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Wednesday, March 31

Senate Bill Proposes Easing Duties on Philippine Apparel

About 75 percent of all fabric exported from the United States goes to apparel factories in Mexico and Central America, regions that are part of free-trade agreements....

Shop and Eat for Charity

Fashionable foodies, take note. Next Thursday, April 8, the Tory Burch store on Robertson Boulevard will host a night of shopping and cocktails to benefit Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation. California Apparel News...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street Style: Melrose Avenue Shop Kids (Style Section LA)'Hot Tub Time Machine' costume designer totally takes us back (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage) Shops – Whimsic Alley...

Designers & Agents Adds Paris Show

Designers and Agents is taking its show on the road to Paris. The trade event producer, which stages editions in New York and Los Angeles, will launch its first show in Paris to run Oct. 1...

Tuesday, March 30

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Fremont

Fremont owner Devin Carlson took on designing both the men’s and women’s line for the

Fashion Resource Guide

Thousands of brands in women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and innerwear showcase their newest Fall 2010 collections for the March 19–23 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market. In anticipation, we have highlighted manufacturers, showroom buildings, and trade shows in downtown Los Angeles that wil...

Gap's 1969 Jeans Stick to U.S. Denim

I recently returned from the Apparel Sourcing Show in Guatemala, where I ran into Mark D'Sa, head of sourcing in Latin America for Gap Inc.The show last week was exciting, especially when a 4.9 earthquake shook up the event...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Lower Prices, Lots of Luv: Erin Wasson's Low Luv Collection at Fred Segal/Ron Robinson (Racked LA) Shops – The Same Guy Takes Former Ed Hardy Outlet Space on Melrose...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Project Ethos

Project Ethos returned to the Los Angeles Fashion Week

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: White Trash Beautiful

L.A. Fashion Weekend kicked off on March 19 with the

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: martinMARTIN

True to its anti-fashion design ethos, martinMARTIN attempts to disrupt the codes of traditional dress. The Los Angeles–based label went “Into The Darkness of a Coloured Garden...

L.A. City Council Approves Smaller-Than-Feared Energy Hike

Los Angeles businesses and homeowners will see their electric bills go up, but not by as much as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had initially proposed....

Symmetry Goods: Transforming a Basic Into a Stylish Accessory

This Fall it will be easy to be stylish with the new line of scarves by Symmetry Goods. Symmetry Goods "Oxley" scarf, photos by Chloe AftelDesigned by Ted Byrnes and wife and stylist Gena Tuso, the line is geared to those with a refined aesthetic and a flair for...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Sew Down

Sew Down—the fashion, art and music event produced by Los Angeles designer Atousa G.— returned to the Los An...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: B:Scott

“Some people wear suits every day,” said Brandon Scott, Los Angeles–based designer and founder of B:Scott. “I never wear a suit. I’m always in casual clothing and jackets, ...

Monday, March 29

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek! Pegah Anvarian For Three Dots, Spring '10 (FabSugar)Band of Outsiders’ Scott Sternberg: L.A. fashion bubble is “vital”...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: The Battalion

The mysterious energy fields of the Integratron in Joshua Tree, Calif., and the majestic Redstone Castle of Sedona, Ariz., served as inspiration for...

Friday, March 26

Johnson Joins True

Vernon-based True Religion named Set Johnson to its board of directors. A 30-year veteran of the apparel industry, Johnson served first as chief financial officer and then chief operating officer of A...

A Parisian Afternoon at Lloyd Klein

Champagne, caviar and Joan Collins. It was just another day at Lloyd Klein’s couture house on Beverly Blvd. Leave it to the French designer to create a “Parisian Afternoon” in Hollywood. Lloyd Klein and models pose in looks from the couturiers' Fall...

Mood Up, but Reviews Mixed at L.A. Market

Showroom owners and sales reps reported a renewed sense of optimism during the March 19–23 run of the Los Angeles Fashion Market, although many said retailers remain cautious with their spendi...

Technology in the Trenches

Companies look to technology to navigate the difficult economic terrain....

Off-Price Show to Run During L.A. Majors Market in October

The Off-Price Specialist Show will produce a trade show at the California Market Center during the L.A. Majors Market in October. ...

L.A. Fashion Week: On With the Show!

Los Angeles Fashion Week concluded with a series of nearly 40 fashion events, including...

Emerging Designers Take the Spotlight at Los Angeles Fashion Collective

Ai for Ai at the Los Angeles Fashion Collective Fall presentation, photos by John EckmierEmerging designers were the focus of the Los Angeles Fashion Collective’s second annual event. Guests attended a cocktail reception and presentation held at the Thompson Hotel’s Bond Street Lounge in...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Odilon's post-apocalyptic romp makes an impression (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Erin Wasson's Low Luv jewelry line now comes with a lower price tag (Los Angeles Times'...

Bettencourt Tries on Top-Sider

Bill Bettencourt, the former Vans executive, has joined Sperry Top-Sider as senior vice president of sales, marketing and business...

Capretta: New Play on the Classics

Like a pair of blue jeans, the little black dress is said to make an appearance in every woman’s closet. Novice fashion designer Courtney Capretto hopes Capretta, her new Los Angeles–based line...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Hope in the City

On a runway overlooking the confessional booths of former Catholic cathedral St. Vibiana, the Hope in the City sho...

Wet Seal CEO Vows to Retake Market Share

Net sales declined during juniors retailer Wet Seal Inc.’s fiscal fourth quarter, but Wet Seal Chief Executive Ed Thomas said his company has recovered from a long period of poor business and will reclaim som...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Concept L.A. Fashion Week Installations, Day 1

In the waiting time between runway shows at Concept at L.A. Fashion Week on March 23, held at the Spring Arts Tower in downtown Los Angeles, the deliberately dresse...

Getting Twiggy With It

Iconic model and actress Twiggy will launch a lifestyle brand, Twiggy London, exclusively on HSN beginning April 3. The collection...

Wells Buys GMAC Factoring Unit

Wells Fargo Bank N.A., a division of Wells Fargo & Co., struck a deal to buy “substantially all” of GMAC Commercial Finance Corp.’s North American factoring...

MOCA Contemporaries Sponsors 'Art Merges With Fashion' Event

From left, Emily Harteau and Michelle Chaplin, designers of Smoke Mirrors, and MOCA board member Marika Krissman Tsircou. photo by John EckmierA random jumble of art and fashion fans packed into the

'How Vintage Inspires 21st Century Trends' Panel

As showrooms opened their doors and looked ahead to what the public will wear come Fall 2010, a handful of fashion and vintage experts dialed back the clock and examined vin...

American Apparel's 4th-Quarter Net Sales Up 8.6 Percent

American Apparel's store on Los Angeles' Melrose AvenueOn March 25, basics manufacturer and retailer American Apparel Inc. reported good business for its 2009 fourth quarter.Net sales for the Los Angeles-based company were reported to be $158.1 million. It...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: L.A. Fashion Weekend, Night 2

Mikey Koffman’s The Gallery Los Angeles showroom produced four fashion shows within three days under the banner L.A. Fashion Week...

Sardina in at PEI

Miami-based Perry Ellis International named Eduardo Sardina to the company’s board of directors. Sardina has 33 years of ex...

Education Resource Guide

Los Angeles’ wide array of educational opportunities for the apparel industry parallels the job opportunities available in this fashion hub—from design to ma...

Thursday, March 25

Apparel News Daily Reader

Lloyd Klein Show is the Fabulous Cherry on Top of...

Designers Express Their Artistic Side At Concept L.A. Fashion Week

Skingraft's dark-edged installation at Concept L.A. Fashion Week, photos by John EckmierL.A. Fashion Week was full of opportunities for designers to showcase their work. For some that meant a runway presentation and for others photo and art...

Wednesday, March 24

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Directives West

Directives West, which normally holds its fashion presentations during the biannual Majors M...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show

The Gallery Los Angeles showroom reprised its eco-friendly runway concept during its L.A. Fashion Weekend series, held March 19–21 at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street Fashion: Slauson Super Mall (Los Angeles Times Image)Heather Locklear's Daughter Rips the Runway (ABC News)Bullock’s Love Rival Dropped By...

Farm Tactics, Elmer Ave, Otto Gates and Mike Vensel at Concept L.A. Fashion Week

Farm Tactics makes workwear-like clothing that will be worn by discerning men who probably don’t do any real manual labor, unless you count the hands-on tasks of tending an organic urban garden and DIY home art projects.In the waiting time between runway shows at Concept at...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Alternative

Alternative joined the Los Angeles Fashion Week lineup with a “Carnivale”-themed collection shown on the run...

Tuesday, March 23

BOXeight Fashion: Refocus - Day 3

A photo of photographers taking photos of Ben Cope, who's taking photos of Post’age denim.BOXeight Fashion concluded its three-day run of live photo shoots on Sunday night. On the schedule was Gabby Applegate, photographed by Sam Hessamian; Kanvis, photographed by...

Katy Rodriguez, Gregory Parkinson and Friends Fete Fall

Katy Rodriguez, Gregory Parkinson, Emily Jerome and shoe designer du jour Jerome C. Rousseau toasted the season with a chic cocktail party at Palihouse Holloway. Katy Rodriguez and Gregory ParkinsonGuests including actress Tracee Ellis Ross, designer Jasmine Shokrian, actor/designer Waris...

Runway Blackout at Concept L.A. Fashion Week

Fremont at Concept L.A. Fashion Week. Photo by Volker CorellThe brands that showed on the runway last night during

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: FBI, CMC's Designer Launch Pad Runway Show

Above the buzz of the Los Angeles Fashion Market, seven emerging designers showed their Fall 2010 looks at the March 20 Designer La...

L.A. Fashion Week Fall '10: Lauren Elaine Black Label Collection

There was no full moon in the sky the night of March 22. Yet for designer Lauren Elaine, her Fall 2010 collection runway show at West Hollywood, Calif.’s Key Club was a chance to explore the wild side of her ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Events – Mondette Teams Up with BCBGMAXAZRIA for California Market Center’s 110 Years (Mondette)Hoe-down at Alternative Apparel (Style Section LA)10 New...

Monday, March 22

Apparel News Daily Reader

L.A. Fashion Week Fall 2010: Pleasure Doing Business (Style Section LA)Beyond Vintage. Second-hand threads may be priceless, but vintage...

Odd Molly, Local Collection Party at Fashion Week

Barefoot model at Odd Molly store debutWhat’s a store opening without a party? Add Los Angeles Fashion Week runway shows and celebrity, and soiree becomes a bona fide glittering affair.That was the case when Swedish bohemian chic label Odd...

The Art of the Shoot: BOXeight's Fashion: Refocus - Day 2

It was a creative meeting of the minds at BOXeight’s “Fashion: Refocus” event as designers collaborated with photographers to create images of their Fall 2010 collectionsLe Sang Des Betes French chic photographed by Steven and Laura DuncanOn day two of the three-day photo...

Sunday, March 21

Mayor Villaraigosa Goes Green at L.A. Fashion Week

Photo by John EckmierMayor Antonio Villaraigosa received the 2010 Humanitarian Award from the Green Youth Movement at the Green Initiative Humanitarian Fashion Show at L.A. Fashion Weekend. The eco-themed show, organized by The...

The Proposal at L.A. Fashion Weekend

Mikey Koffman, kneeling down, popped the big question after the runway show during L.A. Fashion Weekend. Photo by John EckmierMikey Koffman, founder of The Gallery Los Angeles showroom, can appear to be a tough cookie, but she showed a tender side on...

Saturday, March 20

BOXeight's Fashion: Refocus - Day 1

Skingraft photographed by Ben CopeIndustry insiders and the hipster set were out in full force to get a behind-the-scenes look at fashion photography as BOXeight kicked off its second edition of “Fashion: Refocus." The event which takes place...

Friday, March 19

New Stores for Fremont and Elmer Ave.

Jonny Day at the new Elmer Ave. boutique If producing events for the current Los Angeles Fashion Week wasn’t crazy enough, the chiefs of downtown Los Angeles fashion labels Fremont and Elmer Ave. have to deal with something that perhaps is more stressful than...

Shag: Artist Debuts Clothing Line

The dashing, mod-partying characters in Shag’s paintings will come to life in a new clothing line named after the artist...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Calendar

Los Angeles Fashion Week is nearly here—and designers and event producers are staring to fill in the slots on the calendar....

Yotam Solomon's Hollywood Hills Bash

Photo by John EckmierYotam Solomon described the “ultimate style” for the modern woman he dresses as “sexy, fun, L.A.” So the designer went for a very Hollywood-type party for his latest presentation, held last night at a...

VF Loses Several Execs, Including Splendid Founder

Moise Emquies, founder and chief executive of the Splendid and Ella Moss labels, has left the Los Angeles co...

Madonna, Icon to Iconix

Grammy-winning recording artist Madonna struck a joint-venture deal with New York–based Iconix Brand Group Inc. for the...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Spring Shopping: Painterly Florals From Thakoon, Erdem, and Liberty of London (Coutorture)Pretty People, Pabst Blue Ribbon, Lots of Love for Shipley Halmos...

What’s the Smell?

An Atlanta-based distributor of “cannabis-culture merchandise and tobacco equipment” has added hemp-scented T-shirts...

Fashion Resource Guide

Thousands of brands in women’s and men’s clothing, accessories, footwear, and innerwear showcase their newest Fall 2010 collections for the March 19–23 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market. In anticipation, we have highlighted manufacturers, showroom buildings, and trade shows in downtown Los Angeles that wil...

What Goes Around Ends Up on a Blog

What Goes Around Comes Around celebrated the launch of its Fall 2010 collection with a party at its store at Space 15 Twenty in Hollywood. The party, which attracted L.A. fashion insiders and Hollywood starlets Olivia Munn, Monet Mazur and...

Now's the Time to Shop for Commercial and Retail Space

Los Angeles County rents for everything from offices and warehouses to retail space are at their lowest point in years....

At Ron Robinson Party, Burlesque Girls Lampoon Art

Fashion Collaborators Molly Crabapple and David Long of Dirtee HollywoodThere’s an art to throwing a fashion party. Then there’s the subversive fun of turning upside-down art-school convention. It happened at Ron Robinson/Fred Segal on March 18. Read on.At the...

Bebe Makes a Stand for Its Core Collection

The Kardashians by Bebe collection made a splash when it debuted at New York Fashion Week last month. However, Bebe also wanted to ensure the fashion public knew its celebri...

What#039;s the Smell?

An Atlanta-based distributor of “cannabis-culture merchandise and tobacco equipment” has added hemp-scented T-shirts...

Mullin Retires From NRF, Shay Will Lead Group

Matt Shay, president and chief executive officer of the International Franchise Association, was named president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation. Tracy Mullin...

AAFA Summit: Eyes on the Future in D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—With politics on the agenda and setting the scene, the American Apparel & Footwear Association hosted its 2010 Executive Summit in its hometown, Washington, D.C. ...

PVH Buys Tommy

New York–based Phillips–Van Heusen Corp. agreed to purchase the Tommy Hilfiger Group from private-investment company...

Changes in Store for TALA Following Partnership With CFA

The Textile Association of Los Angeles, the 66-year-old organization founded to represent textile sales representatives, is undergoing a transformation since its partnership with the...

Panel: What's Next in Textiles

Novelty, sustainability and innovation are on the horizon for textile and fiber makers, according to representatives of Buhler Quality Yarns Inc., Design Knit Inc. and Carr ...

Good Sign for Day 1 of L.A. Market

Today is opening day of Los Angeles Market Week and they're packing 'em in at The New Mart parking lot. Literally. We're not sure how the attendants plan to undo this parking puzzle (and we'd hate to...

E.P.I.C. Devoted to L.A. Indie Design

It’s been a cruel season for Los Angeles’ independent fashion designers. Many of the veteran boutiques that championed their work went out of business because of the lingering aftermath of the ...

Airport Retail Next Project for The Grove's Caruso

Caruso Affiliated is best known for developing malls such as The Grove, which mix luxury and a Disney-like whimsy. For his next act, company founder Rick J. Caruso announced...

Stylesight's Runway Roadmap

Visitors to the Los Angeles International Textile Show got a jump start on 2011 with Stylesight’s “Runway Roadmap” seminar. The New York–headquartered trend-forecasting company mapped out...

Threads 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 mos...

Fluxus to Open at Fashion Island

Less than one year after opening its first flagship store in Los Angeles’ Larchmont Village neighborhood, fashion brand Fluxus announced March 15 it will open a 1,329-square-foot stor...

True Brit

Vernon-based True Religion Apparel Inc. will open its first United Kingdom store in June in London’s Covent Garden district...

Novelty T-Shirt Washes Bring American Dye House Back to Its Roots

Lined up on a table in American Dye House’s showroom are T-shirts representing its evolution as a company. Cropped ’80s tie-dye T-shirts and acid-wash-style treatments lie side by side with the colorful and sun-bleach...

Signs of Recovery at L.A. Textile Show

Designers and representatives from apparel brands big and small walked the Los Angeles International Textile Show during its March 15–17 run at the California Market Center. ...

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Quicktake: Rodarte

“Quicktake: Rodarte,” just concluded at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York. But luckily for those unable to attend the exhibition, a video is available on Youtube. Go behind-the-scenes with the Mulleavy sisters...

Thursday, March 18

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – Weltenbuerger Gives New Shape to Los Feliz (Mondette)Miuccia and Me (WSJ magazine)2010 CFDA Fashion Award Nominees Announced (FabSugar)Phillips-Van...

Influential Indie Designer Boutique Aero & Co. Closes

Veteran Los Angeles boutique Aero & Co. made its reputation by stressing emerging and independent designers. It will shutter its doors by the end of March, said owner Alisa Loftin. The ga...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '10: Sue Wong

Designer Sue Wong calls herself a maximalist because everything she does goes beyond the everyday world as we know it....

Los Angeles Fashion Week Fall '10: Gen Art Fecirc;tes Alumni

Gen Art helped get Los Angeles’ fashion set into the swing of things with a poolside party March 16 at the Roosevelt Hotel’s Tropicana Bar in Hollywood. The party, which kicked off wi...

FGI-LA Kicks Off L.A. Fashion Week

Fashion Group International helped kick off Los Angeles Fashion Week with its second annual “The Designer & Their Muse” event. The Los Angeles fashion comm...

Entering the Chamber of Chambers

Send thank you cards to these guys for helping you look effortlessly cooler. From left, Devin Carlson and Matt Goldman of ChambersDevin Carlson and Matt Goldman just made it cost a lot less for cute boys to look hip. Their new line, Chambers—full of easy-to-wear collared shirts, jacket and sweater...

And Now for Something Completely Different

It's Fashion Week here in Los Angeles. There are all sorts of parties and presentations and shenanigans. And then there's this. It is totally unrelated (unless you think of it as tangentially related because it is sort of fashion adjacent). It...

Wednesday, March 17

L.A. Fashion Week Calendar Girl

Though our staff has been keeping track of the sprouting events for L.A. Fashion Week here on the blog and on the California Apparel News calendar, we also confer with Jen Uner’s www.FashionWeekLA.com. She has been compiling the L.A. Fashion Week calendar for eight years.I ran into Uner at the Gen Art event last night, and she shared some...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Gen Art kicks off L.A. Fashion Week with a designer reunion party (Style Section LA)LA Fashion Week – Sue Wong’s Collection Takes a Parisian Turn...

Sue Wong Dazzles With Fall 2010 Collection

Sue Wong, in the center, with models wearing her dressesSue Wong is known for her over-the-top fashion shows that highlight as many as 70 to 80 looks.Instead of hitting the runway this season, the designer decided to open...

New Lines: 824 Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The 824 Building, located at 824 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles.The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each mark...

Tuesday, March 16

New Lines: The New Mart

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at The New Mart, located at 127 E Ninth St.,Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market-week iss...

New Lines: California Market Center

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the California Market Center, located at 110 E. Ninth St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines ea...

Social Butterflies Showroom

The New Mart Suite 802 (213) 623-7266...

Lefties Showroom

Cooper Design SpaceSuite 525 (213) 489-0727...

Adrianna Papell Group

California Market CenterSuite B545 (213) 612-4556...

New Lines: Independent Showrooms

The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each market-week issue. Compiled by Rhea Cortado. ...

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

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

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shipley Halmos Take Us On Their Chili-Cheese-Hotdog-Filled Trip To Colorado (Refinery 29)Sneak Peek! Jeffrey Sebelia For Fluxus (FabSugar)’Project Runway’ Alum...

Skechers Getting Greener With Governor Arnold

Michael Greenberg, Skechers' president, with Gov. Arnold SchwarzeneggerIt's no secret that California's politicians are encouraging more businesses to go green.That may be one of the reasons that Gov. Arnold...

Reneacute;e Cohen Sales LLC

The Gerry BuildingSuite 804–806 (213) 629-1817

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Cooper Design Space, located at 860 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines e...

New Lines: Gerry Building

The following are new lines carried by showrooms at the Gerry Building, located at 910 S. Los Angeles St., Los Angeles. The California Apparel News lists new tenants and lines each m...

Monday, March 15

E.P.I.C. Party for Indie L.A. Fashion

Calling the Great Recession a big party pooper might be the understatement of the past 18 months. Some fashion-week fandangos aside, there has been a dearth of big fashion parties since the financial meltdown of September 2008. That’s why the March...

L.A.'s Turn on the Runway Begins This Week

Factory by Erik Hart shown at last season's BOXeight Fashion Week presentationLos Angeles’ turn on the catwalk kicks off this week. L.A. Fashion Week will celebrate the City of Angels’ design...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Giant Loehmann's Brings the Brand...

Friday, March 12

Nike’s New Counsel

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. named Hilary Krane its new vice president and general counsel, succeeding Jim Carter, who i...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Meow Mix: Try Layering Leopard With Leopard (Refinery 29)Shops – Fluxus Looks Beyond Clothes with Popup Art Store and Jazz Lounge (Mondette)Our Little Secret....

Vera Wang May Save Melrose Avenue

Vera Wang at 8445 Melrose. The boutique's sales clerks said a store sign would be installed soon.A once high-flying section of West Hollywood’s Melrose Avenue might get another chance to become a thriving retail street now that a fashion star opened a boutique there recently On March 4, Vera Wang opened a...

Lady's New E-tail Store Reaches Locally and Beyond

Three-year-old boutique Lady, located in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, offers contemporary and on-trend styles at refreshingly affordable price points. Lady’s owner and proprietress, Camille De...

How Apparel Companies Can Beat the Credit Blues This Year

Chain retailers’ sales have improved over the past few months, but small businesses are still reeling from an ongoing credit crunch that started in 2008, said Ilse Metchek, president of the Ca...

New Nordstrom for So Cal

Nordstrom is opening several new Nordstrom Rack stores in Southern California over the next two years. The first is a 35,351-squar...

Trixxi Hires 'Project Runway' Alum

Trixxi Clothing Co., the Los Angeles–based juniors dress and sportswear company, has hired Kathleen “Sweet P” Vaughn as its lead designer. ...

American Eagle Goes International

Pittsburgh-based American Eagle Outfitters announced the launch of its first stores outside of North America. ...

Splendid Founder Leaves Company

Moise Emquies, founder and chief executive of the Splendid and Ella Moss labels, has left the Los Angeles company. ...

FGI Hosts Trend Panel at CMC

Destination shopping blocks, celebrity fashion and buying stuff on your mobile phone were some of the topics discussed at the “L.A. Confidential” trend panel, hosted by...

PacSun Promises Return to Profitability

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. reported double-digit declines for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, which ended Jan. 30, and a loss for the year. ...

Surf Group Moves Image Awards

The Surf Industry Manufacturers Association has announced a major venue change for its annual Image Awards, the awards ceremony that honors the top brands and retailers in the surf i...

Brazil Beefs Up Import Duties on U.S. Goods

In retaliation for U.S. cotton subsidies, Brazil announced it would boost import tariffs on hundreds of U.S. products that include cotton, cotton fabric, and men’s and women’s pants as well as food, sun...

RILA Debuts Law Center for Retailers

Arlington, Va.–based trade group Retail Industry Leaders Association formed the Retail Litigation Center, a nonprofit legal think tank and pro bono law center for retailers....

Eco-Fashion Taking Root at Seed

Patagonia’s “nano-puff” pullover is the top fashion seller at Seed People’s Market in Costa Mesa, Calif., according to sales associate Andrea Schmitz and manager Nina Bri...

Martin + Osa to Close

American Eagle Outfitters Inc. announced plans to close its Martin + Osa chain, which has 28 stores. The company said the chain wa...

Nike#039;s New Counsel

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. named Hilary Krane its new vice president and general counsel, succeeding Jim Carter, who i...

Columbia Calling

Columbia Sportswear Co., the outdoor-apparel and footwear brand based in Portland, Ore., inked a deal with Woburn, Mass.–ba...

Glover Takes on Hugo Boss

At this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, actor Danny Glover brought something new to the red carpet: a labor dispute involvi...

Action-Sports Biggies to Grow With Small Streetwear Brands

Two big action-sports brands are hoping that success during these challenging times can be generated by flexing their extensive infrastructure muscles and growing a few independent, on-the-cusp street...

Thursday, March 11

Apparel News Daily Reader

Isabel Toledo mentors Otis College fashion students (Style Section LA)Shops – Case Study Unholy Matrimony Sets a New Tone on La Brea (Mondette)New Loehmann's Looks...

Save the Economy, Visit a Sale

So, you've been good. There's a recession and you're trying to shop your closet, as they say. You don't even go bonkers at Target, which is an act akin to... I don't know, something nearly impossible. Treat yourself and score some amazing goodies...

Wednesday, March 10

Neoprene Dream

Jill Anjuli Hansen in her own California Candy wetsuit. Photo by Gina SinotteThough a blonde by nature, surfer Jill Anjuli Hansen wanted to crush the stereotype of the quintessential blue-eyed and golden-tressed surfer chick. “I’ve always loved tattoos, and a lot of surf companies don’t want to sponsor a punk-rock surfer,” Hansen...

Seven For All Mankind President Leaves for New Job

Topher Gaylord, president of premium-denim brand 7 For All Mankind for nearly 18 months, is leaving the Los Angeles company to take a new position with Mountain Hardwear Inc. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Paris Fashion Week: Chanel's big chill (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Nordstrom and Jimmy Choo host a luncheon in Beverly Hills (Los Angeles Times'...

Tuesday, March 9

Los Angeles International Textile Show Seminar and Event Calendar

The Los Angeles International Textile Show kicks off for its three-day run on March 15 at the California Market Center with a lineup that includes fabric and trim resources, trend forecaster...

Nordstrom Racking Up Off-Price Stores

The retail world is taking note that the American shopper is in search of bargain-basement prices.With that in mind, Nordstrom Rack is on a buying spree of its own, shopping for several new locations in Southern California. The...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Swede Escape. Odd Molly brings hippie quirk to Robertson Boulevard (Style Section L.A.) India Fashion Week (Wall Street Journal) It's...

Monday, March 8

Glitzy Golden Girls Glam Up the Academy Awards

(From left: Photo by Photo Agency; Photos by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Yesterday afternoon’s threatening rain clouds hanging over L.A. parted...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Oscar red carpet: Meryl Street, Sandra Bullock, more stars shine in white and pale good (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Texture rules on the red...

Friday, March 5

Invista Wages Ad Campaign Against Trademark Abuse

Invista is launching an advertising campaign to protect its brand names from being copied after two Italian court rulings came down against importers of counterfeit goods bearing Invista-bran...

Sourcing and Textile Resource Guide

The L.A. International Textile Show at the California Market Center is a one-stop resource for premier textiles, design and production resources. During the March 15–17 run, hundreds of resources from ...

Class Trade Show Catches Post-Las Vegas Business

For Jason Bates, the most lucrative business takes place at the last minute. ...

S.F. Co. Offers Sustainable Sourcing in Africa

Brands looking for organic, sustainable and fair-trade sourcing have a new option this month. Sustainable Global Sourcing, a new San Francisco–based social venture, has opened its first apparel factory in Liberia and...

A/X Armani Exchange Debuts Concept Store

The youthful, street-oriented A/X Armani Exchange opened its first concept store on March 3 at 157 N. Robertson Blvd., the former site of Armani Casa, also owned by its pare...

Sears SF

Sears Holdings Corp., the Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based retail giant, will open a 25,000-square-foot apparel office in San Francisco. The new space is located on Market Street in the historic Phelan Buil...

Livity Opening Flagship Store

Eco-fashion is more than a marketing concept for Al Gore fans. It’s a business model to build a thriving fashion company, said Isaac Nichelson, founder of the eco-brand Livity Outernational. N...

Bad February Weather Doesn't Stop Retail Sales

Record snow and rainstorms made weather miserable across much of the United States in February, but that did not stop people from shopping. U.S. chain-store sales climbed 3.7 percent in February, acc...

Taking Eco From Outdoor to Premium

A trip to South America more than 15 years ago turned Scott Leonard’s vacation into a vocation. ...

Trade Growth Could Lead to Shortage in Ships

Cargo container traffic on the Asia to West Coast route will see modest growth this year after seeing a 16 percent drop last year, but whether there will be enough ships to handle all that cargo in a ...

GlobalTex Returns for Third Run in L.A.

GlobalTex returned for a third edition in Los Angeles in a new hall at the Los Angeles Convention Center, where the textile and sourcing trade show drew representatives from both large and sm...

CMC to Host a Fashion Retrospective

The California Market Center will host “110 Years of Fashion/110 East Ninth Street: A Fashion Retrospective.” ...

Lenzing Introduces New Viscose for Cool Weather

Lenzing, the Austrian cellulose fiber manufacturer, has teamed up to market a German company’s product that makes clothes and underwear warmer to wear....

Serfontaine Turns to Technology and Fabric to Perfect Fit

In the premium-denim market, the ongoing question tends to be what’s next? For Los Angeles–based designer Mik Serfontaine, the answer lies in fabric innovation and the technology of fit. Sefontaine’s mantra for the season is “The Shape of Things to C...

Plus-Sized Cintas

Cincinnati, Ohio–based uniform company Cintas Corp. launched a collection of plus-size apparel for sizes 16W to 32W. The collection of corporate-identity workplace apparel includes skirts, slacks and blazers. Cintas a...

Feds to Bolster IP Protection at Home and Abroad

The federal government is requesting input from manufacturers and designers on how best to protect intellectual-property rights so that counterfeiters can be apprehended in the United States and overs...

Derelicte Showroom to Anchor CMC's Area 4

The California Market Center’s Area 4 wing of chic, contemporary fashion showrooms will debut in September, but on March 2 the CMC announced Derelicte Inc., a leading menswea...

Talking Supply Chain at Stanford

Supply-chain best practices—including social and environmental responsibility—will be on the agenda at an April 29 conference hosted by the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. Presented by the Global Su...

California Apparel Manufacturing Employment Rate Announced March 10. Don't Expect A Big Recovery, Economist Says

The February unemployment rate for California’s apparel manufacturing businesses is scheduled to be released on March 10, but if you read the tea leaves on the wider employment picture across the state and the nation, no major recovery is...

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Back It Up in Boulee (Racked LA)Urban Outfitters to Launch Bridal Goods in 2010 (Refinery 29)Vince Moves to Denim Land (FabSugar)Wet Seal Sees First Monthly...

True at Walnut Creek

Vernon-based denim lifestyle label True Religion opened a 1,476-square-foot retail store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, 20 miles east of San Francisco. The upscale retail center features a mix of ...

Thursday, March 4

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Look Book Love: Alexander McQueen, Pre-Fall '10 (FabSugar)The End of Trends (The New York Observer) Fashion's New Muse: The CEO (Wall Street Journal) Wal-Mart Settles...

Karmaloop Founder Reconnects With L.A., Makes New Plans

Karmaloop chief Greg Selkoe (left) and Leandrew Robinson, manager of Karmaloop’s forthcoming site PLNDR.comBoston–based streetwear and contemporary fashion e-tailer Karmaloop.com has moved...

Wednesday, March 3

Designer Groupies

photos via Brachfeld Gallery ParisWe all know its poor form to wear a band’s T-shirt to their concert. But it’s encouraged to wear a designer’s clothing at his or her runway show. Enter a hybrid of both worlds: the concert-style designer tee.Found on...

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Shops – On Melrose: Vera Wang Set to Open, “For Lease” Sign at BCBGMAXAZRIA Final Cut (Mondette)Hot tome: A coffee-table book celebrates...

Tuesday, March 2

Apparel News Daily Reader

Viva Lanvin Vegas (Fashion Week Daily's Chic Report)Models Go Collab Crazy (Racked LA) Password Protected. Crate Denim and Secret Service founder Chad Hilton...

'Project Runway' Goes Wii!

Heidi Klum is one of the hosts of “Project Runway.”For those who are dying to be on “Project Runway” but never made it to the finals, there's hope.Like everything in life, “Project...

Monday, March 1

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Diary: At Milan Fashion Week, fall 2010 collections look backward to 'Mad Men' era (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Marni and Current/Elliott to...

Directives West to Present FIRST.LA Designer Showcase

Looks from the Jeffrey Sebelia-designed Fluxus line (Photo courtesy Fluxus)Los Angeles-based fashion merchandising and trend-forecasting consulting firm Directives West will introduce FIRST.LA—a runway presentation to highlight local L.A....