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VF Collaboration Pledges $10 Million to Building and Safety Upgrades in Bangladesh

Manufacturing

Greensboro, N.C.–based apparel giant VF Corp., in partnership with International Finance Corp., will provide up to $10 million in financing to VF vendor factories in Bangladesh.

Wet Seal Hoping to Turn Fortunes with New Executive Team

Retail

The Wet Seal Inc. will start the Back-to-School season under new leadership with the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer’s second major change in 18 months.

Neiman Marcus to Anchor Hudson Yards Development in New York

Retail

Hudson Yards, the mixed-use $20 billion development on the west side of New York’s Manhattan borough, will have a high-profile anchor when Neiman Marcus opens its first New York store in the center in 2018.

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Heist’s 10 on Abbot Kinney

Heist has been selling designer and better contemporary fashion on Los Angeles' Abbot Kinney Boulevard for 10-years. Nilou Ghodsi, Heist's owner, gives some advice on surviving and staying independent.

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Along Came a Spider Sweater

Textile Tech

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences and Shinshu University created silk fibers from silkworms that had been engineered with spider genes.

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Surf Style Through the Eyes of Art Students

College Collab

Visitors to LCAD’s gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif., can check out the work of students in LCAD’s Design + Digital Media Action Sports BFA program in LCAD + Thalia + Vans Collaboration Exhibition.

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When Football Met Fleece

Zooop iT Up, the maker of fleece onesies for adults recently relocated to Los Angeles.

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ModCloth Is Calling All Models

E-commerce

ModCloth co-founder Susan Koger believes that models should come in all sizes.

Wet Seal: New CEO, New Chairman

Executive Shift

The Wet Seal Inc. announced on Sept. 3 that John D. Goodman, who has served as the Foothill Ranch, Calif.–based retailer’s chief executive officer since January 2013, will leave the company and be replaced on Sept. 8 by Edmond Thomas, who is returning to Wet Seal for a second term.

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Hey Doll

Fashion Collab

The new Barbie collection for Forever 21 arrives this week in stores and online.

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It’s an Origami Bird – Over The Bloc!

Months before its anticipated 2015 opening, The Bloc retail center in downtown L.A. gave a preview of its new attitude. A flock of 2,000 origami birds was affixed to the mall's 7th Street entryway.

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Foot in the Door

Shoe Business

At the invitation of the California Fashion Association’s Ilse Metchek, I sat on a panel organized by the CFA on behalf of Consulate General of Brazil in Los Angeles and Abicalçados, the Brazilian Footwear Association.

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Gap Wants You to Dress Normal

Fashion Advertising

The Gap has hired David Fincher (director of “The Social Network,” “Fight Club” and the U.S. version of “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”) to direct a series of ads it is calling “Dress Normal.”

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Cruise Watch

Trends

When swimwear designers showcased their latest Cruise ’15 collections in July in Miami Beach, several key trends stood out. Look for everything from laser-cut details, activewear silhouettes and edgy leather to color trends such as yellow, gray, and pastel shades of pink and blue.

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Building a Better Boardshort

Beach Lifestyle

Modern surfing was born in Hawaii, took root in California and spread across the world. Since its early days, surfers have been on a quest to find the right gear to wear while surfing.

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Run Wild With the Ponies

Isle Poni Lo

In her first luxury swimwear collection ever designed, Ashley Morgan Foster knew she wanted it to be as ecologically viable as possible.

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Sophisticated Swim to Social Hour

Le Swim

Le Swim is in its sophomore season offering sophisticated swimsuits and après swimwear across the globe.

Denim Trends: How Unskinny Can Denim Get?

Manufacturing

Trend forecasters say there is a shake-up occurring in the denim world as we know it.

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Focused Buying for the Season at Las Vegas Shows

Vegas Shows

The apparel industry converged in Las Vegas to shop for apparel, accessories, footwear and sourcing resources at the biannual trade shows anchored by the giant MAGIC shows.

PacSun Reports 2nd Quarter

Retail

Pacific Sunwear of California reported a 0.3 percent increase in same-store sales for the second quarter of its fiscal 2014 year.