Stories for March 2013

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Friday, March 29

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Get Your Game of Thrones On

Costume Design

With the third season of “Game of Thrones” just beginning, here's the scoop on costuming the characters on the HBO series courtesy of costume designer Michele Clapton, who’s been creating the look of the series since the beginning.

Sequential Brands Adds Two High-Profile Brands to Apparel Lineup

Acquisition

Los Angeles–based Sequential Brands, known for its William Rast andPeople’s Liberation labels, announced March 29 that it acquired theCaribbean Joe and Ellen Tracy brands.

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Spring Breakers Style

Film

Director Harmony Korine released another supposed banger, Spring Breakers.

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Simply Stylist Was Simply Stylish

Events

The sunny rooftop of Siren Studios in Hollywood was the perfect setting for Simply Stylist’s annual style and beauty networking event last Saturday. E! news anchor Catt Sadler hosted the event along with Simply Stylist founder Sarah Pollack Boyd.

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Football to Fashion

Fashion

Former pro-soccer player--and Southern California native--Robbie Rogers has moved on to his next career as a fashion writer for LA magazine Bello.

Thursday, March 28

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All-Stars, Alumni at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising Show

FIDM Debut 2013

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presented its Debut 2013 Fashion Show to an audience that included fashion- and entertainment-industry heavyweights.

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What's in a Name? Rebranding Helps Nudge Clothing Lines to a New Level

Rebranding

Last year, iconic fashion house Yves Saint Laurent renamed itself Saint Laurent Paris, and just recently, its parent company, PPR, one of fashion's most esteemed companies, announced its own name change.

Five Star Blue Lands Izod Denim License

New York–based PVH Corp. struck a licensing deal with New York–basedFive Star Blue LLC for a collection of men’s denim under the Izod label. The agreement runs through 2018.

LA Firm Buys Retail-Security Unit From Checkpoint Systems

Retailing

An affiliate of California private-equity firm Platinum Equity purchased the U.S. and Canadian CheckView units from Thorofare, N.J.–based retail security solutions provider Checkpoint Systems Inc.

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Technical Textiles and Equipment Converge at Techtextil and SPESA in Anaheim, Calif.

Technology

The international Techtextil North America trade fair, in conjunction withThe Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA), was held March 19–21 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., where technical textiles, nonwovens and functional-apparel makers displayed new and innovative machinery and materials.

Tuesday, March 26

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Downtown LA Wish List

LA Local

What’s on your Downtown LA wish list? Here’s your chance to be heard.

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Dior Pops At Maxfield

The glittering and the beautiful dropped by pioneering boutique Maxfield March 20 for the Dior Pop-Up. The pop-up displayed Raf Simons’ debut Prêt-a-Porter collection for Spring 2013 for Dior.

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Diesel + Edun, A Tribute to Africa

Fashion Collaboration

Diesel and Edun launched their denim in Africa series

Monday, March 25

Lubell Steps Down as CEO of True Religion, Koplin to Take Interim Role

Finance

Jeff Lubell, the chairman, chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Vernon, Calif.–based True Religion Apparel Inc., is stepping down from the company he co-founded and will serve as chairman emeritus and creative consultant. Lynne Koplin, president of the company, will serve as interim CEO.

StudioCL Loses Court Case Against Chinese Manufacturer

Lawsuit

After deliberating for one day, a jury ruled on March 25 that StudioCLmust pay a Chinese manufacturer more than $400,000 for money the Los Angeles apparel maker still owes the garment factory.

Friday, March 22

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Unicorn Watch. Oh, It's On!

Trends

Maybe Miley Cirus can make this unicorn thing happen.

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Designer Collabs: Fab or Bad?

Trends

This week it was announced that supermodel (and famous non-eater) Kate Moss has designed a sushi box for a French sushi chain. Sure to become a collectors’ item for Moss fans, it’s important to note that the model is not designing the actual sushi inside. Although model-designed snack foods are, apparently, a thing. Are fashion collaborations getting weirder? I headed straight to Google to find out.

Thursday, March 21

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Woodbury to Open Show to the Public

Fashion News

This May, Woodbury University is throwing open the doors to its fashion and costume design program and inviting the public.

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Williamson-Dickie CEO to Chair AAFA Board

News Brief

Philip C. Williamson, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing Co., was named chairman of the board of the American Apparel & Footwear Association at the Arlington, Va.–based trade association’s annual Executive Summit in Washington, D.C. (see related story, this page).

OSHA Expanding Injury-Prevention Program Guidelines

Manufacturing

California companies are required to have programs in place to reduce workplace injuries to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Injury and Illness Prevention Program, which is currently under review for a second phase of the program.

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LAFW Fall 2013: Mike Vensel

LAFW | Fall 2013

American fashion designer Mike Vensel brought out the witch hazel and sartorial spells to debut his Winter 2013 co...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Nikki Rich

LAFW | Fall 2013

Nikki Rich debuted its Fall 2013 collection on March 9 at Concept Los Angeles Fashion Week at Siren Studios in Hollywood....

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LAFW Fall 2013: Elliot Evan, ODA and Wayward Installations

LAFW | Fall 2013

Elliot Evan, ODA and Wayward presented Fall 2013 installations at Concept LA Fashion Week on the rooftop at Siren Studios in Hol...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Pia Gladys Perey

LAFW | Fall 2013

Philippines-headquartered designer Pia Gladys Perey took a bow at Style Fashion Week on March 13 at the ornate Vibiana complex with a...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Scott x Scott

LAFW | Fall 2013

Los Angeles–based apparel and accessories line Scott x Scott is designed by the brother-and-sister duo of Brandon Scott of B:SCOTT menswear and Sarah Scott womenswea...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Bryan Hearns

LAFW | Fall 2013

Los Angeles designer Bryan Hearns has produced fashion installations and runway shows at Concept LA Fashion Week in the past. For Fall...

Simparel Hosts ERP Demo at the CMC

Apparel software-solutions provider Simparel hosted an educational event at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles to showcase its advanced technological tools and disc...

PacSun Sales Up

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California Inc. forecast a smaller store lineup, improved financial performance and a cautiously optimistic outlook on the economy when the rebounding mall-based surf, skat...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Michael Cinco

LAFW | Fall 2013

Michael Cinco made his Los Angeles debut March 15 at Style Fashion Week at Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles. The Dubai-headquarte...

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LAFW Fall 2013: Ash Haute Couture

LAFW | Fall 2013

At her second appearance at Style Fashion Week LA, Ashna A. Kalra of the Mumbai-based Ash Haute Couture line showed a mix of Western and Indian looks when she produced a...

New Dates for Next LA Textile Show

The California Market Center is continuing its effort to shift the dates of its Los Angeles International Textile Show, which will host its Fall/Winter 2014/15 edition Sept. 30–Oct.2. ...

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AAFA Summit: Technology and International Trade to Fuel Industry Growth

Manufacturing

With a crowd of more than 180—which included 52 first-time attendees—the American Apparel & Footwear Association hosted its three-day Executive Summit March 13–15 at the Four Season...

Wet Seal to Open Outlet Shops

The Wet Seal Inc. reported its fourth quarter and fiscal 2012 results on March 21. Same-store sales declined 8.3 percent, and net sales for the fourth quarter were $161.7 million, compared wi...

Wednesday, March 20

Lubell Steps Down as CEO of True Religion, Koplin to Take Interim Role

Manufacturing

Jeff Lubell, the chairman, chief executive officer and chief creative officer of Vernon, Calif.–based True Religion Apparel Inc., is stepping down from the company he co-founded and will serve as chairman emeritus and creative consultant.

Agenda Names a New Executive

New Position

Burgeoning streetwear, lifestyle and action-sports trade show Agenda named action-sports industry veteran Mike Carter vice president of sales and marketing, a new position within the organization, said Aaron Levant, Agenda’s president.

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A Current Affair is This Saturday

Vintage Shopping

A Current Affair: Pop Up Vintage Marketplace, LA’s destination for vintage chic finds, is taking place this Saturday at the Cooper Design Space.

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Cerre's Fall Preview, Party and Video Installation

Events

Cerre brought a chic crowd to Melrose Avenue last week when it held a party and video installation at its store on March 20.

Tuesday, March 19

Importing Practices at the Center of StudioCL, Donshen Lawsuit

Lawsuit

For more than 15 years, Los Angeles apparel manufacturers Carole Little and Leonard Rabinowitz bought tops, sweaters and dresses from a Hong Kong manufacturer they considered a reliable source.

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Adidas Adds Color—and Sports Stars

Blog

A Trail Blazer, a Knick and a Bronco walk into an Adidas commercial and provide a little color commentary.

Frederick's of Hollywood Fires President

Boot

After reporting a same-store-sales decline of 15.7 percent for its second fiscal quarter of 2013, Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. announced March 18 that it fired President and Chief Operating Officer Don Jones and will change some of its merchandising strategies.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Fires President

Retail

After reporting a same-store-sales decline of 15.7 percent for its second fiscal quarter of 2013, Frederick’s of Hollywood Group Inc. announced March 18 that it fired President a...

Agenda Plans Growth Strategy With New Partner Reed Exhibitions

Burgeoning streetwear, lifestyle and action-sports trade show Agenda named action-sports industry veteran Mike Carter vice president of sales and marketing, a new position within the organization, sa...

Monday, March 18

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Focused Buyers at LA Textile Show, Despite Shift in Schedule

Timing

A jam-packed calendar pushed the dates of the Los Angeles International Textile Show up a month earlier, putting the show immediately after the Las Vegas trade shows and concurrent with Coterie in New York.

Hot Topic Acquired by New York Private-Equity Firm

Retail

City of Industry, Calif.–based mall retailer Hot Topic Inc. was acquired by New York–based Sycamore Partners for $14 per share in a cash deal valued at $600 million.

Fashion Companies: A Step-by-Step Guide to Protection

Protecting the Brand

In fashion, a company's brand, or its trademark, is the most important part of the company's image. Companies need to take branding very seriously because the clothing itself doesn't have as much meaning without the brand that is attached to it.

Friday, March 15

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Designed in California, but Sold in China

Rearrangement

China typically makes the world’s clothes, but Los Angeles residents Tony Zhang and Frances Harder plan to turn that arrangement upside down.

Crailar: Promoting Flax as a Cotton Alternative

High-Tech Textile

Representatives fromPortland, Ore.–based Crailar were on hand at the recent Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center to promote the use of its flax fiber as a natural alternative to cotton.

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Lavish on Dresses

Homey Fashion

The boutique is called Lavish, but owner Nicole Bald strives to give it a welcoming, “homey” feel rather than the luxurious ambiance suggested by its name.

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Anjac to Redevelop Singer Building

Redevelopement

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LAFW Fall 2013: Jen Awad

LAFW

Los Angeles designer Jen Awad went old-Hollywood glamour with an edge for her collection, shown March 9 at Concept LA Fashion Week at Siren Studios in Hollywood.

Technology and Textiles Resources

Technology and Textiles Resources

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Slowly Recovering Economy Keeps Los Angeles Fashion Market Upbeat

trade show report

There was a certain buzz in the air at Los Angeles Fashion Market for Fall 2013....

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Cotton Citizen: One-Stop Shop for Luxury Basics

down to a tee

Adam Vanunu grew up in the industry, learning about color and fabric at American Dye House...

Third High-Level Executive Exits Guess? Inc.

Retail

There’s a bit of a brain drain at Guess? Inc.

Outdoor Retailer, ISS and GlobalShop for Sale?

Trade Shows

Nielsen Holdings NV, parent company of several apparel trade shows, has enlisted the help of Credit Suisse Group AG to sell its $183 million trade show division, Nielsen Expositions.

San Francisco Fashion Incubator Announces New Class of Designers

Macy’s Fashion Incubator Program San Francisco (FISF) announced the initiation of six local fashion apparel designers into the second session of its “Designers in Residence” program.

The Ins and Outs of Selling Your Apparel Company

Manufacturing

Plenty of money is floating around for merger-and-acquisition deals to be done in the apparel industry.

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Retail Cargo-Container Imports to Be Up This Year

Import/Export

Despite a federal budget cut to ports and other transportation entities, retail cargo volumes imported into the United States are expected to inch up gradually.

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Haber by Heather Goldberg

Collection Debut

LA based designer Heather Goldberg debuted her dreamy collection Haber

Forever 21 Subpoenaed by U.S. Labor Department for Factory List

hot goods

After a series of raids on downtown Los Angeles garment factories suspected of underpaying their workers, federal authorities are demanding that Forever 21 produce documents that list the names of the LA garment factories used by the low-cost retail chain.

Thursday, March 14

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Christie's New York Magnificent Jewels Preview in LA

Fine Jewelry Auction

If diamonds are a girl’s best friend, then fine jewelry of all kinds must be a girl’s BFF.

The Ins and Outs of Selling Your Apparel Company

Cash In

Plenty of money is floating around for merger-and-acquisition deals to be done in the apparel industry.

The Ins and Outs of Selling Your Apparel Company

Manufacturing

Plenty of money is floating around for merger-and-acquisition deals to be done in the apparel industry....

San Francisco Fashion Incubator Announces New Class of Designers

Macy’s Fashion Incubator Program San Francisco (FISF) announced the initiation of six local fashion apparel designers into the second session of its “Designers in Residence” prog...

Outdoor Retailer, ISS and GlobalShop for Sale?

Nielsen Holdings NV, parent company of several apparel trade shows, has enlisted the help of Credit Suisse Group AG to sell its $183 million trade show division, Nielsen Exp...

Technology and Textiles Resources

American & Efird LLC

Wednesday, March 13

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

EMPLOYMENT

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.

Tuesday, March 12

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Go Behind the Scenes

Military Chic

From camouflage to officer's jackets and leather details, "Military Chic" is the look of the season.

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Go Behind the Scenes of Military Chic

Photo Shoot

From camouflage to officer's jackets and leather details, "Military Chic" is the look of the season.

Monday, March 11

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Hollywood and Rock Royalty at John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit

Events

John Varvatos knows how to draw on star power. Hollywood and rock n’ roll royalty were out in full force yesterday for the 10th Annual John Varvatos Stuart House Benefit.

Thursday, March 7

True Religion Decides Not to Renew Its CEO's Contract

Manufacturing

True Religion, the high-end Los Angeles denim company, is paving the way for a sale by deciding not to renew the contract of Jeffrey Lubell, the company’s founder, chairman of the board, chief executive and creative director.

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Gerry Building Mosh Showroom

Showroom Profiles

Mojie Shayan started her Mosh Fashion business two years ago, importing costume jewelry from China.

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Suiteshop Showroom

Showroom Profiles

Originally founded in 2008 in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, Suiteshop Showroom opened the doors of its West Coast showroom in January at the Cooper Design Space

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Korner Runway Inc.

Showroom Profiles

Growing up in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Alex Um got his start in the fashion industry working in his parents’ showrooms, where he did business in four languages: Portuguese, Korean, Spanish and English.

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New Lines: California Market Center

New Lines

New Lines: California Market Center

New Lines: Lady Liberty Building

New Lines

New Lines: Lady Liberty Building

New Lines: Gerry Building

New Lines

New Lines: Gerry Building

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

New Lines

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

New Lines: The New Mart

New Lines

New Lines: The New Mart

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Volcom Rides it Breezy

Tee Collection

The Volcom ‘Barely Available Strictly Limited’ collection is an exclusive line

Gap Forecasts Asian Expansion in 2013

Retail

International expansion fueled a 5 percent increase in comparable sales for Gap Inc. in fiscal year 2012, compared with a 4 percent decline in fiscal year 2011, the company announced on Feb. ...

Finance Resources

Bibby Financial Services

Fashion Resources

California Gift Show

Wednesday, March 6

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Engel's Showroom

After 35 years at the California Market Center, Kami Engel moved her Engel’s Showroom earlier this year to a new 1,400-square-foot space on the fifth floor of The New Mart.

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Las Vegas Trade Shows in Flux

trade show report

New locations, new names and renewed energy marked the recent run of the Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows.

Monday, March 4

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East Coast Port Strike Averted With Tentative Deal

Import/Export

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 tentative deal on a new six-year contract.

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Gap Launches Jimi Hendrix T-Shirts

Tee- Shirt Collaboration

The global apparel and accessories brand celebrates Jimi Hendrix