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Thursday, February 28

BCBG Retains Blackstone Group to Explore Possible Sale

Finance

BCBG Max Azria Group has retained New York–based investment firmBlackstone Group in a move that signals the Los Angeles–based owner of the BCBGeneration, BCBGMaxAzria and Herve Leger brands could soon be sold.

Mall to Be Built in Buena Park, Calif.

Retail

Less than two miles north of the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in Buena Park, Calif., Source at Beach, a new entertainment/retail center, is being constructed and will open in Spr...

’Made in America’Conference Set for May in LA

The future of U.S. manufacturing will be discussed at an upcoming conference in downtown Los Angeles. ...

Textile Company Pays Overtime Wages to Employees

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor, Dahdoul Textiles has paid 57 current and former employees $260,000 for back overtime wages plus damages....

Retail Chain Von Maur Expanding to More States

Davenport, Iowa–based retailer Von Maur Department Stores signed a deal to open its first store in Oklahoma in 2014....

BCBG Retains Blackstone Group to Explore Possible Sale

BCBG Max Azria Group has retained New York–based investment firm Blackstone Group in a move that signals the Los Angeles–based owner of the BCBGeneration, BC...

Importing Practices at the Center of StudioCL, Donshen Lawsuit

Manufacturing

A Chinese manufacturer sues a Los Angeles apparel importer for unpaid invoices and gets countersued for undervalued LDP shipments. ...

Friday, February 22

Strong Japanese Buyer Turnout at Capsule

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—Exhibitors at Capsule at the Sands Expo and Convention Center were pleased with the turnout—particularly from Japane...

Domestic and International Mix at Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—Visitors to Sourcing at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center had access to a huge selection of overseas manufacturers and b...

Deal Hunting at Offprice

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—Exhibitors at the OffPrice show were pleased with the turnout at the Feb. 17–20 show at the Sands Expo & Convention Center....

Buzzing Booths at WWIN

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—Women’s Wear in Nevada at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino was once again bustling with buyers lined up in the booths, placing orders for updated, re...

New ENKVegas Location Draws Mixed Reviews

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—The contemporary womenswear show ENKVegas experienced some of the biggest changes from the repositioning of shows at MAGIC....

New Brand and New Plans for Stitch, MRket and Accessories The Show

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—With the recent announcement of

Fast Pace of Change at Project

Trade Shows

LASVEGAS—There were a lot of changes at the Feb. 19–21 run of Project, and themessage of the sprawling show seemed to be "expect more change." ...

Pooltradeshow’s New Move and Old Spirit

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—A move did not change the independent spirit of

Traffic Brisk at WWDMAGIC

LAS VEGAS--WWDMAGIC opened its doors at the Las Vegas Convention Center Feb. 18–21 to a packed house of buyers and retailers swarming to place orders. There was a...

Retailers Turn Out for Well-Timed Curve Show

Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—The timing of this season’s show was ideal for CurveNV, which, in the past, was held over the all-important Valentine’s Day holiday. ...

Thursday, February 21

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Aloha Sunday: Dressed in Sunday's Best

Mahalo

Kahana Kalama opened the shop Aloha Sunday in San Diego to give boys a selection of gentlemanly yet rebelliously cool and upgraded products that were not their father’s trouser brands or shave creams.

Clerks at Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports Agree to New Contract

Import/Export

After more than two years of negotiations, the clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will not be striking again this year.

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BCBG's Grecian Turn

IT'S ALL GREEK

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 Spring 2009 show at Bryant Park on Sept 5. Neutral tones with pops of blue and look-at-me orange rounded out this RTW line that was defined by a love of jersey fabric.

Joe's Inks Deal With Dahan

Payday

Joe Dahan, creative director at Joe’s Jeans, is getting a nice payout from his employer.

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Amma Design: From Sarajevo to Made in LA

BALKAN FASHION

Amila Malovic walks past the rows of brightly colored fabric that make up her print-driven tunics, tops and dresses sold under her label, Amma Design.

Pantone Releases Fall ’13 Color Report

“Multi-faceted” emerald green, a yellow-hued Linden green and accents of Mykonos blue are among the Fall colors for women and men, according to color forecaster Pantone LLC, whi...

Six Apparel Trade Shows in Las Vegas to Join Forces for August Debut

Streamlining may be the answer to shopping the massive apparel shows held twice a year in Las Vegas....

A Gala Night of Motion Picture and Television Costume Designers

For the people who work in cinematic fashion, the 15th annual Costume Designers Guild Awards is one of the must-go-to events of the year. ...

Clerks at Los Angeles/Long Beach Ports Agree to New Contract

After more than two years of negotiations, the clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will not be striking again this year....

Joe’s Inks Deal With Dahan

Joe Dahan, creative director at Joe’s Jeans, is getting a nice payout from his employer....

South Bay Galleria Adds Two Fashion Retailers

P.S. from Aéropostale has found its first Los Angeles County location....

Intertek’s Web App HelpsChildrenswear Firms Track New CPSIA Rules

Childrenswear manufacturers and importers have a new set of rules to comply with the safety standards under the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA)....

Biotech Firm Looking to Commercialize Spider Silk for Textiles

Spider silk is strong and flexible, but developing it commercially has been problematic....

T-shirt Resources

Alstyle Apparel

LA Textile Show Resource Guide

AIMS360

Isko Highlights the Trends for Spring/Summer ’14

Turkish denim mill Isko recently introduced several new fabric innovations for its Spring/Summer 2014 collection. ...

Wednesday, February 20

State and Local Economies to See Modest Growth This Year

Upswing

Apparel manufacturers in Los Angeles County may shed a few jobs this year, but clothing and accessories retailers are expected to see sales gains as consumers become more confident about the economy.

State and Local Economies to See Modest Growth This Year

Apparel manufacturers in Los Angeles County may shed a few jobs this year, but clothing and accessories retailers are expected to see sales gains as consumers become more confident about the economy....

Tuesday, February 19

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California State of Mind

New York Fashion Week Spring '13, New York, Sept. 6-13

RILA Goal for ’13: ’E-fairness’ Between Online and Bricks-and-Mortar Retailers

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) hopes to see “e-fairness” legislation passed in 2013. ...

Six Apparel Trade Shows to Merge for Las Vegas Debut in August

Trade Shows

Streamliningmay be the answer to shopping the massive apparel shows held twice a year inLas Vegas....

Friday, February 15

Buhler Yarns’ Werner Bieri Retiring

Made in America

After 17 years as president and chief executive officer of Buhler Quality Yarns, Werner Bieri is retiring. He will continue to consult for the Jefferson, Ga.–based yarn spinner.

Thursday, February 14

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Tadashi Shoji Charts the World of Fashion to Stay Successful

Designer Profile

At the end of his recent runway show at New York Fashion Week, when the last model had sashayed down the catwalk, Tadashi Shoji’s first thoughts were, “What will I be doing for the next season?”

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SIMA Image Awards Salutes Breakout Brands

Surf Industry Honors

The Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) Image Awards is like the Academy Awards for the surf set, in which industry peers vote on last year’s breakthrough performances and visionary directors.

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Michael Stars: Balancing 'Made in LA' With 'Made in Peru'

Fashion

Michael Stars takes pride in its buttery soft cotton T-shirts and tops renowned for their quality and comfort.

How Apparel Manufacturers Should Approach the Economy in 2013

Finance

The presidential election may be behind us, but the economy is still in a slow-go mode.

Forever 21 Faces $55,000 in OSHA Fines

OSHA fines Forever 21

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Los Angeles–based retail chain Forever 21 with two alleged violations of workplace-safety standards after an inspection was conducted at the company’s Burlington, Mass., store.

Online Trade Show Balluun Partners With Merchant Factors

Trade Shows

Social-commerce site Balluun and Merchant Factors Corp. have struck a partnership that will give Balluun members access to Merchant’s factoring services. ...

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Celebrates 75th Anniversary---and Its 10th

Rosenthal & Rosenthal Inc. already had a growing clientele list on the West Coast when the New York–based factor made the commitment to open a full-service office in California in 2003. ...

Forever 21 Faces $55,000 in OSHA Fines

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Los Angeles–based retail chain Forever 21 with two alleged violations of workplace-safety standards after an inspectio...

Hilfiger Opens Robertson Flagship

After well-reviewed shows at New York Fashion Week, Tommy Hilfiger traveled to California to open his West Coast flagship at 157 N. Robertson Blvd., which formerly housed A/X Armani Exchange...

Wednesday, February 13

Fashion Resource Guide

2Chillies

Value-Added Employment: Study Looks at U.S. Jobs Retained Despite Offshore Production

Just because apparel is made overseas, it doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of U.S. jobs that go into making a label. ...

Finance Resources Guide

Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T)

Tech Focus Resource Guide

Alvanon, Inc.

Made in the Americas Resource Guide

Apparel Production Inc.

Tuesday, February 12

Wet Seal’s Store-Ops Chief Resigns

Shortly after The Wet Seal Inc. announced the elimination of its chief operating officer position and the exit of Ken Seipel, the chief operating officer of the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based re...

Friday, February 8

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Fashion Film

FASHION FILM from Matthew Frost on Vimeo. Fashion people are the best at making fun of themselves. Lizzy Caplan stars as the charmed ingenue in “Fashion Film” by fictional boyfriend Matthew Frost. So many quotable...

Strike Possibility Looms at Los Angeles-Area Ports

Federal mediators who averted a port strike on the East Coast recently may be back in LosAngeles resolving another possible port strike by union workers in Southern California.Some 800 cleric...

Thursday, February 7

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Freedom Artists: Wearable Art on a Tee

Designer Profile

Imagine going to a cool art-gallery opening—except instead of canvases and glossy prints hanging on the walls of a white room, it’s T-shirts with the photographs, paintings, illustrations and collages printed on them.

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Catch Surf: Bringing Back Classic Surf-Lifestyle Clothing

Edgy

It’s like a Hollywood surf movie. New Yorker, skater and occasional seasonal surfer George Arzente moves to Southern California and his dreams of fun in the sun are shattered by the diehard locals.

Omnichannel Retail: Future Is Now

Change

It’s not exactly a household term, but many retail analysts are bullish that omnichannel retail is transforming the shopping experience.

U.S. Apparel Purchases on a Flat Course in 2012

Imports

U.S. consumers played it cautious last year when it came to clothing purchases, leading to a slight dip in apparel imports in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Lenzing Introduces Modal Colors, Eco Rebranding Campaign

Textiles

Austrian fiber maker Lenzing introduced a range of its Modal fiber in spun-dye colors, which reduces the environmental impact associated with traditional dyed techniques.

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Alvanon Bows Fit Form for Mexico

Technology

New York–based Alvanon Inc. introduced a new series of technical fit mannequins for the Mexico market at the recent at Expo Produccion in Mexico City.

Miss Me Shuts Down Counterfeit Websites

Force Quite

The Los Angeles denim label Miss Me has won an $8.7 million default judgment against a ring of counterfeit websites that in one instance had almost an exact replica of the Miss Me website.

UL Opens Larger Testing Lab

Safety science company UL has moved its testing facility in Enfield, Conn., to a new, 48,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.The move doubles UL’s Connecticut lab and increases its qual...

Alvanon Bows Fit Form for Mexico

New York–based Alvanon Inc. introduced a new series of technical fit mannequins for the Mexico market at the recent at Expo Produccion in Mexico City....

Visual PLM Increases Illustrator Capabilities

Montreal-based Visual 2000 International Inc. has released a new version of its Adobe Illustrator plug-in for VisualPLM.net solution.Visual PLM.net is a configurable, Web-ba...

Crailar Flax Inks Deal With Kowa Co.

Crailar Technologies Inc., maker of Crailar flax and bast fibers, struck a fiber-supply agreement with 118-year-old Japanese company Kowa Co....

Wednesday, February 6

Early Reports: January Sales Sluggish

January’s retail business was forecast to be sluggish by respected trade groups such as the International Council of Shopping Centers. Most companies will announce their sales Feb. 7, but comp...

Tuesday, February 5

Southern California Ports Spending Big on Infrastructure to Compete

Import/Export

Cargo-container volumes at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have been on an even keel lately as the economy slowly recovers.

Monday, February 4

East Coast Port Strike Averted With Tentative Deal

After months of negotiations, a potentially crippling strike at 15 East Coast and Gulf Coast ports has been avoided after negotiators representing longshore workers and shipping companies agreed to a ...

Wet Seal Announces 35 Job Cuts, COO Resignation

The Wet Seal Inc. announced a $25 million share-repurchase program, the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Ken Seipel and the elimination of 35 positions within the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–...