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Orange County Fashion Week Starts on March 6

Fashion

The four-day event will be held in four different locations around Orange County.

Gap Inc. Cuts 216 Jobs

Retail

Gap Inc. recently reported that it laid off 216 people at its corporate office in San Francisco.

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Liberty’s Art Fashion Fundraiser For Africa

If you are going to Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs trade show in Las Vegas from Feb 20 -22, get ready for some fashion art.

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Hong Kong Designers at NYFW

Fashion

Three Hong Kong designers show off their talent at New York Fashion Week.

Emi-G Knitting: Domestic Sock Maker Finds Fresh Opportunities in Organic Market

Manufacturing

Gina Locklear had wanted to join her family’s sock-manufacturing business in Fort Payne, Ala., since she was in college. That was in the early 2000s, when the U.S. industry’s decline was in full swing. Momentum toward cheap imported socks was robbing the northeastern Alabama town of its revered reputation as the “Sock Capital of the World.”

Fashion Bookstore in the CMC Hosts Biannual Sale

Retail

The Fashion Bookstore<, located in the lobby of the California Market Center, will host its biannual sale Feb. 27–March 1 during the Los Angeles International Textile Show.

Althouse Closes Store, Rejoins American Rag

Retail

Jennifer Althouse rejoined prominent retailer American Rag Cie shortly after closing her self-named Althouse boutique in downtown Los Angeles in January. She will serve the retailer as an executive vice president.

Source British Trade Show to Take a Bow

Trade Shows

London trade-show producer Upper Street Events will take new trade show Source British to the California Market Center showroom building for the LA Fashion Market. It is scheduled to run March 13–16.

Epson Panel Explores Tech’s Impact on Fashion

Technology

Whether you’re a small startup designer or a long-established global brand, digital technology is becoming an ever more essential part of the fashion supply chain, industry experts agree.

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Epson Returns to the Runway at NYFW With Annual Digital Couture Event

Digital Couture

Epson< hosted its third annual “Digital Couture” New York Fashion Week event on Feb. 7 at Chelsea’s IAC building, showcasing 13 design teams from North and Latin America.

What Stumbling Blocks Are in Store This Year for Apparel Makers and Retailers?

Finance

The California Apparel News recently spoke with several finance-industry executives about what challenges and bumps in the road apparel manufacturers and retailers are facing this year now that the uncertainty of the presidential election is over, but another set of uncertainties have cropped up under a new administration.

Airport Retail Next Big Step for M.Fredric

Retail

For one store in the Los Angeles–headquartered M.Fredric chain, some of the busiest and most lucrative hours are between 6 and 9 a.m., long before most bricks-and-mortar retail stores are thinking about opening their doors.

AAPN Conference: Speed to Market Is More Important Than Ever

Manufacturing

Maybe everybody should look to Zara—the highly successful Spanish retail chain that can churn out clothing collections in a few weeks—to survive these uncertain fashion times.

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Verdad Fall/Winter 2017 on the Runway in New York

Verdad

Last season, Los Angeles designer Louis Verdad showed his new Verdad label in an installation setting during New York Fashion Week. For his Fall/Winter 2017 collection, the designer returned to the runway, showing on Feb. 12 at Pier 59 Studios in Chelsea.

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Z Supply's First Icons of Culture Collections Includes Ocean Pacific and Gotcha

Icons of Culture

For the launch of Z Supply’s new Icons of Culture brand, Greg Garrett went back to his roots.

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Meet Sebastien of Merakai Imperial Garments

For the next generation of Los Angeles design talent, you sometimes do not have to scout farther than the people working in the metropolis’s boutiques. Meet Sebastien Amisial.

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Winners in Hollywood

Photography

The Morrison Hotel Gallery in the legendary Sunset Marquis in Hollywood was the scene for the opening night of the photo exhibit titled “Winners” celebrating Grammy and Oscar stars.

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Ten Years for The Hundreds

A decade is an eternity in the boutique business, and Los Angeles’ streetwear brand The Hundreds is taking the month to celebrate its big shop.

The Wet Seal Goes on the Auction Block

Retail

Another California clothing venture is selling its brand after declaring Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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You Can’t Spell Apparel Without an App

Google recently announced new fashion/tech partnership with Swedish fast-fashion retailer H&M that really focuses on the “app” in apparel.