Stories for May 2013

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Friday, May 31

New Lines: The New Mart

New showrooms and new lines showing at The New Mart during the June 10-13 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

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Mack Sennett Studios Re-Opens

Fashion Film

There is a special mysticism and finesse when thinking of classic Hollywood cinema.

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Intermix's 20th Anniversary Party

Anniversary Party for the big 2-0 at Intermix at Robertson

It's an Anniversary Party at Intermix

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LA Fashion in the National Spotlight

Fashion in the News

In the last week, National Public Radio turned its mics west for two features on the LA fashion industry.

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Apparel and Retail Industry Overview

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The Apparel and Retail Industry Overview has been brought to you by Intrepid Investment Bankers LLC.

Thursday, May 30

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The Park Showroom Chief to Open Downtown LA Store

Downtown LA

Eric Martin, co-owner of fashion showroom The Park, announced a new retail project

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Central American Apparel Production Threatened by Trans-Pacific Partnership

CAFTA Production

Ronnie Ekelund and Priscilla Silva flew from California to Guatemala on a mission.

New Lines: Academy Awards Building

New Lines

New showrooms and new lines showing at the Academy Awards Building during the June 10-13 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

New Lines: Gerry Building

New Lines

New showrooms and new lines showing at the Gerry Building during the June 10-13 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

New Lines: Cooper Design Space

New Lines

New showrooms and new lines showing at the Cooper Design Space during the June 10-13 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

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Ways & Means Showroom

Showroom Profiles

Ways & Means Showroom carries some of London’s most hip brands.

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Natalia Romano

Showroom Profiles

Natalie Hara’s new showroom in the Gerry Building is a dual-purpose space.

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London Carter Showroom

California Market Center

For designer Shellice Beharie, plus-size women are blacklisted from the fashion industry.

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Los Angeles Fashion Council Opens Venue for Free Designer Shows

Los Angeles Fashion Council to Hold Montly "Open Runway" event in Hollywood

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Rande Cohen Showroom

Showroom Profiles

The Rande Cohen showroom is moving to a new space at The New Mart

Velvet Opens Its 1st Stores

Retail

Velvet by Graham & Spencer helped launch the high-end T-shirts category when the company opened in 1997.

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The Able Tailor: Denim Fit for All Physical Needs

Denim Niche

The Able Tailor was conceived by Stephanie Alves including denim bottoms, sweat pants, jackets, tops and accessories

Zara to Open 27,000SF Shop in Downtown LA

Retail

Zara, one of fast-fashion’s dominant global brands, announced May 29 that it will open a 27,000-square-foot emporium at the Figat7th retail center in downtown Los Angeles.

Liberty Fairs Opens LA Pop-up in Preparation for Trade Show Launch

Trade Shows

Liberty Fashion Lifestyle Fairs, the new trade show created by retailer and Project founder Sam Ben-Avraham, won’t launch until July in New York and August in Las Vegas, but the West Coast will get a taste of the new show’s offerings at a pop-up shop Liberty is organizing with menswear e-tailer Wittmore.

E-tail Made Easier With 3-D

Technology

Engaging customers, personalization and increasing conversion rates have become staple phrases for online

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Textile Representative Hank Pola

Obituary

Hans (Hank) Pola died on May 27 after a short illness following a stroke. He was 78 years old.

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The Bohemian Society's Guest Artist Tees

Downtown L.A. Design House Has a T-shirt Party

Bohemian Society's Victor Wilde & Friends Create New T-Line

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Joe’s Jeans to Roll Out 70 Stores

Retail

The company will open outlet stores and full-price boutiques overseas opportunistically.

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Raj Swimwear Founder Invests in Sac. Kings

Bikinis & Basketball

Raj Manufacturing's Raj Bhathal Part of Investors Group Which Purchased NBA's Sac Kings

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New Lines: California Market Center

New Lines

New showrooms and new lines showing at the California Market Center during the June 10-13 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

Fashion Resources

Resource Guide

Impulse California, The New Mart, and POOLTRADESHOW

Technology Resources

Resource Guide

FDM4 America Inc. Gerber Technology.

Wednesday, May 29

EU Denim Duty: California Representatives Press Administration to Protect Denim Jobs

Denim

California Representatives Lucille Roybal-Allard, Xavier Beccera, Linda Sanchez and Grace Napolitano urge action on the EU's steep duty on US denim.

Tuesday, May 28

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Prada: 'Ugly is Attractive. Ugly is Exciting'

Fashion Icon Reveals Inner Contrarian

Blog Lays Out Prada's Contradictions

Friday, May 24

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What's the Buzz in E-Commerce? Here's What We Found Out at Fashion Digital LA

Fashion Digital Los Angeles set up shop at the Directors Guild of America last week to provide a conference dedicated exclusively to apparel and fashion e-commerce.

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West Third St: New Stores for Polkdots & Moonbeams, Liberty

New Stores for Stylish L.A. Street

Veteran Shop and Pop-Up to West Third Street

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Alternative Apparel's Leafy Green Thumb

Alternative Apparel Grants $1,000 to Community Garden

Alternative Apparel Goes Even Greener

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AIMS360 Honors Top Fashion Students

AIMS360's Academic Path

AIMS360s Ends The Year on an Academic Note

Thursday, May 23

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RFID Key to Omnichannel Commerce

Technology

The goal seemed ambitious—even for a major retailer such as Macy’s Inc.

Kingpins Adds Amsterdam to Trade Show Lineup

Trade Show

Kingpins will head to the Netherlands in 2014 to host its first European edition

Damo Dropped From Forever 21 Suit

Legal

Forever 21 Inc. has dismissed Damo Textile in its case against several jobbers and off price retailers

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CCA: Fashion Forward

Events

Fashion’s future was on the runway at California College of the Arts’

Salute to Services and Suppliers Resources

Suppliers Resources

Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., Continental Business Credit, Progressive Label, Designer Fabric Warehouse, S & J USA Inc.

Santa Monica Place Awarded VIVA ‘Best of the Best’

Retail

Luxury retail center Santa Monica Place was honored with the annual VIVA “Best of the Best” award

PacSun, Joe’s, Wet Seal Forecast Improved Outlook for 2013

Retail

Apparel retailers are forecasting good business for the rest of the year.

Venue Streetwear Trade Show to Launch

Trade Show

Streetwear fashion will make its debut on June 28.

Wednesday, May 22

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BCBG in Focus

Design Driven

Catching up with Lubov Azria as her LA contemporary label approaches its 25th anniversary

Tuesday, May 21

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Hood By Air Visits Los Angeles

pop-up

This is proven by New York-based Hood by Air (HBA), a streetwear brand that translates an effortless cool...

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Sponsor Blog

Style File | Mercedes Gonzalez

Texworld USA long time friend, Mercedez Gonzalez, Director of Global Purchasing Companies, shares her thoughts on the fashion industry, her one item she can’t live without and how her travels influence her style.

Monday, May 20

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AllSaints Opens Year-Long Pop-Up in Malibu

Retail News

Malibu locals and tourists will be getting their cool on this summer. AllSaints has just opened a year-long pop-up shop in the breezy beach town.

Sunday, May 19

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Bath’s Fashion History

Fashion Museum

The Fashion Museum in Bath is celebrating 50 years of collecting and exhibiting historic fashion.

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LA Denim Demand in London

Retail

LA brands Hudson, J Brand, Mother, Paige Denim, Citizens of Humanity, 7 for All Mankind, Current/Elliot, Goldsign and Koral are all prominently displayed at Selfridges in London.

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Finding So Cal in Glasgow

Retail

Southern California brands are right at home in Scotland.

Friday, May 17

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The Modern Version of a Vintage Brand

New Resources

More and more frequently, brands are looking backwards in their history to move their inspiration forward. Designer Jason Bleick rediscovered the famed surf brand Hang Ten on the racks at Kohl’s.

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The House That Surf and Skate T-shirts Built

Manufacturing

When Brian Hirth started screen-printing in 1977, T-shirts were not the fashion item they are today—but “a walking billboard” for a restaurant or other local business.

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Attire Los Angeles Parties

Samera Arkel Presides Over Venue for Emerging Designers & Artists

Party at Attire Los Angeles 'half designer outlet, half art gallery.'

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Clothiers for the New Nomads

New Resources

Vast tribes of nomads no longer wander the earth. But Jodi Thomas and Hushi Mortezaie, former art director of T-shirt powerhouse Mighty Fine Inc., make T-shirts with their Los Angeles–based T-shirt label, Wenanami, for tribes of people who love bohemian looks and tribal art.

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More Than T-shirts With a Message

New Resources

“My Life’s Story Will Be a Good One,” “Give Up on Giving Up,” “Goal Digger” and “Pets Are People Too” are just a few of the sayings on Good hYouman’s T-shirts, designed by Brett Novek in memory of his dad.

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American Giant After the Splash

New Resources

Bayard Winthrop promised a new way of thinking about making T-shirts and sweatshirts when he introduced the American Giant line in San Francisco last year.

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Beatrice Guapo After Project Runway

Designer Back To Work After TV Show

One Designer's Post Project Runway World

Quiksilver Sets Three-Year Plan to Improve Profits

Manufacturing

Quiksilver Inc., the surf brand based in Huntington Beach, Calif., has seen a trail of red ink on its books in the past few years.

Thursday, May 16

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Trina Turk Eyes New Store Model for Upcoming Atlanta Outlet

Trina Turk looks to a new model for her latest store opening

TEXbase Names New Chief Executive

TEXbase - The leading provider of Web-based product compliance named Wayne Huyard as chief executive officer.

Made in LA: Resources

Antex Knitting Mills/div. of Matchmaster Dyeing & Finishing Inc. California Label Products Design Knit, Inc.

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Fashionphix’s Tech Solution for Independent Showrooms

Technology

Paula Saunders last year started Fashionphix an online developer of virtual showrooms.

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Billabong’s Star Designer Leaves for Volcom

Volcom, Inc. has announced the appointment of Mandy Fry as Vice President of Women’s.

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2013 Graduation Fashion Show at the Academy of Art University

Events

The Academy of Art University’s 2013 graduation fashion show.

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Made in LA: Sourcing Companies Boost LA Apparel Production

Manufacturing

David Perry has a business that, in a way, is a matchmaker for fashion companies hoping to produce clothing in the United States.

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Affliction Clothing Expands Internationally

“Live Fast”, born in 2005, now sees its future in department stores as well as gyms and boxing arenas both in the United States and internationally.

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Tokidoki's Mohajer Honored

Pop Culture Brand's Exec Gets an Award

Wednesday, May 15

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Get Ready for Costume Designer Week

Event for Costume Designers Planned

Costume Designer Week Planned for October

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The Extra Long Jean by Karlie Kloss

Capsule Collection

Karlie Kloss, recently worked with FRAME Denim on the "Forever Karlie" jeans.

Tuesday, May 14

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Retail Sales and Cargo-Container Volumes to Slow This Summer

Retail

Retail sales are expected to cool down as consumers remain cautious about the economy.

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The Way We Wore of LA Launches Online Shopping Site

Vintage Retail

With a docu-series on the Smithsonian Channel, Doris Raymond and her vintage boutique The Way We Wore is now selling vintage garb online.

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Fashionphix’s Tech Solution for Independent Showrooms

Technology

With no formal background in technology, Paula Saunders last year started Fashionphix, an online developer of virtual showrooms.

Monday, May 13

Launch LA Goes on Hiatus

Trade Shows

GLM, the organizer of Surf Expo and more than 20 other trade shows, announced it would put its 1-year-old Launch LA trade show on the back burner while it rethinks the concept.

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Dior, Demarchelier at South Coast Plaza

Dior's Fashion History Revealed at South Coast Plaza

Iconic Fashion House Tells History With Gowns and Portraits.

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Scotch & Soda to Abbot Kinney

High Profile Retailer on Abbot Kinney

Contemporary Brand Opens Abbot Kinney Emporium

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Left House: H.Lorenzo's New Concept

H.Lorenzo's Builds On Abbot Kinney's Freewheeling Culture

Venice Artisans Make New Styles at Left House

Friday, May 10

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Thvm Shakes Denim Rules

Thvm Atelier Gets Colorful in New Denim Collaboration

Thvm Atelier, William Lemon roll over denim's color convention.

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London’s Royal School Partners with Woodbury University Fashion Program

Event

London’s own Royal School Department of Fashion Design is joining Woodbury University for an elite event.

Wet Seal Agrees to $7.5 Million Settlment for Employee Discrimination

Retail

Wet Seal Inc. agreed to pay $7.5 million, including $5.58 million in relief and damages to its African-American staff that was fired in its King of Prussia, Penn., store in 2009.

True Religion Selling the Company for Top Price

Retail

True Religion Apparel, Inc. has agreed to be acquired by TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P., a New York and London-based investment management firm, for $835 million.

Thursday, May 9

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April Retail Sales Rally

Retail

Retail sales in April took an upswing in all categories.

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Vans Starts Americas Division

Retailing

Vans Inc. announced that a new division has been formed at the Cypress, Calif.–based skate brand, which is owned by VF Corp. The new Americas division will handle the popular skate company’s business from Canada to Chile, said Doug Palladini, recently named vice president/general manager for the Americas. He formerly served as Vans global vice president of marketing. He started his new job May 6. Before the reorganization, general managers for different regions in the Western Hemisphere worked independently. With the new organization, they will report directly to Palladini, who said it will be a more efficient, profitable way of conducting business. The new Americas division is organized in a similar way to Vans’ other global divisions, one for Europe, the Middle East and Africa and a third division that handles Vans’ business for Asia and the Pacific. Vans will focus on expanding sales domestically and abroad, Palladini said. He declined to state the company’s 2012 sales, but he said that Vans’ sales were $300 million in 2004, when it was acquired by VF Corp.—Andrew Asch

NCTO Textile Group Swears In Officers

The National Council of Textile Organizations in Washington, D.C., re-elected Bill Jasper to a third term as chairman of the trade group.

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A. Hutching

Luxury Menswear Line

A.Hutching is a new menswear line with a clean, fashion-forward aesthetic made from luxurious materials.

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Antonio Barragan

Luxury Menswear Line

Antonio Barragan has dressed The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi, and now the designer has created his own collection

West Coast Manufacturing Conference Discusses Fighting for Retail Floor Space

Manufacturing

With 45 percent of a major department store’s merchandise being dedicated to private labels and another 40 percent carved out for brands

Prime Business Credit Acquires Asiana Capital

Finance

Prime Business Credit, which has offices in Los Angeles and New York, announced it acquired Asiana Capital

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Maggie Barry Takes to the Street

Runway

Occasionally Maggie Barry's designs take center stage.

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Pose Lets Users Search and Shop on Its Social-Media Platform

Technology

Fashion bloggers who post photos of their daily outfits on social-media platforms may earn a ton of “likes”

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DFW: Stock Fabric House Opens in Vernon, Calif.

Textile

Designers and manufacturers looking for in-stock fabrics with no minimum-yardage requirements have a new resource in Vernon, Calif.

Bangladesh Spurs IAF to Discuss Global Responsibility

Manufacturing

The recent building collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 800 garment workers

Trade Show Producer Nielsen Expositions Sold

Trade Show

Nielsen Expositions, the producer of the prominent Outdoor Retailer trade show, was acquired by Onex Corp. for $950 million

Guess Wins Gucci Lawsuit in Italy

Legal

Guess Inc. has won the second round in a series of trademark cases it has been battling with Gucci.

Forever 21 Sues Discount Stores for Trademark Infringement

Retail

Los Angeles fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 is suing several jobbers and discount apparel stores in a case that could have resounding effects on the off-price merchandise market.

Making the Most of Your Trade Show Visit—Before, During and After

Trade Shows

The challenge for all trade show attendees is to find what they’re looking for—even if they’re not quite sure what that is.

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BLTEE by Brian Lichtenberg Takes Off at Kitson

Designer Profile

What’s in a name? For Los Angeles fashion designer Brian Lichtenberg, it’s a multi-million-dollar T-shirt line.

Shop & Dine

Trade Shows

The trade show circuit is a tough circuit.

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Otis 2013 Fashion Gala

Fashion Event

Otis College of Art and Design hosts its annualblack-tie scholarship fête.

Wednesday, May 8

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Gatsby Sans Prada

Designers Make Jazz Era Fashions Inspired by The Great Gatsby

Prada is not the only one making Great Gatsby styles

Tuesday, May 7

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From Punk to Couture

Event

What exudes a genuine punk aesthetic?

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Divas Doing Downward Dog

Fashion style

Creators of yoga wear practice what they sell

Fighting for Retail Floor Space Gets Tougher

Manufacturing

With 45 percent of a major department store’s merchandise being dedicated to private labels and another 40 percent carved out for brands, there’s not a lot of room left over for new apparel companies.

U.S. Senate Passes Online-Sales-Tax Bill

Retailing

Online sales taxes could be the law of the land.

Monday, May 6

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Señor Tyrone Poncho Express

Accessories

Señor Tyrone Poncho launched its express mobile delivery service via Twitter.

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Greenspace: Making Trade Show Booths More Eco-Friendly

Environment

Trade show exhibitor production rooted in eco-friendly practices

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Annenberg, Ferragamo Take a Bow

Salvatore Ferragamo Shows Fall Winter at Annenberg Event

Ferragamo Burnishes Beverly Hills Elegance

Friday, May 3

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Supreme Sues Married to the Mob

Streetwear

Supreme sues Married to the Mob

Lazr Shoe Show Moves to Cooper

Trade Shows

After a launch in August at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles, the second edition of the Lazr footwear trade show was held April 24–26 at the Cooper Design Space in LA’s fashion district.

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Dee D Plus: After Music, Here's Fashion

Dee D Plus T-shirt Label Debuts

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Urban Outfitters Coming to the Historic Rialto Theatre in Downtown LA

Retaiing

Urban Outfitters is living up to its name. It’s going really urban.

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Demonstrators Come Out For May Day 2013

Demonstration

Downtown Los Angeles was bustling with street traffic today with demonstrators

Thursday, May 2

Nike, Disney, Other Brands Join Otis in New Sustainability Drive

Otis College of Art + Design is launching the “Otis Sustainability Alliance,” a partnership between industry leaders from the fashion, design, art and higher-education communities who are dedicated in collaborating to create environmental, social and economic change.

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TALA and the California Fashion Foundation Present 2013 Scholarships

Events

Students and executives mingle at luncheon.

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Fashion First for Woodbury

Fashion

Woodbury University hosts runway event.

EdgeAX Introduces Apparel PLM for Microsoft Dynamics AX

Technology

EdgeAX, a unit of Visionet Systems Inc.,announced its new apparel product life management (PLM).

P.J. Salvage Boutique to Fred Segal

Retailing

Casual chic will get even more space to stretch out at the high-profile Fred Segal compound of boutiques in Santa Monica, Calif.

Guess Names New Chief Design Officer

Guess? Inc. named Sharleen Ernster Lazear as the chief design officer for the Los Angeles–headquartered denim lifestyle brand.

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Kohl’s Launches Tech Office in Northern California

In order to deal with a growing online sales market, Kohl’s Corp. is launching a new information-technology office in northern California.

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Acne to Open Flagship in Downtown LA

Downtown Los Angeles contemporary retail received a big vote of confidence when prominent Swedish contemporary label Acne Studios

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Obituary: Mel Matsui, 68: Denim Expert Launched Simply Blue, Christopher Blue, Indigo Hand and Pulp Brands

Denim-industry veteran Mel Matsui died on April 12. He was 68.

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Denim Report: Denim’s Four Megatrends for Fall/Winter 2014

Fashion News

The style and fit for denim is in constant flux.

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Creative Agency for Brands Launches Its Own Line: Frame Denim

Denim Report

Frame Denim born of two continents.

Wednesday, May 1

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Volcom to Audit Environmental Profit & Loss

Manufacturing

Its motto is “Youth Against Establishment,” but Orange County, Calif.–based skate/lifestyle brand Volcom will lay a claim to be among the most solid environmental citizens in the fashion world.

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Skingraft Opens New York Boutique

Retail

East Coast – get ready. Skingraft is opening a boutique in New York. Skingraft, which is known for its edgy leather pieces and cool urban vibe, will fete the Nolita store opening next Tuesday with a 3-D film showcasing its Spring/Summer collection.

EU Duty Triples on U.S. Women’s Denim Pants

Import/Export

As of May 1, all U.S.-made women’s denim pants imported into the EU had their duty raised from 12 percent to 38 percent.