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Scholarships for Local Design Students

CFF, TALA Award

Celebrating the next generation of design talent

Downbeat April Sales Affected by Weather, Port Delays

Retail

L Brands, the parent company to Victoria’s Secret and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and Steinmart, an off-pricer, reported same-store declines of 1 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Gap Inc. will report its April sales on May 11.

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ModCloth Takes Experimental Steps Offline

Testing Offline Model

Online retailer ModCloth has been defying bricks-and- mortar retail with more than $100 million in annual revenue with its online business model, but that’s about to change.

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Knitting a Supply Chain that Stretches from the U.S. to the Caribbean

SF Knits

Knitting a Supply Chain that Stretches from the U.S. to the Caribbean

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Terra: Updated, Elegant, Wearable

Manufacturing

Suki Kim’s industry background is in mass pro- duction, producing apparel for department stores and chains, but she always dreamed of launching her own brand.

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Turk, Schoenfeld, Alberini Honored

Otis’ Big Show

Fashion students got the opportunity to show their styles at the annual Otis gala runway event.

Me-Ality to Focus Fashion Tech Biz on Uniform Market

Technology

The market for work uniforms is giant, said Tuoc Luong, chief executive officer of fashion technology company Me-Ality, which is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.

Fast A/R Funding Buys Continental Business Credit

Finance

Fast A/R Funding, a 6-year-old specialty finance company based in Calabasas, Calif., has acquired Continental Business Credit for an undisclosed amount.

Costa Rica Gets First Cotton Spinning Mill

Manufacturing | Import & Export

SAE-A, the largest apparel manufacturing company in South Korea, has opened a cotton spinning mill in Costa Rica, which is the first for the Central American country.

Europe’s Tariff on Women’s U.S.-Made Blue Jeans Inches Up

Import & Export

Europe has slightly increased a retaliatory tariff that it imposes on women’s blue jeans imported from the United States.

California Manufacturers Look for Ways to Beat Drought

Manufacturing

California’s State Water Resources Control Board took emergency measures to act on California’s harsh drought last month, ranging from restaurants not serving water unless requested to prohibitions against using potable water to wash down driveways and sidewalks.

3D-Printed Fabric and Washable LED Screens Among the Innovation Awards Winners at Techtextil

New developments in technical textiles and machinery were high- lighted and honored during the recent Techtextil and Texprocess shows in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Gap Joins Forces With Ellen DeGeneres on New Line

Retail

Gap Inc. to partner with Ellen DeGeneres' new line that will be in GapKids stores in August.

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The Sample Sale Trail

Retail

Two upcoming sample sales may be worth your time and energy.

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Ron Robinson’s Mother’s Day Fundraiser

For the lead-up to Mother’s Day at the Ron Robinson flagship store, the stylish boutique will hold a shopping party from 4 to 7 PM on May 7 for the Westside Family Health Center, which has been providing a wide range of low-cost health care services in Santa Monica for 41-years.

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Exhibit on South Coast Plaza Founder Opens Soon

Retail

An exhibit that chronicles the life of Harry Segerstrom, founder of South Coast Plaza and other major Orange County landmarks, opens on May 8.

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Ron Robinson at the Fights

Every major city has its legendary stadiums for sports and music events. But one Los Angeles venue fitting this bill also has an untold story. It’s the Olympic Auditorium. It hosted Muhammad Ali fights, wrestling matches, Lucha Libre, and punk rock concerts. A group of documentary filmmakers held a launch party for their movie on the Olympic. It was held April 30 at the peaceful and civilized Ron Robinson boutique in Santa Monica.

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Kelly Slater: Shredding the Sheets

Here’s a look at the expanding biz for surfing wizard Kelly Slater. After announcing his clothing line Outerknown last year, he introduced Kelly Slater for PBteen. The bedding and homewares line for teens feature sustainable and recyclable materials.

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Peter Copping’s Collection Gets its West Coast Debut at The Colleagues

Oscar de la Renta

The well-dressed ladies (as well as a smattering of men) of The Colleagues paid tribute to the late designer Oscar de la Renta and welcomed his successor, Peter Copping.

Eddie Bauer Taps Longtime Nike Exec and Advertising Veteran as VP and Brand Creative Director

Manufacturing

Eddie Bauer named José Cabaço vice president and brand creative director of the Bellevue, Wash.–based outdoor lifestyle brand.