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American Apparel Hires New Menswear Designer

Weeks after firing creative directors Iris Alonzo and Marsha Brady, American Apparel made a big hire in March by bringing on board Joe Pickman, a graduate of Parsons School of Design in New York and the former men’s design director of the Band of Outsiders label.

Sequential Brands Buys Major Stake in Jessica Simpson Brand

Sequential Brands Group announced it is purchasing a majority stake in the Jessica Simpson brand, including the Jessica Simpson Collection master license and other rights. No purchase price was given for the deal that should close in 90 days.

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Fashion Industry in Focus

New Mart TV

Peter Kim, founder and CEO of Los Angeles–based Hudson Jeans, discusses the premium denim brand’s new Forever Forward campaign and mission in a video on the New Mart’s newly launched video portal, the New Mart Network.

ILWU Delegates Approve Tentative Agreement for Members’ Vote

West Coast Ports

The five-year tentative contract agreement between longshore workers and their employers has been given the thumbs up, paving the way for a vote that will set the contract in stone.

Tech Companies Look to Consumers and Connectivity to Drive Apparel Industry

Technology

From the shifting nature of analytics to consumers’ growing influence to the consumer connectivity of the “Internet of things,” key technology issues and their impact on apparel retailers and brands were discussed by technology experts who recently gathered in Los Angeles.

LA Men’s Market Moves to CMC Penthouse

Trade Show

LAMM is moving into the 93,000-square-foot penthouse floor of the California Market Center showroom building when its Holiday 2015 show takes a bow on April 7–8, said Kellen Roland, LAMM’s founder.

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Targeting Women Who Want a Touch of Edginess


Ethereal

Designer Anita Rinaldi-Harnden is a big believer in garment-dyed clothes. For the past 20 years, she has worked with this special dyeing technique and fell in love with the endless possibilities it renders.

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From Flights of Fancy to Feathered Jackets

Mother Plucker

Just east of downtown Los Angeles and you’ll find designers wandering among hundreds of bins of brightly colored feathers, racks of feathered boas and displays of feather flowers, elaborate feathered epaulettes and collars, and, of course, wings.

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Fashion Week El Paseo

Haute in the Desert

Opening night of Fashion Week El Paseo put the spotlight on eight Southern California designers: Trina Turk, Eduardo Lucero, Kevan Hall, Anthony Franco, Lloyd Klein, Chagoury’s Gilbert Chagoury, Oliver Tolentino and Candice Held.

The U.S. Dollar Is on Fire: The Pros and Cons for U.S. Apparel Manufacturers.


Finance

The U.S. dollar is sailing at a 12-year high. A strong greenback means that if you travel overseas, hotels and restaurant dinners are cheaper. It also means raw materials produced overseas, such as fabric, zippers and buttons, have suddenly gone on sale.

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Hank Pola Scholarship Winner

Events

Members of the Los Angeles fashion community met at the museum at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to present FIDM student Karoline Korpor with the Hank Pola Scholarship.

Strong Dollar Makes Business Tough for Exporters

Retail | Finance

Since the beginning of 2015, Mike McGinley’s European retail partners have been telling him that they cannot afford his West Hollywood, Calif.–based LASC line of men’s activewear and swimwear—after years of selling LASC at their shops.

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Patagonia Hits the Road Repairing Clothes

Environment

Patagonia's mobile worn-wear tour will repair used clothing to wear longer.

Simon Drops Macerich Bid

Retail

Simon Property Group, one of the biggest mall landlords in America, dropped its bid to acquire the Macerich Co., headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., avoiding a possibly costly and lengthy proxy war.

American Apparel Reducing Work Force

Manufacturing

Some 180 workers are being let go by the Los Angeles apparel maker.

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SwimSpot Pops in Glendale

It’s always kinda nice when it comes to weather in the L.A. area. But summer must be just around the corner. Swimwear brand SwimSpot just opened a seasonal pop-up at the Glendale Galleria.

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Bohemian Society: Cut The Logo

Victor Wilde has a message for the fashion world. Cut the logo! So on his new logo Wilde By Bohemian Society, he's left holes where logos would typically be sewn.

Jeff Rudes Launches Luxury Menswear Collection

More than two years after selling a majority share of his Los Angeles premium-denim label, J Brand, to Japanese retailer Uniqlo for nearly $300 million, Jeff Rudes is back in the clothing business with a new line of high-end menswear.

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Le Slip Français to Venice

French fashion means couture, right? Oui! ---Mais non. In the case of Le Slip Français, French made-clothes can be tighty whitey underwear, or just simple briefs. Le Slip Français will open a pop-up shop in Venice Beach at 604 S. Venice Blvd. at Abbot Kinney. Apparently it is the French brand’s first foray into U.S. retail.

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Wildfox’s Dolce Vita

Ciao Bella! L.A.-based brand Wildfox called its Fall '15 collection La Dolce Vita. It produced a presentation for their Fall looks March 26 in New York's Little Italy.