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Thursday, September 30

Marciano Talks Perfume

Guess model Alyssa Miller with Guess CEO Paul MarcianoGuess celebrated the debut of its fragrance Guess Seductive, which is its first collaboration with $4 billion fragrance company Coty Beauty.The glamorous party took place Sept....

Design Piracy Law: The Industry Responds

California Apparel News continues its coverage of the proposed Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (Senate Bill 3728) with responses from the industry—...

Air Guitars! Underwear!

Airpocalypse plays the hitsFrench underwear brand Pull-In did not bother with a jock or a movie star for its endorsement deal. Instead, it chose air-guitar bands to represent their line of Lycra underwear with novelty...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Save the Whales: Keep, Animal Collective Shoe Collab (Racked LA)Events – John Malkovich Presents His New Menswear Collection at Church Boutique (Mondette)Surf brand...

Originality v. Piracy: A Designer's Perspective

I’m a free-lance fashion designer working in Los Angeles, and for the life of me, I can’t see what all the fuss is with regard to S. 3728. To me, it seems like a pretty good start for reforming some rather unet...

Ruh-Roh: Fur Labeling Bill Gets Shot Down

Fur from Raccoon Dogs (above) often goes unlabeled on garments, say proponents of vetoed billThis week, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill that would have required apparel manufacturers to accurately...

Debating Design Piracy: A Manufacturer's Take on the Proposed Law

I read Kevin [Burke’s] editorial [“Protection for Fas...

Wednesday, September 29

La Brea's Fashion Comeback

Case Study Unholy Matrimony boutiqueIt’s been an awful couple of years for Los Angeles’ La Brea Boulevard, one of the hardest hit retail streets during the Great Recession.More than five fashion boutiques...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Street Style: Comune's Moto Tea Party (Style Section L.A.)LACMA celebrates "Fashioning Fashion" exhibit under the stars (Los Angeles Times' All the...

Tuesday, September 28

Record Breaking Heat Wave Temporarily Slows Shopping in Southern California

Shopping slowed down, but not for long, when a broiling heatwave broke records and pushed temperatures into the triple digits in Los Angeles County the week of Sept. 27....

LAEDC Honors Forever 21 Founder

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. announced it will honor Do Won (Don) Chang, founder of Los Angeles–based retailer Forever 21, with an Eddy Award Nov. 10 at ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – TenOverSix Moving to Melrose, Plus Jesse Kamm Shows Minimalist Spring (Mondette)Gowns Galore at LACMA Gala (FabSugar)|Gap Introduces New...

Monday, September 27

Obituary: Fashion Director Patty Fox, 62

Patty Fox—fashion producer, commentator and author—died of ovarian cancer on Sept. 26. ...

Here Comes The Euro-Bikers

EuroPapi recently opened in Laguna BeachAnyone traveling down a California freeway knows the traditional biker look. Think well-worn jeans, a Harley Davidson T-shirt and a big leather jacket, which provides padding against nasty crashes...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Milan Fashion Week: Marni's bathing beauties (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Shopping: Live on Sunset and Interscope Records to partner on Internet shows...

Friday, September 24

Company Profile: Lavit Lingerie

The three sisters who founded Lavit lingerie in 2004 admitted they did not know “the first thing about intimate apparel.” The brand was launched as a project between Vivi Baril,...

Businesses Prep for New Health Law

President Obama’s healthcare reform law took effect across America on Sept. 23, and in downtown Los Angeles, members of a speaking panel advised executives and human resources managers about how to nav...

Apparel to Haiti

In an effort to help Haiti recover from a devastating 7.0 earthquake earlier this year, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton sig...

Solving Retail Crime

The National Retail Federation is urging the House of Representatives to pass a bill that would set up a section in the Departmen...

Design Piracy Law: Industry Voices

In August, lawmakers introduced a

Yarn Spinner

Grupo Karim’s, a conglomerate founded in Honduras, has bought the Formosa Spinning plant located just outside San Pedro Sul...

CIT Survey: Guarded Optimism For X-Mas

Retailers are feeling optimistic for the upcoming holiday season, said a CIT Group Inc. survey released recently....

Superdry Debuts West Coast Store

The British brand Superdry is on the move in the United States....

Via Luna: Designing the Details

Lucy Oganessian envisions that the Via Luna printed-mesh, leopard-print bodysuit she designed would be worn with a tailored blazer and pencil skirt. Another lacy bra connected to a high-waisted, microfiber g...

New App Focuses on CPSIA Regulations

Intertek, a provider of quality and safety solutions, has announced a new iPhone application that focuses on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The app, which is a...

The Sourcing Shine Fades From China

Higher wages, longer lead times and infrastructure issues push L.A. apparel makers to reconsider producing in China....

Retail Analytics Promise to Tame Information Revolution

Today, retailers have more information than ever about their businesses, but making sense of the flood of information coming their way requires software tools to interpret the vast amounts of data gat...

Parfait by Affinitas

Since it was launched four years ago, City of Industry, Calif.–based Affinitas has been the answer to youthful and flirty lingerie for the boutique shopper on a budget. Starting with Fall 2010, Affinitas...

Hot Topic Board

Juniors retailer Hot Topic is beefing up its board of directors. It has added two new members, which will bring the number of dire...

Protection for Fashion Design: How We Got There

Since early August, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry has been buzzing about legislation recently introduced by Sen. Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.)—with the support of the American Apparel & Footwea...

RFID Market to Hit $6 Billion in 2011, Report Says

ABI Research, an Oyster Bay, N.Y.–based market-intelligence company specializing in emerging technology, released a report that the overall radio frequency identification (RFID) market—including asset ...

Navigating the Challenges of EDI

More than 20 years ago, Electronic Data Interchange, better known as EDI, replaced the paper-pushing drudgery of delivering freight bills for major retailers....

The 10 Worst Things About the New Design Piracy Bill

Senate Bill 3728 was introduced on Aug. 5, 2010, by Sen. Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.). The stated purpose of the bill is to “protect those designs which are so original as to approach art rather tha...

New Dates for Emerging Fashion Showcase

Art Spirit of Fashion creator Jeffrey Lindsay Relf, pictured right, with Vanity Fair's Samantha Milner.The Art Spirit of Fashion showcase and fundraiser debuted earlier this year to celebrate emerging Los...

SIMA Boot Camp Focuses on New Media

Members of the Surf Industry Manufacturers Association gathered Sept. 22 at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point, Calif., to explore the opportunities and challenges of “new media”—...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Find Some New Fall Favorites with Popomomo (Racked LA)7 For All Mankind’s 'Trouser jean Happy Hour' (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)But Would Jackie...

Thursday, September 23

Made for TV

Courtesy of NYTimes.comTo say that Shareen Mitchell is perfect for television is an understatement. A former actress turned vintage retailer, designer and archivist, Mitchell is the go-to gal among designers, stylists,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

First Look: Emily Jerome's Spring Collection (Refinery29)Milan Fashion Week: Gucci's subtle seduction (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Designers – Kristen...

Off Price Show Gets Fresh!

New Website for Magazine Plus Growing Interest from Boutiques & Other Fashionistas Make Off Price the Place to Be This October...

Wednesday, September 22

New York Investors Save Rock & Republic

Bankrupt Rock & Republic will live another day....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Shops – Japanese Denim, Fantastic Flannels and Plaids at Newly-Minted Self Edge (Mondette)French Dressing Foundations at Petit Bateau (Racked LA)Milan fashion...

The Return of Cardinali

Marilyn Lewis at Church's party for her Cardinali label.Marilyn Lewis dressed women as different as Nancy Reagan, Marlo Thomas and Dyan Cannon. Thomas wore Lewis’ Cardinali label on her hit TV show That Girl. In 1965, Cannon asked Lewis to throw...

Tuesday, September 21

Textile Shows Seminars and Events Calendar

Designers and fabric buyers can get the jump on Autumn/Winter 2011 trends thanks to two full slates of trend and business seminars organized by the Los Angeles International Textile ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

U.K. brand Superdry opens its first SoCal store at the Bev Center (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)Mod-inspired designer Lisa Perry launches a pop-up at...

Paris Hilton Gets a Do-Not-Enter Card from Japan

Poor Paris Hilton.First, she pleads guilty in Las Vegas earlier this week to misdemeanor charges of drug possession and obstruction of an officer. Then she gets denied entry into...

Monday, September 20

Apparel News Daily Reader

Sneak Peek! Introducing NSF Clothing For the (Cool) Girls (FabSugar)Open Door Policy. L.A.'s newest stores run the gamut in style, price and attitude (Style...

E-Tailers 80s Purple and Tobi Throw Down at Taco Tuesday

This Taco Tuesday isn’t your average...

Friday, September 17

Oil Spill Fashion

The Nitro dress of Yotam Solomon's Oil Spill CollectionThe BP oil spill inspired a veritable industry of T-shirts protesting the disaster (remember the Spill, Baby Spill tee?) Los Angeles-based fashion designer Yotam...

Passport Pictures. Bringing the Glamorama

Macy's Passport, the fashion fund-raiser that raises money for HIV/AIDS charities, bowed last night in its new location—the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles—with a new name: Macy's Passport Presents Glamorama. And it was glamorama,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Style Stalk 10 Outfits From L.A. Fashion Insiders (Refinery29)New York Fashion Week: Boy meets Girl at Band of Outsiders (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Angeleno Archetypes. Four L.A....

Fluevog Debuts New Building

Canadian footwear designer John Fluevog opened a second San Francisco shop Sept. 16 at 253 Grant Ave. in the city’s Union Square district. Fluevog purchased the four-story building where the new bout...

Backspace SF Closes

Veteran independent San Francisco boutique Backspace SF announced it was closing this week. “Boutiques are having a rough time now,” said Backspace owner Susan Jones. “People are saying,...

Promotions at Joseph Abboud

New York–based JA Apparel Corp., maker of menswear under the Joseph Abboud brand, promoted Anthony R. Sapienza to chief executive officer, replacing Marty Staff, who left the company. Sapienza was previously president...

Levi's Sandblast Ban Doesn't Make Waves in L.A. Production

Inside the behemoth American Dye House, a 60,000-foot facility in an industrial section of Los Angeles, dozens of workers are busy adding special treatments to some of the ...

Tommy at 25

Tommy Hilfiger celebrated his company’s 25th anniversary on Sept. 13 at New York Fashion Week with a runway show described ...

O'Neill Announces Japanese Apparel Licensee

A new licensing deal will propel heritage surf brand O’Neill into Japan later this year....

Online Library Offers Access to Textile Design

A New York company opened a digital library of royalty-free, production-ready textile designs that can be edited and used to create custom fabric....

Obituary: Former Apparel News Editor Michael Belluomo, 64

Michael Belluomo, former editor of the California Apparel News and former owner of Sportswear International, died unexpectedly of cancer on Sept. 10. He was 64....

A New Los Angeles Fashion Week Concept Is in the Works

A full-fledged Los Angeles Fashion Week in one big venue has been missing for two years now, but a small group of tenacious producers and organizers is working to resuscitate the concept in d...

WGSN's Fontis Platform Makes it Easier to Personalize Research

Trend forecaster WGSN launched Fontis, a multi-channel digital platform designed to help users navigate WGSN’s content more effectively and efficiently....

Glendale Galleria Names New Senior G.M.

General Growth Properties named Chris Bilotto as the new senior general manager of the Glendale Galleria shopping center on Sept. 15....

Sandanista Makes Exclusive PacSun Deal

In an increasingly competitive mall market, Pacific Sunwear is gambling on emerging brands to give the retailer a competitive edge....

Vessel Shortage to Turn Into Surplus Next Year

Retailers and apparel companies have been faced with a number of challenges this year to bring in merchandise on time for the holiday season....

NTD Lands Nest Egg

New York–based private-investment firm Nest Egg Management acquired a minority interest in NTD Apparel Inc., the Montreal...

ENK Hires New Footwear President

Reebok alum David Kahan has been named president of the ENK Footwear Group, a division of New York–based show organizer ENK International, which produces the WSA and Sole C...

E-commerce Site Focuses on Home Deacute;cor Textiles and Small Yardage

St. Louis–based David Sampson Inc. launched several e-commerce sites selling home deacute;cor textiles, fabrics by the bolt and related materials for home sewers and small businesses....

Surf Expo Focused on Growth Markets

ORLANDO, FLA.—Despite the caution that continues to linger among action-sports brands and retailers, some exhibitors and retailers turned out for the Sept. 10–12 run of Surf Expo with plans to ...

K-Swiss' Accessories Deal

Los Angeles–based footwear brand K-Swiss has inked a deal with New York–based Active Energy, a division of Accessory Exchange, for an accessories collection under the K-Swiss brand. Active Energy will p...

Fiber & Fabric Resource Guide

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Thursday, September 16

Apparel News Daily Reader

Rodarte Pares Down For A Sophisticated Spring 2011 Collection (Refinery29)Jeremy Scott Punk Rocks Out (Wall Street Journal)A Plus-Size Fashion Show...

Wednesday, September 15

La Perla's ShapeCouture Makes Shapewear Pretty

Leave it to La Perla to make shapewear so beautiful that you forget the term is usually associated with body stockings that feel like sausage casings. As opposed to the tubular knit that follows in the footsteps of Spanx, La...

Apparel News Daily Reader

BCBG Max Azria's Fall Catalog — Part Hard, Part Soft, All Chic (FabSugar)The Shows: L.A. in N.Y.C. (Style Section L.A.)New York Fashion Week: BCBG Max...

Tuesday, September 14

NRF Survey Tracks Consumers' Favorite Online Sellers

Amazon, Walmart and eBay took the three top spots of consumers’ favorite online retailers, according to a recent National Retail Federation survey....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Cult-favorite French brand Petit Bateau opens its BevHills store today (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)New York Fashion Week's garden variety (Los Angeles Times' All...

Monday, September 13

Rik Ducar Opens In L.A.

Rik Ducar left and business partner Sean Newlin at debut of Los Angeles storeAfter establishing itself as one of the pre-eminent tuxedo and men’s semi-formal wear shops in Atlanta, Rik Ducar opened a L.A. shop on Sept.

Apparel News Daily Reader

29 Perfect Outfits From L.A.'s FNO (Refinery29)New York Fashion Week: Max Azria's line a breeze (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Pursuit of the New, or Just the...

Saturday, September 11

Robertson's Rocking Fashion's Night Out

DELUKA performs at IntermixLos Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard lived up to its reputation for sizzle with a rock’n’ roll block party for Fashion’s Night Out. The street’s Intermix store transformed into a nightcl...

Beverly Center's Fashion's Night Out Campaign

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicks off Fashion's Night Out Rousing the fashion public can be tough work. Beverly Center’s election campaign-style kick-off to Fashion’s Night Out made a 4th of July-worthy...

Party Crawl on Melrose for Fashion's Night Out

One of L.A.’s premier shopping districts—Melrose Ave.—had a definite party atmosphere last night at Fashion’s Night Out Los Angeles. From Fairfax stretching...

Rodeo Drive Maxes Out on Fashion's Night Out

Samuel L. JacksonFor Fashion's Night Out in Beverly Hills, a blocked-off Rodeo Drive took on the air of a county fair with a four-story-high Ferris wheel situated...

Vintage, Hipsters and Style at Fashion's Night Out

The fashion crowd was out in full force for last night’s Fashion’s Night Out in Los Angeles. Vintage lovers, deal hunters and hipsters dressed the part as they scoured the...

Justin Timberlake At William Rast Party

Rockin' the William Rast boutique:Justin Timberlake,left, and William Rast co-founder Trace Ayala, pictured right. Photo credit Frank Micelotta/PictureGroupJustin Timberlake is a star, but he also is a team player. He...

Fashion's Night Out: The Retail Floor as a Stage

Customers overran the parking lot at Fred Segal and Ron Herman on Melrose. Stores in the West Hollywood side of Melrose Ave. turned their store windows, retail floors and patios into a stage to entertain the shoppers during...

Friday, September 10

Tailor Goes Beyond Bespoke

After more than 20 years making bespoke suits for A-listers, veteran tailor David August Heil gave himself a proverbial look in the mirror and thought, “If I could do this business again, what ...

Settlement in L.A. 'Sweatshop' Suit

Garment contractor Seventeen Inc., formerly dba Q&I Inc., has settled a lawsuit brought against it by Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich’s office for allegedly failing to ...

Class Trade Show Returns With New Exhibitor Mix

Class, the boutique menswear-centric contemporary trade show, rounded out the Spring 2011 trade show season. Held Sept. 1–2 at the Santa Monica Civic Center...

Chaudry's New Spring Line Uses a Splash of Color

When the economy gets tough, Krishan Chaudry’s solution is to get colorful and inventive....

Levi's New Partner

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. has a new partnership program with Billy Reid, who introduced the Levi’s Workwear by Billy Reid collection at the Bloomingdale’s New York store and at the Billy Reid store in Lower Manhattan. Eventually, the ...

Jones' Smart Shopping

New York–based Jones New York, a division of Jones Apparel Group, opened a new in-store shop at Macy’s Herald Square store in New York, where shoppers can access smart-phone content while shopping. Jones is using Micro...

The Price Is Right at ThreadSence

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Bankrupt Rock & Republic Pursued by Landlords

Rock & Republic, the Los Angeles premium-denim house in financial hot water, faces an important court date next month to ease its climb out of bankruptcy. ...

Moore in at Reef

VF Corp., owner of the Carlsbad, Calif.–based Reef brand of surf sandals and swimwear, went in-house with its pick for a new president. In July, Jim Gerson, Reef’s president, stepped...

Livity Announces More Stores

Livity Founder Isaac NichelsonLivity Outernational is going international. Just five months after the grand opening of Livity’s 1,800-square-foot flagship store on 2401 Lincoln Blvd. in Santa Monica, Isaac...

Robert Graham Debuts Venice Flagship Store

The Robert Graham label built an international business on colorful, detailed men’s shirting, and when its first flagship debuts in Los Angeles on Sept. 10, the New York–based brand is guarante...

An American in Paris

Los Angeles–based American Apparel opened a 1,700-square-foot store in Paris’ La Defense district. The new store is located in a mall that attracts more than 8 million visitors each year....

Hollywood Readies for Its Retail Close-Up

Nina Garduno, an influential former buyer for Fred Segal, opened her latest boutique FREECITYsupershopsupermat, in Hollywood, on Sept. 7, a signal that the once-tough neighborhood mi...

Ban the Sand

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. is among the companies that have agreed to stop sandblasting denim because of the danger posed to workers who are exposed to crystalline silica during the san...

Wet Seal Buyback

The board of directors of Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based The Wet Seal Inc. authorized a stock-repurchase program of up to $25 million. The program represents about 7.7 percent of the company’s total marke...

O'Neill Launches Headphone Collaboration

This month, O’Neill debuts a new line of headphones in collaboration with Netherlands-based Royal Philips Electronics. The four-style collection was designed with the hard-wearing act...

Forever 21 v. Express Decision Illustrates Copyright, Trade Dress Challenges

A recently concluded dispute between retailers Forever 21 and Express illustrated the challenges of copyright and trade-dress claims. ...

MartinMartin Label Debuts First Store

Los Angeles independent fashion brand MartinMartin has been a frequent fixture on the runways of Los Angeles Fashion Week. On Sept. 10, MartinMartin sets up something of a p...

3rd & Army: Colorfast's Answer to Street

Colorfast’s exhaustive selection of T-shirts, sweaters and sweatpants in a rainbow of colors goes on rack after rack at its office in Los Angeles. Colorfast doesn’t miss a T-shirt trend and off...

Sullen Debuts iPad Catalog

Huntington Beach, Calif.–based action-sports brand Sullen debuted the industry’s first iPad catalog application at the recent Action Sport Retailer Trade Expo and MAGIC Marketplace trade shows. The custom app allows buyers...

Doneger's Blain Starts New Contemporary Lines

After five years at trend forecaster The Doneger Group, Janine Blain has left as the company’s vice president/general merchandise manager to start two contemporary women’s lines....

Apparel News Daily Reader

By Women, For Everyone: Raven + Lily's Philanthropic Treasures (Racked LA)Events – More Fashion’s Night Out Highlights With Samuel L. Jackson, Magnolia Treats, And The Dandy Warhols...

Thursday, September 9

Go Blaskovits, Go!

Many Angelinos by now have made plans to attend one—or many—of the Fashion’s Night Out events around the ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Stories – Spirited Away in Black and White (Mondette)Boardshorts That Aren't A Bore (Racked LA)L.A's Best Fashion's Night Out Parties (Refinery29)Recession...

OC to OD on Shopping

A screenshot from last year's Style Week Orange County at the Irvine Spectrum Center via Styleweekoc.com.Orange County residents will get a double dose of fashionable nights out in the coming weeks. For Fashion’s Night Out tomorrow, Fashion Island in...

Wednesday, September 8

Apparel News Daily Reader

Free City's Hippie-Hipster Hybrid Space on Highland (Racked LA)'Fashion's Night Out' scores with a fashion show (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Max Azria...

Freecity Debuts in Hollywood

FREECITYsupershopsupermatHollywood has the reputation of being a tough neighborhood. Nina Garduno wants to see if her latest venture can be the catalyst for a more utopian version of...

'Fashion's Night Out' Events in Los Angeles

UPDATED—Fashion’s Night Out, the fashion shopping event launched last year in New York, has officially arrived on the West Coast. On Sept. 10, retailers across Southern California are throwing a collect...

Tuesday, September 7

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: White Sands Australia at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Designer Leah Madden opted out of the catwalk during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in favor of an intimate press-only showcase July 16 at The Raleigh’s penthouse. Madden showed her...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Tyler Rose at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Tyler Rose designer Nichole Carroll loves the ’80s, and she has a full swim collection to prove it. At the Tyler Rose fas...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Cosmo Summer Splash

Cosmopolitan En Espanol kicked off the festivities at Miami Swim Week with a cocktail party and...

Waterwear 2011 Paste: Art-Driven Boardshorts

Brooklyn, N.Y.–based designer Jason Laurits was looking for a way to expand his 3-year-old graphic T-shirt collection, Paste—but, more pressingly, he was looking for a swimsuit—when he decided to launch ...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: True Religion at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Los Angeles–based True Religion got back to its laid-back California roots

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: A.Z Araujo at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Nikki Beach Miami was the setting for A.Z Araujo’s Cruise 2011 presentation. The New York–based designer presented the collection on July 18 during Mecedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. The South ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Holy cuteness: Corey Lynn Calter’s “Navy Yard” resort collection (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)Your Big, Fat FNO Agenda Made Easier! (Racked LA)Artist...

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

For Cruise 2011, designer Paula Saavedra channeled the 1970s to create her

Authentic Brands Acquires MMA Labels Tapout and Silver Star

New York–based Authentic Brands Group has announced its acquisition of two California-based mixed martial arts–related brands—Tapout and Silver Star Casting Co. Financial detai...

Waterwear 2011 Ambsn: Beach Volley. It's Back.

Ambsn, the boutique action-sports lifestyle menswear brand launched by brothers Dustin and Dylan Odbert, saw the tank top trend that’s been sweeping the menswear market coming from miles away. The San Clemente, Calif.–based du...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Mara Hoffman at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

New York–based designer Mara Hoffman showed a “Mystic Jungle”–themed collection...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Aqua Di Lara & Qiss Qiss at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

Montreal-based Aqua Di Lara returned to the runway on July 17 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim to present its...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Lisa Maree, Kooey Swimwear Australia, Aquarella Swimwear and Lisa Blue

It was an Australian extravaganza July 19 during a group show that exclusively featured designers from “Down Under.” The show, held during Mercedes-Benz Fash...

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

Designer Nicole Di Rocco transported the audience at her

Waterwear 2011 Made by Dawn: The Muse Makes Her Own

Designer Dawn Peterson knows a thing or two—or 20—about swimwear. A surfer and former model who grew up on the beaches of Hawaii, Peterson lives the lifestyle—and has the figure—most swimwear designers en...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Swell Suits Miami at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim

The guys came out in full force for Swell Suits Miami, a group show featuring men’s swimwear from Naila, Parke & Ronen and Olasul. Prevailing trends on the runw...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Mod Swim Week

Mod Swim Week, held poolside July 16–17 at Nikki Beach in Miami Beach, featured runway shows from designers such as...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach

Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach, held poolside July 14–18 at The Setai, featured runway shows from Inca, Eva Danielle, Sonia Vera, Paula Herbe...

Band-Aid Taps Fashion Designer for New Look

We've seen fashion designers put their imprint on everything from fluffy furniture pillows to tea towels.Now, fashion will stick to you in a collaboration between New York designer Cynthia Rowley and Band-Aid brand adhesive...

Waterwear 2011 Koral: Jet-Set Style

Los Angeles–based and Brazil-minded swim line Koral has something not found in many swimwear collections: velour. ...

SwimShorts 2011

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

Nonprofit Well-Suited Opens Store in Downtown L.A.

Janet Lavender has provided more than 100,000 low-income residents with complimentary business suits and career casual clothes for job interviews and work since 1996 as the founder of Los A...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Luli Fama at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cruise 2011

Itsy-bitsy bikinis, colorful floral prints and gold metallic fabrics were just a few of the looks that Luli Fama sent down the...

Get Ready for Fashion's Night Out in Los Angeles

Fashion’s Night Out is almost here... You would have to be living in your own little fashion bubble to not be aware of the global shopping extravaganza. But we know that you know because you’re “in the know.” Sooooo, now the...

Miami Swim Week Cruise 2011: Miami SwimShow

The SwimShow 2011 trade show hosted its

Friday, September 3

It Pays to Shop at Banana

Customers shopping at Banana Republic, the upscale division of San Francisco–based Gap Inc., in the United States and Canad...

Tokidoki Shows Street Side

The growing Los Angeles–based brand Tokidoki dove into the streetwear market in August when it debuted its men’s streetwear line, TKDK, at the S.L.A.T.E. show in the...

Stylophane Tracks Brands' Social Status

Now fashion brands can see how they rank in the Web’s largest popularity contest. ...

The Hundreds Takes New York

New Era cap made for the debut of The Hundreds' New York boutique.After opening boutiques in Los Angeles and San Francisco, prominent California streetwear brand The Hundreds vowed to take on the Big Apple. On Sept. 3, it debuted...

Fashion Copyright Bill Reintroduced--With Changes

The design piracy law is back, with a new name, new supporters and a few new changes to the proposed legislation. ...

Vanity’s Charity Project

Fargo, N.D.–based teen retail chain Vanity has teamed up with pop band OneRepublic for a promotion, called Share the Secret...

Business Up at Fashion Market Northern California

SAN MATEO, CALIF.—Business was promising and the economy has been growing, according to vendors and retailers at Fashion Market Northern California, held Aug. 28–30 at the San Mateo Co...

Vanity#039;s Charity Project

Fargo, N.D.–based teen retail chain Vanity has teamed up with pop band OneRepublic for a promotion, called Share the Secret...

Summary Judgment in Express v. Forever 21 Copyright Case

UPDATED—A summary judgment was issued in the copyright and trade-dress case filed by Express against Forever 21 over several styles Express charged were copied by the Los Angeles–based...

Binn in at Gilt

New York–based flash-sale e-tailer Gilt Groupe Inc. named

Apparel News Daily Reader

Le Gleek, C'est Chic: Glee Popup at the Galleria (Racked LA)Events – Fashion’s Night Out Friday, September 10, The Highlights (Mondette)Eco-friendly accesso...

Lightning Bolt Looks Back to Go Forward

Jonathan Paskowitz is standing on a busy street in the Venice Beach neighborhood of Los Angeles, giving a quick history lesson about the surf and skate culture that blossomed there in the ’70s and ’80s....

August Growth Steady

August’s sales were up, 3.2 percent in year-over-year comparable-store gains, according to results tracked by the International Council of Shopping Centers. Retail analysts judged this month’s ...

Kmart Gets Social

Kmart, the subsidiary of Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based Sears Holdings Corp., has launched Stylesip.com, an online social-netw...

M.Fredric Downsizes Encino, Calif., Store

Prominent specialty chain M.Fredric temporarily closed its store at the Encino Marketplace neighborhood retail center in Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley. When it reopens, it will whittle dow...

Thursday, September 2

Dior's Exquisite Remodel

Exterior of newly remodeled South Coast Plaza DiorStore remodels are cause for celebration for most retailers. But when iconic fashion house Dior debuted the remodel of its South Coast Plaza store Sept. 1, it was an event....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Cool new L.A. Collection: Charles Henry (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)Superdry Soon at the Beverly Center (Racked LA)Opening Statements: What to...

Wednesday, September 1

Surf Movie Magic

The Paskowitz Family - The Stuff Movies are Made OfJonathan Paskowitz is no stranger to Hollywood and celebrity hype. He was the surf/stunt consultant on Blue Crush (which, for better or worse, sent tons of newbies into the...

Gypsy05 Launches Gypsyz

Not quite socks, but not quite shoes, Gypsyz are a hybrid of cozy cotton knit socks with rubber soles. The unisex footwear was inspired by South American handmade booties and comes from the same makers of Gypsy05 clothing. The Los Angel...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fab Styling Inspiration Via Forever 21's Early Fall Looks (FabSugar)FNO: WeHo's official T-shirt (designed by a city employee) debuts (Los Angeles Times' All ...

Sales Reports Indicate a Mixed Back-to-School Season

Retail sales remained mixed in August, according to the initial sales figures reported by national retail chains.For teen stores Zumiez and Hot Topic, the August reports seemed to echo July ...