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UCLA Anderson Forecast Takes a Look at California’s Future

By Deborah Belgum | December 10, 2014

California is on a steady course to see job growth outpace the U.S. economy through the end of 2016, eventually driving down the state unemployment to 5.6 percent during that period. That is considerably lower than the 7.3 percent recorded in October.

Shareholders Group Seeks to Take Wet Seal Private

After more than two decades of being a public company, The Wet Seal Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, Calif., might go private.

Economic Indicators for 2013 Show Signs of Recovery and Continued Struggle

Economic Indicators for 2013 Show Signs of Recovery and Continued Struggle

The editors of California Apparel News look at the top indicators for the past year to distill the industry’s recovery by the numbers.

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Fetches Top Price

Los Angeles blue-jeans company Not Your Daughter’s Jeans has been sold to a group of New York investors in a multi-million-dollar deal that closes in early January.

2013 Newsmaker: Apparel Mergers & Acquisitions

Some very big apparel deals went down this year with half of them involving some important names in the premium-denim arena.

Lucky Brand Jeans Sold to Los Angeles Private-Equity Firm

Fifth & Pacific Companies, which used to be known as Liz Claiborne Inc., has agreed to sell Lucky Brand Jeans for $225 million to Leonard Green Partners, a Los Angeles private-equity company. The deal should close in early 2014.

Finance Resources

Finance Resources

Mixed Start to Holiday Season, NRF Survey Says

Malls were buzzing with shoppers on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but spending declined on the four day Thanksgiving Day weekend, according to a survey by prominent trade and advocacy group National Retail Federation.

'Crowdfunding': Fashion Finds New Revenue From the Multitudes

With traditional funding increasingly hard to get, many entrepreneurs are seeking to raise funds on crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter Inc., based in New York, and Indiegogo Inc., headquartered in San Francisco.

Billabong Sells West 49

In a little more than a month after it named a new chief executive officer, the beleaguered parent company of Irvine, Calif.–based Billabong announced that it has sold the Canadian chain of stores West 49 Inc. to YM Inc., which is headquartered in Toronto.

Billabong Sells West 49

In a little more than month after it named a new chief executive officer, the beleaguered parent company of Irvine, Calif.–based Billabong announced that it sold Canadian chain of stores West 49 Inc. to YM Inc., which is headquartered in Toronto.

Juicy Couture Sold to Authentic Brands Group

Juicy Couture, the luxury casual line born in Los Angeles and scooped up by a New York company a decade ago, has been sold by Fifth & Pacific for $195 million to Authentic Brands Group.

California Economy Shows Signs of Gain, Challenge

Levi Strauss & Co., the 147-year-old blue-jeans company, has weathered its share of economic twists and turns.

Juicy Couture Sold to Authentic Brands Group

Juicy Couture, the luxury casual line born in Los Angeles and scooped up by a New York company a decade ago, has been sold by Fifth & Pacific for $195 million to Authentic Brands Group.

Joe’s Jeans Completes Acquisition of Hudson Clothing

The merging of two Los Angeles–based premium-denim companies is a done deal. Joe’s Jeans announced Oct. 2 that it had completed the $97.6 million acquisition of Hudson Clothing.

Investors Want to Take Frederick’s of Hollywood Private

After years of being traded on the stock market, a group of shareholders is trying to convert decades-old lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood into a private company.