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Friday, October 29

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Ximena Valero

Los Angeles–based designer Ximena Valero presented

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Jen Awad

“Dolls After Dark” was the theme for

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Donna Mizani

Donna Mizani made a splash by designing perennial favorites, such as the little black dress, and embellished them with risqueacute; details such as a bare midriff area....

James Perse's Rockin' Party

Fistful of Mercy's top dudes from left; Dhani Harrison, Joseph Arthur and Ben HarperEvery store opening party should have some music. When the James Perse label held a debut Oct. 28 for its Hollywood store at...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: White Trash Beautiful

Last season, White Trash Beautiful, the design collaboration between Bon Jovi rocker Richie Sambora and designer Nikki Lund, opened the L.A. Fashion Weekend shows with a rock ’n’ roll–...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Anthony Franco, Skingraft and Ashton Michael

Lighting was dramatically dark at the ornate Exchange Los Angeles nightclub, but the imagination and promise of avant-garde fashions broke through the shadows Oct. 20, when designers...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund

Intermittent rain scuttled plans for an outdoor runway, but, still, actresses, stylists and fashion insiders packed into an upstairs room at the Chateau Marmont in Hollywood...

New Execs for New Titles at Jones

New York–based The Jones Group named Rodney Hutton as chief merchandising officer of Anne Klein Brands and Daniela Bocresio...

L.A. Fashion Week: Lauren Elaine

Designer Lauren Elaine showed her

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: PolyChic

Venezuelan designer Ela Acosta took the word “recyclable” seriously....

Sunset Plaza Plans New Retail Building

Sunset Plaza, one the Los Angeles area’s oldest retail districts, broke ground on a new building on Oct. 26....

Body by Lycra

Italian fitness shoe and apparel maker Fila has introduced the Fila Body Toning System featuring Lycra Sport fabric. The collectio...

Retail Confidence Trumps Rain at Fashion Market Northern California

Rainy weather cut into attendance at the Fashion Market Northern California trade show, held Oct. 23–26 at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, Calif., but it did not throw a wet t...

Less Pinch, More Style at Pretty Pennies

After sharing cyberspace with its menswear counterpart, Los Angeles–based online fashion boutique Pretty Pennies (

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Fremont

Fremont designer Devin Carlson found inspiration during his five trips to India in the last year, and world-traveler aesthetic was...

Truck-Driver Program Off Again at Port

A wrench has been thrown into the Port of Los Angeles’ plans to require that only employee truck drivers, and not independent operators, pick up cargo at the docks....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: ISM Mode

In the middle of the fashion party/carousal of Concept Fashion Week, ISM Mode designer Inka Sherman created a chic oasis where models wearing her vintage-inspired designs knit, playe...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Elmer Ave.

Los Angeles label Elmer Ave. is a fashion week veteran, known for its punk/dandy aesthetic and gritty runway shows....

Spindle & Canister Pop-Up Becomes Permanent

Tayo Abidoye thought he would get out of the retail business as soon as he sold the merchandise from his Spindle & Canister pop-up shop. It debuted in October 2009 at the Malibu ...

Frederick's of Hollywood Sells Manufacturing Division

For some time now, Frederick’s of Hollywood, known for its racy lingerie, has been transforming itself from a vertical operation to a retailer and brand name....

Saks South of the Border

New York–based retailer Saks Inc. opened its second licensed Saks Fifth Avenue in Mexico City. The two-story, 82,500-square...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Fashion Minga

Fashion for everybody could be the slogan for Fashion Minga. The independent fashion event debuted in 2009 as a place where VIPs and fashion fans could see emerging designers for free—they jus...

Getting Social With HauteLook

A Q&A with HauteLook CEO Adam Bernhard...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Julia Clancey

Julia Clancey debuted

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Project Ethos

Project Ethos brought its

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Valerj Pobega

Valerj Pobega’s designs have been recognized by Gen Art and are carried in top boutiques such as Church and TenOverSix. This season, the designer...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: CMC Contemporary Runway Show

Spring was in the air at the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Angel Johnson

Angel Johnson explored the ideas of darkness and light, as well as angels and skeletons in her collection shown o...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Kelly Nishimoto

Kelly Nishimoto celebrated five years in the fashion biz with a

Barbara Lesser: Sourced in So Cal

Los Angeles designer Barbara Lesser got her start in the industry as a sweater designer—a job that took her around the world to source sweaters out of Asia, India, South America and Italy. ...

Theory + Theyskens

Contemporary brand Theory named Belgium-born designer Olivier Theyskens its artistic director. The former designer of Rochas and N...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: JL Marks

JL Marks is all about the sparkle and fringe for Spring 2011. The brand, which showed its Spring 2011 co...

Domestic Production Brings Challenges for Ogle

“Every week I get phone calls from people we’ve worked with at [local] dye houses and contractors. They’re cutting their staff, they’re cutting their hours, they’re closing their doors,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Store Gazing – Bold Colors And Gothic Looks At Ige, Known And Mister Freedom (Mondette)Boy Crazy: The Best-Dressed Dudes In L.A. (Refinery29)A Little Bird Told Me:...

Thursday, October 28

Puma and Hit + Run Party Tonight

Puma Social Club, Puma' pop-up shop at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood, is closing tonight with a big bang. Puma and Hit + Run, purveyors of cool custom screen-printed T-shirts, are pairing up for a closing party. Should be....

Apparel News Daily Reader

What To Expect Before Christmas At Santa Monica Place (Racked LA)House tour of designer Anthony Franco’s Silver Lake home (Apartment...

Wednesday, October 27

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: XR Collection by Richard Bowman and Xavier Othon

Among the many surprises of Los Angeles Fashion Week is this: The Sephora store at the Hollywood & Highland shopping complex in Hollywood makes a great runway space. Th...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Rational Thought. Society for Rational Dress debuts SfRD — a slinky little diffusion collection — for Spring 2011. (Style Section L.A.)Artisanal LA Fattening up...

Tuesday, October 26

Police Shut Down Counterfeit Blue-Jeans Factory in Los Angeles Area

Armed with a search warrant, the Los Angeles Police Department raided a counterfeit-apparel factory where they found hundreds of fake True Religion blue jeans as well as knockoff T-shirts and...

Wacky Not Dressing for Success Observations

While this outfit looks great for an evening out, don't wear it to a job interviewHey, no one has to tell the Los Angeles apparel industry that clothes make the man or the woman.But just to confirm that, the people at OfficeTeam, a group of...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Maxfield and The Elder Statesman: A marriage made in cashmere heaven (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)Shops – MyCloset Italia Opens on Melrose Avenue...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Juuml;nker

Long, wicked-looking spikes fanned out from the back of a corset top. Something that looks like a rhino horn juts from the back of a man’s floor-sweeping leather coat. The women’s version of the coat ha...

Reef Hearts Guatemala on Facebook

Reef fans have a unique opportunity to collaborate with the brand and help the global community. The Carlsbad, Calif. based surf brand has launched its “We Heart Guatemala” design initiative on Facebook. Reef will be asking fans to participate...

Monday, October 25

Emily the Strange Headlines Goth Shop at Royal/T

From her gothic high chair, Emily the Strange sits... and judgesEmily the Strange is everything an adolescent girl just feels sometimes—alienated, annoyed, sullen, rebellious and not down with the social...

Executive Shuffle at Pool, Project

Lara Matthews, founder of the Thread consumer trade show for independent designers, has been named show manager for Pooltradeshow. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Directives West 'First L.A.'

Directives West presented “First L.A.,” its take on the

Christmas in October?

Kids haven't even started to say "Trick or Treat," but the South Coast Plaza shopping center in Orange County has been tweeting about the arrival of its 96-foot Christmas tree.The giant white fir arrived at 5 a.m. today, hoisted into place...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Joyrich

Joyrich showed its

GlobalTex Cancels March Show

After four seasons, textile trade show GlobalTex: L.A. International Textile & Sourcing Fair is canceling its upcoming show in March, citing difficult business conditions. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Bloggers' Cafeacute;

Everyone kvetches that fashion can be a brutal dog-eat-dog world, but on Oct. 23, fashion insiders proved that wrong. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Sue Wong

Sue Wong is known for bringing the glamour, whether staging elaborate runway shows or opening her 1920s-era Los Feliz home for a swank cocktail party. For...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Beach Bunny Swimwear

Irvine, Calif.–based Beach Bunny Swimwear

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: F2 Focus

The California Market Center presented

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Mondo Guerra at the L.A. Millinery Guild

“Project Runway” contestant Mondo Guerra showed a handful of colorful designs to close the

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Pavonine

Pavonine, a fledgling contemporary brand out of Los Angeles, hosted a presentation of “Sidewalks,” its...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Vanessa Bruno Bash Street Style Fashion (Refinery29)Events – Linen and Leather from Bare Collection and Confederacy (Mondette)Photos: India Fashion Week...

Huntington Yarn Mills: Maker of Quality Yarns Manufactured in the USA

As Majid and Fay Jaraha man their Huntingdon Yarn Mill booth at summer’s Spinexpo in New York, they are getting used to the amazed looks they receive from some of the biggest fashion names in the United States...

Friday, October 22

Gov. Calls Mall Disaster Area

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed a state of emergency Oct. 22 in Roseville, Calif., after a suspected arson destroyed a wing of the luxury Westfield Galleria at Roseville mall in...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Stories – Beige Is Beautiful (Mondette)Haute and Hooded. Skingraft et al rocks the L.A. Stock Exchange on Wednesday (Style Section L.A.)ICONS OF STYLE...

Green for the Red, White & Blue

René Geneva Design show in ViennaU.S. embassies are often swank places to get a passport.But for American eco-designer René Geneva, the U.S. embassy in Vienna was a partner to produce...

New Plan, Venue for Canceled Shows!

Michael Venedicto, the co-founder of the planned Fashion Los Angeles event, has stepped in to help the designers scheduled to show at a recently cancelled Los Angeles Fashion Week event by providing a location for them to showcase their collections on...

Technology Resource Guide

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New Interactive Retail Display Buys Time, Developer Says

Technology continues to influence how consumers shop. GestureTek, a Canadian developer of interactive visual displays, has developed a handful of technologies that help lure shoppers into sto...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Bryan Hearns

Designer Bryan Hearns, born and bred in Southern California but now living in New York, took a look at Spring/Summer 2011 and decided it should be painted in earth tones....

YMI Opens New Distribution Center, Headquarters

On Oct. 21, juniors apparel maker YMI Jeanswear debuted its new $18 million, 108,000-square-foot facility, which will house its 75,000-square-foot distribution center, showroom, design room a...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Mike Vensel

Mike Vensel was inspired by the heart of primitive Africa to create his

Focused Buyers Home In on Accessories, Immediates at L.A. Market

Fewer buyers but more orders. That was the report by many of the showroom representatives at the Spring 2011 Los Angeles Fashion Market, held in downtown Los Angeles. ...

American Apparel Stores to Test Online Reservations

In November, American Apparel will test a new service that lets customers order products online and later pick them up at an American Apparel store....

Software to Help Retailers Reach 'Hyper-Local' Target Markets

Technology companies FICO and Geomentum have teamed up to create a new software solution that will help retailers identify target consumers and build a media-planning package tailore...

Checkpoint Solutions Creates RFID Theft-Prevention Division, Online Training

Thorofare, N.J.–based Checkpoint Systems Inc., maker of shrink management and apparel labeling solutions, named Per Levin president of its newly created merchandise visibility solutions divisi...

Management Shuffle at Jones

New York–based The Jones Group Inc. named Rick Paterno, formerly Jones’ president of wholesale better footwear brand...

Challenges Ahead for Manufacturers, Retailers in 2011

Economic growth in the United States will be taking baby steps for the next year as private companies slowly boost their payrolls....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: MartinMartin

The husband-and-wife design duo of Eric and Diane Martin presented the dichotomy of the dark and pure sides of life with their Spring 2011 collectio...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Kooey

The swimwear line Kooey from Australia turned out to be the wonder from down under....

ENK Hires New EVP

ENK International continues to bolster the executive ranks of its Footwear Group. The New York–based trade show producer has announced that John Ruffo will become executive vice pre...

Suit Filed Against Hanesbrands

New York–based law firm The Boyd Law Group PLLC filed a racial-discrimination lawsuit against underwear giant Hanesbrands I...

Fashion Los Angeles' Michael Venedicto to Host Pop-Up Event for Designers from Cancelled Ru

Michael Venedicto, the co-founder of the planned

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Kucoon

Designer Andrea Spratt showed her maturity this

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Mila Hermanovski

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Mila Hermanovski closed Concept Fashion Week with an edgy yet sophisticated runway show. The Texas native, who was a finalist on Season 7 of the critically acclaimed...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Curly-V

Curly-V is just that, a wildly curly-haired young designer who finished fashion school three years ago and has now developed his first collection....

Prince at Guess

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. named J. Michael Prince chief operating officer for the company, beginning Nov. 15. Prince wi...

Volcom En Espantilde;a

Costa Mesa–based Volcom Inc. acquired the strategic assets of its Spanish distributor for an undisclosed amount and announc...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Teeki

Contrast was the name of the game for Teeki swimwear designer Lindsay Hemric....

Thursday, October 21

Steve Needleman Is One Cool Dude

Spotted this Gary Leonard photo of Steve Needleman—Anjac Fashion/Orpheum Theatre owner—at LaObserved. Awesome. ’Nuff said....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Trendspotting Fashioning Fashion at LACMA (Racked LA)New Kids on the Block. L.A.'s latest, greatest store openings — Fendi, Superdry, Levi's Malibu and more. (Style Section...

Fire-Permit Problems Scuttle Fashion Week Event

A new runway event series called Los Angeles Fashion Week was scheduled for an Oct. 21–25 run, but it was abruptly canceled Oct. 20, leaving the 18 designers scheduled to show their collection...

Who Needs Models When All Your Friends Are Hip?

722 FIGUEROA - Fall Collection Release Event from TIGER TIGER on Vimeo.The 722 Figueroa Showroom took a novel approach to Fashion Week - which is to say it opted out of the runway scenario in favor of hosting stylists and editors...

Wednesday, October 20

Apparel News Daily Reader

Events – A Preview of Siwy Denim’s Spring Collection (Mondette)Sue Wong Embraces True Hollywood Glam (Racked LA)Creative Recreation's equally cool women's collection (Los...

Tuesday, October 19

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Siwy

Siwy is a denim line headquartered in New York, but it might as well be a Los Angeles brand. The women’s jeans brand is produced in Los Angeles, and designer Michelle Siwy keeps an apartment i...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Ai for Ai

Designers Elizabeth and Carol Ai took their audience on a journey to space for the presentation of their Spring 2011 collec...

Levi's Debuts at Malibu

Exterior of Levi's new Malibu shopLevi’s surfed into Malibu Oct. 19. It debuted a 940-square-foot store at Malibu Village retail center. According to a statement from the venerable denim maker, the new store will showcase...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Seth Aaron

It could have been a “Project Runway” challenge: Design an evening gown at a solar-industry trade show. ...

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: A. Cheacute;

As a swimmer, Amanda Cheacute; believes suits should be practical but flatter the body....

L.A. Fashion Week Spring 2011: Designer Launchpad Presented by Fashion Business Inc. and Focus Trade

New and emerging brands were placed front and center at the

Apparel News Daily Reader

Raquel Allegra's Pre-Spring Collection Is Sheer Genius (Refinery29)Concept Day Two: Chanteuse Lingerie is Pretty and Skimpy, While Angel Johnson's Show was Pretty...

Monday, October 18

Fashion Meets Art at Concept Fashion Week

Concept Fashion Week was a great place to find upcoming design talent. There were multiple fashion shows and a series of art meets fashion installations that ranged from conceptual to avant-garde. The opening night included installations by Valerj Pobega,...

Swimwear Designer Rod Beattie Joins A.H. Schreiber

Swim designer Rod Beattie has joined the staff of swimwear maker A.H. Schreiber Co. Beattie will set up a West Coast office for A.H. Schreiber, where he will develop a new designer swimwear collectio...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Awesome Street Style Looks From Our LAFW Bash (Refinery29)A Conceptual Spring (Style Section L.A.)Celebrities come out for Sue Wong's "Glamour Goddess" LA...

Saturday, October 16

LAFW: Scenes from Sue Wong

Dropped by the Sue Wong atelier last night for her glamorous presentation. It was wall-to-wall celebs, press and beautifully dressed guests!...

Friday, October 15

Unified POS 2.0: Taking Point-of-Sale Into the Information Age

Technology seems to change at lightning-quick speed, and Paul Gay has spent the last 15 years making sure retai lers are not left behind. Gay is the president of Seattle-area infor...

The Art of the Exclusive

Exclusive product can set a store apart from the competition, but the rules for landing an exclusive deal have changed in the new economy....

La Brea's Fashion Restoration

It has been an awful couple of years for Los Angeles’ La Brea Avenue, a retail street hit hard by the Great Recession, but that could be poised to change. ...

Northern California to Host Spring Market

Fashion Market Northern California kicks off its Spring ’11 show Oct. 23–26 at the San Mateo County Event Center in San Mateo, Calif....

Wet Seal#039;s SWAGG App

Foothill Ranch–based The Wet Seal, which operates stores under The Wet Seal and Arden B. nameplates, has partnered with Atl...

Moods' Moody Rings

Moods' Simen Staalnacke, center, shows his rings at Macy's partyGetting into Macy’s is a serious milestone for any designer.The Moods of Norway label sold some of their collection to Macy’s Mens stores, and the co-owners and designers...

CMC Carves Out a New Space

Access to Area4The California Market Center's newest showroom space, Area4, bowed today for Los Angeles Fashion Market.The light, airy space features showrooms with glass walls and great L.A. views. To find it, head to the CMC's...

Cohen in at NY&Co.

New York–based specialty retailer New York & Co. named Eran Cohen executive vice president and chief marketing officer....

Zero + Maria Cornejo's L.A. Debut

Maria CornejoAfter being lauded by the New York’s fashion chattering class, and inspiring fans like Tilda Swinton and reportedly Michelle Obama, Maria Cornejo opened a Los Angeles boutique on Oct. 14.Her Zero + Maria Cornejo boutique...

Fashion Resource Guide

Anamaacute; is showing its Spring 2011 collection and introducing the Premium Momentous collection as well as the jeweled, colorful, and fun Spring 2011 Anamaacute; shoe collection. Anamaacute; is the cutting edge in shape, softness, a...

Hurley Forges New Plan for Growth

On a recent sunny fall morning, the sprawling Hurley campus in Costa Mesa, Calif., was typically abuzz....

PEI + Nike

Miami-based Perry Ellis International has extended its license with Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. for men’s, women...

Spindle & Canister Pop-Up Becomes Permanent

Tayo Abidoye thought he would get out of the retail business as soon as he sold the merchandise from his Spindle & Canister pop-up shop. It debuted October2009 at the Malibu Lumb...

Survey Finds Potential Loss for Online Retailers

Technological glitches and shopper frustration are just some of the problems leading to potential revenue losses for e-tailers, according to a Sept. 20 consumer survey released by Tealeaf Tec...

G-Star Announces More Stores

Dutch premium-denim brand G-Star is on the move....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Malaysia's In Add Minus tests the waters in L.A.'s Westfield Century City (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Fluxus Gets Artsy Fartsy (Racked LA)Gossip...

Wet Seal’s SWAGG App

Foothill Ranch–based The Wet Seal, which operates stores under The Wet Seal and Arden B. nameplates, has partnered with Atl...

Thursday, October 14

New York Celebrates L.A. Fashion Week

Helmut Lang creative directors Michael and Nicole ColovosA fashionable fête at the Palihouse Holloway Hotel celebrated L.A. Fashion Week New York style. The cocktail party was hosted by designers of leading contemporary New York-based brands Helmut...

Cooper + Art + Market = Awesome

The good folks at the Cooper Design Space are bringing a little culture to the upcoming Fashion Market by turning their lobby into an art gallery. Working with gallerist Tim Yarder of Tim Yarder Fine Art, the Cooper has announced plans for an ongoing...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Geoffrey Mac's Mostly Wearable Red Carpet Looks (Racked LA)Ghosts of L.A. Fashion Weeks past (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)When Comic Books and...

Wednesday, October 13

L.A. Fashion Week: One-Degree Separation from Iman

Iman, looking a bit like Iman Barbie, from the Bravo websiteBe sure to ask Mike Vensel lots of questions about Iman when you see him at the Concept L.A. Fashion Week Shows this weekend.The designer, photographer, Kitten...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Look book we love: Lanston (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)The week that was: Gap's new logo quickly put out of its misery (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Shops – Faith...

L.A. Fashion Week: A Glimpse of Exchange LA

Los Angeles Fashion Week is underway with a lineup that is—so far—approaching 70 events, including runway shows, presentations, parties and pop-up stores. (For those who say “L.A. doesn’t have a fashion week,” I say “HA.”) EM Productions (veteran L.A. Fashion Week event producers from way back), sent over a little taste of...

Tuesday, October 12

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

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

California Is Well-Represented in D&A Paris Debut

PARIS—Runway shows, trade shows and events—from New York to Paris, it has been a whirlwind month of fashion. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Club Monaco clothes finally available for sale online (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)A Trio of Eastside Treasures Call it a Day (Racked LA)Score Big...

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...

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Tricks to Creating Fashion Designs

Students were asked to draw inspiration from this 1872 gownStudents at the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising have a great tool to help them learn fashion and costume design.They have access to a...

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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...

Monday, October 11

Spring Forward at L.A. Fashion Market--New Lines and Showroom Profiles

Spring arrives in Los Angeles on Oct. 15, when buyers turn out for the Spring2011 Los Angeles Fashion Market. Showrooms will be showcasing the latest collectionsin the California Market Center, The Ne...

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Filipino Fashion Club (Style Section L.A.)L.A. Fashion Week can't get no respect (Los Angeles Times Image)Which Tux Are You? (Wall Street...

Sunday, October 10

Gird Your Loins, People. It's L.A. Fashion Week!

Los Angeles can do a lot of great things, including produce a diverse mix of design talent that ranges from contemporary must-have staples to avant garde creations that require instructions for wearing. One thing the city can’t seem to do, however, is stick to just...

Los Angeles Fashion Week Calendar

UPDATED—Los Angeles Fashion Week kicks off on Oct. 12 and runs through Oct. 24 (so far). Events are planned for across Los Angeles. Check back for added listings...

Friday, October 8

Source4Style Lets Designers Shop Globally for Sustainable Fabric Online

Sourcing sustainable fabrics can be difficult, said Summer Rayne Oakes, co-founder of the Source4Style website (

Apparel News Daily Reader

Zero + Maria Cornejo Brings an Upscale, Modern Vibe to Melrose Place (Racked LA)Shops – There’s More To Love At The New Mohawk General Store (Mondette)Of Course Christian Audigier's House...

Recognition: A Recession Buster

In response to the tough economy, the co-owners of Los Angeles boutique Premier Men pushed back by trying something new...

Taste of OffPrice Finds Sturdy L.A. Debut

The regional show A Taste of OffPrice debuted at the California Market Center’s Exhibit Hall during an Oct. 4–6 run, and organizers deemed it successful enough to pro...

Bartlett Bon-Ton

New York–based Tharanco Lifestyles LLC inked a licensing and design deal with The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. for an exclusive priv...

Color Image Apparel Launches Alo and Eco-Friendly Initiatives

In the cavernous warehouses of Color Image Apparel, where sewers put finishing touches on knit tops, there is only one official garbage can that is considered “waste.” More prev...

Hudson Jeans Partners With Nordstrom on New Promotional Campaign

Los Angeles–based premium-denim brand

Boutique Show Concept to Bow in Las Vegas Next Year

A new trade show targeting boutique buyers and the vast range of products they buy is set to bow next September in Las Vegas. ...

Spring Forecast From Directives West and Doneger Group

Directives West and the Doneger Group presented a

Italian Acquisition for Warnaco

New York–based Warnaco Group Inc. acquired 22 Calvin Klein Jeans retail stores and other assets from its largest Italian fr...

Charles Henry: Fashion-Focused, Not Trendy

Meredith Fisher launched her first dress line at the age of 17. Her newest collection, Charles Henry, launched for Fall/Holiday with a more sophisticated yet edgy l...

Anvil#039;s Eco Message

New York–based blank T-shirt manufacturer Anvil Knitwear debuted a digital short titled “The Message From Earth: Org...

Trend Drives Buys at Majors Market

Despite the rain and the

Beverly Center's Fabulous Fendi

Wall at Beverly Center's new Fendi shop Fendi is the latest heritage brand to put down stakes in Los Angeles’ Beverly Center.On Oct. 7, the Italian fashion house held a gala debut part for its 1,825-square-feet...

Anvil’s Eco Message

New York–based blank T-shirt manufacturer Anvil Knitwear debuted a digital short titled “The Message From Earth: Org...

Maidenform’s New Deal

Iselin, N.J,–based Maidenform Brands Inc. struck an exclusive worldwide licensing deal with Coconut Grove Intimates to manu...

Prints Key in Fields' Forecast

Fashion is known to be fickle, but Barbara Fields of the Barbara Fields Buying Office forecasted a big change for denim at her “Spring 2011 Fashion Trend Presentation...

American Apparel Amends Credit Deal, Seeks Resolution of E.E.O.C. Case

American Apparel, the Los Angeles–based vertically integrated retailer, announced an amendment to its credit agreement with a key lender, London-based Lion Capital, which will help it...

Stone Blue Jeans Lands New Design Director

Los Angeles–based Stone Blue Jeans, a maker of premium denim for women, has hired Angela Furlong as its director of design. Furlong, who left her post as creative director of women’s and men...

Former Blockbuster Exec Named Acting President of American Apparel

Tom Casey, the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Blockbuster Inc., was named acting president of American Apparel reporting directly to Chairman and Chie...

Roller Coaster Economic Indicators Make for Uncertain Holiday Forecasts

With the backdrop of manic rallies and drops in the stock market, retail analyst Jeffrey Van Sinderen described the economy as a roller coaster. “We’ve had so many ups and downs this year,...

Finance Resource Guide

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Maidenform#039;s New Deal

Iselin, N.J,–based Maidenform Brands Inc. struck an exclusive worldwide licensing deal with Coconut Grove Intimates to manu...

Gap, Cotton Inc. Partner in Denim Drive

Gap is offering shoppers in the United States and Canada a 30 percent discount on a new pair of 1969 jeans if they donate used denim at a Gap store through Oct. 20. The promotion is part of...

Retailers, Consumers Could Be Winners in Credit Card Deal

Major credit card companies’ recent settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice was applauded by retail trade groups and consumer groups because the action might give merchants some breathing room f...

Jones Turns 40, Changes Name

As it celebrates its 40th year in business, the New York–based manufacturing giant formerly known as Jones Apparel Grou...

Thursday, October 7

Last-Minute Back-to-School Sales Spur September Rally

Consumers waited until the last minute to shop for back-to-school apparel in September, helping some retailers realize a boost in sales early in the month. But bad economic news and unseasonable weath...

Manhattan Beachwear Acquires Apparel Ventures

Cypress, Calif.–based Manhattan Beachwear has announced its acquisition of Apparel Ventures, the Los Angeles–based swimwear maker, for an undisclosed sum....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – Chic Dresses, Leather Goods, And Sparkly Jewels, Sonya Ooten Gem Bar Is Larchmont’s Best Kept Secret (Mondette)Events – Elle and Lacoste Get in the Pink for...

Wednesday, October 6

Apparel News Daily Reader

Divine Rights of Denim Does Under-$30 Line Exclusively For Forever 21 (FabSugar)Former Skingraft designer launches a downtown shop (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)Shops – A Look...

South Coast Plaza Style Event Dazzles

Models lounging at South Coast Plaza Style eventIt sounded like a dream team for a fashion show.But designs from fashion houses Fendi, De La Renta, Cavalli, Dior and Valentino graced the runway at the South Coast...

Tuesday, October 5

Bomb Scare Briefly Snarls Traffic at Majors Market

UPDATED—A backpack abandoned by a homeless person caused a bomb scare on Los Angeles and Ninth streets on Oct. 5 in downtown, according to the Los Angeles Police Department....

Macy's Tests New 'Social Retailing' Concept at Herald Square

Earlier this year, Macy’s launched its “Find Your Magic” campaign; now, the department store giant has taken the “magic” concept straight into the dressing room wit...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – TenOverSix Adds New Indie Energy to Melrose (Mondette)Pray For Mother Nature's Neverending Supply Of Denim (Racked LA)Paris Fashion Week:...

Monday, October 4

Fluxus Artist Series Debut

Often taking inspiration from the modern-art world, contemporary brand Fluxus will present it’s own exhibition with the debut of the Fluxus Artist Series Presentation at its Larchmont Village outpost at 202 North Larchmont on Oct....

Style Week Orange County's Big Winner

Nikolaki designers Nick Verreos and David Paul take a bow at Style Week Orange County. Photo by Michelle LarsonThe Third Annual Style Week Orange County set the stage for fashion shows and design...

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My LA: Jessica de Ruiter (Refinery29)Paris Fashion Week: With Beth Ditto on the catwalk, Gaultier embraces industrial chic, full-figure fashion...

Friday, October 1

Sunday Rocks: Premium but Price-Conscious

Angela Locke has seen the sun rise and set over many trends in the clothing business. Before she had a driver’s license, she learned the ropes of her parents’ apparel company, C-Ya in...

Gilt Shifts

New York–based flash-sale site Gilt Groupe Inc. shifted two of its executive positions. Susan Lyne, the company’s fo...

Three Dots: The Local Advantage to Keeping Basics Fashion-Forward

Three Dots, which launched with a focus on fashion knit tops in 1995, is one of the most well-established makers of fashion basics, even as the category swells to include hot-and-heavy comp...

Watch, Scan, Buy Bluefly

In November, a new technology will allow Bluefly shoppers to pull coupons and content right from their TV screens. The New York...

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EBay's LookBook roadshow hits the Grove (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Trends – Add A Citrus Punch To Your Wardrobe (Mondette)The Wrong Sort of Black? (Wall Street...

Nealz Named President of Juicy Couture

LeAnn Nealz, executive vice president and chief design officer of teen mall retailer American Eagle Outfitters, has joined Juicy Couture as president and chief creative officer. Juicy, a di...

Brand-Building ck one

New York–based Calvin Klein Inc. is turning its popular unisex fragrance ck one into a lifestyle brand. The company struck ...

Key Buyers at L.A. Textile Show

It was a who’s who of Los Angeles design talent at the Sept. 27–29 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show, held at the California Market Center....

Los Angeles Port to Rev Up Clean Trucks Program

After a drawn-out court victory, the Port of Los Angeles is planning to phase in the missing link in its 2-year-old Clean Trucks Program....

Tex-View Fukui Offers a View From Japan

Designers and fabric buyers dropped by

Attendance Up at GlobalTex

Now in its fourth season, the GlobalTex textile trade show returned to the Los Angeles Convention Center with a tightly edited mix of international textile resources, factories, tren...

Tahari Takes Fashion Island

Elie Tahari at his Fashion Island boutiqueThe occasion was the grand opening of the 2,500-square-foot Elie Tahari boutique at Newport Beach’s Fashion Island retail center. Elie Tahari himself made an appearance at the Sept. 30 gala. Tahari...

Made in America Resource Guide

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

Levi’s Goes for the Global

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. promoted three executives to newly created global president positions to...

Levi#039;s Goes for the Global

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. promoted three executives to newly created global president positions to...

Eva Varro Fashion Show for Flagship Debut

The recently debuted Eva Varro flagship store officially celebrated its opening at the Santa Monica Place retail center with a...

American Apparel Announces Changes in Credit Agreement, Executive Management

American Apparel, the Los Angeles–based vertically-integrated retailer announced an amendment to its credit agreement with a key lender, London-based Lion Capital, which will help it ...

Chip Foster Launches Pray for Mother Nature

The indefatigable Chip Foster—one-half of the twin-brother duo who created the Chip and Pepper line of premium denim—has launched Pray for Mother Nature, a new denim-centric collection...