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Friday, July 30

Under Armour Up

Baltimore-based athletic-apparel maker Under Armour Inc. reported second-quarter net revenue up 24 percent to $204.8 million and a...

Dollimou: International Inspiration, Made in Los Angeles

Alexana Lambros adds a festive twist to her “dressed-up, dressed-down casual” knit separates by injecting inspiration from vacation-worthy cities. The first season of Dollimou s...

Unifi and Optimer Team Up for Performance Eco Fabrics

Wilmington, Del.–based Optimer Brands, owners of the Drirelease and FreshGuard brands, has teamed up with Greensboro, N.C.–based fiber maker Unifi to create Drirelease Eco ...

More Swim at CurveNV

CurvExpo, which produces the lingerie and swimwear trade shows CurveNY in New York and CurveNV in Las Vegas, plans to expand the swimwear components of both shows. ...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Inca

Inca celebrated Cruise 2011 with an intimate dinner and

OC Swim Event Cancelled

OC Swim Show, a new event that was set to debut Aug. 12–13 at the St. Regis Hotel Resort and Spa in Dana Point, Calif., has been cancelled because of lack of corporate sponsorship, or...

Runway Boutique Goes Its Own Way

Located at 807 S. La Brea Blvd., Runway Boutique straddles Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile district and the area around West Pico and La Brea boulevards, which is a haven for small busines...

Dress Denim: Levi's and Brooks Brothers Team Up for American-Made Jeans Brand

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. has teamed up with venerable suit maker Brooks Brothers for a new line of American-made denim, called Levi’s Jeans, Made in...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Beach Bunny Swimwear at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

There are good girls and there are bad girls. For

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Dolores Corteacute;s at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Classic silhouettes, mismatched prints and breezy island girl cover-ups filled the Cruise 2011 Dolores C...

Rodriguez Teams With Nordstrom

Los Angeles–based designer Robert Rodriguez and Seattle-based Nordstrom are teaming up for a limited-edition shirt designed...

Kaboodle's PopPicks Puts a New Spin on Flash Sales

Sunnyvale, Calif.–based social shopping website Kaboodle (

Sullivan Shutters Local Publication

On July 23, Jerry Sullivan published the final issue of Los Angeles Garment & Citizen, the 10-year-old community newspaper based in the Los Angeles Fashion District. ...

CMC to Host Runway Shows at Upcoming Market

n During the Holiday/Resort Fashion Market set for Aug. 8–11, the California Market Center will present a new series of daytime runway shows featuring resources from...

Water Bottles Make Chic Boardshorts

Naila, a new contemporary swimwear brand based in New York, is putting a chic, Italian spin on eco-friendly boardshorts. Action-sports brands have made boardshorts out of recycled materials f...

Supply Chain Resource Guide

Asher Fabric Concepts makes sophisticated fabrics from luxurious fibers in California for the contemporary market. The company can accommodate both small- and big-lot orders and offers the most fashion-forwa...

Levi#039;s New Face and Voice

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. has a new girl. Meghan Smith, a Charleston, S.C., native now based in Brooklyn, ...

Financing Options: A Primer for Start-Ups and Growing Companies

Financing the small start-up and the growing mid-size importer or manufacturer can be like learning a foreign language for many company owners. They are often merchandisers and or sellers by trade, so...

Puma Goes Pink

Athletic footwear and apparel maker Puma launched a new initiative and product line to raise awareness and funds for the fight aga...

Levi’s New Face and Voice

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. has a new girl. Meghan Smith, a Charleston, S.C., native now based in Brooklyn, ...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Red Carter

Theatrics are always par for the course for a

AAFA Submits Plan to Boost Apparel Exports

The American Apparel & Footwear Association, the trade group based in Arlington, Va., has been on a push to help the Obama administration with its plan to double U.S. exports by 2015....

Ron Herman Debuts First Men's Shop

Ron Herman, one of Los Angeles’ pioneering retailers, quietly opened its first boutique devoted to men’s fashions earlier this month at the Malibu Village retail center in Malibu, Calif....

Centric Launches PLM-Focused Blog

Centric Software, the Campbell, Calif.–based provider of PLM (product lifestyle management) and sourcing solutions for industries including fashion and consumer goods, has launched a blog to c...

Apparel News Daily Reader

First Look: Erin Fetherston's Inaugural Collection For Juicy Couture (Refinery29)Yukester: Jewelry inspired by Chanel, but fit for Cleopatra (Style Section L.A.)Hurley hosts a solo exhibit...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Presents Trina Turk

Designer Trina Turk brought her retro Palm Springs-meets-Acapulco swimwear to the

NGC's Latest PLM Puts Slackers on Notice

Putting far-flung designers and manufacturers on the same schedule is one of the biggest headaches for apparel companies in a globalized economy....

Fashion Resource Guide

Thousands of brands in women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and innerwear showcase their newest Holiday 2010 collections for the Aug. 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market. In anticipation, we have highlighted manufacturers, and showroom buildings in d...

Thursday, July 29

To Dye For in San Francisco

This "Woman's chapan robe, ca. 1860–1870; Uzbekistan, Bukhara Silk; warp-faced plain weave, warp-resist dyeing (ikat)" will be on display at the "To Dye For" exhibit at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Photo courtesy de Young...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Exclusive: Our First Look At Kimberly Ovitz's Fall Line (Refinery29)Target's Big December Designer Collab Will Be William Rast...

LASC Suits Up

LASC designed the uniform for the Eclipse soccer teamWhat World Cup? West Hollywood boutique LASC suited up for the Gay Games VIII, which will be held in Cologne, Germany, in August. Amateur soccer team Eclipse will be representing ...

Wednesday, July 28

Apparel News Daily Reader

Designers – The House on Genesee Is A Dream Collective of Fashion, Jewelry, Art, and Family (Mondette)Genre-Busting Designer Celebrated at Istanbul Show...

Photographic Fantastic: Roxy Core Collection

Photos by Hillary Walsh, courtesy of RoxyExpert aquatic glider Kassia Meador has worn the Roxy heart on her neoprene sleeve since she was a teenager. Nearly a decade later, when she’s not being photographed in the water as a Roxy-sponsored...

Tuesday, July 27

Thomas to Exit The Wet Seal

Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based The Wet Seal Inc. will soon have a new chief. Edmond S. Thomas—the company’s president, chief executive officer and director—announced plans not to renew his contract, which ...

Port's Dredging Project Will Make Room for Larger Cargo Ships

The Port of Los Angeles, after taking a five-year break, has resumed the final phase of its $370 million dredging project to allow more super-sized container ships to call at the busiest port...

New Warnaco Swim Chief

New York–based Warnaco Group has named James Gerson as the new president of its swimwear division, which is based in Los Angeles. Gerson, who most recently held t...

Apparel News Daily Reader

L.A. designer Robert Rodriguez collabs with Nordstrom for Hispanic Heritage Month (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Portraits – E.P.I.C. Store Owners Tristan...

Port of Los Angeles Towing theFashion Line

Who says port people aren't fashionable?Just check out the mannequin the Port of Los Angeles designed for The Mannequin Collective, a competition organized by the soon-to-open Santa Monica...

Monday, July 26

WSA Seminar and Event Calendar

Shoe retailers and industry executives will head to Las Vegas next month for the Aug. 9–11 run of The WSA Show and The Collections at WSA at The Venetian and Sands Expo and ...

True Religion Venture to Oversee European Distribution, Growth

Vernon, Calif.–based True Religion Apparel has partnered with UNIFA Premium to create True Religion Brand Jeans Germany, a joint venture that will assume control of the brand’...

Apparel News Daily Reader

New Pieces From We Are Handsome Swimsuits, Plus An Exclusive Video! (Refinery29)Razor Blades, Lacquered Birdcages and Pixie Tangerines: The California Design...

Emmy Costumes and More at FIDM

Robert Blackman’s costume designs for “Pushing Daisies,” the 2009 Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, are among more than 75 costumes featured in the fifth annual Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design at FIDM Museum Galleries...

Forever 21 Officially Headed to South Coast Plaza

Sears Holdings Corp. announced on July 26 it has signed a long-term lease with Forever 21 for the fast-fashion retailer to occupy a large amount of space inside Sears...

Friday, July 23

Recession Changes Consumers' Shopping Habits

Shoppers not only want cheaper clothes, but they also prefer places that have nice fitting rooms, are fun to shop and are frequented by their friends....

Newness the Ticket at Miami Swim Shows

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—Swimwear consumers are losing interest in safe bets and swim basics, retailers reported at Swim Show 2011, held July 17–19 at the Miami Beach Conven...

Volcom to Acquire Australian Licensee

Costa Mesa, Calif.–based Volcom has announced plans to acquire Volcom Australia, its Australian licensee, for an undisclosed sum. According to a release from the skate/surf brand, the deal is...

Naem Denim Stays Local

Kevin Na set out to make the Naem denim line indistinguishable in quality from competing premium-denim brands—but with a different kind of price tag....

CFA Panel Discusses Social-Media Strategies for Retailers

Leveraging the power of social networking can sometimes prove to be a difficult task with the overwhelming amount of social-media platforms on the Internet. Where can retailers and brands begin to exe...

Hard Times Hit Melrose Heights Retail District

Sign at Crooks Castles' former Melrose Heights storeIn 2008, the Melrose Heights section of Melrose Avenue seemed to be ready to take its place as one of top retail strips in Los Angeles. But the street’s fortunes changed drastically...

Denim Plant

A new $180 million denim plant is going up in Edinburg, Texas, to be close to the cotton fields of Texas and the denim manufacturi...

True Shoes

Los Angeles denim maker True Religion is getting in the shoe business. The line, being done in conjunction with Titan Industries, ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Four Your Pleasure: Newish Melrose Concept Boutique (Racked LA)Bananas for 'Mad Men': Premiere and partieskick off continued partnership (Los Angeles Times' All...

Retailers Might Save Millions From Financial-Overhaul Bill

Consumers and retailers could be in for some cost savings after the U.S. Senate approved a reduction in debit card swipe fees....

Fessler's Contemporary Fashion Basics Make It Easier to Go Private

FesslerUSA, maker of private-label knits, launched a new program to make it easier for retailers to launch their own private-label program....

Kicking Off the Menswear Season

NEW YORK—The menswear business kicked off the Spring/Summer season in New York on July 18 with the opening of ENK New York and MRket trade shows, followed by the Cap...

Liz Exits Outlets

Liz Claiborne Inc. announced it will be closing 87 Liz Claiborne–branded outlet stores in the United States and Puerto Rico by the...

Intimacy Growing in Southern California and Beyond

Susan Nethero is said to be a prodigy in matchmaking women with the best bras that flatter their bodies and fit their lifestyle. Her track record, she claims, is perfect....

Surveys Show Strong Back-to-School Sales

The 2010 Back-to-School season is forecast to get an “A” in business....

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Marysia Swim at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Marysia Reeves transported her audience to Fiji with the presentation of her

Sleeping Giant

Designer Norma Kamali is going to design a line of sleepwear for Wal-Mart, which will be available on the retailer’s online...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Salon Allure

Salon Allure made its debut on the Miami swim scene with a

Lingerie Resource Guide

Los Angeles–based American Apparel is a vertically integrated manufacturer and retailer of clothing for men, women, kids, and pets, offering an expansive year-round line to which ne...

Made in America Resource Guide

Manufacturers that make goods in the United States are more aware today than ever about the impact production has on their own backyard environment. As a result, eco-friend...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Melissa Odabash

Melissa Odabash is known for her chic collection of glamorous swimwear. And for the first time, the London-based designer presented her...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Poko Pano at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Paola Robba, founder and creator of Poko Pano, created a

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Swimwear Anywhere at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

The pool deck at The Raleigh hotel was the ideal place for Swimwear Anywhere Inc. to debut its new Coco Contours and Carmen Marc Valvo Resort Wear collections. ...

Lots of Movement--In and Out--in L.A.'s Melrose Heights Neighborhood

In 2008, the Melrose Heights section of Melrose Avenue seemed to be ready to take its' place as one of top retail strips in Los Angeles. But the street’s fortunes changed drastically after the Wall Str...

Tommy John: Men’s Undershirts Slim Down

As contemporary suit silhouettes have become slimmer and knitfabric technology has turned to high performance, Tom Patterson observed that men’s undershirts weren’t changing with the times....

In Bloom by Jonquil Launches Foundations

Diane Samandi has been designing glamorous sleepwear for so many decades that a bride in the 1980s who wore a Jonquil chemise to her honeymoon could buy a Jonquil negligee today for her daughter...

Tommy John: Men#039;s Undershirts Slim Down

As contemporary suit silhouettes have become slimmer and knitfabric technology has turned to high performance, Tom Patterson observed that men’s undershirts weren’t changing with the times....

So Low Finds Success With USA Manufacturing

For the people at Los Angeles contemporary label So Low, their “Made in America” hangtags are helping the California economy and themselves....

New York Textile Shows Highlight the Supply Chain

NEW YORK—The textile side of the apparel supply chain—from fiber and yarn to finished goods and sourcing opportunities—rolled into town recently for a series of trade shows focused on fabric. ...

Thursday, July 22

Fashion - By the Book

Today, Apparel News' mailbag held a little treat for me: an advance copy of Nina Garcia's new book "Look Book: What to Wear for Every Occassion." Garcia, of course, isn't a newbie at telling people...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Guiding Light: Eagle Rock (Style Section L.A.)Events – EcoStiletto Celebrates Two Years With A Green, Cocktail Party (Mondette)Wanted: Guy Shoppers for Fashion Sites...

Wednesday, July 21

Retirement Plan for LAEDC's Kyser Includes a New Job

After giving his final economic forecast for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., on July 21, economist Jack Kyser received a standing ovation, a slew of commendations, parting gifts an...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fab Ad: J Brand Keeps Things Sleek, Fall '10 (FabSugar)Echo Park Aficionados Dish on L.A.'s Most Noteworthy Local Designers (Refinery29)Erin Wasson x RVCA is...

Slow Recovery in Store for California

The economy is only going to get better next year in California and Los Angeles. But growth will be slow and measured....

Tuesday, July 20

Apparel News Daily Reader

New Flea in Town (Style Section L.A.) Shops – Vintageweave to Take Former Romp Space, Civilainaire Denim Coming, Women’s Clothing Instead of Weeds (Mondette)New...

San Francisco Online Store Highlights Responsible Young Fashion Designers

Sisters Deirdre Holbrook and Heidi Pettit offer their clients a range of services, from public relations to an e-commerce site....

Monday, July 19

Apparel News Daily Reader

Jason Wu designs martini-wielding dolls for Madame Alexander (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Rodarte For M.A.C. Gives Back To Mexican Factory Laborers...

Banana Republic's New Look

The new look of South Coast Plaza's Banana Republic's women's shopBanana Republic must be telling its customers to focus, focus, focus with a new look for its women's shop. It was unveiled last week at the South Coast Plaza retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif.Instead of...

Friday, July 16

Finance Resource Guide

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Tribe of Volcom: Spring 2011 Fashion Show

photo by John EckmierThe Orange County diffusion of the hipster species (same cool-kid style, but add crunchy sun-bleached hair and deep tan as requisite accessories) caravanned en masse to the Cooper Design Space in downtown Los Angeles and mingled with L.A.’s scruffy East Side hipster set for Volcom’s Swim 2011 fashion...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Midsummer Night's Pop-Up Goes Off: Pretty Party (Racked LA)We All Scream for A|X Ice Cream and the Chill Truck (Racked LA)Forever21 Collaborates With...

Textiles, Textiles and More Textiles

Premiere Vision Preview New York (photo by Stephane Kossmann)NEW YORK—Westside, Eastside, Chelsea, Midtown. Manhattan was practically covered in textiles during the recent Textile Week, when Texworld USA, Premiere Vision Preview and Kingpins showcased the latest in textiles,...

Fashion's Night Out Los Angeles Unveils Plans

It’s official. The City of Los Angeles will be unveiling its plans for its official participation in “Fashion’s Night Out” on Sept. 10 and calls upon retailers to register for the event on the Fashion’s Night Out website.Fashion’s Night Out was created last year under the leadership of Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue...

Valencia's Independent Mission in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO—New fashion designers and independent boutiques are setting up shop on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, but chain retailers are not allowed into this burgeoning scene—no...

TapouT Launching Vintage Collection

Los Angeles–based CMT America and CMT Sourcing Group Ltd., its sister company in Hong Kong, have joined forces with TapouT to launch a line of high-end apparel calle...

Calling Back Cadmium

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Tween Brands Inc., a New Albany, Ohio–based retailer, has volunt...

L*Space Expanding Into Apparel

L*Space, the Irvine, Calif.–based line of contemporary swimwear, has been inching its way into the apparel category for some time. Designed by Monica Wise, L*Space has always offered light coverups th...

'Project Runway' Contestants Announced for New Season

Fashion designing will become a competitive game again when the eighth season of “Project Runway” debuts on July 29 on Lifetime Television in an expanded 90-minute format. ...

Back-to-School Season a Lesson in Success

Going back to school never sounded so good to retailers....

Waterman's Ball Raises $400,000, Honors Environmental and Surf Legends

The dire situation in the Gulf of Mexico put a fine point on the importance of supporting environmental efforts that protect and clean the world’s oceans and beaches. Never before has supporting the...

Over and Out at Under Armour

David McCreight, president of the Baltimore-based performance-apparel firm Under Armour, is retiring, effective Aug. 20. Kevin Pla...

Yigal Azroueuml;l Goes Contemporary

New York–based designer Yigal Azroueuml;l has launched Cut25, a new contemporary diffusion line. The 32-piece collection, w...

Dresses on the Runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Off-the-shoulder necklines and oodles of ruffles were some of the predominant looks at the various runway shows held at Hong Kong Fashion Week, which highlighted the Spring/Summer 2011 season...

Busy Month at Los Angeles and Long Beach Ports

It was evident retailers were busy stocking their shelves because cargo-container traffic at the country’s busiest port complex was up by more than one-third in June compared with last year....

Signs Point to a Slow-Moving Economy

During the first half of the year, the economy slowly climbed out of its hole, pushing retail sales into positive territory and making everyone breathe easier. But the second half of the year is shapi...

New Bun in Oven

Forever 21, which is always growing, has launched a maternity line called Love 21 Maternity. The line—which features simple...

General Growth Announces Bankruptcy Reorganization

General Growth Properties Inc., the second-largest shopping-mall owner and operator in the United States, announced reorganization plans to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy by October....

Bongo to Sears

Reality TV star Audrina Patridge has been tapped by New York–based Iconix Brand Group to be the face of its Bongo juniors b...

U.S. Buyers a Common Sight at Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—The buzz at Hong Kong Fashion Week, held July 5–8, was that U.S. buyers had come out of hiding but European buyers were hibernating. ...

Thursday, July 15

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Stories –Our Romantic Traveler Searches For Answers Under the Big Top (Mondette)The Season of Biker Chic (Wall Street Journal)Do Men Want Boxy or Bold?...

Wednesday, July 14

Tommy John's Nice Package

In the same vein as Old Spice’s ads that address the ladies from “The Man Your Man Can Smell Like,” Tom Patterson tried talking to the ladies about his undershirt line, Tommy John, after learning that wives and girlfriends do most of the unmentionables buying for their husbands and boyfriends. Hence, a modern package design with two colors...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Old School Ode. Studio Vintage, a new vintage boutique in Studio City, has unfussy clothes and dirt cheap prices. Our prayers are answered. (Style Section L.A.)Shops –...

Tuesday, July 13

Apparel News Daily Reader

Peep TenOverSix's Perfect Fall Line (Refinery29)We're Tripping For Erin Wasson's New RVCA Collection (Refinery29)Portraits – Fashion Designer Stacey Clark...

Cool Down With Armani Exchange

After a brief spell of June gloom, summer is in full effect in Los Angeles, and what better way to bask in the sunshine than to head to the Armani Exchange store to catch its A|X Chill ice cream truck....

Shipping Costs From Asia on the Rise

Last year, the shipping industry lost about $15 billion to $20 billion when manufacturers reduced the amount of cargo they sent from Asia to the United States....

Monday, July 12

Apparel News Daily Reader

Global Girl Minnie Mortimer's Playful, Feminine (Racked LA)Nostalgia Nuts. Old Ft. MacArthur Days in San Pedro stages an old-timey ladies fashion show. (Style...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011 Events Calendar

Starting on July 15, Miami Beach will once again become the center of the swim universe as the industry gathers there for more than 40 ev...

Billabong Announces Deal to Buy RVCA

Australian surfwear label Billabong International Ltd. brought weeks of speculation to an end by announcing on July 11 that it had signed a conditional agreement to purchase RVCA, a...

Friday, July 9

New Licensees for PEI

Miami-based Perry Ellis International struck a pair of licensing agreements for its Cubavera and Gotcha brands. In a deal struck w...

Stage Stores Appointment

Earl J. Hesterberg was named to the board of directors of Houston-based Stage Stores Inc. Hesterberg is the president and chief ex...

Few High Points Among June's Tepid Retail Results

June retail sales were marked by tepid growth during a period when cash registers should have been ringing in strong sales, according to many Wall Street analysts....

Tommy Goes Big in Paris

Tommy Hilfiger, the lifestyle brand owned by Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., opened a nearly 9,000-square-foot flagship store on Paris...

AE in Israel

Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters Inc. is continuing its international expansion with a franchise agreement with Fox-Wize...

Stylesight Hosts N.Y. Trend Event

Trend forecaster Stylesight will kick off the lineup of textile shows in New York with a July 13 presentation titled “Stylesight LIVE: Lifestyle, Inspiration, Vision, Expertise...

Could RVCA Be Next in Billabong's Buying Spree?

It has been a period of flux and regrouping for some of the biggest names in the surf industry, but Billabong International Ltd. has proved the exception as the company embarks on an ambitiou...

Radici Revamps RadElast Website

RadiciGroup, the Italian manufacturing giant, introduced a new website to highlight RadElast, its branded spandex fiber. ...

Kingpins Moves L.A. Location, Lands New Sponsor

Kingpins, the boutique denim sourcing show produced by New York–based fabric agent Olah Inc., is moving to a n...

More Vertical Integration for Unifi's Repreve Fiber

Repreve, the recycled polyester made by Unifi Inc., is getting a little more vertical. ...

Delta Acquires Cotton Exchange

Greenville, S.C.–based Delta Apparel Inc. inked a deal to buy HPM Apparel Inc., which does business as The Cotton Exchange....

Waterwear 2011: Charlie by Matthew Zink: Bringing Sexy Back

Many consider Victoria’s Secret the standard of sexy. But former Victoria’s Secret swimwear designer Matthew Zink thought he could top his achievements at the lingerie label and make a bikini that is ev...

Waterwear 2011: Faster Fashion

Swim makers are looking to beat the competition with new trend-right—and price-right—capsules and collections....

Apparel News Daily Reader

First Look: Grey Antics Fall 2010 (Fashionista)American Apparel invades Thai Town (L.A. Observed)Visionaire’s Alexander...

Technique and Technical Textiles at SpinExpo

New textile techniques and innovations in technical textiles are on the agenda at SpinExpo’s slate of seminars planned for the upcoming show in New York. ...

Toddland: All Funny, Business

Fun stuff—Toddland is proving—is serious business....

What's on the Boardshorts, Pilgrim?

It’s been more than a generation since iconic cowboy actor John Wayne died in 1979. That’s more than an eternity in pop-culture memory, but Costa Mesa, Calif.-based fashion line Tavik decided that John Wayne need to be remembered for something more than an airport....

Cotton Inc. Predicts Denim Will Drive Back-to-School Shopping

Cotton Inc.’s Lifestyle Monitor survey is reporting that denim is high up on consumers’ shopping lists thanks to increasing consumer confidence and jeans’ durability and versatility. The survey ...

Zumiez and Billabong May Be in Bidding War for Canadian Retailer

The largest acquisition of Billabong International LTD’s 37-year history hit a roadblock....

New York Textile Resource Guide

There are abundant opportunities for designers and buyers to browse domestic and international resources at the SpinExpo, Direction and Indigo at Premiegrave;re Vision Preview, and Supima and Apparel Sourcing at Texworld in New York in the coming weeks.AIMS Technology Solutions, Inc.110 E. Ninth St., Suites A1169 & A1173Los Angeles, CA 90079(310) 361-5710

Waterwear: SwimShorts 2011

It’s Cruise season, when swimwear designers and manufacturers rock the beach and resort markets with inspired new lines, styles, silhouettes, colors, prints, and themes. Here are sneak peeks at what’s n...

Waterwear 2011: Miss Me: Adding a Splash of Swimwear

Miss Me launched its first clothing collection in 2001 with the idea of dressing the modern girl who no longer felt definable. Since then, the Los Angeles label, started by Stella Cho, has added Miss ...

North American Mill Group Returns to Texworld USA

The upcoming run of Texworld USA in New York once again features a group of North American textile and fiber makers exhibiting within the Lenzing Innovation Pavilion....

Thursday, July 8

L.A. Blogger Teams Up With Retailer Planet Blue for Summer Lookbook

Fashion blogger Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere in handpicked pieces from Planet BlueLos Angeles retailer Planet Blue has teamed up with local blogger Emily Schuman of scrumptious fashion blog Cupcakes...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Wild Pair: Claw Money x Vans summer collaboration (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Sunglass Archetypes (Style Section L.A.)You Made Me Wear This (The...

Wednesday, July 7

Carnival Time at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Every year the organizers of Hong Kong Fashion Week come up with a theme to set the tone for the mammoth sourcing and fashion fair, which has hundreds of apparel sourcing companies putting their best foot forward. This year, the theme for the...

Apparel News Daily Reader

We're Losing Our Cool For New Venice-Based Line, The Furies (Refinery29)Shopping: Zanerobe sportswear comes to L.A. (Los Angeles Times)Erin Wasson's...

Tuesday, July 6

Apparel News Daily Reader

Events – Artists Give TOMS Shoes A Stylish Sole Makeover (Mondette)New Mad Men Wardrobe Decidedly ’Less Glitzy’ (New York Magazine's The...

Bebe Shutters PH8, Plans More 2bBebe Outlet Stores

Less than one year after debuting PH8, Bebe Stores Inc. announced July 6 it will close the activewear and casual-attire division, which opened in November 2009....

Conversation Pieces Speaks to the Indie Shopper

Since its inception, online boutique Conversation Pieces (

Monday, July 5

The Catwalk Sizzles With Hot Looks at Hong Kong Fashion Week

Norwegian designer Espen Salberg never disappoints when he shows his elegant creations on the runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week.Last year, Salberg, who resides in Indonesia, wowed everyone with his collection of sophisticated dresses that have...

Hong Kong Fashion Week Kicks Off Spring/Summer 2011

The temperature outside was hot and humid—think 91 degrees with 70 percent humidty—as Hong Kong Fashion Week kicked off July 5 with four days of fashion and business.Ika, an Indonesian designer based in Hong Kong, brought a cooling trend to the...

Friday, July 2

Britney Designs for Candie#039;s

Pop star Britney Spears will add “designer” to her reacute;sumeacute; with a limited-edition Back-to-School collecti...

Macy#039;s Moms-to-Be

Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. and Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. are expanding their maternity-apparel lease...

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Kids At Comune Take Their Motorcycles To The Open Road (NSFW) (Refinery29)Joie creates a limited-edition beach bag for Shutters on the Beach (Los...

Macy’s Moms-to-Be

Philadelphia-based Destination Maternity Corp. and Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. are expanding their maternity-apparel lease...

Forever 21 Expands in Northridge, Splendid Opens in Newport

Northridge Fashion CenterFast fashion giant Forever 21 keeps growing. On June 28 it was announced Forever 21 will expand its 5,000-square-foot store at Northridge Fashion Center to a two-story, 25,000-square-foot store. The big emporium will...

JCPenney to Launch Exclusive Supergirl Collection

JCPenney will debut the Supergirl by Nastia collection, created in partnership with Warner Bros./DC Comics and Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin....

Billabong Buys Canadian Retailer

Surf label Billabong International Ltd. announced June 30 that it would purchase its Canadian retail partner, West 49 Inc. ...

A&F Resurrects the Catalog

The Abercrombie & Fitch catalog is back. Discontinued in 2003, the A&F Quarterly drew as many fans as foes thanks to steam...

Nordstrom Rack on the Move

Seattle-based boutique retailer Nordstrom is opening new Nordstrom Rack stores in Cherry Hill, N.J., and Arlington, Texas, in early 2011. The 36,000-square-foot New Jersey store will open at Towne Pla...

Business Better at Fashion Market Northern California

SAN MATEO, CALIF.—At Fashion Market Northern California, many of the trade show’s vendors said the economy is improving but by baby steps....

Britney Designs for Candie’s

Pop star Britney Spears will add “designer” to her reacute;sumeacute; with a limited-edition Back-to-School collecti...

Clerks' Strike Doesn't Affect Port Operations

A strike by scores of clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach hasn’t hampered cargo operations at the nation’s busiest sea complex....

Changing Value in Chinese Yuan One More Headache for Apparel Manufacturers

In the last year, cotton prices have skyrocketed as much as 55 percent. Chinese workers are pushing for bigger paychecks. And now the Chinese government is appreciating the value of its national curre...

Retailers Could See Changes to Interchange Fees, Interstate Tax Requirements

Efforts to reform interchange fees cleared another hurdle when the House of Representatives approved H.R. 4173, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act of 2010, on June 30 in a 237–192 vote. ...

Survey Says: Fashion Sells

Consumers who describe themselves as “fashion forward” may be small in number, but they make up for it in spending, ...

Ever Founder Melds Charity and Art for New Project

A vagabond himself, Ever founder Jason Bleick gravitated to Dan Eldon, a young photojournalist, humanitarian and traveler who was killed in 1993 during a violent protest in Somalia. In 1997, Eldon’s family and Chron...

Thursday, July 1

Apparel News Daily Reader

Destination Hotel Gets a Destination Gift Shop: Ron Robinson Pops Up at The Mondrian (Racked LA)Francisco, Clueless? The Legendary Calvin Dress Hits...

I'm With the Brand: (hypothetical) California Apparel News Boardies

Full disclosure: I’m totally knocking off The New York Times. They featured this website, Shortomatic.com, where you can put any image onto a boardshort. Imagine all the indecencies that those dirty-minded surfers are thinking of when they have carte...

Resurrection Extends Its Summer Sale

image via resurrectionvintage.comResurrection Vintage is feeling all patriotic and summer-loving, so they've decided to extend their annual store-wide summer sale. The sale, which will now run through through July 15, gives...