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Friday, September 30

Lenzing Introduces Modal Edelweiss Fiber

Austrian fiber maker Lenzing has a new twist on its Modal fiber—an integrated supply chain and an eco-friendly chemical process derived from oxygen....

Teen Vogue Fecirc;tes Young Hollywood

A veritable who’s who of young celebrities, including Academy Award nominee Hailee Steinfeld, turned out for Teen Vogue’s ninth annual Young Hollywood party, held Sept. 23 at ...

FIDM Exhibition Highlights Textile Design

Textile and knitwear design will be on display at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising student textile design exhibition, which runs Oct. 5–Dec. 16. The work of 17 students graduating...

BofA to Charge Debit Card Fee, Retail Trade Groups Angered

Retail trade groups and consumer advocates expressed outrage when

Joe's Middle East Store

Los Angeles blue-jeans company Joe’s Jeans Inc. opened its second store in the Middle East with a new store in the 360 Mall in Sufat, Kuwait. The company in June opened a store in Dubai, United Arab Em...

Denim Veteran Orly Dahan Launches Stone Craft Denim

After years creating some of California’s most fashionable jeans, denim pioneer Orly Dahan started to feel bored with basic denim and was looking to do something different. ...

Red-Sole Shoes: Walking a Fine Line

In a recent decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied Christian Louboutin S.A. et al’s (“Louboutin”) request for a preliminary injunction a...

Montreal Mix

Groupe Sensation Mode presented an evening of fashion and opera on Sept. 22 at the Hollywood & Highland retail center in Los Angeles. Montreal-based designers Philippe ...

New Web-Based Software Service Targets Small Apparel Companies

Brandon Levey said his “head nearly exploded” when he saw a designer at a trade show receive a check from a buyer and then place it in a paper folder, highlighting the limited extent of the desi...

Apparel Prices Go Higher

Rick Darling, president of sourcing company Li & Fung U.S., said clothing prices will continue to grow over the next 10 to 20 years even as cotton prices fall. Pressure is mounting to push wages u...

LAX Picks LA Boutiques for Its New Retail Concourse

Los Angeles’ next prominent retail street will be located at the Los Angeles International Airport....

Holiday Spirit For Macy's

The holiday season is fast approaching, and Macy’s is prepared. The largest department store in the United States announced plans to hire 78,000 seasonal employees, a 4 percent increase over last year. The temporary employees...

Macy's, Bloomingdale's Push for More RFID

Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc., operator of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores, is planning a big push into RFID—radio-frequency identification tags—to help manage inventories. ...

Online Tax Law Signed

Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law legislation requiring Internet retailers that don’t have stores in the state to charge consumers sales tax on their purchases. The signing ceremony was held Sept. 23 at the San...

New Execs at Cherokee

Cherokee, the company in Van Nuys known for licensing its brand names to Target Corp. and other stores, hired two new people to develop branding and marketing. Sally Mueller has been brought on board for the ...

The Last Push Is On for Three Free-Trade Agreements

If all goes well, the pending free-trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia could be a done deal by Halloween....

Huset Sets Up House in Venice

Los Angeles’ center of Scandinavian fashion might be Robertson Boulevard—the address for boutiques for Norwegian brands One Piece and Moods of Norway, as well as Swedish brand Odd Mol...

Streets of Beverly Hills Debuts

Men’s suiting and sportswear boutique Streets of Beverly Hills debuted recently as a sophisticated showcase for HMX Group brands Hickey Freeman, Bobby Jones, Coppley...

New Era To Open on Melrose

New Era will open a store in this Melrose Heights building later this year.The recession has been as tough on Melrose Heights as any fashion district in Los Angeles. In mid-2010, more than nine empty storefronts pockmarked the Height’s...

Hyosung Opens Creora Facility in Brazil

Korean fiber producer Hyosung is claiming the title “largest spandex producer in the world,” with the opening of its newest facility in Araquari, Brazil. ...

Robertson's New Stores

There’s a new wave of stores opening on Robertson Boulevard, one of Los Angeles’ premier shopping streets.The handful of new boutiques and specialty stores brings an independent style to Robertson....

Thursday, September 29

Apparel News Daily Reader

Tim Gunn makes it work (Local IQ)Nordic Fashion Biennale in Seattle (Seattle Times)Gaga stylist disappoints at Paris fashion week...

Two-Faced at Fashion Week

Anabela Belikova from IMG, shot by Greg Kessler before the Gucci show at Milan Fashion Week (makeup by Pat McGrath for CoverGirl, hair by Luigi Murenu)T magazine’s website has a weirdly addictive before-and-after feature of...

Macy's Embraces Pink Fashions to Join Fight Against Breast Cancer

INC International Concepts Long Sleeve Hooded Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Ribbon Tee, created specially for Macy's, for October's Breast Cancer Awareness month.Macy’s has joined up with The Breast Cancer Research Foundation...

Wednesday, September 28

Beverly Hills Gets Italian Fashion in Theater

Karl Lagersfeld created this colorful dress for the Fendi labelAfter making the rounds through Rome and Milan, the exhibit called "Il Teatro alla Moda", or "Theater in Fashion" will be landing in Beverly Hills,...

Do These Shoes Make My Butt Look Big?

Thanks to the LA Times for the heads up and the pic!You can still walk your way to fitness, you just shouldn’t expect your shoes to do all the work. Footwear and fitness giant Reebok International has agreed to refund $25 million to consumers in a settlement agreement...

Lululemon Shimmers,Glimmers

Lululemon's Age of Aquarius--on a shimmering sign!When Robertson Boulevard's Rock Republic boutique shuttered, I was ready for the next tenant to rip down the store's glorious shimmering mirror awning. Thankfully, Lululemon Athletica kept...

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Latest hip-hop trend: Men in women's clothes (Celebrity Circuit)Rachel Zoe Does Not Pack Light (Elle)Everyone Is Wearing Mary Kantrantzou (The Telegraph)Drugs, Murderers, And...

DWTS: Busby Berkeley and the Italian Boot

Award-winning choreographer Marguerite Derricks’s piece in hommage to Busby Berkeley (photo by Adam Taylor/ABC) Hi Everyone,Well, the second elimination is over.The show started off with a testosterone-laden performance with only the male pros. The ladies loved it—and...

Tuesday, September 27

F Yeah Made In USA!

Finding America from sinuhe xavier on Vimeo. Stronghold Denim on F Yeah Made in USAThere’s an F*ck YeahRyanGosling Tumblr. And F-Yeah Baby Animals. And now let’s show some patriotic pride: F*ck Yeah Made in USA Tumblr by A Continuous Lean. So...

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Film, fashion, music meld at nD Festival (The Tennesean)Milan Fashion Week: Armani presents a Princess-perfect collection (Hello!)Gucci Feeds its Florentine Roots (The New...

Abandon Hope! J.R. Martinez Is in It to Win It.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff (photo by Adam Taylor/ABC)Hi Everyone, it's time for “Dancing With The Stars.”This week, the team of contestants had to dance either the Jive or the Quick Step, which are both pretty fast moving dances. Definitely hoping they had the foot work for these moves.The overall fashion look for the dancers was good. They did a lot of theme dressing. Kristin Cavallari had a Marilyn Monroesque look and J.R. Martinez was ’40s-inspired with striped pants and suspenders.The dancing was okay all the way around—even the person I want gone: Elisabetta Canalis (the one we only know because she dated George Clooney. Celebrity? Hmmm.) She did the quick step. Not too bad. But her attitude in rehearsal? What was that about? I still want her gone.

Monday, September 26

LA Port's Independent Truckers Win Latest in Appeals Court

In the latest round in a 3-year-old legal battle, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously sided with the trucking industry and said the Port of Los Angeles does not have t...

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Milan fashion designers invest heavily in gold (Boston Globe)Striking a Mean pose! Lindsay Lohan works every angle asshe starts new modelling job for fashion designer...

Saturday, September 24

Macy's Glamorama Sizzles!

Cee Lo Green brought down the house at Macy's Glamorama. Photo credit John Eckmier.With sizzle, sass and a heaping generosity of spirit, the

Friday, September 23

Fashion Industries Guild Honors HeartSoul Partners

Lars Viklund and Kevin Talbot launched their juniorswear label,

New Deckers Outdoor Members

Deckers Outdoor, makers of Ugg Australia boots and Teva sandals, has added two new people to its board of directors. They are James Quinn, president of Tiffany & Co., and Lauri Shanahan, who used ...

West Hollywood Bans Fur in Clothing

West Hollywood, Calif., is a fashion retail destination, but retailers may not be able to sell one certain fashion item there: fur...

Downtown Los Angeles Looking for Unique Stores

In the past five years, more than 90 restaurants, bars, cafeacute;s and brew pubs have flooded into downtown Los Angeles, making the city center one of the hottest spots to go for a night out on the t...

Will Leather Launches Capsule Collection

Visitors to the ENK shows in New York and Las Vegas may have recognized exhibitor Will Leather Goods as the provider of the trade shows’ promotional tote bags....

UCLA Anderson Report Shows Slow Economic Growth For California

California’s economy is in for a long slog that won’t see any improvement until the end of 2012, when conditions will begin to improve....

Social Media Turns Consumers Into Store Buyers

One of retail’s tried-and-true slogans is that the customer is always right....

Bernard Chaus Offer

Camuto Consulting Inc. has offered to take Bernard Chaus private by buying shares in the company for 13 cents a share. The purchase would mean Camuto Consulting would own 41 percent of the company while the other own...

Chico's Completes Acquisition

Chico’s FAS Inc. announced it had completed the purchase of Boston Proper, an online website and catalog company in Boca Raton, Fla., that will expand the scope of Chico’s retail empire....

Apparel News Daily Reader

DvF isStaging a Flash Mob in Paris (Elle)Peepthe Latest Sparkly Fall 2011 Miu Miu Accesssories (Fashionologie)Daphne Guinness Exhibit at FIT (TheWashingtonPost)Playing With Patterns in...

Retail Pro International Caters to Specialty Retailers Globally

When retail consultant Jim Dion delivers his keynote address at the Retail Pro Global Conference, to be held Oct. 14–18 in Cancun, Mexico, he’ll offer retail attendees nuggets of retailing wisd...

PJ Salvage Launches New Contemporary Division

For 14 years now, PJ Salvage’s playful novelty-print pajama sets and fashion sleepwear have spoken to the young and girly customer in the sleepwear section of specialty stores and better depar...

Capital Business Credit Launches Program to Assist U.S. Manufacturers

Small- and medium-sized manufacturers could benefit from a new program launched by Capital Business Credit LLC. ...

Push For Retail Jobs

The National Retail Federation announced it would spend $10 million for a year-long push to grow jobs in the retail sector. The plan is to lobby lawmakers as well as launch a social media and advertising campaign and...

Zara Mends Ways

After being accused of using a contractor with sweatshop conditions, Zara said it is changing its procurement procedures. The Spanish company is introducing a detailed procedure for verifying that any supplier wishin...

Thursday, September 22

Apparel News Daily Reader

Nelson Mandela Has a Clothing Line, Stella McCartney May Collaborate...

Self Edge Gets a New Union Special

Denimheads, you are an addicted and obsessed rare breed indeed.Self Edge denim, which has stores in New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles, just scored a "new" vintage Union Special 43200G chainstitch machine. Because Self Edge is for the...

Wednesday, September 21

World Peace Day Styles With Bullets4Peace & Others

Bullets4PeacePeace is breaking out…at least with some jewelry lines.Bullets4Peace jewelry line makes necklaces out of bullet casings, and it celebrated its third anniversary on Sept. 21, which happens to be World Peace Day. Sex The City’s Mr. Big, Chris Noth, was...

All That Chaz On Dancing With the Stars

Well, well, well. We’re back to another round of “Dancing with the Stars,” which premiered last night on ABC TV.Being a ballroom dancer, I could see there were some very good, not so good and what were they thinking dancing...

DWTS: Peace Out

(Metta World Peace and Peta Murgatroyd)Well, last night was the first elimination round for “Dancing with the Stars.”ANTICIPATION!But...

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor is Headed to LA

The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor will debut in LA before going to auction at Christie's, photo courtesy of Christie'sMovie star, fashion icon and humanitarian - Elizabeth Taylor is a legend. And so is “The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor." Christie's has announced that Los Angeles will be the...

Rodeo Drive Names Walk of Style Winners

Italian fashion house Missoni and supermodel Iman were named the winners of the 2011 Rodeo Drive Walk of Style....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Alice Temperley: ’London’s Better Than New York Fashion Week Now' (New York Magazine’s The Cut blog)Shoppers baffled by new fashion names for apparel (The Telegraph)Milan...

Tuesday, September 20

Apparel News Daily Reader

London Fashion Week: Burberry Wows the Crowd (The New York Times) Retro fashion inspired by ABC’s ’Pan Am’ (SF Gate Style section)London Fashion Week...

Monday, September 19

Liquid Nation Ball: The Party!

Dancers from San Diego Dance Theater greeted Liquid Nation partygoers with a live performance.Reef Founder Fernando Aguerre’s multi-level home overlooking the ocean...

Liquid Nation Ball: What They Wore

Keep A Breast' co-founder and 2011 SIMA Humanitarian of the Year Shaney jo Darden wore a BCBG dress to Liquid Nation. We were intrigued by her devotion to tattoos. Letters spelling out words True Love were tattooed on her knuckles. Rock on Shaney jo!The Keep A Breast crew won the best dressed at Liquid Nation. At left is the...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Tesco’s Head of Clothing Steps Down (Just-Style)Tiffany’s International Sales Exceed U.S. Sales in new stores (Bloomberg)Bernard Chaus Receives Offer to Go Private...

Liquid Nation Ball: Doing Good With Stylish Fun

Fernando Aguerre, left, of Liquid Nation Ball and Reef co-founder with Shaney jo Darden of The Keep A Breast Foundation. She was named the 2011 Humanitarian of the Year by Surf Industry Manufacturers Association.The Scene: A stunning view of the Pacific Ocean, where surf legends, chiefs...

Friday, September 16

Michael Stars Turns 25 With Bash This Weekend

Michael Cohen and Suzanne Lerner Does it seem like only yesterday that Michael Stars, that great T-shirt and lifestyle line, popped up in Los Angeles and slowly expanded across the country?I think so. But it has been 25 years...

NAFTA Combined With Central American Free Trade Agreement?

At one time, there was talk of linking the Western Hemisphere into one gigantic free-trade zone that would stretch from Argentina to Canada....

Apparel News Daily Reader

Former Stockbroker Finds Fortune in the GarmentDistrict (Bloomberg Business Week)Trend Spotting: A Stable Hemline (The New York Times)New York Fashion Week: Rodarte (All the Rage)Duchess 'is no...

Lucky Brand Moving to Downtown LA in January

Lucky Brand is moving its headquarters to a new building in downtown Los Angeles at the beginning of next year, according to company executives....

Jerry Leigh Reaches Settlement Over HoodieBuddie and HB3 Technology

Jerry Leigh Apparel recently reached a global settlement in federal court in both California and Utah in its dispute over unfair competition, false advertising and ...

MediaNoche Style Mash-Up

In Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock neighborhood, music-influenced fashions matter, but at Eagle Rock’s MediaNoche boutique, the music styles and decades are all mixed up....

Farewell For Now Esprit

One of Esprit's celebrated mid-1980s ads.Esprit Holdings LTD. announced yesterday that it would close all of its North American Esprit stores, which includes more than six shops in California. The North American retail operation had been losing money for more than...

Thursday, September 15

O'Neill's Superfreak Patented

Irvine-based surf-apparel brand O’Neill Clothing received a product patent for its Superfreak Boardshort Series. Inspired by the original O’Neill wetsuit and made with a stretchable panel across the backside, t...

MFG.com Adds Packaging

Atlanta-based sourcing marketplace MFG.com has added packaging to its online offerings, which include textile and apparel. The Packaging Marketplace will offer MFG visitors a place to research packagi...

New Surfwear Line Aims for East Coast Surfers

Break East is a new surfwear line made for East Coast surfers. Photo courtesy of breakeast-surf.com.A newly-launched surf apparel company aimed at East Coast surfers has been making waves. Started...

Patagonia Taps Siegel

Ventura-based Patagonia Inc. named Dmitri Siegel vice president of global e-commerce. Siegel was most recently executive director of marketing at Urban Outfitters, where he was responsible for the retail chai...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Trend Spotting: Peplum for the People (The New York Times)Ralph Lauren Spring Fashion Show (The New York Times)Kanye West Said to Have an...

Carhartt's Everyday Icons

Instead of models or celebrities, everyday men and women will be the focus of workwear maker Carhartt’s latest campaign. The 120-year-old Dearborn, Mich.–based company’s “Everyday Icon” campaign wi...

Dress for Good

Promotional photo from the movie “Bridesmaids” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has a moving column today about a Kenyan single mother, Jane Ngoiri, who supports her family by making children’s clothing out of old...

New Owners and Largest Show for Surf Expo

ORLANDO, FLA.—

Jones Joins Frederick's

Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. named Don Jones president and chief operating officer of the company, which is a division of Movie Star Inc. Jones’ career includes executive and managerial positions with Gap Inc., ...

Target Site Crash: Lessons Learned

The crash of Target.com for three hours on the morning of Sept. 13 could sound like a frothy exercise in hype. Target Corp. debuted its highly anticipated collection Misson...

Petro Zillia and More Pops up at EM

Look who’s popping up next week at EM Co. on West Third. The boutique will feature designs by Petro Zillia, Lisamichelle, Tiffany Kuntz Designs, Tatiana and Black Tree Designs at the Sept. 20 event....

Wednesday, September 14

Apparel News Daily Reader

Demand at Target for Fashion Line Crashes Web Site (New York Times)Luxury Goods: Bursting the Nutty Bubble (The New York Times)Michelle Obama honors top...

Levi's, Werts Partner in Industrie Denim Shops

Industrie Denim quietly opened in Scottsdale, Ariz., earlier this month, and a second store is slated to open in San Francisco next mo...

Get Ready....It's the Next Edition of A Current Affair

Vintage lovers prepare yourselves....another edition of LA's vintage shopping mecca is on the calendar. On Sept. 24 and 25 top vintage collectors including Scout, Mercy Vintage, Tavin, New/Found and Siren Vintage will set up shop in the...

Tuesday, September 13

Target.com Crash: Collateral Damage

This webpage appeared when Target.com's website crashed.The crash of Target.com for three hours on the morning of Sept. 13 could sound like a frothy exercise in hype.Target Corp. debuted its highly anticipated collection Missoni for Target, and for the...

Apparel News Daily Reader

First look: Tory Burch's Fashion Week debut (USA Today)New York Fashion Week: a small victory for diversity (The Guardian)Kylie Jenner...

Lisa Kline Employee Moves Around with Flower Truck

Jenifer Kaplan in front of her truckBy day, Jenifer Kaplan works at the Lisa Kline boutique on Robertson Boulevard as an accounting manager. But her newest gig has nothing to do with clothes. It's all about...

OMG! Stupid is Trending!

Reddit got the conversation going...(photo courtesy of grillmeacheese)First there was Wet Seal's typo tee. Then last week, it was the JCPenney "I'm too pretty to do my homework so my brother has to do it for me" T-shirt. This week,...

U.S. Trade Representative's CAFTA-DR Sourcing Directory Seeks to Support Opportunities for

The Sourcing in the Americas Pavilion at the August edition of

Retailer Susie's Deals Sold in Bankruptcy Court

Five months after filing bankruptcy, Susie’s Deals—a Southern California retail chain that sells bargain-basement merchandise at its stores in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and California—has been sold ...

Monday, September 12

Street Style = Cyber Savvy Shopping

Street chic at NY Fashion Week, photo courtesy of Tommy Ton/Style.comStreet style is hot, hot, hot. If you live in the fashionsphere, then you’d have to be living under a rock not to know. And now what’s being worn on the street is turning into cyber savvy...

Made in USA: Rhapsody Targets Retail in Asia

Los Angeles– based

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Week Spring 2012: DKNY reveals patriotic hues in a nod to Sept. 11 and the American woman (Daily News)Lindsay Lohan Hits Fashion Week; Nothing...

What to Do When Your Customer Files Bankruptcy

If your factor assumed 100 percent of the credit risk, you can stop reading this article and go to the beach. However, if any part of the credit risk is yours, there are several issues you might want...

Friday, September 9

LA-Based Wildfox Couture Pulls Goods After Hells Angels Lawsuit

Not many people want to test the wrath of the Hells Angels, particularly when they take you to court....

Mobile Boutiques' Newest Retail Innovation

A new wave in retail will be mobile boutiques, according to a handful of entrepreneurs....

Surf and Skate Retailers Are Cautiously Optimistic

Surf and skate retailers are optimistic post-recession, but the future is hazy....

Lycra Does Denim

Invista, the maker of Lycra fiber, is partnering with denim brands to launch a co-branded marketing campaign during New York Fashion Week. 7 For All Mankind, Citizens of Humanity, DL1961, Henry & Belle, Marc Alli...

Neal Joins Levi's Board

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. named Stephen C. Neal chairman of the board. Neal has been a Levi’s director since 2007 and is the chairman of the Cooley LLP law firm. He previously served as...

AIMS Now at UCLA, Saddleback College

AIMS Technology Solutions is expanding its educational offerings with a new AIMS certification class through the UCLAExtension Entrepreneurship Program....

Retail Focus Resource Guide

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.1881 Athens HighwayJefferson, GA 30549(706) 367-3931 Fax: (706) 367-9837Contact: David Sasso...

Social Networking Applied to Retail Inventory Control

What will the store of the future look like, and what will it be like working in them?...

Fashion Market Northern California Buyers Positive

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Up and down the aisles that displayed wide-open booths with rows of brightly colored women's apparel and accessories, retailers shopping Fashion Market Northern California we...

FNO at Beverly Center with Randy Jackson,Glee and the Mayor

Randy Jackson at Beverly Center Celebrates Fashion's Night Out.Photo credit Volker Corell.The 2nd Annual Beverly Center CelebratesFashion’s Night Out event promised and delivered on sizzle.After four months of planning for the big night, a mall full of fashion fanatics were treated to celebrities,stores offering free sweets and drinks, and two runway...

'Project Runway' Designer Andrae Gonzalo Goes Solar for Charity

New York Moves magazine recently enlisted Los Angeles designer—and former “Project Runway” contestant—Andrae Gonzalo to create a duffel bag to raise funds for charity....

Apparel News Daily Reader

'Back To The Future' Writer Takes Us Inside Nike Air McFlys (MTV)'He's a sweet guy - as long as you're not a woman': Karl Lagerfeld delivers his...

3D Virtual Dressing Room at South Bay Galleria

Imagine being able to look in a full-length mirror and superimpose an outfit onto your body—sort of like cutting and pasting a face on a different body in Photoshop. The Swiv...

Element Eden Looks to Amy Purdy for 'Live, Learn, Grow' Collection

When competitive snowboarder Amy Purdy suddenly lost both of her legs to bacterial meningitis in 1999, her plans to live as a traveling snowboarder and massage therapist took a sudden detour....

Fashion's Night Out with Marco Marco

Lauren Glasses, a stylist, at the Marco Marco pop up shop. She called her look 'not quite Amish.'We know designer Marco Marco from his House of Infinite Radness boutique in Hollywood – and from his gigs helping put together some pretty wild looks for stars like Fergie,...

A Fashionable Fashion's Night Out at Philip Lim, Fred Segal and More....

From high heels to rock n’ roll bands and photo shoots, Fashion’s Night Out in LA was a fashionable affair. The Smashbox photo booth at Ron Herman at Fred Segal, photo by Diana Koenigsberg and courtesy of Smashbox Studios.For the third year in a row, the style set around the globe has joined forces on one night to celebrate fashion. The shopping extravaganza organized by

FNO After Party at Skybar

From left Stephanie Casaubon,Alyssa Diaz,Amanda Parenti all dressed in Eva Franco. Stephanie and Alyssa are actresses. Amanda is Eva Franco's National Sales Director.One of the big stunners of Fashion’s Night Out was the City of West...

Beverly Hills Goes Carnival for Fashion's Night Out

Rodeo Drive, the ritzy shopping thoroughfare in Beverly Hills, was closed to traffic and adopted a certain street fair vibe for Fashion's Night Out.On one end of the street, a Ferris wheel towered over the Jimmy...

NAT Taps Robinson

Textile maker Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. named Thomas C. Robinson chief operating officer. Robinson was previously vice president of cotton operations, planning and technical support for the apparel division of the...

Thursday, September 8

Not Camera Shy On North Robertson and South Robertson Blvd

Robertson Blvd: Where girls wear their party heels to go shopping. Lots of photographers were scouting for cool outfits and found plenty here in front of Intermix.South Robertson Blvd was a street scene runway on Fashion's Night Out. Walking...

It's Fashion's Night Out Angelenos. Where Will You Be?

Get ready fashionistas…It’s Fashion's Night Out in LA! My inbox has been overflowing with invites for tonight and the Apparel News team will be out and about covering events from Rodeo Drive to downtown LA. Where will you be? The hot indie band Cults...

Surf's Up! at Surf Expo

Wakeboarders took advantage of the wake pool at Surf Expo before being honored at the TransWorld Wake Awards.Surf Expo kicked off today at Orlando’s Orange County Convention...

Amazon Tax Fight With California Might End Soon

A special deal might end the tough tax fight between the State of California and retail giant Amazon.com Inc. Gov. Jerry Brown is scheduled to consider this deal, which would give Amazon.com ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Just in Time for Fashion Week: John Galliano Found Guilty (E!)Grab Your 'Murse,' Pack a 'Mankini' And Don't Forget the 'Mewelry' (Wall Street Journal)Way...

Wednesday, September 7

Academy of Art University Helps Kick Off Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week

If you are in New York for Fashion Week, no doubt you have seen the beautiful banners decorating the streets near Lincoln Center. Those fashion illustrations are by Gladys Perint Palmer, Executive Director of the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University. This is...

Tankfarm by Katin: Classic Fit, New Look

Tankfarm Clothing is on a roll. The Orange County, Calif.–based company is scheduled to open Tankfarm boutiques in Hollywood, Calif., and Austin, Texas, in 2012, said the label’s president, John Anderson. The m...

Quiksilver Builds Division for Independent Lines

Action-sports powerhouse Quiksilver Inc. is taking a new approach with a group of new brands with a non-mainstream look. ...

Patagonia Initiative Encourages Consumers to Consume Less

Ventura, Calif.–based Patagonia Inc. launched a new initiative to persuade customers to reduce consumption and its environmental impact by reducing the amount of products sent to an incinerato...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Jil Sander: 'If I had the power I would ban leggings' (The Guardian)'Project Runway' finalist doesn't let loss slow him down (Charleston Daily...

Dockers, Designers Team Up for Limited-Edition Khakis

San Francisco–based Levi Strauss & Co. tapped six U.S. menswear lines for a limited-edition collection for its Dockers brand, created in partnership wit...

Tuesday, September 6

Acacia Swimwear: An Abbreviated Version of Swimwear

Growing up in Hawaii on the island of Maui, Naomi Newirth was sewing her own bikinis long before she started Acacia Swimwear....

Molly Grad

Gottex’s creative director brings her couture pedigree to the swim company’s rich heritage....

Nycked: New York State of Mind

Nycked swimwear, with its grungy urban feel, could be called the antithesis of the resorty vibe that infuses many beachbound labels...

It's Carine's World

Carine Roitfeld in Rick OwensIn Carine Roitfeld’s “World” everyone is as polished and outstandingly beautiful as a Barney’s window display mannequin, literally. The ex-editrix of French Vogue, Roitfeld was the guest editor and...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Caroline Herrera's travelling life (The Telegraph)The Men (and Women) Who Would Be Halston (New York Times)September 2011: Beginnings...

Goggles Going to the Dogs

Niki sporting a pair of pink gogglesJust try to pass up a cute little dog wearing pink goggles.I couldn't. I was at the Long Beach Farmers' Market when I saw Niki, a 4-year-old chihuahua/dachshund mix being carried by Nancy Jones...

Tori Praver

Surfer, model, swimwear designer. Tori Praver is a beach girl at heart....

Curve Appeal

When designer Jessica Petersen decided to launch the first luxury swimwear line made exclusively for curvy women, she knew that having the right fit would be her key to success....

Monday, September 5

FYF Fest's Rebel Style

Friendly grafitti at the punk rock FYF Fest.Success is not the most punk rock outcome for a festival devoted to punk music. But the annual FYF Fest, which took place on Sept 3 at Los Angeles State Historic Park, was a smashing,bona-fide success.More...

Friday, September 2

Attendance Up at MRket LV

MRketLV, which took place Aug. 21–23 at The Venetian, had a 15 percent jump in retail attendance and a 7 percent increase in net square footage in exhibition space, show organizers sa...

American Apparel Execs: Investors Not Looking to Sell; Possibly Investing More

The private-investment group that recently invested $15 million in American Apparel is possibly looking to invest further in the Los Angeles–based manufacturer and retailer, according to compa...

Pool Trade Show: Slow Traffic, Deep Writing

Traffic was slow at MAGIC’s Pooltradeshow, but buyers were more serious about placing orders, exhibitors said.The event was held Aug. 22–24 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Conventio...

Brisk Crowds and Bustling Sales for S.L.A.T.E.

MAGIC’s S.L.A.T.E. show, which ran Aug. 22–24 at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Convention Center, proved an uneven match for the down economy. The collection of action-sports and streetwear labels...

Shapewear Is the Next Big Thing

New York–based research firm Inside Fashion has named shapewear as intimate apparel’s biggest growth category for Fall 2012/2013. Sponsored by lace resource Brunet International, the StyleBook Lingerie ...

Business Bustling at WWDMAGIC

Business was booming at the WWDMAGIC trade show, held Aug 22–24 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, according to vendors.“It’s been beyond my wildest dreams,” said Merryl Centeno of ...

California Senate Votes Down Disbanding of Vernon

The California state Senate voted against disincorporating the city of Vernon in a 17–13 vote on Aug. 29....

LA-Based Gores Group Buys Majority of Mexx from Liz Claiborne

After shopping around its struggling retail chain Mexx, Liz Claiborne Inc. found a buyer in Los Angeles private equity firm The Gores Group. The Gores Group, headed by Alec ...

ENKVegas Sales Good

Business was buzzing, according to show organizers, at ENKVegas, which ran Aug. 22–24 in two ballrooms at the Wynn hotel. “Key retailers were ready to do business bright and early on o...

Banana in Paris

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. will open a Banana Republic store on Paris’ historic Champs-Elysees in early December. The 15,952-square-foot, two-story shop follows recent Banana Republic openings in Lond...

August Sales Solid Despite Hurricane Irene Damage

August sales were solid, and they were boosted by strong Back-to-School sales, said Michael McNamara, vice president of research and analysis for MasterCard Advisors’ “SpendingPulse...

WWIN Show Keeps Its Successful Profile

Organizers of the WWIN (Women’s Wear in Nevada) show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino said nearly 850 booths comprising 1,500 lines took part in the biannual show, held Aug. 22–25...

California E-Commerce Tax Fight Heats Up

The California legislature could take a decisive vote on taxing out-of-state e-commerce retailers in the next couple of weeks...

Capsule Business Steady

Capsule, the juried men’s and women’s contemporary trade show, continued to expand into women’s and lifestyle categories for its fifth show in Las Vegas. The latest run took place Aug. 22...

Jessica's Lands Investors

Vernon, Calif.–based off-price apparel distributor Jessica’s landed an undisclosed investment from Relativity Capital L.P. and an additional undisclosed investment from Riveri...

Northern California Stores March to an Upbeat Rhythm

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Up and down the aisles that displayed wide-open booths with rows of brightly colored women’s appar...

OffPrice Offers Broad Mix

Off-price buyers got an early start when the OffPrice show opened its doors on Aug. 19 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center. The show, which ran through Aug. 22, featured a wide...

Capturing Fashion Fun and Street Style on Fashion's Night Out

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for this year’s Fashion’s Night Out… the Lomography Gallery...

MAGIC Men's Dominated By Strong Traffic and Immediate Sales

Traffic was up and immediate goods dominated business at the MAGIC menswear trade show Aug. 22–24 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, exhibitors said....

Project Reports Good Business

The sheer sprawl of Project can produce anxiety for retailers and brands exhibiting at the contemporary show, which ran at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 22–24, but many businesspeople left Project reporting good business during a tou...

Capital Business Credit: Expect a Price Boost This Holiday

Manufacturers and importers are fretting that rising raw-material prices will put a damper on the Holiday season as many expect the average price tag for goods to rise 10 percent to 15 percent over la...

More F-Commerce Opportunities

Fans of Urban Outfitters’ Facebook page will get a “shoppable magazine” featuring the retailer’s product in their Facebook feed. New York–based digital-media agency enter:new media created ...

Secession Declared

Sharlene Durfey and Carlos Martinez of Secession. Photo by Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.No matter how small your closet, there always seems to be more room for another top. So it was pretty cool when Sharlene Durfey and Carlos Martinez debuted their new tops line Secession...

Business Busy at Moda Las Vegas and ATS

Moda Las Vegas and AccessoriesTheShow, held at The Venetian in Las Vegas Aug. 21–23, have been on a growth spurt....

Sourcing at MAGIC Highlights Americas

This season, the Americas—North, South and Central—were the featured pavilion at Sourcing at MAGIC, which opened on Aug. 21, one day before MAGIC, and ran through Aug. 24 at t...

Curve Lingerie Show Steps Up Swim

CurveExpo, which produces upscale lingerie trade shows in Las Vegas and New York, continued to boost its swimwear offerings at the Aug. 22–24 run of CurveNV at The Ven...

Thursday, September 1

Spirithoods meets The Muppets. Fireworks Erupt at Their Perfect Union

It will be like finding a sunken boat in a swimming pool. A whole watermelon in the fridge. Sprithoods new collab with The Muppets will make “a surprise appearance during New York’s Fashion’s Night Out.” Wherever they surface, they cannot not be seen....

eM Productions to Launch Accessories and Gift Trade Show

eM Productions, the progressive multi-brand sales and press showroom in Los Angeles, will launch an innovative trade show focused primarily on women’s accessories and gifts. ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Here Is a List of Things that are Bigger than Stella Tennant’s Waist on the Cover of Vogue Italia’s September Issue (Fashionista)Project Plus-Size: Retailers...