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Thursday, December 30

New Era Buys Stake in Brazilian Distributor

Buffalo, N.Y.–based headwear and apparel maker New Era Cap Co. bought a majority stake in Marc4 Brand & Trade, a fashion brand-management company based in Brazil. Marc4 designs and distributes apparel, sho...

Laguna Beach, Calif., Businesses Reopen After Xmas Floods

Floods and mudslides on the night of Dec. 22 and the early morning of Dec. 23 destroyed Christmas business for many retailers in the exclusive beachside town of Laguna Beach, Calif., located more than...

Vans Makes a Play for Consumer Awareness With Retail Store Collab

Communicating directly with consumers has been a growing focus for many action-sports brands. Social media, online stores, websites, blogs and contests have been universally...

Xmas 2010 Apparel Retail Sales Report

Call it a Christmas comeback....

Nordstrom Strikes Deal With Peek...Aren't You Curious

Seattle-based specialty retailer Nordstrom Inc. struck a deal with San Francisco–based children’s apparel maker and retailer Peekhellip;Aren’t You Curious. Nordstrom took a minority stake in the 4-year-old compa...

New Rep Show For Swim, Surf Market

Taking a cue from rep shows such as the Cal Rep Show in Santa Cruz, Calif., show producer Shannon Leggett has announced plans for a SoCal Rep Show. Not affiliated ...

Waterwear 2011 Lisa Blue: Dances With Whales

Lisa Burke wants to prove that you can save the world—and do it dressed in a bikini....

Swimshorts 2011

These short takes on Swim 2011 feature the latest styles, innovations, and resources from designers, manufacturers, sourcing suppliers, and trade shows. From feminine and flirty to tropical, figure-fl...

Waterwear 2011: Balancing Act

Swimwear brands continue to evolve sourcing strategies to find the right balance between domestic and offshore production....

Waterwear 2011 1 Sol Swimwear: Finding Your Inner Soul

The contemporary woman is the focus of 1 Sol Swimwear, which launched in September 2010 with the idea of making stylish suits designed and sewn in Southern California...

2010 In Memoriam

California Apparel News remembers those in the fashion world who died in 2010....

Promotions at Aeropostale

New York–based retail chain Aeropostale Inc. named three new management appointments. The company’s president, Michael J. Cunningham, will expand his responsibilities to include planning and allocation, constru...

New Employment Laws Shape the 2011 Workplace

The beginning of the year brings its usual flurry of new state and federal laws that govern the workplace and apparel manufacturing....

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Street fashion: Rainy day wardrobes (Los Angeles Times Image)Norwegian Designers Ban Fur From Oslo Fashion Week (Styleite)Olivia Palermo Will Launch Her Own...

Get Ready...It's Almost Time for the Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition

Oscar winning costumes for 2010 designed by Sandy Powell for "The Young Victoria." With the box office race heating up over the holidays and the Golden Globes just around the corner, the stage is set in Hollywood for a glamorous award season....

Wednesday, December 29

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Diamond Gal Circle Brings Cute and Sexy Japanese Street Fashion to Los Angeles (L.A. Weekly's Style Council)Top 10 Fashion Style iPad Apps...

Old Shirts Could Bring Good Karma in the New Year

If you weren’t filled with enough Christmas spirit or would like to squeeze in one last good deed before the clock strikes 2011, then head to a James Perse location for the brand’s “What Comes Around Goes Around”...

To Recap: 2010, You Weren't So Bad

Dear 2010,We had some ups and downs. In all fairness, you were waaay better than your pal 2009. So you've got that going for you. Still, I can't say I'm going to be sad...

Everything is Beautiful at the Ballet

Collect 'em all--Les Ballets TrockaderoAlready saw “The Black Swan” and hankering for more ballet-related entertainment? The New York Times has a great story and beautiful slide show about Les...

Move along, folks! Nothing to see here...

Although 2010 brought a surprising number of store openings—both big and small. It still was a challenging year for retail. Add this to the list of casualties. Skeletons in the Closet, the official gift shop for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, has closed. The...

Tuesday, December 28

Building a Better Sports Bra

When she could not find the perfect sports bra, Mary Helen Shashy resolved to make her own...

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Meet L.A.'s Best-Dressed Shop-Girls! (Refinery29)Fashion Looks Forward to Gaining More Digital Presence in 2011 (BlackBook) Forever 21 BevCenter...

The Complete Makeover by Macy's

Clinton Kelly, the makeover manIt's a new year. It could be a new you.Are you bored with your appearance? Do you need a little zip to your life or a launch pad for your career? Now's your chance. Macy's is offering one man...

Monday, December 27

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Fashion blog project tracks street style trends around the world (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Willow Smith whips her hair back and forth: Young singer gets...

Thursday, December 23

Obituary: Model and Designer Lisa Quill, 46

After battling breast cancer for many years, designer Lisa Quill died on Dec. 15. She was 46. ...

PAD System Splits With GCL, Relocates L.A. Office

PAD System Technologies has a new home in the California Market Center after it split with GCL, the company that helped found PAD and was, until recently, its distributor fo...

Oxford Buys Lilly Pulitzer

Atlanta-based Oxford Industries Inc. purchased Sugartown Worldwide Inc., makers of Lilly Pulitzer apparel, accessories and lifestyle products. Published reports peg the deal at $60 million. Founded in the lat...

2010 in Review: Brands Ramp Up Social Media

Social networking continued to benefit many brands in 2010 as companies forged ahead with new technologies and social-media strategies to further market their brands to consumers and gain new follower...

2010 in Review: Looking Back on the Denim Market

2010 proved to be a mixed bag for denim brands. New brands debuted from seasoned veterans as other brands were mired in financial limbo. Counterfeiters got nabbed and investors showed plenty of intere...

The North Face's Five-Year Plan

The parent company of San Leandro–based The North Face—New York–based VF Corp.—issued a five-year plan to grow the outdoor-apparel maker by 16 percent to $3 billion by 2015. Among VF’s plans: target new co...

2010 in Review: Trade Takes a Turn for the Better

In 2010, the trade winds started out soft and breezy but gained some gusto as the year progressed....

Sears, Kmart Land Everlast Exclusive

New York–based fight-sports and fitness brand Everlast Worldwide Inc. struck a long-term, direct-to-retail licensing deal with Sears Holdings. The Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retail chain will carry the Everlas...

2010 in Review

In a year filled with economic challenges, many sectors of the California apparel and textile industry found opportunities for growth....

New California Store for REI

Seattle-based retail cooperative REI (Recreational Equipment Inc.) will open a store at the Amador Plaza in Dublin, located 35 miles east of San Francisco, in fall 2011. The one-story, 24,000-square-foot store will f...

2010 in Review: Retail Retrospective

The retail landscape in 2010 was a shifting one that included announcements of store closures as well as groundbreaking on new developments. ...

MAGIC Moves Offices to Santa Monica, Calif.

Advanstar Communications has relocated its Southern California offices and staff from Woodland Hills to Santa Monica....

City Developing Big Plans for Fashion

The Los Angeles Fashion District is on the verge of change that could transform it into the next SoHo....

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A Dyed-and-True Imprint (The New York Times)It’s a Mod, Mod World (Style Section L.A.) Monique Lhuillier Set To Make Fragrances That Are...

New High (M)art's Anti-Design

New High (M)art's physical storeIdiosyncratic Los Angeles boutique New High (M)art got on shoppers’ radar screens by stocking “small trade” or products from small crafts companies from across the globe. The...

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Image via adesertfeteFrom all of us at Apparel News, we'd like to wish you happy holidays! Enjoy the sunshine (fingers crossed) and the good...

Wednesday, December 22

Fashion Leather to Get More Colorful Through 2012

Clariant, the Swiss specialty chemical maker, is predicting that leather used by fashion designers will take a markedly colorful turn in 2011 and 2012. ...

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A New Concept for St. John: Lean, Crisp and Sexy (Racked LA)Peep Jenni Kayne's Luxe Pre-Fall Collection (Refinery29)Sweaters: Frightful Or Festive? (Wall Street...

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow in the Fashion District

Could this be the end of the deluge?Late Wednesday afternoon, there was a rare sight in Los Angeles' Fashion District. The sun came out long enough to form a rainbow over the area. Vendors in Santee Alley have...

L.A.'s Biggest Anti-Piracy Raid

L.A. City Controller Wendy Greuel speaks at Anti-Piracy Task Force Press Conference. Pictured third from left is L.A. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich.Operation Chimney Sweep wrapped up Dec. 20 with the last arrest connected with the...

Tuesday, December 21

VF Corp. Agrees to Buy Rock & Republic Brand

After several months of back-and-forth negotiations, VF Corp. has agreed to purchase the bankrupt Rock & Republic denim brand, acquiring the company’s trademarks and intellectual-...

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Shops – Lightning Bolt Opens Flagship Store on Pacific Ave (Mondette)Nordstrom opens its first ’Wedding Suite’ at Topanga location (Style Section L.A.'s...

Super Saturday Was Big

Not Super Saturday: Masses of shoppers descended on shopping malls on Dec. 18, Super Saturday. Let's hope they were better behaved than the zombies on "The Walking Dead," pictured above.There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, now there’s Super...

British Men Take Their Time

I always knew the British were a little different from you and me, but this proves it.A recent study by Debenhams, the big department store chain in Great Britian, shows that the average British man takes 98 minutes to...

Monday, December 20

Heavy Rains Boost, Break Business

Record-breaking rains pelted Southern California the week before Christmas, and the result was heavier-than-usual retail traffic at enclosed malls....

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Fantastic Fashion in Taipei (Wall Street Journal's Scene Asia blog)Diane Von Furstenberg and China: A Perfect Fit? (The New York Times)Best of 2010: Fashion...

Attention Last-Minute Shoppers

Behind the rain clouds that L.A.’s been drenched under these past few days is the silver lining of a Christmas weekend. But if you haven’t started on any of your X-Mas shopping yet, you’re probably dreading the last-minute...

Friday, December 17

2010 Retrospective: Employment Picture Improves

The rate of job loss among the apparel manufacturing and apparel retail sectors slowed in 2010, dropping from 2009’s double-digit losses to single-digit losses in 2010—beating economic forecasts. ...

Sylvie Cachay, 33

Swimwear designer Sylvie Cachay died on Dec. 9 in New York. The cause of her death is under investigation, and her boyfriend, Nich...

TJX#039;s A.J. Wright Plans

Framingham, Mass.–based TJX Cos. announced plans to convert 91 of its A.J. Wright stores into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeG...

Hollywood Holiday

Los Angeles labels Simoneh by Saena Samadi and Peterphan were

Material Girl Heads North

New York–based Iconix Group Inc. struck an international licensing deal with Hudson’s Bay Co. for its Material Girl ...

FBI Summit Tackles Key Apparel Issues

The benefits and challenges of producing in China were on the agenda at a recent panel discussion hosted by Fashion Bus...

2010 Retrospective: Vacancies Decline Slightly in '10

With people back in the stores again, retail vacancies on some of Los Angeles’ major shopping streets are shrinking and rents are falling into reasonable territory....

Cherokee Now in China

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. officially launched the Cherokee brand in China through a deal with RT Mart Stores. Cherokee m...

2010 Retrospective: Charting the Recovery

One of the many lessons learned in 2010 was this: Economic recovery is a slow process. ...

New Members for Fashion District Board

At its Dec. 9 monthly meeting, members of the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District, which encompasses 115 blocks in downtown Los Angeles, elected six new members for thr...

2010 Retrospective: Growing Consumer Demand Fuels Import Uptick

Shoppers are no longer the rare birds they were in 2009....

Classics Meet Indies on West Third Street

In the rush of Christmas shopping, Los Angeles’ West Third Street is looking forward to a new year with new shops. ...

NRF Sees Even Brighter Holiday

The holiday is looking even brighter to the National Retail Federation. ...

California's Quiet Retail Boom

Whether taking advantage of low lease rates or counting on a rebound in consumer confidence, retailers returned to California in 2010....

2010 Retrospective: Retail Sales--Majors

The gamble might have finally paid off for Macy’s Inc....

2010 Retrospective: Specialty Chains: Zumiez, Gap

2010 was the year that Zumiez Inc. could do no wrong....

TJX’s A.J. Wright Plans

Framingham, Mass.–based TJX Cos. announced plans to convert 91 of its A.J. Wright stores into T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeG...

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C'est Beau's Pop-Up Street Style on Abbot Kinney (Racked LA)Carine Roitfeld steps down from Vogue Paris (Telegraph) Angelina Jolie's Costumes...

Storm Troopers Turn Sexy

You should never let freezing weather stop you from going out in your underwear.Obviously the women of Body Wrap Shapewear weren't given the daily weather report for New York City when they walked down this Manhattan avenue...

Badgely Mischka Countdown

Badgely Mischka before the Rodeo debutThe Badgely Mischka label will be opening a Rodeo Drive boutique before Christmas. I passed by the store last night and was miffed to see it was still under construction. But the good folks at Badgely Mischka gave...

Thursday, December 16

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Fashion Stories – Less is More, Masterfully Monochromatic (Mondette)South African Fashion Power Bloggers for 2010 (The Frock Report) Fashion Triumph:...

Wednesday, December 15

Changes to Come for L.A. Fashion Weekend

Mikey Koffman, the owner of The Gallery Los Angeles, a marketing and event-production firm, has announced that she will be moving her offices from the Cooper Design Space to the Sun...

O.C. Garment Factory Penalized for Unpaid Wages

After an investigation by federal labor officials, a U.S. District Court judge ordered an apparel manufacturer to pay $887,554 to 115 workers....

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Events – What Goes Around Comes Around Celebrates the Holidays (Mondette)Open Door Policy. L.A.'s newest boutiques include a mix of heavyweight and far-flung brands. (Style...

Tuesday, December 14

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December Style (Style Section L.A.)Anna Dello Russo interview: Fashion gone rogue (The Guardian) Geren Lockhart Takes on London's Food and Art Scenes....

Targeting William Rast

From left actor Joy Bryant, William Rast co-founder Trace Ayala, and actor Malin AkermanKarl Lagerfeld is doing one for Macy’s. Premium denim line William Rast is doing one for Target. Call them diffusion lines or simply less costly alternatives...

Google Makes Fashion Projections

Fashion Show with Google from Robbin Waldemar on Vimeo.Remember that part in the film “Clueless” where Cher picks out her school clothes by using the computer to avoid any mismatched mishaps?Fast...

Beyond the Sample Sales

This weekend the Fashion District played host to more than just sample sales. Unique L.A., A Current Affair and Artisanal L.A. all descended on the area with pop-up shops, bringing vintage finds, tasty treats and plenty of cute holiday...

Monday, December 13

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A Collection You'll Wear All Vacation Long (Refinery29)Finding Inspiration with The Sartorialist (The New York Times' Lens blog) Dior's Homme...

Shop at Gilt, Get a Car

Gold one. Gilt has three 2011 Jettas and will be selling them practically for pennies.Gilt Groupe just kicked the flash-sale concept into overdrive.The New York–based company has built a name for itself as a purveyor of limited-time sales of fashion,...

Apparel Sales Go High-Tech

This seems like something out of the future, but Hurley has it right now.The Orange County surf and skate clothing company now lets consumers try their jeans on via the Internet. Yes, that's right. You can try your jeans on and not even leave...

St. Nicholas Gets Churched

Randee St. Nicholas. Photo by Neely Shearer.News: there’s life after Prince. Photographer and director Randee St. Nicholas collaborated with the enigmatic, always fascinating music superstar on 21 Nights, a photo book commemorating his 2007 series of gigs in London....

Mondette and L.A. Vintage Exchange Host Holiday Shopping Spree

If giving mass-produced gifts isn’t your thing, join L.A. neighborhood blog Mondette and curated vintage line L.A. Vintage Exchange for their Holiday Spree—an afternoon of cheap and chic shopping happening this Saturday, Dec. 18...

Friday, December 10

Tankfarm Drives Home for New Store

There’s no place like home for Orange County fashion label Tankfarm....

Getting Back to Business in '10

As the U.S. economy slowly emerged from the crippling recession, business began to pick up and there were small signs of rebound. ...

Parc 81 Opens Beverly Center Boutique

Parc 81 is on the move....

California Company Fined for Sweatshirt Drawstrings

The Consumer Product Safety Commission fined a Los Angeles company $200,000 for failing to report that its children’s hooded sweatshirts had drawstrings at the neck, which are considered dangerous to c...

New at N.Y & Co.

New York–based retail chain New York & Co. named Michele Parsons executive vice president of merchandising beginning in...

L&T Heads to Westchester

Lord & Taylor will open an 80,000-square-foot store in Westchester’s Ridge Hill, the new outdoor, mixed-use retail deve...

Rock & Republic Deal Breaks Apart

Negotiations to pull Los Angeles denim maker Rock & Republic out of bankruptcy have crumbled....

Salute to Services and Suppliers Resource Guide

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. provides ringspun yarn with 100 percent Supima, 100 percent Micro Modal, 50/50 Supima Micro Modal, and 50/50 Supima Outlast. Yarn count ranges from 12/1 Ne to 90/1 Ne. New fabrics inc...

Vera Sticks With Kohl#039;s

Designer Vera Wang renewed her licensing agreement with Kohl’s Corp. for the Simply Vera Vera Wang collection, which will e...

Customs Undertakes 'Knock and Talk' Program

U.S. customs officials are on the prowl for undervalued apparel goods coming through U.S. ports from China....

More Jessica for Jones

New York–based Jones Group Inc. signed a new licensing deal to design, produce and distribute Jessica Simpson Sportswear un...

Vera Sticks With Kohl’s

Designer Vera Wang renewed her licensing agreement with Kohl’s Corp. for the Simply Vera Vera Wang collection, which will e...

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martinMARTIN's Lofty Store with Prices to Match (Racked LA)Stylish Winter Essentials: Hansel From Basel (Refinery29)Chanel's Byzantine Express (The New...

Babakul Debuts First Flagship

From left, Babakul's Sophie Wizmann and Kym GoldKym Gold designed one of California’s most popular jeans lines of the last decade, True Religion. Her next fashion venture, Babakul, provided a stylish alternative to the dominant premium denim looks of the past 10 years. Babakul is a women’s...

Lady Gaga Unveiled in Wax

Lady Gaga wax figure at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood and Perez HiltonI don't know whose outfit was more amazing for the reveal of the new Lady Gaga wax replica in Madame Tussauds in Hollywood.While Lady Gaga's...

Tokidoki Bows Santa Monica Boutique

Tokidoki's Ivan Arnold and Cindy Shin with two cartoon friends, outside of the brand's Santa Monica storeWalt Disney built an empire on a cute mouse, Sanrio created a huge following and business on a pokerfaced kitten, Los Angeles-based Tokidoki is forging a big biz on an adorable...

Thursday, December 9

Satisfy Your Vintage Vibe

Fridays in the Fashion District have been chock-a-block with sample sales at the hundreds of showrooms in the area.But there aren't a lot of vintage sample sales. That's all changing this Friday and Saturday (Dec. 10...

Beverly Hills' Giant Devon Works Store

Interior of Devon Works' Beverly Hills emporiumLeave it lifestyle company Devon Works to make a big statement. On Dec. 8 it held a grand opening party for its 11,000-square-foot store, that’s about ¼ an acre, in the center of Beverly...

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An Eye for Detail, and Plenty of Pop (The New York Times)Bold Crossings of the Gender Line (The New York Times) 'Tron: Legacy' costume...

Sofia Vergara x Kardashians x Mad Men

Sofia Vergara: "You don't need lipstick when you're wearing a watch like this."Beverly Center’s goal is to schedule a high profile fashion event once a month, according to Jeff Brown, the general manager of the prominent Los Angeles retail center.And if the trio of events held on Dec. 8...

Sing Christopher Sing!

English Laundry's Christopher Wicks, left, gigs with Mick RossiEnglish Laundry founder Christopher Wicks put together a dream team group of rock ’n’rollers to produce his band The Glorious. On album Stories From A Fractured Youth, Wicks provided vocals and lyrics about...

Wednesday, December 8

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Barbie Goes (Lady) Gaga (Entertainment Weekly)St. John to open concept store on Melrose Place (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Shops – Sexy Lingerie...

Tuesday, December 7

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Portraits – Fashion Designer Melissa Coker of Wren (Mondette)Soon to Be Famous: Thread LA Indie Shopping Event (Racked LA)Amazing Lace...

Fashion and Food Trucks Roll Together for the Holidays

Angelenos who pride themselve as foodie fashionistas probably religiously follow food trucks as closely as the next fashion trend. But even if your epicurean gastronomy isn’t on par with your ability...

Monday, December 6

Obituary: Jack Kyser, Los Angeles Economist, 76

Jack Kyser, the chief economic adviser for the Southern California Association of Governments and the founding economist for the Kyser Center for Economic Research at the Lo...

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Now open: Feal Mor, an upscale menswear boutique for pirates of every (Breton) stripe (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Phillip Lim's Inside Guide To L.A. (Refinery29)The...

Levi's Takes Photo Stories on the Road

Levi Strauss has a unique way of connecting with women, and it will be showcased in Washington, D.C., this Tuesday and Wednesday at a heavy-hitting conference.The iconic blue jeans brand has a project called "Secrets of Inspiring Women." which...

Friday, December 3

Nike Looks to Collaborate on Sustainability

Nike Inc. has developed a software tool designed to help designers incorporate sustainability efforts in the pre-production process—and the footwear and athletic-apparel giant is sharing the s...

Gilt Goes Full Price--For Men

New York–based Gilt Group Inc. pioneered the concept of online flash sales—limited-time, small-quantity Web sales of...

Shopping for Good at Divine Design

Divine Design, the fashion and home deacute;cor fund-raiser for Project Angel Food, kicked off its six-day event on Dec. 1 with a swank opening-night gala at the Beverly Hil...

Strong November Kick Starts Xmas, Analysts Say

The frenzy of Black Friday shopping marked an upbeat end to November sales, and many retailers, including Terry J. Lundgren of Macy’s, said the month’s sales exceeded their expectations....

The Grove's New Stores

While The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., seeks to expand square footage (see related story her...

Surviving Holiday Returns

’Tis the season of returns....

When Sale Sites Converge

Montreal-based online shopping club Beyond the Rack inked a deal with another online private sale operator,...

Lawson Introduces New Online Tool for Apparel Brands

Lawson Software, the St. Paul, Minn.–based provider of software and service solutions, has announced the debut of the Lawson M3 Supplier Portal, a new Web-based application designed t...

Production Planning: Don't Fall in Love With Your Inventory

When does inventory expire? So many smaller manufacturers sit with aging inventory for two, three or, sometimes, four seasons before they decide to sell it off....

Gerber Sells Ophthalmic Division

Gerber Scientific Inc., the South Windsor, Conn.–based parent company of Gerber Technology, plans to reduce debt and focus its efforts on its apparel and industrial ...

Korea and U.S. Agree to Free-Trade Deal

After months wrangling over the details, the United States and South Korea announced on Dec. 3 they had fine-tuned a free-trade agreement that should help grow both economies by billions of dollars....

Newbies Stick Close to Home

For Wellen and Astronot, two fledgling Los Angeles–based brands, domestic production is a challenge and a boon as they strive to find their place in the competitive menswear market....

Black Friday Sales Were Great. Now What?

Promotion-driven Black Friday business has retailers waiting for the next holiday rush....

Olima Atelier: From Gaga to Ready-to-Wear

Oscar Olima has a flair for the dramatic. The designer, who burst onto the design scene after making costumes for Lady Gaga, is applying a couture touch to Olima Atelier, his new line of read...

Wealthy Americans' Shopping Habits Are Shifting

Many affluent Americans traded down on their fashion brands during the third quarter of 2010, according to Unity Marketing, a Stevens, Penn.–based market-research firm and a prominent chronicl...

SIMA Announces Image Award Nominees

The Aliso Viejo, Calif.–based Surf Industry Manufacturers Association announced the nominees for its Image Awards, to be presented on Feb. 3 in Anaheim, Calif. ...

Licensing Silver Star

New York–based Authentic Brands Group, which recently purchased mixed-martial-arts brands Tapout and Silver Star, announced...

Cyber Monday Brings Cheer to E-Tailers

Early holiday spending online hits $1 billion....

Decades Denim a Launching Pad for Cameron Silver

Cameron Silver admits he rarely wore denim before deciding to design his own brand of premium denim—quite possibly the most unlikely category for a retailer turned designer who specializes ...

Bella Noire by Biatta

Biatta Intimates—the Los Angeles–based maker of intimates and sleepwear for women, juniors and plus-size women—has added a new label to its lineup....

Executive Shuffle at Aeropostale

New York–based retail chain Aeropostale Inc. will no longer have dual chief executive officers. The post, formerly held by ...

Lenzing Pavilion to Return to CMC Textile Show

Lenzing, the maker of Tencel and Modal fibers, will once again host its Lenzing Innovation Pavilion at the Los Angeles International Textile Show during the trade show...

Californians See a Brighter Future Next Year

California consumers are feeling pretty good these days....

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Peep Vanessa Bruno's Resort Collection Before It Hits Stores Next Week (Refinery29)Inspirations – Into The Woods With Artist Patrick Dougherty...

Pink Laundry's Shop & Cut

Guy's Night Out at Pink LaundryAttracting new customers and broadening the appeal of a boutique happens to be the endless labor of the boutique owner. Bethany Herms of women’s boutique Pink Laundry put her own spin getting more female shoppers to her...

Thursday, December 2

Hurley Giving Out Tron Tickets

Calling all Tron fans. Here's a way to get free tickets to the first midnight show of the "Tron:Legacy" movie, starring Jeff Bridges, out at 12:01 a.m. on Dec. 17. Hurley, the surfwear company in Costa Mesa, has come up with a Tron...

Endless Summer 2010

John Van Hamersveld at South Coast Plaza's Surfing Heritage MuseumAnyone who has spent time in the surf world or rock scene knows John Van Hamersveld's art. He crafted the iconic poster for Endless Summer, the 1966 surf film that helped popularize the...

Add This Site to Your Inspiration File

images courtesy of jeanasohn.blogspot.comLocal L.A.-based artist Jeana Sohn has been getting a lot of attention lately thanks to a new feature on her photo blog. Sohn, who has documented her own sartorial aesthetic online,...

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Shops – Men’s Shoes Get A Serious Upgrade With Dragan Mrdja (Mondette)William Rast Hits Target Dec. 19 — Peek the Cool Collaboration Now! (FabSugar)Rodarte's Laura and Kate...

Juicy Bedbugs Close Store

Talk about putting a damper on holiday shopping.The Manhattan flagship store of Los Angeles-born Juicy Couture was closed after bedbugs were discocvered Monday night. The 15,000-square-foot store at 650 Fifth...

Wednesday, December 1

November Positive for Many Retailers

The frenzy of Black Friday shopping marked an end to November sales on a mostly positive note for retailers and for the economy....

Proposed Design Piracy Law Moves Forward

On Dec. 1, the Senate Judiciary Committee adopted a version of the proposed Design Piracy law to protect fashion designs....

Christmas Window Shoppingin the Big Apple

I was in New York City recently for the Thanksgiving holiday and couldn't resist walking down Fifth Avenue as well as Madison Avenue to check out the Christmas window displays.The one that jumped out most was at the...

Faith's Melrose Connexion

Faith Connexion USA's Yoyo Yeung takes a meeting with models wearing her brand's styles.French headquartered brand Faith Connexion produced a gala grand opening party Nov. 30 for its first U.S. boutique, located at 8420 Melrose Ave., in West Hollywood. The location alone is...

Edith Palm Exhibition and Pop-Up Showroom at Eighth Veil

Painting by Egon SchieleSarah Aaronson has a flair for story telling. On Dec. 10, the designer of the Edith Palm collection, will present an installation and pop-up showroom at Eighth Veil in Hollywood. The L.A.-based designer and visual artist, who was featured in...

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Support World AIDS Day With Mondo Guerra's Limited-Edition Tees For Piperlime (FabSugar)Blood is the New Black (Market) Popup Shop (Racked LA)Tune Into...