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Charlotte Russe Heads for Choppy Waters After Restructuring Debt

Retail

Charlotte Russe, the San Francisco–based teen retailer that got a lifeline by restructuring its debt without filing bankruptcy, is now headed for a tough time as it tries to convince shopping-mall owners to give it a break on store rents.

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Jen Awad’s Rock ‘N’ Roll

Jen Awad showed her eponymous, rock ‘n’ roll style fashion line at past Los Angeles Fashion Weeks and various trade shows. But what we haven’t seen is Jen picking up the microphone or playing a badass guitar riff….until Dec.19.

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Holiday at Handcrafted LA

Handcrafted LA produced the Holiday edition of its Meet the Makers party on Dec. 15. If you didn't make it, check this out.

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Lola Rose Thompson + Gorman Takes A Bow

Aussie fashion brand Gorman opened its first U.S. shop in West Hollywood in July. And just before the year ended, Gorman unveiled a collaboration collection with Los Angeles-based artists Lola Rose Thompson.

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The Latest for Bohemian Society’s Victor Wilde: An Art Show

A fashion designer’s toolbox typically includes scissors and sewing machines, but if you are Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society; shotguns and blowtorches are also in use.

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Active Raises Funds for Fire Victims

Fires ravaging parts of Southern California recently displaced thousands of people. This weekend, retailer Active is hosting clothing drives and fundraisers to help those displaced by fires.

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Allen Schwartz Redesigns Santa Monica Flagship

Retail

A grand relaunch party was held to celebrate the redesign of the Allen Schwartz flagship store in Santa Monica.

CMC Unveils New Trade Show for High-End Brands

A new trade show called Label Array will be held at the California Market Center.

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Fashion Students from Los Angeles Trade-Tech Take an Imaginative Journey in Their Designs

Future designers show off

The graduating fashion-design students at Los Angeles Trade-Tech College showed off their creations at the recent Gold Thimble Fashion Show.

2017 Retrospective: China’s Dominance in U.S. Apparel Imports Is Slowly Declining

Import/Export

China’s reign as the apparel powerhouse to the United States continues as sourcing agents find this go-to region a reliable manufacturer of anything related to clothing.

2017 Retrospective: Retailers Starting to Emerge From Their Shells and Look for New Outposts in Los Angeles

Retail

During the first half of the year, retailers were still in a cautious mood and on the fence about setting up new shops on some of Los Angeles’ prime shopping streets.

2017 Retrospective: Higher Minimum Wages Contribute to Loss in Apparel-Factory Employment

Manufacturing

The beginning of the year started on a down note as some 3,500 workers at the American Apparel factory in Los Angeles got pink slips after the company sold its brand name and shuttered its vast factory.

Deborah Belgum Named California Apparel News Executive Editor

News

Apparel News Group Publisher and Chief Executive Terry Martinez has named Senior Editor Deborah Belgum to be the new executive editor of the weekly California Apparel News, effective immediately.

2017 Economic Retrospective

Finance

The stock market is at an all-time high. Unemployment rates have hit rock bottom, and Southern California housing prices have surpassed their all-time high in 2009.

Southern California Retailers Grapple With Damage from Recent Fires

Retail

Retailers in Ventura, Santa Barbara and parts of Los Angeles counties were spared significant property damage from major fires ravaging the areas. However, some had to temporarily close stores and cut business hours due to poor air quality and shoppers not being able to travel.

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EYSOM: Riding the New Fitness Wave

High-end Activewear

People told Stan Cheung that no man would pay $180 for a pair of athletic shorts, but the activewear maker begs to differ.

2017 Retrospective: Gap: Growth in Value & Active, L Brands: Tremors from Swim Exit

Retail

Gap Inc. has been on shaky ground in the past, but the company has seen four consecutive quarters of positive same-store sales as executives redefine the retailer’s merchandise and strategies.

2017 Retrospective: Macy’s Faces Changes, Nordstrom Remains Public

Retail

The retirement of Terry J. Lundgren marked the end of a tumultuous year for department-store giant Macy’s Inc.

Net Neutrality Repeal Expected To Drive Up E-Tail Costs

Technology

The Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to overturn the current “net neutrality” regulations. Opponents of the Dec. 14 vote said it could spell disaster for small businesses that might be charged higher prices to access the Internet.

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Haute Healing’s Beauty Drive for Terminally Ill Kids

For the past two years, Haute Healing has presented the gift of glam to terminally ill kids, hospital patients, homeless and disadvantaged youth. Haute Healing is wrapping up a clothing drive for its second annual event at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Dec. 17