-up PR showroom—in Hollywood, the Simply Stylist session...

Sunday, August 29

Cars + Couture at the Petersen Auto Museum

The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles has set the scene for so many fashion shows including Eduardo Lucero, Gen Art and the short-lived Rock Fashion Week. I recently dropped by the museum...

Friday, August 27

Up-and-Comers at Capsule

The BPMW-produced Capsule trade show returned to The Venetian this season with a brand roster of more the 150 menswear, womensw...

Product and Location Drive Sales in Las Vegas

The slowly recovering economy made for a mixed message from the recent Las Vegas trade shows, where some exhibitors reported booming business, others reported solid but not stellar sales and a few fai...

Barneys#039; New Man

Barneys New York has tapped Mark Wells, the former head of Gucci, to become its new chief executive, effective Sept. 1. Barneys...

Four Takes Melrose

Summer heat finally hit Los Angeles, and Alternative Apparel’s tissue-thin burnout deep V-neck with pocket T-shirt is one of the top sellers at Four, a recently opened boutique at 801...

Contemporary Brands at ENK Vegas

ENK Vegas returned to The Wynn Hotel Aug. 16–18 with a strong selection of the top women’s and men’s brands in contemporary clothing and pr...

Inhabiting Asia

Levi Strauss & Co. has launched a new brand that currently can only be found outside of the United States. The San Francisco...

Looking at Retailing in the Year 2012

In the next two years, shoppers will become even more oriented toward their homes, relying on technology, computers and smart phones to interact with the outside world....

Workroom Doubles in Size

The second edition of Workroom was double in size from last season’s show of 21 exhibitors. Held Aug. 17–19 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, the 45 exhibitors at W...

New Looks for ATS, Moda LV

Located next door to MRket at The Venetian, Moda LV and Accessories The Show opened with a newly revamped look that mirrored MRket’s moody reception area and cheery ...

Pool Debuts New Location

Reports were mixed at Pooltradeshow, where exhibitors said they didn’t see the spike in traffic they expected following a move ...

'Fashion's Night Out' Takes Shape in L.A.

UPDATED—Mark your calendars. Fashion’s Night Out, the shopping event launched last year, is set for Sept. 10, and event details are pouring in. ...

Offprice on the Move

There was a new location and increased business during the latest run of the Offprice show, which ran Aug. 15–18 at the Sands Convention and Expo Center in Las Vegas....

Curve: Lingerie, Swim and More

The big news at the Aug. 16–18 run of CurveNV, the biannual and bicoastal lingerie show, held at Las Vegas’ Venetian hotel, was the addition of swimwear to the mix.To...

Product, Price Key at WWDMAGIC

For some companies, the Aug. 17–19 run of WWDMAGIC was marked by high traffic and upbeat retailers. ...

Canadian Gap

Mega-retailer Gap Inc. has launched an e-commerce site dedicated to the Canadian consumer. The San Francisco–based company ...

Bigger Project, More Retailers

Exhibitors and buyers reported a strong Project show during its Aug. 17–19 run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. Project continued to attract a high caliber...

Sourcing Starts Strong

Sourcing at MAGIC, the fabric and sourcing show within the MAGIC Marketplace, opened a day earlier than MAGIC. For many exhibitors, opening day proved to be the busiest....

Barneys’ New Man

Barneys New York has tapped Mark Wells, the former head of Gucci, to become its new chief executive, effective Sept. 1. Barneys...

MRketLV Moving Up

Traffic was brisk at MRketLV, the menswear show held Aug. 16–18 at The Venetian....

New Products, Faster Fashion at MAGIC's Men's Show

New product launches and improved business seemed to be the order of the day at the MAGIC Marketplace’s shows for men’s fashions, Premium, Menswear Market and S.L.A.T...

Strong and Steady Business at WWIN

The Women’s Wear In Nevada show at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino typically draws a loyal crowd. This season was no exception, as buyers turned out on Aug. 16, opening day, and...

Rough Surf

Tough times are making it harder for surf’s indie brands to break in....

Finance Resource Guide

CIT Commercial Services11 W. 42nd St.New York, NY 100...

Forever 21 to Open in Saks Space in O.C, Calif.

Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 is also into fast expansion....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Catching up with Corey Lynn Calter,the designer who’s more than just a pretty dress (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Sleek, Spaceshippy Y-3 Lands on Melrose...

Material World

A California clothing company has sued entertainer Madonna over the rights to use the “Material Girl” label in her new line of clothing being sold at Macy’s. L.A. Triumph of Cerritos, Calif., said it and its predecessor...

Nordstrom, Robert Graham Open West of 405 Fwy

Nordstrom Glitz from the retailer's Newport Beach storeRetailing west of the 405 Freeway just got a lot more fabulous. Nordstrom opened its first full-line store west of the 405 Freeway on Aug. 27, when it debuted its location at the Santa Monica Place...

Need Gold? Call a Los Angeles Designer

STAY GOLD: Steve Valentine, pictured left, and dance coach Robert Tristan take the Gold in Gay Games' Latin DancingLos Angeles design can make you a winner. Just ask Steve Valentine and the guys of the L.A. Eclipse soccer...

Thursday, August 26

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek: Sanrio x Baby Milo x A Bathing Ape Collaboration (Racked National)Cult favorite Zero + Maria Cornejo boutique opens Thursday on Melrose...

Chrome: SF to NYC in 30 Seconds

Chrome, the San Francisco-based makers of rad messenger bags, duds and shoes, is opening its first NYC flagship on August 28. If you're in town, make sure to drop by between 12 to 8pm for the grand opening 238 Mulberry St. between...

Just in Time for Labor Day: Tavik Sale

Tavik Swimwear —the dark-horse swim line that came out of nowhere but has everyone talking—is having a sale.Mark your calendars: On August 28, make your way to the Spyder Surf Shop in Hermosa Beach between noon and 4 p.m. for 30...

Wednesday, August 25

From Saturday to Sunday in SLVDR

Behind the Scenes: SLVDR from The Social Trust on Vimeo.Maybe it was while looking at the concentrated trade show calendar ahead that the folks at SLVDR were in the mood for work to be done and have it be Saturday already. SLVDR’s ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street Style: Hipsters at Sunset Junction (Style Section L.A.)Mayor to host Fashion’s Night Out kick-off party (Style Section L.A.)LA's Own...

Tuesday, August 24

Recession? What Recession?

Dawn Baker and Lori Bzura of Happy LAIt seems the owners of Happy LA are extremely happy these days. Not only are they celebrating their Pacific Palisades store's third anniversary, which is quite a coup...

PacSun to License Modern Amusement

Pacific Sunwear of California has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement to produce Modern Amusement–branded apparel for men and women. The deal—which includes apparel, footw...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Portraits – Jewerly Designer Liseanne Frankfurt (Mondette)FNO update: Beverly Hills sweetens the deal with gourmet food trucks (Los Angeles...

A Current Affair Vintage Pop-Up to Debut at Fashion's Night Out

Vintage lovers, rejoice. A new curated vintage pop-up shopping event is set to debut during Fashion's Night Out in Los Angeles. A Current Affair's opening-night preview party will take place on Sept.

Monday, August 23

Apparel News Daily Reader

SaMoPlace Bloomie's Redux for the Men of LA (Racked LA)Louis Vuitton celebrates the opening of new beachside boutique (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)...

Nordstrom's Revamped Website Is Less Catalog, More Social

In the Web world, a hefty redesign can mean a welcome, refreshing change or a navigation headache. Fortunately, Nordstrom’s newly revamped website has emerged with a pared down, sleeker look that seems less catalog and more Polyvore.

Sunday, August 22

Barnstorming a New Identity

What’s in a name? When it comes to fashion branding, a lot. Dress Barn—the Suffern, New York–based company that operates stores under the Maurices, Justice, and Dressbarn nameplates—is looking to change its corporate name.

Friday, August 20

Shop at the End of One Woman's Eat Pray Love Story

Laura Abeyta, second from right, celebrates with band Downtown Train in front of new store Vanity RoomWhen the economy got really tough in 2009, entrepreneur Laura Abeyta closed her boutique (H)armonie on Los Angeles’ Abbott...

Apparel News Daily Reader

International Playground Brings Worldly Whimsy to the East Side (Racked LA)Wedding Dress Redux (Style Section L.A.)The Coolest Cali Etsy Shops To Bookmark...

Las Vegas Gets Back to Business

LAS VEGAS—The industry got back to business during the recent run of trade shows here, where buyers braved sweltering temperatures to travel between multiple shows and multiple venues....

Search for Value at ASR

SAN DIEGO—The Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo at the San Diego Convention Center continued its evolution this season, greeting buyers and exhibitors with earlier dates and an expand...

Supersize Me

Big and tall men will have more options for shopping with a new Destination XL store that opened recently in Las Vegas. This is th...

David Kahn Shifts Gears, Hires Design Director

Los Angeles–based denim maker David Kahn is ready to take his business to the next level. Known for his eponymous line of premium core basics that sells in majors as well as specialty stores, Kahn is r...

L*Space Showcase

Contemporary swimwear brand

The Wet Seal to Build 60 Stores in 2011

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based juniors retailer The Wet Seal Inc. is bullish on real estate. In an Aug 19 conference call on the retailer’s second-quarter earnings, Chief Executive Ed Thomas told...

ASR Fashion Society

SAN DIEGO—This season’s

Police Seize Huge Shipment of Fake True Religion Jeans

Thousands of counterfeit blue jeans shipped to the Port of Los Angeles were seized on Aug. 17 by law enforcement officials working in conjunction with federal investigators....

Sparkling Retail

Crystals, Las Vegas’ newest shopping center, is taking a shine to high-end retailers. By the end of this year, 12 new luxur...

Luxury Mall Malibu Lumber Yard Up for Sale

It may be only a little more than 1 year old, but the Malibu Lumber Yard’s owners want to sell the high-end shopping center, which is located not far from the ocean in Malibu, Calif....

American Apparel Is Weighing Its Options

American Apparel, which warned on Aug. 16 that there was “substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue as a going concern,” is working to increase factory efficie...

Washed Out

The recent devastating floods in Pakistan have washed away about 20 percent of the country’s cotton crop. The damage to the...

La Jolla Boutiques Turn to More Fashion on the Coast

La Jolla is well-known as one of California’s wealthier enclaves, but still, boutique owner Lauren Turek thought fashion retail might have not reached its potential in this exclusive, beachside communi...

Falling Revenues

Los Angeles–based People’s Liberation—whose brands include William Rast, People’s Liberation and J. Li...

E-Commerce Sales Continue Rise

Web marketing firm comScore Inc., a Reston, Va.–based company that tracks Internet sales, reported on Aug. 10 that e-commerce sales in the second quarter of 2010 reached $32.9 billion, up 9 pe...

Fredrick's of Hollywood Outsources Production, Consolidates Distribution

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group announced it completed plans to fully outsource its manufacturing and is nearing its goal of consolidating its U.S. distribution facilities, which is expected to...

The New Tech Frontier in Retailing

New technology ideas and ways to deliver information were just some of the topics at the NRFtech 2010: IT Leadership Summit, held Aug. 15–17 south of San Francisco at the Ritz Carlton Half Moo...

Thursday, August 19

A Tale of Two Hurleys and One Weezer

It shouldn't be any surprise at all, seeing as how the apparel industry is rife with collaborations, but this latest one is sort of unique. Costa Mesa, Calif.-based action-sports brand It's a way of connecting with fans, said the band. "My favorite piece we've created is the zip-up hoodie - especially for those cool fall nights," said Pat Wilson, Weezer's drummer. The Weezer x Hurley gear will be available exclusively at Here's where the music part and the second Hurley come in. Sept. 10 is also the debut of Weezer's new record - wait for it - Hurley. Spelled the same way and everything.

Apparel News Daily Reader

Cute line alert: JNBY clothing looks good for fall (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Alexis Bittar Brings Shiny Baubles And Dead Things To Our City...

Wednesday, August 18

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Name's Contrarian, But the Style Agrees With Us (Racked LA)Events – Cuddly Bears And Kawaii Culture Take Over Umami Burger (Mondette) Simon Doonan’s Four...

Ruthie Davis Talks High Heels and Houses in the Hills at Kitson

Dressed in a knit tank, summery shorts and super-high heels, N.Y.-based shoe designer Ruthie Davis is fitting right into the L.A. lifestyle at Kitson.Shoe designer Ruthie Davis said the high-low brand mix at Kitson was the perfect retail platform to showcase her line of ...

Tuesday, August 17

Getting the Lowdown on Boutique Design

The Los Angeles store of Trina TurkEveryone thinks that fashion designers have so many innovative ideas that they can just whip up a few new concepts and design the interiors of their own stores. That's not ...

Shoes You Can Skate in That Don't Look Like Skate Shoes

His website home page is an artsy shot of a cigarette’s slow burn. It’s rumored that he and Erin Wasson are an item. In a leather jacket and slim black pants, Gravis team rider Dylan Rieder appears to be the hot yet introspective lead singer...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Silverlake's New Mohawk General Store Is Bigger And Better (Refinery29)Quickie Style Chat With Best Coast (Refinery29)Portraits – Graphic Designer...

Paul Frank Acquired by Los Angeles Investment Group

Julius the monkey is getting a new lease on life....

Monday, August 16

Survey Says: E-Commerce Sales Skyrocket

Shop.org, Forrester Research, customer retention, e-commerce, online retail, web

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street Style: And Now, for His Next Trick... (Style Section L.A.)LACMA’s upcoming costume exhibit proves that Europeans are all about the details...

The Look: Stanton James X Apparel News

It's all about getting "The Look." So, when I was asked by the lovely ladies at Stanton James to be one of their style gurus, I couldn't refuse. Every Monday, fashion editors, stylists, artists and designers give their advice on how to get the look of the moment. I'm honored to be in the company ...

Bloggers Blogging--Each Other

All the style bloggers were taking pictures of each other, Associate Editor Rhea Cortado (left) and I got in the crosshairs of Mondette (Photo courtesy Tasha Nita-Adams of Mondette)A lot of blogger love was shared at last Thursday’s part...

Friday, August 13

Forever 21 x Brian Lichtenberg Celebrate Collab With Rooftop Bash

For its first designer collaboration, fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 partnered up with L.A. designer Brian Lichtenberg for a collection of tees and tanks. To celebrate the launch, the collaborators threw a rooftop soiree at the Beverly...

James Perse's New Hollywood Shop

James Perse's Hollywood store debuted the weekend of Aug. 14.The gritty corner of North Highland Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Hollywood section is just beginning to revitalize. However, high-quality...

Semi Precious Weapons Rocks Fred Segal

Semi Precious Weapons gets "Sticky With Champagne" at Fred Segal Santa Monica.Glam rock and the Westside are not necessarily synonymous. But on Tuesday night,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Check Out Pamela Love's Hot New Cali Collaboration (Refinery29)Inspirations – Stylish Detectives Have Me in the Fashion Trenches (Mondette)Will fashion...

How Intermix Rebranded

Over its 15-year history, Intermix has grown into a multi-line boutique chain with locations across the United States....

Lia Kes Moves West With East Coast Aesthetic

Designer Lia Kes has fallen in love with San Francisco, but her design sensibility is decidedly still rooted in the East Coast. ...

ASD Show Specializes in Immediate Items

LAS VEGAS—ASD—the long-running business-to-business trade show that sells general merchandise including souvenirs and novelties, makeup, affordable fashion accessories, jewelry, electronics, sporting ...

L.A. Fashion Week Plans Begin

Mark your calendars. The schedule for the upcoming Los Angeles Fashion Week is beginning to take shape. ...

REI Moves

Seattle-based outdoor apparel and gear retail co-op REI will open a new store in Santa Barbara and move its current store in Santa...

Something for Everyone in This Contemporary Collection

For the kickoff of Los Angeles Fashion Market, the California Market Center on Aug. 9 presented a “Contempo...

The Jacksons#039; Last Act

Deceased pop star Michael Jackson still has the Midas touch. Forbes magazine ranked him in the top nine moneymakers in its ghoulishly fun, annual “highest-earning dead celebrities” list, the la...

MyBestFit's Tech Flies From Airport to Dressing Room

The same technology used in airport-security screening is being used to help consumers find the perfect-fitting pair of jeans....

Fashion Resource Guide

Thousands of brands in women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and innerwear showcase their newest Spring 2011 collections in Las Vegas Aug. 16–19. Here, we highlight manufacturers, key production resources and showroom buildings. ABIT, the Brazilian Textile and Appa...

Piperlime Pops Up

E-tailer Piperlime, a division of San Francisco–based Gap Inc., will open a pop-up shop in New York’s SoHo neighborh...

Obama Signs Bill to Eliminate Tariffs on Manufacturing Inputs

Importing things such as rayon staple fibers just got cheaper after President Obama signed the Manufacturing Enforcement Act of 2010 on Aug. 11....

Action, Surf & Sport Resource Guide

Bibby Financial Services101 N. Westlake Blvd., Ste. 204Westlake Village, CA 91362(877) 88-BIBBYFax (805) 446-6112

Assisting Apparel Companies Behind the Scenes

Rob Greenspan spent 30 years with accounting firm Moss Adams, working with some of the best-known brands in California’s apparel business. ...

Sundek Returns to the West

Surf brand Sundek is back in California after years away from its West Coast roots. ...

U.S. Textile Groups Ask for Revisions in Korean Free-Trade Agreement

The free-trade agreement between South Korea and the United States still isn’t a done deal, but already the textile provisions are mired in controversy....

Levi's Gets Fit

Body-scanning technology inspires Levi’s to find the perfect curve. ...

Going Back to Square One

The new men’s line Square One is reversing the dial on embellishment—graphics, superfluous pockets and trendy colors—and getting back to cut and fabric...

F2 Runway Show Features Emerging Designers

Dresses that ranged from casual, futuristic knits to frivolous cocktail-party dresses were the standout looks from designers that participated in ...

Guatemala Reacts to Allegations of Labor Violations

Confusion but not cancellations so far as Guatemala leaders make plans to meet with U.S. labor officials ...

Designer Launch Pad Takes Off

Up-and-coming brands took to the runway during one of three fashion shows held during Los Angeles Fashion Market at the California Market Center....

Philanthropy With a Rock 'n' Roll Twist

Catching up with English Laundry’s Christopher Wicks—Fashion Industry Guild’s “Man of the Year” ...

Eva Varro, Johnny Was Debut at Santa Monica Place

Most of the tenants for the new Santa Monica Place mall are well-known vertical brands, such as 7 For All Mankind, True Religion, Nike, Ed Hardy,...

Key Retailers Turn Out for Agenda

With the U.S. Open of Surfing competition taking place a few blocks away, the Agenda trade show rode an unexpected wave of good business during its latest run Aug. 4–5 at the...

Matson Steams Ahead With More Cargo Ships

Starting in mid-August, Matson Navigator Co. adds a second string of cargo ships carrying containers from China to Long Beach, Calif....

Help for Haiti Apparel Center

On Aug. 11, a new training center opened in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where more than 2,000 workers will be trained each year. The Ha...

Swim and the Single Girl

Founded as a dress resource, Los Angeles–based Single has expanded over the years to include contemporary separates that take the Single girl from work to evening. Now, designer Galina Sobolev...

Donna Mizani: Risk and the Little Black Dress

The little black dress is a staple of every fashionable woman’s closet, but new fashion designer Donna Mizani thought she’d take a few risks with it....

Slow but Steady for L.A. Fashion Market

The secret to success in the recent Holiday/Resort market, held Aug. 8–11 in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District, seemed to be booking buyer appointments ahead of time. ...

Rhapsody Heads to MAGIC With New Licensed Lines

Los Angeles manufacturer Rhapsody Clothing Inc. is putting a young contemporary spin on some familiar cartoon characters. ...

Santa Monica Place Worth Risk, Says Kitson's Ross

Fraser Ross, owner of the high-profile Kitson boutique chain, typically advises retailers to think hard before opening a new store in this tough economy. But Ross broke his own rule ...

Sinatra Next From Dorfman Pacific

For Elvis Presley it was his pompadour and sideburns. For Michael Jackson it was a single, sparkly glove. For iconic pop singer Frank Sinatra, his trademark look was his fedora hat, and Dor...

Sourcing & Fabric Resource Guide

August’s apparel trade week in Las Vegas offers comprehensive sourcing for manufacturers as well as retailers. At the Las Vegas Convention Center, Sourcing at MAGIC represents hundreds of companies from more t...

LiAM: Beautiful People's Answer to Cashmere

Veteran Los Angeles contemporary knits brand Beautiful People has expanded to include cashmere under its new line, LiAM. The collection consists of 12 unique bodies that mirror the o...

Bristols 6 Launches Niks

Los Angeles–based Danielle Beck and Christine Benidt proclaim themselves to be untraditional when it comes to underpinnings. In 2002, the friends started Bristols 6, which makes lace, animal p...

Perry Ellis#039; Gulf Initiative

Miami-based Perry Ellis launched Project Beach, a fashion-focused initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Gulf of Mexico o...

New York Lender Acquires Stake in Quiksilver

Quiksilver has made a bold move by exchanging $140 million in debt with a New York–based lender for a large share of the clothing maker....

James Perse, Freecity Open Hollywood Stores

The next hot retail neighborhood could be Hollywood....

The Jacksons’ Last Act

Deceased pop star Michael Jackson still has the Midas touch. Forbes magazine ranked him in the top nine moneymakers in its ghoulishly fun, annual “highest-earning dead celebrities” list, the la...

Perry Ellis’ Gulf Initiative

Miami-based Perry Ellis launched Project Beach, a fashion-focused initiative to raise awareness and funds for the Gulf of Mexico o...

Thursday, August 12

Undies and Inked Bodies at Ecco Lounge

Embodying “Unconventional Beauty,” the Suicide Girls will show off their inked skin on the runway peeking out from under Seven ’Til Midnight lingerie. The charity fashion show this Saturday will benefit Undershare, a philanthropic organization...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Stories – Next, Please! This Ingenue Lands Her Role in the City of Angels (Mondette)Fashion Week To Include Huge Fund-Raising Show For NYC AIDS Fund...

Wednesday, August 11

Apparel News Daily Reader

Alice + Olivia’s Career focused collection (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)ASOS celebrates their US arrival with a stylish supper (Los Angeles...

Tuesday, August 10

Kaboodle's New Portals Help Weed Through the Web's Indie Finds

Hunting the web for that special piece can have a shopper virtually tripping over one trend from another. More and more sites...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sites – Poketo Launches Microsite for Target Collection (Mondette)BCBG's Lubov Azria Dishes Fall Dressing Advice!(FabSugar)The History of the Bikini...

Monday, August 9

Las Vegas Seminar and Events Calendar

The Las Vegas trade shows are coming up and event organizers are lining up a jam-packed schedule of events, including trend and business seminars, round-table discussions and parties. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

First Look: Geren Ford's Pre-Spring Lookbook (Refinery29)Shops – A Look Inside Vanessa Bruno on Melrose, Plus Alexis Bittar Locations Revealed!...

Shopping and the Scene at the US Open of Surfing

The US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, Calif., had lots of stuff happening: outdoor concerts; a runway walk-off competition; brands doling out freebies; and big-name pro riders, whose aerial achievements have been documented...

Off Price Show Gets Fresh!

New Website for Magazine Plus Growing Interest from Boutiques & Other Fashionistas Make Off Price the Place to Be This August...

Friday, August 6

Disney Inks Deal With Motherhood Maternity

Glendale, Calif.–based Disney Consumer Products is collaborating with Philadelphia-based Motherhood Maternity on a collection of maternity apparel and accessories that will feature ic...

Levi's, Filson Get to Work

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. has announced yet another collaboration, this time with Filson, the Seattle-based maker of rough-and-tumble garments for outdoorsmen. Together, Levi’s and Filson hav...

Fabricant Named Bebe President

Bebe Stores Inc. announced on Aug. 4 that veteran fashion executive Emilia Fabricant will join the Brisbane, Calif.–based company as president. ...

NRF Takes Aim at Sales Tax Loophole for E-tailers

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to enact legislation that would close a loophole that allows e-commerce retailers to avoid collecting sales tax on items sold online....

Positive Employment Picture by End of 2010 Expected

The economic outlook for California should be brighter by the end of the year as hiring begins to pick up....

Retail Focus Resource Guide

Selling in today’s fast-paced retail landscape requires out-of-the-ordinary products and compelling interior store design that will capture the attention of shoppers. Here we have highlighted apparel-r...

Las Vegas Resource Guide

The fashion industry converges in Las Vegas this month for the most vast and comprehensive fashion marketplace in America. The apparel trade show business has reacted to the economy just like any other, and p...

The North Face’s New Camp Gear

San Leandro–based The North Face introduced a new iPhone and Android application to help hikers get around. The North Face ...

Bloomie's New Look

Santa Monica Place’s ultra-chic new Bloomingdale’s takes the retailer’s SoHo concept and gives it a West Coast twist. ...

Shoppers Take a Vacation From the Malls

U.S. consumers sat on the sidelines in July, with retail spending flat compared with one year ago. One bright spot, however, was online sales....

Heart N Soul to License Footwear

Gardena, Calif.–based juniors brand Heart N Soul has reached a licensing agreement with City of Industry, Calif.–based footwear maker East Lion Corp. to create mode...

Madonna's Material Girl Collection Bows at Macy's

Material Girl, the juniors collection designed by Madonna and her 13-year-old daughter, Lourdes, bowed at 200 select Macy’s stores across the country on Aug. 3. ...

Retailers at West Coast Trend Show Keep Lean Inventories and Shop Smarter

Menswear buyers at the recent West Coast Trend Show were hunting for novel and fresh items to entice customers through the doors, as 2010 is proving to be a challenging retail year filled wit...

Lynette Tyner Re-Creates Herself as Fashion-Biz Player

Having started out as a supermarket clerk in a town far from the fashion world’s glitz, Lynette Tyner hopes to become a player in the fashion business on Aug. 17 with the lau...

Fashionistette.com Caters Beyond Calif. Borders

Sausalito, Calif.–based burgeoning e-tail shop Fashionistette.com (

Pure Blue Jeans to Debut With Broad Juniors Focus

Pure Blue Jeans, a new juniors denim line launching for Spring 2011, comes to market with a line that reaches tweens through plus-size juniors and young contemporary. Based in Pasadena, Calif...

Kaboodle Names New CEO

Sunnyvale, Calif.–based social shopping website Kaboodle has named Anne Zehren chief executive officer. Zehren succeeds founder and CEO Manish Chandra, who has left the company to pursue other...

Innovation and New Faces at Kingpins

Specialty denim trade show moves to a new downtown location....

More Girls for Quiksilver

Sandwiched between the Quiksilver Women’s contemporary line and the Roxy juniors line, Quiksilver Girls, the newest line fr...

A Place in the Sun

Are the glossy sheen and high-ticket merchandise at the newly redesigned Santa Monica Place enough to brighten tough times?...

The North Face#039;s New Camp Gear

San Leandro–based The North Face introduced a new iPhone and Android application to help hikers get around. The North Face ...

Columbia Acquires OutDry

Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear Co. struck an acquisition deal for Milan, Italy–based OutDry Technologies S...

Maidenform + Mad Men

New York–based lingerie giant Maidenform Brands Inc. is teaming up with Janie Bryant, the costume designer for the AMC TV s...

De Luca Promoted at MyShape

Los Angeles–based MyShape has a new chief executive officer....

222: Maroon 5's Anti-Celeb Debut

Adam Levine is not the average guy...

Fashion and Graffiti Make Nice...Obvious Not Being So Obvious

Luxury Loves Company's graffiti toteOnce a symbol of urban blight, graffiti is increasingly considered high fashion by some luxury designers. The celebrated New York label Proenza Schouler recently...

Shops and Malls Reach Out With New Mobile Technology

Mobile commerce, or shopping with smart phones, is one of the new frontiers of retail, and entrepreneurs and malls are taking e-commerce to a new level of interactivity with augmented reality. ...

A Touch of Brazil in Los Angeles

There’s a bit of Brazil tucked into a corner of the Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, Calif., where Brazilian footwear and accessories brand Carmen Steffens houses its U.S. fl...

Former St. John Designer Debuts Casual Contemporary Line

For Maria Lopez, her 10 years at St. John were filled with designer looks and celebrity clients....

HauteLook Launches Sales for Men

Private-sale site HauteLook, based in Los Angeles, launched a dedicated sales page for men on Aug. 2. ...

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Cars and fashion: An intertwined history (Los Angeles Times Image)Seen on the Street: Strangers as Style Icons (Wall Street Journal)...

Global Sports Market Declines but Is Expected to Rally in 2010

Weekend athletes around the world bought fewer athletic shoes, sporting apparel and equipment in 2009, resulting in a 2 percent drop from 2008, according to a survey by market-research compan...

Thursday, August 5

Fluxus Party at Santa Monica Place

Let the retail parties begin.Santa Monica Place is officially reopening tomorrow, and retail tenants in the completely redesigned center are hosting kickoff events to entice the public to come take a new look at the mall’s new look.

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Shops – MAC Cosmetics to The Grove, Vanessa Bruno Opening Today on Melrose (Mondette)Henry Holland Teams Up With SoCal Surf Brand Roxy (Refinery29)At last, Alexis...

L.A. Steeze

Some girls have all the fun. Kristen Lee of TenOverSix is one of those girls. Let's count the ways:Rad style - checkAmazing, can-only-be-in-L.A. home - checkAdorable dog - checkTV exec hubs - checkDid ...

Wednesday, August 4

July Sales Flat With a Few Clear Winners

The recently released July sales reports indicate a tough market in which some players showed signs of rebound while others continued to suffer in the flagging economy....

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Material Girl Collection Debuts at Macy's (Racked LA)Shop Owner Kristen Lee's Stylish L.A. Pad (Refinery29)The Rachel Zoe Project Recap: A Movie Star...

Tuesday, August 3

Customs Streamlines IPR Protection

The Obama administration is making it easier to protect intellectual-property rights, which includes apprehending counterfeit items and protecting trademarks....

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 is...

New Lines: Independent Showrooms

The following are new showrooms and new lines carried by showrooms in the Fashion District area of downtown Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each ...

Think Knit

California Market Center Suite B365 (213) 489-4312...

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 ea...

Ted Baker

Cooper Design Space Suite 220 (213) 622-0010

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EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Brian Lichtenberg’s Forever 21 T-Shirt Collection (People StyleWatch)Cynthia Rowley’s fancy fashion camper to roll into Fashion Island...

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

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

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...

Bloomingdale's Fantastic

Yep, this is a dressing roomBloomingdale’s promised it would create something completely different for its new store at Santa Monica Place retail center. When the store opens Aug.

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...

West Bank Showroom

The New Mart Suite 1101 (213) 629-2822...

Monday, August 2

Revolve Clothing Launches iPhone App

Online-shopping addicts can rejoice! Los Angeles e-tailer and purveyor of all things hip and on-trend Revolve Clothing has launched a mobile iPhone application. The app is free to download, and users will be able to shop...

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Sneak Peek! Forever 21 Takes You Back to Cool (FabSugar)Shops – Y-3 Taking Former Max Co. Space, Kira Plastinina’s Lublu Coming, Jewelry Shop House...

Alternative Apparel, Mara Hoffman Debut New Collaboration

Alternative Apparel, the Los Angeles maker of fashion basics, continues to reach into new markets with its latest collaboration with New York–based designer Mara Hoffman....