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Tuesday, July 31

Again: Contemporary Take on Rock ’n’ Roll Style

Before launching her women’s apparel line, Again, in 2011, designer Amber Kekich-Purling spent two years as a denim designer for Rock & Republic....

Shops Vandalized During Anaheim Protests

Anaheim, Calif., retailers recently found themselves caught in the middle of protests, which broke out on July 24 and then stretched into a second week.After 20 businesses were vandalized on the first...

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Barbara Walters Disses Queen Elizabeth's Clothing Choices At Olympics (Huffington Post)Big-name Fashion Draws Cheers and Jeers (Tulsa World)Essence Magazine's White Fashion Editor Departs (New York...

Those Jeans Are So You

Dropped by the Kingpins opening party tonight at the Cooper Design Space and caught up with our former colleague Erin Barajas, the show director of the boutique denim trade show. At check in, we caught a glimpse of Erin and an...

Monday, July 30

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Rundown of London Olympics Opening Ceremony Uniforms (The New York Times) Street Style: High-Waisted Shorts (The New York Times) Fashion Week Swim: A look back and ahead (Miami Herald)China's...

Weltenbuerger's Venice Splash

Weltenbuerger manager Jillian Cainghug, left and Bryan Sanderson, the boutique's founder at their new Abbot Kinney shop.Eastside boutique Weltenbuerger calls itself the “ experimental, progressive, bleeding edge” of fashion, and it made...

Friday, July 27

Icicle Implements Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM System

Technology

The Chinese eco-friendly apparel manufacturer Icicle has chosen Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM software to improve communication between its design, supplier and manufacturing communities, as well as i...

Express to Open Bicoastal Flagship Stores Next Year

By next summer, Express Inc. will have a huge flagship store on Union Square in San Francisco, followed by another flagship store in New York’s Times Square....

Hot Topic Names New VP/GMM

This year will be a year of growth for Hot Topic Inc.’s Torrid division, which recently hired Kate Horton as vice president and general merchandise manager for Torrid, which offers st...

Port Negotiations Have Industry Watching, Waiting

After retail trade groups voiced concern that contract negotiations were headed in the wrong direction for longshore workers at East and Gulf Coast ports, labor-union representatives said progress had been ma...

Sarine Marie, Contemporary Women’s Line, Launches for Fall

Sarine Berberian may be new to the world of fashion, but her family’s long history in the apparel industry gives her a heads up as she launches her first line of high-end contemporary womenswear manufactured e...

First Launch LA Show Takes Off

In its first edition, the Launch LA trade show made good on its promise to showcase young and new brands chosen with a curated eye. For many exhibitors, it was their first trade show ever. The heavy ...

Bringing Pattern-Digitizing Technology to the Forefront

Technology

In this digital era, companies are now able to render designs in 3-D, manage production with sophisticated PLM systems, and even produce animated avatars to model their clothes, but some busi...

Fashion Business Inc. Names New Boards

Fashion Business Inc., the Los Angeles nonprofit that encourages growth of new businesses in the fashion industry, announced the appointment of a new executive board, board of directors and a members...

Salon Allure: More Luxury Brands

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Salon Allure may be attracting more brands, but a sluggish economy is restraining vendors’ sales, said Rick Fatzinger, the co-founder of the boutique swim and resortwear trad...

Macy’s Launches Shopkick Mobile App Nationwide

Macy’s, Mood Media, and Shopkick, a location- based shopping app that rewards shoppers for walking into stores and interacting with products, have launched a national rollout of the ...

Miami Swim Show: Steady Business, More Vendors

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—It has been a hot summer across America, which means it was perfect weather for the hundreds of exhibitors at the annual Miami Swim Show & Lingerie Show, held July 20...

Miami Bringing the Heat

MIAMI BEACH, Fla.—Top swim designers from around the world converged in Miami’s haute hotel and beach scene to debut their sw...

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MarcNew YorkDebuts Steamy '50 Shades of Grey’ Ad (Elle) Shoe Fashion Week To Launch in September (The Huffington Post)What’s Giorgio Armani have up his...

Kelly Cole's Rockin' Debut

Kelly Cole, pictured right, with Pauley Perrette of CBS series NCIS. They were photographed at the Kelly Cole boutique debut party.It was a Thursday night in L.A. If you are Marisa Tomei or Pauley Perrette, you ended up at the debut of the Kelly Cole boutique at...

Thursday, July 26

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Mondo Guerra: Designing for a Positive Life (Huffington Post)Fashion show aims to lift stigma on the disabled (MSNBC)Austin Fashion Week: Anslee...

Urban Outfitters Debuts New Fall Denim Collection

The 2012 Denim Catalog from Urban Outfitters on VimeoFrom the looks of Urban Outfitters’ new fall denim collection, the brand is taking an edgier approach to its denim wear this season. The collection features florals,...

Wednesday, July 25

Southern California’s Economy Growing

The economy may be moving slowly, butretail sales in Los Angeles County are predicted to see a nice 5.6 percent bumpthis year....

Velvet by Graham and Spencer Secures Computer Generated Solutions’ PLM Module

Contemporary clothing manufacturer Velvet by Graham and Spencer announced that the company has chosen the BlueCherry PLM (product lifecycle management) software solution by Computer Generated Solution...

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Kate Middleton Gets £300K ’Bonus’ for allowing weddingdress to be gawked at (The Cut/New York)Christian Louboutin's Anita Heel (The New York...

Tuesday, July 24

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Kate Moss in Rag Bone's Campaign (Elle)WatchMcQueens New Futuristic Video (Elle)Designers Are Extending Summer Season Into Fall (Wall Street Journal)Street...

Mercedes Benz Swim...To The Finish

A.Z. Araujo , center, with friends after show for his self-named line.July 23 was the last night of Mercedes Benz Swim and some of the presenting labels decided to get down with some runway fun. Here’s a couple of looks.Taking a bow after the...

Cooper-Hewitt Gets Graphic

I came across a familiar sight on a recent visit to the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s “Graphic Design…Now in Production,” exhibition held on New York’s Governor’s Island. Sydney artist Christopher Doyle’s 2008 project “Personal Identity...

Monday, July 23

Wet Seal Fires Its CEO

Troubled teen retailer The Wet Seal Inc. dismissed Chief Executive Officer Susan McGalla,who had been on the job for less than two years....

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J Crew's New Jeans (The New York Times)The Stylish Side of China (The New York Times)Fall's Fiercest Nail Polish Trends (Refinery29)'The Bachelorette' Finale Showcases Emily...

Mercedes Benz Swim... Blame It On The Rain

La Perla's installation at Mercedes Benz SwimWith the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Andrew (no relation, seriously) fast approaching, Mother Nature sent an anniversary gift to Miami’s South Beach neighborhood. A rain storm; flooding streets, shaking...

Friday, July 20

Supply-Chain Sustainability on the Agenda at Two Southern California Workshops

Southern California apparel and textile companies looking for ways to implement sustainable and socially responsible initiatives in their sourcing and production practices are invited to atte...

Visa, MasterCard Settle $6 Billion Case With Retailers

Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. settledwhat is reportedly the largest antitrust case inU.S. history. If the settlement is approved by ajudge, Visa and MasterCard will...

Owner of ATS, Moda, Fame to Host Show-in-Show in Brazil

Norwalk, Conn.–based BJI Fashion Group—producers of the AccessoriesTheShow, Moda, Fame and MRket trade shows—will take a curated group of a...

Tags & Labels Resources

California Label Products has been servicing the apparel industry for 20 years. With our full-service in-house Art Department, we can create your branding identity from design to delivery. Ou...

Brisk Business at Premiere Vision Preview New York

NEW YORK—The aisles were crowded and the scenein many booths was standing-room only at the July 2012run of Première Vision Preview New York, held at theMetropolita...

Former MySpace Execs Take on Fashion With Uncovet

Former MySpace Chief Executive MikeJones and self-described "fashion globetrotter"Heather Lipner have launched anew social-commerce site dedicated todiscovering the latest fashion and ...

Container Volumes Fluctuate at Los Angeles Ports

It sounded like a tale of two ports....

Cosmo Summer Splash Kicks Off Miami Swim Week

MIAMI BEACH, FLA.—Cosmopolitan en Espanol kicked off Miami Swim Week with its “Summer Splash” event at the Soho Beach House. The e...

Philippe Bertrand, Trend Forecaster, 53

Philippe Paul Camille Bertrand, a French trend forecaster who presented textile and fashion trend seminars in Los Angeles and around the world, died after a battle with renal cell carcinoma. He was 53...

Newlife’s Eco Initiative: Recycled Polyester From Italy

NEW YORK—The exhibitor lineup at the recent Première Vision Preview show included Italian polyester fiber maker Filatura di Saluzzo (formerly called Filature Mirog...

Hudson Opens at Satine

Hudson Jeans and Flaunt magazine teamed up for a night of fashion and revelry when the denim company opened its shop-in-shop at Satine. A super-hip crowd turned out to view the space while s...

Mercedes Benz Swim Week...So Far

Lisa Blue Designer Lisa BurkeMercedes Benz Swim Week started with a splash on July 19 withAussie swim label Lisa Blue. Beautiful models were not enough to tell the label’s stories. The crowd was treated to Chinese Dragon dancers and flamenco dancers...

Go California Go!

Beatrice GuapoThe 10th season of “Project Runway” got underway last night and we’ve already lost a California contestant. Fashion Institute of Design Merchandising alumn Beatrice Guapo, we hardly knew you, but we’re sorry to see you go! That leaves...

Thursday, July 19

Raven + Lily Go Global With Design

After traveling the world with her documentary filmmaker husband, designer Kirsten Dickerson decided she wanted to do more to help some of the women they'd met in their travels.

Before Lycra, There Was Linen

Archeologists in Austria have discovered four bras thought to be 600 years old. The bras, made from linen, were found in an Austrian castle and the discovery has lingerie archeologists flummoxed because it’s been assumed that the...

Wednesday, July 18

Back-to-School: No Clear View

The Back-to-School season is just getting underway, andprominent retail trade groups and analysts have forecast widerangingprojections for this crucial retail season, which is consideredthe second mos...

Attracting Costume Design Students at Comic-Con

Some creative types gather round the fire hydrant at Comic-ConIf you were looking for new students to attend your costume design classes, where would you go? If you said...

A Fashion Street Grows In Anaheim

The Good Californian Haberdashery, one of Center Street Promenade's first shops.Anaheim is all about Disneyland and the Angels baseball team. Shopping? Not so much. Shaheen Sadeghi plans to change that.Some history first. Sadeghi’s The Camp and The LAB specialty...

Tuesday, July 17

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Glamour Uses Photo of Late Daul Kim in its August Issue (New York Magazine)New YSL Logo Proves Elusive at the Soho Store (The Cut)Rihanna To Design River...

7 Diamonds Takes New York

Sure, 7 Diamonds is sold at every Nordstrom in the US. But the colorful and creative fashion label always seemed like such a California thing.Since 2000, it was the dressy shirting label you’d find at California-only surf and skate shops.Now the Tustin, Calif.-based...

Monday, July 16

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Rihanna is looking forward to creating something special with upcoming River Island label (The Cut)Ralph Lauren's Next Olympic Outfits Will Be made in the...

Banana Republic Flying High

Waiting to take flight on Virgin America, based in San FranciscoBanana Republic's design team in San Francisco will be soaring after the new uniforms they designed for Virgin America...

Friday, July 13

Nike Names New President for Jordan Brand

Beaverton, Ore.–based athletic footwear and apparel giant Nike Inc. named Larry Miller president of the Jordan brand, replacing Keith Houlemard, who was named general manager, a position that...

Billabong Lands Investor

As one of the dominant brands in surfwear, Billabong International Ltd. remains one of the category’s popular labels....

Emporio Armani Coming to Santa Monica Place

A high-end, ready-to-wear Emporio Armani store will open this fall at the upscale Santa Monica Place shopping center in Santa Monica, Calif....

3-D Technology Pushes the Envelope for Apparel Companies

Technology

While apparel-production software has been around for years, the latest advances in three-dimensional renderings are helping apparel companies cut down on both time and money....

Matix Clothing Acquired by Westlife Distribution

Matix Clothing—a skatewear brand sold at action-sportswear retailers such as Tilly’s, Pacific Sunwear and Zumiez—recently was acquired by Los Angeles–based Wes...

Finance Resource Guide

Bibby Financial Services is a worldwide market leader in business cash-flow solutions to small and medium-sized companies. With offices in eight North American cities and 14 countri...

Inside Montana Avenue’s Rebound

Boutique retail streets suffered horribly during the Great Recession, and two years into a weak recovery, boutique districts across California have had mixed records in returning to their former economic health.

CIT Launches Factoring University

The CIT Group launched an educational website to outline the principles of accounts-receivables factoring. ...

Canadian Underwear Company Moving to L.A.

Naked, the men’s underwear brand sold in high-end stores, is headed to California....

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 a...

Seea: Drawing Retro Lines for Modern Times

For Amanda Chinchelli Greer, a basic rash guard with a company logo simply will not do. ...

Beach Riot: Wild on the Beach

Designer Nicole Hanriot gained notice by mixing core surf looks with fashion while she was swimwear designer for Tavik, a surf and skate–oriented fashion line headquartered in Irvine, Calif.—the surfwea...

Copious Lands $5 Million in Funding to Expand Online Marketplace

San Francisco–based fashion e-commerce site Copious announced on July 11 that it secured $5 million in a Series A round of funding....

Los Angeles Investor Buys Stake in Sundance Catalog

Los Angeles–based private-equity investment firm Brentwood Associates acquired a majority stake in Sundance Holdings Group LLC from SharehACI Capital and Webster Cap...

Sperry Top-Sider: Preppy From Toe to Head

Most people know the East Coast shoe brand Sperry Top-Sider to be synonymous with its “authentic original” preppy boat shoes. Now the brand is ready to put its sailor style into swimwear and coverups for Resort 2013, created b...

Kore: Fashion and Sport

The co-owners of Kore, sisters Jessica and Nicole Tracy, admitted there are some beautiful swimsuits out there in the world—the kind that “look amazing by the pool”—but they couldn’t find a...

Jimmy Au's Tale of the Unbelievable

From left Alan Au, Fred Gutierrez, Jimmy Au at the boutique Jimmy Au's For Men 5'8 and Under.Stay at a job for more than a few years, they call you a veteran. Well, meet Fred Gutierrez. On July 12, he celebrated 30-years of employment with Jimmy Au’s For Men 5’8 and Under in Beverly...

Swim's Next Generation

Swimsuits—so little square footage, so much impact! Ever wonder how swimwear designers are made? It’s not like they’re born with a Malibu Barbie and a dream. They’re trained—many of them here in California at...

Aussie Lorna Jane is Expanding in California

Lorna Jane Clarkson had the chance to cash out her fashionable fitness clothing company of 120 stores in Australia. Clarkson said she passed, “I hope it doesn’t sound cliche. I really want to inspire women.” The founder was in Los...

STYLE FILE: Mark Woodman

STYLE FILE: Mark WoodmanWhat led to your initial involvement in the Heimtextil trend board?MesseFrankfurt and...

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Nordstrom Dresses British With Topshop to Win Back Women: Retail (Bloomberg Businessweek)The Fashion Club Blends Menswear And A Feminine Sensibility...

Thursday, July 12

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Jennifer Lopez Launches T-Shirt Shopping Site (Elle)Proenza Schouler’s Very First Store is ’wrong in a good way’ (The Cut)Joining the Gypsy-Style Caravan (The New York...

Nordstrom To Open Topshop Departments

TOPSHOP and TOPMAN's UK fashion.Los Angeles is going to get its own TOPSHOP and TOPMAN stores in 2013, but that arrangement leaves the rest of California high and dry when it comes to shopping at this popular UK retailer. Before those...

Olympic Fashions Unveiled

"Photo courtesy of Ralph LaurenWith a little over two weeks until the kick off of the...

Wednesday, July 11

Challenges Continue to Stifle California’s Economic Recovery

Retailers this month received a morsel of good news: Gas prices at the pump have fallen off a cliff and are down more than 70 cents a gallon....

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Several People Literally Fainted atDolce Gabbana’s Debut Couture Show (The Cut)Kusama Retrospective at the Whitney (The New York Times)Dolce Gabbana’s Couture...

Rose Apodaca, Kelly Cole To Open La Brea Shops

Kelly Cole pictured on the roof of the Il Borghese building in Los Angeles. Photo by Aaron Stern.An eternity, actually 18-months ago,I wrote an article about the new hipster development District La Brea, and how it was going to bring a lot of...

Tuesday, July 10

The Many Looks of Peruvian Alpaca

Dog in Lima, PeruThe world of alpaca clothing has many looks.Frances Harder, president of Fashion Business Inc., in Los Angeles, found that out recently during a nearly...

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Ferragamo Debuts Fall Video Featuring Kate Moss (Elle) What does Justin Bieber have in his pockets this time? (The Cut)Twin Trends with the Olsens (Elle) Jimmy Choo...

Monday, July 9

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Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China (The Telegraph)Depending on Who You Ask, Valentino Might Have been sold for $700 million (New York...

Friday, July 6

J Brand Up for Sale

Los Angeles premium-denim line J Brand has hired investment banker Morgan Stanley to sell the company or test the waters for an initial public offering....

French Technical Fabrics Land in California

Bel Tech, the technical and active-apparel fabrics division of French mill Bel Maille Creations, has a new home on the West Coast. ...

June Sales Weak, As Some Expected

June retail sales were soft. The International Council of Shopping Centers trade group reported that U.S. retail increased by a wan 0.2 percent....

H&M Opening in City of Industry

Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) staked a bigger claim to the Southern California fashion market....

Centric Partners With vrSoftware for New Virtual Merchandising Tool

Centric—a provider of product lifecycle management (PLM) software for apparel, luxury goods and consumer goods companies—has partnered with vrSoftware, a company headquartered...

New York Textile Resource Guide

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

Apparel Companies Eye Myanmar as Next Sourcing Spot

Before it was prohibited to import from Myanmar, U.S. apparel companies brought in as much as $409 million a year in clothing from that Southeast Asian country, which lies northwest of Thailand....

Hyosung’s Creora Celebrates 20 Years

Hyosung Corp., producer of Creora spandex, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Creora at the July 7–9 run of Interfilière at Paris Mode City in Paris. ...

Lightspeed Launches New iPad Technology for Interactive Cross-Selling in Retail Stores

The Canadian retail software company LightSpeed has launched a new retail technology for Apple iPads that enables interactive cross-selling in retail stores. ...

Peace Love World Selects BlueCherry

The Miami-based lifestyle apparel provider Peace Love World has implemented the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite with enterprise resource planning (ERP), product lifecycle manage...

PV Winner

Designer Ragne Kikas, pictured center with models wearing her designs, was the winner of the Première Vision Prize at the Hyères International Festival of Fashion & Photography. Kikas and her designs—as well as the work of other p...

Port of Long Beach Encouraging Megaships to Dock and Transfer Containers by Rail

Southern California’s Port of Long Beach, which saw container volumes drop off last year, has passed two measures that will encourage larger ships to dock at the port and give monetary incenti...

Chicago--Meet Malibu

Bananabeat product at Sofia Bananabeat pop-up shop. Photo courtesy of Sofia Bananabeat.Some things just go together naturally. Like Chicago and Malibu! Umm, let’s try that again. Some things have not been tried before-- like mixing Chicago and Malibu.But waves and...

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Fetish fashion takes over the Berlin underground (Reuters)Rihanna Has More To Say About Her Butt Loss in the new Harper’s Bazaar (New York Magazine)Katie...

Thursday, July 5

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Christian Louboutin Creates Cinderella’s Glass Slipper (The Telegraph)Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Hit Paris Fashion Week (E!)Wimbledon’s fashion police made...

Nike SB and Levi's Debut High-Performance Skate Jeans

Photo courtesy of thepremierstore.com.Skaters had even more reason to celebrate this Fourth of July, as the long-awaited Nike SBx Levi's 511 Skateboarding Team Edition Jeans...

The Assignment: 6 Words + 1 T-shirt

Lots of tees on the blog this week... New denim line Not Without Joy has launched a fun Hemingway-inspired contest on its website.According to the possibly apocryphal anecdote, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete story in six words. He responded with...

Wednesday, July 4

Happy 4th of July, People

I was preparing several upcoming textile trend stories and came across a few prints that fairly scream: “Happy 4th of July, people!” Above is Pine Crest Fabrics’ “Super Star Patriotic” foil print (#BTH547C1). Here’s another from Pine Crest,...

Tuesday, July 3

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Haute couture on display in Paris (The Washington Post)Just One Look: Bouchra Jarrar (The New York Times)To Discuss: Cape Dresses on the couture runways (The...

Little-Known Facts About Protecting Fashion Collections

The Dolce Gabbana gown donated recently to Woodbury UniversityHaving a collection of vintage fashion pieces has its headaches. You can't just hang them in the closet.There is a very...

Monday, July 2

Lenzing Plans New Tencel Production Facility

Austrian fiber maker Lenzing AG has begun construction on a new Tencel production facility in upper Austria.

Tommy Bahama Takes The Grove

Party at Tommy Bahama Summer Pop-Up Lounge.Tommy Bahama is all about good times. On June 27, the island-inspired lifestyle collection let the good times roll under its Summer Pop-Up Lounge, an open tent, at The Grove retail center where it served mai-tais and martinis...

Cool (Hashtag) Tee, Dude

Exercise your freedom of tweet—you could land a grand. Ever dream of having your genius immortalized on a T-shirt? Karmaloop hears you. Or, more accurately, the Boston-based streetwear e-tailer is reading your tweets. The company just launched #tees, a contest to find the best tweet—and...

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Versace Back at the Ritz for Haute Couture Week (Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog)Raf Simons Shows Triumphantly at Dior (The New York Times)Sofia Coppola...