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Authentic Brands Group Acquires Jones New York

Manufacturing

Authentic Brands Group, the New York brand development and licensing company, is the new owner of the Jones New York label, which was acquired for an undisclosed amount from Sycamore Partners.

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William Rast’s Danny Guez Launches New Menswear With a Technical Edge

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After more than a decade of building a reputation playing the jeans and stars game, Guez decided to turn his career’s conventional wisdom upside down.

Streddo; E-commerce & Fashion Incubator Takes A Bow

Technology | Retail

Headquartered in Los Angeles, Streddo said it will work with new designers, emerging designers and even some proven fashion brands looking to become more-fierce competitors.

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Coast Modern: Bullish on the Small Brands

Retail

Bryce and Cecilia Cole opened independent boutique Coast Modern at 219 Main St. in Seal Beach, Calif., which is sandwiched between the port city of Long Beach and Huntington Beach, and gave itself the name Surf City.

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PacSun Opens Up With Santa Monica Store

No Doors

Pacific Sunwear of California made a gambit to stand out with its shop on the high-profile Third Street Promenade retail district in Santa Monica, Calif.

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Venice Rani Goes Kickstarter

The Venice Rani brand took a bow at the high end Salon Allure show in Miami last year. This week brand founder Tina Rani launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the brand’s production for its Fall '15 season, which Rani intends to manufacture in California. ““Start-up costs are so high,”But my intentions for this brand is to open more creative jobs in this market,” she said. The goal for her Kickstarter campaign is $25,000.

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Guess Kicks Off Denim Day With Fashion Fund-Raiser

For the second year,Los Angeles–based Guess Inc.? will help support Peace Over Violence, the nonprofit organization that seeks to end sexual, domestic and interpersonal violence in the days leading up with Denim Day 2015.

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Control Sector In Malibu

Control Sector, a New York brand, showed a few Fall '15 looks in Malibu. Take a look.

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Accessorize Like a Princess

Los Angeles designer Chan Luu launched two new collections inspired by Disney’s “Frozen” and Cinderella” films.

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Tuning In to the Fashionable Fringe

Refinery29 is slated to roll out the second season of its “Style Out There” video series, which profiles independent designers, subcultures and trends.

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Lawsuit By Former Finance Director Cites American Apparel for Financial Misdeeds and Discrimination

David Nisenbaum, the fired director of manufacturing accounting analysis and audit at American Apparel, filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 20 against his former employer. He maintains he was wrongfully fired because questioned the financial actions of John Luttrell, the chief financial officer of the company at the time Dov Charney was still the president and chief executive.

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BNKR Reveals Opening Date

Retail

BNKR starting to advertise its presence.

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H&M: Drop off old clothes and Clean Up California

The State of California set a goal of recycling and composting 75 percent of its solid waste by 2020. Looks like H&M is helping out with that goal. People can drop off old/unwanted clothing and textiles at any H&M store. In return, participants will receive 20 percent off of their next H&M purchase.

Frederick’s of Hollywood Has Buyer in Mind With Bankruptcy Filing

With a mountain of debt piling up, Frederick’s of Hollywood filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after closing all its stores.

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Michael Stars Launches 'Artisan Collection' From Haiti

Retail

Michael Stars stores will carry jackets made by Haitian artisans.

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Theodore Beverly Hills Posts Store Closing Signs

It might be time to say farewell to pioneering boutique Theodore in Beverly Hills, which has sold contemporary and designer fashion in the wealthy city of Beverly Hills since the late 1960s. Big signs bearing the messages “Store Closing Sale!” and “Lost Our Lease” were posted in the windows of the Theodore boutique located at 336 N. Camden Dr., a few blocks from Rodeo Drive where the store started business in 1969. It moved to Camden Drive in 2008.

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Rosario Dawson’s Fashion Rising, Seal & Others at Opening Ceremony

Actress Rosario Dawson produced a reception for her company Studio One Eighty Nine, which showcases and celebrates fashion, arts and content from Africa. The reception was held April 17 at Opening Ceremony in Los Angeles. Jessica Alba, Seal and Shaun Ross joined in the fun.

Workers File Lawsuit Against American Apparel as Unionization Efforts Heat Up

Three workers fired from American Apparel have filed a federal class-action lawsuit maintaining they were not given enough legal notice or severance pay before they were dismissed.

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California Dreaming Debut

Wolk Morais

The California dream of tearing down convention and crafting an independent ethos is a serious goal and inspiration for designers Brian Wolk and Claude Morais.

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Good Advice for Young Designers

Brand Building

Proenza Schouler’s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez sat down on April 15 at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York with Vogue’s Sally Singer and dished out some solid advice for budding designers.