Stories for September 2013


Monday, September 30

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Vintage Fashion Expo Arrives to Downtown Los Angeles

Vintage Fashion Expo moving from Santa Monica to the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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West Hollywood Shop, Kin, Opens In Bel Air

Kin Takes A Bow

The Kin Los Angeles boutique opened a second location, this one near the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood.

Saturday, September 28

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Rick Owens Shows How It’s Done

Runway Shows

At a time when people are talking about the lack of diversity on fashion runways, designer Rick Owens upended all ideas of what a runway show should look like with his Spring 14 show at Paris Fashion Week.

Friday, September 27

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Dita and her Pinup Girls

Girls! Girls! Girls!

Dita Von Teese Dropped by Faire Frou Frou & The Welcome Committee were Pinup Girls

Thursday, September 26

Fiber & Fabric Resources

Resource Guide

Asher Fabric Concepts, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., Colorway, Inc., DG Expo, JM International

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Fiber & Fabric Textile Trends: Trend Scouting


The Los Angeles International Textile Show kicks off its three-day run on Sept. 30 at the California Market Center.

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What’s Checking: LA's West Third Street

LA's West Third Street

Keeping Independent Flavor

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Kevan Hall’s New Diffusion Line, QVC Appearances and Fiji Fashion Week

International Expansion

Kevan Hall’s New Diffusion Line

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Beverly Hills Retail Real Estate: Retailer Etro Moving to Two Rodeo, Wang Leaving Melrose


After almost a decade of selling high-end suiting and casual clothes for men and women at 461 N. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Italian fashion house Etro will move its boutique down the street to 9501 Wilshire Blvd.

Gap, Grove Debut Best New Menswear Designers


Musician Jake Simpson played 1970s pop-funk hits and Umami Burger sliders were served at a Sept. 24 party at the Gap store at Los Angeles retail center The Grove.

World Trade Numbers Take a Hit


The World Trade Organization has downgraded its forecast for trade growth in 2013 and 2014, due primarily to the ongoing recession in Europe.

Invista Buys Advansa’s Specialty Poly Business


Wichita, Kan.–based fiber maker Invista, producer of Lycra, purchased the specialty polyester business from its licensee, European polyester fiber producer Advansa.

Gildan Looking to Open Two U.S. Spinning Facilities


Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc. will be investing at least $200 million in 2014 and 2015 to build two new yarn-spinning facilities in the United States.

Dueling Designer & The Muse Events for L.A. Fashion Week

LA Fashion Week

Los Angeles Fashion Week prides itself on diversity, but when it starts in October, two separate events will be named Designer and the Muse.

Showroom Buildings Stagger Opening Dates for October Market

Trade Show

The California Market Center recently announced plans to open its Los Angeles Fashion Market Spring ’14 on Oct. 13. The event will run through Oct. 16.

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Chip & Pepper Get Down to Business With Belk

Chip & Pepper California blue jeans land at Belk.

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California’s Apparel and Textile Employment Decline


Jobs in apparel and textile manufacturing in California and Los Angeles County shrank slightly during the month of August compared with last year, according to state employment figures.

Men’s Showrooms to Bow at New Trade Event

Trade Show

Men’s fashion, showrooms, Ping-Pong. It all will be part of the debut Los Angeles Men’s Market Initiative.

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Nordstrom Opens at Americana at Brand


Nordstrom Inc. opened a full-line store at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif., after being located across the street at the Glendale Galleria.

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Dita Von Teese Brings Back the Overwire at Faire Frou Frou

Dita Von Teese

Call it the return of the overwire in lingerie

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West Third Street Keeps Independent Flavor

Boutique Street

Kate Spade Saturday, the younger concept collection from New York brand Kate Spade, just recently opened a store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street.

West Hollywood Retailer Sues City Over Fur Ban


Mayfair House, a multi-line apparel, accessories, home-décor and gift retailer in West Hollywood, Calif., has filed a lawsuit against the city of West Hollywood over its recently enacted ban on the sale of apparel made with fur.

Wednesday, September 25

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Get Your Textiles On

Trends and Trade Shows

The Los Angeles International Textile Show starts on Sept. 30 at the California Market Center with more than 250 textile resources, including fabric, trim, trend services and technology providers.

LA Showroom Buildings Stagger Opening Dates for October Market

LA Market

The California Market Center and the Gerry Building will open Los Angeles Fashion Market Spring ’14 on Sunday, Oct. 13. The New Mart, Cooper Design Space and Lady Liberty will open on Monday, Oct. 14. The market's temporary shows have also opted for different opening days.

Men’s Showrooms to Bow New Trade Event at Los Angeles Market


A group of Los Angeles–headquartered men’s fashion showrooms partnered to put together a new, independent trade event, the Los Angeles Men’s Market Initiative, which will debut during Los Angeles Fashion Market.

Tuesday, September 24

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Nordstrom Opens at Americana at Brand

So Cal Retail

Nordstrom Inc. opened a full-line store at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.

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LA Architecture Firm Creates Sochi Shopping Center in Russia

The Jerde Partnership creates a lifestyle entertainment and shopping center in Sochi, Russia.

Monday, September 23

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The Big Party at LA Mart's New Creative Space

Lights, Music, Do Art!

Showroom Building, LA Mart, Opens New Creative Space, Maker City LA

Friday, September 20

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Happy 25th Velvet de Luxe

Birthday for a Wolford Star

Wolford’s Velvet de Luxe Tights Celebrates 25th

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South Coast Plaza In The City of Lights

SCP’s Parisian Photo Shoot

South Coast Plaza Celebrates 2013 by Shooting its Fall 2013 Portfolio in Paris

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Couture It Like Barbie

Contemporary & Collectible

BCBGMaxAzria has introduced the Hervé Léger by Max Azria Barbie--complete with bandage dresses and accessories in Barbie- and life-size versions.

Thursday, September 19

LA International Textile Show Resource Guide

Resource Guide

Antex Knitting Mills/div. of Matchmaster Dyeing & Finishing Inc., Britannia Mills Ltd., Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.,

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Fashion, Music and Festivities—for a Good Cause

Macy’s Glamorama

Macy's fashion and music fund-raiser at the Orpheum Theatre

Billabong Changes CEO, Refinancing Plans

Swim / Surf

Beleaguered surf giant Billabong International Ltd. shifted gears in its bailout.

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Harlyn: Contemporary Apparel With a Vintage Twist


Contemporary Apparel With a Vintage Twist

Local Ports See Mixed Cargo-Container Volumes in August

Import / Export

It was a tale of two ports when the tally for cargo-container volumes came in last month.

Deckers Outdoor Names New President for Teva


Deckers Outdoor—the California company known for its shoe brands Ugg Australia, Teva, Sanuk, Tsubo, Ahnu, Mozo and Hoka One One—has appointed Jeffrey Bua as the new Teva brand president.

Holiday Sales Will Be Up and Shopper Traffic Down This Year


Retailers will have to work harder for their money this holiday season.

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Unionmade to Open at The Grove

GROVE BOUND: Unionmade

San Francisco’s Unionmade will open a location at The Grove.

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Bringing the Sexy Back: Bebe Outlines Turnaround Strategy


Contemporary mall retailer Bebe Stores Inc., headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, hired a new slate of executives earlier this year to orchestrate a turnaround. The first order of business is bringing back the sex appeal.

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Macy’s Plaza: Big Changes Detailed


The Ratkovich Co. will invest $160 million to renovate Macy’s Plaza

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Vassallo: Modern-Day Elegance

Modern-Day Elegance

Javier Vassallo draws inspiration

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LA Textile Show Preview Textile Trends

Textile Trend

Asher Fabric Concepts, Ciabatti s.r.l., Cinergy Textiles Inc., Colorway by Nasrin, Designer Fabric Warehouse, Home Fashion Fabrics, Nipkow & Kobelt Inc.

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Supima's Man of the Year


Werner Bieri, left, former chief executive officer of Buhler Quality Yarns, was named Supima “Man of the Year” at the organization’s 59th annual meeting in Coalinga, Calif.

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Taiwan’s Technical Textiles, Fashion Fabrics on Display at the CMC


Fabrics made from recycled polyester, crushed oyster shell and nano-tech particles were among the offerings in the Fashion Theater at the California Market Center in Los Angeles during a two-day business matchmaking session organized by the Taiwan Textile Federation.

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StyleShoots Aims to Simplify the Process of Online Product Display


Visitors to the recent Liberty Fairs trade show in Las Vegas had a chance to demo a new system designed to make e-commerce easier.

Vertical Textile and Apparel Maker Grupo Karim’s Selects NGC for PLM and SCM


Vertical textile and apparel maker Grupo Karim’s has tapped NGC Software’s product lifecycle management (PLM) and supply chain management (SCM) solutions to help the company manage its operations in the U.S., Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Pakistan.

Wednesday, September 18

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Hello Kitty: Jet Cat

Taking Branding to New Hights

Hello Kitty is now emblazoned across the side of an EVA Air jet, which landed today at Los Angeles International Airport after an overseas flight from Taiwan.

Tuesday, September 17

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Rent the Runway Gets Bigger

Rent the Runway adds plus sizes.

Monday, September 16

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Kitson Tags Fashion Island

It's Not Vandalism!

Hey, it's a porta potty with graffiti. No, It's a dressing room at Kitson!

Friday, September 13

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Extra’s Renee Bargh Hosting Fashion Week Event

All Aboard!

Extra's Renee Bargh to Host the All Aboard...LA Fashion Platform Event

Thursday, September 12

Finance Resource guide

Resource Guide

CIT Commercial Services, Goodman Factors, Hana Financial, Inc., Rosenthal & Rosenthal

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Trends: Vegas Wrap—Spring ’14

Vegas Wrap—Spring ’14

Las Vegas was the place to find some coolest looks

New LA Apparel Show Debuts at CMC

Trade Show

More than 100 booths filled with all sorts of clothing filled the vast 13th-floor penthouse at the California Market Center, marking the very first Los Angeles Apparel Show.

Imports Heat Up for Holidays

Import / Export

According to a recent National Retail Federation report, merchandise imports at the country’s major ports will be up 5.1 percent in September and 9 percent in October compared with last year.

Strategies for Saving on Customs Duties

Import / Export

Customs considers pockets below the waist or any type of tightening at the bottom to be “non-blouse” features. Adding pockets to a blouse can allow an importer to take advantage of the lower duty rate. Adding elastic, a drawstring, rib knitting or other tightening element to the bottom of a blouse will similarly lower the duty rate on a blouse.

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Hermès Rodeo Remodel Surprises

Hermès Rodeo Remodel

West Coast flagship Labor Day weekend opened

Edit, a New, Upscale Women’s Show, to Bow in New York in February

Trade Show

Business Journals Fashion Group—the organizers of MRket, Moda, Stitch and Accessories The Show—will launch a new women’s trade show in February in New York.

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Surf Expo Introduces New Lifestyle Section, New Consumer-Focused Partnership

Trade Show Report

Buyers attending the recent Surf Expo, held Sept. 6–8 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., had a wide selection of surf and swim merchandise to shop.

MAFI Award to Be Presented at FBI’s All Aboard Fashion Week Fund-raiser

Fashion Fund-Raiser

The Moss Adams Fashion Innovator (MAFI) award will be presented to a Los Angeles designer during a runway show and fashion fund-raiser hosted by Fashion Business Inc. during Los Angeles Fashion Week.

Planet Blue Launches New Site, Same-Day Delivery


Planet Blue is taking e-commerce to the next level. The Los Angeles–area multi-store retailer relaunched its website and now offers same-day shipping in select areas of Southern California. Soon, it will begin offering free international shipping to 100 countries.

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Apparel News Group Purchased by Industry Veteran Terry Martinez


MnM Publishing announced that it has sold its Apparel News Group, including its flagship 68-year-old fashion-industry newsweekly, the California Apparel News, to Terry L. Martinez and her company, TLM Publishing Inc. Martinez, formerly the publication’s director of sales and marketing, has taken the reins as CEO and publisher.

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LA Designer to Headline Palm Springs Fashion Weekend

First Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will be long on glamour.

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Bethann Hardison’s Model Behavior

Fashion Revolutionist

Bethann Hardison is on a mission to bring diversity to fashion's runways.

First Retail Fur Ban in Nation Goes Into Effect in West Hollywood


On Sept. 21, West Hollywood, Calif., will become the only city in America where selling clothing made with fur is a crime.

Wednesday, September 11

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Female Fashion Brand Roxy Receives Some Criticism


Three-time world champion pro-surfer Cori Schumacher is expected to deliver more than 20,000 signatures from her campaign

Tuesday, September 10

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New York Fashion Week: Spring ’14


California on the Runway

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Fashion Designer Lloyd Klein Puts His Imprint on Eyewear

Lloyd Klein and eyewear company Ivory + Mason partner up.

Apparel News Group Purchased by Industry Veteran

MnM Publishing has announced that it has sold its Apparel News Group, including its flagship 68-year-old fashion industry newsweekly, the California Apparel News, to Terry L. Martinez and her company, TLM Publishing Inc.

Monday, September 9

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Hermès Reopens on Rodeo

Not Your Grandmother’s Hermès

Paris-Based Heritage Brand Hermès Opens Exquisite Flagship On Rodeo Drive.

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First-ever Los Angeles Apparel Show Opens at CMC

Local designers and manufacturers band together for their first show in the penthouse of the California Market Center

Retail Imports Heat Up for the Holidays

Freight & Logistics

The Holiday season means more business for the nation’s port in the next few months.

Friday, September 6

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Designer and the Muse's Comeback

High End Design, Up Close

High End Design In Intimate Setting, said new management for Designer and the Muse

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World Cup Couture for Your Feet

All About Brazil

Brazilian footwear designer Fernando Pires has introduced a shoe inspired by the Brazilian flag to celebrate the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.

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These’ll Put a Spring in Your Step!

Sneaker Tech

Adidas' Spring Blade shoes are designed to “propel you forward with every step.”

Thursday, September 5

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Chuck Originals: Retro Style Gets New Look

Chuck Originals

Beyond the borders of baseball caps

True Religion Names New Creative Director


Now that denim maker True Religion has been sold to an investment management firm, there is still some executive shuffling going on.

iMerchandise: An App to Organize the Buying Process


iMerchandise is a new mobile application that acts like a virtual assistant for buyers. David Secul, the creator of the company, said he developed the platform to assist his wife, Angela Gengaro-Secul, owner and buyer of New Jersey boutique Tula.

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August Sales Mixed, Steeper Discounts on Horizon, Says ICSC


U.S. chain-store sales posted a 3.7 percent increase for August over the previous year, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Pantone Cites LA Designers in Spring 2014 Color Forecast

Fpr Spring 2014, Pantone says colors will range from vivid hues to pastel tones that complement each other.

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Orphic’s Rock ’n’ Roll Confidential Opens on Sunset


Designer Max Noce has opened a new boutique Sunset blvd

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Thrifting for the Masses

Online Retailer

With a resurgence of vintage clothing, there is a high demand for vintage retail shops to offer unique throwbacks.

Gap Looking to Expand ‘Reserve in Store’ Omni-channel Program


Gap Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Glenn K. Murphy reported being pleased with “Reserve in Store,” the sprawling San Francisco–based retail giant’s recent test of its omni-channel retail program, and he is considering expanding the test to more locations.

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Former USC Football Player Runs With Fashion

Designer's Profile

When Ahmed Mokhtar was a football player at University of Southern California, the running back couldn’t find am affordable, comfortable and stylish hooded sweatshirt to wear off the field.

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Gratus: Beverly Hills Store Is Like a ‘Best Friend’s Closet’


When opening a store, the most experienced retailers will fight for the real estate on the busiest corner. Not Meredith Kaplan.

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Gerry Building Sold to Apparel-Company Owner

Gerry Building Sold

A principal showroom buildings in the Los Angeles Fashion District

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Southern California Retailers Benefit From Chinese Tourism Boom


Despite signs that the Chinese economy slowed down this summer, Chinese tourism in California is skyrocketing, and retailers are making efforts to make sure the tourists’ sightseeing includes spending a lot of money at the mall.

Tuesday, September 3

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Uniqlo For All--Except LA

Retail Openings

Uniqlo, the Japanese fast-fashion retailer and purveyor of puffer coats in every color, has announced an ambitious lineup of 10 US store openings this fall. None are in LA.

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Open Runway's Fashion Competition

Emerging Designers

Emerging Designers Compete in Open Runway