Friday, February 28
Victoria’s Secret Star Model Alessandra Ambrosio conquered the world of lingerie long ago. In March she’ll try her hand at boho contemporary styles when the Alé by Alessandra fashion line is released by Santa Monica-headquartered retailer Planet Blue.
Don’t quit! That was one piece of succinct advice given to the new designers who took part in the Emerging Designers Showcase at WWDMAGIC in Las Vegas last week.
Four-year-old “Mayhem” Keiser designs paper copies of some very high-profile dresses.
Los Angeles–based Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a new design called Urban Toile, which features sights of LA.
Thursday, February 27
Red Carpet Runway
In anticipation of the March 2 Academy Awards red carpet, designers Nick Verreos and David Paul hosted a red-carpet runway presentation of their Nikolaki collection
Costume Designer Gala
The Costume Designers Guild celebrated its 16th awards ceremony with a Beverly Hills gala Feb. 22 featuring plenty of celebrities and costume designers—and plenty of shared jokes between the two.
The outlook is encouraging after the recent run of apparel, accessories and sourcing trade shows in Las Vegas, where many exhibitors reported upbeat buyers ready to place orders for Immediate through Fall deliveries.
Off-pricer Ross Stores Inc. announced results for its fourth quarter and fiscal 2013 results on Feb. 27, and Michael Balmuth gave a mixed forecast for Ross’ first quarter for its 2014 year.
Gap Inc. reported results for the fourth quarter of its 2013 year and its overall fiscal 2013 results on Feb. 27.
Amid the more than 130 lingerie, sleepwear and loungewear brands exhibiting at theCurveNV Las Vegas show Feb. 17–18 at The Venetian were 30 new companies.
A certain buzz of activity permeated the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) trade show, which caters primarily to misses and updated contemporary clothing exhibitors selling to specialty stores.
Buyers looking for upscale menswear, womenswear and accessories turned out for the Feb. 17–19 run of MRket, Stitch and Accessories The Show at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
Capsule continued its commitment to being a forum for independent designers and high-end lines with a unique point of view when it ran Feb. 17–19 at The Venetian.
Agenda’s second show in Las Vegas mixed business with pleasure when it ran Feb. 17–19 as one of the Modern Assembly family of shows at Level 2 of the Sands Expo & Convention Center.tk
The Tents at Project, a curated show devoted to designer and luxury brands, was moved to a space in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, adjacent to Project.
Aspirations for the second Liberty Fashion and Lifestyle Fairs were high when it ran Feb. 17–19 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center.
For Greg Garrett of the Black Swan fashion label, ENKVegas was a great show. The women’s show exhibited at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, and his label’s sales increased 35 percent compared with last February.
Project is one of the giants of MAGIC Market Week. It took up more than half the space of the gargantuan Mandalay Bay’s South Convention Center, which hosted 1,500 brands.
Approximately 1,500 booths with 1,100 companies stretched out under the bright lights of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
Exhibitors at the Feb. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center reported upbeat retailers from across the country and the world turning out to place orders for Immediate, Summer and Fall deliveries.
Freddie Rojas said retail traffic was slow, and he estimated that his sales might decline compared with the Pooltradeshow last February.
Vendor space for the Offprice show was sold out for the Feb. 16–19 show, held on the lower level of the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
Seaside Development in the OC
There are few retail centers currently in construction across America, and the upcoming Pacific City development in Huntington Beach, Calif., is ranked among a more select class.
The Los Angeles–centric William Rast label hit Canada last year and was in all of the Hudson’s Bay department stores, now it is headed to Europe, where it will be in stores in Germany, Switzerland, England and Italy.
Los Angeles–area menswear maker James Campbell Brands has been acquired by New York–based Hampshire Group Ltd. from Maverick J LLC, a Rick Solomon Co.
According to press reports, American Apparel has hired lawyers Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP to provide restructuring advice on $206 million it owes bondholders.
The California swimwear label is only 3 years old, but already Bleu/Rod Beattie has changed hands, being sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.
The United States has free-trade agreements with 20 countries around the world, but only 14 percent of the apparel imported into the United States actually takes advantage of them.
Five-day line-up at Orange County Fashion Week, starting March 3
New York–based business application software provider Infor has launched Infor Fashion Product Lifecycle Management to help apparel makers connect all product development functions along the supply chain.
Bologna, Italy–based men’s and women’s collection Imperial has been on a growth track since its launch in 1978 by Adriano Aere and Emilia Giberti.
When field testing its newly introduced Taurus II leather-cutting system, Gerber Technology found the system improved yield results by as much as 10 percent over manual or die cutting.
The world of retail is rapidly changing, but one practice of the business hasn’t changed; the pre-spring sale.
Wednesday, February 26
Old Navy makes a donation to help the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
Some people just stand out, even in a place like Capsule trade show where you gotta look different. Meet Shamon and Pugs Atoms
Check the time, Meister, a new watch label, exhibited at the Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show in Las Vegas.
Monday, February 24
Catherine Martin is being honored for her costume designs for "The Great Gatsby."
The costumers for TV shows Mad Men, Scandal and The Mindy Project kibbitz on costuming
Friday, February 21
Banana Republic injects California cool into its Spring collection.
Bleu/Rod Beattie has been sold by New York swimwear manufacturer A.H. Schreiber Co. to Amerex Group.
There's a new address for sneakerheads in downtown Los Angeles.
Hip Hop Star Tyga Opens Boutique Fit for a Pharoah
Take a peek at the Fall 2014 collection of Au Vyda
Thursday, February 20
Show Coverage in Las Vegas
Domestic and international retailers navigated the more than 20 events held across the city at this week's Las Vegas apparel, accessories and sourcing shows.
Chief Executive Officer Glenn Murphy, the San Francisco–based specialty retailer and owner of Gap stores, Old Navy and Banana Republic will raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $9 this year and $10 in 2015.
California’s economy next year should be on a positive path, growing slightly more than the U.S. economy as the housing market and other industries forge ahead and grow, according to a recent economic forecast released by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.
Goldwin Inc., a Japanese company founded in 1951, has opened its new U.S. headquarters in the Los Angeles area.
HeartSoul's New Line
HeartSoul is joining up with Strategic Partners to make HeartSoul Scrubs, workwear designed for young women who want to look fashion-forward while at their jobs in the healthcare industry.
Textile Trade Show
Première Vision S.A. is growing its portfolio of upscale textile and trim trade shows, which includes Première Vision, Indigo, Expofil, Modamont, Tissu Premier and Fatex, with the addition of leather and fur trade show the Cuir à Paris.
In April, Irvine, Calif.–headquartered men’s shopping site FlyPeeps will open for business in the crowded market for e-commerce.
Surf Industry Manufacturer’s Association (SIMA) hosted its Image Awards on Feb. 13 at The City National Grove of Anaheim.
Spotted on the Showfloor
Los Angeles brand Sub_Urban Riot recently got a nice shout out for one of its new T-shirt styles when Beyonce posted a Twitter selfie wearing Sub_Urban Riot’s “Kale” shirt.
Wednesday, February 19
Vince website talks up local neighborhoods, like Melrose Place, to get a sense of community for its online and in-store customers.
Tuesday, February 18
New creative director at Gap Inc. goes for the well-worn look.
Cone Denim is in Las Vegas this week with the latest in its lineup of denim made from recycled plastic bottles.
Friday, February 14
The Agenda trade show is a prime spot to scout for T-shirt trends, with exhibitors and attendees decked out in their most distinctive tees.
Pooltradeshow is on the move with its new digs.
Music plays a huge influence in Private Party’s ethos, which features graphics produced from a fan’s point of view.
When launching Mine Is Yours last autumn, it was very important to Megan Dorien, artist and founder, to be responsible about her impact on the earth when starting a business.
If you happened to see Detective Kate Beckett wearing a form-fitting T-shirt on the television show “Castle,” it just might have been made by Crown Jewel, a 10-year-old T-shirt and lifestyle brand that makes all its clothes in Los Angeles.
There’s a million ways to break into a fashion career. For Kelly Cole of the Kelly Cole USA brand, entry was the vintage concert T-shirt.
For Los Angeles tops manufacturer Project Social T, 2014 is the year of customization.
Thursday, February 13
New York Fashion Week
Tadashi Shoji showed his finesse with red-carpet glamour at the Los Angeles designer’s Fall ’14 runway show at Mercedes-Benz New York
At the center is the massive MAGIC Market Week, the multi-show lineup taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
Fitness Gear With Brazilian Style
Designer Ilana Kugel launched a new activewear line with a focus on high-tech fabrics and fashion-forward style.
Color forecaster Pantone unveiled a new line of menwear called Pantone Colorwear during the recent New York Fashion Week.
With 20 apparel, footwear, accessories and sourcing trade shows taking place in Las Vegas market at the same time in February, thousands of brands are competing for attention, and the ambiance can be thrilling, festive and, ultimately, exhausting.
Bebe Stores Inc. is just a year into its turnaround campaign, but media reports indicate that the publicly traded contemporary retailer is investigating a sale and going private.
Made in America
Retailer-turned-designer Silke Labson moved from New York to LA to launch her latest line Ruhi.
Celebrating Film Fashion
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising kicked off its 22nd annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design Exhibition.
For its 20th anniversary, Los Angeles–based fashion label Roar Clothing will open its first boutique. The two-story shop will be located at 1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd., at the corner of California Avenue, according to Deepak Vasandani, founder and chief executive of the label.
Industry Voices: California Fashion Association: Measuring the True Scope of L.A.’s Creative Economy
The latest “Otis Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region,” released Feb. 6 by Otis College of Art and Design, is certainly well intended. However, it shows an inaccurate picture of the California fashion industry and conflicts with other analyses and reports currently in release.
Fashion Bookstore founders Bill and Linda Golant sold the business to longtime employees Yolanda Bragg and Rina Castro.
Dutch brand Scotch & Soda opened a 2,700-square-foot store at 1340 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 2013. In May, it is scheduled to open its first shop in Orange County at upscale shopping center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.
French basics line Zadig & Voltaire opened a shop in West Hollywood, Calif.’s Sunset Plaza shopping district in 2006 but just started a growth spurt in the past year.
The prolonged contraction/softness of the apparel industry has forced apparel companies to take drastic actions to try to remain profitable. One unfortunate byproduct is the rise of copyright-infringement lawsuits, many of which appear to have been filed in an effort by a few companies to find alternate income streams
Los Angeles boutique chain Satine typically represents stylish fashions, and now it represents cute in its new store, Satine Kawaii.
Happening leather and clothing store Tanner Goods debuts on up-and-coming Broadway.
After nearly 25 years on the same section of Robertson Boulevard, the well-known Jami Lyn Clothes store is moving one block south, which technically moves the store out of Beverly Hills and into Los Angeles.
Remembering FIDM’s Mary Burroughs
Mary Burroughs, director of special events at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, died Jan. 13 after a long battle with cancer.
Despite a less-than-stellar holiday season, chief financial officers at retail organizations across the United States were upbeat about 2014, predicting a 5.1 percent increase in total sales and a 4.8 percent increase in same-store sales.
Financial experts weigh in on how apparel manufacturers will fare in 2014 and what challenges to expect in the months ahead.
Downtown Los Angeles' Elliot Evan's Midnight in a Perfect World collection takes a bow.
Import and Export
During the first half of this year, cargo-container activity at the nation’s ports is expected to inch up 4.3 percent over last year, according to the recently released “Global Port Tracker” report, prepared every month for the National Retail Federation.
It didn’t take designer Ralph Lauren long to learn that any Olympics uniforms worn by U.S. athletes need to be “Made in the USA.”
At the upcoming Sourcing at MAGIC show, FastFit360 will debut Burst, a mobile technology that allows retailers to capture and share image and video information throughout the supply chain.
Brands and retailers looking at the transparency of their supply chain often hit a stumbling block when it came to their chemical suppliers.
Premium Fashion Made Here, Not There
The Federation Design Studio outline the new company’s Made-in-America ethos
After 20 years, Rob Jungmann, president of the Los Angeles–headquartered Jungmaven hemp T-shirt brand, might be seeing his business turned upside down.
On Feb. 13, Fast Retailing, the parent company of the popular Japanese clothier, announced that it will open Uniqlo stores this fall in top malls South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. and Beverly Center, a mall owned by Taubman Centers in Los Angeles.
It’s a typical story in the apparel industry: A dispute arises between Party A and Party B. Both feel the other side is wrong, one side feels he or she has suffered monetary damages, the other is defensive and outraged at the accusation.
Wednesday, February 12
Los Angeles shoe makers come up with a better shoe for bad weather.
Tuesday, February 11
Street art is about satire and protest. But what do you do if a street artist enigmatically supports a brand?
Tucked away in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Larchmont Boulevard is a friendly street with a small-town feel.
Plus-size retailer Torrid spices up 2014 swimwear collection
Friday, February 7
evi Strauss & Co is one of the oldest stories in the fashion biz, but the denim brand which started in the Victorian era just launched its 21st century redesigned website; www.levistrauss.com
Thursday, February 6
Into the Blue
Denim designers go into the blue to create innovative looks for Fall.
New York–based Computer Generated Solutions has introduced a new point-of-sale application for Microsoft Dynamics AX Retail, which is compatible with Apple iPod and iPhone mobile devices.
Extreme weather made the traditionally low sales month of January even tougher for retailers. However, businesses rallied, said the International Council of Shopping Centers, and sales increased 3.5 percent, according to its tally of comparable-store sales.
La Tres Lingerie
When Tray Hayslette decided to open a lingerie store in Southern California, she chose a space on Main Street in downtown LA.
Advanstar Global, the company that produces the MAGIC Market Week trade shows, announced a pair of executive promotions.
Vestar, a privately held real estate company headquartered in Phoenix, recently announced plans to acquire and redevelop regional mall The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif.
Catherine Martin, a costume and production designer who gained note for working with Miuccia Prada on costumes for the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby,” will be inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, it was announced on Feb. 5.
When The Gap Inc. opened its artsy denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles nearly four years ago, the company later went on a big media campaign touting the creative spirit wrapped up in the new locale.
Tomson Buys Solitude
The legendary world-champion surfer has bought back the surfwear label he sold to Oxford Industries.
The traditional mall is losing relevance. It might already be a dinosaur.
Billabong International Ltd. signed RVCA founder Pat Tenore to a contract that will guarantee his employment through 2018, it was announced on Feb. 6.
At the recent Kingpins boutique denim trade show, denim makers showcased the latest developments in fabrications.
Textile mills and trim suppliers showcased some of their recent developments at the Texworld USA show in New York.
Parade celebrating Chinese New Year and the Year of the Horse to take place on ritzy shopping street.
Wednesday, February 5
Los Angeles tech company Styku has a Fit Visualizer widget, which retailers can add to their existing e-commerce site to help consumers "visualize" the correct size and fit of a garment.
New York–based business solutions provider Simparel Inc. named fashion-industry veteran John Robinson as senior vice president of sales and marketing.
German denim brand Mustang Jeans has selected Los Gatos, Calif.–based Centric Software Inc. for its new product lifecycle management system.
French technology solutions and equipment provider Lectra named Edouard Macquin to its executive committee.
Gap Inc. closed its denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, where designers worked on the company’s 1969 brand, named for the year the company was founded.
Retail is theater, or so the old adage goes, but the adage is more than conventional wisdom, said Joanna Brace of San Jose, Calif.-lighting firm Xicato.
Tuesday, February 4
The Eva Franco label has been making dresses with a whimsical elegance and a tailored style since 2003, on Feb. 4, Eva Franco announced that Debbie Giugliano was named as the label’s salesperson serving the West Coast and Dallas regions.
Monday, February 3
“Shark Tank,” the reality show competition that pairs entrepreneurs with investors (a.k.a. “the sharks”) is heading to the WWDMAGIC show in Las Vegas later this month.
Chinese New Year has always been a big deal in California, but now retail centers are celebrating in a big way.