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Levi’s Partners With Recycled-Cotton Start-Up

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has created a jean made from post-consumer recycled cotton.

Container Cargo Imports Not as Robust as Last Year

Import/Export

Slow growth in consumer spending and high inventory levels at stores across the country are affecting import cargo volumes at the nation’s ports.

U.S. Thread Maker to Buy Second Largest Thread Maker in India

Manufacturing

American & Efird—the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial and consumer thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles—is acquiring a majority ownership of Vardhman Yarns and Threads Ltd. from its joint-venture partner, Vardhman Textiles Ltd.

Contempo Inc USA Controller Pleads Guilty to Bank Fraud

Legal

Peter Suk Lee started working for Los Angeles accessories maker Contempo Inc. USA in August 2014 as the controller at the company. But one year later, the owners were alleging that the 49-year-old had embezzled nearly $1.4 million from the company, according to court documents.

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Rosemary Brantley, Jenni Kayne and Joie Honored at 34th Annual Otis Gala

34th Otis Gala

For 34 years, Rosemary Brantley has presided over the Otis College of Art and Design annual scholarship benefit and fashion show. The first year the event was held it was a small party at the Hard Rock Café, where models stood on the tables.

Negotiations for New Port Clerks Contract Nearing Deadline

Import/Export

600 full-time port clerks and 300 temporary clerks at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach have made great strides in this year’s negotiations for a contract that expires June 30.

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Reshoring Among the Supply-Chain Trends at Texprocess Americas

Texprocess Americas

One of the continuing themes at Texprocess Americas in Atlanta was Made in the USA production and re-shoring resources. It’s somewhat anecdotal and not everyone is benefiting, but clearly some companies are.

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Billabong’s Beach Hair

Finish off your beach look with Billabong beach hair thanks to a collab between the surf label and hair care brand John Frieda.

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French Eco-Friendly Brand Opens First Store in SF

Retail

Les Lunes, which champions the slow-fashion movement, established its first outpost in Cow Hollow.

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Guess Russia: From LA With Love

Los Angeles–based Guess? Inc. is opening a new 1,600-square-foot flagship store in Moscow's Europeisky Mall. A 590,000-square-foot shopping center with more than 500 stores.

Gap Inc. Posts Dismal April Sales in All Categories

Retail

All of Gap Inc.'s retail chains showing negative same-store sales for April.

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BNKR Celebrates Grand Opening for DTLA Store

Retail

Two big events celebrate opening of BNKR's new U.S. flagship store.

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Scoop NYC Closing All Stores, Including LA

Retail

Scoop NYC has already shut down its SoHo store and plans to shutter LA stores.

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The North Face (Re) Opens in Palo Alto

The North Face celebrated the opening of its new store in Palo Alto, Calif., with a packed schedule of events for outdoor enthusiasts.

Sales in April Disappoint with Lackluster Performance

Retail

With Easter falling in March this year, retailers reported that April same-store sales dipped at many big clothing store chains that depend on the holiday to bring customers through the doors.

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A Warehouse Sale? Splendid!

Splendid and Ella Moss are having a big warehouse sale on May 20-21 on the top floor of the Cooper Design Space.

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Cone Denim Opens White Oak Web Shop

Cone Denim recently launched the White Oak Shop online with a selection of premium selvage denims available in smaller quantities.

Levi’s Names New President of Americas Division

Manufacturing

Levi Strauss & Co. has promoted Roy Bagattini to the role of executive vice president and president of Levi Strauss Americas.

Robert Ezra Joins Freeman Freeman Smiley to Head New Fashion Law Practice

Legal

Over the course of its 40-year practice, Freeman Freeman Smiley LLP has represented apparel-industry clients, but until now the Los Angeles law firm didn’t have a dedicated fashion law group.

Retail Veteran Lana Cain Krauter Joins Simparel Board

Technology

New York–based Simparel Inc. named Lana Cain Krauter to its board of directors. Krauter’s résumé includes holding executive positions at JCPenney, Sears, Bealls and Goody's during her more than 30-year career in retail.