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Put a Little Woof in that Dress

Doggie Apparel

The doggie dress for success trend is upon us.

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Domenico Vacca’s Bespoke Party

After outfitting Jeremy Piven for the upcoming Entourage movie, Designer Domenico Vacca partied at his self named boutique in Beverly Hills' Montage hotel.

Industry Voices: Made in California—More Than a Label

On Oct. 4, 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a “Made in California” labeling program. Taking advantage of this new legislation is a great marketing tool for California companies.

Southern California Fashion Schools Include Accessories in the Mix

Several design schools in Southern California—including Fashion Careers International, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Art Center College of Design and Woodbury University—are training their students in the techniques and the craftsmanship that go into making handbags and footwear and incorporating the students’ designs into graduate projects and runway shows.

Developer Rick Caruso Names New Marketing Communications Officer

Public-relations veteran Judy Johnson was named as the chief marketing and communications officer for Caruso Affiliated, the Los Angeles real estate development company that owns, manages and develops such shopping centers as The Grove in Los Angeles and The Americana at Brand in Glendale, Calif.

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Luv Aj: From Jewelry to Leathercraft

Designer Amanda Thomas built a following for her jewelry line, Luv Aj, among retailers such as Fred Segal, Nordstrom, Shopbop, Madison, Lisa Klein and Urban Outfitters since it launched in 2005. For Thomas’ latest chapter of the Luv Aj brand, the designer turned to leather.

Lynne Koplin Named President of J Brand

Industry veteran Lynne Koplin, who most recently worked for denim maker True Religion, has been named president of J Brand, another Los Angeles denim maker.

Levi’s Laying Off 800 Employees in Restructuring Effort

Levi Strauss & Co. is laying off 800 employees, or 20 percent of the workforce, in its non-retailing and non-manufacturing sectors of the company to save $75 million to $100 million a year.

Voit to Join Element

Frank Voit was named as the global general manager for Irvine, Calif.–based skate label Element.

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Jack’s Surfboards On The Move: First Skatepark, Next Up, Santa Monica

Jack’s Surfboards opened a location for its skateboard concept, Jack’s Garage, at the Vans Off the Wall Skatepark in Huntington Beach.

EU Drops Extra Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans

Nearly one year after slapping an additional 26 percent tariff on U.S.-made women’s jeans, the European Union has decided to reduce that tariff to 0.35 percent starting on May 1.

What Buyers Are Looking for in an Apparel Company

This year could be a very good year for apparel companies that have a “For Sale” sign hanging outside their front door.

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Behind The Scenes on Rodeo: Shawmut Renovates High End Street

For Rodeo Drive, renovating boutiques is a multi-million-dollar enterprise.

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FIDM Gala: Fashion, Costumes, Cadillacs and Chairing Styles

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising presented its annual Debut runway fashion show at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., on March 22 to an audience that included industry insiders, FIDM alumni and faculty, as well as city notables and donors to the FIDM Scholarship Foundation.

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Isabel Toledo x Lane Bryant

Fashion Collab

Plus-size retailer has partnered with designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo for a new collection, which debuted on March 23 at Seagram Building in New York.

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Lucky's Man in Black

Fashion + Music

Lucky Brand—and Johnny Cash fans—caught a lucky break with the discovery and release of a “lost” Cash album, “Out Among the Stars,” recently released on Columbia/Legacy.

Lynne Koplin Named President of J Brand

Executive Moves

Industry veteran Lynne Koplin, who most recently worked for denim maker True Religion, has been named president of J Brand, another Los Angeles denim maker.

Levi’s Laying Off 800 Employees in Restructuring Effort

Denim News

Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco is going on a diet to reduce $175 million to $200 million a year in expenses.

EU Drops Extra Tariff on U.S. Women’s Jeans

Denim Duty

Nearly one year after slapping an additional 26 percent tariff on U.S.-made women’s jeans, the European Union has decided to reduce that tariff to 0.35 percent starting on May 1.

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Eva Mendes Adds Some Oomph to New York & Co.'s Spring Line-up

Retail

Actress Eva Mendes on the publicity campaign for new Spring collection.