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North Face Sets 100 Percent Certified Down Goal

Textiles

By 2017, The North Face plans to have all its down 100 percent certified and responsibly sourced using the Responsible Down Standard, a third-party standard.

Barneys New York Opens at the Americana at Brand

Retail

Barneys New York is alive and well at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, Calif.

Stanford Shopping Center Gets Makeover

Retail

Stanford Shopping Center, a Simon-owned mall located across the street from Stanford University, is in the midst of a big renovation.

American Apparel Announces New Board Member and Quarterly Results

Manufacturing

In preliminary results for its second quarter, American Apparel reported it reduced its net loss over last year even though revenues were relatively flat.

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Simone Michele Takes A Bow

After a career designing bags for other people, Michelle Queza will debut her own bag line. It’s called Simone Michele.

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Made in LA Lingerie Is Just the Foundation

Noe Undergarments

When twin sisters Bonnie Rae Boyes and Shelah Jean founded Noe Undergarments last year, they wanted to create a line that would fit in both lingerie stores and contemporary boutiques.

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California Heritage, Classic Designs

Farr West

When Manuka Clarke purchased Farr West in January, she wanted to reinvigorate the company’s classic designs while keeping all production in the United States at the highest quality with ethically sound standards.

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OTB: Old-School Graphics

Made in America

It is relatively easy to get into the T-shirt business, said Eric Byrne, who spent a good part of his career selling T-shirts. You just need screen-printing equipment and some blank T-shirts. The hard part is making good-quality shirts and putting the right graphics on them.

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Serendipity at the Heart of Necessitees

Necessitees

Necessitees came about 12 years ago when Hallie Shano was sitting in her self-named multi-line showroom at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles when a man in a baseball cap, T-shirt and shorts walked in and asked if she was interested in starting a T-shirt line.

Simparel Taps IT Operations Veterant as L.A.–based Senior Project Manager

Technology

New York–based Simparel Inc. has hired Lawrence Mora as senior project manager.

ICIX Releases Product Safety Compliance Application

Technology

ICIX has introduced Direct Test, a cloud-based application to help retailers and manufacturers collect and manage third-party product test results to meet safety and regulatory requirements.

WFX Launches Business Intel Platform

Technology

WFXOnDemand, a software solutions provider for the apparel and consumer-goods industries, has launched WFX BI, a business intelligence platform to help customers manage and share data across internal teams and departments.

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Vietnam’s Apparel Industry is on a Rapid-Expansion Plan

Import & Export

China and Vietnam are still the top two providers of apparel and textiles to the United States, but Vietnam is growing quickly as an apparel powerhouse.

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Apparel and Footwear Importers Concerned About Changes in First-Sale Rule

Import & Export

U.S. apparel and textile importers are rallying to push back a new proposal that would require more stringent record-keeping requirements to bring in goods under the so-called “First-Sale Rule,” which went into effect more than 25 years ago.

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Nester Hosiery: Diving into the U.S. Supply Chain Feet First

Company Profile

A North Carolina sock manufacturer has fully embraced the “made in USA” trend and has taken it to the ultimate level. The company, Nester Hosiery, based in the textile region of Surry County, N.C., has achieved considerable success with its U.S.-centric supply chain.

Cargo container Volumes Rise at U.S. Ports as Contract Talks Continue on the Waterfront

Import & Export

As contract talks between West Coast longshore workers and their employers continued into their 14th week, importers were playing it cautious and bringing in as much merchandise as they could to fill holiday orders.

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Deckers' New Headquarters Shines With Energy Efficiency

Footwear

The makers of Uggs, Tevas, Sanuks and other footwear goes all out in constructing its new headquarters in Goleta, Calif.

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Volcom: True To This...On Film

With its old motto “Youth Against Establishment” retired, Volcom has been rolling out its new brand tagline “True To This.” To mark the occasion, Volcom has released some short films.

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The Controversy Around the Singer Sewing Machine Patent

The Singer sewing machine was patented on Aug. 12, 1851.

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Selfies Go Pro

I, photographer

Park City–based iStabilizer has introduced “the perfect selfie creator,” a monopod and a shutter remote system that lets you take your own photo without the fisheye look that comes with an extreme closeup.