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Blinkers On

Here’s something sure to be a hit with the fashion—and festival—set. f.lashes are lightweight LED lights meant to be worn like fake lashes.

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FIDM Fêtes Menswear

Industry insiders had a chance to review the work of the graduates of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Advanced Study Program in Menswear at a June 15 reception held at FIDM’s campus in downtown Los Angeles.

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Club Monaco's ’90s Nostalgia

There’s some ’90s nostalgia going down at Club Monaco.

Stitch Fix Names New CFO

Retail

Stitch Fix, the online subscription clothing service based in San Francisco, has a new chief financial officer.

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Findings & Trimmings Spotlight

F&T Spotlight

Findings & Trimmings

Charney’s Los Angeles Apparel Factory Staffs Up, Looks for Growth

Manufacturing

With little fanfare, Dov Charney, perhaps the basics industry’s most flamboyant entrepreneur, unveiled his latest project.

Alternative Founder Returns with M/f people Brand

Manufacturing

Greg Alterman founded blank-T-shirt company Alternative Apparel in 1996, and he had grown it into a $74 million enterprise when he left it in early 2013. His latest venture brings him back to the apparel industry. His new lifestyle brand, M/f people, is scheduled to take a bow June 23.

Brookfield Takes Over at CMC

Trade Shows

The new management team at the California Market Center hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast for tenants following the closure of a deal between CMC owners Jamison Services and Brookfield Properties, the real estate giant that runs properties such as FIGat7th and Bank of America Plaza.

UBM Brings Swim Lessons Back to LA

Events

Early in BB Dakota’s history, the brand was picked up by the juniors buyer from a major department store—even though the Costa Mesa, Calif.–based company didn’t consider the brand a juniors label.

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LA Designer Michael Costello Expanding into Retail from His Downtown Post

Michael Costello

The numbers tattooed on Michael Costello’s arm—12614—say it all. On Jan. 26, 2014, Beyoncé wore the designer’s white lacy and semitransparent gown to the Grammy Awards, and in just one night she pushed the former “Project Runway” contestant to the top of the celebrity-designer map.

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Maggie Barry, Kunst NYC and Band of Gypsies Take The Runway

Brigade LA

Downtown Los Angeles’ Brigade LA boutique turned itself into a runway on June 18 with a fashion show that served as a platform for an emerging brand with a performance-art angle, a new line meant for the international music-festival circuit and a contemporary brand with looks inspired by the 1960s.

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Talking Costumes With Mindy Kaling at Beverly Center

For a celebration to mark the completion of Phase One of an extensive remodel, Beverly Center hosted a talk on costuming with actress/producer/creative hyphenate Mindy Kaling and costumer Salvador Perez.

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LeSportsac to Make Mario Bros. Travel Accessories

Fashion

Look for new Mario Bros.-inspired gear in time for the Holiday season.

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After Standing Rock Protest, B. Yellowtail Brings Style With Indigenous Angle to L.A.

Shailene Woodley is a fan of B. Yellowtail, a Los Angeles-headquartered label inspired by Native American art, that has made clothes at the Standing Rock protest, and in an area the label calls Occupied Tongva Territory.

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Brookfield Takes Over at CMC

The new management team at the California Market Center hosted a meet-and-greet breakfast for tenants following the closure of a deal between CMC owners Jamison Services and Brookfield Properties, the real estate giant that runs properties such as FIGat7th and Bank of America Plaza.

Budget Bump in the Works for USTR

Import/Export

The Trump administration wants to beef up the U.S. Trade Representative’s budget by nearly 6 percent, add staff and launch bilateral negotiations with several major trading partners.

Fashion Robot Company Gets $4.5 Million Investment

Technology

SoftWear Automation Inc. is an Atlanta-based company that forecasts a future where apparel is going to be sewn by machines or “sewbots,” robots that sew.

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Volcom Launches New Collection With Mick Jagger's Daughter

Fashion

Georgia May Jagger hits downtown Los Angeles for unveiling of Volcom collection.

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Shopify’s Frenzy Makes 1st L.A. Drop Zone

There have been plenty of forecasts on the merger between physical and online retail, Toronto’s Shopify may have found a merger between the sometimes exclusive realms with its Frenzy mobile app.

U.S. Textile Industry Outlines Changes Needed in NAFTA

Import/Export

With a Washington, D.C., hearing coming up on June 27 to discuss possible changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S. textile industry has put together a wish list of items it would like to see implemented.

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