Stories for April 2013


Tuesday, April 30

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Rick Caruso IS Not Running for Mayor. Really!

Just Kinda Looks Like It

Grove & Americana Chief Honored by Cops Foundation

Monday, April 29

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Textiles in an Exhibition at the deYoung

Art Opening

The deYoung museum in San Francisco will kick off a “From the Exotic to the Mystical,” an exhibition of textiles from the museum’s permanent collection on May 4.

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Haus of Love's Avant Garde Hug in Downtown L.A.

Veteran Stylist Kelly Love Opens Boutique

Avant Garde Boutique Opens in Downtown L.A.

Friday, April 26

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Max and Lubov Azria to be Honored by Academy of Art University

BCBGMAXAZRIAGROUP Founders to Receive Honorary Doctorates

Max and Lubov Azria are this year’s honorees of the Academy of Art University School of Fashion.

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Madonna Gallery Pops at Macy's

The Material Girl's Famous Looks at Macy's Show

For one night only, Madonna's most famous looks showcased at Macy's in Century City

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New Atelier for Beautiful Fül

Another Design Studio Opens in Downtown L.A.

Beautiful Fül Takes downtown L.A.

Los Angeles Blue Jeans Makers Floored by New Duties Being Imposed by Europe


Three U.S. goods currently subject to a 15 percent EU duty—sweet corn, eyewear frames and mountings, and crane trucks—will have their duties increased to 26 percent. But the big hit came to U.S.-made women’s jeans. This category will see its 12 percent duty rise to 38 percent.

Thursday, April 25

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SwimSpot Pops

Swim Store Unveils Pop-Up Shops

The weather is warming up, and swimwear retailer SwimSpot hopes to make a splash with a handful of pop-up shops

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Get This App Seeks to Break TV Retail Out of Test Pattern


Get This Corp. wants to push television’s possibilities.

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'Seasonless' Trends Key at Fashion Market Northern California

Trade Shows

FMNC grew about 10 percent in size, with 25 new vendors showing.

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Sue Wong

'Great Gatsby' for Fall '13

Sue Wong's Roaring Twenties birthday celebration.

Evy of California Expanding Downtown LA Space


Childrenswear and juniorswear maker Evy of California has only been in its new downtown LA headquarters for two years, but already it is running out of room.

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Americana at Brand at 5

Lifestyle Center

New Nordstrom and styles for Americana at Brand

Wednesday, April 24

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Shakedown: Street


Two brands known for iconic--sometimes sardonic--imagery are now available in one collection: The Hundreds x Grateful Dead collaboration.

Styles for Coachella 2013


The Coachella Music and Arts Festival 2013 lineup was released last week, showcasing contemporary artists, as well favorites of yesteryear.

Tuesday, April 23

New Fashion Incubator Arriving in Downtown Los Angeles


Leah Garvin calls herself a fashion anthropologist, but these days she is sounding more like a fashion entrepreneur.

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Long-Established Dress Store Moving from Cooper Design Building

Retail on the Move

A store that has been established on the same Fashion District corner for 25 years has decided to change its location. And why is that?

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Kesh X American Apparel

Fashion Icon

Artist and fashion designer like Kesh Kumari

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Matthew McConaughey's New Clothing Line, JKL


Actor Matthew McConaughey launches his own men’s clothing line, JKL.

Friday, April 19

Safety and Compliance on the Agenda in Long Beach, Calif.


Product safety, compliance and sustainability issues—including state and international regulations; import surveillance; and developing an efficient, cost-effective and reasonable testing program—will be discussed at an all-day seminar and workshop in Long Beach, Calif., hosted by American Apparel and Footwear Association.

Synergy 17 Offers Rhinestone Font Tool for CorelDraw, Free Font Download


Clovis, Calif.–based embellished-apparel resource Synergy 17 has created a macro for CorelDraw to help apparel designers resize rhinestone fonts for custom applications.

Graphics One's Partnership Puts Metalnox Equipment On-site


Burbank, Calif.–based Graphics One LLC formed a partnership with Metalnox, a Brazil-based maker of heavy-duty calendars and industrial heat presses.

Technology Is Becoming Key for Efficient Fashion Companies


Every apparel maker and retailer knows that technology these days is driving profit and efficiency.

Brother Offers Limited Lease Promotion for Digital Garment Printers

Bridgewater, N.Y.-based Brother International Corp. is running a special 0 percent financing program on its GraffiTeeseries of digital garment printers.

Fire Guts Sharp Fabric Co.


Los Angeles Fire Department trucks were called before 2 p.m. on April 19 to put out the reigniting embers of a giant pile fabric and debris, which were part of a fire that raged in the early morning of April 18 at Sharp Fabric Co., a garment -industry business in downtown Los Angeles.

Agenda Trade Show Hires Jim Shubin

Trade Shows

The action sports, surf, streetwear and lifestyle trade show Agenda named Jim Shubin director of endemic relations.

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CJ by Cookie Johnson

Fashion Designer - Denim

Cookie Johnson designs denim for the universal woman

Thursday, April 18

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Maison de Urbana: International Inspiration, Made in LA

Maison de Urbana

International inspiration, made in LA

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New Resources: RoviMoss

New Resources

RoviMoss: Classic handbag design at contemporary prices

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Designers Behind the Music: LA Designers Specializing in Making Clothes for Top Musicians

Glam Squad

LA designers specializing in making clothes for top musicians

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Trashy Lingerie: 40 Years Making Specialty Lingerie in LA

Trashy Lingerie

Making specialty lingerie in LA for 40 years

Quiksilver Names New Retail Exec


Another former Disney executive was hired by surf giant Quiksilver Inc.

Social Media in the Workplace Is the New Water Cooler


As social media becomes more commonplace, a blurry line has formed between employees’ permissible use of sites such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to discuss work-related issues and employers’ policies regarding discussing company matters in online public forums.

New VP for Arden B


Tamara Chamberlain started her new job, leading Wet Seal Inc.’s long-suffering Arden B division, on April 15.

Is It Time for PLM? Tech Providers Offer Advice on Product Lifecycle Management Systems


Technology providers offer advice for companies looking to add product lifecycle management systems.

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Make Smith Leather Co.

California leather craftsman and designer Steven Soria didn’t have to look very far when it came to finding inspiration for crafting leather accessories as founder and owner of Make Smith Leather Co.

Sourcing at MAGIC Adds More American Sourcing Exhibitors, Services

Trade Shows

Manufacturers, retailers and designers looking to source in America—or in the Western Hemisphere—will have more resources at the upcoming Aug. 18–21 run of Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas.

Gap Unveils Global Strategies


Gap Inc. is serious about becoming the top apparel company in the world.

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New Fashion Incubator Arriving in Downtown Los Angeles

Made in America

FactoryLA is a new fashion incubator in downtown Los Angeles

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Coachella Style

Style Watch

Coachella fashions to beat the heat

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West Coast Legend, Photographer Michael Miller

Fashion Photography

Los Angeles based photographer Michael Miller has shot all the West Coast legendary hip hop acts

Saturday, April 13

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Get Your Festival Look On at the ShopBAZAAR PopUp

Shopping at Coachella

If you’re at Coachella, you’re finding plenty of festival chic inspiration. And chances are you need a new item or two to update your look.

Friday, April 12

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Oscar de la Renta at The Colleagues Luncheon

Fashion Fundraiser

Wallis Annenberg honored at charity fundraiser

Thursday, April 11

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Windsor Fashion Donates Prom Dresses to Senior H.S. Girls

Prom Dress Giveaway

Windsor Fashion, a prominent Los Angeles retail chain, gives away prom dresses to needy high-school seniors.

Wednesday, April 10

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Slow Economy Keeps Manufacturers and Retailers Working Hard for Their Money

Quarterly Report

With earnings season upon us, several retail and apparel companies are reporting year-end and quarterly results that tell a happy story.

Tuesday, April 9

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Billabong in Exclusive Talks With Naude


A member of the Billabong corporate family is in exclusive talks to acquire the Australian-headquartered Billabong International Ltd., it was announced April 9.

U.S. Ports to See a Rising Tide of Imports


Imports at the nation’s ports are expected to increase 2.7 percent in April over the same month last year and inch up 4.7 percent during the first six months of this year, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Jenne Lombardo - A New York Style Icon

Fashion Icon

She has a style that balances the often unachievable look...

Monday, April 8

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Snooki BFF With Barbara Fields


The conversation started with a correction.

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Pack With Care


German footwear line Atheist thinks its branding is interfering with the delivery of the mail.

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Mad About the Late 60s

Costume Design

"Mad Men" is back for its 6th season and everyone is talking about the new looks for several key characters.

Ellington Test

NEW YORK—According the House of Berardi designer Alexander Berardi, an exquisite piece of clothing is only as beautiful as the woman wearing it. The New York–based designer’s philosophy of promoting self-confidence through...

Elegantly Eco

NEW YORK—According the House of Berardi designer Alexander Berardi, an exquisite piece of clothing is only as beautiful as the woman wearing it. The New York–based designer’s philosophy of promoting self-confidence through...

Friday, April 5

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Agenda Hire Marks New Focus on Women's

Lifestyle Brand

Agenda, Vanessa Chiu to expand women's offerings.

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A Q&A With Macy's 'Fashion Star' Caprice Willard


Three buyers—one from Macy’s, one from Saks FifthAvenue and one from Express—competing in an auction-like scenario for styles created by budding designers.

How China is Playing Out in the Sourcing World


For many U.S. apparel manufacturers, China is no longer the sourcing paradise it used to be.

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Betsey & Drew Talk

Blogger Fest

Start the weekend with Betsey Johnson and Drew Barrymore.

Thursday, April 4

Agenda Hire Marks New Focus on Women's

Trade Shows

The Los Angeles–based Agenda trade show is looking to expand its women’s offerings and hired former Insight executive Vanessa Chiu as director of women’s sales and marketing.

Complete Clothing Buys Vernon, Calif., Warehouse


Complete Clothing, owner of Southern California lifestyle brands Matty M and Willow & Clay, purchased a 24,000-square-foot warehouse in Vernon, Calif.

Speedo Selects vrMockshop Software


Swimwear giant Speedo will be using visual merchandising software vrMockshop to plan its retail environments, according to Centric Software Inc., owner and distributor of vrMockshop.

New VP at Bebe


Just six weeks after Bebe named a new executive vice president of design and product development, the women’s contemporary retailer announced a new chief merchandising officer on April 2.

Lanvin Opens at South Coast Plaza


French fashion house Lanvin opened a 1,220-square-foot store in South Costa Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif., recently.

Wet Seal Promotes Two Merchandising Executives


The Wet Seal Inc. announced on April 1 promotions for two of its divisional merchandising managers.

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Céline Takes a Bow on Rodeo


French fashion house Céline opened a boutique at 319 N. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, adjacent to a Mont Blanc boutique.

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Scoop NYC Hitting Its Stride in Beverly Hills


Here's the scoop, as in Scoop NYC

Wednesday, April 3

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Randolph Duke Is Having An Estate Sale - Treasures Galore


This weekend is your chance to pick up some fashionable treasures from the archives of Randolph Duke.

Tuesday, April 2

Billabong Halts Trading Pending Possible Takeover


Australian-headquartered Billabong International Ltd. halted trading of its shares on the Australian Securities Exchange April 2, pending the release of what the surf giant’s board of directors described as an announcement.

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Saint Laurent Music Project

Fashion Photography

French photographer and designer Hedi Slimane premiered his Saint Laurent Music Project

Monday, April 1

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Kiss the Kitty


More than two years after hard rock band Kiss struck a deal with licensing queen nonpareil Hello Kitty for the Kiss x Hello Kitty collection of apparel, accessories and gifts, comes the news that this dream team is heading to cable.