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Friday, April 29

Forever 21's Space-Age Fashion Show

Virtual fashion show, you say? Please. Forever 21 did it one better. The Los Angeles-based, fast-fashion emporium went a little sci fi when it kicked off an eight-city tour for its holographic fashion show. That's right. Holographic. It’s more than virtual. It’s 3-D. In the...

Denim Day Against Rape

Lynette Tyner observes Denim Day 2011Denim Day is an international day to raise awareness of the crime of rape. It was observed April 27 in Los Angeles. During that day, people were asked to wear jeans. Although jeans are everywhere, the fashion takes on a...

Vernon May Disband

On April 28, the California State Assembly voted 60–7 in favor of a bill to disincorporate the Southern California city of Vernon....

Billabong Partners With Universal Music

Billabong and Universal Music announced a “global brand partnership” under which Billabong and Universal Music will “collaborate on the development of a broad range of services an...

GE Exec in at Nike

Beaverton, Ore.–based Nike Inc. named Elizabeth J. Comstock to its board of directors. Comstock is the senior vice president and chief marketing officer of General Electric Co. She is also a trustee of the Smi...

Curly-V: Fun, Fearless Fashion

Carlitos Velasquez, a.k.a. Curly-V, just wants to have fun hellip; with clothes. “Clothes are so much fun. It’s fun to get dressed,” the designer said. “I want clothes to feel like they...

PVH Names New Canadian Manager

Andrea Elliot was named vice president and general manager of Canadian retail operations for Phillips-Van Heusen Corp., the New York–based company whose brand portfolio includes Van Heusen, Calvin Klei...

Internet Sales-Tax Debate Comes to Calif.

State legislatures in South Carolina and Texas this week approved measures to require online retailers to pay state sales taxes, and California might jump into this fray next....

Los Angeles Fashion Collective

Los Angeles Fashion Week may be over, but Fall 2011 fashion presentations continue, thanks to the Los Angeles Fash...

Columbia Expanding to Canada, Europe

Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear Co. is expanding its e-commerce business to Canada and up to eight markets in Europe this fall. Plans call for new e-commerce sites for its Co...

Technology on Display

For its Spring 2011 designer campaign, Nordstrom worked with photographer Glen Luchford and artist Ruben Toledo to create a fashion spread that featured a bright ribbon of light running throu...

M.A.C. Opens Second S.F. Location

The M.A.C. Modern Appealing Clothing boutique built a reputation for selling styles from Belgian and Japanese designers in San Francisco for the past 30 years. On May 10, it is sche...

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Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress Channels Grace Kelly (NY Daily News)Royal Wedding: Tim Gunn's Fashion Hits and Misses (ABC...

IP Fight Goes Rogue

Rogue websites are the next target as the industry battles intellectual property theft....

Susie's Deals Files for Bankruptcy Protection

After more than 35 years in business, Susie’s Deals—a Southern California retail chain that sells bargain-basement merchandise at its stores in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California—has voluntarily filed ...

PacSun's New CFO

Anaheim-based retailer Pacific Sunwear Inc. named Michael Kaplan senior vice president and chief financial officer, replacing Mike Henry, who is leaving the company. Kaplan was most recently CFO of Ha...

More Bloomie's Outlets

Cincinnatibased Macy’s Inc. announced plans for three new Bloomingdale’s Outlet stores to open this fall. Macy’s launched the concept last year with four stores. Ranging in size from 24,000 square feet t...

Lululemon, OnePiece Move to Robertson

Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard has long been the tastemaking street for premium denim, but two of the thoroughfare’s newest tenants will be denim-free zones.On June 1, high-end activewear brand Lululemon Athletica Inc. will mov...

Partnership Ties E-Commerce With Payment Processing

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.–based e-commerce solutions provider CORESense Inc. has struck a partnership with Payment Processing Inc., a Newark, Calif.–based company that provides technology...

Rush to M-Commerce

Retailers push to sell in the mobile commerce market....

Jasmin Shokrian's Chic Event

Jasmin ShokrianJasmin Shokrian fêted the season with an informal presentation last night at her design studio in West Hollywood. A stylish group of friends, family and chic industry insiders turned out for the event.Guests enjoyed wine and cheese...

Sourcing Upscale China

Alibaba.com Limited, a division of online sourcing site Alibaba.com, launched a new channel to connect U.S. buyers with premium products from China. The new AliExpress Premier Channel will feature...

Mobile App Puts Fit Information in the Phone

A Sunnyvale, Calif.–based company is putting fit information in the palm of the hand with a mobilephone app that will translate sizing specifications from brand t o brand....

Retail Focus: Resource Guide

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. provides ringspun yarn with 100 percent Supima, 100 percent Micro Modal, 100 percent Micro Tencel, and 50/50 blends of Micro Modal or Micro Tencel with Sup...

Stussy x Marvel: A Super-Cool Collaboration

Irvine-based streetwear brand Stussy is taking advantage of its close proximity to Hollywood by teaming with Disney's Marvel Entertainment for two very cool series of T-shirts. The collections...

Thursday, April 28

FASHION [FILM] SCHOOL

Tom Ford on the set of his film, A Single Man. (Image via The Guardian)Tom Ford, what have you done?! Ever since you left fashion for the warm embrace of Hollywood, designers seem to have gotten the movie bug. Not that...

Kohl#039;s Lands Exclusive Rock & Republic Lifestyle Brand

Just one month after acquiring the bankrupt

Beverly Center to Kick Off 2011 Fashion's Night Out

Last year's debut: Antonio Villaraigosa at Beverly Center's 2010 Fashion's Night OutThere's nothing like a little bit of planning. Sept. 8 is confirmed to be the date for 2011 Fashion's Night Out, a global party celebrating fashion retail....

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Designer Charlotte Todd Cashes in on Kate Middleton Craze (Telegraph UK)When Designer Clothes Become Museum Pieces (Wall Street...

Kohl’s Lands Exclusive Rock & Republic Lifestyle Brand

Just one month after acquiring the bankrupt

Wednesday, April 27

Iconix Acquires Majority of Ed Hardy License

For the Iconix Brand Group, owning 50 percent of the Ed Hardy license wasn’t enough. ...

Sample Sale Season Is ON!

It's that time of year! Sample sale festivites kick off tomorrow in downtown Los Angeles. Everyone from Alternative Apparel to EM Productions, Showroom Seven and Brand Equity Showroom will be hosting sales at The New Mart, Cooper...

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Frugal Fashion: Twilight's Anna Kendrick Impresses at Tribeca (L.A. Times)Mary-Kate Ashley Olsen: Billion Dollar Fashion Moguls (Newsweek)Jennifer...

Tuesday, April 26

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Beyonce or Naomi Campbell: Who Wore It Better? (Huffington Post)Gwyneth Paltrow Bags a New Job With Coach (E! Online)Kate Middleton and Prince...

L.A. Designer Creates Carl's Jr. Turkey Burger Dress

Who hasn't seen that sexy Carl's Jr. turkey burger TV ad where Miss Turkey walks towards a swimming pool with nothing but a bikini and a turkey burger to obscure the view.Many people may not know that there is a longer version of the TV...

Monday, April 25

Easter Parade for Los Angeles?

A friend of mine visiting New York was fascinated to see the annual Easter Parade on 5th Avenue and sent me a few photos.The hats were amazingly creative, which got me thinking. Why doesn't Los Angeles, the other fashion...

Lady Gaga's Fashion Woes: Sometimes Style Overshadows Substance

Unfortunately, wearing a meat dress may sometimes have unforeseen repercussions, which is something Lady Gaga learned the hard way.Lady Gaga has done more for championing personal...

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Beyonce Poses for Harper’s Bazaar in Paris (The YBF)What To Wear? Ask Style Icon Edith Head (Wall Street Journal)Fashion Star Reality Show...

Friday, April 22

Marshal Cohen: Retail's New Rules

LAS VEGAS—Retailers have been faced with a number of setbacks over the last few years, but innovation, customer service and incorporating new technology will help them survive, according to Ma...

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Alexander McQueen Retrospective at the Met (Tips From the T List)Rachel Bilson Karl Lagerfeld Debut Ice Cream Flick (OK! Magazine)Kate Middleton: Fashion Icon...

Alex Maine Wants to Defend America, Apparel

Los Angeles entrepreneur Bron Heussenstamm is launching Alex Maine, a new menswear brand and retailer, to preserve American jobs. quot;Patriotism and entrepreneurship are what this country wa...

Monah Li Returns to the Runway

Los Angeles designer Monah Li returned to the runway recently for a charity fashion luncheon in Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood....

The New Selling Point: Made in the USA

About 95 percent of the clothes sold in the United States are sewn in far-flung overseas factories in places such as China, Vietnam and Bangladesh, according to International Develop...

Logistics Executives Learn to Cope With Retail's Changing Trends at SDI Forum

LAS VEGAS—The world of retail is changing, with customers increasingly slipping behind the steering wheel and taking over the driver’s seat. And that, in turn, is creating challenges for store owners an...

Made in America: Resources

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. provides ringspun yarn with 100 percent Supima, 100 percent Micro Modal, 100 percent Micro Tencel, and 50/50 blends of Micro Modal or Micro Tencel with Supima cotto...

Westlife Distribution, Canadian Logistics Company to Launch 3PL

Gardena, Calif.–based Westlife Distribution, which manufactures the 686 brand of boardsports apparel, and NRI Distribution, a Canadian third-party logistics company, have ann...

Haute Handbags By Ceacute;nch Couture

Pamela Lin was inspired by her grandmother’s timelessly chic style when creating her Ceacute;nch Couture handbag line...

Odyn Vovk: Made in L.A.

Austin Sherbanenko, the founder and designer of Odyn Vovk, a collection of high-end menswear and unisex garments produced in Los Angeles, doesn’t mind holding his contractors’ hand. In fact, he...

Street Scene: Cool at Coachella

Musician Erykah Badu performed at the recent Coachella Music & Arts Festival, held April 15–17 at the EmpirePolo Club in Indio, Calif....

Deckers' Man Abroad

Goleta-based Deckers Outdoor Corp. named Stephen Murray president of the company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa business. He will oversee the company’s subsidiary and distributor businesses, which include the UGG Australia, ...

A Conversation With Kate and Laura Mulleavy

MOCA on Vimeo.Among the many fashion exhibitions to debut recently, “Rodarte: States of Matter” tops the list of must-sees in Los Angeles. And yesterday, the public had the chance to learn more about the exhibition directly from the source. Kate and Laura Mulleavy sat down for an in-depth conversation about the history of...

Jantzen Celebrates in Fort Lauderdale

Swimbrand Jantzen will participate in the “100 Years of Swimming and Swimwear in Fort Lauderdale” exhibition at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, which opens on May 5 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The...

Gap Merges International Divisions, Plans Old Navy Growth

Gap Inc. is preparing to expand its global position....

Obituary: Beverly Hills Menswear Designer Bijan

Designer Bijan Pakzad died on April 16 after suffering a stroke two days before. He was 67, according to some reports. Others say he was 71....

Nixon Pops Up in London

Encinitas, Calif.–based watch and accessories brand Nixon is crossing the pond to debut its first pop-up shop in London’s Selfridges store. Set to debut on April 22 in the iconic retailer’s contemporary menswear acces...

Rusty x Diamond Supply Collab

As part of Rusty North America’s focus on all things skate and street, the Irvine, Calif.–based brand has announced a collaboration with Diamond Supply Co., a Los Angeles–base...

Fashion Market Northern California Focuses On Immediate Goods, Unique Looks

SAN MATEO, CALIF.—Booth space was sold out at Fashion Market Northern California’s Fall I Market,which ran April 9–12 at the San Mateo County Event Center, located less than a 30-minute drive ...

Vlov Opens Flagship in Xiamen

Chinese men’s brand Vlov opened its first flagship store in a 3,000-square-foot space in the California Plaza retail center in Xiamen, China. The company manufactures fashion-forward lifestyle apparel for men aged 18 to 45. The compa...

Zimmer Stepping Down at Men's Wearhouse

George Zimmer, the founder, chief executive officer, chairman of the board—and spokesperson—of the Men’s Wearhouse, is retiring. The company named Douglas S. Ewert, president and chief operating officer, to succeed him after th...

Surf Expo Announces Asian Expansion

Surf Expo, the East Coast action-sports trade show produced by GLM Shows/DMG Events, has announced that it will be debuting Action Sports Expo Asia in Singapore in April 201...

Thursday, April 21

Earth Day Fashion Show at The Grove

Yotam Solomon, center, at a previous fashion showHere's your solution to rising cotton prices and scarce raw materials. Use plants to create your next fashion line.If you don't believe it's true, just show up at...

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Marlon Brando's Grandson, Tuki Brando, Stars in TechnoMarine Campaign (Telegraph) San Francisco Hosts Haute Couture...

Wednesday, April 20

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OMG! Lauren Conrad Launches Beauty Site! (Fashionista)W.E.R.Q.: Helen Mirren in Dolce Gabbana (TomLorenzo)Anna Dello Russo Wears...

Checking Into Patrick Hoelck's 'Polaroid Hotel'

Multi-talented hitmaker Pharell Williams gets candid in Polaroid Hotel.It's been a very exciting past couple of weeks in the L.A. fashion scene as global style icons and rock and roll collided in a brilliant fusion of fun and fabulousness everywhere you looked...

Tuesday, April 19

"Beauty Culture" at The Annenberg Space for Photography

Backstage at the Paul Smith Women fashion show, London 09/13/2002, photo courtesy of Felicia WebbWhat is beauty and how is it defined in modern culture? That is what The Annenberg Space for Photography will attempt to answer in it’s next....

Fashion Speakers Share Insights

Brad Goreski, celebrity stylistHere's your chance to get the inside scoop on fashion's influence on Hollywood. And you have to travel no farther than Santa Monica to get it.The Art Institute of California - Los...

Monday, April 18

Rethinking Where and How to Source

There is an old saying in real estate, “you make a profit on a house when you buy it not when you sell it”. This goes for sourcing product as well. In fact when you really get down to it where you source determines...

Saturday, April 16

Tim Gunn's Blunt Talk

Tim Gunn,left with Leah SalakJoking that his loose lips might land him in court, Tim Gunn, Project Runway co-host and Liz Claiborne chief creative officer, gave a rare display of dish on the show that made him famous. Tim’s foray into refreshingly frank talk took place on a hot afternoon April 16 at a runway show at...

Friday, April 15

Cherokee Inks Deal With Mikasa Sports.

Van Nuys–based Cherokee Inc. struck an exclusive licensing deal with Mikasa Sports USA for Cherokee’s Sideout brand. The Japanese retailer, with U.S. headquarters in California, will carry Sideout-brand...

The Social Network: Monetizing New Media

One of the main topics at the recent 2011 Tech Conference West was how retailers can make money or at least build awareness of their product through social-media sites such ...

Todd Rosen’s Rich In Clothing: A Bid for the New Normal

In the fashion wor ld, where eccentric clothing details are championed by designers and stylists, Todd Rosen felt the only way to break away from the pack was to make clothes with a look and fit that ...

Six for S.F. Fashion

Sure, there’s the Giants baseball cap, otherwise it’s futile to pin down a specific San Francisco look. Yet it was on this Quixotic quest I traveled when I walked around Fog City on April 13. The real reason for the trip was to check out great...

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Fashion Freakouts at Lady Gaga's Miami Monster Ball (Miami New Times)John Galliano Sacked By His Own Label (Racked)Urban Outfitters Admits to Being...

Off-Price Booms as Overstock Supply Shrinks

The off-price market has been booming throughout the recession and recovery. But just as demand for off-price merchandise is skyrocketing, the supply of it is becoming scarce in America....

Leveraging the Supply Chain to Offset Rising Raw-Material Costs - Extendended

The recent rise in raw-material prices has manufacturers looking for alternatives—and answers. California Apparel News asked several industry insiders for strategies to leverage the supply chain to offset risi...

Bloomie's Green Spot

Just in time for Earth Day, Bloomingdale’s SOHO, the retailer’s store in Manhattan’s SoHo district, will debut The GreenShows Spring Ecolux Designer Pop-Up Shop. The shop, organized in partnership with eco event...

The Promise of PLM and the Challenges of Implementation

PLM—product lifecycle management— has been a buzzword among tech-savvy apparel makers over the last decade....

Retail Sales Grow for Quarter, Employment Concerns Linger

March marked the ninth consecutive month of retail sales gains, but analysts say rising gas prices could dampen shoppers’ spirits even as the job-market picture brightens....

Hurley Fills CEO Post

Jim Calhoun has been named vice president and chief executive officer of Costa Mesa, Calif.–based surf/skate lifestyle brand Hurley. The company, a division of Beaverton, Ore.–based Ni...

New President at 7 For All Mankind

Barry Miguel is the new president of Los Angeles–based premium-denim and lifestyle brand 7 For All Mankind, a division of VF Corp. Miguel, who fills the post vacated by Tophe...

MyBestFit Targets Research, Sales

Since its debut in September, the My-BestFit body-scanner kiosk has scanned nearly 15,000 women from its perch at the King of Prussia mall outside Philadelphia. It is currently the only MyBestFit sc...

Levi's Film Workshop Opens at MOCA

Imagine attending a four month long interactive collaborative film workshop with some high tech film making equipment and some of most talented filmmakers and artists in the business. Well….that’s exactly what Levi’s has created. Following on the heels of its successful Print Workshop in San Francisco and Photo Workshop in New York, the iconic denim brand is set to debut...

Supply Chain + Tech Focus Resource Guide

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. provides ringspun yarn with 100 percent Supima, 100 percent Micro Modal, 100 percent Micro Tencel, and 50/50 blends of Micro Modal or Micro Tencel with Supima cotto...

Apparel Companies Turn to Mobile for Marketing, Production

Going mobile is the next frontier for many apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers. Mobile technology—from mobile applications for shoppers and “augmented reality” applications that deliver c...

Tim Gunn and Lucky Brand in the O.C.

Lucky Brand, the Los Angeles– based division of Liz Claiborne, is teaming up with Tim Gunn, Liz’s chief creative officer and star of “Project Runway,” for a fashion show at the Lucky store...

Centric Lands $7.5 Million in Venture Capital

Centric Software announced a deal that closed on $7.5 million in venture-capital funding that has been earmarked to “fuel ongoing product- and business-development efforts,” said Chief E...

Target Lands Levi's Denizen

Denizen, the global collection launched last year in Asia by San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co., is launching in the United States and Mexico this summer. Target stores will carry the collectio...

Gerber's Giles Replacing Hancock

Gerber Scientific, parent company of Gerber Technology, has announced a reorganization of its executive ranks....

Ports' Container Traffic Volumes Strong in April

U.S. consumer spending doesn’t appear to be going away soon....

Velvet Lands Investor, Plans Retail

Culver City, Calif.–based contemporaryapparel maker Velvet Inc. sold an undisclosed “significant interest” to Snow Phipps, a New York–based private-equity firm. Terms of the deal ...

Todd Rosen#039;s Rich In Clothing: A Bid for the New Normal

In the fashion wor ld, where eccentric clothing details are championed by designers and stylists, Todd Rosen felt the only way to break away from the pack was to make clothes with a look and fit that ...

K-Swiss Lands Jillian Michaels

Westlake Village–based footwear and apparel brand K-Swiss launched a capsule collection created in partnership with “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels. The 13-piece apparel line...

Los Angeles Apparel Exports Climb

In the last three years, apparel exports from the Los Angeles area have climbed 40 percent as manufacturers look to overseas markets to boost sales. And the opportunities are only growing....

Finance Resource Guide

CIT Commercial Services operates throughout the United States and internationally. The Los Angeles office serves clients in the Western United States and Asia. CIT is the nation’s leading provider of factorin...

Dita Von Teese's Lingerie

Burlesque star Dita Von Teese will design a collection of lingerie as the first in a series of collaborations with Lime Door, a Melbourne, Australia–based branding agency and management consultancy. Th...

Thursday, April 14

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Jennifer Lopez Goes Metal -- in Dress -- in New Video (Rap-Up)Adirée to Present Africa Fashion Week New York (Fibre2Fashion)
A Hard-Working...

Wednesday, April 13

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Lady Gaga Credits Alexander McQueen as the Inspiration Behind 'Born This Way' (People)Oscar de la Renta's Newest Gowns Walk the Aisle at NYC's Spring...

Street Style

Downtown L.A.'s Fashion District has always had an effervescent buzz of creative energy swirling through it, but lately the stylish 'hood is increasingly...

Nick Verreos, Style supastar

Fashion designer, “Project Runway” alumn, fashion pundit, FIDM instructor—and

Monday, April 11

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Justin Bieber is DG’s Latest Style Crush (Telegraph U.K.)Wild, Wild Westwood (Wall Street Journal)Young Designers in Russia: Forgotten and Underfunded (Reuters)Adidas: No...

Angelina Jolie's 'Style' Sparkles in Beverly Hills

A-lister and international style icon Angelina Jolie's signature jewelry collection, Style of Jolie, is currently on display at Julien's Gallery and Auction House in Beverly Hills. But, being that...

Got Some Perfume for That Pistol?

Yes, The rich are different from you and me.If you don't think that's true, look no further than the upcoming jewelry auction in New York of some gems that once belonged to Alice Appleton Hay. She was the daughter-in-law of Secretary of...

Going to Camp, That is RetailCamp

Stylesight presentation on fashion forecasting.Do the terms Instagram, SEO, Quora and Klout leave you dazed and confused? Then it might be time to head to RetailCamp. This weekend technology gurus, PR experts, bloggers, retailers and fashion brands gathered at...

Friday, April 8

L.A. to Shanghai Nonstop

American Airlines now offers daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai, becoming the first domestic carrier to offer the nonstop service along the route. Before Ame...

Apparel Industry Faces Problems Beyond the Gas Pump

Retailers challenged by high gas prices, inflation and unemployment....

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Jessica Alba Goes Goth in Prada and Dior for Italian Vogue (Vogue Italia)Behind the Scenes at Wills Lifestyle...

Katie Kay's New Store

Katie KaySeemed like yesterday when former Skingraft designer Katie Kay opened her first boutique, called Gather, in downtown Los Angeles (actually the downtown debut was August.) Now she’s opening a second Gather location, but this one is in Los Angeles’ Silver Lake neighborhood, at...

Barbara Fields' Fall Forecast: Denim and Color Will Rebound

Denim was in the dumps last year, but it will make a comeback this fall, according to Barbara Fields, president of the Barbara Fields Buying Office....

Directives West's Fall 2011 Runway Show

Directives West, the West Coast merchandising consulting division of New York–based Doneger Group, held its Fall 2011 pre...

Research Shows Apparel Sales Look Solid for 2011

Here’s a bright piece of information for Los Angeles denim makers. Sales of women’s jeans jumped 20 percent during the three-month period ending February 2011 after posting a 2.6 percent increa...

Colombia, South Korea Free-Trade Agreements Moving Toward Completion

A free-trade agreement between the United States and Colombia has taken a giant step forward....

YMI Fall 2011 Runway Show

YMI is in the midst of growing from a jeans label to a lifestyle brand, and on April 3, the Los Angeles–based juniors fashion brand gave an update on its fashion progress with a runwa...

O'Neill Hires Action-Sports Veteran

Sasha Hartloff has joined O’Neill Clothing as the new girls’ sales manager for the swimwear and activewear categories. At her new post, Hartloff will report to Steve Ward, O’Neill’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, and ove...

Majors Market Trade Show Builds on Strong Sales

Immediate deliveries and ’70 styles are key....

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Is Retiring

After 14 years as the executive director at the Port of Long Beach in Long Beach, Calif., Richard Steinke announced on April 5 that he will be retiring in six months....

Oakley to Open Manhattan Store

Foothill Ranch–based Oakley Inc. has opened a new store in New York’s Times Square. In addition to the company’s full range of eyewear, the Times Square store will feature an Oakley Custom bar, ...

Activant and Epicor to Merge

Apax Partners, an international private equity fund investment group, announced plans to purchase Activant Solutions Inc., a Livermore-based provider of ERP (enterprise resource planning) a...

American Apparel Adds Jeans

Los Angeles–based T-shirt maker American Apparel has added jeans to its mix and hired denim veteran Georges Atlan as its director of denim. The former Guess executive is supervising the development of the line, which is mad...

Thursday, April 7

"Everything Went Black" at COMUNE

"Everything Went Black" photos courtesy of COMUNE/Jimmy FontaineGet ready for COMUNE's next über-cool event. The street-wise, creative culture brand will present a photo exhibition by photographer Jimmy Fontaine....

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Quirky Fashion Moments From Around the Globe (iAfrica)This Championship Season -- The Varsity Jacket is Ready to Tackle Fall (New York Times)Mary-Kate and...

March Retail Sales Solid

Sales for American chain stores increased 2 percent for March 2011, according to Michael Niemira, chief economist for the International Council of Shopping Centers. ...

Wednesday, April 6

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International Style Icon Elizabeth Taylor Explores the Couture of Iran in LACMA Exhibit (LACMA)Fashion Charity Auction for Japan Offers A Chance to Hang Out With...

Tuesday, April 5

Port of Long Beach Executive Director Is Retiring

After 14 years as the executive director at the Port of Long Beach, Richard Steinke announced on April 5 that he will be retiring in six months...

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Splendid Coming to L.A. Retail Hot Spot The Grove This Summer (Mondette)Victoria's Secret Runway Show Costume Designer Tapped to Work...

Monday, April 4

Affliction's Man-Size Shop

Affliction headquarters, the label's new boutique is located on the headquarters' property.For the past six years, Affliction Clothing has been a favorite of fans of mixed martial arts fighting and for the heavy metal music crowd.On April 4, it opened a behemoth emporium at...

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Oscar de la Renta Launches His First Scent in a Decade Via Social Networking (Bellasugar.com)WIFW Returns With 'What's Haute' Fashion Quiz (The Times of India)NBC to...

Saturday, April 2

FIDM Prepares Fashion Business Students for Global Success!

FIDM is an internationally recognized force in the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries. Whether creating strong industry partnerships with companies who mentor students inside and outside the classroom or...

Hurley X Brandon Boyd: Talking Art, Surfing and Activism With Incubus#039; Frontman Brandon Boy

Artist, musician and activist Brandon Boyd is making waves in the world. Riding high on the success of his band

Friday, April 1

Supremes Hear Walmart Suit

The Walmart class-action lawsuit concerning the hiring and promotion practices employed by the Bentonville, Ark.–based retail giant has hit the Supreme Court of the United States. At issue is whether W...

Hot Topic Shuffles Executives Again

In the wake of the news that longtime chief executive officer Betsy McLaughlin has resigned, City of Industry–based Hot Topic Inc. announced that Amy Kocourek, chief merchandising officer of its Hot To...

American Rag Expands Denim Bar Concept, Hints at Further Denim Growth

Los Angeles–based American Rag believes in denim in a big way....

Gerber Technology Reorganizes Executive Lineup

Gerber Scientific, parent company of Gerber Technology, has announced a reorganization of its executive ranks. Gerber Technology President John Hancock will vacate his post on April 30, acco...

Kohl's Beefs Up E-Commerce Logistics

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based Kohl’s Department Stores will open a 602,000-square-foot distribution center in Edgewood, Md., in July to handle e-tail fulfillment at...

Port Employment Up

Several large infrastructure projects at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are expected to generate approximately 7,000 jobs in the area over the next five years, according to ...

Lead Content Remains Issue for CPSIA Compliance

Three years after being made into law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act continues to wrangle with lead....

Rental Red-Carpet and Designer Fashions for All at Boudoir

Tuxedo rental is a fashion rite of passage most men go through, but Stella Gukasyan thought women would be interested in renting special-occasion clothes—if the gowns and dresses were high-fashion labe...

Bustling Aisles at L.A. Textile Show

There were several new exhibitors and the aisles were crowded with designers at the March 28–30 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center....

Unionmade to Open in L.A.

Since opening in 2009, Unionmade has been one of San Francisco’s influential men’s fashion stores. In mid-April, the store is scheduled to open a new location in the Brentwoo...

Red 23: New Line From Karen Kane

Los Angeles designer Karen Kane has been in the apparel business since 1979, but she is still uncovering new ideas for new labels...

Cotton Prices in Flux

The rapidly rising price of cotton was a key concern for many of the exhibitors showing at the March 28–30 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at...

Nautica, Raj Manufacturing Sign Licensing Deal

Raj Manufacturing, the Tustin, Calif.– based maker of licensed and private-label swimwear, has signed a licensing agreement with Nautica Apparel, a subsidiary of VF Corp. The deal—which lice...

Walmart Reopens in Japan

Walmart Stores Inc. plans to reopen 12 of its stores in Japan, according to a Reuters report. The stores operate under the Seiyu nameplate. Walmart operates 371 stores in Japan, including 24 stores th...

OffPrice Show Expanding Footwear, Lingerie and Accessories Exhibits

Footwear is proving to be one of the growth areas for the OffPrice Show, heldbiannually at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.The show has been working to bring addit...

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Katy Perry's 'E.T.' Video Look Inspired By Jellyfish, Stylist Says (MTV.com)The Comeback of Inès de la Fressange: The Icon on the Fate of Luxury...

Otis Toasts Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place

Otis College of Art and Design fêted legendary costume designer Bob Mackie and Santa Monica Place with a cocktail reception at The Peninsula Beverly Hills. The event kicked off the annual scholarship fundraising efforts for the college which will culminate on May 7...

Apparel Makers Taking a Fresh Look at Central America

GUATELMALA CITY—For several years now, Nothin’ But Net Clothing Co. has been making its activewear, T-shirts, denim and other young men’s clothing in China, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh ...

Counterfeiting, Intellectual Property Key at AAFA's San Francisco Event

SAN FRANCISCO—Counterfeiters are coming out of the woodwork these days, but there is plenty that can be done about it....

Fashion Market Northern California Sold-Out Again

With 200 exhibitors showing about 2,000 lines, the April 9–12 run of Fashion Market Northern California has sold out its exhibition space, according to Nancy Provda, president of the ...

Vivienne Westwood Debuts L.A. Boutique

The only Vivienne Westwood flagship boutique in the United States debuted February in Los Angeles. On March 30, the brand’s namesake and iconic English designer Vivienne Westwood visited the shop at 83...

Juicy Leaving L.A.?

Juicy Couture, which was acquired by Liz Claiborne Inc. in 2003, is reportedly disbanding its Los Angeles office and moving its merchant team to New York, according to a sto...

Erica D Opens Harper's Boutique in Corona Del Mar

When Erica Dee Thomas shuttered her Erica D contemporary boutique in the wealthy Orange County, Calif., neighborhood of Corona Del Mar in 2008, she vowed not to return to retail unless she wa...