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Friday, July 29

New Lines: Lady Liberty Building

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles ...

Fashion Resource Guide

The Agenda Trade Show is a forum for the most inspired in the streetwear and action sports industries to unite. Lines speak for themselves, and buyers are not intimidated by the usual overwhelming trade show...

Komarov Showroom

Gerry Building, Suite 807 (213) 488-9900...

Zobha Joins Kellwood

Mill Valley–based yoga and fitness brand Zobha was acquired by St. Louis–based Kellwood Co. Founded in 2008 by Jamie Hanna, Zobha was named for the Sanskrit word for “grace, beauty and brilliance.” The men’s and w...

New Lines: California Market Center

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles ...

Alleged Apparel-Smuggling Ring Indicted

Nine people who imported mostly denim jeans from China were indicted by a grand jury for using a Los Angeles–area foreign-trade zone (FTZ) to allegedly avoid paying millions of dollars in import duties...

Donola's Inspiration Collection

Isabelle Donola's collection based on Katherine Langlands' art. Photo credit. Felix Salzman/LookBookLAWhen Brazilian expat designer Isabelle Donola saw Katherine Langlands’ paintings, she communicated her enjoyment of the art in the best way the...

Eco Brand Gives Consumers Chance to Offset Carbon Footprint

San Francisco–based Wildlife Works, which makes its eco-brand casual apparel in a small African factory, is giving shoppers the opportunity to save forests and help poor communities....

Miami Swim Week:Where The Stars Come Out to Play

Once a year, editors, designers and fashionistas congregate to South Beach to see the hottest styles in swim and resort wear for the upcoming year – but it’s not all work. ...

New Lines: Gerry Building

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles...

New Lines: 824 Building

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles ...

New Lines: The New Mart

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles...

American Apparel to Open eBay Shop

American Apparel announced July 26 that it will build an online shop on e-commerce site eBay. The American Apparel shop will debut in September. Apparel brands such as Tomm...

Surf's Up in Canada

Canada continuies to build momentum as an integral territory for surf and action-sports lifestyle brands. ...

the residency

The New MartSuite 921(213) 488-0070...

Sovereign Code

California Market Center C485 (213) 627-0011, Ext. 103

New Lines: The Academy Awards Building

A listing of new tenants and lines at the major showroom buildings in the Fashion District of Los Angeles...

Class to Take August Recess

Class trade show will not schedule any August dates, according to Jason Bates, show director and co-founder of the biannual men’s and denim-focused Los Angeles–based ...

MAGIC LaunchPad to Debut in Las Vegas

Introducing emerging designers will be the mission of new gallery section MAGIC LaunchPad. This section for emerging designers and brands will debut at MAGIC and will run Aug. 22–24 in the t...

Tommy's New CEO in Asia

The Tommy Hilfiger Group, a division of PVH Corp., named John Ermatinger chief executive officer of the company’s Asia business. He will be based in the Tommy Hilfiger Hong Kong offices. He was previously pres...

Ladukh

Cooper Design Space, suite 404(213) 327-0805...

At Kingpins L.A., It's All About Stretch

Boutique denim sourcing show Kingpins continued its global trek with its opening in Los Angeles on July 26, after shows in New York, New Delhi and Hong Kon...

Design Piracy Debate Continues

The debate over whether a fashion design can be copyright protected continues with groups on both sides trying to secure additional provisions to bolster their positions....

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

A listing of new tenants and ines at the major showroom buildings in the Fahsion District of Los Angeles ...

Wildlife Works Eco Brand Gives Consumers Chance to Offset Carbon Footprint

San Francisco–based Wildlife Works, which makes its eco-brand casual apparel in a small African factory, is giving shoppers the opportunity to save forests and help poor communities. ...

Old Navy's New Leaders

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. named Lorenzo Moretti and Abinta Malik to jointly lead the effort to open Old Navy stores outside North America. The news comes on the heels of John Ermatinger’s departure as presid...

Thursday, July 28

Pepsi...and Coke In The Store Window

Pepsi Throwback shirtThe Coke versus Pepsi wars will never be over. Their latest battlefield: Kitson. The high profile pop culture/fashion shop on Robertson Avenue produced a big event for the 125th anniversary of Coca Cola in May. It was studded with...

"I'm With the Brand": Custom Boardshorts Part II + Vans

In follow-up to our (hypothetical) Apparel News boardshorts last year, Santa Monica-based custom shorts maker Shortomatic bro-hugged with Vans to spawn Vans Powered by Shortomatic. The template is Vans’ Era Classic boardies that follow similar style lines of...

Wednesday, July 27

Alleged Apparel-Smuggling Ring Indicted

Nine people who imported mostly denim jeans from China were indicted by a grand jury for using a Los Angeles–area foreign-trade zone (FTZ) to allegedly avoid paying millions of dollars in import duties...

10.Deep's Camouflage Rule: Don't Blend In

Venerable streetwear brand 10.Deep is set to unveil its most camouflage-heavy collection in Las Vegas. Just don’t expect regulation army from the 15-year-old brand....

Tuesday, July 26

Pattern Bar Gambles on Fashion Nightlife

From left, Pattern Bar's Eduardo Castillo and Alex MezaThose complaining there’s nothing to do in the Fashion Intersection after sundown will have one less reason to complain. Pattern Bar, a Soho-style watering hole and restaurant made for...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Costumed Women of Comic-Con 2011 (Entertainment Weekly)Buyers' resolute thumbs up to Delhi Couture Week (Times of India)The Look magazine to promote Westfield Stratford City during...

Monday, July 25

Design Piracy Debate Continues

The debate over whether a fashion design can be copyright protected continues with groups on both sides trying to secure additional provisions to bolster their positions. Earlier this month, a group of representatives from the fashion industry

Girdle to the Moon

SPACE ...THE FASHION FRONTIER: Hazel Fellows working on an Apollo mission space suit. Photo courtesy MIT Press and Txchnologist.The women who made Playtex girdles also sewed the spacesuits for the Apollo astronauts. Txchnologist, GE’s online magazine exploring all thinks futuristic and...

Monah Li Is Back: New Line, Movie In Works

Monah LiMonah Li had turned her back on fashion. After a career made prominent by some appearances in some Los Angeles Fashion Weeks, her self named label seen on high profile people like Salma Hayek and Nicole Kidman, and launching the now inactive Coalition of Los Angeles Designers,...

Sunday, July 24

Hellz Takeover at FourTwoFour on Fairfax

Fairfax Avenue’s male-dominated streetwear block gets a ladies touch with the Hellz Pop-Up shop at FourTwoFourOne of Lanie Alabanza-Barcena’s previous retail experiences—at Contempo Casuals—didn’t last long. “I worked there for one day!” said the queen bee...

Friday, July 22

Project Kicks Off in New York

NEW YORK—The Project trade show got off to a positive start on July 17 with exhibitors making face time with a number of specialty boutiques and retailers. Project, which features contemporary...

Cotton Prices Dip Sharply Downward

In the last five months, cotton prices have tumbled by more than 50 percent, giving manufacturers hope that the hot cotton market is cooling off....

Cotton Talk at Kingpins

NEW YORK—For the second season, denim trade show Kingpins reprised its cotton panel discussion, featuring agronomists, farmers and fiber makers discussing the rise—and fall—and possible rise again—of cotton prices.

SpinExpo Provides a Taste of Innovation

NEW YORK—SpinExpo was scheduled to open at 10 a.m. on July 18....

Macy's Passport Names Cee Lo Green as Headliner

Macy’s annual fund-raising shindig at the 85-year-old Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles will be hopping with the music of singer and songwriter Cee Lo Green....

What Goes Around Comes Around Opens on La Brea

Last night, What Goes Around Comes Around toasted its new retail store on La Brea. Actress Jamie Chung and George Kotsiopoulos of E!’s “Fashion Police” worked the room as hosts of the event. Browsing the racks at What Goes Around Comes Around, its private label of new,...

Stylish Offerings at ENKNYC

NEW YORK—ENKNYC kicked off the menswear Spring/Summer 2012 season on July 17 and returned to the expansive The Tunnel space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood....

Kingpins Expands in New York to International Market

NEW YORK—The July 19–20 run of Kingpins, the boutique denim trade show organized by Olah Inc., stretched out this season across two floors of the Skyline Studios loft space ...

Resource Guide

3A Products of America is a symbol of quality, serving you since 1975. Send your samples to us. We will help you save money. Custom orders to meet your needs: snaps, knitted elastic,...

Brandboom's Software Targeted to Help Showroom Owners

Timing is everything in the world of fashion, where speed-to-market is ramping up and on-time delivery is paramount....

Salon Allure Sees Increased Business

Salon Allure, which ran July 16–19 at Miami’s W Hotel, proved to be a writing show....

Robert Graham Expands to Denim

New York apparel company Robert Graham, headed by Michael Buckley, former president of True Religion in Los Angeles, is launching a premium-denim line that will use Japanese and Ital...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Drew Barrymore Is Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Campaign Star (Fashion Etc.)Lindsay Lohan: Too-Casual Court Ensemble a Fashion Felony? (E! Online)Karl Lagerfeld For...

Miami Swim and Lingerie Show: Proven Brands, Lower Price Points Have Strong Showing

MIAMI—Swimwear and resortwear brands with proven sell-through or a lower price range had a strong showing at the Miami Swim and Lingerie Show, held July 16–19 at the Miami Beach Conven...

Capsule Attracts Crowd to New York Show

NEW YORK—The New York edition of Capsule’s menswear trade show drew buyers to a loft space in New York's Chelsea district. Exhibitors at the July 18–19 show consisted of a global mix of contemporary men...

Texworld Starts Strong in New York

NEW YORK—Texworld USA, the New York–based textile show run by trade-show giant Messe Frankfurt, got off to a strong start for its July 19–21 run in Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits C...

People's Liberation Bags Millions in Charlotte Russe Settlement

In recent regulatory filings, Los Angeles–based People’s Liberation revealed it received a $4.3 million payout as part of its settlement of a contentious lawsuit with Charlotte Russe I...

Rue La La Launches Los Angeles Shopping Site

Rue La La has put down stakes in Los Angeles....

MRket Returns to New York With Upscale Menswear

NEW YORK—The MRket trade show, organized by Business Journals Inc., returned to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Midtown Manhattan to showcase its roster of upscale a...

Levi's Launches Denizen's Label

Blue-jeans powerhouse Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco launched its Denizen’s brand of jeans in the United States on July 19. The new, affordable line is being sold ex...

Agenda Closes Out New York on a High Note

NEW YORK—Street and skate show Agenda had its third season in New York, returning to the Chelsea Art Museum in the Chelsea neighborhood and running July 18–19.For the Spring/S...

Joseph Magnin Co.'s Donald Magnin Dies

Retailer Donald Magnin, who worked with his family to develop the Joseph Magnin Co. chain of women’s stores, died in San Francisco on July 13 after a long battle with cancer. He was 84. ...

California, L.A. Economy Show Moderate Growth

The state’s unemployment rate is coming down slowly, but it will remain above double digits until 2013 as the economy takes small steps toward recovery, according to a new economic report....

Premiegrave;re Vision Preview Has Strong Turnout

Exhibitors were pleased with the business that turned out for the July 13–14 run of Premiegrave;re Vision Preview New York at the Metropolitan Pavilion and Altman Building in...

Liz Claiborne Shopping Mexx

Powerhouse apparel company Liz Claiborne Inc. reportedly is talking with private-equity firms about selling its Mexx brand. Mexx is Liz Claiborne’s largest division and accounts for a...

Thursday, July 21

Capsule Draws Crowds to New York Show

Ovadia SonsNEW YORK—The New York edition of Capsule's menswear trade show drew buyers to a loft space in New York's Chelsea district July 18-19. Exhibitors took up four floors of space and consisted of a global mix of contemporary men's...

The Brutique:Wild Retail, Sane Plea

Victor Wilde,left, Azlynn Berry on trampoline.Jumping on a trampoline is one way to create a stir. Having a model trampoline jump in a flimsy parachute dress is how designer and provocateur Victor Wilde created a buzz for his new shop The Brutique. It debuted last week to showcase his art and his...

Eco Skate: Element Emerald Collection Debuts

In 2008, the Element skateboard and apparel line produced an awareness-raising campaign called “Power to the Planet,” where skateboarders and artists made statements at...

Surf, Skate, Street Fashion for Charity

Surf, skate and street fashions were made for sports and good times, but Kevin Murray is interested in skate and street brands that also raise money to help the needy....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Gwen Stefani Rocks Kids' Fashion Affordably (The Daily Stamford)Delhi Couture Week Begins Tomorrow (Hindustan Times)Palm Springs: Passionate for Fashion (San Diego Jewish...

Wednesday, July 20

Agenda Closes Out New York on a High Note

LRGNEW YORK—Street and skate show Agenda had it's third season in New York on July 18-19 and returned to the Chelsea Art Museum in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. For the Spring/Summer 2012 season, Agenda:NYC once again stayed to it's...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Hailee Steinfeld Leads the A-List at Miu Miu's Glam Party (Look!)Daniel Radcliffe's Fashion Fail (Daily Mail)Fashion Report: Selena Gomez May Follow in Justin Bieber's...

Rebecca Minkoff's New Shop at Confederacy

Rebecca Minkoff and Ashton Kutcher at debut of Rebecca Minkoff shop-in-shop at Confederacy'Twas a night of premieres July 19. Designer Rebecca Minkoff opened her first California shop-in-shop for her New York-based Rebecca Minkoff label. It is located at Confederacy, a boutique celebrated for...

Tuesday, July 19

We Are Handsome Bewitches Miami

It seems you just can't escape the ubiquitous presence of tween pop culture phenoms Harry Potter and Twilight -- even during MOD Swim...

Santa Monica Place Celebrates Summer in Style

As part of its new “My Santa Monica Summer” promo campaign, the recently revamped Santa Monica Place is offering out-of-town visitors a free SMP canvas tote...

Top It Off: DIY Hats

File under Quirky and Cool. Arts space Machine Project Los Angeles hosts perverse and often baffling events like building a forest in its office, group naps and musical performances composed from tomato-growing data. Its next...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Madonna's New Fashion Line at Macy's 'Raises Eyebrows' (The Saginaw News)Gwen Stefani Hooks Up With Target (Elle)Kanye West, Lil Wayne Take On The Fashion Industry...

Stylish Offerings at ENKNYC

NEW YORK—ENKNYC kicked off the menswear Spring/Summer 2012 season on July 17 and returned to the expansive The Tunnel space in New York's Chelsea neighborhood. Organizer ENK International housed four shows in The Tunnel venue—Designers'...

Monday, July 18

Apparel News Daily Reader

For Her New Look, Beyoncé Goes Under the Radar (New York Times)Sarah Jessica Parker Bowing out at Halston (USA Today)Phoebe Philo Speaks!...

Project Kicks Off in New York

NEW YORK—The Project Trade Show got off to a positive start on July 17 with exhibitors making face time with a number of specialty boutiques and retailers. Project, which features contemporary menswear labels as well as denim brands and men's...

MRket Returns to New York With Upscale Menswear

NEW YORK—The MRket trade show, organized by Business Journals Inc., returned to the Jacob K. Javits Center in Midtown to showcase its roster of upscale and contemporary menswear brands as well as footwear and accessories.Kicking off the show...

Sunday, July 17

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Saturday, July 16

Carmageddon. The opportunity.

Carmageddon. It's not just a good reason to shop locally. It's a business opportunity. These T-shirt vendors were spotted by Karen Mamont--the former California Market Center exec--in her Sherman Oaks neighborhood. When she's not out and...

Friday, July 15

Mod Rock: Volcom Debuts Spring '12 with Posso on the Runway

photo by Gary Copeland“We’ll do the best we can and whatever spills into the parking lot, we’ll do it

Uniqbill's Art Walk Fashion

From left Billie Summers,Krystl Gardner and Houstina Summers. Krystl is wearing a Cowgirl Heaven dress from the fall 2011 collection.More fashion boutiques are taking a gamble on downtown Los Angeles. On July 14 Uniqbill boutique...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Kristin Cavallari Ravishes in Glass Bikini During Miami Fashion Week (Sawf News)Prada Woos Young Chinese With Edgier Sister-Brand (Wall Street Journal’s China Real...

Sizzlin' South Beach:Miami Dives Into Swim Week

Sofia Vergara's sister, singer Veronica Vergara, opened Cosmo's "Summer Splash" fashion show and cocktail party in Miami.Cosmopolitan En Espanol’s “Summer Splash” kicked...

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim Kicks Off in South Beach

Miami Swim Week kicked off last night with poolside parties, runway shows and Kristin Cavallari wearing the world’s first glass bikini.Above: Diesel Cruise 2012; Below :Kristin Cavallari in a SKKY Vodka-inspired bikini, photos by John EckmierDiesel opened Mercedes-Benz...

Finance Resource Guide

Bibby Financial Services is a worldwide market leader in business cash-flow solutions to small- and medium-sized companies. With offices in eight North American cities and 13 countries around t...

Levi's Hires Americas V.P. Paul Zadoff

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss& Co. named Paul Zadoff senior vice president of wholesale commercial operations for the Americas. Zadoff is a 20-year veteran wh...

Apparel-Industry Jobs on the Rise in California

The manufacturing industry in Los Angeles County is still treading water as it recuperates from the recession, but apparel factories and contractors have bucked the trend and boosted their payroll num...

Ambig Hires Marvin Springer

Santa Ana–based Ambig Clothing, formerly known as Ambiguous, named Marvin Springer national sales manager. Most recently, Springer was in charge of Southwest sales and key a...

Hong Kong Fashion Week Shows Highlight Up-and-Coming Designers

HONG KONG—Emerging talent was displayed front and center at the four runway shows that marked Hong Kong Fashion Week, held July 4–7....

CK Headed to India via Warnaco

New York–based The Warnaco Group Inc. struck a joint venture with Brand Marketing India, Warnaco’s distribution partner in India, to market and di...

Royal Visit to L.A.

Great Britain’s Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured the Inner-City Arts campus in downtown Los Angeles on July 10, the final day of their North American tour. Los Angeles childrenswear maker—and longt...

Breaking Waves Picks Up It Figures! Brand

New York–based swim company Breaking Waves International LLC—owner of the Raisins, Raisins Girls, Leilani and R Collection by Raisins brands—has adde...

Jones to Launch Nine West Fashion Sneakers

New York–based The Jones Group struck a worldwide licensing agreement with Los Angeles–based Philip Simon Brands Group Inc. for a line of fashion sneakers under the N...

Slow but Focused Buying at Hong Kong Fashion Week

HONG KONG—The word out in the vast halls of Hong Kong Fashion Week, where mostly Chinese manufacturers set up booths, is that competition is tapping at their doors from northern Chinese factor...

Back-to-School Needs Jump-Start to Avoid Deep Promotions

Many retailers cleared out their Spring inventory with big sales during the Fourth of July weekend, but they’re not going to be able to take much of a break from the hustle of doing promotions...

Stacia Debuts Santa Monica Boutique

Popular knitwear line Stacia is making at retail comeback on July 16....

H&M Increases Beverly Center Sq. Footage

H&M Hennes&Mauritz AB will be expanding at Los Angeles’ Beverly Center. ...

Fibre Arts: This Bag's for You

At the Fibre Arts Design Studio in Palo Alto, Calif., the motto that runs through the creative space is endemic to the business:“Designs for a Greener World.” ...

Thursday, July 14

Boardsports Forecast: Continued Growth Expected and International Expansion

Apparel sales for boardsports are taking off amid improving economic conditions, according to local manufacturers....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Celebrity Fashion Faux Pas (Wonderwall)How Many Thousands Would You Drop on an Olsens Handbag? (E! Online)Kanye West May Show a Line at N.Y. Fashion Week (The Cut)Technocraft Ind...

O'Neill Surfs Into Santa Monica

NOT THE NEW FLAGSHIP: When Jack' O'Neill's surf shop opened in 1952, it helped launch a new sport, lifestyle and fashion style. Photo credit O'Neill.For some, retro brings to mind the fashions of 60 years ago. For pioneering surf brand O’Neill, it conjures visions of the garage of company founder Jack O’Neill. He is credited with...

Harry Potter Pays a Visit to Hong Kong Retailers

Hong Kong retailers know how to bring a crowd into their fancy stores.Case in point is Times Square in Hong Kong's Causeway Bay area, which I recently visited during a trip to Hong Kong Fashion Week. The...

Wednesday, July 13

Comune's Delgadillo Debuts New Brand

About a month after he and more than eight of his staff left prominent up-and-coming brand Comune, founder Frank Delgadillo debuted a new fashion label, called Chapter, on July 13. ...

Good Shepherd Center Makeover

Interior designer with impeccable taste, Vanessa De Vargas had us at her blog titled, “New Obsession: Staffordshire Porcelain Dogs.” So when De Vargas along with Vanessa Kogevinas rallied her friends to redecorate 30 rooms at...

Retail Forecast Hazy for 'Carmageddon'

“Carmageddon” has been on the minds of Los Angeles County commuters for weeks, but it has received a collective shrug from retailers in the neighborhoods most affected by the shutdown. T...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Frugal Fashion: William and Kate Go Cowboy Chic on Their Overseas Tour (L.A. Times)10 Essential Books For The Fashion Set (Forbes)Fashion Jury: Rate The Looks from...

Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder Designs for Volcom

Since bursting onto the Seattle scene in 1990, Pearl Jam has proven to be one of this generation's greatest American rock bands, thanks in large part to the vocal and...

Tuesday, July 12

No Anxiety's Shocking T-shirts

No Anxiety's first collection intended to raise eyebrowsWanna get people to pay attention? Try a shocking statement. It worked for Lady Gaga, and Los Angeles-based streetwear line No Anxiety is finding the audacious statement can open doors in fashion retail.For years, the label’s...

Princess in the City

Photo by Walter UrieIt was truly a meet-cute moment on Sunday when Great Britain's Duke and Duchess of Cambridge—better known to royal watchers as Kate and Wills—dropped by the

Rock & Republic to Auction Denim, Cars, Among Assets

In the wake of the Rock & Republic bankruptcy, thousands of blue jeans, rolls upon rolls of denim and a host of unusual cars—including a vintage classic—are being auctioned off later this m...

'The Office's' Melora Hardin & LovingEco Fight Famine With Fashion

Melora Hardin has a knack for getting business done in the most outrageous -- and hilarious -- manner as no-nonsense manager Jan Levenson on the NBC hit The...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Why You Can't Buy eBay's 'You Can't Fake Fashion' Bags Anymore‎ (Styleite)In Japan, Style Arises From Disaster (WSJ's Japan Real Time blog)Rihanna to Strip for...

Monday, July 11

Plaid: Denim of a Different Stripe

For her debut collection, designer Erin McColl whipped up her own versions of classic staples, ranging from T-shirts to the pencil skirt and five-pocket jeans....

Miami Prepares to Get In the Swim

Mara Hoffman Cruise 2011, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim, photo by Volker CorellMiami is heating up as swimwear designers, retailers and editors prepare to get in the swim in South Beach.With SwimShow2012 and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim as anchor events...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Duchess Kate Outshines Hollywood Stars With Spectacular Dress (Belfast Telegraph)Japanese Fashion Hits Berlin Runway (Wall Street Journal)Drop Dead Gorgeous: Fashion Design for...

Sunday, July 10

The Wall Street Journal Finds Out Why Jeans cost $375

A cool interactive feature accompanying the story shows a tally sheet of all the little details that add up to the retail price, including the selvage fabric, custom buttons, tags and cutting and sewing labor costs. photo via WSJ.comThe Wall Street Journal answers the...

Friday, July 8

Waterwear: Swim Shorts 2012

Anne Cole goes back to her rich history of color for 2012. Resort opens up the season with pepper, paprika, and sea salt. Cruise raises the bar in color with citrus brights off a navy base. Spring takes on rich hues of the desert Southwest with teal, Mojave, apple, and sundial off a camel base. ...

Waterwear 2012 Calavera: A Surfer Girl's Dream

A few years ago, Anna Jerstrom gave up her job as an investment banker in London to take on an endless summer of waves in Costa Rica...

Nuuml;wa's Latest Products Add Weather-Resistance and Anti-Microbial Properties

Irvine, Calif.–based Nuuml;wa Textiles is launching new products for the outdoor-apparel industry. ...

Agenda, Krush Announce Social-Media Deal

Agenda wants the more than 350 brands showing at its upcoming trade show to take some of the risk out of selling their Spring 2012...

Magic's Big Skateramp

Rendering of MAGIC's 4,000-square-foot skate ramp.Since Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo called it quits last year, the race to pick up ASR’s position as the dominant activewear market has been gaining steam. The Agenda Trade Show has lead the pack as the...

Gap Goes to Africa

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. opens its first Gap store in Egypt this month and, in October, will open Gap and Banana Republic stores in Morocco. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Hermione Granger: Fashion Plate (New York Times)Yuna Wears It, I Want It Too (Wall Street Journal’s Korea Real Time blog)10-Year-Old Willow Smith Is A...

American Apparel Shifts Board

Los Angeles–based manufacturer American Apparel Inc. named David Danziger to its board of directors, following the recent departure of board members Mark Samson and Mark Thornton. Danziger wi...

Vietnam: New Trade Agreement's Potential Apparel Winner

U.S. clothing companies are eagerly watching how a new free-trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership plays out, betting it could give Vietnam a distinct advantage in apparel production.The free-trade pact, which encompasses the United States and ei...

Waterwear 2012 D'amore Swim: Two Sides of Swimwear

She’s a model, actress, DJ, and friend of Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. Now Caroline D’Amore can call herself a swimwear designer, too...

Premiegrave;re Vision New York's Exhibitor Attendance Up By 12 Percent

The July 13–14 run of Premiegrave;#768;re Vision Preview New York features 102 exhibitors, including upscale mills and trim suppliers from 15 countries. This season’s exhibitor attendance marks a 12 percent increase over last year and the highest att...

Waterwear 2012 Limeade California: Sweet on Swimwear

For the past 12 years, designer Louise Kolesnikow’s background as a designer traditionally has been in the contemporary sportswear field, working for companies such as Poleci and ABS by Allen Schwartz....

N.Y. Textile Resource Guide

Apparel Information Management Systemreg; (AIMSreg;) offers fully integrated software solutions for importers, distributors, and manufacturers of apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home furnish...

Future:Standard's Eye on the Eco Prize

Jessica Althoff is an entrepreneur who hopes her business model won’t last too long. That’s the reason why she called her eco-fashion e-commerce boutique Future:Standard....

Texworld USA: Domestic Resources Among the Mix

The organizers of Texworld USA are putting the spotlight on North American resources at the upcoming July 19–21 run of the show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. ...

Shay Todd Opens Flagship Store on Melrose

Sexy lifestyle brand Shay Todd launched its flagship retail store on Melrose Avenue with a packed party Thursday night.The airy, resort-themed boutique features...

Roy: Denim With an Oakland Pedigree and a Reverence for Vintage

When denim entrepreneur Roy Slaper of Oakland, Calif.–based Roy started out in 2007, he had no aspirations of creating a jeans line or making money off his new venture. It was his love of sewi...

Saks to Open in Kazakhstan

New York–based upscale retailer Saks Inc. will open a licensed Saks Fifth Avenue store in Almaty, Kazakhstan, in 2012. Viled Fashion LLP will open the three-story, ...

Waterwear 2012 Mikoh: Two Sisters With a Dream

As tweens, Kalani and Oleema Miller lived the life of surfer girls...

Hyosung Launches New Fiber for Intimates and Swim

Seoul, South Korea–based fiber maker Hyosung has several new fibers in its portfolio, including Creora Highclo H-350S, a higher modulus spandex fiber the company describes as “...

IntelliSkin Apparel Designed With Posture in Mind

Newport Beach, Calif.–based IntelliSkin was created by a sports physician to help athletes improve posture while training or in recovery after injury. ...

Waterwear 2012: Into the Bleu

Bleu Rod Beattie may be a brand-new swim brand, but the collection bows in Miami with plenty of swim success behind it. ...

Thursday, July 7

Apparel News Daily Reader

Couture Awakens to Dreamy Looks (Wall Street Journal)'Fashion Star' Adds Nicole Richie, John Varvatos (NBC-LA)Claudia Schiffer Launches Mum-Friendly Fashion Collection (Daily...

Guess Enters Into $200 Million Credit Facility

Guess? Inc. announced it has entered into a five-year, $200 million credit facility with a global group of banks led by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch....

Surfer Girls Do It Best - Hair, That Is

Surf brand Roxy produced this cute little video to show us how we can all look like surfer girl beach goddesses. Here's a hint: it involves a squirt bottle, sea water, bobby pins - and winning the genetic lottery. Also, helpful - the makeup...

Wednesday, July 6

Apparel News Daily Reader

Chanel: The Art of the Dark (New York Times)Berlin Fashion Week Highlights Many Young Designers (Washington Post)The Shoes at the Chanel Couture Show Lit Up...

Retail Sales Better Than Forecast in June

The summer season got off to a galloping start as chain retailers across the board reported better-than-expected sales....

California Tops the List of Export-Related Employment

More exports mean more U.S. jobs—particularly for California. That’s the word from the U.S. Department of Commerce, which released a report that says every billion dollars in exports supports more than ...

Vernon Vote Moves City Closer to Disbanding

The Southern California city of Vernon took one step closer to becoming an unincorporated community within Los Angeles when the state Senate Governance and Finance Committee voted in favor of Assembly...

Clique to Know: Because Waify Supermodels Aren't the Only Ones Who Enjoy Good Fashion!

The newly launched Los Angeles-based fashion website Clique to Know is hoping to create its own clique of style conscious consumers whose sizes range from 10 and up. The members-only site...

Tuesday, July 5

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Dior Couture Suffers Without John Galliano (New York Magazine)Markus Lupfer Discusses His Fashion Mockumentary (The Guardian)Patriotic Use of Fourth of...

Wardrobe War: Elvis vs. Princess Diana

In what may be the strangest pairing since Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, a new NBC game show is pitting late, great icons Elvis Presley and Princess Diana against one another to find which had the most enviable – and valuable – wardrobe.The July 19...

Givenchy + Jay Z + Kanye = 3

News broke yesterday that Riccardo Tisci, Givenchy's creative director, designed the cover art for 'Watch the Throne," the new album from Kanye and Jay Z. That's pretty cool. And it makes sense, when you think about it. These are two...

Sunday, July 3

Amen Fashion: Eat, Pray, Love Gaga Style

Tireless trendsetting superstar Lady Gaga kicked off summer in high gear with the launch of yet another groovy global fashion project – a sexy and stylish new Tumblr blog titled Amen Fashion. The content is a bit...

Bruce Weber Shoots '39;True Grit'39; Star for Miu Miu

Hollywood’s influential spotlight continues to spill over into the fashion world as two of Tinseltown’s newest “It” gals land starring roles in global fashion campaigns.Super 8 star Elle Fanning...

Friday, July 1

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Robbie Williams Launches Fashion Range (The Guardian)Fashion Faceoff: Audrina Patridge vs. Jordin Sparks (OMG!)The Bold and the Beautiful Gets a Fashion...

Early Back-to-School Forecast: Modest Growth in Strengthening Economy

The 2011 Back-to-School season starts in mid-July, and the first forecast is good....

Callaway Names Anthony Thornley Interim CEO

Carlsbad-based Callaway Golf Co. named Anthony S. “Tony” Thornley as interim president and chief executive officer, succeeding George Fellows, who has resigned from the...

Dollar General Donates $1 Million for Libraries

Goodlettsville, Tenn.–based discount retail chain Dollar General hit the $1 million mark in its effort to assist school libraries in recovering and rebuilding after a natural disaster. The Do...

Girls on Wheels: Defying Law Enforcement one Skirt at a Time

Image courtesy of Cup of Jo and Shannen NormanIn May a super cute girl on a bike got pulled over and chastised by an uptight NYC cop. For wearing a skirt. And "distracting" drivers with her "dangerous" legs. Jasmijn Rijcken,...

Tilly's Files IPO

Tilly’s, the Irvine, Calif.–based surf and skate juniors retailer, filed for an initial public offering on July 1. ...

O'Neill Opens in Santa Monica

Irvine-based O’Neill Clothing is opening a flagship store in Santa Monica on July 8. The new store is the first of a national retail concept the surf brand is introducing this year. All summe...

Macy's, Bloomingdale's Go International

New York–based Macy’s Inc. is extending its e-commerce sites at

Fashion Market Northern California Yields Strong Turnout

SAN MATEO, CALIF.—Fashion Market Northern California kicked off to a strong start with 28 new exhibitors and more than 200 stores attending the first day of the Fall II/Holiday Market, which ...

Levi's: California Leads Fight Against Counterfeit Apparel Goods

California is leading the way in enforcement of anti-counterfeiting tactics in the apparel industry, according to Eric Mueller, director of global anti-counterfeiting for Levi Strauss & C...

Salvation,Lanvin to Debut at Malibu Village

Malibu Village's Salvation boutique. Picture shot June 30.Renovation of Malibu Village retail center mostly wrapped up last month, just in time for some high profile stores to move into the retail center adjacent to the Malibu Country Mart....