Stories for November 2012

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Friday, November 30

Uniqlo Parent Buys J Brand

Japanese retail giant Fast Retailing, owner of Uniqlo stores, bought an 80.1 percent stake in Los Angeles premium-denim brand J Brand Holdings LLC. ...

Thursday, November 29

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Stance: New Look for Women's Socks

Hot Sox

Since 2010, Stance has been selling novelty socks for men that focus on colorful prints and patterns.

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UnSpoken Lingerie Targets the Over-38 Woman

Age-appropriate Sleepwear

UnSpoken Lingerie is trying to do for intimate wear what Not YourDaughter’s Jeans did for premium denim.

Made in America Resources

American Fabrics International 3810 Brandt Lake Ct Greensboro, NC 27410 (336) 288-1323 Fax: (336) 545-3251 www.american-fabrics.com sales@american-fabrics.com Contact: Ned...

Lectra Appoints Sales Director for Italy

Paris-based Lectra named Maurizio Sapio sales director for Italy....

Ports of LA, Long Beach Disrupted by Strike

Striking port workers picketed on Nov. 28 and 29 at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach in a protest over ongoing contract negotiations.

Cotton’s Future Up for Debate at Sourcing USA Summit

Cotton prices are down to about 70 cents per pound, but many in the apparel and textile industry still remember the 2011 peak, when cotton hit a $2.44 high....

Novamania Recruits in LA for Next China Show

Doing business in China is a hot topic in fashion retail, and a recent seminar in downtown Los Angeles gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about it....

Attention California Employers: New Employment Laws Affecting Your Business Effective Jan. 1, 2013

With the stroke of several employee-friendly pens, Gov. Jerry Brown enacted a number of new employment laws in California that take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. These laws further expand the right...

Monday, November 26

Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Pressures Sourcing Managers to Know Their Manufacturers

The number of apparel factory fires inBangladesh has become so prevalent that WRAP, the nonprofitorganization that does compliance inspection of overseas factories, conducted aspecial ...

Friday, November 23

CrowdStar Challenges Fashionistas With New Stylist App

Fashion App

Created by CrowdStar, Top Stylist aims to attract a new set of mobile users by merging high fashion and innovative game play with hundreds of pieces of designer clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories.

Wednesday, November 21

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Santa Monica's Main Street: Contemporary by the Coast

What's Checking

Internationally and nationally prominent retailers are building more stores in the California beachside neighborhoods of Venice and downtown Santa Monica.

Tags & Labels Resources

California Label Products 13255 S. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90061 (310) 523-5800 Fax: (310) 523-5858 Contact: Tasha www.californialabelproducts.com info@californial...

Leah Gottlieb, Founder of Gottex Swimwear, 94

Leah Gottlieb, the Hungarian-born designer whose Gottex swimwear label was worn by celebrities such as Princess Diana and Elizabeth Taylor, died on Nov. 20 at her home in Tel Aviv, Israel. Sh...

Fred Segal Announces Expansion Deal

Fred Segal is spreading from Los Angeles to the rest of the world....

Billabong’s Potential Buyer Is a Company Man

Paul Naude, president of Billabong International Ltd.’s Americas division, is holding discussions to put together a leveraged buyout of the beleaguered surf giant, which is headquartered in Au...

Iconix Executive Named CEO at Sequential Brands Group

Los Angeles licensing company Sequential Brands Group Inc. has named Yehuda Shmidman as its new chief executive officer, replacing Colin Dyne, who resigned to pursue other opportunities....

How Manufacturers Can Extend Credit to Their Retailers While Managing Their Credit Risk

Today, when a manufacturer’s customer is “declined for credit” by its factor, the manufacturer often requests that the retailer prepay the order. All too often these manufacturers don’t know why t...

Thursday, November 15

Wet Seal Profits Slide in Third Quarter

In its first conference call with Wall Street analysts since a proxy battle ousted its chairman and several board members in October, The Wet Seal Inc. reported same-store sales declined 13.5...

ENK International Sold to Advanstar

One of the biggest apparel trade show companies in the United States just got bigger....

International Trade Show Resources

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 countries around the worl...

Advanstar Hires Rue La La Exec as VP of Marketing, New Director at S.L.A.T.E., Street

Tom Florio, chief executive officer of Santa Monica, Calif.–based Advanstar Fashion Group, producers of the MAGIC and Project t...

Colombian Manufacturers Meet Up With West Coast Apparel Makers

If the people seated inside the large hotel ballroom looked as if they were speed dating, in a way they were....

Thursday, November 8

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Venus Williams' EleVen Is Made in LA

Designer Profile

Venus Williams, who turns heads as much with her flair for style as her 125-mph serves, believes if you don’t look good, you won’t play well. The tennis pro contends that looking good even enhances athletic performance.

Michael Stars Opens Its 1st Outlet Store

The Los Angeles–based casual contemporary brand Michael Stars is known for running 11 boutiques across the United States, but on Nov. 8, it held a party for its first outlet store. It...

Brooks Bros. Moves Back to Downtown LA

Brooks Brothers made clothes for Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as well as generations of lawyers, stockbrokers and entrepreneurs. Despite its great concentration of ...

Welcome Back, Alpha

Alpha was a leading men’s fashion and gift shop in West Hollywood, Calif., from 2003 to April 2012, when the store’s founder, Darren Gold, shuttered his Melrose Avenue boutique. ...

Project Moves to New Location for New York Show

Project’s New York show is moving to Manhattan’s Pier 92 after Hurricane Sandy caused “significant damage” to the original location, Pier 90, according to Projec...

Wednesday, November 7

Scoop, All Saints, Alice + Olivia to N. Beverly Drive

Scoop NYC is opening a holiday shop at 265 N. Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills on Nov. 15, and it will be part of a wave of new boutiques moving onto the street, which is located one block over...

Tuesday, November 6

After Retail Survey, West Hollywood Says ’No Thanks’ to Fur

West Hollywood, Calif., is on track to become the first city in America to enforce a ban on new fur sales....

Monday, November 5

FesslerUSA Shuttering After 112 Years in Business

After more than a century in business, FesslerUSA is closing its doors. ...

Groceries Apparel Expands LA Space in Move to Alameda Square

Eco-fashionbrand Groceries Apparel is on a growth spurt. ...

Thursday, November 1

Burton Realigns Analog for Snow, Moves Brand to Vermont

Burton Snowboards has been one of the recession’s success stories—experiencing several years of financial growth and even paying out bonuses to its employees over the last two years. While this might h...

T-Shirt Resources

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Colombia Apparel Import and Export Opportunities Expand to New Levels

The promotional export arm of the Colombian government is setting up matchmaking meetings between Colombian apparel makers and U.S. companies looking for new sourcing opportunities.The meetings are t...

U.S. Joins Mexico on China Textile-Subsidy Case

The United States is backing Mexico in its efforts to challenge alleged subsidies the Chinese government provides its apparel and textile factories....

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: martinMARTIN

“Structure and Anti-Structure” was the theme for martinMARTIN’s Spring ’13 collection. Designed by husband-and-wife design duo Eric and Diane Martin, the philosophy for the collection is ...

Speedo Safe After PVH Acquisition of Warnaco

For now, Los Angeles–based Speedo USA is staying in town after the swimwear brand’s parent company, Warnaco Group Inc., was acquired by PVH Corp. for $2.9 billion....

LA Textile Show Moves to February

Typically held in March or April, the Spring/Summer edition of the Los Angeles International Textile Show is moving its dates to February.The next show will be held Feb. 25–27 at the ...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: LA Fashion Weekend

A group show featuring designer collections closed LA Fashion Weekend at Sunset Gower Studios on Oct. 21. The lineup included Anthony Franco, Dina Bar-El and Nathanaelle Couture. Dina Bar-El presented her ...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: Furne One

Furne One’s Spring ’13 show was a dramatic ending to Style Fashion Week. The Dubai-based Filipino designer was applauded with a well-deserved standing ovation for his “Last Confession of Mata Hari”...