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Thursday, October 31

NRF Forecast: Gloomy Economic Conditions Will Give Way to Brighter Holiday Season

Retail

Despite weaker-than-expected Halloween sales and a drop in consumer confidence, the National Retail Federation predicts an increase in holiday spending will lift retail sales through the end of the year.

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California Legalizes Hemp Cultivation, but Is Fashion Ready to Embrace the Fiber?

Hemp's Legal Hurdle to Fashion

After being celebrated as a wonder plant and reviled as a public danger, hemp could be on the cusp of mainstream acceptance with the passage of a new law in California.

Junk Food Clothing to Open Store on Venice’s Abbot Kinney in LA

Retail

Junk Food Clothing will think big when it opens its first flagship store.

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We've Got Your 3.1 Phillip Lim Right Here, LA

Sample Sale

3.1 Phillip Lim is having a sample sale at the Cooper Design Space in the heart of the LA Fashion District.

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Kitson Demands Boycott of NBC

After an anchor calls for a boycott of Los Angeles boutique chain Kitson, Kitson asks its shoppers to boycott NBC.

T-shirt Resources

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New Lingerie Collection is Designed to Be Seen

Skivvies

For Love and Lemons Designers Gillian Mahin and Laura Hall are diving into lingerie.

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Gilles Bensimon talks photography

Celebrated Fashion Photographer Gilles Bensimon talks on what makes a photograph work.

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Melmarc Introduces New Program for Embellished Basics

The $3 T-Shirt

Melmarc recently introduced a full-package embellished T-shirt program dubbed “The $3 Basic T-Shirt.”

U.S. Shopping Center Business Strong

Retail

There’s a lot of anxiety over the economy, but shopping centers are reporting strong business.

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Runway Trend from LA Fashion Week

The Royal Treatment

Attendees at the recently concluded Los Angeles Fashion Week could be forgiven for having “royals” on the brain.

Gerber Introduces New Paragon Cutting Platform

Technology

Tolland, Conn.–based Gerber Technology introduced its Paragon cutting platform in September at the China International Sewing Machinery & Accessories show in Shanghai.

TALA, CFF Children’s Holiday Party to Honor Hal Kaltman

Textile

The California Market Center, the Cooper Design Space, the California Fashion Foundation and the Textile Association of Los Angeles will join forces to host a holiday party for children from local organizations and after-school programs

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SF Designed, Made in America

Argoz: Updating the Argyle

Entrepreneur Dan Soha launched Argoz in San Francisco in early 2012 with two goals: create the perfect argyle sock and make it in America.

Creative Recreation Footwear Acquired by Rocky Brands

Manufacturing

The 11-year-old lifestyle footwear company Creative Recreation, based in West Hollywood, Calif., has been acquired by Rocky Brands for $11 million.

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Bruce Berton Steps Down as Roochi Traders Executive

Manufacturing

After five years as the executive vice president and chief operating officer at T-shirt and apparel importer Roochi Traders Inc., Bruce Berton has stepped down from that position to work as a consultant.

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Apparel Industry Gets Behind Mickey Sills in His Cancer Fight

Brand Builder

P.J. Salvage and Scanty Clothing Founder Mickey Sills is launching a new brand

Wednesday, October 30

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Mister Cartoon's Goalie Mask & Shirts for L.A. Kings

Tough guy artist Mister Cartoon Gets Together with the NHL's Toughest Team for a limited edition shirt collection.

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Hollywood, Fashion Stars Party at Lucky Brand Flagship Debut

Lauren Hutton, Hillary Swank, Denim Guru Henry Duarte Bring in New Lucky Brand Flagship with an experimental edge.

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Revolve’s Bomb Squad

Fashion Collabs

Los Angeles–based e-tailer Revolve has launched a new collab involving five designers, five fashion bloggers and a bomber jacket.

Tuesday, October 29

Junk Food Clothing to Open Store on Venice’s Abbot Kinney in LA

Retail Real Estate

Junk Food Clothing, the 15-year-old pop-culture, graphic T-shirts and basics company, will open a 2,777-square-foot flagship store on LA's Abbot Kinney in early 2014, according to a statement from commercial real estate firm Blatteis & Schnur.

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Guess?: Around The World with New Model Priyanka Chopra

The new face for Guess? Holiday 2013 Campaign: Bollywood Actress Priyanka Chopra

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Octavio Carlin's Spring/Summer 2014: From Gatsby to Brides

Designers never get tired of some styles. For Octavio Carlin, it's the looks of the 1920s.

Monday, October 28

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JBurgos' Spring Summer '14 Looks

New York line JBurgos shows Spring/Summer '14 at Concept LA

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Edith Head Remembered on Her Birthday

The woman who epitomized Hollywood gets a special Google remembrance.

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Bettie Page Spring 2014

Hour glass figures, pin-ups, modernity. It's Bettie Page's Spring 2014 line.

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Ashton Michael's Hasidic Cholos

For his Spring '14 line, Designer Ashton Hirota mixed the distant...very distant... worlds of cholos and Hasids.

Saturday, October 26

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Style Scouting at Austin City Limits

Guest Blog

LA Designer Estevan Ramos scouts trends at Austin City Limits in Texas.

Thursday, October 24

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Jacob Davis: Denim From Street to Stage

Jacob Davis

Their double lives give them added insight into menswear market research.

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BurdaStyle Magazine Launches U.S. Edition

For those do-it-your-self sewers, there's a magazine for you.

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LA Spotlight

LA Spotlight

Los Angeles brands were center stage during LA Fashion Week

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Helmut Lang and Theory Moving to LA’s Brentwood

Retail

High-profile contemporary brands Helmut Lang and Theory will open stores in Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood enclave in Spring 2014.

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Beluva: San Francisco Based, San Francisco Made

Designer's Profile

Firuze Hariri launched her Beluva collection in 1996, but the designer and chief executive officer has a rich history in San Francisco’s fashion community.

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Liberty Sage: Rhapsody’s New Contemporary Line

Company's Profile

After almost two decades of only manufacturing juniors fashions, Los Angeles–based Rhapsody Clothing Inc. is making its first venture into the contemporary market.

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Boswell: Ready-to-Wear Fast Break

Boswell

Waraire Boswell built a career by designing made-to-measure suits for the NBA-sized guy.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

Manufacturing

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company, based in Vernon, Calif.

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Volcom Back in LA Area

Retail

Volcom, one of the major core sports brands based Orange County, Calif., is bringing its retail back to Los Angeles County.

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Iro, Ruti Join Bustling Fashion District on Abbot Kinney in LA’s Venice Neighborhood

Abbot Kinney

Becoming one of the city’s most popular shopping streets

Quiksilver Sells Snowboard Business Mervin Manufacturing

Manufacturing

Quiksilver announced it is shedding Mervin Manufacturing Inc., which makes snowboard products, in a sale to Extreme Holdings Inc., a strategic holding company in Pennsylvania.

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Fire Damages Showroom in the California Market Center

News

Approximately 40 firefighters and 12 fire trucks responded to a California Market Center showroom fire that occurred Thursday morning on the second floor of the building, authorities said.

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Fashion Market Northern California Going Gangbusters

Trade Show Report

SAN MATEO, Calif.—The ever-growing Fashion Market Northern California just got bigger.

Wednesday, October 23

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Scoop NYC's Beverly Hills Party

Scoop NYC threw a grand opening party for its Beverly Hills store

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Vivienne Westwood's Odd Future

Vivienne Westwood Party for book Her Majesty, and some of the shindig's radical guests.

True Religion Adds to Management Team

Executive Moves

The new owners of True Religion, taken private nearly three months ago, have added two top management team members to the premium-denim company based in Vernon, Calif.

Tuesday, October 22

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NZ Textiles Come to LA

Retail Opening

New Zealand textile boutique The Fabric Store is set to open its U.S. flagship at 136 S. La Brea Ave.

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Henry Segerstrom's Art & Commerce

The story of South Coast Plaza Co-Founder Henry Segerstrom's Art...and commerce.

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Fashion Business Inc. All Aboard Fashion Fund-Raiser

LA Fashion Week

Fashion Business Inc. returned to Union Station in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 15 for it annual fashion fund-raiser, All Aboard.

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LA Fashion Week S14: Krammer & Stoudt

Runway Report

Mike Rubin, the fine-arts painter turned designer behind menswear line Krammer & Stoudt, presented his collection on the runway on Oct. 15 at the California Market Center during the debut of Men’s Fashion Week Los Angeles.

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LA Fashion Week: The crowd at the show

LAFW draws to a close

Our photographer Volker Corell was hard at work covering the scene on the runways and off.

Monday, October 21

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Gita Salem's End of Fashion Week Party

Gita Salem's showcase of Los Angeles' emerging designers.

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MRKT Opens In Silver Lake

New Store To Introduce Emerging Designers

MRKT Co-owners Steven Torres and Kenji Sunaga promised to give Los Angeles men’s fashion this thing; fashion labels not seen in the City of Angels.

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Curio Los Angeles Takes Downtown

Lora Myers wants to style the world in "Dark Bohemian." Her new store Curio Los Angeles might help her reach her fashion goal.

Friday, October 18

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Ferragamo Goes Pop at New Arts Complex

New Arts Complex Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts debuted on Oct. 17 with a Ferragamo pop-up shop.

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Corey Lynn Calter's New Petites Line

New Petites Shops at Anthropologie

Anthropologie is rolling out a handful of petites departments. L.A. Designer Corey Lynn Calter Designed an exclusive line for the department.

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Polkadots & Moonbeams' New Store

Polkadots & Moonbeams pioneered fashion on Los Angeles' West Third Street in 1982. Now it has a new space.

Thursday, October 17

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Fashion + Bikes = That’s Clever!

Cycle Chic

Cleverhood's collaboration with Martone Cycling means city cyclists don't have to sacrifice style at the first sign of rain.

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Mayor Garcetti Addresses Industry at CMC’s 50th-Anniversary Event

Events

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti gave his first address to the local apparel community at an Oct. 14 event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the California Market Center.

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!IT Revamps With New Look, Market

!IT Revamps

Relaunching the brand as !iT Collective

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H&M Coming to Downtown LA

H & M signs lease for 30,000-square-foot store at Figat7th shopping center.

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Shay Todd Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

MAFI award

Shay Todd Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

Urban Outfitters to Expand Westwood Location

Retail

Urban Outfitters Inc. is expanding its store in Los Angeles’ Westwood Village and making it into a flagship, said Topa Management Co., the landlord of Urban Outfitters’ larger Westwood space.

After Fire Claim Denied, Brand Sues Insurance Company

Legal

A car fire outside the warehouse for Un Deux Trois Inc. destroyed the facility with smoke and fire damage, and the Commerce, Calif.–based girls and juniors brand had hoped it could recoup losses from the company’s fire insurance policy.

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Taking the Creative Approach to Growing Fashion and Retail

Technology

If Marshal Cohen had his way, retailers and fashion-industry leaders would have started breaking the rules a long time ago.

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LA Market Buzzing With New Shows, Staggered Dates

LA Market Buzzing

Retailers had a lot of ground to cover during the recent run of Los Angeles Fashion Market

Wednesday, October 16

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What the Boys Are Wearing

Party at Kim Sing

After Los Angeles Men's Market Initiative and Men's Fashion Week Los Angeles, there was a party at the Kim Sing Theatre. Here's what the boys were wearing.

Tuesday, October 15

Established Designer, Growing Brand Lands MAFI Award at FBI Fashion Event

At the Fashion Business Inc. fashion fund-raiser at Union Station in downtown Los Angeles, the Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award was given to an established LA designer who has been expanding her reach and growing her brand in recent years.

Monday, October 14

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Ina Soltani Infuses Her Spring 2014 Collection With a Hollywood Vibe

Los Angeles designer Ina Soltani goes for the glam look with her evening gowns and cocktail dresses.

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A Real Guerrilla Showroom

Parade at Pattern Bar

The Parade Contemporary line goes guerrilla. It's showing at industry watering hole Pattern Bar during LA Fashion Market.

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Maggie Barry's Urban Jungle x Fashion Minga

Maggie's Wild New Style

Maggie Barry Dresses Rock Stars, At Fashion Minga, She Will Unveil the Urban Jungle Collection

Friday, October 11

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The Bohemian Society Sticks to the Basics for Spring 2014

Designer Victor Wilde sticks to his guns when promising to use recycled items for his clothing collection.

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Odylyne's New Bohemian Looks for Spring 2014

Odylyne Explores Indian & Moroccan Styles for Spring '14

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ISM Mode's Zen Approach To Spring 2014 Fashion at The Grove

ISM Mode's Spring 2014 Runway show

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Katharine Kidd Shows Off Feminine Spring 2014 Collection at The Grove

Los Angeles emerging designer Katharine Kidd looks to neons to brighten up her sophisticated collection.

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Behind the Scenes at Directives West

LA Fashion Week

The glamour!The chaos! The texting! Go behind the scenes with James Campbell and Volker Corell before the Directives West runway show.

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Santa Monica Place's Big Awards

Global Competition Winner

Santa Monica Place Honored With Architectural Awards

Thursday, October 10

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Los Angeles Fashion Week: Spring Forward

Runway shows

Runway shows, installations, parties and events. Spring '14 LA Fashion Week is underway.

New Lines

Resource Guide

The following new lines and new showrooms will be open during the Oct. 13–17 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market. (Note: Not all buildings are open all days. Please check Apparelnews.net for correct start and end dates for each building.)

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September Retail Sales Lack Gusto

Retail Sales

Apparel retailers, short on new fashion trends and coping with warm weather, reported weak sales in September.

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Vans Expands Boardshorts Program

Vans Boardshorts

Vans hopes its loyal shoe fans will become boardshorts fans too.

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Fashion Industries Guild Raises $1.1 Million for Cedars-Sinai

FIG Helps Cedars-Sinai

FIG's raised $23 million for initiatives at Cedars-Sinai over the years.

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Showroom Profile: Kristi Williams Sales

Gerry Building

If things look a little crowded in the sixth-floor showroom of Kristi Williams, it’s because the space is shared by four reps who have carved out a different niche in the fashion world.

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Profile: Brand Assembly

Cooper Design Space

In less than two years, Brand Assembly has grown from a showroom in the Cooper Design Space to a trade show featuring 60 upscale contemporary brands held on the building’s 11th floor.

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Showroom Profile: Miilla/Monoreno

California Market Center

Los Angeles contemporary collection Miilla has a new home on the fifth floor of the California Market Center.

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Showroom Profile: ShowroomFive21

The New Mart

The contemporary showroom started business in the California Market Center in 2008.

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Tortoise Jeans: Getting More Wash Using Less Water

Tortoise Jeans

Tortoise uses an ozone process to alter the jean’s color

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Barbara Fields Spring 2014 Forecast: Days of Daisies and Sports

Barbara Fields Spring 2014

For juniors fashions, everything will be coming up daisies

Juicy Couture Sold to Authentic Brands Group

Juicy Couture, the luxury casual line born in Los Angeles and scooped up by a New York company a decade ago, has been sold by Fifth & Pacific for $195 million to Authentic Brands Group.

California Economy Shows Signs of Gain, Challenge

Quarterly Report

Levi Strauss & Co., the 147-year-old blue-jeans company, has weathered its share of economic twists and turns.

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Traffic at Majors Market Buzzing, but Economic Worries Remain

LA Majors Market

The California Market Center building was buzzing with buyers

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Sue Wong Channels the 1920s for Spring 2014

Designer Sue Wong Wows an eclectic crowd at her Spring 2014 presentation held in an Art Deco-style restaurant in downtown Los Angeles.

Wednesday, October 9

September Sales Forecast to Be Weak

Retail Sales

Wall Street analysts forecast weak sales for September, and teen retailer Zumiez Inc.’s performance did nothing to change the soft forecast.

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Knock Out

Knock Out

Spring’s Sport-Inspired Styles Are a Fashion Knockout

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Asian Streetwear Brand Clot Takes L.A.

Clot Don't Stop!

Asian Streetwear Brand Clot Opens First U.S. Pop-Up Store.

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Directives West: Forecast for Spring '14

Directives West

The look for Spring '14 will be sunny, girly, eclectic and edgy.

Tuesday, October 8

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Gerry Building Hosts Rooftop Party for Majors Market

New ideas are brewing at the Gerry Building under new ownership.

Monday, October 7

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Living Odaingerously

Designer Odain Watson Shows His Spring/Summer 2014 Jackets

Designer Odain Watson Shows His Spring/Summer 2014 Jackets.

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Brokn Legend

Trucker Cap Redux

Brokn Legend Wants To Bring Back Trucker Hat Fashion

Juicy Couture Sold to Authentic Brands Group

M&A

Juicy Couture, the luxury casual line born in Los Angeles and scooped up by a New York company a decade ago, has been sold by Fifth & Pacific for $195 million to Authentic Brands Group.

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Check Out Cameron Silver’s New Shoes

Design Collab

Cameron Silver, founder of Los Angeles–based vintage emporium Decades, has a new collection for Nine West inspired by ’80s punk styles.

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Calvin Rucker at Gratus

Trunk Show

Calvin Rucker, the California casual couture brand designed by Joie Rucker and Caroline Calvin, is having a trunk show at Gratus in Beverly Hills.

Sunday, October 6

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Driven by Design LA

LA Fashion Week

The worlds of fashion and interiors converged at Driven by Design LA, the runway event at the LA Mart, which debuted on Oct. 4.

Friday, October 4

Los Angeles Fashion Week Schedule

October 2013

Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off on Oct. 3 and runs through Oct. 23.

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Designers Night Out Kicks Off LA Fashion Week

Meet the Designers

Los Angeles Fashion Week kicked off with a smart, stylish bow at Designers Night Out.

Thursday, October 3

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Trukfit Launches Juniors Edition

Trukfit

Launches Juniors Edition

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Bryan Emerson: Hand-Painted, Hand-Dyed Accessories

Designer's Profile

Designer Bryan Emerson creates luxury scarves and shawls made in soft jersey fabrics such as linen, viscose, rayon, cotton and a bit of cashmere.

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Deborah Drucker: Rock ’n’ Roll Chic

Rock ’n’ Roll Chic

Drucker recently debuted her new collection at A’Maree’s boutique in Newport Beach, Calif.

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Kennedy Denim Co.: Premium Denim, Populist Price

Kennedy Denim Co.

President John F. Kennedy inspired the denim line

HauteLook Founder Adam Bernhard Leaves Website

e-Tail

Six years after launching flash-sale site HauteLook, Adam Bernhard is leaving the company as its chief executive officer. He will remain an adviser.

E-commerce Retailer JustFab Strikes Celebrity Deals With Kate Hudson, Paulina Rubio

e-Tail

El Segundo, Calif.–based JustFab Inc. is launching two new celebrity-driven collections. The subscription-based e-commerce site has partnered with actress Kate Hudson on Fabletics, a new line of athletic apparel and accessories inspired by Hudson’s active lifestyle.

Joe’s Jeans Completes Acquisition of Hudson Clothing

Denim

The merging of two Los Angeles–based premium-denim companies is a done deal. Joe’s Jeans announced Oct. 2 that it had completed the $97.6 million acquisition of Hudson Clothing.

Investors Want to Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Private

Manufacturing

After years of being traded on the stock market, a group of shareholders is trying to convert decades-old lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood into a private company.

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Uniqlo’s Retail Expansion Plan Includes LA, but Not Yet

Uniqlo Expansion

Uniqlo, Japan’s leading specialty store, seems to be opening everywhere but Los Angeles.

New Free-Trade Agreements in Negotiations Could Change Apparel and Textile Sourcing

Import & Export

Currently, the United States is negotiating two free-trade agreements that could boost U.S. textile exports to other countries but reconfigure sourcing patterns for apparel manufacturers around the world.

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Busy Traffic at LA Textile Show

Trade Show Report

Exhibitors reported waves of traffic at the Sept. 30–Oct. 2 run of the Los Angeles International Textile Show at the California Market Center, where designers and piece-goods buyers browsed among resources for domestic and international textiles, fiber, trim, trend information, and technology.

How Will Obamacare Affect Shoppers and the Clothing Industry?

Finance

Healthcare and shopping. One doesn’t seem to go with the other. But with the mandatory health-insurance program, known as Obamacare, going into effect next year, many consumers will be on the hook to pay more out of their pocketbook to get health insurance.

Wednesday, October 2

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Halloween: Not Scary for Retailers

$2.6 billion Halloween Sales

Halloween sales forecast

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Silver Jeans to Open at Glendale Galleria

Silver Jeans

Opening a boutique at the Glendale Galleria

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Five Four’s Landmark Tees

Brand Building

Los Angeles–based brand manufacturer and e-tailer Five Four Clothing has added a new tee to its LA landmarks’ collection: the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

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The Dreslyn: New E-tailer Looks at Fashion With a West Coast Perspective

New E-tail Site The Dreslyn

Brooke Taylor Corcia's site launched from company’s headquarters in Los Angeles

Investors Want to Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Private

Lingerie

After years of being traded on the stock market, a group of shareholders is trying to convert decades-old lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood into a private company.

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Stacey Todd's Robertson Party

Your Moment of Retail Zen

The graceful Stacey Todd store on Robertson takes a bow.

Tuesday, October 1

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Ringo Starr's Drum Set From 1960s Coming to Bloomingdale's

Early next year, Beatles drum set will be on display at Bloomingdale's in Century City.