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Wednesday, August 31

Westfield Statford City Sums it Up for You

Yes, it's fantastic. Yes, I found it on The Hairpin. Yes, I wish I had that red suit. And that yellow dress. But mostly, I wish I was going to the Sept. 13 opening in London. It's sure to be fab....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Half of America Is Using Social Networks (New York Times' Bits blog)California cotton threatened by Fusarium Race 4 (Western Farm Press) Textile jobs coming: KM announces second expansion this week (The...

J.C. Penney Withdraws Bad T-shirt

Note to T-shirt designers.You might not want to follow the example of mass retailer J.C. Penney, which got a lot of bad publicity for a T-shirt that made girls look stupid and sounded as if the store chain was still...

Tuesday, August 30

So You Need a Typeface?

photo via Felt and Wire Shop A roadmap to your typeface destination. Because the font you need for your lookbook cover is most definitely going to be decided after answering “Gouda” or “Emmenthal” when it comes to...

Herlo#039;s Premium Men#039;s Collection Launches Graphic-Driven Secondary Line

Last year, Mikey Anavim and Ramit Jantzis launched a contemporary men’s T-shirt line called Herlo? This year, the Los Angeles–based entrepreneurs followed up with a graphic tee line ca...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Annie Leibovitz to Host Kardashian Kollection Launch Party (Fashionista)Jessica Simpson reveals 'artistic' jewellery line (Belfast Telegraph) Why the suit is...

Herlo’s Premium Men’s Collection Launches Graphic-Driven Secondary Line

Last year, Mikey Anavim and Ramit Jantzis launched a contemporary men’s T-shirt line called Herlo? This year, the Los Angeles–based entrepreneurs followed up with a graphic tee line ca...

Monday, August 29

Radness of the Day: Supermodels, Alber Shake It

Lanvin is serious fashion, but that doesn't mean the fancy French house doesn't know how to have fun. Watch Karen Elson and Raquel Zimmermann make like video vixens as the dance in Lanvin's Fall 2012 collection. The best part: Alber Elbaz...

Lisa Kline's New Direction

Pioneering Los Angeles boutique retailer Lisa Kline brought months of speculation to an end Aug. 29 when she announced in an exclusive to California Apparel News that her bricks-and-...

Friday, August 26

X-Rite Holds Color Seminars Nationwide

X-Rite Inc., the parent company of Pantone, will host a nationwide one-day color seminar covering the basics of color and appearance, including measuring, viewing and understanding d...

Waterless Wash Demos at Project

LAS VEGAS—Wash houses use gallons of water and chemicals to get denim to that perfect distressed patina and ultra-soft hand. A Spanish research and development company, Jeanologia, is achievin...

Little Guide Against Big Photo Lawsuits

One of the controversial Hailey Clauson photographs by Jason Lee Parry.Designers, stop before you slap a graphic of a photo on a T-shirt.Think first on these questions. Did a model sign a photo release? Does...

Serious Biz at Fashion's Night Out

Yves Saint Laurent opened at Beverly Center on Aug. 1.Fashion’s Night Out is guaranteed to be a party, but the build-up to the event is pretty serious.Just to spread the word, Los Angeles’ Beverly Center mall took out two billboards, one on La Brea Boulevard, the other on Santa Monicato advertise its corner of...

Thursday, August 25

Beach Bunny Opens at Malibu Lumber Yard

Beach Bunny Swimwear is on a retail growth spurt. ...

PacSun Expecting Slow Back-to-School-Season

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. reported positive same-store sales for its second fiscal quarter, but that didn’t leave the company optimistic....

Frederick's LoRe Resigns

After taking lingerie retailer Frederick's of Hollywood out of bankruptcy and in a new direction, Linda LoRe is stepping down as the company’s president and as a board member....

Brioni Closes Women's Line

Italian design house Brioni is shuttering its womenswear division and closing a plant in Congiunti, Italy, dedicated to women’s apparel. The high-end label is also canceling its womenswear runway show scheduled to take place ...

New Sports Authority Exec

Sports Authority, the gigantic sporting-goods retailer based in Englewood, Colo., announced its chief executive and president, David Campisi, has stepped down after a year on the job. Acting as interi...

Slow Steaming Ahead

The container-shipping industry is in for a slow season that could last longer than the 2009 slump, according to shipping-research firm Alphaliner. Shipping lines have upped the number of container ve...

True Religion's Trademark Fight Ends Out of Court

For years now, True Religion has been on a vigilant hunt for apparel makers illegally using the company’s iconic horseshoe back-pocket design, which symbolizes everything cool about the premium-denim brand.But in an about-face, an English apparel make...

IntelliSkin Athletic Apparel Design to Treat-and Prevent-Injuries

Tim Brown’s foray into the apparel business started out pretty old school—stitching an innovational idea onto fabric with a hotel sewing kit in the living room of his Newport Beach, Calif., home. A surfer turne...

Gap Gets Greener

The Gap Inc. has a grand scheme to get greener. In its most recent “Social and Environmental Responsibility” report, the San Francisco–based retailer pledged to reduce its greenhouse-gas emission...

Bebe Sales Up, Green Lights Expansion

Bebe Stores Inc. reported its same-store sales increased 7 percent for its fourth fiscal quarter2011, compared with a decline of 3.4 percent in the same time in the previous year. During an Aug. 25 c...

Look Into the Camera and Give Me Your Best Fashionista

If you haven't uploaded a video for WikiFashionista.com's Street Style Video Contest, you need to know that Jackie K. just got her 15th Facebook "Like." Just like the latest trends, you should be on top of these kinds of things or...

Stop Staring! to Add Shoes, Accessories

Los Angeles–based Stop Staring! inked a deal with Beanstalk licensing agency and consultancy to extend the Stop Staring! brand into new categories. ...

Alert: There's a Planet Made of DIAMOND.

WHOA.Like this. But minus the ring. And in space.Australian astronomers are reporting that they have found a planet made entirely of diamond. Straight-up space bling. Apparently, it's probably a dead star that lost its outer layers...

Wednesday, August 24

Rhythm Packaway: More Than Meets The Eye

Part Transformers and part presto-expando camping tent, Rhythm’s Spring ’12 Packaway Travel series of clothes fold into their own back and front pockets. The idea was to economize precious carry-on satchel space, (we assume because they’re saving the...

Finance Resource Guide

Bibby Financial Services2945 Townsgate Rd.Suite 140Westlake Vil...

MAGIC and Las Vegas Shows Packed with Product

LAS VEGAS—The breadth of goods on disp...

Tuesday, August 23

Downtown LA Needs Indie Fashion Boutiques

Note to independent fashion boutiques: Downtown Los Angeles wants you....

Apparel News Daily Reader

New Names in the Dior Hat (New York Times)Donna Karan: My Bali High (Wall Street Journal)Jennifer's Jazzed-Up Jumpsuit (Refinery29)Survey...

So Mr Big Walks into Babakul...

Mr. Big looks for Carrie. Actually it is Chris Noth at Babakul. Photo by Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.The scene couldgo something like this. Sex and the City heroine Carrie Bradshaw walks into the Babakul boutique at Fred Segal Santa Monica.She’s using a bit of shopping to help...

LA Designers to New York Fashion Week

A look from Tadashi Shoji's Fall 2011 collectionThe global fashion season is about to begin with New York Fashion Week the kick-off event, taking place Sept. 8-15.The runway in the Big Apple is looking pretty congested...

New Website for Sourcing in Central America

A new website to help apparel and textile manufacturers locate Central American factories to produce a variety of clothing and tex...

Monday, August 22

Port of LA, Department of Commerce Launched Program to Export LA Brand to China

LAS VEGAS—Several years ago, Moshe Tsabag tried to take his clothing label to China but had little success....

T-shirts for a Chez Panisse Cause

A T-shirt designed by David ByrneHow time flies.Chez Panisse, that northern California culinary icon, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. And to commemorate the event, the restaurant, founded by Alice Waters, and Levi...

Vegas, Baby,Vegas

I’m walking—and working—the shows in Las Vegas this week. Seeing some great new brands and hearing some interesting news --like the front page news about Velvet Heart’s eye on China—and the Department of Commerce’s efforts to encourage partnerships between businesses in...

O'Neill Looking for Athletic "Icons" and Coming to Cali

Natalie Coughlin sporting O'Neill 365To promote the launch of its 365 line, O'Neill is taking a road trip with star-athlete Natalie Coughlin in tow. Coughlin, who could probably manufacture her own line of designer jewelry from Championship...

Irony of the Day: Non-Sports Brand Creates Sports Line, Misspells Sports Cheer

The good news? There's finally a place to buy a standard college, kinda trendy-looking pep t-shirt for Gameday that costs less than the arm-and-a-leg shirt from the school bookstore. Old Navy released...

Saturday, August 20

The Cooper: Staking a Claim in Retail's Next Frontier

From left;The Cooper Store's Shirley Huling, graphic designer and Cooper Store shopper Altair Padilla on ukulele. When it comes to developing boutique neighborhoods, talk to Steve Hirsh,...

Friday, August 19

Nature's Mistake Presents Looney Tunes Debuts In Vegas

Bugs Bunny’s “What’s Up, Doc?” line will be delivered with a shocking streetwear look this year....

The New Window Shopping

For all those with a shopping addiction, hunting down the latest fashion finds has just been made a little bit easier.A new mobile app called Snapette lets users digitally browse products near...

Railcar: Sewing Geek's Fantasy

Steven Dang, right, with Tawny Ortiz, his girlfriend and sales chief of Railcar.Steven Dang proves the power of individual can make an impact in the fashion world. With no formal training or industry connections, he designed and later sold premium...

Apparel News Daily Reader

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Monah Li Strikes Out On Own--Now on Sunset

Monah Li at a runway show in MarchThe story of Monah Li never really ends. On July 25, California Apparel News/Trade Talk ran a blog on how this talented designer with deep roots in Los Angeles fashion jumped back into the schmatte game after a two-year....

Supply Chain: Made in the Americas Resource Guide

American & Efird Inc.24 American St.Mt Holly, NC 28120 (704) 827-4311 Fax: (704) 827-0974Contact: Mark Hatton...

NetSuite Picks Up Where Spreadsheets Leave Off

Mountain Khakis was just a few years old when Chief Executive Officer Ross Saldarini realized he needed more than the combination of QuickBooks, Microsoft Excel and...

Chico's Buys Boston Proper

Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS Inc. is expanding its misses empire with the acquisition of Boca Raton, Fla.–based catalog retailer Boston Proper Inc. for $205 million. The two retailers’ brands are “highly complementa...

Men's Jeans Find a Second Life

Premium-denim brand Kasil Workshop’s founder and creative director, David Lim, has found a creative way to combat unpredictable cotton prices....

Sustainability and the Supply Chain Key for RILA

Retailers are increasingly interested in expanding their sustainable practices across the supply chain. That was the finding of a recent white paper released by the Retail Industry Leaders As...

Wet Seal Sales Rise, but CEO Puts Her Foot Down

The Wet Seal Inc. reported a 6 percent same-store-sales increase for the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Net sales were $148.8 million, compared with net sales of $131.5 million last year....

Style LA Goes Hollywood

Style LA headed to Hollywood for its annual swimwear and resort fashion show. Celebs, including host Alexis Bellino of Bravo's quot;Real Housewives of Orange County,quot; attended the poolside event at Drai...

Tovar: Dressing Out of a Suitcase

Between designing in Los Angeles, sourcing materials in New York and Hong Kong, babysitting production in Hong Kong, and taking two requisite out-oftown holidays per year, Terence Yeung spends a lot ...

Urban Manufacturing Alliance: Bringing Manufacturing Back to the City

With many U.S. manufacturing hubs having fallen victim to the volatile economy and companies outsourcing to foreign countries, Kate Sofis, founding executive director for San Francisco nonprofit SFM...

Brazil Fashion Abounds at Las Vegas Shows

Visitors to the apparel and footwear trade shows in Las Vegas will find a wide range of Brazilian brands, including contemporary collections, swimwear and footwear. ...

Canada Takes on Latin America as Free-Trade Partner

Canada has been busy paving a trade path to Latin America....

Sears' New CFO

Hoffman Estates, Ill.–based Sears Holdings named Robert A. Schriesheim executive vice president and chief financial officer. Schriesheim was most recently chief financial officer for Hewitt Associates until it...

Bigger Shows, More Parties, More Cities for Fashion's Night Out

Fashion’s Night Out will be celebrated Sept. 8 with runway shows, style events and parties in cities across the world....

Macy's Taps Valli

Macy’s Inc. named Giambattista Valli the fourth designer in the retail giant’s collaboration series. Valli will create a limited-edition capsule collection, which will sell in Macy’s fashion “Impu...

Royal Elastics Made in LA

Working as a designer for Royal Elastics was chief creative officer John Bondoc’s first job out of design school, so when he had the opportunity to take over management of the brand from K-Swi...

Bugs Bunny's Street Shock Value

Bugs Bunny’s “What’s Up, Doc?” line will be delivered with a shocking streetwear look this year....

Obama Administration Pushing Swift Passage of Free-Trade Pacts

The three pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama should be ready to be introduced to Congress soon after lawmakers return from their summer break on Sept. 6....

From Sheep to Sewing, Ramblers Way Is Made in the U.S.A.

Tom's of Maine founder Tom Chappell was on a chilly hiking trip to Wales when he recognized the need for fine, worsted-wool clothing that is lightweight and can kee...

Stretta: Sassy, Smart, Sexy and Sophisticated Dresses

Stretta, a line of dresses by Mayren Viray and Eric Benarouche, can be described by the four S’s: sassy, smart, sexy and sophisticated. Launched for Fall 2011, the line is made for ...

Helen Farrell, Retailer and Educator, 86

Helen Farrell, founder of Los Angeles–based design school Fashion Careers International, died on July 27 after battling several illnesses. She was 86....

Anvil, the Official Tee of Farm Aid

New York–based Anvil Knitwear sponsored the recent Farm Aid 2011, held in Kansas City, Kan., and manufactured the official T-shirts, made from organic and transitional cotton from Texas. Concert attendees who bought t...

Wet Seal's Cellphone Promotion Puts a Twist on Mobile Commerce

What began as a remedy for a sluggish Back-to-School season may have garnered happy customers for The Wet Seal—if not paying ones—for now, anyway....

Thursday, August 18

True Religion Names New President

Los Angeles premium-denim line True Religion Apparel Inc. announced that veteran apparel-industry executive Lynne Koplin is now the company’s new president. She immediately takes over for Mich...

Prince William and Princess Kate All Dolled Up

I'm sure Mattel, the Los Angeles maker of Barbie and Ken, is wishing it had thought of this one.A British toy company has come out with a Princess Kate wedding doll wearing a very close replica of the royal...

Wednesday, August 17

Metropark's IP Acquired

Prominent mall retailer Metropark might soon be back in business....

Tuesday, August 16

Tokidoki Parties For The Heck Of It

Tokidoki's Simone Legno, right, with fiancee Kaori Matsumoto. They will be married in Japan in November.Last Thursday night set the scene for some furious partying in Los Angeles’ fashion world.Reporters and the style savvy scrambled to the debuts of fashion lines like Banana Republic’s Mad Men...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fiat makes fashion statement with sexy "500 by Gucci (USA Today) Barneys partners with Lady Gaga for splashy holiday promo (Baltimore Sun)...

Kitson Announces New California Stores

Kitson is going on a growth spurt this fall.

Monday, August 15

Quality Peoples Makes Quality T-shirts

The surfers/artists behind Quality Peoples clothing did what most people working in a Dilbert comic dream of: “quit their jobs and moved to a foreign culture,” Ed Fladung to Mexico and John Esguerra to Hawaii. In fresh graphics, their...

Saturday, August 13

Waterman's Ball: Wild Style & Saving the Environment

Fernando Aguerre, founder of Reef and president of International Surfing Association, wore 19th century coat, Duchamp golf pants and Peruvian Alpaca hat.Most awards shows are a disaster, but there was something glorious about the 22nd Annual Waterman’s Ball produced by Surf Industry...

Friday, August 12

Lycra Legwear Forum Set for Sophomore Run

Nearly 250 textile-industry professionals are expected for the second run of the Lycra Fiber Moves 2011 forum, to be held Sept. 29–30 in Barcelona, Spain....

Business Booming at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

SALT LAKE CITY—Despite the tough economy, business was thriving at the Outdoor Retailer trade show, held Aug. 4–7 at the Salt Lake City Salt Palace....

Centric PLM App Makes Way for Inspiration

Many fashion companies embraced product lifecycle management software because it offered an orderly, efficient way to track the progress of a fashion line from design to store delivery....

National Geographic, the Clothing

This fall, New York–based Greater Clothing Co. will introduce the National Geographic Apparel collection, produced under license with the National Geographic Society. The upscale lifestyle and performa...

Light Traffic, Key Retailers at LA Market

There were orders placed, but traffic was light throughout the Los Angeles Fashion District during the Aug. 8–11 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market....

Sourcing & Fabric Resource Guide

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Curve Opens San Francisco Boutique

On Fashion’s Night Out, set for Sept. 8, veteran Los Angeles boutique Curve will open its fourth location, but this one will be in San Francisco’s ritzy Pacific Heights section....

Sports Authority Opening More Stores

Colorado-based sports retailer Sports Authority opened six new stores in five states—in Vero Beach, Fla., and Miami, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, Chicago, and Milwaukee. At the Los Angeles–area store, l...

Vernon Rallies to Save Local Jobs

An estimated 1,000 people turned out to show their opposition to California Assembly bills 781 and 46, which seek to dissolve the city of Vernon, home to many apparel and textile manufacturing companies that ...

You Look Good in 3-D

San Diego movie buffs will get a first look at a collection of fashionable 3-D glasses for sale at the UltraStar Mission Valley Cinemas....

Fair Verona: Whimsical Fairy-Tale Lingerie

The designers of Fair Verona lingerie, sisters Nila and Misha Myers, spent much of their youth burning through free airline tickets courtesy of their mother’s Delta Airlines employee perks. It...

Joor Lands $2.25 Million

New York–based social-networking and e-commerce portal site Joor raised $2.25 million in Series A financing led by Battery Ventures with participation from Lerer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, L...

Gerber Adds to YuniquePLM Team

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology has hired Glenn Funk as PLM (product lifecycle management) solutions manager for Gerber’s YuniquePLM team....

Two Figs: Loungewear Fit for Full Busts

As a fitter at Alla Prima lingerie in San Francisco, Deb Figge knew firsthand that there was a demand for sleepwear and loungewear catering to women who have a larger cup size and small band ...

California Label Introduces Water-Soluble Tag

You can print it, emboss it, calendar it, fold it, write on it, tear it, photocopy it and hang it on a garment....

Gap's Athleta Opens in Manhattan

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. opened two new stores for its Athleta active lifestyle brand on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and Upper West Side. The company plans to open 50 stores by 2013. “Entering New Yo...

Recycled- Fiber Program Encompasses Manufacturers and Consumers

Unifi and Polartec want their textiles back. And your manufacturing scraps, too....

Hudson Teams With ISKO for Denim 'Knit'

Los Angeles–based premium-denim brand Hudson has a new woven denim fabric that looks like denim and feels like knit....

Quiksilver, Beach Bunny Open New Stores

In September, Quiksilver Inc. is scheduled to open the new 585 Boardriders concept store in Los Angeles’ bohemian and boardsports-crazy Venice Beach neighborhood, a Quiksilver executive confirmed. The store...

Customs Officials Scrutinizing Apparel From Central America

In recent months, U.S. customs officials have mounted a campaign to make sure apparel coming in from Central America really does qualify for duty-free status....

Fashion Resource Guide

Brazilian Footwear, a program in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investments Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), operates as an advocate for the policies favored by the Brazilian shoe industry. The prog...

Scenes from the Art Walk Protest

Midnight Ridazz on Spring StreetAs fashion retailers open a handful of new boutiques in downtown Los Angeles, the section’s burgeoning Downtown Art Walk is seen as crucial to getting crowds of people to their stores. But the art-inspired street party has...

Thursday, August 11

Brazilian Footwear

Brazilian Footwear, a program in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investments Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil), operates as an advocate for the policies favored by the Brazilian shoe industry. The program watches over the industry’s interests and acts...

7 Diamonds Relaunches

Still from the 7 Diamonds web filmThe business for men’s fashion brand 7 Diamonds has been strictly wholesale. But it waded into retail Aug. 12 when it relaunched its website 7diamonds.com. For the first time, the brand’s website will offer an...

Wednesday, August 10

US Customs Taps California Official for New Textile and Apparel Chief

After more than six months without a permanent director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has named John P. Leonard of San Francisco to become the next director of textile enforcement in Washington,...

Tuesday, August 9

Designer Schoolbags Packed With a Philanthropic Edge

For parents who are in the back-to-school mode, this schoolbag is for you.A San Francisco company, Schoolbags for Kids, has designed a great bag that is colorful yet practical. It's perfect for carrying...

The Cutting Room Floor at Shareen Vintage

video via Shareen Vintage blogIf you’ve never had the experience of having Shareen Mitchell put a belt on you, watching this may be the next best thing. Check out this video posted on the Shareen Now blog to peep on her stream of consciousness opinions and decisions on which items end...

Monday, August 8

7th Revolution Embraces Mainstream America

For Wes Billingslea, there’s a lot of fashion potential in middle America, and he’s not talking about luxury premium tees or fast-fashion tops....

Invista Goes After the Action-Sports Market

Skaters should toughen up. And get comfortable. That’s the thinking behind the latest product launch by fiber giant Invista. ...

Omega Collektiv's Starman Styles

Omega Collektiv's cocktail dress and leggings. Photo credit Felix Salzman/LookBook LAOmega Collektiv tried to storm the walls of a design ghetto with its fashion show on Aug. 3 Designer Ernie Omega wanted to prove avant garde clothes could be wearable with his label’s...

Friday, August 5

Target to Pay $389,000 in EKB Textiles Copyright Case

Target Corp. has been ordered to pay more than $389,000 and attorney’s fees to Los Angeles–based EKB Textiles Inc. following a recent copyright-infringement trial in U.S. District Cour...

The Surf/Street/Skate Lifestyle at Agenda Huntington Beach

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Levi's Gets strategic

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. named Beto Guajardo global vice president of strategy. Guajardo was most recently vice president of North America strategy for Avon. He also served as vice pr...

Premium-Denim Prices on the Rise

Premium-denim prices are back in style. When the recession put a dent in consumer spending, many denim manufacturers reacted by reducing prices. But it seems that the days of the $178 premium jean are...

Retail Equation's Science to Stop Fraud

Retail Equation’s Verify-2 application uses a set of math-ematical steps and algorithms to fight return fraud....

Velvet Brigade to Mix Commerce With Contest

With public obsessions over both fashion reality shows and social media showing little sign of waning, two former Macy’s buyers decided to mix the two in a new start-up e- commerce business....

Santa Monica Place Turns 1

Upscale lifestyle mall Santa Monica Place is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its renovation with three days of shopping promotions and restaurant deals beginning Aug. 5. Nearly two years of constructi...

Macy's West Sponsors Fashion Incubator San Francisco

The Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF), sponsored by Macy’s in Union Square, is a new program that was created to help the city’s designers become sustainable entrepreneurs....

Las Vegas Resource Guide

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Strong Turnout at Agenda's Huntington Beach, Calif., Show

Attendance and business for the Agenda trade show boomed at the Aug. 3–4 run of the surf, skate, streetwear and fashion trade event at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Sp...

Protest Against Cars for Next Art Walk

Street scene at Downtown Art Walk. Photo credit: Downtown Art Walk.The Down Town Art Walk is not a fashion event – yet. But it takes place just blocks away from California Apparel News’ office once a month,...

China/Costa Rica Free-Trade Agreement Begins

China has free-trade agreements with Peru and Chile in South America, but on Aug. 1, the international trade giant kicked off its first free-trade pact with a Central American country....

Men's Retail Remains Challenging, but Opportunities Exist

Even though men’s apparel sales in the United States inched up 3.3 percent in 2010, specialty-store owners have been on a challenging journey this year....

Swim Collective Debuts in Newport Beach, Calif.

The Swim Collective Trade Show made its debut at the Balboa Bay Club & Resort in Newport Beach, Calif., on Aug. 2.Hoping to fill the void left by San Diego’s Action Sport...

Gap Opens in Rome

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. opened its first Gap flagship store in Rome on Via del Corso. Last year, the company opened its first Gap and Banana Republic stores in Milan and launched an e-commerce web...

Rock & Republic Auction a Hit

The asset auction of luxury cars, jeans and sewing equipment once owned by Los Angeles–based denim brand Rock & Republic was a hit, according to Great American Group LLC, the Woodland Hills–based asset-disposition ...

What to Do About Fluctuating Cotton Prices

In the last year, cotton prices have been on a wild roller-coaster ride, surging to $2.30 per pound in March and then recently dipping back to close to $1 per pound. As a result, apparel manufacturers...

Beverly Hills Unique: Shopping on N. Canon Drive

Day or night, Beverly Hills’ North Canon Drive is a lively place. A steady parade of people strolls down the thoroughfare, dining at bustling sidewalk cafes such as Il Pastaio or chec...

My Best Fit Targets California

With new investment from Northwater Capital Intellectual Property Fund, Unique Solutions Design Ltd. confirmed it will build more of the My Best Fit body-scanner kiosks, and...

July Sales Solid

Broiling heat across much of America drove many consumers to air-conditioned malls in July, and the bigger crowds helped make July a solid month for sales, according to the International Coun...

Swimwear, Staples and Specialty at CurveNY

NEW YORK—After a successful introduction in Las Vegas last August, swimwear exhibitors bowed at the CurveNY trade show in New York. The show, which is produced by Riv-erside, Conn...

Thursday, August 4

Denim Party People--Kingpins Coast to Coast

The recent New York run of the Kingpins denim show may have had a Manhattan rooftop pig roast and a bluegrass performance by employees of Bayer CropScience, but visitors to the show’s recent Los Angeles run left a more lasting impression...thanks to the trade...

2WJD Party in Little Osaka

From left Monica Unique, Nina A, Samatha Rhodes, Roshanay A. all wearing JOI by Shiho Oribe.The words to describe the 2WJD boutique in Los Angeles’ Little Osaka section start with these: fun, stylish, Japano-fashion, and perhaps birthday girl....

Wednesday, August 3

China, Costa Rica Trade Agreement Begins

China has free-trade agreements with Peru and Chile in South America, but on Aug. 1, the international trade giant kicked off its first free-trade pact with a Central American country....

July Retail Sales Mixed

Economists and Wall Street analysts forecast mixed results for July retail sales. July’s broiling weather across much of the United States drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But consumer...

Let Your Mouse Do the Shopping

It's getting to the point you'll never have to leave your house, or your computer, to hunt for designer duds. At least that is what Salvatore Ferragamo is hoping. On August 5, the Italian design house will be...

Tuesday, August 2

Macy's West Sponsors Fashion Incubator San Francisco (FISF)

Six “designers in residence” will be chosen in March 2012 to participate in the year-long program, which will include training in business, manufacturing, design copyright, law, public relations and marketing

Surfing in the Post-Apocalypse

YEAR ZERO TRAILER from GLOBE on Vimeo.We have an unconditional love for anything prefaced by “post-apocalyptic,” especially when it’s the headline of a mood board. Globe, showing at Agenda starting tomorrow, will be premiering its newest surf...

Central American Apparel, Textile Imports Rise 17 Percent

U.S. apparel and textile imports from Central America have jumped 17 percent over the last year. For some time now, the region has been a major apparel producer for the United States. But production has improved in recent years after the Dominican Republic

Eden's Fashions Now

SUMMER IN EDEN: Showing latest styles from Eden from left Chris Courtwright,Brenna Gieber,Angelique Bailey, and Nicole Jones. Clothes and hair styled by Janelle Gutierrez.Nice weather. Check. Good food. Check. Good fashion? Check. Time to have a...

Monday, August 1

JewelMint Gets Physical

JewelMint's Cher Coulter with Satine's Jeannie LeeJewelMint is a creature of the Internet. But the 10-month-old e-commerce jewelry boutique tested the waters of the physical world July 29 when it produced its first brick and mortar pop-up shop at the Satine boutique...

Target to Pay $389,000 in EKB Textiles Copyright Case

Target Corp. has been ordered to pay more than $389,000 and attorney’s fees to Los Angeles–based EKB Textiles Inc. following a recent copyright-infringement trial in U.S. District Cour...

Junk Food's Superhero Makeover

From left Anthony Lister and Andrei Najjar at HVW8 Art+Design GalleryIn this summer of superhero movies, it would be safe to say that Captain America and the X-Men did not wear the latest streetwear styles when battling evil doers. But quicker than you can say ’Holy Makeover,” some of...