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Controversy Over the ‘Made in USA’ Label

Manufacturing

Los Angeles blue-jeans makers may be headed to court over one little thing: the “Made in USA” label sewn inside their garments. Several Los Angeles denim makers have been hit with class-action lawsuits and legal letters challenging the accuracy of their labels because most of their raw materials are imported from Europe or Asia even though the jeans are sewn in California.

UPDATE: Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

Manufacturing

During the last decade, the number of people working in California’s apparel and textile manufacturing industry has shrunk some 43 percent as production of clothing and textiles has moved overseas.

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New Boots for Palladium

Palladium used to march to a military beat when it made boots for the French Foreign Legion. With its upcoming collaboration with Alpha Industries, it is marching to the beat of a different drummer.

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No Surf? Here’s Seventh Wave & Endless Summer!

There are no waves in Long Beach. But there's the Seventh Wave Surf Shop and the Art Theatre. It just enough for a 50th anniversary screening of The Endless Summer - the flick that put surf culture on the world's radar screens.

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Akai Ito's New Store

Akai Ito opened in 2012 with the mission of bringing high end avant garde fashions to Los Angeles' Arts District. But it recently moved to the Old Bank District, and its new space will offer an art gallery and a shop.

Los Angeles Apparel Industry Could Grow With Hi-Tech Fabrics and Other Innovations

Manufacturing

Report shows that California's manufacturing sector is shrinking but is still the largest in the country.

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The Cooper’s Eternal Sunshine of the Contemporary Mind

During the World Cup, Cooper Design Space screened the soccer event’s highly anticipated games in its lobby, now it’s back to art with a gallery show by artist Jess Black.

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Flirty and Cool

HeartSoul

Fans of the HeartSoul juniors line will soon find a collection of swimwear and coverups following a licensing agreement between Gardena, Calif.–based Big Strike, owners of the HeartSoul brand, and Miami-based swim maker In Gear Fashions Inc.

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Comfort, Confidence and Summer Memories

Lime Ricki

When sisters Colette Callister, Jennifer Anderson and Nicole Bruderer decided to create a collection of swimsuits for women of all sizes, the three drew inspiration from their summers spent as lifeguards and swim instructors in the local pool followed by lime rickys at a local burger joint.

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A Brand Between Land and Sea

Manglar Swimwear

Designer Irene Sultan’s swim collection, Manglar, pays homage to her Latin roots and cultural upbringing and more than 30 years of experience in textile and fashion manufacturing.

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Creative Cooperation

Malu Swim

Venezuelan-born sisters Maria and Lucia Rivas were inspired by fashion since they were young, and the two moved to the United States to continue their education at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

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International Man of Swimwear

Gideon Oberson

Back at the helm of his namesake label, Gideon Oberson channels his international perspective and haute couture training to the fine art of swimwear design.

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Islands in the Stream

How swimwear designers do their job far away from corporate headquarters

Designing swimwear and running a swimwear company are worlds apart. So why shouldn’t a swimwear designer’s studio be a world apart from corporate headquarters? Many are.

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NY Textile Trends

Trends

Textile Directory

Demand-Based Manufacturing Readies for Commercial Roll-Out

Technology

A California-based company that is pairing the disruptive technologies of purchase activated and demand manufacturing with a waterless dyeing and printing process expects to soon sign the first contracts for commercialization.

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SLVDR: Taking the Boardshort in a Different Direction

Manufacturing

Technical boardshorts have ruled the action-sports swim game for years. But Rob Myers, president and creative director of the Santa Ana, Calif.–based men’s collection SLVDR, wants to challenge swim fashion with his label’s new “Water Short,” which debuted at the Agenda trade show in Long Beach, Calif., on July 10.

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Los Angeles Swimwear Maker Belusso to Make Colorful Splash in Miami

Miami Bound

Inspired by the luxe beaches and resort lifestyle of the French Riviera and coastal Florida, Belusso was established six years ago in Los Angeles.

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Blue Jeans Are a Harder Sell to Teenagers, Who Have Other Favorites

Manufacturing

For years, denim hit its stride with everyone snapping up several pairs of blue jeans to wear just about anywhere, anytime. But in recent years, denim has been seeing some new competition, which has the makers of everything denim taking a second look at what consumers want to buy.

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Venue Makes Its Third Appearance

The Place to Be

For the owners of the Casablank streetwear label, business can be a transcontinental road trip.

June Sales Better Than Expected

Retail

A month of warm weather melted some of the winter blues held by some retailers, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York trade group for the shopping-center business.