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Thursday, March 31

Lunching With Moschino and Fred Segal Couture

The L.A. fashion flock turned out over the weekend for an exclusive preview of the Moschino Fall/Winter collection in Hollywood. Held in collaboration with Fred Segal Couture, the event was a chic poolside affair. Stylists, clients and editors...

Beautiful,Odd,Inspired at Vivienne Westwood Party

Fashion outlaw Ernie Omega, left, wearing a mirrored codpiece and "War Baby" knit constructed out of plastic rings. Walkie Talkie,right, wearing a Gauthier jacket, Coca Cola cummerbund and bunny ears headpiece. Vivienne Westwood, center,...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Old-World Methods Produce the Latest in Lace (Wall Street Journal)Does This Green Flatter Me? (New York Times)Bronx's Escaped Cobra...

Vivienne Westwood's Party

Punk innovator and fashion icon Vivienne Westwood works as the gracious hostess at debut for her flagship boutique. Photo credit: Jayne Seward.Dame Vivienne Westwood confessed not to know much about Los Angeles when she visited the City of Angels for the March 30 debut party for her...

Wednesday, March 30

Apparel News Daily Reader

Victorian Dress Made From Insect Parts Is Restored, Wing By Wing (Refinery29)
Rodarte Steps Up to a Widening World (New York Times)
Resurgence of the Indian Textile...

Here Comes Silver Jeans Co.

From left, Silver Jeans Co. president Michael Silver, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Fred Levine of M.Fredric.The Silver Jeans Co.-brand has been popular in its home country of Canada, and much of America for the past two decades, but the...

Tuesday, March 29

Apparel News Daily Reader

Portraits – Free City Owner Nina Garduno (Mondette)Is Tavi Gevinson Renouncing Fashion? (Fashionista)
Carine Roitfeld Gets A Tongue-In-Cheek Editorial Tribute...

Monday, March 28

Project Runway's Royal Challenge

How awesome would this be for a “Project Runway” challenge? Design the future queen of England’s wedding dress. Guest host: Vivienne Westwood. Sadly, with the royal wedding only weeks away and the 9th season of “Project Runway” only in the casting stage, it is not meant to be. But that...

Apparel News Daily Reader

One Girl, Four Looks: One Stylist's Personal Style (Refinery29)Representing the Republic of Lancôme (New York Times)First Food, Then Sneakers (New York Times)Welcome...

L.A. Fashion Weekend, Night One

KTLA News cameras documented the event to be shown on its T.G.I.Fashion segment, and L.A. Fashion Week impresario Mikey Koffman, who also is the T.G.I.Fashion host...

L.A. Fashion Weekend, Night Two

L.A. Fashion Weekend showcased a range of designers on the second and final night of the event on March 19 at Sunset Gower Sudios in Hollywood. The group show, w...

Saturday, March 26

Los Angeles International Textile Show Calendar

Mark your calendars. The Los Angeles International Textile Show begins on March 28 at the California Market Center. ...

Friday, March 25

Education Resources

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) is a co-educational, specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the fashion, graphics, interior design, and entertain...

A Vintage Street Gets a Touch of New

Long Beach’s East Fourth Street is nicknamed “Retro Row” because of its reputation as a go-to place for vintage fashion. But Esther Kim thought there might be room for a boutique with new...

Lawson Software Evaluating Bid From Golden Gate Capital and Infor

St. Paul, Minn.–based Lawson Software Inc., maker of enterprise solutions, received an unsolicited proposal from private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and software...

Verreos Annoints The Material Girl

The Kelly Nick showNick Verreos is on Spring Break, but the Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising instructor, blogger, designer and man about town decided against the typical spring breakey things. He’d rather interview Kelly Osbourne at the Beverly Center Macy’s.The occasion was the March 24...

Anchor Blue Assets

Perry Ellis may have picked up Anchor Blue’s intellectual- property assets earlier this month, but Emeryville, Calif.–based Northbay Networks Inc. is picking up some of the recently shuttered retailer’s ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Thierry Mugler Creative Director Nicola Formichetti Reveals the SecretBehind His Style: ’Instincts’ (New York Times)Sylvester Stallone to Launch Fashion...

Selling Luxe Menswear Online

New Los Angeles e-tailer Madaboutown (

Los Angeles Fashion Week Rewind

Los Angeles Fashion Week is looking positively svelte. This season, the event trimmed down to about 30 fashion presentations over the course of a mere 12 days—a big change from past seasons, w...

Hurley X Brandon Boyd: Surfing, Art and Activism

Hurley and Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd have launched an exclusive art-inspired T-shirt collection to benefit H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Everywhere). The fashion, art and surf communities gathered last night to celebrate the launch at the Sea-thos Foundation headquarters in Venice, Calif. Brandon Boyd, Bob Hurley and friends fêted...

Levi's Water Works

San Francisco– based denim giant Levi Strauss & Co. has got water on the brain with its recently launched Waterlt;Less collection, which uses less water during finishing than conventional denim does. Levi’s partnered with nonprofi...

PVH Licenses Izod for Feet

New York– based Phillips–Van Heusen Corp. struck a licensing deal with Harbor Wholesale Ltd. to produce and market a collection of men’s, women’s and children’s footwear under the Izod name in the United States and Canada...

Modern Amusement Licenses Swimwear

Modern Amusement, the beachy lifestyle brand by Mossimo Giannulli, continues its evolution with a new license with Manhattan Beachwear for women’s swimwear and coverups....

Lisa Kline Plots New Course

Lisa Kline will stay on high-profile shopping street Robertson Boulevard, and she will remain a presence in the women’s fashion industry—the rest is up for grabs....

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Isabelle Donola NYC

Brazilian expats Isabelle Donola and Luciana Ellington opened the Costella & Donola Co-Op on West Hollywood, Calif.’s Melrose Place in late 2010. Their store is a cooperative for high-fash...

Thursday, March 24

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Ina Soltani

Ina Soltani debuted her

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Project Ethos Showcases Emerging Designers

It was a raucous crowd of more than 2,000 people who packed the Avalon nightclub in Hollywood to see Frederick’s of Hollywood and seven emerging designers...

Swipe Fee Reform Attacked Sen. Durbin Said

Sen. Richard Durbin. Photo credit Daniel Schwen.Banks and credit card companies have mounted a heavy lobbying effort to repeal debit card interchange fee reform Sen. Richard Durbin (D, Ill.) said on a March 24 conference call. He sponsored the...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Dual Society

Last year, Rey Aquino’s menswear took inspiration from the 20th century—think English punk, Mod and Edwardian looks. With the debut of Aquino’s Dual Society line, Aquino looks to the past and th...

THVM Atelier Launches Retail Space in Downtown L.A.

Los Angeles has a new downtown retail destination after THVM Atelier celebrated the March 16 grand opening of its retail space at 1317 Palmetto St. And the L.A. fashion and art scene was out...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Sue Wong

Sue Wong never disappoints, come spring, summer, fall or winter....

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Go Red For Women Fashion Show

A fashionable runway extravaganza at Style Fashion Week LA was all for a good cause. The Go Red for Women...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Gypsy 05

On March 16, Los Angeles–based label Gypsy 05 debuted its

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Future Heretics

Los Angeles–based Future Heretics debuted its

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Anthony Franco

Los Angeles designer Anthony Franco opted for an intimate setting to show his

Tuesday, March 22

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Thai Nguyen

Thai Nguyen debuted his eponymous collection on March 12 at Concept Los Ange...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Fremont

Exploration and new experiences were the central themes of the Fremont Fall 2011...

Sophomore Plays Truth or Dare

Films aren't just for the big screen. Today, they're in fashion. During L.A. Fashion Week, New York-based fashion label Sophomore presented its Spring/Summer 2011 collection via a short video. Titled "Truth or Dare," the short debuted at Paul and Andre's in Hollywood in collaboration with Kanon Organic Vodka. Frankie Rayder, Samaire Armstrong, Nicky Hilton, Roxy Olin, Leo Fitzpatrick and Aaron Bondaroff all turned out for the screening and party.

Los Angeles Fashion Week: California Market Center's F2 Focus Show

Emerging designers and exhibitors from the Focus Apparel & Accessories Show at the California Market Center hit the runway on Ma...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: The Battalion

Designer Linda Wong looked to the dynamic sport of fencing to provide inspiration for Th...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: California Market Center Contemporary Collections

The fashion vibe revved up on the runway when the California Market Center staged a Fall 2011 fashion show for five contemporary lines with showrooms in the building....

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Chemline

Designer Averi Bell blends vintage sophistication with luxurious—and environmentally friendly—textiles in her...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Lavuk

“Infinity” was the theme of Lavuk designer Natasha Gindin’s latestc...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Directives West First L.A.

On March 14, Directives West hosted First L.A., a group show featuring Fall 2011 looks...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Stop Staring!

On March 15, Los Angeles designer Alicia Estrada kicked off the launch of Style Fashion Week Los Angeles, the latest fashion-show producer to join the Los Angeles Fashion Week Show. ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Alternative Apparel

Alternative Apparel debuted its Fall 2011 collection March 15 at Palihouse in West ...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: B.Scott

A free-spirited energy pervaded the

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Ai for Ai

The occult was the inspiration for the

Visual Grab Bag

The Europeans are so stylish--right down to the way they carry their junk. A friend forwarded these to me recently and I thought "I want them all." But it would be so much more entertaining to see them on you....

Monday, March 21

Donna Mizani's Fashion Week

Model wearing a Donna Mizani Fall 2011 dress at Mizani's Fashion Week installation.With a smoky black and white video of celeb Kristin Cavallari modeling her fashions screening above, designer Donna Mizani produced an installation show for her Fall 2011 line of sexy...

Friday, March 18

Sephora Chief Joins Guess

Jacques Levy, former president and chief executive officer of Sephora Worldwide, joined Guess? Inc. as founder’s adviser. Levy will work closely with Guess cofounder Paul Marciano and the company’s exec...

Yotam Solomon's Fashion Week

Footwear from Drugs DNA collection featured some details intended to look like pills. Photo credit: Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.For Yotam Solomon, the way to make a splash at Los Angeles Fashion Week was to produce a subtle, yet unconventional show.The...

Sue Wong Takes the High Road in Fashion

Sue Wong, second from right, with models showing her Fall 2011 collectionWhat would Los Angeles Fashion Week be without a spectacular show by Sue Wong, one of the doyenne's of L.A. fashion?The queen of fashion held court March 18 at her...

Junker's Fashion Week Hell

Dressed in Junker's latest; from left Elizabeth Aston,Sarah Roberts,Rebecca Douglas,Carla Harvey.A fashion show in Hell. Of course there were problems.Los Angeles-based Junker Designs produced a show of its rock ’n’ roll fashions in Hell, Norway (the word Hell probably means...

Wet Seal Names New President

Ken Seipel will join The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., as the retailer’s president and chief operating officer, it was announced March 21. ...

AP Takes Aim at Nordstrom, Zumiez

The Associated Press filed suit in U.S. District Court in New York against retailers Nordstrom and Zumiez for selling apparel using the now-familiar Barack Obama “Hope” graphic created b...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Jen Awad

Quirky bows, scarabs and metal studs collided on the runway in Jen Awad’s

Immediates, Items and Price Drive L.A. Market

Buyers are still placing orders closer to season, still considering prices carefully and still looking for the perfect items that will prompt consumers to spend. That was the word from the M...

Ciminelli Joins Apparel News

David Ciminelli has joined the staff of California Apparel News as web editor....

Demand Up for Commercial Space

According to CB Richard Ellis, the commercial real estate services firm, commercial real estate is beginning to show signs of recovery nationally....

Retail Tenants' Market in 2011

2011 might be the year that the retail real estate business catches its breath....

New Organic Standards Open Door to Performance Characteristics

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has been expanded to include certain performance fibers and finishes, paving the way to make more activewear GOTScertified....

McLaughlin Resigns From Hot Topic

Betsy McLaughlin, chief executive of pop-culture mall retailer

Santa Barbara Retailer Blue Bee Shutters

Blue Bee Inc., one of the most highprofile designer and contemporary specialty retailers of Santa Barbara, Calif., went out of business, said Marty Bebout, a co-owner of the Blue Bee compound...

Foreign Trade Zones No Longer Foreign to Apparel Companies

The exotic world of Foreign Trade Zones has begun to open up for Los Angeles apparel importers....

Fight Over Swipe Fees Continues

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators introduced a bill, called the Debit Interchange Fee Study Act, as a countermeasure to the Federal Reserve’s plans to regulate debit-exchange fees. The Fed has called...

Los Angeles Fashion Week: Science & Numbers

Karyna Myres debuted her

Thread Show for Emerging Designs Kicks Off Ninth Season

Thread, a consumer show for emerging designers and artists, will kick off its ninth show season on April 3 at the Horton Event Space in San Diego....

Messe Frankfurt and MFG.com Partner Up

Messe Frankfurt North America, the U.S. arm of the international trade show giant, has formed a partnership with online sourcing site MFG.com....

Jerry Leigh Acquires Fortune Fashions

Jerry Leigh of California announced itacquired Fortune Fashions Industries— the Vernon, Calif.–based maker and distributor of branded, licensed and private label T-shirts—for an undiscl...

Ai For Ai: Contemporary Focus Inspired by Different Worlds

The Ai sisters of Los Angeles’ Echo Park neighborhood hail from different worlds. Carol designed children’s clothing for a private-label company, and Elizabeth is a writer and filmmaker. She produced the...

Mexican Truckers Might Start Heading North Soon

Mexican trucks could be crossing the border by this summer to deliver goods into the United States....

Tukatech Increases Productivity for Apparel Maker

Tukatech Inc., the Los Angeles– based vendor of software solutions for the apparel industry, said its technology has recently helped a garment manufacturer significantly increase its productiv...

Nordstrom to Move to Americana at Brand From Glendale Galleria

For 30 years, Nordstrom has been one of the prominent anchors of the Glendale Galleria retail center in Glendale, Calif. But that’s about to change....

CFDA Nominees Named

The Council of Fashion Designers of America will honor Lady Gaga, Celine’s Phoebe Philo, Daily Telegraphy’s HilaryAlexander, InStyle’s Hal Rubenstein and photographer Arthur Elgort at its CFDA Fashion Awards, ...

Push Comes to Shove on Free-Trade Agreements

The heat is on for the Obama administration to pass three pending free-trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea....

Fred Segal Makes Room for Royal Plush

Royal Plush Clothing has sold in Bloomingdale’s and been featured on reality show “The Real Housewives of Orange County,” and on March 1, it opened a shop at th...

Macy's Downloads New Mobile Technology

Macy’s shoppers are now able to attend personal audiences with designers such as Rachel Roy—if they use their smart phones....

Thursday, March 17

Hats Off to Alakazia

Photo by John EckmierThere are hats and then there are HATS. Alakazia, a Los Angeles designer who started up a hat line in 2008, fits into the second category. His colorful and wildly plumed creations graced a fashion...

Tuesday, March 15

Penthouse Fashion Show at the California Market Center

Looks from Musani CoutureLos Angeles Fashion Market is not only about buying, but also about looking, and then buying.Right in the middle of Los Angeles Fashion Market Week, the California Market Center gathered up...

Al-Qa'ida Talks Fashion/Beauty/Bombs

Oh, Al-Qa'ida. You so crazy.Via The Independent/GettyToday news broke that the terrorist organization has launched a glossy mag targeting women with advice on stuff like skin care, beauty and....

Monday, March 14

Art + Design at Concept Fashion Week

Skingraft, photos by N. Jayne SewardDesigners showing at Concept Fashion Week showed off their creative side. The event held at the Ace Gallery, included an installation format which gave designers a unique opportunity to express their vision. Videos, artwork and live models were...

Friday, March 11

New Lines: The 824 Building

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

New Lines: The Lady Liberty Building

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

Shachtman Named Guess North American President

Nancy Shachtman was named Guess? Inc.’s president of North America. She will preside over Guess North American retail operations as well as Guess by Marciano and Guess Whole...

Moto Hot Topic in Action Sports

Motocross, the off-road motorcycle racing sport, has been inching its way into the mainstream action-sports market for a while, but a handful of new deals have pushed the sport into the spotlight....

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

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

Liza Stewart Inc.

Liza Stewart Inc.California Market Center, suite B535(213) 622-9669...

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 ...

Joe's Jeans Runs the Gamut on Style

Denim silhouettes are all over the place this year. There's the skinny jean, the flaired jean, the boot-leg jean and the high-waisted trouser jean. But Los Angeles premium denim maker Joe's Jeans is covering its bases....

Arlene Henry Sales

Gerry Building, suite 902(213) 622-6162...

Retailers Rally in Washington D.C.

Retailers rally. Immediately in front of microphone, from left Todd McCracken, President, National Small Business AssociationDennis Lane, 7-Eleven franchise owner, Hank Armour, President CEO, National Association of Convenience Stores....

Ocean Showroom

Lady Liberty Building, suite 301843 S. Los Angeles St.(213) 489-3732...

Everlast renews deal with Bellator

New York–based fight-sports brand Everlast Worldwide announced plans to continue its partnership with Bellator Fighting Championships, a mixed martial arts promotional company with offices in Los Angel...

St. John, Alstyle Announce Layoffs

Layoffs are planned for two Orange County apparel makers. ...

M.Fredric Closes Two Stores, Forecasts Future Expansion

It’s a time of consolidation and expansion for M.Fredric, a prominent independent, specialty retailer based in Agoura Hills, Calif....

New Lines: California Market Center

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

Ritz Group

Cooper Design Space, Suite 213(213) 612-0858...

Fashion Resource Guide

The Arizona Apparel, Accessories, Shoe and Gift Show is coming to the Phoenix Convention Center, Hall G in the South Building on April 3, 4, and 5. We are a trade show catering to retail stores and their staff only. This is not open to the public. The show features, in a booth venue, manufacturers of clothing lines in contemporary...

William Rast honored

Los Angeles– based denim brand William Rast will be named “Brand of the Year” by the American Apparel and Footwear Association at its 33rd Annual American Image Awards, set for April 27 in New York. Foun...

New Lines: The Gerry Building

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

Aeropostale heads to Asia

New York– based teen retailer Aeropostale Inc. will open stores in Asia through a licensing deal with Montreal PTE Ltd., a joint venture between Apparel Group LLC and Jay Gee Melwani Group. Aeropostale...

Hot Topic to Rethink Business

When Hot Topic Inc. reported results for its 2010 fourth quarter on March 7, the City of Industry, Calif.–based company made a surprise announcement....

More stores, jobs at Kohl's

Menomonee Falls, Wis.–based Kohl’s Department Stores opened nine new stores in Illinois, New York, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. The new stores are expected to create more than 1,200 jobs, ac...

New Lines: The New Mart

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

AAFA Summit Takes Apparel Makers Inside the Beltway

WASHINGTON, D.C.—For the second consecutive year, the American Apparel and Footwear Association hosted an inside-the-Beltway Executive Summit that highlighted the key issues affecting apparel ...

The Vonderheide Showroom

The New Mart, suite 1111(213) 488-9334

Southern California: U.S.'s Biggest Manufacturing Economy

A new study from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. found that Southern California is the country’s largest manufacturing economy and “dispels the myth that manufacturing in the...

The Closet's New Team Consolidates and Forecasts Rollout

When influential Orange County specialty chain The Closet shutters its Huntington Beach, Calif., location on March 13, it will have closed all of its stores except one. However, the retailer’s...

Shipping Rates Should Decline Slightly in 2011, but Challenges Remain for Importers

Shipping rates, which have been bobbing up and down over the last two years, should decline slightly this year on the Asia-to-U.S. route as ocean carriers take delivery of new vessels and pull anchor ...

Santa Barbara Retailer Blue Bee Shutters

Blue Bee Inc., one of the most high-profile designer and contemporary specialty retailers of Santa Barbara, Calif., went out of business, said Marty Bebout, a co-owner of the Blue Bee compoun...

Thursday, March 10

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fendi brings its “Modern Primitives” exhibition to L.A. (Style Section L.A.'s The Spiel)Why Do $500 T-Shirts Cost So Much? (Wall Street Journal's Scen...

Printspiration

Designers get inspiration from a million sources - the runway, strangers on the street, muses, interior design, art, food, travel, Lady Gaga, whathaveyou. EZ Textiles is another option. With more than 25 million...

Wednesday, March 9

Apparel News Daily Reader

Pre-Order Now: LuvAJ's Hot Spring Lookbook (Refinery29)Portraits – Eveline Morel of EM Co (Mondette)After the Pressure, the Smoke (The New York Times)Agnes B – A...

Lenzing to Highlight Fiber Innovations at L.A. Textile Show

Visitors to the upcoming Los Angeles International Textile Show will get the scoop on the latest developments in fibers and textiles when Austrian fiber maker Lenzing reprises its Innovation...

Tuesday, March 8

Los Angeles Fashion Week Calendar

Invitations and save-the-date cards are coming in for Los Angeles Fashion Week, which kicks off on March 9 with a party hosted by Two Point Oh! LA. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Simple Life. Designer Kelly Bergin dishes on the sheersimplicity of her seriously stylish line, which is debuting onNet-A-Porter this week. (Style Section...

Container Traffic Expected to Continue to Increase in 2011

Container traffic is on the rise in 2011; that is the word from the recent Trans-Pacific Maritime Conference in Long Beach, Calif. ...

Monday, March 7

Apparel News Daily Reader

Trends – Crisp Minimalism to Bohemian, White Dresses Take Center Stage (Mondette)Why Is Blake Lively So Great for Fashion? (New York Magazine's The...

Friday, March 4

Loehmann#039;s Exits Bankruptcy

Discount department store Loehmann’s, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last November, has completed its res...

Kanarek Launches Jake of Hollywood

Jonathan Harrison Kanarek’s knack for finding choice vintage suits with pedigrees from the ’40s to the ’60s reached the notice of Esquire magazine, which honored him with its “Best-Dresse...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Museum Fashion: Rodarte, Balenciaga, McQueen, and More (Racked LA)Gap puts a spin on discount shopping with Flashion, a live-action Groupon type thing...

Social Media Drives E-tail Sales

E-tailers talk strategies for turning web surfers into shoppers. ...

Caruso Names First COO

With the idea of doubling in size over the next five years, Los Angeles retail real estate developer Caruso Affiliated announced that Paul Kurzawa will be guiding expansion as the first chief operati...

Wet Seal Chops Store-Growth Plans

Southern California retailer The Wet Seal Inc. plans to cut its store-growth plans by 50 percent....

AOSA Image Approaches Printing With Conservation, Quality

“Waste kills me. I hate it. It is so lame,” said Mike Hill, founder of Huntington Beach, Calif.–based AOSA Image, a printing company that specializes in environmentally friendly ...

Levi's Appoints New CMO

San Francisco–based Levi’s has appointed Rebecca Van Dyck as its global chief marketing officer. Van Dyck, an alum of Apple Inc., where she held the post of senior director of worldwide market...

Mambo Launch at Bon-Ton

York, Penn.–based The Bon-Ton Stores Inc. struck a licensing deal with Mambo Graphics PTY LLC to launch the Australian surf...

Beach Bunny Swimwear Hops to It With Loungewear Line

Irvine, Calif.–based Beach Bunny Swimwear has debuted Beach Bunny Lounge, a collection of hoodies, tanks, low-rise knit pants, dresses and cropped T-shirts...

No Fear Files

Carlsbad-based retail chain No Fear Retail Stores Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in San Diego. The company operates 41 stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. The company plans to c...

Loehmann’s Exits Bankruptcy

Discount department store Loehmann’s, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last November, has completed its res...

San Diego's Comeback

Eden Boutique in The Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego. Photo credit Alan Hall.The Great Recession hit downtown San Diego’s fashion scene hard. Many boutiques shuttered in an area that has been long popular with people visiting the San Diego Convention Center, as well as tourists carousing...

Grover: Considered Basics

James Hammonds, the menswear buyer for American Rag, the Los Angeles–based specialty retailer with locations in Los Angeles and Newport Beach, Calif., sees a lot of brands. The stor...

New GMM at White House Black Market

Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS named Liz Edmiston senior vice president and general merchandise manager of Chico...

American Apparel Strikes Deal With Creditor

T-shirt manufacturer and retailer American Apparel amended its credit agreement with British private equity firm Lion Capital LLP....

DR-CAFTA Loophole Closure Helps Regional Sewing-Thread Producers

More than five years after a free-trade agreement was negotiated between the United States and a handful of Central American countries, a glaring hole in the accord has been fixed....

Thursday, March 3

Perry Ellis Buys Anchor Blue Brands

In a March 3 auction held in New York, Perry Ellis International in Miami made a successful $500,000 bid for the Anchor Blue and Miller’s Outpost brands and intellectual-prop...

February Retail Sales Rally Despite Cold Weather

February sales were strong despite rising gas prices and dropping temperatures, according to economists at MasterCard Advisors’ SpendingPulse and the International Council of Shopping...

Badgley Mischka Goes To Rodeo

James Mischka, left, Mark Badgley, right.Welcome to the new Badgley Mischka flagship. Exquisite bridal gowns are located upstairs. Downstairs there’s elegant space for the celebrated New York label’s couture, resort collection, watches and...

Mark Your Calendars, Kiddies

Luckyshops, the two-day shopstravaganza (my word, not theirs) hosted by Lucky magazine for seven years in NYC, is coming out west in April. April 8-9, to be specific, at Siren Studios in Hollywood.Luckyshops features designer goods...

Apparel News Daily Reader

The Enduring Call of the Wild, at Any Age (The New York Times)Tom Ford Boutique is Spendy, Sensual, Sensational (Racked LA)Paris Fashion Week: At...

Wednesday, March 2

Apparel News Daily Reader

The sisters behind Orange County-based swimwear brand Mikoh (Los Angeles Times' All the Rage)John Galliano Apologizes for Behavior (Wall Street...

Stand By Your Sheen

Charlie Sheen not wearing DaVinci of California. Photo credit Wikimedia Commons.A juicy celebrity scandal often gives companies the chance to ditch the celebrities who endorse their products. If you have not heard, actor Charlie Sheen has been bouncing from scandal to scandal...

Tuesday, March 1

Fashion the Latin Way

Stylist Jorge Ramon and actress Paula Garces"Project Runway" is on Lifetime Television. "Launch My Line" is on Bravo network. For the Latin world, there is "The mun2 Look," a fashion trend and makeover show on Telemundo's...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Clothing Crush: An L.A. Up-And-Comer's Hot New Lookbook (Refinery29)Events – Shopping Party With Madewell And Refinery29 (Mondette)Dior Fires John Galliano...