Years ago, blue jeans made the unlikely leap from work pants to the realm of contemporary fashion. For Free Movement’s Andrew Suttner, it’s time for plain T-shirts to make the same leap.
Wearable Street Art
Street artist Thierry Guetta was thrust into the spotlight in 2010 which kicked off a street-art career that led to Guetta’s own art exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and London.
California Apparel News recently spoke with some finance-industry executives to find out how their companies approach financing new businesses and how selling to e-tailers differs from selling to a bricks-and-mortar retailer.
Electric & Rose
With roots in yoga and surfing, Electric & Rose is a lifestyle collection that draws its name from Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood, which is home to company founders Eric Balfour and Erin Chiamulon.
Retailers do business in a world where every sale counts, but since Elyse Walker started her self-named boutique more than 15 years ago, she tried to take a different sales angle.
Milano Unica, the European textile trade show formed when several well-established Italian trade shows—including IdeaBiella, Moda In and Shirt Avenue—joined forces 10 years ago, is preparing to launch its first New York show in July.
Retail | Technology
The executives of online shopping site Bungalow Clothing believe there is a new way of building an e-commerce business, and it means taking a page from one of the oldest playbooks in retail.
Swim Collective, the Southern California–based swimwear trade show organized by Shannon Leggett, has set its dates for new activewear show Active Collective, including a new edition in New York.
Pantone, one of the top authorities for predicting trendy colors for the design industry, has another nine colors that are making the Top 10. The designator of future colors unveiled its Top 10 list just in time for New York Fashion Week.
Manufacturing | Designer Profile
Last fall, the Los Angeles label decided to pull back and revamp. The result is a new brand called Love Barbara, a line of tops that launches with a Fall 2015 collection that will be shown at the Stitch trade show Feb. 23–25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
Manufacturing | Made in America
The apparel industry has been criticized for wasteful manufacturing practices and fouling the environment with dyes to color clothes. This year US Blanks, a basics manufacturer headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, believes that it can offer an alternative.
From classic denim blues to activewear inspirations and the return of the ’70s, there is something for everyone for Fall '15.
Import & Export
Labor Secretary Tom Perez being called in to help the two sides conclude longshore contract negotiations while West Coast port operations are bogged down in cargo containers.
The California Market Center has realigned the dates it will be holding the next four editions of Los Angeles Fashion Market so they will begin on Mondays and end on Thursdays.
Los Angeles–based knitter Asher Fabric Concepts has hired Jolie Fierro as vice president of sales for its newly launched Asher Active Athletic Concepts division of performance knits for the fitness, yoga and athletic markets.
Textiles | Trade Show
To address that issue, denim sustainability will be one of the main topics at the next Kingpins Show, the international denim sourcing show whose next edition will be April 16–18 in Amsterdam.
Retail sales will increase by 4.1 percent for the 2015 year, according to a forecast released on Feb. 12 by National Retail Federation, the Washington, D.C.–based retail trade group.
Manufacturing | Retail
The ailing BCBG Max Azria Group, which has a mountain of debt, received a $135 million infusion of cash from Guggenheim Partners and other affiliated investors.
Fashion Row, a group that advocates for fashion designers of color, came west to make its Los Angeles debut on Feb. 6. The show was in town just in time for the Grammy Awards and the NAACP Image Awards, which took place the same weekend.
Fashion | Events
Showcasing Hollywood characters and their garb, the Costume Designers Guild curated 100 costumes from more than 20 Hollywood films, including five Academy Award nominees, for the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s 23rd Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design exhibition.