MANUFACTURING

Altamont Continues Its Action-Sports Play

By Andrew Asch | December 11, 2014

In November, the Palo Alto, Calif.–headquartered private-equity firm announced that it had made significant investments in action-sports brands Huf Worldwide Inc. of Los Angeles and Brixton, which is headquartered in Oceanside, Calif.

2014 Retrospective

From domestic employment figures and the latest import/export data to retail real estate and retail sales, the editors of California Apparel News take a look at some of the key indicators for the apparel industry in 2014.

2014 Retrospective: Retail Employment: Key Seasons Provide Lift

Retail employment in apparel and accessories stores across California remained steady for much of the year, with upticks in employment in the months leading up to retail’s busiest seasons—Back to School and Christmas.

2014 Retrospective: Apparel Employment: Looking Beyond the Numbers

California continues to be the apparel manufacturing center of the United States, thanks to a steady interest in quick-turn delivery and made-in-America production. But that position is maintained by an increasingly lean employment base.

L.A. Made, Accessible to All

L.A. Made, Accessible to All

Music has been at the heart of the Mark and Estel brand since it was launched in 2005 by Mark Tango and Estel Day.

American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

American Apparel Managers Write Letter Urging Board to Keep Charney On After Hiring New CEO

After American Apparel’s board announced its decision on Dec. 16 to fire Dov Charney as the clothing company’s president and chief executive, a group of 30 managers and directors wrote a letter saying they wanted the controversial founder to stay on in some capacity

American Apparel Fires Dov Charney, Hires New CEO

After months of deliberating, a special committee appointed by the American Apparel board of directors decided on Dec. 16 to fire company founder Dov Charney as its chief executive and president. He had been working as a paid consultant during the investigation, an arrangement

2014 Newsmakers: Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Minimum Wage Proposal

On July 1, the minimum wage in California increased from $8 per hour to $9 per hour, the first increase in California’s minimum wage since 2008. In 2016, the minimum wage will increase to $10 per hour,

2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.

2014 Newsmakers: Frances Harder and Fashion Business Inc.

Since 1999, Fashion Business Inc. has been helping small apparel companies grow their businesses through its series of courses, workshops and webinars.

2014 Newsmakers: Avery Dennison RBIS Opens Innovation Center in Downtown L.A.

For its third Customer Design and Innovation Center, or CDIC, Glendale, Calif.–based Avery Dennison’s Retail Branding and Information Solutions unit (RBIS) looked to downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, where the branding, packaging and technology solutions company opened a 15,000-square-foot facility on East Third Street in September.

2014 Newsmakers: Ilse Metchek and the California Fashion Association

For nearly 20 years, Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, has served as the spokesperson for the California apparel community. She is the person to call for business intelligence or a pithy comment for the press or to consult about a new business strategy or the ramifications of a new piece of legislation.

2014 Newsmakers: The Controversy Over ‘Made in USA’ Labeling


2014 Newsmakers: The Controversy Over ‘Made in USA’ Labeling


A class-action lawsuit filed earlier this year has led to a lot of confusion lately about how California apparel companies cutting and sewing their garments locally should label their products.

2014 Newsmakers: Federal Raid in Los Angeles Fashion District Uncovers Drug-Money Laundering Scheme


2014 Newsmakers: Federal Raid in Los Angeles Fashion District Uncovers Drug-Money Laundering Scheme


Federal agents in September raided some 70 LA garment companies and residences in an investigation undercovering a Mexican drug money-laundering scheme that had been going on for years right in the heart of the Los Angeles Fashion District.

2014 Newsmakers: Dov Charney’s Fight With American Apparel

2014 Newsmakers: Dov Charney’s Fight With American Apparel

For American Apparel founder Dov Charney, it’s been a harrowing year.

Surprises and Contrasts

Surprises and Contrasts

From the sale of trade show giant Advanstar to the high-profile federal raid on Los Angeles Fashion District businesses, 2014 was a year of surprises and contrasts.

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