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2014 Retrospective

Manufacturing | Retail | Import/Export

From domestic employment figures and the latest import/export data to retail real estate and retail sales, the editors of California Apparel News take a look at some of the key indicators for the apparel industry in 2014.

2014 Retrospective: Import/Export: Vietnam Makes Great Inroads in Apparel Exports to U.S. Stores


Even though the Southeast Asian nation has a population of 93.4 million people, not even 10 percent of the Chinese population, it is becoming an increasingly popular place for apparel manufacturing. The country’s wages are about one-third to half as much as those in China, and its workers are known for their fine, detailed work.

2014 Retrospective: Real Estate: Retail Rents Climb in Beverly Hills


During the past year, rents on several prime Los Angeles shopping streets have stayed the course and not risen over last year.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift


Retail employment in apparel and accessories stores across California remained steady for much of the year, with upticks in employment in the months leading up to retail’s busiest seasons—Back to School and Christmas.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Target, Macy’s Navigate Tough Year


As 2014 came to a close, Target Corp. was still dealing with the massive data breach of 2013 and taking steps to bring back the Minneapolis-headquartered company’s cheap chic glory days of the 1990s.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Sales: Urban Outfitters/Wet Seal


2014 has been a year of headlines for Urban Outfitters Inc and business seems to have been particularly tough at The Wet Seal Inc.

2014 Retrospective: Apparel Employment: Looking Beyond the Numbers


California continues to be the apparel manufacturing center of the United States, thanks to a steady interest in quick-turn delivery and made-in-America production. But that position is maintained by an increasingly lean employment base.

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Parker & Barrow Store Opening on Broadway

Downtown Retail

Parker & Barrow store with custom-made clothes opening in downtown Los Angeles.

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Tiniest Flagship


Alexander Khater,owner/creative director of the 2-year-old downtown Los Angeles brand LAEX, planned to turn conventional wisdom on its head with the firstLAEX flagship, which opened Dec. 8 at 218 W. Eighth St., on the corner of Broadway, in downtown Los Angeles.

Shawmut Names New CEO


Shawmut Design & Constructionhas worked on many high-marquee projects on Rodeo Drive and has also done work on the Saint Laurent flagship on Rodeo and Louis Vuitton, which is scheduled to take a bow in the first quarter of 2015.

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L.A. Made, Accessible to All

Mark and Estel

Music has been at the heart of the Mark and Estel brand since it was launched in 2005 by Mark Tango and Estel Day.

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Venue Tradeshow Grows with New Dates, New Location

Trade Show

Miles Canares, Venue’s founder, recently announced major changes to the biannual show’s schedule and a new location for the show. However, the event willcontinue to mostly be devoted to men’s streetwear and emerging brands.

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Shepard Fairey, Bob Hurley to Speak at Agenda Emerge

Agenda Emerge is something like TED Talks for the streetwear, action sports and fashion crowds. At the upcoming Agenda Emerge, Shepard Fairey of Obey and Bob Hurley of Hurley will take the stage.

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American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

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For months, shop-owners around the District La Brea compound in Los Angeles heard gossip that, Grammy award winner and entrepreneur, was going to open a shop in the compound, which is located across the street from pioneering specialty store American Rag. The music star’s shop opened today.

American Apparel Fires Dov Charney, Hires New CEO

Executive Shift

After months of deliberating, a special committee appointed by the American Apparel board of directors decided on Dec. 16 to fire company founder Dov Charney as its chief executive and president. He had been working as a paid consultant during the investigation, an arrangement

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Bringing Hip Hop Home: Karl Kani’s 25th at WildStyle

Karl Kani, one of the heavyweights of urban fashion stepped back into the ring on Dec. 13.

Wiggett Named Bebe CEO

Executive Moves

Jim Wiggett was named as the permanent chief executive officer for Bebe Stores Inc.

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Coach’s Rodeo Gala

The hard work is over for Coach, and Dec. 11 was the time to party.

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The Mysterious Los Vladimirovich Pops

Men’s fashion labels don’t come more mysterious than Los Vladimirovich. California Apparel News investigates.