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Thursday, June 30

Apparel and Textile Imports Show Strong Gains

U.S. consumers have been replenishing their closets, as seen in a healthy jump in apparel and textile imports from overseas manufacturers....

French Connection

Collette's Public Domaine tee designed for the "Public Domaine, Skateboard Culture" show in Paris.Legendary French boutique Collette is paying homage to California style and skate culture in honor of the exhibition "Public Domaine, Skateboard...

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Smurfette Does High Fashion‎ (CNN)Ankle-Baring Trousers -- From Runway to Office (Wall Street Journal)Italian-Belgian Designer Anthony Vaccarello Wins Top French...

Wednesday, June 29

Retail Swipe Fees Remain High

Retail trade groups expressed heavy disappointment over the Federal Reserve’s final rules on debit-card interchange fees, or the bank fees charged a retailer every time a consumer uses a debit card to ...

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Fashion-Forward Females add Glamour to Wimbledon (Reuters)Liz Taylor Jewels Taking World Tour Before NY Sale (Wall Street Journal)
Lourdes Takes the Fashion Reins from Mom...

Who Wears Short-Shorts? Dudes. Maybe.

Tom Selleck is going to be stoked.According to this article in The Financial Times, designers are betting that men are ready for the short shorts of the '70s and '80s. Total Magnum P.I. steeze.“The move towards shorter shorts is certainly gaining...

GAP's Fall and Holiday Collections: Beyond Denim

Model Behavior: GAP's models showcase modern cuts and animal prints for the Fall/Holiday collections.GAP previewed its latest lines at its downtown Los Angeles design studio Wednesday, featuring more fashion-forward looks for Fall and Holiday.“Everything...

Tuesday, June 28

L.A.-Area Port Pickup Fees Postponed

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said a group called the Competitive Cargo Strategy Group convinced the PierPass OffPeak program to postpone pickup fees at the ports of Los Angeles and ...

Amazon Cuts California Affiliates After State Approves Internet Tax

Internet giant Amazon.com cut its business with its affiliates based in California. The move took place on June 29, the day after the California Legislature passed a provision requiring out-o...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Kim Kardashian's Colorful 2011 Summer Street Fashion (StyleBistro)BET Awards Fashion Winners and Losers (L.A. Times)US Muslim Sues Fashion Mogul Over...

Cause Couture

FASHION STATEMENTS: (clockwise from top left) one of Social Goodies' fun and fashionable summer offerings; Ohio-based women's apparel company Project Iris; the official benefit T-shirt for the "Unofficial 'Star Wars' Day at Disneyland"; "Peace" shirt by Project...

Harvesting the Power of Mall Walkers

Here’s a bright idea. British company Pavegen Systems has created a technology that turns footsteps into useable energy. A single footstep doesn’t generate that much energy, but by installing Pavegen’s technology in a heavily trafficked area….like, say, a shopping...

Monday, June 27

Apparel News Daily Reader

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Jacket Sells for $1.8 Million (OK!)Way Off the Runway (Wall Street Journal)Paris Fashion Week: Thom Browne's Flapper and...

From the Internets: Iran Hates Denim, Fashion, Heels

Conan would end up in the clink for this outfit/hair combo in Iran.Welp. That's no fun. Iranian lawmakers not only hate puppies (and freedom and us), they hate skinny jeans on guys, fashion and high heels. One particularly prickly...

Pretty Ballerinas Dances Its Way to Beverly Hills

Does the ballerina style of shoe ever go out of fashion?Apparently not. Pretty Ballerinas, a line of ballerina-style footwear that is made by hand on the Spanish island of Menorca, is celebrating its 93rd year in business by opening a store...

Friday, June 24

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Paris Fashion Week: Jean Paul Gaultier Gets in the Aloha Spirit (Los Angeles Times)
Bonnaroo 2011: Fashion Show Presents New Side of Festival (Herald Citizen)Fergie Steps Out in Two...

AdDress Remembers When Vintage Was Dirty Word

Maureen ClavinMaureen Clavin knew high end vintage retail back when it was called“resale.” Some of those memories were on display on June 23, when she threw a party for the 25th anniversary of her AdDress Boutique on 1116 Wilshire Blvd.,...

Billy Stade, Ann Taylor, XXI Forever Open at South Coast Plaza

SOUTH COAST PLAZA ANN TAYLOR PARTY: From left, Jennifer Segerstrom, Ann Taylor's Public Relations Director Andrew Taylor, Christina Ferguson, Irene Martino, Lizette Pribus, Anton Segerstrom, South Coast Plaza's general manager.South Coast Plaza...

Designer Lulu Guinness Makes Pin-ups Made of People

Guinness and her pin-screen contraption of genius. (Image courtesy of Lulu Guiness via NOTCOT)Guinness, known for her cheeky handbag designs, made a life-size pin-screen toy and then let people have at it. Obviously, it was awesome. Singles,...

Thursday, June 23

Billabong's Stylish Block Party

Billabong’s Design for Humanity party drew a jam-packed crowd that took in the live music, surfboard shaping, T-shirt printing and runway show, featuring designs inspired by rock ’n’ r...

T-Notes

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

Timetable in Doubt for Free-Trade Agreements with South Korea, Colombia, Panama

Passage of free-trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama had been expected to be approved by Congress before recessing for summer vacation Aug. 8. But now that is in doubt....

JCPenney's Executive Moves

Plano, Texas–based JCPenney Co. Inc. named Ron Johnson chief executive officer, succeeding Myron E. (Mike) Ullman III. The two executives will work together for several months to ensure a smooth trans...

Gilt Groupe Expands West

California shoppers will no longer have to wait up to 15 days for their Gilt Groupe purchases with the opening of a new distribution center in Las Vegas this month....

Deidre Crawford Joins California Apparel News

Deidre Crawford has joined California Apparel News as manufacturing editor.A longtime free-lance journalist and photographer, Crawford most recently served...

Delia's Hires Dyan Jozwick

New York–based juniors retailer Delia’s named Dyan Jozwick its new president, replacing Michele Donnan Martin, who had held the title since 2008. Jozwick was previously chief merchandising officer of Foothil...

Facebook -- The Next Retail Frontier

Dylan Whitman is one of a handful of entrepreneurs gambling on the potential for shopping on Facebook—a new retail channel dubbed F-commerce....

Quiksilver to Open Waterman Store at Fashion Island

In late July, Quiksilver Inc. will debut the first boutique for its Waterman collection at prominent retail center Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif....

Levi's' John Anderson Retiring

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. announced John Anderson, the company’s president and chief executive officer, will retire after 32 years with Levi’s. He will also resign from Levi...

Guess? Opens Redesigned Flagship on Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade

The night was a fundraiser for The Museum of Contemporary Art –- but the June 21 grand reopening of the Guess? flagship on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade was all about ...

BeachMint Gets $23.5 Million Investment, Debuts StyleMint

These are boom times for the BeachMint Inc., a Santa Monica, Calif.–based e-commerce and fashion company.On July 1, it will debut StyleMint, an apparel line designed by Mary-Kate and Ashley O...

Guess?'s Maurice Marciano to Retire in 2012

Maurice Marciano, whose family founded Los Angeles–based denim lifestyle line Guess? Inc., is retiring in early 2012. Marciano, who currently serves as chairman of the board of directors, plans to retire when...

Comune Names New Execs

Up-and-coming skate and lifestyle brand Comune has two new label executives and will have new offices after a recent exodus of many executives and design staff....

Joe's Jeans Goes Global

Commerce, Calif.–based Joe’s jeans is launching an aggressive plan to expand its reach internationally with the launch of a new store in the United Arab Emirates and a second store opening in K...

Like Bringing Sand to The Beach

Festival style. Girls in oversize sunglasses and whatever BoHo trend is "it" that year: floral maxi dresses, teeny tiny cut-off shorts, Navajo everything, plaid, feathers. Don't even get me started on the dudes. Skinny jeans, plaid, board...

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Milan Fashion Week: Giorgio Armani's Geometric Prints Charming (L.A. Times)Gretchen Rossi Judges OC Cotton Couture Fashion Show (Us Magazine)Luxe Travel...

Wednesday, June 22

FTA Between Canada, Colombia Goes Into Effect

The free-trade agreement passed last year between Colombia and Canadais going into effect this summer, opening the door to duty-free tradebetween the two nations....

Guess? New Store Look

Interior of Guess? Flagship on Third Street Promenade.The night was a fundraiser for The Museum of Contemporary Art – but the June 21 grand opening of the Guess? flagship on Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade was all about showing off a new prototype...

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Charlene Wittstock Finds Her 'Fashion Feet' (People Magazine)Galliano: Rants Fuelled by Drug Addiction, Not Bigotry (Toronto Star)Brazilian Fashion: Taking on...

Tuesday, June 21

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Which Diva Belts Out the Loudest Fashion Hits? (Fashion For Lunch)Sao Paulo Fashion Week Roundup: Most Inventive, Edgy Looks (International Business Times)Project Runway...

Jedidiah's Business of Good

Jedidiah's Heal the Heartland TSan Diego’s Jedidiah Clothing label calls itself a company working for “the greater good,” and doing good has kept it very busy lately. When a tsunami and earthquake devastated northeastern Japan in...

Monday, June 20

Education Resource Guide

FIDM/ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 919 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles CA 90015 (213) 624-1200; Fax: (213) 624-4799...

Before She Was Miss USA, She Was Indigenous

Photo courtesy of the Miss USA/Miss Universe website. Haven’t I seen you somewhere before? We just got word from Santa Rosa, Calif.–based fair trade and eco-friendly label Indigenous Designs that the newest Miss USA, Alyssa Campanella, is also...

How to Make an Esquivel Shoe

Esquivel from David Hubert on Vimeo.Designer George Esquivel knows how to make a good shoe. The fact that his shoes are all made by hand in L.A. makes them even better in our book. The Council of Fashion Designers of America and, um, Anna...

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Weird Al Parodies Lady Gaga’s Fashion Choices in ’Perform This Way’ (Pop Crush)Buying Clothes Made Locally in L.A. (LA Times)Milan Fashion Week: Prada Packs a Perfectly...

Have Hat, Will Open Goorin Bros. Shop

Ben Goorin of Goorin Bros. in his brand's new Larchmont Village shopYes, there is a lot of money to be made in hats, according to Ben Goorin, owner of the Goorin Bros. hat brand and boutique chain. On June 16, he presided over the official debut of the 15th store in...

Saturday, June 18

Tarina Tarantino. Cover girl.

Well, look who’s on the cover of today’s Wall Street Journal: Los Angeles jewelry designer Tarina Tarantino. The Wall Street Journal’s Christina Binkley takes WSJ readers into Taranto’s “Sparkle Factory” (at the Cooper Design....

Friday, June 17

Comune Staff Marches Off the Job

Nearly the entire executive and design staff of skate and lifestyle-brand Comune abruptly quit the 3-year-old Costa Mesa, Calif.–based label in a protest over the brand’s direction, company sou...

The Park

Lady Liberty BuildingSuite 400 (Men’s collections)(213) 250-6200 Suite 200 (Women’s collections) (213) 623-2474 ...

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Montreal Toasts Gaultier (New York Times)Resort Isn't a Season for Fashion to Take a Break (ABC News)Mariah Carey Remixes Her Sweet New Scents...

Super Cute New Blog Alert

All photos courtesy of DearPhotographNostalgia and fashion go together like pearls and sweater sets. Total no-brainer. Here's an awesome new blog that is heavy on the nostalgia - and, by extension, on the fashions of everyday people from days...

Agave Drives into Santa Barbara

One of Agave Denim's Fall/Winter2011 looksSanta Barbara, Calif.’s fashion scene suffered a mighty setback when the town’s prominent retailer Blue Bee shuttered.But the popular beach city will be treated to new casual, high end fashion styles and rides on Tesla Motors’ Roadsters on June 18, when...

Thursday, June 16

English Laundry to Debut New Styles and In-Store Shops

It was goodbye to back office, hello to design for Defiance USA’s Christopher Wicks, the father of...

L.A., Long Beach Ports' Pickup Fees Increase by 20 Percent

Starting July 4, the cost to collect a cargo container during prime-time daylight hours at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif., will increase from $50 to $60 for a 20-foot container. For a...

F2 Runway Show Puts Fall In Focus

The “F2 Runway Show,” held June 13 in the penthouse of the California Market Center in Los Angeles, highlighted several innovative creations by up-and-coming designers venturing...

California's Economy Sluggish, Says UCLA Forecast

Economic growth in California will stumble along at a sluggish pace for the rest of this year while unemployment won’t dip below 10 percent until sometime in mid-2013, according to the “UCLA And...

PRVCY Jeans Label to Relaunch

There are second acts for small brands. ...

Melrose East: What's Selling

Once the epicenter of Los Angeles’ punk and new-wave looks in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea avenues continues to be the address of scrappy, rock ’...

As Is: Art Walk Downtown's Fashion Connection

So many designers have tried new angles on classic American looks. But Japanese-born Ayumi Shibata thinks she found a new wrinkle on one of the original American styles—Navajo....

Hampshire Group Acquires Rio

New York–based Hampshire Group Ltd. struck a deal to acquire Honduras-based Rio Garment S. de R.L. for an aggregate purchase price of up to $23 million in cash and stock. Founded in 2...

Robert Graham Hires Michael Buckley as CEO

New York–based Robert Graham Holdings LLC named Michael Buckley its chief executive officer. The company also announced Tengram Capital Partners LLC will make “a signi...

Internet-Tax Bill in Limbo

The fate of California’s controversial proposed Internet-tax laws hangs in a precarious balance....

Neiman's Names John E. Koryl Its New President

Dallas-based luxury retailer Neiman Marcus named John E. Koryl president of Neiman Marcus Direct, the company’s online and catalog division. Koryl succeeds Gerald Barnes, who...

Kenneth Cole Taps Paul Blum as CEO

New York–based footwear and apparel maker Kenneth Cole Productions Inc. named Paul Blum chief executive officer, succeeding founder Kenneth Cole, who will continue as chairman and chief creati...

Timberland Bought By VF

VF Corp. inked a deal to buy footwear maker Timberland Co. for $43 per share—a total of nearly $2 bil...

Gores Group Buys Scovill Fasteners

Los Angeles–based private-investment firm The Gores Group LLC is in the “final stages of acquiring” the assets of Scovill Fasteners, the 209-year-old company that makes engineer...

Teva Hires Action-Sports Exec.

Teva, a division of Deckers Outdoor Corp., has action sports on the brain. The shoe brand tapped Toshi Corbet, the former Red Bull athletic manager, as its...

Volcom Receives Antitrust Approval

Volcom Inc. and its new parent company, Paris-based luxury and retail group

L.A. Fashion Market Draws Increased Attendance, But Buyers Remain Cautious

Showroom owners and sales representatives across the Los Angeles Fashion District reported increased attendance at Los Angeles Fashion Market, which drew a mix of major retailers, chain stor...

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Photo Galleries: Summer 2012 Fashion From Brazil (News Observer)Lady Gaga's Meat Dress in Rock Hall Display (CBS)Beyoncé's Life in Fashion (Telegraph UK)'Do Not...

Billabong Throws a Block Party--in Style

Standing in the VIP tequila bar line at last night’s Billabong’s Design for Humanity party, I overheard a blonde sweet-talking a guy by telling him that said she models and also has a fashion blog. Her wingwoman wore the coolest cut-up vintage T-shirt ever. Emblazoned with a wolves-howling-at-the-moon print, the tee had jersey fringe dripping from her...

Band of Outsiders Makes Film About Being Outside of Fashion

Band of Outsiders' Scott Sternberg and The Little Squares have made "Being There," a rad little film that is part art project, part commentary on fashion and part sneak peek into Sternberg's secret desire to be a Lego man in a tuxedo. I may...

Wednesday, June 15

Apparel News Daily Reader

TV's Sharply Dressed Characters (Sydney Morning Herald)Brazil Fashion Week Kicks Off (Women24)Designer Samuel Cirnansck Brings Bondage to Sao...

Tuesday, June 14

Apparel News Daily Reader

Britney Spears' "Femme Fatale" Tour Fashion (The Gossip Girls)Miss USA: High Fashion Shots of the 51 Hopefuls (Las Vegas Sun)Nathalie Bondil: The...

A Different Kind of Cattle Call

Here’s something you don’t see every day…(at least not in my 13 years working in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District)…a parade of cows.Marching to the rhythmic thunk of a cowbell, a small herd of protesters dressed as cows and...

Have Bag, Will Travel

Not leather, but luxe--Danielle NicoleIt’s Los Angeles Fashion Market and during my travels around the Fashion District, I dropped by The New Mart showroom for Isabella Fiore and Carlos Falchi to meet the newest member of the family under the Artisan House....

Monday, June 13

As Is' Melrose Debut

As Is Designer Ayumi Shibata. Photo by Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.The Slow boutique has been doing business for what may be an eternity on Los Angeles’ Melrose Avenue; more than 16-years. But the shop’s Japanese-expat co-owner Ayumi Shibata found a new wrinkle in a...

Style File: Matt Fox of fineanddandyshop.com

Loyal Texworld USA attendee Matt Fox of fineanddandyshop.com always makes an impression at the show and around NYC. We caught up with him for the dish on his style what he’s looking for this season.Favorite color combination?...

Volcom Rocks With Eddie Vedder Concert Tickets Giveaway

One of the Southern California's coolest activewear brands, Costa Mesa-based Volcom, is giving music fans a chance to see one of the world's greatest rock frontmen, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, live in concert. For a chance to...

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Broadway's Bold and Beautiful Fashion Favorites (Broadway.com)Michelle Obama's Gap Dress Is More Than a Fashion Statement (The Stir)Fashion File: Umit...

Friday, June 10

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Rory Longdon Wins Gold Award at Graduate Fashion Week (BBC News)Fashion Fix: Ashley Olsen At The CFDA Awards (Dr Jays) British Fashion World Pays Tribute to...

Billabong, Sub70 Kick Off Hot Summer Soirees

fashion-music-art block party will feature two concert stages, DJ dance parties, a runway fashion show showcasing Billabong bikinis, food...

Buffy & Chad Do Hilfiger

Interior of the Prep World Pop-Up house. Photo credit Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.So many fashion labels have tried the preppie look. But The Tommy Hilfiger Group will own it in Los Angeles for the weekend.The New York-label built The Prep World Pop-Up house on...

Thursday, June 9

Big 5 Promotes 'Bud' Clark

El Segundo–based retail chain Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. named Boyd O. “Bud” Clark senior vice president of buying, beginning in August. He replaces Thomas J. Schlauch, who is stepping d...

Loehmann's Taps Steven M. Newman as CEO

Steven M. Newman was named chief executive officer of Loehmann’s Holdings Inc., and he will join the company’s board of directors. Newman takes over for interim CEO Joe Melvin, who rem...

Koolaburra Names Stanley Kravetz Its New COO

Santa Barbara–based sheepskin-footwear maker Koo...

Commercial Vacancy Rate Drops, Lease Rates to Go Up

During the first quarter of 2011, the demand for industrial space in Greater Los Angeles grew, reflecting a slight improvement in the economy. Direct vacancy rates dropped from 3.3 percent during the last qua...

Applied Facts Offers IP Security Tips

Sergio Robleto and Henry Kupperman, co-executive managing directors of Applied Facts, a Los Angeles–based corporate investigations firm, have seen online counterfeiting steadily grow over the ...

Better Credit Opportunities Ahead

Retailers and manufacturers who pulled through the economic downturn should pat themselves on the back. It was no easy feat to weather sluggish consumer demand, tight credit and tricky inventory level...

California Market Center Celebrates Market Week With Events

At the California Market Center, a number of events mark Los Angeles Fashion Market, which runs June 13–16....

Shift

The New Mart, Suite 806(213) 489-4960 ...

Barbara Nogg Showroom

Gerry Building Suite 905 (213)489-4684...

The Foundation

Cooper Design SpaceLobby L(213) 489-1092 sales@thefndtn.com ...

Finance Resource Guide

Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T) 515 S. Flower Street, 36th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90071 (213) 236 3581 jmerille@bbandt.com www.bbt...

7 For All Mankind's Barry Miguel Eyes Growth

Barry Miguel has been president of 7 For All Mankind for barely two months, but already he is mapping out his war strategy to strengthen the premium-denim brand....

MGM's 'Raging Bull,' 'Platoon' to Make T-Shirt Debut

“Raging Bull” and “Platoon,” two classic flicks from MGM Studios, are getting the T-shirt treatment thanks to a licensing deal between the film studio and Swag Like Us, ...

Swipe-Fee Reform Clears Last Hurdle

By July 21, merchants’ fees for debit-card transactions, or swipe fees, will go down....

Cooper to Screen Bill Cunningham Doc

To kick off Fashion Market, on June 13 the Cooper Design Space is screening “Bill Cunningham New York,” the acclaimed documentary by Richard Press that chronicles th...

GlamAmor

California Market CenterSuite A1179(888) 731-2413 ...

Agenda Ramps Up Tokyo Show

Prominent action-sports and streetwear trade show producer Agenda announced new dates for a Tokyo trade show—and a new Japanese partner....

Retail Real Estate -- Slow Recovery

The economy’s mixed signals mean a slow rebound for retail real estate, according to research by CB Richard Ellis, the Los Angeles–headquartered commercial real estate firm....

Fashion Resource Guide

California Market Center Five seasons a year, discerning buyers flock to the California Market Center (CMC) for Los Angeles Fashion Market, the West Coast’s premier destination for thousands of apparel, shoe, and accessories collec...

Room4

824 Building, Suite 307(213) 627-6664#8232;info@room4agency.com

Izod Goes to Asia

New York–based Phillips-Van Heusen Corp. struck a licensing deal with Ram Pacific Pte Ltd. to distribute Izod apparel and accessories in Singapore, Indonesi...

New Lines

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

Apparel News Daily Reader

Marc Jacobs' New Muse: Helena Bonham Carter?! (E! Online)Michael Jackson's Thriller Jacket Up For Auction (Pollstar)Chloë Sevigny Hosts Runway Show for...

Wednesday, June 8

Apparel News Daily Reader

Michelle Obama Wears Naeem Khan To State Dinner (Huffington Post)Prada’s Private Runway Show (Wall Street Journal)Continuum Creates World’s First 3D-Printed N12...

A Goose in Shoes: This is Totally Happening

Those are custom-made Tevas. On a goose. (Image courtesy of cuteoverload.com)I normally think of Tevas as the footwear of choice for a certain crunchy, hippie, er, pleated short-wearing demographic. NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING...

Tuesday, June 7

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Proenza Schouler, Michael Bastian, Gaga and Alexander Wang Take CFDA Fashion Awards (L.A. Times)Gaga Gives Heartfelt Thanks at Fashion Award Event (MSNBC)Why Kate...

Toms Shoes Expands Donation Program to Sunglasses

Blake Mycoskie talking to a woman about her eyesightFor several years now, Toms Shoes has been known for its generous program that donates one pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes sold on the retail...

Monday, June 6

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Does Lady Gaga Deserve The CFDA Fashion Icon Award? (Forbes)MTV Movie Awards Fashion Face-Off (The Hollywood Gossip)Royal Wedding Dress to go on Display at...

Affliction's Seal Beach K.O.

Bone Crunching Embrace: Affliction's Tom Atencio with actor Dominic PurcellAffliction could be the look of mayhem, what with its surging popularity with avid fans of mixed martial arts, tattoos and heavy rock music. But it was in a quiet,...

Not Your Typical Wedding Pic

Shotgun wedding? I’ll say! This one was too good to keep to ourselves. Ethan Eller, manager of The New Mart in downtown Los Angeles, shared a hilarious photo from his daughter’s wedding. Says Ethan: “That’s my son-in-law, Michael Young,...

I Love L.A.

You know what I love about Los Angeles? Craftsmen bungalows. And industrial streetscapes. And the random appearance of Ferris wheels. Apparently so does Michael Sy, architect, graphic designer and—full disclosure--my longtime friend. Michael has a line of T-shirts,...

Friday, June 3

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Vogue Italia Puts Three Plus-Size Models On June Cover (Huffington Post)Lauren Conrad: A Crowning Achievement (Portfolio)Isaac Mizrahi on the Politics of...

3 New Shops for Irvine Spectrum

Irvine Spectrum Center's landmark Giant WheelBig doings at the Irvine Spectrum Center where the 405 and 5 freeways meet in Orange County.It announced the debuts of new stores at a retail center which was already the address of big retailers such as Nordstrom,...

Thursday, June 2

Kitson, Apricot Lane Forecast Big Rollouts

As the economy gains strength, two California boutique retailers have announced major plans to expand. ...

Hermegrave;s, LVMH#039;s Luxury Brands Fight

The controversy between

Messe Frankfurt's Texprocess Debut Offers Preview for 2012

FRANKFURT, GERMANY—Giant flatbed cutters sliced dense sheets of felt while other machines scanned a thick cow hide for imperfections before etching it with intricate designs. Rows of embroidery machine...

Trade-Agreement Controversy

A bipartisan letter signed by 52 members of Congress has been sent to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk urging him to negotiate for strong textile and apparel terms in the ongoing Trans-Paci...

Fred Hayman Honored for Putting Rodeo Drive on the Map

If you don’t remember the days when Rodeo Drive had a gas station, a grocery store and a hardware store as some of its more prominent tenants, you can thank Fred Hayman....

Domestic Cotton's Outlook Has More Questions Than Answers

Cotton prices are down after seven consecutive months of increases, but how long that will last and for what reasons are still anybody’s guess. There are several developing factors that could push prices—and pr...

Technology Resources

New Generation Computing14900 NW 79th CourtMiami Lakes, FL 33016(305) 556-9122West Coast:2234 E. Colorado Blvd.Pasadena, CA 91107(323) 497-4200 www...

Hermegrave;s, LVMH’s Luxury Brands Fight

The controversy between

Premiere Vision Preview New York

A showcase of exceptional lace, jacquard and embroidery expertise, of luxurious worsted and carded wools, trendy knits and prints and technical and innovative developments, Premiére Vision Preview New York provides a once–a–season opportunity to discover the latest fabric and accessory collections and trends for Fall Winter 12 13 in New York.

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Lily Allen Unveils Her New Vintage-Style Fashion Line (Metro)Bikini Fashion Show Heats Up Rio (CBS)Tom Ford Reveals Yves Saint-Laurent Hate Mail (CNN)Cotton Planting Delayed...

Cool Glasses, Dude

Justin Timberlake, founder of the William Rast brand, loves the ladies. Obviously. And he likes fast cars. Just last week William Rast sponsored the winning car at the Indianapolis 500. So what do you get when you combine JT's...

Wednesday, June 1

May Retail Sales Solid for Macy's, Hot Topic

May retail sales increased 5.4 percent on a year-over-year basis, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, but the sales growth was called strong but uneven by the trade group...

Gores Group Takes Stake in Big Strike, Schneider Joins Team

After years of searching for an investor, Big Strike Inc.—whose juniorswear labels include Heart Soul, Soulmate and Free to Love—has gotten a financial boost...

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Wearable Art to Be Featured at Canadian Fashion Show (Vancouver Sun)'True Blood' Star was Fashion Pariah (Independent Online)Kanye West to Give Award...

Drug Kingpins, Wannabes Love Ralph Lauren

La Barbie: Drug kingpin, nouveau riche, Ralph Lauren lover, trend-setter (image courtesy of The Guardian)The Guardian is reporting that there is a new fashion trend emerging in Mexico. Thanks to their popularity among thugs in the...