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Trade Show Q&A: What’s on the Horizon for 2017?

Trade Shows

As retailers, designers and sourcing executives start making their trade-show plans for 2017, California Apparel News caught up with several trade-show executives to find out what new plans are in store for the coming year. From new locations and new areas of focus to added amenities and expanded educational programs, organizers are pulling out the stops to improve attendees’ trade-show experience.

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Cuater: Putting Design Sizzle In Belts

Cuater

The belt has been the wallflower of most people’s wardrobes, said Robbie McKnight, but the humble accessory has design possibilities that few have seen.

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Revelation LA’s Runway Debut in Hollywood

Revelation LA

Revelation LA, the new event produced by Parker Whitaker Productions, kicked off Nov. 5–6 with a series of panel discussion, pop-up shops and runway shows at Siren Studios Orange 1 in Hollywood.

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Revelation LA Adds Pop-ups, Panels to the Event Lineup

Pop-ups: Revelation LA

Coming at the tail end of Los Angeles Fashion Week, Revelation LA bowed with a concept that blended trade and consumer events.

Ship at Port of Long Beach Picking Up Empty Hanjin Cargo Containers

Import/Export

With some 6,000 Hanjin-leased cargo containers sitting empty in the wake of the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy, the result is that some 6,000 chassis attached to the containers are not circulating throughout the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and stalling pickup times and deliveries.

Steady Increase in Merchandise Arriving at U.S. Ports for the Holidays

Import/Export

As the holiday season approaches, shipping import volumes at the nation’s leading ports are ramping up rapidly.

Gap’s October Sales Dip

Retail

A fire in Gap Inc.’s Fishkill, N.Y., distribution center proved devastating to the retail giant. Because of the Aug. 29 fire, Gap’s October 2016 same-store sales declined 1 percent, according to a statement from the San Francisco–headquartered company.

How Los Angeles Shopping Centers Are Targeting the Millennial Customer

Retail

This summer, Two Rodeo Drive—the tony Beverly Hills shopping destination that looks like a faux European thoroughfare—set up an exhibit with Galerie Michael of 12 Salvador Dali sculptures that attracted hundreds of thousands of people.

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Unexpected Biz at ComplexCon

ComplexCon

The inaugural ComplexCon event in Long Beach, Calif., mixed fashion trade-show exhibition business with comic-convention fandom during its Nov. 5–6 run, when the novel arrangement made some of the event’s vendors wonder if this angle on a trade show could turn into a new revenue center.

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Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Retail

Nasty Gal, the Los Angeles online shopping site founded in 2006 by Sophia Amoruso, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with millions in debt.

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Style Fashion Week to Palm Springs

Just a few weeks after producing a week of shows in West Hollywood, Calif., Style Fashion Week is off to the desert playground Palm Springs to produce a set of shows which starts Nov. 9 and ends Nov. 12.

American Apparel to Wind Down UK Clothing Stores After the Holidays

Retail

After Christmas, 13 American Apparel stores will be closed in Great Britain.

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Pam & Gela Contribute to Wear LACMA Collection

Fashion

Pam and Gela, the founders of Juicy Couture, use Japanese-art inspiration for their Wear LACMA Collection.

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Poketo To Platform

Years ago, Poketo made a splash on the fashion scene with the brand’s art-inspired T-shirts and wallets. On Nov. 5, the Los Angeles-headquartered company opened its third flagship, this one took a bow at Platform, a boutique retail center in Culver City, Calif.

Lin Exits American Rag

Retail

Caleb Lin, the executive vice president, buying director, and men’s buyer of prominent retailer American Rag Cie, announced in a Nov. 4 email that he will be leaving the high-end, influential fashion company.

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ComplexCon’s First Splash

Reed Pop, a division of the company that produces the Agenda trade show, will run the debut of ComplexCon Nov. 5-6. in Long Beach, Calif. It will be a consumer event featuring major streetwear and sneaker brands and concerts by the likes of Snoop Dogg and Scrillex.

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Lucky Brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 Preview

Preview of Lucky Brand's Spring Summer 2017 styles Nov. 3 at SmogShoppe in Culver City, Calif.

Zumiez Sales Jump in October

Retail

A month before shopping officially starts for the winter holidays, some retailers reported that their sales jumped in October.

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Designer Eyewear Direct From the Printer

Italian eyewear maker Safilo—which manufacturers prescription frames and sunglasses for brands such as Dior, Hugo Boss, Max Mara and Jimmy Choo—has begun 3D printing its prototypes using a 3D printer from Stratasys.

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Forever 21 Closing Hong Kong Store

Retail

After five years, Forever 21 is shuttering its huge store in Causeway Bay.