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Otis Report: L.A.s’ Creative Economy Slowly Regaining Jobs, but Fashion Manufacturing Continues to Shrink

The Los Angeles County fashion industry is the second-largest sector in the local creative economy, right behind the entertainment industry and just ahead of the publishing industry.

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Sue Wong Dazzles With Her Designs

Fashion

Sue Wong fashion show kicks off Arts Heart Fashion's four days of runway events.

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LA Fashion Week

Fall 2015 Runway

After two weeks of runway shows, installations and parties, Los Angeles Fashion Week concluded with the Style Fashion Week shows, held March 18–22 at The Reef in downtown Los Angeles, as well as a solo show hosted by Kithe Brewster.

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Odd Molly Pops On Abbot Kinney

We remember Odd Molly’s flagship store on Los Angeles’ Robertson Boulevard from a few years ago. But on March 10, this brand with roots in Stockholm and Hermosa Beach, Calif., will open a pop-up shop at 1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd. It's a return engagement. Odd Molly produced a pop-up shop in Abbot Kinney in Summer 2014.

East Coast Ports Benefited from West Coast Cargo Diversions

In a sign of how bad the port congestion problem grew on the West Coast this January, East Coast ports ended up handling 45 percent of the cargo containertraffic that entered the United States, up from 36 percent during the same month last year.

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Pop Parties With Ilse Valfré

The Pop fashion boutique in Little Tokyo celebrated its first anniversary with Ilse Valfré, an artist and fashion designer.

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Forever 21 to Desert Hills Premium Outlets

Desert Hills Premium Outlets is the address to outlet stores for Prada, Alexander McQueen, Barneys New York, and on March 7, it will welcome a 7,000 square foot Forever 21.

Stance Raises $50 million in VC Funding

Manufacturing

Stance, a San Clemente, Calif.­–based company that helped build a market for fashion socks at streetwear and surf and skate retailers, raised $50 million in venture capital funding, according to media reports.

February Business Toughs Out Pressures

Retail

February was tough for retailers. Freezing temperatures and winter weather kept shoppers inside their homes. There was a labor slowdown at ports on the West Coast, and after receiving a break from high gas prices during the fall, prices at the pump started climbing in February.

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Mission Showroom


Showroom Profiles

Inside the Mission Showroom, the décor is minimalist, but the various brands are not. They range from clunky jewelry and fashion-forward sunglasses to colorful men’s socks and athletic streetwear.

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Australian Fashion Labels

Showroom Profiles

In the days leading up to Los Angeles Fashion Market, the new U.S. team at Australian Fashion Labels was putting the finishing touches on the 4,100-square-foot headquarters and showroom space on the third floor at the Cooper Design Space in Los Angeles.

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The GIG Showroom

Showroom Profile

After representing high-profile underwear Spanx and Calvin Klein, GIG co-owners Stacey and Joel Gossman recently took on some denim and activewear clients. The additional clients demanded more space. GIG moved to a bigger showroom in the building.

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H&M Debuts Exclusive H&M Studio Collection for Fall

Fashion

Retailer unveils its H&M Studio, a limited-edition collection available Sept. 10.

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Sandy Jang, Sweet Rain and Alice Blue

Showroom Profiles

Sandy Jang has been producing young contemporary fashions for 15 years under the labels Sweet Rain and Alice Blue. For the upcoming March 16–19 run of Los Angeles Fashion Market, Jang will introduce her eponymous premium collection.

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Sourcing Show Factory Direct Debuts

The New Mart

Full-package producers, logistics, design consulting and other sourcing resources exhibited at the debut of the Factory Direct trade show at The New Mart March 2–4.

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New Format, New Developments

L.A. Textile Show

The threat of rain put a damper on the opening day of the Los Angeles International Textile Show, but traffic picked up on the second and third day of the show’s March 2–4 run at the California Market Center.

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What’s Up for Solving the Ports’ Congestion Problems


Import & Export

Even though a labor dispute has been tentatively resolved, port officials in the Los Angeles area admit it will take at least three months to deal with the traffic jam of goods that has plagued the watery transportation centers since October.

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Fighting for Greater Market Share

Premium Denim

Premium denim is a staple at LASC, but the West Hollywood, Calif., men’s boutique kept its offerings fairly narrow until recently, when the retailer began adding new labels to its mix.

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The Look for Fall ’15

’70s Chic

Blame it on Nicolas Ghesquière, but the ’70s are back—and they are ever so chic.