Stories for October 2012

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Tuesday, October 30

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: Project Ethos

This season, Project Ethos moved downtown and teamed up with Downtown Los Angeles ArtWalk for its Oct. 11 Los Angeles Fashion Week presentation.The result: a party that spil...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: African Fashion Week LA

The second night of Africa Fashion Week LA, held Oct. 12 at Papillion Institute of Art, opened with a pair of dancers performing traditional Nigerian moves....

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: California Market Center

The California Market Center celebrated LA Market with a fashion presentation and party. The event, which took place on Oct. 15, included club-style music, hors d’oeuvres and tequila cocktails...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: NAMI

Sarah Nami Ahn, debuted her Spring collection on the runway at Concept Fashion Week LA on Oct. 13. The Korean-born designer grew up as an army brat traveling around the world and holds a PhD ...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: Belle N. Matisse

Belle N. Matisse debuted its Spring ’13 collection with a presentation at Concept Fashion Week LA on Oct. 13. The installation, which featured six looks, was held on a sound stage at Siren Studios in ...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: Mike Vensel

Mike Vensel, founder of Concept Fashion Week LA, debuted his eponymous collection to close the Oct. 13 event at Siren Studios. Vensel continued his play on minimalism for Spring ’13. Titled “...

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: NUVULA

The 1960s met the future at Nuvula’s Spring presentation. Columbian-born sister design duo of Rebeca and Vanesa Victoria debuted the collection, titled “A '60s Exploration,” duri...

Friday, October 26

CNN’s Fashion Museum Roundup Falls Short

Fashion Museum

CNN profiles fashion museums around the world--but overlooks California's stellar examples.

U.S. Labor Officials Subpoena Forever 21 for Garment Factory Information

Forever 21 Inc. is in the hot seat with the U.S.Department of Labor....

Thursday, October 25

Joyrich Parties to Celebrate Wildstyle Opening

Los Angeles–based streetwear brand Joyrich has been running a colorful store at 7700 Melrose Ave. in Hollywood since 2007. On Oc...

Made in California Resources

de Chemin Jeans...

TEXbase Introduces Product Integrity Management Software

Textile and apparel software provider TEXbase has a new software solution planned to help improve collaboration across the supply chain.Product Integrity Management Software (PIM) is a Web-ba...

Audio-Technology Company Moving Into California Market Center

The California Market Center is expecting a very big new tenant—one that has nothing to do with the apparel industry—to move in this December....

Commentary: Made Somewhere, Just Not in the USA

A story in the Oct. 19 issue covered Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s recent press conference announcing a new “Made in LA/Designed in LA” label and hangtag program. ...

Scotch & Soda Opens New Stores in San Francisco, Las Vegas

Kellwood Co.–owned brand Scotch & Soda frequently exhibits at the Project trade show in Las Vegas, and the Dutch-headquartered brand is in the midst of a rollout of American stor...

Cusp Opens at Westfield Topanga With a Fashion Presentation

Neiman Marcus will open its Cusp contemporary boutique on the second level of the luxury department store at the Westfield Topanga retail center, located more than...

Jill Roberts Owners Sued by Ari Emanuel

Veteran Los Angeles boutique owners Mark Freeman and Jill Roberts Freeman were sued for fraud by prominent Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, the inspiration for the Ari character of HBO series “...

Industry Voices: No Examples Necessary: A Clear Look Into the IDPA

California Apparel News has been covering the debate surrounding the proposed Innovative Design Protection Act (S. 3523), which would extend copyright protection to fashion designs. Recent stories ha...

Wednesday, October 24

Retail-Tech Pioneer Joins Starmount Board

Technology

Retail-technology pioneer Richard Mader joined the board of directors of Starmount—an Austin, Texas–based company specializing in digital signage, interactive kiosks and mobile point-of-sale servicesߞ...

Tuesday, October 23

LA Fashion Week Spring 2013: Camila X. Castillo

Growing up in Venezuela, designer Camila X. Castillo was inspired by the look and design of science fiction and dystopian films such as “Clockwork Orange” and” Alien....

Thursday, October 18

Industry Voices: Response to the IDPA Design Piracy Bill

A response to an Oct. 12 Industry Voices story, titled “ A Case in Support o...

Technology Resources

Technology

OptiTex USA 333 West 39th St., Suite 301 New York, NY 10018

VF’s Splendid and Ella Moss Moving to New Home by American Apparel

American Apparel Inc. is getting a new neighbor—VF Corp.’s Ella Moss and Splendid....

SEO, SEM and Online Search Top Retailers’ Wish Lists, Survey Says

Search-engine optimization (SEO), search-engine marketing (SEM), and site search involving email, mobile and social media topped retailers’ wish lists for the year, according to a recently rel...

Tuesday, October 16

Top Stories of the Week

This week, our readers checked out our editorial fashion feature: “Art Mix,” caught up on local retail news and business advice from financial experts, followed the debate on the propose...

Monday, October 15

Project taps Nordstrom Exec for Top Post

Tommy Fazio, men’s fashion and trend director at Nordstrom, was named president of prominent trade shows Project, S.L.A.T.E., Street and MAGICMENS, it was a...

Friday, October 12

New Lines: Lady Liberty Building

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

New Lines: The New Mart

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

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: 824 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. ...

TPG International Drops Billabong Offer

The surf industry’s big proxy fight is over for now....

Thursday, October 11

New Lines: California Market Center

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

LA Textile Show to Feature Korean Pavilion

Thirteen Korean textile mills are exhibiting at the Oct. 22–24 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center....

A&E Launches Sustainability Study

Over the last six years, sewing-thread maker American & Efrid saved more than 557 million gallons of water, reduced its greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 9 percent and saved more than...

Will New Starbucks Bring More Fashion to Downtown LA?

When a Starbucks café opened on the corner of Sixth and Spring streets in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 25, none of the street’s independent fashion boutiques worried that the corpo...

Isko Launches New Campaign

Turkish denim mill Isko has released a new ad campaign created to communicate the versatility of jeans—from selvedge to skinny, jeggings to “jeather.”...

Retailers Turn to ’CloudTesting’ to Avoid an E-commerce Crash

In September 2011, the launch of a highly anticipated collection by Italian brand Missoni for big-box retailer Target drew so much Web traffic, the retail giant’s website crashed and ...

With myDIALS Acquisition, Adaptive Planning Hopes to Harness Glut of Business Information

TMI—or “too much information”—is a modern-day nuisance and one that Adaptive Planning hopes to alleviate for its customers through the recent acquisition of myDIALS, the leading ...

Education Resources

The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles ...

A Case in Support of the Innovative Design Protection Act

Accounting for more than 4 million U.S. workers and $350 billion in annual retail sales, the U.S. fashion industry represents one of the nation’s largest drivers of economic growth. It also represents ...

Fashion Resources

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. ...

LA Textile Show Events

Visitors to the Oct. 22–24 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show will have the opportunity to attend several free seminars organized by the California Market Center....

After Proxy Fight, Wet Seal Must Find Path to Recovery

A proxy battle ended at The Wet Seal Inc., but now the hard work begins, analysts say....

True Religion Sale Explored

Could True Religion be the next LA premium-denim company on the auction block?...

Wednesday, October 10

Wet Seal Appoints New Chairman of the Board

A few days after four members of The Wet Seal Inc.’s board of directors resigned, the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based juniors retailer appointed Lynda J. Davey to the position of chairman of the b...

Tuesday, October 9

Top Stories This Week

The Los Angeles Fashion Week Calendar is our most-popular page this week—no wonder, events are set to begin this week and run thro...

Monday, October 8

Wet Seal CMO Resigns

Wet Seal Chief Merchandising Officer Harriet Sustarsic resigned on Oct. 5, according to the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based juniors retail chain. ...

Church On The Edge

Some of the revelers at Church Boutique's Edge of Evolution party. Photo by Felix Salzman/LookBookLA.Church Boutique in West Hollywood represented fashion’s avant garde and art-inspired looks since its debut in 2009. On Oct. 4, Church co-owners Rodney Burns...

Friday, October 5

Wet Seal Board Resigns, Proxy Fight Over

Prominent juniors retailer TheWet Seal Inc. announced Oct.5 that four members of its embattled incumbent board of directors resigned,bringing an end to a furious proxy ...

Burton's Long, Strange Trip

Sign at the Burton party tells it all.The snowboarder’s cry of ’Pray for Snow’ might join the credo of classic rock band Grateful Dead, ’What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been.’The Burlington, VT.-headquartered snowboard label Burton debuted...

Boutique Notes; Civilianaire, Ed Hardy, Mattison

Civilianaire's new Melrose Ave. digs.L.A. is a jeans town and L.A. area label Civilianaire is staking out more space in the City of Angels.The workwear-inspired jeans line recently moved into 8251 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood. The...

Frankie B is Having a Sale!

That's a good reason to celebrate. Los Angeles denim line Frankie B pioneered the ultra-low-rise super-sexy jean, which has garnered celebrity fans like Sienna Miller, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, Eva Longoria and Fergie. If you, too, are a fan—and...

Thursday, October 4

Split Adds New Execs

Irvine, Calif.–based skate and surf lifestyle brand Split Clothing named Kurt Schleicher vice president of domestic sales, Chris San Juan senior vice president of design and Alex Yang director...

Uniqlo Opens S.F. Store

A highly anticipated Uniqlo store opened in San Francisco’s exclusive Union Square neighborhood on Oct. 5....

Finance Resources

Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T)

Kingpins Partners With Stylesight

Kingpins, the international boutique denim sourcing show founded in 2004, announced its partnership with trend forecaster Stylesight.The team will offer Stylesight’s visionary knowledge and t...

Moda Trade Show Rebrands as Stitch

Contemporary trade show Moda Las Vegas will relaunch in February as Stitch....

Local Port Activity Dips in August

A downshift in the economies in Europe, China and several emerging markets is reflected in the falling cargo-container traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif....

Melissa Rivers Hosting FBI Fashion Fundraiser and MAFI Award Event

The fashion police will be out in force at the Fashion Business Inc. fundraiser and awards event on Oct. 16, when Melissa Rivers, executive producer of E!’s “Fashion Polic...

NRF Forecasts 4.1 Percent Increase for Xmas Holiday

America’s largest retail organization, Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, released its forecast for the upcoming holiday retail season on Oct. 2. It predicted an increase of 4.1...

Industry Voices - A Response to the ’New’ Bill To ’Protect’ Fashion Design

The Innovative Design Protection Act (S3523) was introduced on Sept. 10 by Sen. Charles Schumer (D–N.Y.), reviving the debate over whether fashion can—or should—be protected and what impact the legal pro...

Melrose Place Rebounds With New Retail

European fashion houses Isabel Marant and Bottega Veneta and Los Angeles–headquartered Equipment will open boutiques on West Hollywood, Calif.’s Melrose Place, offering votes ...

A Current Affair Is This Saturday!

Vintage lovers, brace yourselves. The Fall edition of A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace is this Saturday! Stop by for a treasure trove of vintage finds – including designer - from over 30 premier vintage retailers and private dealers. In case you...

Tuesday, October 2

Top Stories Sept. 28-Oct. 2

Retail issues—from new boutiques to Fast Fashion’s copyright trap—were among the top-read stories of last week. Plus, California is home to several new men’s stores and collections....

Octavio Carlin's Party Keeps Going

Octavio Carlin and Kaylene Peoples at House of Blues. Photo by Arun Nevader.L.A. designer Octavio Carlin threw a soiree for his new, self-named Octavio Carlin atelier last week. But the party continuedwhen singer, Agenda magazine editor and...

Restaurant Population Exploding in the Fashion District

Terroni on Beverly BoulevardYou know the Fashion District is on the upswing by the number of new boutiques and restaurants flocking to the area.Spring Street, which used to be known as the Wall Street...

Monday, October 1

Wet Seal Proxy-Fight Update

The proxy battle at TheWet Seal Inc. flared upagain, on Oct. 1, when the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer releasedanother letter to its shareholders urging they reject a New York–bas...