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Sunday, February 28

The All-Black Royal Arrival

The Globe Restaurant, Riyadh, Saudi ArabiaAfter a 24-hour plane ride from Los Angeles to Paris—and a few private appointments in Paris—I boarded a private jet, made a quick stop to Barcelona, then finally arrived in...

Friday, February 26

True’s Latest

Vernon-based True Religion Apparel Inc. opened a 1,485-square-foot store at the Washington Square retail center in Portland, Ore. ...

Spyder Sells Cloudveil

Boulder, Colo.–based Spyder Active Sports Inc. sold Cloudveil Mountain Works to Westport, Conn.–based private-invest...

IT 'Insourcing,' E-Tail Expansion at Kellwood

Kellwood Co.—one of the nation’s largest apparel suppliers and owner of brands such as Vince, David Meister, Sag Harbor and Koret—made a bold move last year when it embarked...

Appointments Key at CurveNV

Approximately 1,900 buyers attended CurveNV—the men’s and women’s and lingerie, daywear, innerwear and underwear trade show—at The Venetian in Las Vegas. About 180 brands were on display during ...

Workroom Room Bows With Curated Collections

This season marked the debut of Workroom, the new upscale trade show located next to the Project Global Trade Show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. ...

Focus on Women's at Pool

Forget men. It was raining women’s buyers at Pooltradeshow. Held alongside the WWDMAGIC show in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, Pool ushered in a new foc...

Macy's Beats 4th-Qtr. Forecasts

Macy’s Inc. beat its own sales forecasts in its most recent fiscal fourth quarter, and during a Feb. 23 conference call, the retailer’s chief executive, Terry J. Lundgren, called the results proof that...

Playboy and IMG Head to Asia

Chicago-based Playboy Enterprises Inc. and IMG Licensing Worldwide have inked a deal making IMG Playboy’s exclusive licensi...

Project Back at Mandalay Bay

A new home seemed to agree with Project Global Trade Show, which for the Fall 2010 selling season moved from its home at the Sands Expo & Convention Center to the Mandalay Bay Conventio...

Capsule Doubles in Size

Capsule greeted buyers with a show floor that was nearly double the size of its previous Las Vegas edition, ringing in at 175 brands. Originally imagined as a menswear-focused show, Capsule has evolved to include womenswear and a growing.

Increases in Attendance, Exhibitors at Off-Price

JCPenney, Ross Stores, Costco and Florida-based retailer Bealls were among the increasing number of merchants shopping at the Off-Price Show, whic...

NGC Program Promises to Take Pain Out of Payments

Software company New Generation Computing recently debuted its Vendor Payment Automation program, which it promises will take away many of the headaches from the paperwork rooted in invoices ...

Lawson Debuts Software Tailored for Fashion

Lawson Software debuted its Lawson For Fashion enterprise software on Feb. 18, having been in development for more than three years. Freacute;deacute;ric Champalbert, general manager of Laws...

L.A. Fashion Week Plans Underway

The Fall 2010 run of Los Angeles Fashion Week is right around the corner and the ever-shifting schedule of events is just beginning to take shape. Beverly...

Majors Shopping WWDMAGIC

This season, WWDMAGIC moved from the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center into the Central Hall, where exhibitors reported a good turnout by department and chain stores, as ...

MRkt Growth

Menswear vendors took center stage at MRket, held Feb. 16–18 at The Venetian....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – NYC Cult Fave Bess on Melrose (Mondette)Sweden's Conceptual Fashion (Wall Street Journal)"Mad Men," "CSI"-Style Hobo Symbols Inspire a Fashion...

Livity Flagship Blossoms in Santa Monica

Isaac Nichelson of Livity OuternationalLivity Outernational has been a pioneer in eco-fashion for the past seven years. Before Livity, much of the apparel constructed out of sustainable fabrics, such as hemp and organic cotton, looked like clothes that would...

Three for Robertson - 1969, Odd Molly and Armani Exchange Debut on Glitzy St.

Gap's 1969 debuts shop on RobertsonAfter a glum period on Los Angeles’ glitzy Robertson Boulevard, business might be rolling again. This week, three stores will debut on one of Los Angeles’ most high-profile shopping districts.On Feb. 25, Gap debuted a boutique for its 1969 Premium...

Merchants' Credit Card Fees Becoming Political Issue

Consumers recently got some financial relief when Congress passed a bill making it illegal for credit card companies to raise interest rates arbitrarily on monthly balances. And now, some politicians ...

Hy & Dot: New From Rory Beca

Rory Edelman is expanding her Rory Beca clothing company in both up and down directions. For Spring 2010, Edelman launched the young contemporary line Hy & Dot. The $70–$160 reta...

T-Notes Resource Guide

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Expanded Offerings at ENK Vegas

ENK Vegas provided a snapshot of top men’s and women’s contemporary brands in clothing and denim during the Feb. 16–18 run at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas....

Diverse Offerings, Multiple Venues in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—There was plenty of new merchandise to see at the recent run of Las Vegas trade shows, and buyers zipped from one end of town to the other to shop among more than a dozen events. ...

Forever 21 Expands Fashion Island Store

Forever 21 is on the move again. On Feb. 22, the Fashion Island retail center, located in Newport Beach, Calif., announced that an existing Forever 21 store at the mall is going to m...

More at Moda L.V., AccessoriesTheShow

More brands were on tap at the latest AccessoriesTheShow and Moda Las Vegas edition, which ran Feb. 16–18 at The Venetian in Las Vegas. Together, more than ...

GlobalTex Resource Guide

GlobalTex: L.A. International Textile & Sourcing Fair bows its third installation March 2–4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The show will feature the latest designs, developments, techniques, and trends for fiber, fabrics, trims, private label collections, original design manufacturers, printing, graphic design, and the technologies that support production. In anticipation, we’ve spotlighted a few key resources in that supply chain here. FABRICS & FIBERSAntex Knitting Mills/div. of Matchmaster Dyeing & Finishing Inc.3750 S. Broadway PlaceLos Angeles, CA 90007(323) 232-2061; Fax (323) 233-7751

Invista's 'Hard-Working' Denim

Denim has always traded on its durable workwear roots. Now Invista is out to make denim even more hard-working—and comfortable....

Sourcing Spreads Out

This season, Sourcing at MAGIC moved from the Hilton Convention Center in to the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, where exhibitors spread out in the cavernous,...

Graffiti Beach's Swim Show Draws a Crowd in Costa Mesa, Calif.

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All-Time High Traffic at WWIN

Organizers and attendees of the Womenswear in Nevada show at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino were extremely upbeat about the Feb. 15–18 event. ...

MAGIC's Men's Lines Move to Mandalay Bay

Many buyers and vendors applauded the move of the MAGIC Marketplace menswear lines to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, located a floor above the bustling action at the Pr...

Appreciating the Art of Costume Design

Film and television costumes help the actors convey the story—and help them create the character. Costumes can transport the audience to a specific time period from the past, create a fantasy ...

Agave Adds Licensed Sweaters, Belts

Agave, the premium-denim brand that takes its inspiration from California, will debut a range of men’s fine-gauge and engineered knits for Fall 2010. Produced under a licensing agreement with Vancouver, Cana...

The Reformation Reworks Vintage in New Store

Vintage fashion with a twist will have a new home on Los Angeles’ West Third Street. ...

Blue-Jeans Sales Up While Average Apparel Sales Drop in 2009

According to recent statistics compiled by The NPD Group Inc., the Port Washington, N.Y.–based apparel market-research firm, overall apparel sales in 2009 were down 5.2 percent to $188.5 billion compa...

Happy Birthday, Eddie

Seattle-based specialty retailer Eddie Bauer is celebrating its 90th anniversary. Retailer Eddie Bauer opened Eddie Bauer’s...

Lucy Debuts Powermax Collection

Portland, Ore.–based activewear brand Lucy introduced a new collection featuring a high-compression fabric engineered to assist in a woman’s workout regimen. ...

Thursday, February 25

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sites – It Looks Good To Me (Too) (Mondette)Gap's Pop-Up on Robertson Comes Back for Good (Racked LA)What Milan Fashion Did for Anna (Wall Street...

HBO Does Denim

Would-be denim maven, Ben. (Image courtesy of HBO)Denim is full of intrigue. There are lawsuits and rivalries and feuds that often outlast the brands that spark all the drama. And there's the talent and magic it takes to turn bolts of...

Wednesday, February 24

Apparel News Daily Reader

Free People's We the Free Reborn as Free People (Racked LA)Have your say: Does sexy still sell? XOXO unveils racy ad campaign, revealing video (Los Angeles...

According to Fast Company, Technology Companies are Most Innovative. Obviously.

CEO Susan Lyne of Gilt Groupe, the highest-ranked fashion company in Fast Company's "Most Innovative" list. photo by Chris Shipman courtesy FastCompany.comWe get it, the Internet and technology are the future. Business magazine Fast Company published its latest...

Tuesday, February 23

Lingerie Design Contest

Calling all wanna-be lingerie designers.For the third year in a row, German lingerie maker Triumph International is holding a lingerie design contest that can launch a student's career.The company is inviting students...

Apparel News Daily Reader

First Look: Liberty of London For Target Makes the Perfect, Floor-Length Dress (Refinery 29)Fashion's Night Out gets its own prime-time CBS special...

Playing Dress Up as a Virtual Stylist

My virtual self likes to pile on the accessories but I kept her from going overboard.Visual search engine site Like.com recently launched Couturious, a site where users get to play stylist and dress up virtual avatars....

Monday, February 22

GlobalTex Seminar and Event Calendar

The GlobalTex textile trade show kicks off its second year—and third show—on March 2 for its three-day run at the Los Angeles Convention Center. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Mishka NYC Opens Doors, Blows Minds (Racked LA)Jeremy Scott's Fashion Statements (Wall Street Journal's Heard on the Runway blog) McQueen...

A Hipster Love Story Courtesy of Opening Ceremony

non plus one final from Tracy ANTONOPOULOS on Vimeo. Ultra-hip, multi-line retailer Opening Ceremony enlisted burgeoning filmmakers Gia Coppola and Tracy Antonopoulos to create “Non Plus One,” a digital short starring...

Friday, February 19

Nordstrom Rack Adds Southern California Store

Discount and off-price retailers are seeing positive growth these days as consumers hunt and peck for bargains....

Apparel Imports

U.S. apparel imports in 2009 fell to levels not seen in six years, dipping 6.1 percent to 21.32 billion-square-meter equivalents i...

LAEDC Report Indicates Measured Recovery for Economy, Apparel and Retail to Lag

The good news is the economy isn’t expected to get worse this year. The bad news is the economy isn’t expected to get much better....

L.A. Retailer Lisa Kline Consolidates Operations

Over the past 15 years, Lisa Kline has pioneered and expanded fashion retailing on Los Angeles’ high-profile Robertson Boulevard, but in the next couple of months, she will be consolidating he...

Reef Launches First Fair-Trade Project

Reef, the Carlsbad, Calif.–based sandal and swimwear maker, is taking its first steps into fair-trade footwear with the Ugandal, a women’s leather sandal made with paper beads...

Traffic Up

Cargo-container traffic at the two ports in the Los Angeles area improved in January from a year ago, and exports were up dramatic...

Cherokee Licenses

Los Angeles–based Cherokee Inc. has been on a licensing spree. The company has signed licenses with three apparel concerns ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Lady Gaga or Johnny Weir (The Daily Beast) The Return Of Confidence (Wall Street Journal)New York Fashion Week: Luxe and louche at Mary Kate and Ashley...

Quiksilver Loses Latest Round Over Roxy Name

After eight years of battling Quiksilver Inc. in federal court, a small Los Angeles manufacturer has won the right to resume making clothes under its Roxywear label....

Retail Crime Targeted at Los Angeles Police Conference

Taking action against gangs stealing cargo and store merchandise was at the top of the agenda for Los Angeles’ law enforcement establishment on Feb. 17. ...

Haiti Relief

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced a plan to encourage American clothing companies and retailers to source at least 1 pe...

Marc Jacobs Sues Ed Hardy

New York designer Marc Jacobs is taking Ed Hardy and a licensee to court over a purse the designer says resembles his own 3-year-old handbag creation....

Los Angeles Designers Shine at New York Fashion Week

California designers unveiled their Fall/Winter 2010 collections at New York Fashion Week, held Feb. 10–18....

PacSun Hires New Juniors Exec

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc., the Anaheim, Calif.–based lifestyle mall retailer, is shaking up its juniors business with the addition of a key new executive....

William Rast Brings the Runway to Project

William Rast Fall 2010, photo courtesy of Imaxtree/Elle.comNew York Fashion Week overlapped the trade shows in Las Vegas this season, but designers such as William Rast found ways to make the timing conflict work for them. Sales reps and retailers gathered at the William Rast booth at the...

Influential Sirens & Sailors Boutique Shutters, Gentlemen's Breakfast Debuts

Sirens Sailors closes Feb. 21. For the past 10 years, the Sirens Sailors boutique was one of the influential boutiques on Los Angeles’ Eastside. From its location in a lavender colored cottage in Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood, Sirens made...

Buyers Navigate Changed Landscape in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS—Buyers returning to Las Vegas for the latest round of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows found a different scene than last season. The Feb. 16–18 run of ...

Pucca Parties at Curve for Collection Debut

Hello Kitty better hang on to her hair bows because there’s a new girl named Pucca coming up the cuteness block. Pucca is a spunky, pigtailed girl who stands for both love and power and is the...

Thursday, February 18

Academy of Art University - Innovation Is Key

"Nicky" Hyo Sun An, MFA Fashion Design, photos: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-BenzAcademy of Art University debuted the collections of recent graduates on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York. Innovation is key for the San Francisco-based design school, which has...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Jeremy Scott's After-Party Brings Back Fashion Week Crazy (Refinery 29)Alexander McQueen brand will continue (Vogue UK) New York Fashion Week Fall 2010:...

New Stuff, Coming Through

Collaborations are to J Brand as pop-up shops are to designers. That is to say, they're fun and temporary and showcase a new side of a brand. All good things.Images courtesy of Style.comProenza Schouler, J Brand’s latest collaborators, debuted their...

Wednesday, February 17

Band of Outsiders Channels the Great Outdoors

Classic outdoor themes are an ongoing trend in fashion, but to keep the look fresh - it’s all in the mix. Just ask Scott Sternberg, whose Fall 2010 Band of Outsiders collection was a mash up of inspiration channeled from REI, Joan Didion and Woody Allen circa 1972.Sternberg...

Apparel News Daily Reader

East Side Cafe Style (Style Section L.A.)Quirky New(ish) Weltenbuerger Sets Up Shop on Hollywood (Racked LA)New York Fashion Week: The Kardashians --...

L.A. Designers Shine at New York Fashion Week

A range of looks from Tadashi Shoji at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (left) and Boy by Band of Outsiders at Milk Studios (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz/Photo by Band of Outsiders)The sun may be...

Tuesday, February 16

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – The Reformation Takes Former Satine Space (Mondette)10 Top Fashion Week Looks Lessons (So Far) (Refinery 29)New York Fashion Week Fall...

Friday, February 12

Buhler Introduces Micro Tencel Yarn

Lenzing, the maker of Tencel fiber, has introduced a new ultra version of the eco-friendly fiber, which will be available exclusively from Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. beginning in Apr...

More Work, Less Play at ASR

SAN DIEGO—Buyers were greeted with a very different vibe at the Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo at the San Diego Convention Center. ...

Melrose Boutiques Respond to McQueen Death With Vigils and Memorials

Vigil at Alexander McQueen boutique on Feb. 11News of the death of fashion designer Alexander McQueen on Feb. 11 stunned and saddened many of the fashion retailers on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue. One boutique, Madison, paid tribute to the provocative, young...

Seaton: Casual, Coastal Lifestyle Clothes Return

Even though the Seaton label had been shelved for one year, its creator, Jill Roberts-Freeman, kept seeing the brand popping up during her family’s Hawaiian vacation in December. ...

Retail Survival on the Agenda at Market Tuesdays Seminar

The state of retail is changing, and veterans of the business gave survival tips and forecasts for the upcoming year at the “2010 Industry Predictions for Retailing” se...

AAFA Sourcing Conference Set for May

The American Apparel & Footwear Association will be holding its eighth annual International Sourcing, Customs and Logistics Integration Conference May 5–7 in Miami....

G-Star Plans to Open More U.S. Stores

Dutch premium-denim label G-Star plans to make a bigger splash with its branded stores in the United States....

Alexander McQueen, 40

British designer Alexander McQueen was found dead from an apparent suicide on Feb. 11 at his home in London. The Savile Row...

Government Warns Retailers on Bamboo Labeling

The federal government has warned 78 companies, including Wal-Mart and Target, that they could face monetary fines if they don’t stop labeling certain rayon clothing as bamboo....

Door to China Opening Up for U.S. Brands

U.S. brands interested in setting up showrooms in Shanghai now have a vehicle to make that easier....

Sourcing & Fabric Resource Guide

February’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 40 countries...

Chanteuse Takes a Burlesque Bow at Coco de Mer

Chanteuse's Chenoa Faun at Coco de MerWith a brief burlesque show, lingerie and fashion line Chanteuse celebrated its debut at the Coco de Mer boutique at 8618 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood.The soiree had the ambiance of a risque,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Erin Wasson x RVCA Fall 2010 Takes Us On A Magic Carpet Ride (Refinery 29)Going Shopping for Love at EM Co (Racked LA)Video: Bryant Park Reacts to...

Boardwalk to Catwalk

SAN DIEGO—Action sports may be steeped in testosterone, but brands at the

Inventories Down

Inventories at U.S. wholesalers dipped 0.8 percent in December after a record gain of 1.6 percent in November, the largest increas...

Gap Shuffles Executives

It has been a bit like musical chairs in the executive suites of Gap Inc. in San Francisco. The huge specialty-store chain and man...

Free-Trade Talks

Colombia has begun free-trade talks with Panama to boost business with its neighbor to the north. The talks come as Colombia...

STC-QST to Distribute High-End Buttons

STC-QST, the supplier of interlinings, pocketing, embroidery backing and other inner construction materials to the Los Angeles apparel and home furnishings industry, has signed on to become ...

Tory Burch to Open at Santa Monica Place

Tory Burch is one of a new group of high-profile stores that recently signed a lease to open a store in Santa Monica Place, the Macerich-owned mall in Santa Monica, Calif. T...

Bringing Technology Home

Cal Poly Pomona explores the possibility of single-camera body scanning....

Kingpins Debuts Spring 2011 Denim Trends

Ready to begin work on their Spring 2011 collections, denim designers and manufacturers braved a downpour to visit the Kingpins denim sourcing show Feb. 9–10 at the Smog Shoppe in Cul...

Finding Success Beyond the Big Sale

For many retailers, the key to attracting more shoppers is to put merchandise on sale. In her new book, “Ka-Ching! How to Ring Up More Sales,” business writer Laurel Ti...

Big Increase for Container-Traffic Forecast for 2010

Cargo-container traffic at the nation’s ports is expected to be up a sizeable 25 percent during the first six months of this year compared with last year....

V-Moda: Many Rock 'n' Roll Styles From One Look

Designer Terri King custom-made clothes for some of the most famous rockers of the past 20 years, including Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson and Ozzy Osbourne. Yet when DJ and designer Val Kolton approac...

Finance Resource Guide

Support and protect your enterprise with backing from financial institutions dedicated to the apparel industry. They bring expertise and experience to a host of finance services that include full-service factoring, trade financing, credit and collection, accounts-receivable management, and more. Flexible programs and individual attention are available for all sizes of operations.First Capital Western Region, LLC700 S. Flower St., Ste. 2325 Los Angeles, CA 90017 (213) 412-1540Fax: (213) 412-1541

Crowley Delivers Relief Supplies to Haiti

Crowley Maritime Corp. teamed up with the U.S. Transportation Command to deliver more than 460 containers of relief supplies to Haiti, which is still struggling in the aftermath of last month’...

Thursday, February 11

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek! Kardashian Sisters For Bebe (FabSugar)New York Fashion Week Girds For Snow; Show Must Go On (Mostly) (Wall Street Journal Heard on the Runway...

Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010

British designer Alexander McQueen passed away today at 40, one month short of his 41st birthday. The designer, who represented youthful, daring and avant-garde couture fashion and managed to distill unexpected concepts into...

The Future of Fashion Weeks

It’s an ongoing question, but lately the future of fashion weeks appears to be tied to technology. With the advent of Twitter, Facebook, live streamed videos and 3-D avatars, it has become quite clear. And during New...

Wednesday, February 10

Kasil Launches Collaboration With Stylist Taylor Jacobson

Kasil denim will kick off its first “The Workshop by Kasil” collaboration with stylist Taylor Jacobson, a former assistant of Rachel Zoe. The Kasil + Taylor Ja...

Denim According to Taylor Jacobson

At Project next week, Kasil will launch its denim collaboration with former assistant to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, Taylor Jacobson. Check out the full story here. Taylor was clueless about the mechanics of jeans before Kasil creative director David Lim took her to the sample sewers room and wash house. Here is a further look at...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Nautical-Chic Sails Into The Seaport With Jeremy Scott and Lalique For The SS Normandie (Refinery 29)New York Fashion Week Goes Green and Lean (Wall...

Tuesday, February 9

Las Vegas Trade Show Seminar and Events Calendar

It’s time for the apparel industry to descend on Las Vegas for the latest round of fashion and sourcing trade shows, anchored by the giant MAGIC Marketplace and its sister sh...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Heritage Found. Fashion is suddenly obsessed with storied American brands. We dissect the best of the new classics. (Style Section L.A.)Months after...

L.A. Fashion Week Going Green

Eco-fashion shows are nothing new on the Los Angeles runways. Think leaf-strewn catwalks and organic cotton.But for the first time, a Los Angeles ecological youth movement is presenting a fashion show...

Monday, February 8

Where Technology Meets Fashion

Photo courtesy the Google Blog There always seems to have been a separation between the logical realm of technology and the Web and the romantic, creative nature of the fashion world, but with the proliferation of fashion...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops—Beach Bunny Swimwear Sneak...

Joe's Jeans to Open Nine Outlets

Premium-denim company Joe’s Jeans Inc. inked a deal Feb. 8 to open nine outlet stores with Premium Outlet Centers, a division of Simon Property Group Inc., said Joe’s Presiden...

CIT Names New CEO

Nearly two months after emerging from bankruptcy, CIT Group has chosen former Merrill Lynch executive John Thain to lead CIT as chairman and chief executive....

Friday, February 5

Dillard’s Lands ’Runway’ Finalist

Little Rock, Ark.–based Dillard’s Inc. has teamed up with “Project Runway” finalist Korto Momolu to cr...

CurveNV Increases Presence of Men's Brands

CurveNV—the focused trade show for women’s and men’s lingerie, swimwear, loungewear and sleepwear—has responded to retailers’ demand by offering more men’s lines at its show....

Retailers at West Coast Trend Show Searching for Newness

Menswear buyers at the twice-a-year West Coast Trend Show in Los Angeles were greeting the new year with caution but optimism....

ThisNext Buys StyleHive

Santa Monica, Calif.–based shopping social-networking Web site ThisNext (

ecVision Introduces Develop Module

Iselin, N.J.–based ecVision recently introduced a new product-development module in its XpressCommerce software suite for retailers and brands....

Growth and Caution Dominate 2010 Plans at Investors' Conference

Growth is back in style, according to the retail executives who presented at the 12th Annual ICR Xchange investors’ conference, held Jan 13–14 at the palatial St. Regis Monarch Beach R...

Lingerie Retailer Gets 'Underneath It All' With How-To Book

As proprietress of Bellefleur Lingerie in Seattle, Jennifer Manuel Carroll had become the advice guru among her friendship circle when it came to matters of intimate dressing. Manuel Carroll ...

Levi's and Whirlpool Partner in Survey

Levi Strauss & Co. and appliance maker Whirlpool have collaborated on a survey that probes how consumers wash their jeans and laundry. ...

Retail Focus Resource Guide

Apparel Information Management System (AIMS) is a complete order and production processing system for every sector of the industry, offering integrated EDI, GL accounting integration, UPS...

Bags by Bebe

Brisbane-based Bebe Stores Inc. struck a three-year licensing agreement with New York–based Accessory Network Group LLC to create a line of handbags...

E-Tailer Moxsie Goes Off Site With ShopAds Campaign

Palo, Alto, Calif.–based e-tailer Moxsie, which promotes up-and-coming and independent design, has teamed up with Sausalito, Calif.–based online marketing and e-commerce technology fir...

Getting Comfortable With Men's Underwear

Selection, style and selling points are key for retailing to men....

Tapping Into the Data of MasterCard

Payment-solutions provider MasterCard Worldwide recently introducedMasterCard Advisors Merchant Solutions, a suite of data analytics and information products to help merchants analyz...

$100 Denim Still Popular

For the past couple of years, a retail price point of $100 has been a target for many in the premium-denim market. More palatable for consumers than the $200–$1,000 prices jeans reach...

Jones Apparel Acquires L.A. Designer Label

Jones Apparel Group Inc., the huge clothing corporation that has been on the hunt for brands, acquired Los Angeles womenswear contemporary label Robert Rodriguez for $28 million....

January Sales Surprisingly Strong

To the shock of many, U.S. retail sales climbed 3 percent in January over the same period last year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. This news was a welcome surpri...

Retailers Seek New PLM Standards

High-profile retailers and information-technology executives have been working on an initiative to standardize different functions and applications for product lifecycle management systems, some of th...

Unknown Factory Goes for Innovation

Unknown Factory is focused on making a fashion statement. The denim brand, which originally launched in early 2008, relaunched for Fall 2009, refining the look and concept of the collection. Co-found...

CMC's Retail Seminar Has Tips for 2010

A seminar giving retailers a heads-up for 2010 will take place at the California Market Center on Feb. 9 during Market Tuesday....

Dillard#039;s Lands #039;Runway#039; Finalist

Little Rock, Ark.–based Dillard’s Inc. has teamed up with “Project Runway” finalist Korto Momolu to cr...

Las Vegas Resource Guide

The fashion industry will converge 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, a...

New Team of Management at Russell Newman

New York–based Russell Newman is beefing up its management team with new executives. The privately held company houses the intimate appa...

Dickson Named CEO of Jones Branded Biz

New York–based Jones Apparel Group Inc. named Richard Dickson president and chief executive officer of branded business. Th...

Juniorswear Line Moves Into Sustainably Renovated HQ

After a year-and-a-half-long renovation project, Fire, the juniors brand owned by Topson Downs, has moved into its new eco-friendly Culver City, Calif., headquarters. The company, wh...

Dressing for the Unpredictable in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—Freezing in summer, sometimes balmy in the fall, the weather in San Francisco is famously unpredictable. Fortunately for the clothiers of one of the city’s top boutique neighborhoods, Haye...

New Suite, New Execs for Maple Lake

Canadian software and solutions provider Maple Lake unveiled its latest software—during a recent event in New York, where guests included Maple Lake customers Aeropo...

Made by Niki Debuts Slinkies

In 2006, British designer Niki McMorrough’s Made by Niki line of “Fresh Foundations” brought beauty into a shapewear market limited to nude biker-looking shorts and matronly girdles. Usi...

Off-Price Specialist Show Pre-Registrations up 20% from 2009

Tight Supply yet Growing Demand for Off Price Goods explain part of expected increase in this February’s Show Attendance ...

Zinke: Young, Fun, Playful, Luxury

What started as a side project of bridal accessories snowballed into a new joint-venture lingerie label for sisters Arin Robinson and Jessie Zinke...

Morrow in at Stein Mart

Jacksonville, Fla.–based Stein Mart Inc. named Brian R. Morrow executive vice president and chief merchandising officer. A ...

TheSampleSale.com Reaches Out to the Savvy Shopper

In the past year, as the economy soured, the proliferation of online sample sales soared. Online sample sales have drawn bargain hunters while helping brands that were left holding copious amounts of ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Steven Alan Makes Jetsetting Even More Fashionable (Racked LA)Los Angeles Magazine's Laurie Pike's Thrifty Elegance (Apartment Therapy)Football Style: From Alex Wang...

S&G Makes Gentlemanly With an Edge

SG owners Gita Salem, left, and Sequoia Emmanuelle at their new L.A. boutique Even in an uncertain economy, entrepreneurs are still opening shops. One of the latest is designer fashion brand S G by Sequoia Gita. On Feb. 4, it held a debut party for its boutique/showroom at 7414 Melrose...

Thursday, February 4

J Brand Sells Majority Share For $85 Million

After months of negotiations, Los Angeles premium-denim maker J Brand has sold nearly 60 percent of the company for $85 million to a private equity firm....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Warm and Fuzzy Dept. | Rodarte’s Flying Colors (New York Times' T Magazine)At the Races: The Barneys Warehouse Sale (Racked LA)Ed Hardly? Audigier...

Wednesday, February 3

Jedidiah Joins the Bangladesh Surf Club

documents its trip to Bangladesh with Surfing The Nations in the short film “Gum for My Boat.” Video via Jedidiahusa.com As far as primo surfing destinations go, Bangladesh’s mediocre shores next to India aren’t one of them. But that...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek! Alexander Wang, Spring '10 (FabSugar)No Trunks, Lots to Show at Trunkshow LA (Racked LA)In Goth They Trust (Wall Street...

Tuesday, February 2

H&M to Open Outlet Store in Citadel's New Wing

Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz will be getting into the outlet-store game....

Oscar Costumes--and More--on Display at FIDM

Film costumes get their close-up at Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, the annual costume exhibition held at the Museum & Galleries at the Fashion Institute of Design & Me...

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Unholy Matrimony is a Shrine to the Gods of Avant Garde Fashion (Racked L.A.)Jeremy Scott for adidas Originals Spring 2010 (Nitrolicious)Carrie Underwood's...

L.A. Designers Set for New York Fashion Week

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2010, photography by Dan Corina LeccaNew York Fashion Week is set to kick off next week, and the schedule is filled with California designers. Many are showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in its last season at the tents in...

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The Many Faces of Gaga at the Grammys

From left: Photos by Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, and Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesLady Gaga followers were buzzing on what the reigning diva of both song and outlandish style would wear to the 2010 Grammy...

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First Look! Henry Holland for Levi's Denim-On-Denim Collaboration (Refinery 29) Grammy fashion: At the Grammys, style doesn't stop at the red carpet...