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Foot in the Door

Shoe Business

At the invitation of the California Fashion Association’s Ilse Metchek, I sat on a panel organized by the CFA on behalf of Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles and Abicalçados, the Brazilian Footwear Association.

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Gap Wants You to Dress Normal

Fashion Advertising

The Gap has hired David Fincher (director of “The Social Network,” “Fight Club” and the U.S. version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) to direct a series of ads it is calling “Dress Normal.”

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Cruise Watch

Trends

When swimwear designers showcased their latest Cruise ’15 collections in July in Miami Beach, several key trends stood out. Look for everything from laser-cut details, activewear silhouettes and edgy leather to color trends such as yellow, gray, and pastel shades of pink and blue.

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Building a Better Boardshort

Swim/Surf

Modern surfing was born in Hawaii, took root in California and spread across the world. Since its early days, surfers have been on a quest to find the right gear to wear while surfing.

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Run Wild With the Ponies

Isle Poni Lo

In her first luxury swimwear collection ever designed, Ashley Morgan Foster knew she wanted it to be as ecologically viable as possible.

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Sophisticated Swim to Social Hour

Le Swim

Le Swim is in its sophomore season offering sophisticated swimsuits and après swimwear across the globe.

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Focused Buying for the Season at Las Vegas Shows

Vegas Shows

The apparel industry converged in Las Vegas to shop for apparel, accessories, footwear and sourcing resources at the biannual trade shows anchored by the giant MAGIC shows.

PacSun Reports 2nd Quarter

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California reported a 0.3 percent increase in same-store sales for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 year.

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Surf Alternative

Don’t Care

For Joe Huebner, the spirit of fun, which was one of the touchstones of the surf scene, is being ignored by a culture obsessed with competition.

West Coast Dockworkers and Port Employers Make Progress in Negotiations

Import & Export

The long and drawn-out contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association took a giant step forward.

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Luxury From Fit to Fabric to Finished Details

Lezard Swimwear

A photo shoot brought swimwear designer Leah Shlaer and swimwear model Alyssa Smith together, and the two discovered a shared background in dance and a passion for luxury swimwear.

Columbia Signs Licensing Deal With Dallas Cowboys

Manufacturing

Portland, Ore.–based Columbia Sportswear has inked a deal with the National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys for a collection of co-branded sportswear, outerwear and accessories for men, women and children.

Guess? Net Earnings Drop By Half

Retail

Guess? Inc. reported that its net earnings dropped 50.5 percent for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 and that it will be closing stores.

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WWIN Caters to Specialty Stores

Trade Shows

All six ballrooms were packed at the Women’s Wear in Nevada (WWIN) show, which took place Aug. 18–21 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

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Capsule Is Compact

Trade Shows

Many exhibiting and wandering through the Capsule show, an edited collection of everything hip in the world of apparel and accessories, enjoyed the airy feeling of the event, held Aug. 18–20 at The Venetian ballroom along with the other five shows that make up the relatively new Modern Assembly group.

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Pooltradeshow’s New Site

Trade Show

Last February, the trade show for emerging brands at MAGIC was located at a ballroom in the lower level of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For its Aug. 18–20 run, it moved upstairs to the Mandalay Ballroom on Level 2 of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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New Sources at Sourcing at MAGIC

Trade Shows

Walking into Sourcing at MAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center is a little bit like taking a trip to the United Nations. It seems that just about every region or country in the world has sent a group of apparel or shoe manufacturers in search of new business.

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International Retailers and Specialty Buyers at CurveNV

Trade Shows

On opening day of the Aug. 18–19 run of CurveNV at The Venetian, a crowd of spa and resort buyers were given a tour of the upscale lingerie and swimwear trade show before participating in a panel discussion about the needs of the spa and resort market.

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ENKVegas Provides a Home for Contemporary

Trade Show

The ENKVegas show at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center Aug. 18–20 included a special section called Oasis, which featured brands that the show curators considered to be on the leading edge of contemporary design.

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Crowded Aisles, Separate Cash-and-Carry Section at Offprice

Trade Show

While many of the Las Vegas trade shows opened on the same day, the Offprice show always kicks things off early, and this season was no exception. The Aug. 16–19 run at the Sands Expo and Convention Center marked the 40th Offprice show.

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