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Allbirds Expands Into Slipper Category

By Dorothy Crouch | December 5, 2019

Following a number of holiday product launches spanning the weekend of Black Friday through Cyber Monday, Allbirds is now preparing to release its first slipper, keeping shoppers interested as the holiday gift-purchasing timeline decreases.

Lenzing Announces First Virgin Lyocell From Post-Consumer Cotton

Lenzing Announces First Virgin Lyocell From Post-Consumer Cotton

After the September announcement of an upgraded Refibra technology that increased upcycled cotton-scrap pulp composition, Lenzing, Austria–headquartered Lenzing revealed another advancement with the product.

Ilse Metchek Remains an Industry Ally

With a fashion career that has spanned decades, beginning in New York’s garment district and continuing in Los Angeles’ fashion district, Ilse Metchek’s role within the industry is legendary.

BCBGMaxAzria Founder Passes Away but Legacy Lives On

In May 2019, the apparel segment lost an influential Los Angeles fashion veteran whose designs shaped trends within the industry for decades when Max Azria passed away at the age of 70, reportedly succumbing to lung cancer.

Volcom Inks Deal With Authentic Brands Group

Action-sports brand Volcom is back to making deals and producing new styles. The Costa Mesa, Calif.–headquartered brand made headlines in November when it announced that it would outfit the U.S. snowboarding team for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but in mid-2019 Volcom started a new chapter in its more than 25-year history.

Delicate Handmade Treasures by Dakota Jinx Add Glamour to Sustainable Garments

Delicate Handmade Treasures by Dakota Jinx Add Glamour to Sustainable Garments

An admiration for glamourous clothing has been a characteristic of Los Angeles native Dakota Jinx Falkenburg Solt Locke’s personality for as long as she can remember.

All Good Feels Mixes Street, Active & Contemporary Looks

All Good Feels Mixes Street, Active & Contemporary Looks

Vintage-style concert T-shirts seem to exist in a completely different fashion category than activewear, which is designed to outfit high-intensity workouts. But the Los Angeles–headquartered brand All Good Feels made both activewear and concert-style tees for its debut collection.

Two Friends Create a Local Athletic-Apparel Legacy in L.A.

Two Friends Create a Local Athletic-Apparel Legacy in L.A.

Upon meeting in 2014, Jordan Cheesman and Micah Tootoo discovered they shared mutual interests regarding sports and fashion. During his career, Cheesman gained fashion experience in styling and retail sales, while Tootoo studied biomedical textiles at North Carolina State University. Though Cheesman hails from Seattle and Tootoo is originally from North Carolina, the men appreciate the work and legacy of the creative professionals who support the artistry and high-quality garment craftwork in Los Angeles.

ULA Aims to Flex Fashion in Activewear & Denim

ULA Aims to Flex Fashion in Activewear & Denim

After working for more than a decade as a personal trainer, Eric Cooper thought it was time to make a statement about the way men dress in the gym.

Before Making Bespoke Suiting For Celebs, Richfresh Founder Bounced Back From Homelessness

Before Making Bespoke Suiting For Celebs, Richfresh Founder Bounced Back From Homelessness

There has been an uptick in interest in bespoke suiting over the past decade, and one of the players in this game calls himself “Fresh.”

Guess? Announces New CFO

Katie Anderson was recently named chief financial officer for denim and contemporary lifestyle brand Guess?, Inc., which is headquartered in Los Angeles. She replaces Sandeep Reddy, who will serve Guess until Dec. 1. Anderson will assume the brand’s CFO responsibilities on Dec. 2, said Carlos Alberini, Guess’s chief executive officer.

Contemporary Brand Christina Dienst Forges Its Own Sustainable Path

Contemporary Brand Christina Dienst Forges Its Own Sustainable Path

To mark the official start of her self-named Christina Dienst label, the designer produced a pop-up shop in downtown Los Angeles’ Fashion District last month.

Crocker Exits Bldwn

It was announced on Nov. 1 that Johnathan Crocker has left the Bldwn label, said Tommy James, the executive vice president and chief financial officer of the denim and lifestyle brand, which maintains its headquarters in Los Angeles. Crocker’s two-year contract expired on Oct. 31, James said.

Scrubs Brand Figs Sued by Competitor

Scrubs Brand Figs Sued by Competitor

Figs started business in 2013 and made a splash by injecting fashion and contemporary styles into scrubs for medical personnel. Since its launch, it has grown into a company with 100 staffers and recently moved into a 27,000-square-foot headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif.

W-A-S-H Makes a Statement While Flexing Its Creative Muscles

W-A-S-H Makes a Statement While Flexing Its Creative Muscles

The lifestyle brand We Are Simply Human mixes cut-and-sew T-shirts and a punk, agitprop-style of graphics. It made a debut into the wholesale business at the LA Men’s Market, which ran Oct. 15–16 at the California Market Center.

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