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Appointments and New Lines at WWDMAGIC

Trade Show

The aisles at the Aug. 18–20 run of WWDMAGIC at the Las Vegas Convention Center appeared lighter than usual, but exhibitors reported a strong appointment-driven show where buyers arrived looking for proven brands as well as new lines.

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Scouting Caps at Project

Some fashion reporters are always on the look-out for what is new in jeans. I seem to always be on the lookout for caps. Outside of the Project show, there was some headwear that caught my eye.

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Undefeated Ready for Its Big District LaBrea Move

Next month, Undefeated, a pioneering streetwear label, will open its long-anticipated shop at District LaBrea.

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Kitson: Ice Ice Baby

Can anyone really get enough of the ice bucket challenge? Joining the tidal wave of people and businesses accepting the Ice Bucket Challenge last week was the Kitson emporium in Las Vegas. Check it out.

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Accessories in Charge

Fashion Tech

Part tech, part accessory, the QBracelet is a lightweight aluminum bracelet with a rechargeable lithium ion battery inside to charge a cellphone.

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The Hello Kitty Convention in L.A.

Fun stuff

The first-official Hello Kitty fan convention will be held in downtown L.A. in late October.

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MAGIC Feet

trade show

With 20 shows spread out over several venues in Las Vegas, I decided to put trade show mileage to the test.

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Bemo Takes A Bow

Bemo is a small camera designed to capture images and quickly post them on social media. Last week, it hosted a party with the Ron Robinson boutique.

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Oak Opens on L.A.’s Beverly Boulevard

Retail

On Aug. 14, a big nightclub-ready crowd showed up for an opening-night party to celebrate the new store, which is the second Oak to open in Los Angeles.

New Direction for Barbara Lesser as Company Revamps

Manufacturing

Designer Barbara Lesser, who for more than 20 years ran the Barbara Lesser and Fibers by Barbara Lesser labels with her husband, Mark Lesser, is restructuring the company to a smaller model.

Africa Could Be the Next Frontier With AGOA

Import & Export

China may be the apparel factory to the world, but one day Africa could be right up there with the powerhouse manufacturer.

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Remembering Lip Service and Kill City Founder

Drew Bernstein

Bernstein, who died on Aug. 18, was the founder of the Lip Service collection of punk rock, Goth and fetish apparel; Kill City, the edgy contemporary men’s and women’s line; goth line Widow and graphics-driven 24 Hours.

Billabong Sells Swell.com

Retail

Australian surfwear giant Billabong International Ltd. announced on Aug. 20 that it will sell its e-commerce businesses, Swell.com, headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and SurfStitch.com, which is based in Australia.

Gap Stores Headed for Expansion in India

Retail

Gap Inc. plans to tap into the purchasing power of 1.2 billion people in India with the debut of 40 franchised stores that will open next year.

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Exhibitors Report Buyers Writing Orders

Las Vegas Trade Shows

LAS VEGAS—With more than 20 events spread across five venues, the Las Vegas trade shows offered just about something for every buyer—from juniors and streetwear to upscale menswear and lingerie.

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Opening in Vegas

Fred Segal Collective

Fred Segal, a pioneer and landmark of Southern California’s boutique scene, will take its first bow outside of Los Angeles County.

Avery Dennison RBIS Joins Forces with Chinese Knitwear Manufacturer

Manufacturing

Avery Dennison RBIS—which specializes in apparel-industry branding, labeling, packaging, embellishments and RFID solutions—and Ningbo Shenzhou Knitting Co., a vertically integrated knitwear manufacturer in China, announced a joint venture to facilitate heat-transfer innovations.

Attorney Deborah Greaves Joins Ezra Brutzkus Gubner

Legal

For years, Deborah Greaves made headlines by busting counterfeiters trying to knock off True Religion jeans. When True Religion was purchased in May by TowerBrook Capital Partners for $835 million, Greaves left the company and started her own practice.

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A Few Dummies Here

Visual Display

FIDM is selling a few dummies.

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Lip Service, Kill City Founder Drew Bernstein, 1963-2014

Obituary

Drew Bernstein, the founder of the Lip Service and Kill City brands, died on Aug. 18 in Los Angeles. He was 51 years old.