Monday, September 30
Vintage Fashion Expo moving from Santa Monica to the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Kin Takes A Bow
The Kin Los Angeles boutique opened a second location, this one near the exclusive Bel Air neighborhood.
Saturday, September 28
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
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Dita Von Teese Dropped by Faire Frou Frou & The Welcome Committee were Pinup Girls
Thursday, September 26
Asher Fabric Concepts, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., Colorway, Inc., DG Expo, JM International
LA TEXTILE SHOW:
The Los Angeles International Textile Show kicks off its three-day run on Sept. 30 at the California Market Center.
LA's West Third Street
Keeping Independent Flavor
Kevan Hall’s New Diffusion Line
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.
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.
The World Trade Organization has downgraded its forecast for trade growth in 2013 and 2014, due primarily to the ongoing recession in Europe.
Wichita, Kan.–based fiber maker Invista, producer of Lycra, purchased the specialty polyester business from its licensee, European polyester fiber producer Advansa.
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.
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.
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.
Chip & Pepper California blue jeans land at Belk.
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 fashion, showrooms, Ping-Pong. It all will be part of the debut Los Angeles Men’s Market Initiative.
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.
Dita Von Teese
Call it the return of the overwire in lingerie
Kate Spade Saturday, the younger concept collection from New York brand Kate Spade, just recently opened a store on Los Angeles’ West Third Street.
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
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.
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.
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
So Cal Retail
Nordstrom Inc. opened a full-line store at the Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.
The Jerde Partnership creates a lifestyle entertainment and shopping center in Sochi, Russia.
Monday, September 23
Lights, Music, Do Art!
Showroom Building, LA Mart, Opens New Creative Space, Maker City LA
Friday, September 20
Birthday for a Wolford Star
Wolford’s Velvet de Luxe Tights Celebrates 25th
SCP’s Parisian Photo Shoot
South Coast Plaza Celebrates 2013 by Shooting its Fall 2013 Portfolio in Paris
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
Antex Knitting Mills/div. of Matchmaster Dyeing & Finishing Inc., Britannia Mills Ltd., Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.,
Macy's fashion and music fund-raiser at the Orpheum Theatre
Swim / Surf
Beleaguered surf giant Billabong International Ltd. shifted gears in its bailout.
Contemporary Apparel With a Vintage Twist
Import / Export
It was a tale of two ports when the tally for cargo-container volumes came in last month.
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.
Retailers will have to work harder for their money this holiday season.
GROVE BOUND: Unionmade
San Francisco’s Unionmade will open a location at The Grove.
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.
MACY'S NEW LOOK
The Ratkovich Co. will invest $160 million to renovate Macy’s Plaza
Javier Vassallo draws inspiration
Asher Fabric Concepts, Ciabatti s.r.l., Cinergy Textiles Inc., Colorway by Nasrin, Designer Fabric Warehouse, Home Fashion Fabrics, Nipkow & Kobelt Inc.
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.
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.
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 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
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
Rent the Runway adds plus sizes.
Monday, September 16
It's Not Vandalism!
Hey, it's a porta potty with graffiti. No, It's a dressing room at Kitson!
Friday, September 13
JustFab hits the bricks.
Extra's Renee Bargh to Host the All Aboard...LA Fashion Platform Event
Thursday, September 12
CIT Commercial Services, Goodman Factors, Hana Financial, Inc., Rosenthal & Rosenthal
Vegas Wrap—Spring ’14
Las Vegas was the place to find some coolest looks
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.
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.
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.
Hermès Rodeo Remodel
West Coast flagship Labor Day weekend opened
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.
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.
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.
Wildfox CEO Calls Sexual-Exploitation Lawsuit ‘Baseless’ Attempt to Garner ‘Large Financial Settlement’
Jimmy Sommers, chief executive officer of the prominent Los Angeles–headquartered Wildfox Couture LLC fashion label, refuted charges in a sexual-exploitation case that was filed against him in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles. No court date has been scheduled for the case.
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.
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.
First Palm Springs Fashion Weekend will be long on glamour.
Bethann Hardison is on a mission to bring diversity to fashion's runways.
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
Three-time world champion pro-surfer Cori Schumacher is expected to deliver more than 20,000 signatures from her Change.org campaign
Tuesday, September 10
EDGE OF WHITE
California on the Runway
Lloyd Klein and eyewear company Ivory + Mason partner up.
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
Not Your Grandmother’s Hermès
Paris-Based Heritage Brand Hermès Opens Exquisite Flagship On Rodeo Drive.
Local designers and manufacturers band together for their first show in the penthouse of the California Market Center
Wildfox CEO Calls Sexual-Exploitation Lawsuit 'Baseless' Attempt to Garner 'Large Financial Settlement'
Jimmy Sommers, chief executive officer of Wildfox Couture LLC, refuted charges in a sexual exploitation case that was filed against him in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles.
Freight & Logistics
The Holiday season means more business for the nation’s port in the next few months.
Friday, September 6
High End Design, Up Close
High End Design In Intimate Setting, said new management for Designer and the Muse
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.
Adidas' Spring Blade shoes are designed to “propel you forward with every step.”
Thursday, September 5
Beyond the borders of baseball caps
Now that denim maker True Religion has been sold to an investment management firm, there is still some executive shuffling going on.
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.
Jimmy Sommers, chief executive officer of the prominent Wildfox Couture LLC label, headquartered in Los Angeles, has been sued by a Florida woman who alleges Sommers offered fraudulent promises of employment in exchange for sex.
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.
Fpr Spring 2014, Pantone says colors will range from vivid hues to pastel tones that complement each other.
Designer Max Noce has opened a new boutique Sunset blvd
With a resurgence of vintage clothing, there is a high demand for vintage retail shops to offer unique throwbacks.
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.
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.
When opening a store, the most experienced retailers will fight for the real estate on the busiest corner. Not Meredith Kaplan.
Gerry Building Sold
A principal showroom buildings in the Los Angeles Fashion District
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
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.
Emerging Designers Compete in Open Runway