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Wise Move: Q&A with Monica Wise

Skimpy to Modest

Monica Wise, the designer and founder of Irvine, Calif.–based L*Space, has had her eye on new markets for some time.

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Wildfox Swim

The sleek high-gloss look is a perennial for women’s swimwear, but according to Wildfox Swim, it’s time for an alternative.For its Spring/Summer 2013 runway show, held on July 23 at Mercedes-Benz Fashio...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Cosmo Summer Splash

Cosmopolitan en Espanol kicked off Miami Swim Week with its “Summer Splash” event at the Soho Beach House. The event feted the magazine’s 40th birthday along with its sixth annual event poolside ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: ANK by Mirla Sabino

Mirla Sabino said her move back to Brazil after many years of living in Miami inspired the look for her Cruise ’13 collection. “Brazil really influenced me, and also as I was unpacking I found a...

Fashion Market Northern California Attracts Buyers Only Days After Las Vegas Shows

SAN MATEO, Calif.—Heidi Howard, notebook in tow, was on a mission.Wandering up and down the wide aisles of Fashion Market Northern California, she was hunting for only “Made in USA”...

Karolyn Pho Collection: From Wardrobe Stylist to Contemporary Design

Before launching her solo collection, Karolyn Pho worked behind the scenes—as a wardrobe stylist for film and music videos, as well as backstage at New York Fashion Week.Her enthusiasm for fashion even drove...

Fashion’s Night Out Plans Set for Sept. 6

The fashion world’s big block party, Fashion’s Night Out, will be celebrated all over the globe on Sept. 6, and the city of Los Angeles plans to produce one of the glitzier parties.The Beverly Center ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Xtra Life Lycra Brand

Xtra Life Lycra Brand debuted its new “Unstoppable” global marketing campaign with a fashion show featuring some of swim’s top designers during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. The show, which was held on July 2...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Agua Bendita

“Lovely Heroes” was the theme for Agua Bendita’s Cruise collection, which debuted on July 20 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Created by Catalina Álvarez and Mariana Hinestroza, the Colombian brand is known for its colorful designs and hand-crafted details.

Trukfit: Lil’ Wayne Launches Line

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., most commonly known as his stage name, Lil’ Wayne, recently launched a skate-influenced boys’ and men’s apparel line, Trukfit, earlier this year. Trukfit, an acronym for “The Reason You Kill for It,...

Coup D’Etat: Made in U.S.A.

The clickety-clack of hand-loom knitting machines echoes through the downtown L.A. Fashion District offices of Coup D’Etat....

Kitson Opens New Concept Store

Call it Kitson’s greatest-hits store....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Salon Allure

For luxury resort and swim, the producers of Salon Allure believed buyers would find every product they needed at their trade show, which ran July 21–24 at the W South Beach Hotel in Miami....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Style Saves

For its second year, Miami nonprofit Style Saves threw a fabulous party to raise funds to buy Back-to-School clothes for kids from lower-income neighborhoods in the Miami area. Prominent multi-brand s...

Miami Swim Cruise 13:Rica Swimwear

Rica Swimwear showcased its Cruise ’13 collection at the Lifestyle Retreat Lounge at the Shelborne South Beach on July 21 during Miami Swim Week. The low-key presentation included 10 looks from the 27-piece collection. For its second season, designe...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Poko Pano

Brazilian swimwear label Poko Pano introduced its runway show for its Spring/Summer 2013 season at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim on July 20 with a 45-look show. The first look was a full-length ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Gottex

For Gottex Creative Director Molly Grad, traveling, the brand’s rich heritage and the body itself served as inspiration for Cruise ’13. “I get my inspiration everywhere and anywhere. So to me it was all about color and shape and how you make u...

Adidas: Diving Into Swimwear

Swimwear isn’t necessarily the first sport that comes to mind when everyday consumers think of the Adidas stripes. Under a license with Manhattan Beachwear, the company hopes to change that perception....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Kooey Australia

Nikki Silverthorne, Kooey Australia designer and owner, was inspired by the country’s national gemstone to create her Cruise ’13 collection. “[Opals] come in so many different colors, which is why we’ve got more color in the range this time,” she said. “We think it”...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Anna Kosterova, Naila, Keva J and Dorit

Anna Kosturova, Dorit, Naïla and Keva J Swimwear joined forces for a group show, held July 23 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Vancouver, Canada–based Anna Kosturova showcased a range of crochet sw...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: ABEST

The Brazilian Association of Fashion Designers (ABEST) celebrated Brazilian swim design with a cocktail party and presentation on July 23 during Miami Swim Week. More than 200 guests attended the event, held poolside at the SLS Hotel South ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Cia.Marítima

For its 2013 collection, Cia.Marítima took inspiration from the Hawaiian islands. The brand, which is manufactured by the Rosset Group in Sao Paulo, debuted on the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion W...

Miami Swim Cruise 13:Caffé Swimwear

Caffé Swimwear kept its Latin American inspirations sizzling when it introduced a 54-look runway show on July 21 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim for its Spring/Summer 2013 season....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Suboo

Australian “it brand” Suboo made its U.S. runway debut at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim on July 22 at The Raleigh hotel. Designer Sue Di Chio found inspiration for this collection in photographer Slim Aarons’ 2005 boo...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: La Perla

A rainstorm on July 22 forced venerable Italian lingerie house La Perla to scrap its outside runway show on the rooftop of the Soho Beach House in Miami Beach. Instead, the label produced an informal ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: A.Z. Araujo

Brazilians have a knack for designing sexy swimwear. But Brazilian-born A.Z Araujo planned to make a sexy swim line with a special Rio de Janeiro panache. Araujo’s sexy and humorous Spring/Summer 2013 ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Eco Swim

When the Eco Swim line took the runway at Funkshion Fashion Weekon July 19 in Miami Beach, it sought to prove that ecologically sustainable swim lines could be fashionable, too....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Nicolita

“Havana Nights” was the theme for this year’s Nicolita collection by Christina Milian. The brand returned to the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim on July 20 with celeb power, thanks to actress a...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Luli Fama

Luli Fama transported its party-girl muse to Italy by way of Miami for Cruise ’13. The Miami-based brand, which is created by Lourdes Hanimian and brother-in-law Augusto Hanimian, has a “La Dolce Vita Miami” theme for the season. “We feel that Miami’s lifestyle...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Tori Praver Swimwear

Tori Praver debuted her Resort ’13 collection at The Webster boutique in Miami Beach on July 21. Guests enjoyed cocktails while viewing the collection in an intimate, low-key setting. The model turned swim designer channeled her pers...

Helen Jon: Fashion Meets Function

Gwyn Prentice was on quest for the perfect boardshort. When Prentice and business partner Missy Neville set out to create their own collection of swimwear, the two made sure to design boardshorts with...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens

This year’s “Mercedes-Benz Presents” designer, Vitamin A by Amahlia Stevens, debuted on the runway on July 20 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. The ’70s chic “Summer Fever” collection was a tribute to Donna Summer. Designer ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Dolores Cortés

Elaborate artistic prints and artisinal touches are just a few hallmarks of Dolores Cortés’ designs. Gleaning a rich heritage from her more than 50-year-old family-owned swim business, the Spanish designer ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: BCBGMaxAzria

BCBGMaxAzria debuted its Cruise ’13 collection with a poolside presentation at the SLS Hotel South Beach. The hotel’s pastel palette was a perfect backdrop for the collection, which came in soft shades ...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Lisa Blue

Australian swim label Lisa Blue presented its own sense of theater when its Spring Summer 2013 line was unveiled July 19 at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim....

Miami Swim Cruise 13:White Sands Australia

Designer Leah Madden returned to the runway via Australia on July 22 to show her romantic White Sands collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Titled “The Violet Hour,” the collect...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Rose by Vanessa Jean

Vanessa Simmons debuted her new swim line, Rose by Vanessa Jean, with a late-night presentation and party in The Penthouse of The Raleigh hotel on July 22 during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. The M...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: L* Space by Monica Wise

Designer Monica Wise showed three collections on the runway during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim. Her popular brand, L*Space, opened the show, which was held on July 22, followed by The Collection, a new ready-to-w...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Cote d’Or Swimwear, Sauvage, Aguaclara, Aquarella Swimwear

The Cruise ’13 looks by Sauvage, Aquaclara, Aquarella and Cote d’Or hit the runway at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim on July 23....

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Angela Martini

Designer Angela Martini crafted the look of her swimwear to evoke romance, fun and sex appeal. On July 21, the New York–based designer introduced her 2013 swimwear collection at the W Hotel South Beach...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Swim Soiree presented by Hawaiian Tropics

With Hawaiian Tropic beach balls bobbing in the pool of The Raleigh hotel, Australian fashion model Jessica Gomes and Laurie Brookins, fashion editor for Niche Media, publisher of Ocean Drive magazine, sat at...

Swim Shorts 2013

2Chillies offers the market young fresh vibrant prints and fashionable shapes—and always at an accessible price point. 2Chillies ensures that its product meets the highest quality standards and places...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Aqua Di Lara

Swimsuit silhouettes typically rely on classic shapes, but Montreal-based Aqua Di Lara stressed some new looks with its Cruise 2013 line, which took a bow at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim on July 21...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Red Carter

Red Carter is known for his over-the-top runway presentations, and this season he didn’t disappoint. Inspired by the glitz and glamour of famed ’70s discotheque Studio 54, Carter sent disco balls, foiled psychedelic prints and...

Wise Move: Q&A with Monica Wise

Monica Wise, the designer and founder of Irvine, Calif.–based L*Space, has had her eye on new markets for some time. At the recent run of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, she made her move with ...

New Shop IX II II Takes Downtown L.A.

Javier Laval of Android Homme at the IX II II boutique.Downtown Los Angeles’ boutique scene has been growing, but it took a great leap forward Aug. 30 when designer co-op IX II II (Roman numerals for the shop’s address) opened at the still dicey corner of 9th and South...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Abercrombie Fitch faces a different kind of teen (Bloomberg)How Burberry’s New Store Balances tradition and innovation (Fast Company)Streetstyle from New...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Miami Swim Show

Every day is a party at South Beach, but July 22 marked the 30th anniversary of the Miami Swim Show & Lingerie Show, and the venerable trade show marked the anniversary with an epic fashion show o...

Gerber Technology Launches New Machine for Heavy Materials

Gerber Technology has a new precision spreading system that accommodates material rolls weighing up to 550 pounds....

Back-to-School Fuels Retail Profits

After worrying that the spending for the Back-to-School season would be late, retailers reported the annual shopping season arrived right on schedule. ...

LA Fashion Week Plans Ramp-Up With High Expectations, Criticisms

With little fanfare, Los Angeles Fashion Week will return in October to showcase Los Angeles designe...

Thursday, August 30

Apparel News Daily Reader

Ann Romney opts for Oscar de la Renta (Los Angeles Times)Tastemaker : Nasty Gal’s Sophia Amoruso is building an indie fashion empire (The Cut)Gap, Macy’s August Same-Store...

The Runway Report From Miami

The Cruise ’13 swim season made a splash in Miami Beach, Fla., with fashion shows, trade shows and poolside cocktail soirees. The chic resort setting in South Beach was the perfect backdrop for the world’s best...

Wednesday, August 29

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Week Is Approaching: Here Are The Rules Village Voice) Biblical fashions feature at Busnel S/S 2013 for Stockholm Fashion...

Fashion's Night Out Preview

The Fashion World’s big block party, Fashion’s Night Out, will be celebrated all over the globe Sept. 6, and the City of Los Angeles plans to produce one of the glitzier parties for FNO.Here’s a preview.The Beverly Center will produce one of the more glam events on Sept. 6. There...

Possible East Coast Port Strike Has West Coast Anxious

With longshore workers up and down the East and Gulf coasts threatening to strike if contract negotiations aren’t resolved by Sept. 30, retailers and apparel manufacturers were checking their contingen...

Tuesday, August 28

Apparel News Daily Reader

Style Network to air week-long coverage of Fashion Week (Entertainment Weekly)Galliano supposedly filed an $18.8 million dispute claim in France’s labor...

JCPenney Takes Another Retail Approach

Liz Claiborne shop within shopJust in time for the back-to-school season, JCPenney on Sept. 1 is launching a set of shops within shops that will showcase some of the retailer's main brands.First and foremost is the Liz Claiborne...

RVCA, Element Key to Plan For Saving Billabong

California brands Element and RVCA willbe crucial in turning around the ailing surf giant BillabongInternational Ltd., the brands' parent ...

Monday, August 27

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ASR Parties On

The surf may be up or the waves might be flat. No matter the forecast, you can bet the partying is going to be good at the Action Sports Retailer show, held Sept. 4-6 in San Diego.

Keeping Dane's Spirit Alive

At the edge of the lobby of the recent Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, the family of Dane Chandler Williams sat in a vigil hoping to find answers on the unsolved death of the 23-year-old Hurley intern.

Beach Dreaming at Fetherston

Designer Erin Fetherston combined delicate beauty with stunning shapes in a collection that seemed to float down the runway. Cloud-inspired skirting coupled with a sea of pastels had show-goers daydreaming sweet nothings and the perfect day at the beach.

Apparel News Daily Reader

Label’s doing not Zoe well (The New York Post)Princess Victoria Kicks Off Stockholm Fashion Week (Huffington Post)When fashion gets naked (The Telegraph)While small players get...

Cordero Takes Fred Segal's Madison

Calleen Cordero at Madison in Fred Segal Santa Monica. Picture courtesy of Calleen Cordero.Style and footwear maven Calleen Cordero introduced a collaboration with the Madison boutique at Fred Segal Santa Monica on Saturday. She unveiled a...

Summer Shopping on the Go

This summer, mobile shopping took off. And by mobile, I mean shopping by smart phone or tablet, not the kind of shopping you do on Royal Caribbean’s ginoromous Allure of the Seas, pictured above (1,187 feet long with maximum capacity of 6,296 passengers and 2,384 crew).According to...

Friday, August 24

MRket, ModaLV, ATS Bustling

LAS VEGAS—The trade show floor was bustling at MRket trade show, said Don Kerkes, president of the men’s group of Tommy Bahama. The show focused on sportswear and f...

Getting Technical With Apparel

Henry Cherner, managing partner of AIMS360, pictured at far left, with Los Angeles Trade Tech students awarded with AIMS certificates.It’s no secret that manufacturing clothes is becoming more tech oriented. AIMS360 is one provider of apparel...

OffPrice Bustles With Early Opening Date

LAS VEGAS—The aisles of the OffPrice show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center were bustling with buyers on the opening day of the Aug. 19–22 show.“I had more orders in four or five hours than I’v...

Mood Up at WWIN Show

LAS VEGAS—The mood was upbeat at the Aug. 20–23 run of the Women Wear in Nevada (WWIN) show at the Rio All-Suite Hotel.The show, which features updated apparel and accesso...

Pooltradeshow Hits Its Stride

LAS VEGAS—Founded 11 years ago as a marketplace for emerging designers, Pooltradeshow may have finally hit its stride at its Aug. 21–23 run at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, said Freddie ...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Katie Holmes Showing at the Mother of All Fashion Week Venues: The Tents (People)New L.A. label JilRo aims to conquer fashion's size barrier (Los Angeles...

New Styles, Immediates Popular at Project

LAS VEGAS—Once specifically the go-to place for new premium-denim lines, the Project trade show continued its expansion into a wider array of fashions, which ranged from aloha shirts and avant-garde womenߣs...

Capsule: Fun and Serious Business

LAS VEGAS—Vendors at the Capsule trade show exhibited stylish boutique fashions, mostly for men, at a fast pace during the show’s Aug. 20–21 run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center....

Vegas Buyers Navigate Multiple Venues and Staggered Schedule

LAS VEGAS—With nearly 15 trade shows spread over multip...

Finance Resources

CIT Commercial Services operates throughout the United States and internationally. The Los Angeles office serves clients in the Western United States and Asia. CIT is the nation’s leading provider of factoring...

Triple Aught Design Implements Centric 8 in the Cloud

San Francisco–based apparel and equipment manufacturer Triple Aught Design (TAD) has selected Campbell, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc.—a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for ...

Sourcing Spotlights L.A., Americas and ASEAN Countries

LAS VEGAS—For the 16th edition of Sourcing at MAGIC, held Aug. 20–23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, show organizers put the spotlight on several regions, including the Americ...

ENKVegas Draws Premium Brands, Buyers

LAS VEGAS—With big denim brands such as Hudson Jeans, JBrand, Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity anchoring the show, ENKVegas has become a mandatory stop ...

CurveNV Adds New Brands to Exhibitor Mix

LAS VEGAS—The lingerie and swim offerings at the Aug. 21-23 run of CurveNV at The Venetian included several new brands, including domestic resources as well as international labels. ...

Bigger Venue, Mixed Reactions at WWDMAGIC

LAS VEGAS—With an estimated 81,000 delegates, the Aug. 20 –23 run of MAGIC was reported to be the trade event’s biggest show since 2008, according to MAGIC management....

Off-Price Jeans Distributor Adds Executives

Jessica’s, the Southern California company that sells off-price premium blue jeans and other goods to retailers such as Marshalls and Costco, has hired two new executives to ...

Thursday, August 23

Even Babies Are Fashionistas

For the fashionable baby who has everything, why not a fancy-looking diaper?In recent years, big-name producers of disposable diapers have come up with designer-like takes on a mundane item that is here...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Authenticity is key when choosing African textiles (The Washington Examiner)GUESS Who? Swedish Beauty Elin Kling Kills It In Marciano (Refinery29) Why Fox News...

Wednesday, August 22

Rain, Rain, Go Away in Vegas

Credit: KVVU-TV, Rolando SanglaySeems like the sky is falling around all those trade shows in Las Vegas.Thunder, lightning and a flash-flood warning provided a dramatic break from the Las Vegas heat for visitors to the...

Advanstar Launches Online Trade Show Concept

LAS VEGAS—Visitors and exhibitors at the recent MAGIC, Project and FN Platform trade shows in Las Vegas got a sneak peek of an online concept to be launched...

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Supply-Chain Resource Guide

LAS VEGAS—Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa kicked off the opening of the first-ever Made in Los Angeles pavilion at Sourcing at MAGIC with the announcement of a planned online resource g...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Basic Training: The 411 On Skinny Jeans (Refinery29)Legs Take Their Turn in Fashion (The New York Times)The African Queens: Namsa Leuba Plays With Fall’s Best...

Tuesday, August 21

Apparel News Daily Reader

A Web Channel Devoted to Shoes (The New York Times)Cindy Crawford Signs Deal to Design a Line for Retailer CA (The Telegraph)Street Style: Camouflage (The New York Times)Progressive...

City of Hope to Honor Halston CEO

Ben Malka, the chairman and chief executive of Halston, is this year’s honoree at the annual City of Hope’s Fashion and Retail Industry fund-raiser....

Looking Sharp in Vegas

LAS VEGAS—I had a chance to catch up with American Apparel founder Dov Charney and California Fashion Association President Ilse Metchek in Las Vegas at a dinner hosted by Los Angeles investment banking firm Intrepid. The lively conversation over...

Monday, August 20

Apparel News Daily Reader

Paul Ryan: Embracing the Right Fit (The New York Times)Sit Down With Britain’s Biggest Designers (The Telegraph) Fashion Outfits That Deserve a Raise...

Miami Swim Cruise 13: Mara Hoffman

Known for her signature ethnic prints, Mara Hoffman’s fourth showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim was statement-making. She continued her fascination with nature and mythology for her Resort ’13 “Desert Ou...

Paul Frank Hitting the Road

Julius is traveling.The monkey-faced icon for the Paul Frank label will now have his mug plastered on the sides of bags, backpacks, wallets, lunch boxes, purses, jewelry and key caps. Saban Brands, which bought the...

Saturday, August 18

Tradesmen and The General Store open in Venice

A pair of beautifully-designed stores have opened on a part of Lincoln Blvd. in Venice block that was previously naked of any cutting-edge retail: Tradesmen, stocked with classic, “easy, well-made masculine” clothes that will transform boys into handsome men; and The General Store a...

Friday, August 17

ASR Parties On

The surf may be up or the waves might be flat. No matter the forecast, you can bet the partying is going to be good at the Action Sports Retailer show, held Sept. 4-6 in San Diego.

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Keeping Dane's Spirit Alive

At the edge of the lobby of the recent Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, the family of Dane Chandler Williams sat in a vigil hoping to find answers on the unsolved death of the 23-year-old Hurley intern.

Beach Dreaming at Fetherston

Designer Erin Fetherston combined delicate beauty with stunning shapes in a collection that seemed to float down the runway. Cloud-inspired skirting coupled with a sea of pastels had show-goers daydreaming sweet nothings and the perfect day at the beach.

Beverly Hills Salon Opens at CMC

Twist by Oliver Ifergan opened at the California Market Center in Los Angeles on July 24 in a new space on the lobby level....

C. Wonder Opens First West Coast Store at Fashion Island

Tory Burch LLC co-founder Chris Burch opened the first West Coast location for his C. Wonder boutique concept store recently at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Cal...

Fashion Resources

Coast is rapidly becoming a global trade show by tapping into international markets and designers from around the world. As Coast continues to offer the latest trends, Karen Bennett’s eye for fashion will ser...

Sweater Production Remains in Los Angeles for High-End Brands

Even though China has cornered the U.S. sweater market for years, a handful of die-hard companies in the Los Angeles area are still churning out knits targeted primarily for the high-end market....

Lazr Trade Show Debuts in L.A.

Newtrade show Lazr opened fora threeday runon Aug. 13 at L.A. Live indowntown LosAngeles with a mix of footwear and accessories andan accompanying pop-up shop conceptthat invited con...

Joe’s Jeans Debuts Flagship Store in Los Angeles

Los Angeles premium-denim manufacturer Joe’s Jeans has a prime retail location for its new West Coast flagship store—decorated with sparkling crystal chandeliers, a beamed ceiling and French do...

Restoration Hardware Expanding Into Apparel

Restoration Hardware, the high-end furniture and home-furnishing retail chain based in Corte Madera, Calif., is getting into the clothing business....

Guns, Germs & $teal: Girls Take Streetwear

“Guns, Germs and Steel” is the title of an influential 1997 book on the history of civilization. This year, Los Angeles–based streetwear line Guns, Germs & $teal made a play on the tome’s na...

Klotz Joins American Apparel, Puts Freshjive on Hiatus

Provocative and influential designer Rick Klotz spent his career as the brains behind the fiercely independent brand Freshjive, but for his next move he will become an employee of Am...

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Undercover Lover's Styles from the Underground

Photo by Felix Salzman/LookBookLARevelers at the downtown L.A. underground fashion club Red Zebra got a preview of the line Undercover Lover on Aug....

BrigadeLA on the Runway

Equipment shirt, Barbara Adler Jewelry (Photo by Felix Salzman)Equipment shirt, Barbara Adler Jewelry (Photo by Felix Salzman)Equipment top, One Teaspoon shorts, Barbara Adler...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Big hopes for small fashion (Sacramento Bee)J Crew Enlists Non-Models for the brands Biggest Campaign Ever (The Cut)Minnie Mouse, fashion muse! Disney star...

Graphic Collection: American Apparel Adds Images

For years, American Apparel’s tees eschewed graphics. But that will change with the launch of a new collection, created by streetwear pioneer Rick Klotz....

Bebe’s Fabricant Joins Aeropostale

Bebe Stores Inc. announced Aug. 17 that Emilia Fabricant, president of the Brisbane, Calif.–based retailer’s Bebe division, would leave the company for “personal reasons” effective immediately. F...

Swim CollectiveTrade Show Continues to Grow

In its fourth edition, the Swim Collective trade show, held at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach, Calif., grew to its biggest yet, with more than ...

Light Traffic at Los Angeles Fashion Market

Several apparel trade shows converging within weeks of each other put a damper on the Holiday/Resort ’12 edition of Los Angeles Fashion Market, held Aug. 13–16 throughout the Los Angel...

PEI Heads to the Cloud With TradeCard for Transaction Management

Miami-based Perry Ellis International has extended and expanded its agreement with New York–based TradeCard Inc. for the supply chain and trade platform’s Procure to Pay solut...

FiftyOne Helps Retailers Go Global

When Tommy Bahama was looking to take its website global, the company knew it didn’t want to do it on its own. After taking a year to develop a site just for Canada, the Seattle-based brand wa...

LuxeYard LaunchesNew Site for Latino Shoppers

New York–based flash-sale site LuxeYard is launching a new website designed for the Latino market....

T-Shirt Company Partners With Knitting Mill for Growth

The rows upon rows of cardboard boxes stacked like building blocks inside a warehouse-size building in downtown Los Angeles are the lifeblood of US Blanks. ...

New Execs at OptiTex

CAD/CAM provider OptiTex named Ziv Leshem as vice president marketing and business development and Ofer Asif as vice president of Asia and emerging markets....

Thursday, August 16

Fashion District Gets Juiced

Hayden Slater, center, with team members Ian Harrison, left, and Koral Simpson, rightFor 36 years, the woman most people called Mrs. Moon sold an odd assortment of sandwiches, apples, ice cream, hot...

New Denim Collection Blends Chemin de Fer Heritage and Rock & Republic Experience

With its hip-hugging looks and its sailor-pants flap, Chemin de Fer wasone of the iconic denim brands of the 1970s. A relaunch is in the works by the son of the original fou...

Apparel News Daily Reader

Fashion Action Struts Its Way Into Videogames (The Wall Street Journal)Austin Fashion Week: Meet 11-year-old phenom Isabella Rose (The Statesman)Fashion weeks in...

Wednesday, August 15

Apparel News Daily Reader

The 50 Most Scandalous Dresses in History (New York Magazine)Alexander Wang’s Sweatshop Allegations Dismissed (The Cut)Bill Blass Fires Designer. Again. (The...

C. Wonder Opens First West Coast Store at Fashion Island

Tory Burch LLC co-founder Chris Burch opened the first West Coast location for his C. Wonder boutique concept storerecently at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, Calif., and t...

Tuesday, August 14

BCBG's Grecian Turn

Inspired by the fluidity of modern dance, the BCBG designer Max Azria showed deliberate draping with Grecian-esque frocks and serious plunging necklines at his

ASR Parties On

The surf may be up or the waves might be flat. No matter the forecast, you can bet the partying is going to be good at the Action Sports Retailer show, held Sept. 4-6 in San Diego. The fun started on a soulful note Sept. 4, when veteran rockers Social Distortion played an acoustic set at shindig produced by Converse at the House of Blues. Quiksilver entertained a standing-room-only crowd at jazz club Anthology for a screening of snowboarding movie `That's It, That's All' on Sept. 5 trio of the world's best surfers was on hand at the Liquid Nation Ball, produced Sept. 5 at the La Jolla home of Reef Founder Fernando Aguerre. Surf stars Rob Machado, Taj Burrow and Kelly Slater helped Aguerre raise more than $300,000 for nonprofit SurfAid International. One notable exception to the ASR Party train was fashion label RVCA. The popular Costa Mesa fashion company held a debut party for its highly anticipated

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Keeping Dane's Spirit Alive

At the edge of the lobby of the recent Action Sports Retailer Trade Expo, the family of Dane Chandler Williams sat in a vigil hoping to find answers on the unsolved death of the 23-year-old Hurley intern. Williams disappeared after a Williams' family believes this case can still be solved. They staffed a small booth located at the trade show's lobby where they greeted well-wishers and hoped to find the key to unlock this mystery. 'The point of being here is to generate answers,' said Brent Davis, boyfriend of Williams' sister Hayley. 'Even a smallest clue could lead to a break.' By the last day of the show, the family heard one new rumor on Williams death that they turned over to police. The family also distributed white wristbands with the motto `Keeping Dane's Spirit Alive.' Williams former employer, Hurley, helped produce the memorial effort. People wearing the wristbands could use them to get a free pedicab ride back to their hotels after ASR parties.Anyone who has tips regarding Dane Chandler Williams death are asked to contact San Diego police's Sgt. William Stetson at (619) 531-2455.

Beach Dreaming at Fetherston

Designer Erin Fetherston combined delicate beauty with stunning shapes in a collection that seemed to float down the runway. Cloud-inspired skirting coupled with a sea of pastels had show-goers daydreaming sweet nothings and the perfect day at the beach.

Torrid Sexes It Up With Ellen von Unwerth

Torrid , the plus-size division of City of Industry–based retailer Hot Topic Inc., is rebranding with a steamy new ad campaign shot by fashion photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The campaign focuses on the sexy side of Torrid, with images of the brand’s “Stiletto” jean and...

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Fashion: NBA stars are sporting man bags (ESPN)Helen Gurley Brown’s Fashion Sense: the Power of Cleavage (The Daily Beast)Austin Fashion Week: Feminine throwbacks in...

Monday, August 13

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Storm over Target's 'trampy' fashion sense (Sydney Morning Herald)Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to Collaborate on Shoe Line? (The Telegraph)A parade of fashion at...

Surfers Get Sentimental: 2012 SIMA Waterman’s Ball

The SIMA Waterman’s Ball brings out a different side of surfers—they put on suits and they get sentimental. The annual fundraiser held at the Ritz Carlton in Laguna Nigel pushed the final tally past $6 million raised for the SIMA Environmental Fund over the course of its 23 year history. During the silent auction...

Belle N. Matisse: Serious and Playful

When it debuted at the Concept L.A. Fashion Week at Ace Gallery in March, Los Angeles–based fashion label Belle N. Matisse was the picture of serious, intellectual style....

Friday, August 10

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Hairless Cat Gets To Wear Fabulous Pink Tutu in Feline Fashion Show (The Cut)Accessories Are the Main Course for Shoppers (The New York Times)Who Cares About Nivea...

Economic Effects Being Measured on Canada’s and Mexico’s Entries Into Trade Accord

Canada and Mexico have been invited to join negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the newest trade agreement involving the United States and eight other countries....

Apparel Imports Dip, Costs Rise

U.S.companies are importing less apparel andfabric from foreign companies but paying morefor it....

Blue Pearl by Allen Schwartz: A Return to Designing Jeans

Allen Schwartz is back in jeans....

Decorated Apparel Resources

Alstyle Apparel and Activewear is an industry leader, designing,manufacturing, and distributing high-quality blankapparel. Alstyle offers apparel in a variety of colors andfabrics fo...

Fabric Avenue Set to Expand in New Location, Online Division

Fabric Avenue was bursting at the seams.With 2.5 million yards of fabric andthree apparel divisions spread acrossthree buildings in downtown LosAngeles, Fabric Avenue owner SamirMasri knew it...

Government Steps Up Labor Enforcement at Local Garment Factories

Federal and state labor officials announced a multiyear initiative to crack down on garment factories in Southern California that don’t pay minimum wage or overtime and don’t register their businesses....

Crailar Brings Flax West

Portland,Ore.–based Naturally Advanced Technologies, makersof Crailar, a fibermade from flax and other bastfibers, is planting flax in Oregon....

Athletic Recon: Ryan Heuser’s Second Act

The cartoon characters are gone. For Ryan Heuser’s first solo project after Paul Frank Industries, he set his sights on tougher-minded performance athletic wear....

Fashion Film: Fashion Editorial’s Next Step, Producer Says

There are superhero epics, rom coms, travel documentaries, and now a new genre, the fashion film....

Octavio Carlin’s Westside Boutique

Call Octavio Carlin a Westsider now....

USDA BioPreferred Program Joins Lineup of Eco Labeling

TheU.S. Department of Agriculture has stepped into the organic fiberand apparel-labeling market with its BioPreferred program,which recently certified a number of fibers that have fashionappl...

New Trade Legislation Takes Effect

Apparel groups praised the recent bundle of laws that expand the possibility of sourcing in Africa and Central America....

Speedo Performance Pushes Warnaco Revenues

Speedo swimwear, headquartered in Los Angeles, was a rising star in the secondquarter earnings report that parent company Warnaco Group Inc. posted on Aug. 6....

Gerber Technology Launches New Precision Spreading System

Thetechnology solutions provider Gerber Technology has announced theavailability of its newprecision spreading system, the GERBERspreader 250s. The new machine acco...

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E-commerce’s Next Frontier: Same-Day Service

One of the competitive advantages to bricks-and-mortar retail may be knocked down soon....

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Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. ensures the highest-quality products backed by environmental sensitivity and around-the-clock support throughout your supply chain. Our distinctive portfolio offers...

New Textile Offerings Demonstrate a Cleaner Dye Process

Typical fabric dyeing is a messy process, involving large water use and harsh chemical waste water, which must be treated before disposal....

Costing 101: Properly Calculating Wholesale Price

I am frequently asked by designers, production staff, and even owners how to properly calculate a markup from a cost sheet. A markup is simply the amount of money added toyour cost to establish your w...

Heuser: Get That Monkey Off My Back

MONKEY MEN: Julius the monkey, center, with Paul Frank Industries Co-Founders Ryan Heuser, right and John Oswald.It’s not the George Michael song. But it has a similar catchy title. Getting The Monkey Off My Back is the memoir of Ryan Heuser,...

Mobile vs. Social: Mobile Commerce Soars While Social Shopping Drops

Social shopping took a sharp decline in this year’s second quarter, according to a recent report released by IBM....

Next in Print

Untilabout two years ago, American Appareldidn’t do much printing, and whenit did, the vertical manufacturer usedoutside vendors....

Eberjey Selects Computer Generated Solutions’ BlueCherry ERP and EDI

TheMiami-based apparel provider Eberjey hasselected BlueCherry’s Enterprise Suite ERP (EnterpriseResource Planning) and EDI(Electronic Data Interchange) inorder to help simp...

French Fashion Tour Stops in California and Las Vegas

In a cross between a rock-band tour bus and trade show booths, the Transatlantic showroom will take its French fashion and lifestyle brands on the road in a 24-foot-long airstream....

Thursday, August 9

E-commerce’s Next Frontier: Same-Day Service

One of the competitive advantages to bricks-and-mortar retail may be knocked down soon. The instant gratification of taking an item home immediately after purchasing it has been a big advantage to sho...

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A Sneakers-Only Runway (The New York Times)Accessories Are Basically the Only Way Anyone is Making Money in Fashion Right Now (Fashionista) Colcci Retains Ashton Kutcher and...

Vreeland To Be Honored at Walk of Style

Diana Vreeland, left with Marisa Berenson. Photo by James Karales.When asked about Diana Vreeland, Richard Avedon, the iconic fashion photographer, said, '"She was and remains the only genius fashion editor.” With a deliciously wicked wit,...

Calling All Designers!

Intel and W Hotels have teamed up to launch a short film competition, highlighting the best in global travel and design, and “inspired by the intense energy of the global jet-setter.”The two...

Wednesday, August 8

London Is Still Calling Bohemian Society

Zoe Voss in a parachute dress by The Bohemian Society. Photo by Adina Doria. Dig that L.A. skyline!ApparelNews made a big deal about London Calling – the delegation of L.A. fashion designers which produced a showroom at London Fashion Week...

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Anna Piaggi, fashion journalist, dies at 81 (The Washington Post)Betsey Johnson is back – doing her dress thing (The Cut) Bling Toned Down in Beijing (Wall Street...

New Restaurant in Fashion District

There's a new watering hole in downtown L.A.'s Fashion District.The wedge of a building at 840 S. Spring St. that used to house Angelique Cafe, an icon for so many years here, was bought by Lime Restaurant...

Tuesday, August 7

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India reinvents 'ethnic chic' at Lakme fashion week (TimesLive)15 Fabulous Fashion Hotels Around The World (Huffington Post)Flags are now a fashion statement....

Guess Who Designed Natalie Portman's Wedding Dress?

Natalie PortmanActress Natalie Portman has often worn the designs created by the sisters behind the Rodarte label, based in Pasadena, Calif.So for her wedding this weekend in Big Sur, she again turned to...

Monday, August 6

Altru X Life

Altru: Groovy T-shirts, Classic Times.Our culture is on a never-ending nostalgia kick; Marilyn Monroe, classic rock, ads from the 1970s. So what’s wrong with nostalgia for old magazines?Los Angeles-based fashion label Altru Apparelgot a license...

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Hedi Slimane on the backlash against YSL Rebranding (The Cut/New York Magazine)Olympics: Where Patriotism and Fashion Colllide (Fox)Fashion design for a difficult age (The...

Friday, August 3

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Marilyn Monroe: Fashion Icon (CBS)Dour Designing Diva Victoria Beckham Claims 'Fashion Stole My Smile' (Examiner)Katie Holmes Sets A Date For Her Fashion Week Presentation (The Cut/New York)Gap's July...

Kingpins L.A.: Getting Schooled in Denim

Kingpins, the global trade show known for showcasing the latest trends and innovations in denim, kicked off in Los Angeles on July 31. The two-day show took over the 11th floor of th...

New Lines: California Market Center

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

When Cotton Isn't Enough - Faux Real

Faux Real...Shirt...yuk,yuk...When cotton isn’t enough, there are shirts with a photorealistic appeal.That must be the elevator pitch for Faux Real – a new line which blends photorealistic images and the good ol’ T-shirts. Here’s a few looks at...

Fashion's Night Out & David Meister

Sophia Bush in a David Meister look at the 2012 Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.Fashion’s Night Out is the fashion world’s neighborhood block party – and it is coming to Orange County on Sept. 6.In Newport Beach, a FNO event will take place...

Agenda: Business Buzzing, Vendors Growing

Once a satellite trade show for skateboard and hip-hopdudes, Agenda solidified its gains as the dominant actionsportsand fashion trade show on the West Coast during itsrecent Aug. 1–2...

D&A Man Launches

Designers and Agents hosted its first menswear show, D&A Man, at Cedar Lake in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood....

Texworld USA Draws Big Brands

NEW YORK—Texworld USA opened with bustling aisles that included buyers from many big retailers, brands and catalogs—including Nordstrom, Macy’s...

Clerical Union and Port Operators Back at Bargaining Table

After an abrupt break in talks, contract negotiations were back on track between unionized clerks and their employers at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles....

Strategies for Boosting Sales and Saving Money

With economies slowing around the world, manufacturers and importers are faced with a number of challenges....

Kingpins N.Y. Keeps Bright, Innovative

NEW YORK—Held one week before the Los Angeles run, Kingpins’ New York show featured a similar mix of traditional indigo denim punctuated with bright pops of color and print. The July 24...

Hollywood Block Party

It was convergence of Cali surf, art and music culture at the sixth annual “Billabong Design for Humanity” event. The street-style block party on the New York Street backlot of ...

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Boutique Fashion Brokers Brings Trade Shows Online

As a former model who later became a buyer for a boutique and a sales rep for J Brand in the company’s early days, Kassondra Dyebo said she quickly fell in love with trade shows....

Thursday, August 2

New Lines: The New Mart

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

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New Lines: Fall II/Holiday ’12 Los Angeles Fashion Market

Los Angeles Fashion Market begins on Aug. 13.

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Romy M.

'About Face: Supermodels Then and Now' Takes on Aging Gracefully

About Face: Supermodels Then And Now TrailerWhere would fashion be without the long list of supermodels that have graced the catwalks and covers over the years? Kate Moss, Helena Christensen, Stephanie Seymour, Cheryl Tiegs and Carol Alt...

New Lines: Lady Liberty Building

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

July Sales Stronger Than Expected

Call it a July surprise....

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Natalia Vodianova Works It in Stella McCartney's Fall Campaign (Elle)British Fashion Council To Do Whatever It Wants (The Cut/New York Magazine)Black Designers, Are You...

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Impulse Showroom

New Lines: Gerry Building

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

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

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

Wednesday, August 1

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Nicki Minaj on New Clothing Line: 'Lil Wayne Will Be Asking Me for a Job!'(Rolling Stone) Ted Baker's New Ottoman Empire...